A quilt for Kai

whipped out a UFO and bound it quickly so I could gift it to a surprise arrival. (Our friends got the call Friday that their new baby was ready to adopt on Sunday, I found out on Monday). image

it was sort of an idea tester quilt, so it's definitely not perfect, but hopefully its imperfections will make them feel like it can be used and spat up upon, etc, right?

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it's all Kona and ROAR (both Robert Kaufman fabrics, ROAR is designed by the same person who did The Circus, which I LOVE), and I LOVE them, esp. in this colorway. so bright and cheery!

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I made this quilt just to test out quilting on my new machine, so it's not awesomely quilted, but it'll get the job done (those aren't stains, they're just dew from when I took the first pics)

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Radiance baby blanket

So, Robert Kaufman has this new fabric, called Radiance, that's a silk cotton blend. SUPER soft and silky satin. It's gorgeous, but a little intimidating. slippery. so, I, uh, *suggested* that it might be helpful if I worked with it so I could tell my friends/the world what it was like. image

I started with something super simple. strips cut from a half yard pre-cut pack. I laid out the back, then the batting, then did a quilt as you go thing on it, strip by strip. (I still can't figure out the past tense of "quilt as you go," quilt as you went? quilted as I go? Quilt as you have gone?), starting at the top with the white.

I quilted each strip differently.

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and each section has thread that matches, except this one, for which I did not have matching thread at 11pm, so I used teal.

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the back is this awesome black n white triangle fabric (babies like high contrast, yes?), and it's bound with one of those teal-y Kona cottons that I hoard, but whose names I have forgotten (possibly Jade?).

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I'm pretty madly in love.

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after I quilted and bound it, I washed it, and it all smooshed up (and lost some shininess), and is SO VERY SOFT AND AMAZING. The hubs has requested a pillow from the scraps, it's THAT awesome.

(it's on lend at Sew Modern right now, so peeps wondering about Radiance can pet it and love it and make their own!)

Baby Crockett at the Circus

image I really really love the fabrics Marie Perkins of Print and Pattern does for Robert Kaufman.  LOVE.

As soon as I saw the mock-ups for The Circus, I got inspired. I got the fabrics, and cut them up in July? June? no clue. OMG it was tedious cutting. I totally lost steam.

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But when I went on the LAMQG retreat last month, I was reinspired, and whipped out this top in an hour or so (hence the imperfect points. oh well).

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the back is just as fun as the front!

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and he likes it a LOT. it makes him extra wiggly!

(finished quilt measures about 44x60?)

Bags n babies

D and I stopped by the new Daiso Japan store in Torrance last week. they have cute little metal clasp frames for $1.50, so I bought one and tried it out. image

I suck at glueing.

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and next time I'll make my own shape (less pear-y), but this time I followed the pattern that comes with the clasp. (Or, rather, I followed the pattern piece and illustrations. the instructions were written in Japanese, so they didn't help me much)

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but it came out cute, and the Bean was pleased.

Since I had that linen out.... I decided to try tiny hexies...

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I printed out a sheet of 1/4" hexies (man, there sure are a lot on 1 page! I cut about 40, and used 7)

here's my late night basting...

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I used a blanket stitch to applique them onto a scrap of linen, and made a zip pouch from it. came out pretty cute, if I do say so myself!

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I've been able to get a lot done these days (even though I'm not posting much. Everything is for Fall Market, and therefore hush hush), because my little dude spends a lot of time like this:

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Another nursing-dress muslin

I had the sick 6 y/o take these pics, so my apologies for the quality (but yay him for being my photographer!) image

I made this dress up last night, based sorta on the schoolhouse tunic I wore yesterday. it's another wearable muslin (this fabric is by Darlene Zimmerman for Robert Kaufman, and is a 1930's floral ditsy print. tiny red flowers on white. LOVE it), while I try to figure out a flattering and functional fit. It felt really shapeless (despite bust darts). I think the back is still too big, but adding a "belt" (aka a strip of batik selvage tied in the back) helped a lot, I think...

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or at least it did in the mirror/my head... I need to hem the sleeves and skirt, but I think this could totally work. I'm loving the pockets and the easy nursing, and it's the perfect amount of clothing for the mid-80's weather we're having.

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I put a zipper in the back (an invisible one, obvi), but because of the giant slit in the front, it's totally unnecessary, so I think I'll take it out and just sew it shut.

I love this fabric enough that I think I'll keep this dress and wear it a bunch, and now I think I'm ready to start sewing "real" dresses...

Oh, and I used Built-By-Wendy Dresses as my jumping off point. the shift dress, size L.

 

Changing pad

I needed a simple changing pad that would easily fit in my bag image

so I made one (pencil for scale), using this awesome red/white print (Pop Posies by Nancy Mims for Robert Kaufman, coming soon).

I love this print. It looked like plus signs to me until I used it, and now it looks like a cool latice to me.

