Saturday, January 29, 2011

finally gave birth to this idea

oooh I just love these fabrics together.
brown, orange, white, and aqua
A-line dress
scallop stitching detail on the sleeves

I wish I had taken the chance to make this dress back in the fall, but I made it big enough so that #5 can wear it for several years, first as a dress then as a tunic. Even though it is made with lightweight fabric, you can bet your sweet tart I am going to layer it over a turtleneck and tights and put it on her this week!

Friday, January 28, 2011

le lapin

C'est un lapin.

I know I know, it looks more like a triceratops than a bunny.
Just don't point and laugh. She might get upset and take bites out of the legs of your furniture when you aren't looking.

a surprise for the surprise

There is a new little pink package that surprised her mommy and daddy recently. Since everybody loves surprises, I decided she needed a car seat quilt... just a little something to keep her cozy on those cooler days.

I loved the paper doll backing fabric so much that I cut one of the girls out and made a quiet dolly for church.

Mommy can also use the mini-quilt for a changing pad or something to put down for a little "floor time." When sweet baby girl grows into a toddler, she can use her blankie for her own dollies, wrapping them tenderly and putting them to bed. If it lasts that long, her mini-quilt can be made into a pillow sham and she can use it on her teenage bed.

Over the years, I hope she knows that it was made with love and prayers for a beautiful childhood.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

file under: favorite things

Y'see, I have these towels which are my absolute most favorite towels in the


entired (hat tip to #5) world.

However, it seems that I have loved them to pieces. Literally!

Here you see that one actually has a rip in it.

Oops, did I do that?

However, because I am too cheap to buy new towels....

I now have towels that are even better than they were this morning.



Designer even.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

what's under the needle......

While at Goodwill over the past several months, I have picked up pieces of clothing with interesting fabrics with the intent of making something. Course, I had no idea what it would be, but the intent was there nonetheless. The last time I was there, I found the most wonderful thing to date: a circa 1960 paisley woman's summer weight robe. Amazing fabric. I knew my older daughters would rather die a thousand deaths than to be caught dead in the thing, so its days as a robe were numbered.

Narrowing down the fabrics to work with was a challenge. To go with my amazing paisley score, I added two men's shirts - one a 3xl orange and brown stripe (great cotton!) and a Old Navy size M red-orange Hawaiian number. To compliment the three fabrics, I grabbed a few scraps from previous projects.

Next, I began the search for just the right pattern that would both showcase each of the interesting fabrics (which were intended to stand alone) and merge them well.

Enter the knot dress.

... which shall, at least in the case of this dress, be called

The So-Ugly-It's-Cute Knot dress.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

sweet pinafore for a sweet girl

Wanting to try a new pattern I had not made before, I stumbled across a pinafore pattern for my youngest. I chose a Valentine's Day inspired fabric for one side and a sweet springy pattern for all the days that follow.

Can't go wrong with pink and green.
I encourage you to go check out Laurie's Esty shop, AliyahsHopeChest. All the items she has are just adorable and I can vouch for her adorable and easy pinafore pattern!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

just wondering

Are any of the rest of you as obsessive compulsive about your pins being sorted on your pincushion as I am? I have the small white glass ball pins on one section, the flat flower head quilting pins on another, and the larger color glass balls on yet another. And when I am really really organized, the large glass ball ones are even color coded.

I would take a picture of my tomato pincushion so you could see what I am talking about, but if I am the only one who does this, then I just might take it back and say I was only teasin'.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

50 dollar gift card giveaway!

I have bragged about the wonderful online fabric source Fat Quarter Shop before. But I am not the only one who loves the wonderful business Kimberly Jolly created... over at Pigtales and Quilts, Thearica has a giveaway in which you can win a $50 shopping spree at FQS! Go on over there and enter. Oh, and remember to tell her that I sent you. :o) mg