Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Eli's new jammies

I've been wanting to sew a little outfit for Eli since he was born, and heaven knows I'm no seamstress! I coerced my MIL into helping me decipher and sew a pattern from Amy Butler's book Little Stitches for Little Ones. These are the Kimono Style Pajamas featured on the cover of the book, and they are easier to make than the directions in the book make them out to be. My partner-in-crime has lots of experience with traditional clothing patterns and she agrees. I don't know if any of you have made this set, if so, what did you think about the process?

The single-fold bias tape didn't make any sense - neither how to make it nor how to attach it to the top. It was sort of like quilt binding, sort of. So we decided to wing it and it turned out just fine... as I knew it would! And boy are these jammies adorable! Eli loves red and orange (what baby doesn't?) so I bought this fun Tufted Tweets fabric from my fav little fabric shop in Clintonville. I used the size 6-9 month pattern and its a tad large on the boy. He's about 5 months old now, and well over 16lbs. I was hoping they'd fit for the fall and early winter, which should be about right. The little ties are my favorite, one on the inside and one on the outside.

As usual, I couldn't choose just one photo, so here are a few more! Smiles all around!
~He's such a good little baby model~

If I could bottle that smile, I would!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

quilt as you go blocks!

Penny over at Sew Take A Hike got me started on these pretty little "quilt as you go" blocks. I originally told myself I'd make a nine block quilt just to see if I even liked making them...

Well, I'm a fan, as you can probably see! And I think I will continue making blocks until I have a decent sized lap quilt. Not only do I get to use up a boat load of scraps, but I get quilt each block as I go and not have to stress over that sometimes overwhelming step at the end! Wanna try this technique for yourself? Go here.... and start sorting your scraps!

As a side note, my blocks are only 10" square... I think Penny makes 15" blocks. Just make whatever size floats your boat~

This is my favorite block so far!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Foto Friday

This block is for Megan (who also happens to be having a giveaway right now! Yes, go check it out!) I'm in the {Bee}-autiful Quilting Bee with her and she had the month of August. I just love this collection of fabric, called Lush... so unique and fun! She asked for an 'improv' style block measuring 12 1/2" square. I hope it works for you Megan!

Wanna learn more about virtual quilting bees - check out this fabulous post by Oh Fransson!