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it has simple velcro on the non-baby side

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and cute Cat in the Hat laminate (also RK scraps) on the baby side.

with thin bias tape to finish the edges.

so simple and awesome.

 

Baby pants, etc

there's something ridiculously appealing about baby butts. .. He's way too small for the basket, but it's so cute, we use it in the front yard when his big sibs want to ride bikes out there...

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he's so teeny and smooshy!

he's had his first photoshoot (for the sleep sack pattern I still haven't actually written...)

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I've been knitting him a hat in my spare moments...

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so I made a little bag for my small knitting projects... it's about 8" square.

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and I sewed the little dude a bunch o' pants... ok, some are shorts (I used 1/4 yard cuts and scraps to make them all, so they came out different lengths... I don't think he minds)

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progress is being made on the cutting space...

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Dr. Seuss Sweet Pea Sleep Pod

Moses basket made for the RK market booth, pattern called the Sweet Pea Sleep Pod... probably the most involved thing I've ever made, but LOOK how cool! image

It came out pretty perfectly, considering I made it (hurriedly) in a day and a night...

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the insides were all cotton prints, and the outside was SLICKER (RK laminated cotton)! easy to wipe clean!

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It's pretty darn big....

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Here it is filled with a quilt top and 2 bags (and maybe more, underneath)

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and for scale, here it is on the adult sized rocking chair on my porch at 2am, awaiting early morning pick-up...

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here's the quilt that was inside:

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the pattern is Dot Party by Jaybird quilts, and the fabric is ROAR! by Marie Perkins for Print and Pattern. I love everything she does. EVERY THING. the scraps from this quilt are going to be made into something awesome for Baby Crockett... (probably a quilt, obvi)

Finishing.

I'm trying to knock stuff off my to-do list (so that I can justify adding to it!) first up was this found quilt top...

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I used leftovers from the new Lazy Daisy Baskets line, by Darlene Zimmerman, with this cute Mother Goose panel... I like the back better than the front....

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...probably because the front has this CREEPY naked baby print. Not sure what I was thinking (actually, I'm pretty sure I was just trying to use it up)

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It's quilted with a square spiral radiating from the center, and it's bound in leftovers from the back, and even the batting was 3 pieces zig-zagged together. and it's done. so that's off the list.

Next up, using the Modify Tradition blocks I made however many years ago.

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I kept the ones with mistakes, and figured out how to piece them together (with lots of Kona white), even though blocks varied in size from 6" to 16" (intentionally)...

I quilted in the white with red perle cotton, and stitched in the ditch in the blocks with white-on-top, red-on-the-bottom, because that's what was loaded in my industrial.

 

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the Bean liked the biggest block best....

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every block has this red print that I also used for the back, (which I STILL have lots of left. trying so hard to use it up!).

The binding is a cute picnic/clambake newsprint fabric (bought yesterday from Sew Modern).

it's intended for picnics, since it's full of mistakes and is very mismatched, but I like it. as do the kiddos, so we'll use it.

so that's 2 things off my WIP list. yay! I'm off to work on the hand quilting of my windmill quilt....

Scrap/vintage sewing

I made this sunsuit from one of those vintage patterns I bought last month... it's a size 1, and I mostly wanted to see the construction and assembly... I think it came out cute enough that I'll draft a larger version for the Bean later this summer... image

I used leftover Essex Linen in awesome Hot Pink, (and my snap press instead of buttons)...

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I would imagine this would be even cuter with the bulk of diapers underneath....

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the fit was actually ok, except that she's WAY taller than the wearer is supposed to be... the straps would NOT reach.

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but it's still pretty cute. and the pattern as written was pretty neat. I'm thinking if I just took off the bib, and made the straps way longer, it'd be a super cute, vintage-esque shorts pattern for her to wear this summer.... I have some Essex in medium aqua left over... I might need to make a pair like this for Baby Crockett...

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not sure why she needed to stand on her toes for every shot, but it was so cute....

KCWC finale: Vintage patterns....

C and I had a morning date to the antique flea market, and while he was busy inspecting and buying a vintage cash register (seriously, for work), I stumbled upon these gems. Priced at $2-3 each, I absolutely could not resist. image

none of them are the right size, but I can grade the size 1's up, and save the 6....

The Bean, of course, wants this dress with the doll first. sorry, not going to happen....

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I ADORE this sunsuit, and cannot WAIT (until after market) to make it. I'm thinking something polkadot....

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btw, does anyone know the dealio with sharing vintage patterns? B/c I'd be willing to scan/share, but I dunno if it's legal....

and isn't this the SWEETEST little dress? I think it'll be fun for her to wear this summer, though I can already foresee that C and I will not agree on hem lengths for his little princess... (if it weren't for the politics/religions involved, I think he'd like to dress her in a burka, or just lock her up in a tower)