I’d love to claim this as an original idea but alas, it isn’t. Nonetheless, I am very satisfied with S’s Halloween costume. I’m undecided if additional taters are required. In case it isn’t obvious, the brown thing is a cap for her noggin.
It cost me about $12- and, as usual, the greatest part is : it fits:)
My blatant absence on the site of fawn and Joey is entirely a result of my returning to work after my 18 month (yes, 18 month) maternity leave. I cannot believe it is over. It’s not that it went fast, u tried to experience each day, but it’s more that I can’t believe that part of S’s childhood is behind me. It is unreal the metamorphosis that a first time mom goes thru. Truly, I am not the same person. No other life experience has grown me like this one. It’s hard work- the hardest work- but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Like so many, I am so thankful this thanksgiving, for the beautiful little girl I am lucky enough to call my daughter.
Although I’ve been busy getting into a new routine with a demanding job and a little one at home, I still managed to carve out some time to make this lovely little top from shwin and Shwin. And it fits. Perfect.
I always hated these shorts. It was a stupid purchase I made when anthropologie first came to toronto. You know the kind: the ” I – just- want – something – from – this – store” sort of purchase. And … Continue reading →
I totally forgot to photograph this quilt I made for my mom’s birthday last August. While we were visiting this weekend I used the chance to get Mom to model it for me:). I am presently wallowing in melancholay as … Continue reading →
I love love love this BBC vest pattern from ShwinDesigns! My daughter is suddenly a toddler and now can wear some seriously stylish things. Thanks to shwin and shwin, a super cute denim vest is one of them. The racer back is irresistible. I can’t wait for her to try it on.
I have been a bit quiet lately but that doesn’t mean i haven’t been sewing like a bandit. I finished the baby quilt for Felicity, whipped up this fun little linen skirt (with pockets that are lined with stripes – making me happy just knowing they are there even if you can’t see them).
Peek -a -boo striped pocket lining
Soft cotton-linen blend (a left over from the baby houndstooth quilt)
Finally found a use for these snazzy blue buttons I’ve been saving for years
Seams are hidden with a strip of left over dinosaur print binding tape
I also finished the Geranium shirt for Scarlett (turns out she won’t be able to wear it for another month or so). Pictures of that later.
Now I’m onto another throw-sized quilt (for a room to be determined later). This last project sort of crept up on me. I have been planning on starting the king-sized houndstooth but I haven’t been able to decide on the colors yet. Feeling the urge to get going on something, I took a look into the ever-expanding pile of scraps and it came together. I was inspired by the fabulous book “Sunday Morning Quilts” by Amanda Jean Nyberg. I’ve made a number of quilts from this book and thought i’d try using up some fabric strips I’ve been stock-piling. Thing was, the more I pieced, the more I realized I didn’t actually have enough just scraps to make the damn thing with. So, I ended up cutting some special fabrics I’ve been holding onto. In the end I think the pop of those prints is going to make me like the quilt even more. Sometimes things made from just scraps feels like a project made of second -rate left overs. This time it won’t.
Strip by strip…
Toes not included
I just began piecing and realized it was becoming a bit too loud to be a quilt for our bedroom, but perfect as a throw for the basement , and perfect for our cottage (once we finally buy one. Given the intensity of the front, I’m thinking the quilt backing will need to be a bit more serene. Thoughts on what color I should make the binding?
So pretty much like I thought, making a houndstooth quilt is sort of a lot of work. Hmm. Should definitely have picked up that new rotary cuter blade before I started…
Well, this is the beginning of the baby quilt I mentioned in an earlier post. My friend’s baby’s room will be navy and white with green apple accents. I went to my local big box fabric store and felt enraged to discover they had no 100% quilting weight navy fabric. How is that possible? Just another reason to pay a little more at a specialty shop. After an hour of searching for an acceptable alternative, I landed on linen. Seemed a bit risky at the time since I’ve never made a quilt with linen before. I have images of my hard work after one wash, turning into a swatch of cloth the perfect size for a doll house. I took the plunge anyway and I’m sooo happy I chose it now – the feel of linen is so organic. I’m excited to hear how it wears over time. I hope it wraps the little guy in softness for years.
The actual piecing has been a snap so far and you can see from these pics how it is coming together.
I found this adorable green print for the binding and backing that I think fits the description for “green apple”- AND it has dinosaurs in it. Perfect.
And now onto the pressing of seams and assembling of blocks. That’s tomorrow’s job – it’s really beautiful outside today and we’re off to the park to finally catch the blooming of the Cherry Blossom trees on film.