Story Book Baby Quilt
October 24, 2014
I completely fell in love with Storybook by Kate & Birdie when it was released, and then I came across the adorable Storybook Star Baby Quilt pattern on Moda Bakeshop. Shortly after that, my dear friend Lorelai found out she was pregnant which gave me the perfect excuse to buy the fabric!
(I try not to buy fabric unless I know what I’m going to be using it for. Well, that’s the theory at least… doesn’t always work in practice. No one is surprised by that right? =D )
I made a small alteration to the pattern and bought an extra charm pack so that I could add prairie points around the edge. I like putting “taggies” on baby quilts for baby to play with.
In the future, I will be putting prairie points on the quilt somewhere that is not on the edge ’cause wow, finishing that edge was a pain in the butt. It is also not the prettiest job ever, so hopefully Lorelai won’t look at it too closely.
I had some fun with the quilting using my walking foot. It’s still pretty simple as quilting goes, but I like how it came out.
For the back, I used an owl print flannel because Lorelai loves owls and her nursery is owl themed.
I’m still getting more puckering than I would like after washing the quilt. I’m pretty sure it’s not a problem with how I made my quilt sandwich as I did a pretty good job of stretching my layers out over the kitchen table. I think it’s a shrinkage issue, so I’m going to try a cotton/poly blend batting next time, or pre-wash my batting to pre-shrink it.
I hope Lorelai (and the new baby) like the quilt!
Baby Moogle Costume
October 17, 2014
I love Halloween because it means I can dress up my brood. This year’s theme was supposed to be Final Fantasy with the Grub as a moogle and the Larva as a white mage. I got as far as making the moogle costume, but then I decided that we needed to do a theme as an entire family.
The problem with that decision is that I no longer have a Final Fantasy costume and making new adult costumes is a lot more work than making kid costumes. Marcus and I do, however, both have Avatar: The Last Airbender costumes, so now I’m in middle of making new Avatar costumes for the kids.
In the meantime, I decided to snap some photos of the Grub in her moogle costume.
I use Simplicity 1767 as a base. I’ve used this pattern a few times and I always make a few changes. I make the sleeves a little longer and this time, I added mittens on to the ends. I also alter the hood because I don’t like the elastic gathers the pattern calls for. Instead, I trim the hood down so it’s not so big.
I used fleece for the entire costume. The wings are fleece sewn over Pellon Peltex for stiffness, and the pompom is a magician’s foam ball glued on to a piece of felt folded a bunch of times into a fabric rod.
I think the costume came out pretty cute, but obviously I’m biased. =D
October 10, 2014
I love jade, and if I wasn’t spending all my extra money on pretty fabrics, I’d probably be spending it on on jade jewelry. I’m part of a forum for ladies who love jade and I’ve gotten to be good friends with a few of the members. A bunch of them got together and got me a gift when the Grub was born and it was the sweetest thing ever! It’s so amazing how the internet can bring people together, and it is awesome. =D
I’m on a roll with the thank you gifts so for my dear jade sisters, I wanted to make some bangle bags for them to carry their bangles when traveling. I used this bag tutorial by KAU UZÊDA and made some small modifications.
I needed to make 3 bags so I knew I was going to need a fair bit of fabric. I had just purchased a fatquarter set of Scarborough Fair by Robyn Pandolph which was perfect. I love the pastel vintage-y feel of these fabrics and it ended up working great for these bags.
I was going to make each bag with 5 bangle pouches but 5 just looked to be too many so I went with 4.
In the bottom of each pouch, I put an elastic loop and a button to loop the elastic around to secure the bangle. Jade is actually a very hard stone and I know these pouches will be used mostly to hold jade bangles, but I didn’t want to take the risk of damaging them, so I made sure to use plastic buttons. I have a lot of Chinese knotting thread sitting around, so I used that for the pouch ties.
I decided to try for a scrappy look on the cover and assembled strips of the fabric, finishing it off with some simple crosshatch quilting and bias binding. I added magnetic snaps for closures and handles.
I took all the leftover pouches and made a 4th bag. This one ended up being all green since I ran out of the other colors. I love green so this one is probably going to be mine.
And the finished bangle bags.
I really liked how these came out! If there is any interest, I might make a few more to sell. After Halloween though. I still gotta finish Halloween costumes for The Brood…
Knitting Needle Roll
October 2, 2014
Sewing with a newborn attached to you 24-7 hasn’t been easy but I’ve been making it work. I have mastered the art of sewing one handed while holding the Grub on a boppy pillow. Well, as long as it’s sewing in straight lines… =D
One of my recent projects is a thank you gift for my obgyn. I know she likes to knit, so I thought a Knitting needle roll would be perfect. Unfortunately I am not a knitter so I didn’t really have any idea what a knitter would need. Thankfully there are some wonderful tutorials out there for knitting needle rolls. I decided to use the one from Stitch Parade and to make the cover a quilted patchwork piece.
I’m very fond of this design with the rows of patchwork diamonds and I’ve used it for other bags. The cover fabric is Marie Antoinette By Deborah Edwards.
For the inside, I used cute bunny fabric from the Windsor Lane Collection by Bunny Hill. I don’t have any knitting needles, so I used chopsticks to test the pockets. =D
I used matching fabric to make the ties for the roll…
I actually made 2 of these knitting needle rolls because I wasn’t sure what color she would like. I figured I’d make one in pink as well and let her pick.
I think next time I’ll use a thinner batting for the cover so it isn’t so thick, but other than that, I’m pleased with how they came out. Hopefully my doctor likes it and can find a use for it!