Sunday, January 29, 2012

Baby in the Hood Jacket

More on this tomorrow as I need to add three more buttons....but here is my "Baby in the Hood Jacket" - pattern from Handmade Beginnings book by Anna Maria Horner. I used up some of my Farmer's Market stash. It felt good to cut into it! This is size 12-18 months for Little Miss P.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sunday, January 22, 2012

So, I'm having a little fun...

I love making up these little hats and with some fun photography props I bought, my pics are looking a little bit better:) Little Miss P has too big of a head to be my model anymore:(
I've always personally loved aqua and red together so when I saw this yarn, I had to have it!

Baby Boy Hats

I've been trying to make up some baby boy hats for my little Etsy Store and just added this one today. I whipped this up last weekend and just added the button this morning. It gives me such satisfaction to knit by hand, photograph it and then seeing it on little ones:) Fun! Might I add...a great stress reliever!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Lined Drawstring Bag

Do you know how many Polly Pockets are in my house? Probably not....but take a wild guess...feels like hundreds of little teeny tiny pieces strewn about! Ahhh! So, I got to thinking...a little drawstring bag could MAYBE (and I say, maybe:) encourage my third year old to keep them together? Yeah, I know, good luck but it was fun to make anyway:)

I've had this Ikea fabric lying around for the past few years (I know, how bad is that!) and I have made a Bucket hat out of it...but still had lots so I cut into it this morning and voila! I used Jeni's tutorial which is great and in just a few minutes, a new kid's lined drawstring bag was born! I'm tempted to make some more because I'd love a little one to keep my earrings in when I travel ... ooh, the uses for these little bags are limitless.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Jelly Roll "Race" Quilt

What...a second quilt top in one week? I think I must be dreaming!!! This never happens. Let me back up....I was at my LQS about a month or two ago and while I was browsing the owner asked me if I had ever heard of the "jelly roll race quilt?" I of course hadn't and in fact had never bought a jelly roll before. She said if you like strip quilts then you could make this quilt top in about an hour (well, I took a little longer but it was only an evening)! She said you could find the technique on youtube (just type "jelly roll race quilt"). Essentially all you do is sew all of the jelly roll strip ends together to form one ginormous (nice word!) strip (make sure you cut the first 18 inches off of your first strip so that it will form a nice brick effect). Then making sure you do not twist the giant strip, match your two ends together and sew your long seam. Once you come about two inches from the end of your seam, you cut the strip and then repeat the process once again (join two ends together and sew 1/4 inch seam). In literally no time at all, you have an entire quilt top in an evening. What took a little bit of time is initially joining your strips into one long one but it was easy peasy! Talk about speed sewing once you sew that first long seam.....totally mindless! The finished product should be around 48x64 which is a nice lap sized quilt.

What I learned:
1. Make sure you don't twist your long strip because you need to match up those ends, right sides together.
2. This project is perfect for non-directional prints or solids. I used a Sherbet Pips jelly roll and I do have the prints in two different directions but since it's for my little girls, they can both enjoy the quilt at the same time and have something to look at right!! (at least that's what I tell myself:)
3. Makes a quick, satisfying quilt/gift.

Hope you're having a cozy Friday night!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012

I made some time yesterday to work on this quilt top. So, in between chasing the girls, meals and nap time, I sewed like crazy because I wanted to get it done. I also had it in my mind that I wanted to make another baby hat so Miss G and I cuddled on the couch and watched some tv. Lets just say I watched a lot of cartoons yesterday:) My husband had to work last night so I rang in the new year with our pets (I know, it sounds crazy) because Miss P was long asleep and Miss G fell asleep on the couch beside me. I'm grateful though because everyone was tucked in safe and sound and it was a nice night!
Miss G had to get in on the picture taking action though. She loves LaLaLoopsy dolls so she had to pose hanging on to her poster which came with her "baby" from Santa.

I think I'll back this one in flannel as it's for the girls. I personally really like a flannel backing not only because it's cozy but it keeps the warmth and that's what quilts are for right?

I hope 2012 brings all of you health and happiness (and lots of sewing/knitting/creative inspiration)! Speaking of which I need to reorganize the 'ol stash so keep posted as I'm going to list some in my Etsy shop. Ciao for now!