I finished this baby quilt last night just in time for a shower tomorrow. I am so excited to give it to them. I recently cleaned out my stash and I found two one yard cuts of Echino that I forgot I had (!). How you forget about two yards of gorgeous Echino I just don't know. The Mom works in Design and Dad is a professor of Enviromental Sciences so this felt perfect on both counts.
The pattern is Charm Squares from Elizabeth. I was bummed because we were supposed to sew together last night but we all flaked out for one reason or another. I wanted to show her but it will be gifted tomorrow. That's ok- I have another one of her patterns cut out. Her patterns are really so usable and they make good looking quilts. I like how the binding print looks on the front and I like how it sort of disapears on the back. I typically love binding to show but I like that it makes it look clean and modern to have it blend on the back. I don't remember what the Echino prints are but the back is Michael Miller Dumb Dot (grey/aqua) and the solid is Kona Sage.
This baby took it's sweet time coming to them and making this quilt I spent a lot of time thinking about how exciting this is and how really truly wanted and loved this baby is. I was getting all sentimental about it and thinking about how it is so much nicer to give a handmade gift than a storebought one (in my opinion). My 11 year old son was playing on the computer right by where I was sewing and at one point, in all of my happiness thinking about this sweet baby and the gift I was making for him I looked at him and announced, "I'm makin' love!" This is the part where the record player needle would have screeched off the record. What? I knew what I meant. Making a gift of love. Thankfully he didn't seem too phased (thank you Lego Universe for keeping him distracted) but it made me feel like that dorky parent that we all don't want to be but probably are from time to time.
I hope they love it. I can't wait to get my hands on that baby and give him a big snuggle.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Every year I make skirts for the Auction. Every year it seems the school needs more money so I made three skirts this year in addition to the pillow. We are lucky to have a great school. It is a nice community and I know it must be near impossible to do such a good job with all of the constant budgetary issues schools have to face. This skirt above I really like and so did my model so I may have to make another for her. I made another that day in that style(but a diff fabric) for one of her friends for her birthday. It was a four skirt day. Thankfully the skirts below are the easiest quickest little A line skirts ever.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
It is that time again! School auction time so I spent the weekend sewing my heart out. Here is the pillow I made that I want to keep. I may have to bid on it myself. I love that dark purple Kona. I love all those fabrics!
Edited: I have been getting some inquiries so here are the fabrics I used:
center block and side strip- Jennifer Paganelli. Not sure which collection but it was probably two collections ago
Solid is Kona
Medallion looking one on the yellowy background is Anna Maria Horner Innocent Crush
Two other prints are from Tula Pink Parisville
Monday, February 14, 2011
Wow. Long time no blog!! But here I am to wish a big Happy Valentines Day! I love Valentines Day. I see it as a time to appreciate your friends and loved ones and just let folks know that you love them. I am so very lucky to have the best group of sewing friends to hang out with so I brought them all these sewing choclates when we all got together to sew (o.k. only Gabrien sewed, the rest of us talked and laughed and did maybe 20 minutes of actual sewing related work...) At any rate, my Sweet Hot Yams are the best so they deserved special chocolates.
I saw the absolute cutest cameo molded chocolates in Country Living Magazine and I have a friend who loves cameos so I went to buy the molds to make them for her. While looking for that mold I found this one with the little sewing machine and thimble and thread etc. I couldn't get over how cute they were so I bought the mold and made the chocolates. Oh and they had a button mold too. I used edible luster dust to make them look sparkly. So cute!