I made a bunch(13) of little zippy bags (using THIS tutorial from noodlehead) and then inserted gift cards and The Bean gave them out to all her preschool teachers (and she and D gave on to their Irish dancing teacher)... Leftovers were sent to cousins/sister...
sooo, remember that Radiance baby blanket? here's a bigger one, traditionally pieced (ie, not "quilted as I went"), basted, and quilted.
i made it using a 1/2 yard bundle of 7 (i think) shades of pink/wine.
I purposefully was a little sloppy/scrappy making this, sewing some pieces wrong side up, not perfectly squaring up the pieced blocks, etc, because I wanted to see if the quilting and washing would cover any flaws that beginners might make working with such silky fabrics.
I quilted a different "flower" design in each block, per my daughter's instructions, except for the blocks in which I quilted her name... (below, you can see Fiona quilted in the bright pink block)
it does fray more than regular cotton, so raw edges on a garment or something need to be well finished, but I'm not too worried since it's quilted down....
it's backed with corduroy, and SO very lucious and soft, and the mistakes are ALL INVISIBLE.
I LOOOOOVE Radiance and can't wait to work with it more!!!
We had a holiday potholder swap at the last LAMQG meeting. I made 2 for my swap partner, 1 that I fussy cut and paper pieced, then appliqued and quilted:
from the back:
and one that was an experiment: I took the idea of a Somerset star and made it have more points:
my partner wasn't there, but hopefully she liked them...
i had WAY too much fun making this one...
but improv piecing all those little letters (finishing at 1.5" square) was super time consuming, so the rest of us used our old stockings. will make similar ones for the rest of us this year.... hopefully.
All made with scraps and Essex Linen in natural.
Of course, he "supervised" all of the sewing..
I'm always amused by how insulted cats get when the project I was working on before they decided to come supervise dares to touch them or invade their space in any way...
I pieced the valentines blocks for the teacher-gift bags I'm hoping to make tomorrow. I actually took a long nap, so I have energy to keep going, but I wanna photograph the steps, so I have to wait till tomorrow. But I got the blocks done, so I'm counting it a a done project.
As a pregnant, SAHM of 2 littles, I'm not having much energy to sew at night these days... But I really want to make up some valentines bags for our preschool teachers... I cut these strips this morning, and am hoping that by posting these this morning, I'll feel obliged to whip up some pieced/quilted bag pieces tonight... I love strips.
The problem with making a twirly girl dress is that the girl wearing it is constantly in motion...
it's remarkably difficult to photograph
but I suppose that's what makes the dress itself a success...
My big sister is the most organized person I know. but she's not technical. so when I saw this tute, I pinned it right away. I KNEW it was perfect for her.
I embroidered her name, since I love alliteration.
I added a pen in her favorite color (aqua).
I used linen and scraps from the new Grandeur line of fabrics from Robert Kaufman. It's got lots of lovely blue (Lisa's fave color) and lily of the valley (her favorite flower), so it's totally perfect.
Here's the full outside of the listkeeper: I added more horizontal lines of quilting than the directions called for, but that's the only change I made. It puckered a bit where I topstitched the opening, I couldn't figure out how to avoid that...
Here's a better look at the very minimal quilting.
It was super hard to get a shot of the amazingly perfect button I found, this is probably the best pic. It's the exactly right shades of mother-of-pearl blue.
I wrapped it in a long strip of plain brown paper, and then sewed the sides shut with several rows of very-long-stitch-length seams. Then I used paper scissors to scallop the edges...
here's where you can see the stitching on the package. I love it.
and here's the back: those zigzag edges were not fun to bind.
C tried to take pictures of the long arm quilting I did. It was my first time, and even though I definitely made some mistakes, I think it's pretty awesome for a first time.
The main part of the quilt is like swirly waves, and then the border was sorta clamshell echos, sorta. (ideas and techniques badly copied from the FreeMotion Project)
I used a magenta-ish color (that I already had, because the Long Arm machine at Sew Modern uses the same Isacord thread that I use on my embroidery machine, so I have LOTS of colors.)
these are pics of the back, so you can see the quilting. it's a throw sized quilt, like 60x60, maybe? I forgot to measure it, and it's in Ipswitch now, so I can't measure it.
I read about this Eraser Clay on Remarkably Domestic, and my kiddos love those weird little erasers, so I thought this clay would be fun for them. I made this Peter Pan (with a pink feather, because red isn't an option) at D's request. You can see the crayons in the background for some idea of scale. he's quite small. clearly I need more practice, but he's pretty cute, if I do say so myself. haven't tested the erasing quality yet. but that's ok.
I also made this on tuesday:
isn't he cute?!?!?! I totally faked it, so he's not perfect, but I'm pretty proud of him. D and I were looking for a "papa present" (usually a coffee mug) for him to give C for xmas, and found these penguin ornaments. he wanted. I balked at the price/weird eyes; so I knit (knitted?)!
I knit him flat, with leftover yarn scraps, and then sewed him up the back... He measures like 3 inches tall/ maybe 4? clearly I need to go measure him sometime.... but not now.
here he is waving hello to you:
of course, the problem with having 2 kids is that when you make something for one of them, the other one wants one too.
so I made an Emperor penguin for the Bean. Now I have notes on how to make them, so I can hopefully make 1 more and post a pattern/tutorial. It's pretty easy, but it takes almost as much sewing as knitting....
OH, and the kiddos are both insisting that THEIR penguin is named Penny, just like the penguin in the Magic Tree House books. I hate uncreative names, but there's no point in arguing. therefore, meet Penny and Penny, the penguins.
I'm thinking of making a red one and a yellow one for the kiddo's preschool teachers...
both kids slept with them last night. it was totally cute.
I totally couldn't resist, especially since I had some white felt and easter egg dye...
I dunno how big they are, I didn't measure at any point, but you can see the scale...
the colors are a little off, the red one is actually pink, pretty close to the candies, and the yellow is a PERFECT match.
I used the ball head of a pin to do the eye dots...
I think there are more of these in my future... I really wanted to make the bunting, but didn't have time... perhaps if I start it next week, I might finish it in time for next year?
C and D colored easter eggs...
(I made C wear an apron, and I only have girly aprons...)
this was D's first time, so mostly we did plain eggs, but he was thrilled by them.
look how pretty! (they're drying on D's geo-board)
there was plenty of dye left, so I made some small skeins of natural colored yarn, and just dyed all these in the microwave... (all shades of blue and green for my crocheted blanket)
I also made some yellow and pink felt so I can make some bunny peep pins tonight... so I'd better get to work!
pink stripes for the bean
blue stripes for D
eggs for both!
10 eggs done, 25 to go, and both baskets done. I loved making the
baskets, but they're really small. I might need to make more, larger....
I'm gonna try wet felting some eggs tomorrow, and I need to put faces
on the bunnies for the kiddos. And make them Easter outfits. (Even though we're not religious, and therefore don't really "need" the traditional Easter dress-up thing...)
Am thinking of sewing a shirt for D with a stencil of "Milo the Really