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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Making whimsical clothing for people too young to object on: June 01, 2011 08:48:59 PM
I took this handmade (not by me) version of Butterick 4699, elegantly modeled by my husband:

...and this 1968 toddler pattern:

...to create this unfeasibly large jumper and hat for 8 month old Mrs Baby.

Tragically I miscalculated her size by a factor of three, so she's not going to be able to wear this properly until she puts on about five pounds....mostly in her head.

This picture taken during the fitting to see where I should hem it. At the time I hadn't found any appropriately overstated buttons, so she's held together with hair clips. Classy, I know.

After this was all said and done, I decided something had to change: I was actually going to have to measure the baby.

This is a huge break from my normal "doesn't this pattern know who I am?? I don't need to read the directions, know what the seam allowance is or have any idea of the size of my child!" approach to sewing.

In reward for my diligence, Mrs Baby got a dress that fits (let's all please pretend that any wonky parts are a feature of my child and not evidence of my sloppy sewing technique). AND IT HAS POLKA DOTS. Squee!

The fact that I didn't fussy cut the straps is eating at me, but if I remake them I won't have enough fabric left over to make the matching polka dot panties. The panties are critical.

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Cartoon Animals for a New Little Person on: July 25, 2010 06:46:33 PM
A heat index of 101 degrees Fahrenheit with humidity akin to that found in a hobo's undercarriage and being heavily pregnant do not mix. At all. Until the new little person pops out in early October or Indiana stops being a hell dimension of heat, I'm voluntarily sequestered indoors with the A/C on full blast.

Everyone else is busy doing outdoorsy insane things that are inappropriate for someone 'heavy with seed' so I'm pretty much ready to scratch my eyes out with boredom, as evidenced by how many cartoon animal paintings I've made for the baby's room.

If she had a room yet... (I'm still a little reluctant to give up the sewing studio for someone who could, quite literally, be kept in a drawer...)

The great thing about creating things for babies - they don't care if you can't paint. Bright colours, big smiles and the occasional top hat and you're golden!

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Scrappy Square Quilt on: March 25, 2010 05:49:51 PM
 Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

That's SO awesome! I love it!
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Scrappy Square Quilt on: July 23, 2009 03:54:56 PM
It's so cool to see this still getting comments - thank you everyone!  Cheesy
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help identifying a pattern please on: May 29, 2009 03:53:47 PM
I'm pretty sure I don't have a similar enough pattern on my etsy, but I'll take a look through my stockpile to see if I can get you a pattern number.
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: US Map Quilt - A.K.A Another Half Baked Notion I Need Help Thinking Through on: May 25, 2009 11:42:00 AM

Well, if you're doing each state in a different colour, you could do a background piece for each patch that matches the colour of the state, or a border piece. It would act like a key that way, but not a really heavily obvious one.

That's a great idea!  Cheesy
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tshirt quilt help! on: May 25, 2009 10:07:57 AM
I definitely recommend some kind of fusible stabilizer, because sewing a stretchy thing to another stretchy thing can be a real bitch.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: My first quilt...how am I doing? Be brutal! on: May 25, 2009 10:06:46 AM
You need to get into the habit of pressing everything during construction and, just while you're starting out, I'd recommend pinning everything before sewing.

Definitely keep going - the more you do, the more improvement you'll see  Wink
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Have you made a Dear Jane quilt? on: May 25, 2009 10:00:49 AM
I've started about three Dear Jane quilts and never got beyond the first row on any of them  Roll Eyes

They're a lot of fun to do because of the variety of techniques but I always seem to have second thoughts about my colour scheme and want to start over. It's a great way to learn applique in small doses.
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / US Map Quilt - A.K.A Another Half Baked Notion I Need Help Thinking Through on: May 25, 2009 09:58:16 AM
During a recent roadtrip out west, I became obsessed with the idea making a map of the US in quilt form and attached all the little patches I collected on my travels to it.

Now, there are a couple of ways I can think of to do it and I'm looking for some input from you folks to see if I can settle on one direction and get going.

I could applique each state by hand (because of the fiddly state borders) to the ocean coloured backing and then apply the patches on top, in their correct location on the map. The number of patches I have for Utah alone would mean the states would need to be HUGE and having already spent two years hand quilting a king size quilt (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=197185.0) without finishing, it's a big undertaking. Maybe too big.

I could make all the states smaller and then just apply the patches as a border around the edge of the quilt. Kinda loses some of the charm of being able to see where all the places are though. Maybe get round this with some sort of key or some arrows?

I could fuse the states (I want each one to be a different colour - the pastels you see in a 1960s world atlas) onto the backing, eliminating the need for a lot of fussy applique work. But, if I want to embroider state names and landmarks on also, is the extra gooey thickness going to make that difficult?

I could make the states out of felt, so not fraying, no applique and no fusing, and then it could even eliminate the need for a backing - making the quilt a funky shape rather than the traditional rectangle. Would it be ridiculously heavy?

Just some ideas....if anyone has any thoughts on the best method or things I've failed to take into account, I'd love to hear about it!

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