Sack o’ spuds

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:)

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Good to the Last Scrap

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

Peek -a -boo striped pocket lining

Soft cotton-linen blend (a left over from the baby houndstooth quilt)

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

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

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.

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 buy one:)).

Strip by strip…

A couple rows in and this is how it's coming together.

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?

 

 

Quilter’s Block

Enter now into the creative void.  I’m stuck.  I think it is because the weather has turned so amazing that I no longer want to spend hours in my basement like fungi, sewing.  I’m in between projects and feel a little uninspired creatively and more inspired physically.  I’ve had my bike out lots and have started to prepare for my next running race (the Toronto 10 Miler).  I’m a bit excited about my fitness level this season.  I feel really strong after the marathon in both running and oddly enough, cycling too.  I’m really looking forward to seeing what I can crank out this race season.

Perhaps what I need is to buy some new fabric … ?  I should be using this great weather as a push to make myself some new summer threads since I apparently have NOTHING worth donning in my closet.  What in the hell did I wear last summer?  Every year it’s the same question isn’t it?  Although last summer I had a new born and the summer before I was pregnant so I’m thinking I wasn’t the picture of style two years running.  Maybe some new fabric could help with that.  Visions of pretty skirts and tops are taking shape….   hmm…. maybe there’s some inspiration there afterall.

All Bound and Ready for Baby

Raging success- will totally use this pattern again.  Here’s the finished Houndstooth!

I almost like it too much to give away

I almost like it too much to give away

 

Back side folded over

Back side folded over

I decided NOT to pre-wash my fabric this time so now I have to see how it washes up.  I had a hard time deciding what pattern to quilt it with so i chose big squares and a few diagonals.  This worked out nice given my fabric shifting basting problems described earlier.

a temporary accent to my new porch furn

 

If I were to keep it (which I’m not) I think it would look awesome draped over my Mother’s Day present!  We just won’t tell the baby it’s for that it almost didn’t make it to him:)

 

Houndsteeth and Green Apples

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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.

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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.

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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.

15 degrees and sunny

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Things have been a little quiet at Fawn and Joey while we have been busy celebrating my daughter’s first birthday (fabulous), winding down marathon training (just 12 days to go) and getting over super nasty colds (the “worst cold of my life” kind of nasty). Today however, is not nasty- it’s a beautiful day- 15 degrees and sunny. We head to the High Park Zoo for some yak viewing.  Turns out to be a great way to spend an hour or two.  Scarlett is almost out of her Baby in the Hood jacket.  I guess I’ll have to start working on the fall version soon.

Now that recent chaos is behind me,  onto the next project: “Navy blue, white and green apple”.  One of my best friends is having her second child in June- a boy.  Perfect excuse to start another quilt.  I’m in love (not so secretly) with navy and white and accent colors for boys.  So I’m going to make a crib- sized houndstooth in navy/white/green apple to match the baby’s room.  What is selfishly great about this is it’s a perfect way to try a new pattern before I commit to the king-sized one for our bed.

Giddy up!