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?)

Birthday dress in a Jiffy

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.

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it's the Jiffy Dress on the upper right side....

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I tried really hard to get her to hold still so I could photograph it, but this is the best I could get.

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and this is the shot of the back.... ;)

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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.

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but she loved it, so it was worth it.

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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catch up.

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...

My sleep sack in VROOM and Bonny Bloom Flannel

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...

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)

Seat belt strap cover thingys

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) image

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.)

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this grey Kona coal is left over from a table runner I made last week....

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helicopter fabric matches pants they each have....

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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...

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....

Another Ottobre shirt

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... image

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).

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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....

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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....

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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.