Hey, thanks for all the quilt love! You guys are so good at affirming my craftiness!
We had a couple of nice sunny days this week despite the coooooold weather. I took a few shots of my cozy sewing room which also doubles as a guest room. Here’s a vintage dresser from my parents with some of my craft/sewing/knitting books:
Clementine’s quilt is finished…got the last of the binding put on the other day, by machine of course and then handstitching all the places I missed. I am such a campy quilter it’s not even funny. Having never had any formal training in the quilting dept, I cheat in every way imaginable. Although I found a very helpful tutorial on applying binding in a recent issue of Sew Hip, which I purchased at JoAnn (of all places) a couple of weeks ago. When I got home I sat for a good half hour reading it going, “Oh…oh!” as I discovered how Real Quilters apply binding. Enlightening. Which brings me to question number one: what other sewing magazines do you guys like?
The blocks for this…
Not much Christmas crafting going on around here this year yet (honestly, I am just happy I got the tree up), but I hadn’t found a felt stocking for Clementine as of last week, so I pulled this number together over the weekend:
I’m feeling pretty clever here. The beauty of this one is that it was made completely of small (9×12″) sheets of wool felt, eight to be exact (plus a few scraps of acrylic I used for the holly adornment). I always have a tough time finding felt by-the-yard that is also cute, but this felt from Heather Bailey was really adorable and just had to be bought. I’m also hoping to add a letter “C” yet or embroider her name…
Look what I finished over Thanksgiving weekend:
Pattern: Gnomey Hat by Hello Yarn
Yarn: Deborah Norville’s (I know…right?) Serenity Chunky
Needles: Size 10 DPNs
Accidental modifications: not knowing the difference between garter stitch and reverse stockinette (I know…right?), the section that is supposed to be garter curls pretty severely. Having already pulled the whole thing out a couple of times by the time it was pointed out to me by a more experienced knitter, I opted to just let it go. Deep breaths. Luckily Clementine hasn’t complained (noticed?) yet.
After the last post I had an epiphany. You don’t really read my blog for the sewing, although that’s maybe how it started. Now you’re here for the baby pictures. You’re a bunch of Baby Junkies, am I right? Well here’s your fix for the day:
We’re back from Cancun, where I slathered SPF 70 lotion on myself and Elliot all last week and kept Clementine out of the sun completely. So we don’t look like we went to Mexico, but boy did we have fun. And wonderful, warm humid weather.
Took a quick break from the swimsuits and sundresses yesterday to start this Gnomey Hat by Hello Yarn (spotted recently at SouleMama as well). You know, the sort of project that makes perfect sense when you’re about to leave for Mexico [end sarcasm].
Too many things to blog about, too little time. That really sums up how I feel right now as time with two hands free is so hard to come by. I’ve got a purse pattern in the works (ack, why can’t I do that faster??), a new dress for Mexico I want to show you, a baby quilt that’s almost finished, and then the other day in a moment of inspiration/insanity at Fields in Holland (Michigan), I bought swim material. For a swimsuit. For me. Yes friends I have completely lost it.
And I wish so badly that these pictures weren’t so grainy, but I’m just going to barrel ahead with this post anyway and not obsess about it. HURRAH HURRAH I am…
A few toddler boy bottoms for you today…
My mother-in-law came to stay with us a couple of weeks ago and potty-trained Elliot over the course of a week. What a saint. It’s been so great. My diaper laundry went to half overnight. We are a little short on undies so I made these cute little helicopter ones with Bonnie’s pattern for undies, adding a little PUL in the middle to help with accidents:
Bonnie’s blog is worth checking out; she does all sorts of great sewing with knits. I “met” Bonnie during Spring Top Week last year. And looking up her blog address I just discovered that she has a new newborn…
I’m going to have to take back some of my words here, because look what fits???
I will concede that the pattern DOES actually fit a 0-3 month old, as my babe is (a rather large) 2 months and the top fits quite nicely. It works over a onesie since it’s a little cold outside, which is fine because that solves the V-neck issues as well…
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