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.
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).
the back is just as fun as the front!
and he likes it a LOT. it makes him extra wiggly!
(finished quilt measures about 44x60?)
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.
I have a stash of patterns that my Grandma gave me, used by her in the 60's (for my dad's little sister)... some of them are SO awful it's funny, and some are just plain wonderful. this one was wonderful.
it's the Jiffy Dress on the upper right side....
I tried really hard to get her to hold still so I could photograph it, but this is the best I could get.
and this is the shot of the back.... ;)
Luckily, it really was pretty quick to make up, because her first time wearing it, we went to Busy Bee and then picnicked in the park with friends, and her dress was soon covered in meatball sub.
but she loved it, so it was worth it.
I needed a simple changing pad that would easily fit in my bag
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.
it has simple velcro on the non-baby side
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.
perfect for keeping all those little mini-figs and their accessories safely stored, at home or on the road.
Fabric is Vroom by Leslie Grainger, and Essex Linen green scraps
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...
he's so teeny and smooshy!
he's had his first photoshoot (for the sleep sack pattern I still haven't actually written...)
I've been knitting him a hat in my spare moments...
so I made a little bag for my small knitting projects... it's about 8" square.
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)
progress is being made on the cutting space...
Sooo, it was really hot, and I was knitting a lot, and I wound up having to take my knitting to the hospital, and finishing it there, while holding this little dude.
and then I came home, and made a quilt,
but totally forgot to take better pics of it before giving it away.... but I used Angela's brilliant book, and tried lots of different quilting on it...
(this is after it's been through the washer and dryer to make it cuddly)
I tested out my sleep sack size
made a couple more, in these lovely new fabrics...
finally finished the top of my summer sampler
using Kona colors: White, Coral, Cerise, Crocus, Curry, and Aqua (say that 10 times fast!)
I'm MADLY in love with my micro-sashing. MADLY.
now I'm trying to figure out how to quilt the behemoth I made for my dad, and to decide on the quilt back for the above quilt, and to catch up on my Handstitched quilt, etc....
and Fall Market prep starts next week...
and the Bean a new place to play her current favorite game: lost Baby Hug Monster!
The outside is Robert Kaufman Hampton Twill in Navy (also featured regularly in D pants), and the inside is all either Kona Solids, or the new modern "cheater cloth" called Kona Modern Quilts (The red is Merlot dots, and the other two prints are part of the Pacific color story).
I made the bumper with the ticker-tape print as the backing, and then I used the print as a guide to quilt (like I did this one for Spring Market, but I'll admit that I quilted the bumper less densely than I did the original).
I think it gives the bumper a teeny bit of extra interest without being at all tricky or time consuming...
(gratuitous extra shot of all the interior fabric choices...)
She says she's gonna sleep in it till Crockett comes...
(BTW, in case you are considering making one of these... it's a LOT of work (and some of it is bulky and annoying), but it's TOTALLY worth it. look how awesome the finished product is!!!!) I made the first one in 2 full days (weekends), and this one over 1 weekend day and several nights...)
People keep asking about the durability of the new Robert Kaufman lawn (that I clearly rave about constantly, else why would so many people ask)... early in May, I made this dress for the Bean.
I haven't even needed to trim strings off the bottom!
it's gracefully withstood all the tumbling, jumping, spinning, etc (and all the subsequent washings and dryings), and still gets complements every time she wears it in public.
So it's super durable.
(and the bleeding magenta floss is fading! hooray!)
Have I mentioned how amazingly silky soft it is?
working the kinks out of another dress idea... this is the second attempt. the first went prefectly, but I had no pattern, and didn't write anything down... recreating is always harder than just winging it...
luckily, she's cute no matter what.
fabric is RK pomegranate and some soon-to be released hearts (scraps from when I worked on this quilt). The fabric totally makes this not-quite-perfect version A-OK in her eyes....
Right? I cut out a big pile on Sunday, and sewed a lot yesterday, so today he has 5 new pairs.
All are Robert Kaufman fabrics... the top is a nice light weight denim, then Essex Linen, then navy, burgandy, forrest Twill. (love this stuff, super strong, but not too heavy for littles)
All the pants have bright, semi-coordinating RK scraps (leftover from making this quilt) for the waistbands and pocket linings, and contrasting buttons (except the middle pair, I can't find anchor buttons (per his request) so I'm still looking)
the backs all have butt-pockets, with various decorative top stitching, (and using the denim selvage for the jean pair), and all have elastic waists (except the jeans, because I ran out of elastic)
CLEARLY, I had a lot of fun choosing colors and buttons and topstitching thread.... I LOOOOOOOVE sailor pants on little boys. and despite being huge, mine is still a little boy.
