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...
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.
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.
and each section has thread that matches, except this one, for which I did not have matching thread at 11pm, so I used teal.
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?).
I'm pretty madly in love.
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!)
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?)
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 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.
My friend Erik is an architect/urban planner. (he's also one of my daughter's godfathers). when I got this amazing new fabric (Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander), with blueprint-y prints, I knew I needed to make him something. He'd once commented on a crayon roll of the Bean's, saying it'd be great to have something like that for his pens and pencils. Perfect. I asked him how many slots, and then whipped this puppy out:
he's on a 2 month trip to Japan, Spain (and maybe England? I can't remember), so hopefully this is helping him in his travels...
This post is part of the Travellin' Pic Stitch Blog Hop. From 1st October - 30th November we are hopping all over the world EPP-ing in some fantastic locations. Check out the full list here and be sure to check out the other participants. Life is crazy 'round here these days! I'm drowning in fabric to be sewn into samples for Quilt Market (luckily it's awesome fabric), and my WONDERFUL husband surprised me with a last minute ticket to Sewing Summit! Excited does NOT adequately express my feelings right now. totally worth the all-nighters I'm going to have to pull to get stuff done before and after. In the mean time, I've been working on hand sewing every chance I can get! I have a bunch of pics to post, at some point, including (finally) my finished Tangerine Tango quilt!
But on to the bloghop!
we live about 2 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, and my kiddos have a favorite playground on the bluffs, so we went down at sunset last week, and I made the hubs get involved... he took these pictures:
I took the yellow, pink, and purply-blues, and made this piece:
and, since The Bean is already worrying about me leaving, last night I quilted it up into a pillow for her. I like to pretend that I'm Angela Walters when I FMQ, so I totally copied her and did these super tight lines on the blue feathers.
and that's my finished project! hopefully she feels loved even though I'm gone (it's a whopping 4 day (3 night) trip, but she's only 3, after all). And isn't it pretty?
I think I put her name on it so I couldn't keep it myself. ;)
On 30th November it's over to you to link up for a chance to win these fabulous prizes!
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Our October (or maybe september) LAMQG swap was a scrap swap. I was lucky enough to get scraps from my friend Nicole, and one day, while looking at the scraps, I noticed that they all went well with this peachy-pink Essex Linen that I had. so I sewed up the pieces into little bits of patchy-goodness, and made all three sizes of Open-Wide pouches by Noodlehead.
I love that they nest
each is slightly different, but still awesome.
the tiniest squares are 1". the biggest are 2"
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.
I suck at glueing.
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)
but it came out cute, and the Bean was pleased.
Since I had that linen out.... I decided to try tiny hexies...
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...
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!
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:
My post-partum body needs clothes, so I made these last week. Fabric is Vera stretch sateen (by RK, of course) in Amethyst. LOVE them.
I've got some green (Aloe) ready to cut next.
I need more nursing-friendly clothing. I emailed Meg at Sew Liberated, and she was super helpful about how to use her patterns for nursing.
So I bought the Schoolhouse Tunic, and last night I made a muslin (a wearable muslin, oxymoronical as it may be).
I think I need to take it in in a variety of places to give it a more flattering fit.
(can you tell I'm tired? Last night we had a very sick kiddo)
I made a size 14/16, based solely on my bust measurements, but I think I could easily fit into a 10/12.
But it was pretty easy to make, and works like a DREAM for nursing with a nursing tank underneath,
I added pockets in the side seams, just because I like pockets.
The fabric is red Cambridge Lawn, and I have no words to describe how awesome it is. SO soft, but still densely woven enough to be durable. Here in LA, wearing 2 layers is often too much, but a tank and a lawn tunic is JUST bearable. and it will be perfect for the colder days. I think I'll add some trim or something to the front, but as it stands, baggy and all, it's totally wearable, I LOVE the fabric and the color, and look forward to making more (smaller) Schoolhouse Tunics in the very near future.
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
D needed a pencil bag, and was told to put pencils, erasers, and markers in them. I had this idea to make a bag that's double ended, but searching on the internet for "double-ended bag" or pouch or anything double-ended only produces boxing results.... I'm not sure if I just don't know the right search terms, or what, but I couldn't find any tutorials or patterns or images of what I wanted, so I took a deep breath, grabbed some scrap fabric, and tried out my idea....
it worked! (this is the second one, of nice fabrics. the proportions were off on the first one)
I used scraps from the sample quilt of Don't Be Crabby by Laurie Wisbrun for RK (in stores in December)
see, zippers on either end.
D approved, and filled it with his pencils and markers quite happily
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...
Nightfall, Buttercup, Bahama, Azure, Aqua, Peacock, Turquoise, and Jade... I'm soooo thrilled that I have the new Kona color yard. Just looking at it gets me inspired... I've decided my favorite color is Lagoon. And my bedroom is the exact color of Pacific.
I cut up a bunch o strips of the aforementioned colors, and came up with this throw-sized (60-ish inches, square) quilt
(BTW, the Bean helped with the basting:
she loves smoothing.)
And then I was so excited by Angela's book, after straightline (diagonal) quilting the center, I went a little crazy in the borders....
It was my first time doing the wavy bits in the dark blue, but I love the "allover leaves" in the outer border... I didn't use variegated thread, But I did use about 8 different blue threads, finishing a bunch o' spools...
I haven't been able to get a good picture of the finished product without a kitty....
neither the front, nor the back.... which used up the rest of my strips, and the rest of my solids, and then a length of Turquoise....
that was another view of the quilting... from the back...
and this was supposed to be another pic of the quilting, but Radiator just wanted to attack the quilt/me...
Gotta love a quick project. I started this Friday night, and it was done on Monday (plus, you know, all that baby stuff and another quilt top)