A month ago my husband and I got a baby shower invitation from some sweet friends of ours who live many states away. There wasn't any way we'd be able to go, so some handmade gifts mailed were in order. Usually I make a baby sling and buy something from their registry or something. I wanted to do something more this time. What else to do than make a baby quilt? Even when you've NEVER quilted before?
It turned out not so bad! I found a group of colors I liked (they're having a boy) and sewed them all together, first in twos then in fours and then in strips and then strips together. For the quilting itself, I made little stars in the blue and plaid squares and "stitched in the ditch" on the green squares.
I discovered quilting really only requires patience, time, and creative forethought, all of which I'm running low on lately (um, always). But the end product is pleasing and useful, and really, what more could a quilt want?
The binding is so not perfect.....far away from perfect. I'm not very good at binding. But it covers everything it should (mostly...there's a little corner where some of the flannel I used for the back doesn't quite meet up with the batting and quilt top, i don't know why because it matched up when i pinned it all together, but i sewed a little heart over that space and i think it looks cute) and doesn't look too too terrible.
All in all, minus the binding, this was a great (and easy!) introduction to quilting. For a scaredy-cat like me. It's not the most complicated quilt, or even the most dynamic first quilt, but I like it.
To those who want to try quilting but are too intimidated to do so - go forth and quilt!
anyway....i sewed up view c (the yellow long-sleeved dress) but omitted the sleeves. i also omitted the linings (hate sewing them) and used a 22" zipper instead of a 20" because i found one at the thrift store for 50 cents and i wasn't about to pass that up! i also used a medium weight cotton instead of the lighter rayon or georgette suggested, which doesn't drape quite as well, but i can't have everything i want in life.
it fits absolutely perfectly, except for a little snugness on top...i'm a little more uh endowed than the size allowed for. the measurements are right, it's just not as loose as i think it's supposed to be. that's ok, it fits and it looks cute! and i lovelovelove the fabric so much!! i have lots of little seemingly useless bits left over...more things to make!
thanks for looking
p.s. wow those pictures are large! i had modified them but i guess not enough. sorry about that!
i despise cutting fabric, too. it's the part i hate the most! that and bobbin winding....yuck. booorrrinnng.....
so this is what i've got done so far:
all my pieces (minus two) pinned down. they are all cut out, now, but i don't have pictures of that. i'm going out of town for three days, so they're going to have to stay in pieces until i come back sunday and can work on it a little bit.
i'm using a slightly different pattern (simplicity 4072) so i haven't had any problems with the pieces being upside down or anything. i didn't lay out my pieces like how the directions said to, because they had a lot of wasted space and i guess i like to conserve my fabric.
we'll see once i start sewing how it turns out. i expect to sew things wrong, because i always do, but thankfully my seamripper is my best friend. the only thing i'm even slightly worried about is the interfacing - i didn't buy any! and i don't think i have any on hand. i haven't had time to go checking for it.....think it'll be much of a problem?
have a great weekend ladies! happy sewing! hope you're feeling better, zaftig....i was having a pretty sucky day yesterday, too. it was until my husband came home with flowers and a new shirt from j.crew. i'm a sucker for clothes.
the one on top is the birdie but i tried not to iron the banner part (i didn't quite succeed on the end, but it's gonna come out in the wash, dangit!) and put the "true love" transfer underneath it. i hope that's ok, jenny! i modified as i liked.
the one on bottom is for my best friend since i was 9 and her husband. they're having a boy sometime in the next couple months (i'm terrible!) and the husband is majorly into music and guitar playing and uber-fun things like that and so they want to name the baby fender! after the guitar, of course. not after the car part. i have no idea if this in any way resembles a fender guitar, but it's a guitar! that counts, right?
they're the same size as the other one, 6-9 months. i think they're fun! thanks for awesome patterns, jenny
i pretty much gave up on patterns this weekend. they NEVER work the way they're supposed to and the instructions are designed to drive you to insanity. i made the whole thing saturday, realized that the skirt part was WAY too big (even with it gathered it was the size of a generous circle skirt) and the bib was WAY too small (maybe it was my boobs, but it only covered about a fourth of my top). so sunday i became best friends with my seam ripper and took the whole thing apart. the pattern was mccalls m4958 and had the skirt in three separate parts. i took off 2/3 and it was perfect. i'm going to use one of the third piece to make the bib, but i don't feel like it right now. i'm just happy i have a half-apron!
the fabric pattern is so freaking cute that i had to do something with it. i have a whole lot of fabric left over....maybe i'll make matching potholders and reusable menstrual pads with it!
my chair modeling the apron....chairs make beautiful models....and my beautiful sewing machine, edna, in the background. i love her.
the fun fabric that reminds me of lemonade and jelly shoes
on monday my husband called me from work all upset because his co-worker was supposed to have a baby shower at work last week and NO ONE showed up! my husband was off that day, so he was excused, but he felt absolutely terrible for the guy and his wife. me too, so i whipped this puppy up yesterday afternoon while watching the first season of lost (i caught season 2 finale - now i HAVE to watch it!!) with the stitch it kit and a onesie i happened to have for another stitchery project for yet another baby due soon. i swear, it's like baby season or something!
anyway, you don't want to read all that. you DO, however, want to see pictures! and i just happen to have one:
nothing too fancy, but i liked how it turned out. it's for an older baby, 6-9 months i believe, so they'll have something ready for her to grow into. i've noticed that everyone always buys all the newborn baby stuff for pregnant families, but they don't buy any future stuff. i think i'd like to get a few things for when the baby is a little older, since they grow so darn quick! the momma and daddy live in palm beach and it's a little girl and she's due like right now.
post-felted, pre-embellished...it's not as small as it looks! i couldn't get a good close up without blurriness, so i am kind of angling down on it.
i'm pretty excited about it....looks good to me! i have this cool gold-y antique looking velvet lace ribbon i'm going to attach to it. i also have a little birdie pin i may or may not add. it's a gift for a friend of mine's birthday (may 28 - whoops). i may felt it a little more before embellishing and sending....there are a lot of little stray loops and teenytiny strands of yarn that i'd like to make a little tighter.
yay!!! thanks so much, skrillaknits! i'm totally going to get that book as soon as it's published.
All of these tattoos are so beautiful and inspiring! I'm going to get inked the first time in October, with either the word "Pride" on my wrist in cursive or a tree, but I don't know where I'd want the tree.
My question to the tattoo veterans is: where does it hurt the least to get inked?
i'm not sure where on the wrist you're thinking, but this is my tattoo at the top of my wrist:
in case you can't read it, it says I AM. totally did NOT hurt, just kind of stung a little at first and then felt like he was tickling my skin with the needle. i think it kind of depends on how big it is, how much color is involved, and where it is. i've heard that any where near the spinal cord or a bone is where it hurts the most.
this morning i was suffering from a mildly intense migraine. what compelled me to make a skirt, i don't know. but i did! and it was easy! except the waist is a little bit too big and gathers too much. and i didn't bother changing out the thread so it's sewn with lilac thread on a white skirt. ah well, what can be expected when you're half delirious?
i put the drawstring in the back because i hate front drawstrings....i alwasy feel like they add so much to a part of me that already has plenty!
close-up of the waist - with the pin still in the cord!
bad, bad pictures of me in the skirt
it's definitely see-through, so i'm going to have to wear a slip under it. ew...slips in florida are gross. but i might make a fun petticoat to make under it, to make it swishy and nonsee-through and all-around more fun!