I bought a vintage Davy Crockett costume pattern on etsy a few weeks ago, and then got ahold of some gorgeous Essex Linen (in Camel), and gave up on finding nice vinyl or leather fringe, and accepted the faux stuff they sell at Joann. Luckily it came together really well, and the boy-o woke up today (his birthday), and found this complete costume awaiting...
He's actually using it to play "Woods Runner" (because he loved the book by Gary Paulsen), not Davy, but that's the joy of costumes, right?
the fringe was stiff and icky feeling, so we washed and dried it really quickly this morning, hence the wrinkles, but the essex is so soft and wonderful, that he's loving it.
the tough faces are due entirely to his needing to hide from the Hessians and Redcoats, not because he's unhappy about the costume or photos. Fully in character.
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!
It came out pretty perfectly, considering I made it (hurriedly) in a day and a night...
the insides were all cotton prints, and the outside was SLICKER (RK laminated cotton)! easy to wipe clean!
It's pretty darn big....
Here it is filled with a quilt top and 2 bags (and maybe more, underneath)
and for scale, here it is on the adult sized rocking chair on my porch at 2am, awaiting early morning pick-up...
here's the quilt that was inside:
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)
I don't know what these are called.... But I made 3 of them last night in well under an hour. They sell them at target (UGLY) for $11/pair. I like mine better, (and so do the kiddos)
I just grabbed scraps out of my scrap bin for the squares, and the binding from binding scraps.... (wish I knew where that yellow dot was from. LOVE it. and only had 1 little strip of it.)
this grey Kona coal is left over from a table runner I made last week....
helicopter fabric matches pants they each have....
she approved... she was the one who wanted them, so I'm glad she approves.
the straps velcro on.... I couldn't find a tutorial for them anywhere (only for the baby-car-seat/bike trailer ones, which are skinnier), but maybe because I don't know what they're called?
I can make a tute if anyone else out there wants to make them, but they're so easy and obvious that a tute might not be necessary...
I made this super awesome dress for the Bean, using a vintage pattern.... (sorta. I mean, I copied a vintage pattern but used her sloper) anyway, to make the grey a little more girlie, I embroidered some flowers. And the old magenta floss I used bled all over.
This was one of the last minute quilts made for the RK booth... I got the fabric the week of market, so I had to design, piece, quilt and bind in a single day.
This adorable fabric is called Little Kukla (which autocorrects to Killa on an iphone, hence the title of this post). I pieced it with leftover bits of Curry, Aloe, and Coral.
I only had a fat quarter of each print. I used up almost every little bit on the back (which is mostly Coral, obvi)
and bound it in Curry.
I just stitched in the ditch all around the front, really quickly... The Bean LOVED the prints, and I will have to make her one when the fabrics come out.
close up of the prints:
I really really really only had a teeeeny bit left, which was in small pieces, so I put the scraps together into this little doll quilt for the Bean:
This little version is backed in Coal (again), and bound with scraps of the new color of Kona that I used to bind the Magical Rainbows quilt.
I had some tension issues with this quilting, but I tried to do a kind of stem-y thing, a la the teeny floral print. Not horrid.
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...
I used leftover Essex Linen in awesome Hot Pink, (and my snap press instead of buttons)...
I would imagine this would be even cuter with the bulk of diapers underneath....
the fit was actually ok, except that she's WAY taller than the wearer is supposed to be... the straps would NOT reach.
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...
not sure why she needed to stand on her toes for every shot, but it was so cute....
This shirt honestly takes longer to cut than to sew, (the whole thing takes well under an hour), but the finished product is AWESOME. (it's an Ottobre pattern). I used scraps from my market sewing to whip this out last night...
IMO, it would look nicer with some solid colored pants or a skirt, but she insisted on wearing it with the helicopters. (because they have pockets).
the Remix heart print is a new knit by RK, and it's a great weight. light enough to wear in the summer, but thick enough to sew easily....
I've made a size 92 again, but I didn't lettuce-edge the sleeves, and they're definitely too short, even though the fit of the rest of it is perfect....
I use snaps instead of the buttons on the pattern, but that's the only mod. and it's just because I'm lazy and have a snap press.