Thursday, April 2, 2009

I'll have the usual, please.

Back to the daily grind.
I'm home from a 10 day missions trip to Nicaragua, and I have a whole new outlook on life! No matter how deprived, or broke, or poorly clothed you feel... the majority (80%) of Nicaraguans make less than $2 per day. Can you imagine? How do you feed your family, or keep a roof over your head... much less pay for health care? The people work hard but due to government corruption and their current economic situation they just cannot get ahead. I'll post photos and more thoughts on another day. Let it suffice to say we are SO blessed to have been born in America, and all the opportunity it brings.

Now on to fun sewing things! I really missed my sewing machine while I was gone, so I thought I'd seek out some fun fabric to make a baby shower gift for a friend from church. I found this BRAND NEW fabric from Alexander Henry (called "Sloane Paisley") at my new favorite fabric shop in Worthington, OH, called SEW TO SPEAK.
The owner literally was pulling this bolt out of a UPS box and exclaimed "this would make the perfect baby blanket!" and I agreed... and snapped up a yard to make a baby blanket and set of burp cloths, backed with creme flannel. Here's the outcome:

My friend, Allison, is having a girl... she doesn't strike me as particularly "girly" so I thought this would suite her, and hopefully her soon-to-arrive daughter.

Another fun part of my day was getting a much anticipated package in the mail! I ordered two coordinating yards of "Dick and Jane" fabric (from the Fat Quarter Shop) and now I have to decide what to do with it! I think I'll just let it sit on my cutting table for a bit so I can drool over it a tad longer...


If you have any suggestions for me - I'd love to hear them! I'm thinking baby blanket... or stroller quilt?

7 comments:

HanamiGallery said...

beautiful fabric~ i love the baby blanket~

Alex (aka: Baseball Punk) said...

That fabric is fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!! And an absolute inspiration to buy some and do something also. Just as soon as I rip up all of this carpet in my house:)

April Rhodes said...

I love the blanket and burpie set. What a wonderful, handmade gift for a new mommy! So glad you found our shoppe. Now you gotta join our flickr group. We would love for you to share this! - April

Sandee said...

Congrats on your trip, many to keep in our prayers....I love that first fabric sew much....may have to feature on my blog.....

Cristin said...

Thanks Sandee! Any time you need a feature, I'm your gal! ;-)

Nikki said...

I love the Dick and Jane fabrics - I've bought several prints from the range and they ALWAYS look cute. They make super-cute bibs (which is the extent of my baby-gift sewing repertoire!!) and I'm sure anything you make will be gorgeous - and appreciated by the recipient.

OliveStreetStudio said...

Wow, Nicaragua....good for you for the trip.

The fabric- LOVE it! All of it - I'm a huge paisley fan (and also plaid), but the retro D&J is appealing to me too. Maybe a skirt apron with the 'carnival ride' (i'm guessing at this?) since it is a larger pattern?? regardless- all looks fun!