I made a few Christmas presents this past fall but am only just now getting to think about posting them. I think I’ve got a good excuse though and she’s the cutest little baby ever. We are so enjoying Selah. I love just sitting and snuggling with this little one. I look at her and know that she is really such a gift and I’m so incredibly thankful to God for her. I love seeing how much Caleb and Alice love being with her too, they sing to her, show her toys, play with her, and on and on. Alice started talking for her today saying, “do you like this toy Selah?” and replying for her “yeah its really cute”. I can’t get enough of these sweet times these days. What a blessing. Bob’s been pretty sick since Saturday and staying away from the baby as to not get her sick. Poor guy he misses his little girl. I love seeing Bob with her and how tenderly he loves her and the big kids as well.
So about these Christmas presents! We’ll start off with Caleb’s present. Back when we were expecting Alice I made her a banner with her name on it. Before I had Alice I didn’t really like pink. I picked all earthtones for her name banner and regret it some now as she couldn’t be more into pink and purple! Not to mention that it doesn’t really match her room, but I digress. What I love about it I repeated for Caleb for his own name banner. Its hanging above his bed with five pockets waiting for all the little treasures that little boys find and love. I hope one day when the kids are older to leave little notes for each of them in their pockets and hope that I’ll get some sweet notes back. (oh and as I sidenote, I not only hope, but I WILL change the navy blue wall color in his room (you see it below in the picture of his banner), its so dark and came with the house, and I didn’t even let you see the sports wallpaper above that I disdain as well. But that’s another project for another day and probably for another year.)
I pretty much copied how I made Alice’s banner for Caleb’s. For the letters I chose an easy font and printed them out. Then I traced the letters onto freezer paper and ironed that paper onto the fabric. I then cut the letters out. This is such an easy way to cut out an applique. I cut out stitch witchery (you can also use heat-n-bond) for each letter and ironed them onto the pockets. Then I satin stitched (very tiny zigzag) the edges of the letters onto the pockets. I wish I’d thought to put interfacing or some other stiffener behind the letters because I got a lot of puckering, but next time I will (and I did for Alice’s Christmas present this year, more on that later). I then sewed the pockets onto each of the five colored squares and joined them all together. I basted a piece of thick batting on the back of the name side of the banner to make it thicker. For Alice’s banner I made tab tops to run a dowel rod through to hang it. For Caleb’s I made a rod pocket in the back instead. I think I like the pocket better because it gives it a cleaner look, though it hangs at a bit of an angle because the hooks that hold it stick out from the wall. I didn’t really think about that when I made it. But I like the look of the rod pocket, as in you can’t see the dowel rod, as opposed to making it with the tab tops. I bought all the fabric while shopping with my good friend at Hobby Lobby. I think that’s the first time I’ve bought fabric there. Not sure why I always overlook that place. I’m sure I’ll be back more often since my walmart has discontinued its fabric section, what a bummer! Caleb likes his banner, especially since he’s all about learning how to write letters and particularly into writing his name lately. Someday I’ll have to make one for Selah too and all the kids can pass secret messages back and forth to each other.
Here’s my snuggly baby girl wearing a hat made by my friend Christy, a sweet little sweater from my friend Linda and wrapped up in the blanket that Sara made for her. I love them all.
On thanksgiving day I received my first gift for this new baby from my good friend Sara. She handknit this baby blanket, its simply beautiful. I love making gifts for people and realize how much I love receiving handmade gifts too! I know the love, thoughtfulness and time that goes into making them. Thanks Sara!
I received my second gift for this new baby the Saturday after thanksgiving. This one has a bit of a story to tell. Another good friend, Amber, makes the coolest artwork and when I went to the clothesline this fall I knew that I’d love to have something of hers someday. Bob knew that and ran with it. He asked Amber to make me something as a surprise gift for a “congrats you did labor and now have this beautiful baby” present. Amber asked me what the colors were in our new guest/baby room and I didn’t think twice. I had no idea she was making something for me. The Saturday of Holiday in St Elmo (Nov. 29th) it was cold and rainy and I was (and still am) hugely pregnant, but that didn’t stop us. I wanted to go because I knew Amber would be there and I wanted to find something of hers that I liked. So we went, and out of all the pieces she had I liked this one below the best. I told Amber I really liked it and wanted to talk with Bob about it and then went over to talk with a friend. She asked Bob what she should do because that was the piece that was supposed to be my labor surprise. He ended up telling me and was a bit bummed that I’d ruined the surprise but was happy that I liked it. What an awesome husband and friend I have: that Bob would think to do this for me and that Amber would know me well enough to make something that I love so much and happened to pick out of all of her work. So now its an EARLY, congrats you will do labor and I’m so proud of you gift. Its on the wall above the baby’s crib and I love it.
I’ve been pretty much of a slacker in posting on my blog lately, as you may have noticed. So I need to play catch up in recording some things I’ve made in the last few months. I’ve not been up to a whole lot sewing wise but I did manage to make my niece a doll quilt and pillow for her birthday in April. I used super soft baby flannel that I had on hand from making Hannah’s quilt. I used tie quilting to quilt this little number using a stitch on the machine. I like how fluffy and soft that tie quilting ends up feeling. Not to mention its a lot faster and easier to do than “real” quilting! I used the same tie method on baby Brown’s quilt. I hope Casey is getting lots of snuggly sleepy baby doll playing in with her cute little quilt and pillow! Happy Birthday big girl, can’t believe you’re 6!
While on the subject of superhero capes, I realized that I never posted pictures of the ones I made for my nephews for Christmas this past December. They are reversible batman and superman capes. I followed this pattern to make them. The boys love them!
(look how short both of the kids hair is in this picture! Alice looks almost bald compared to her curly curls she has now)
My niece Hannah had a baby shower at Bob’s parent’s church this past weekend in North Carolina. My sister-in-law (Hannah’s mom) absolutely loves bunnies. So I made Hannah a bunny quilt! It was a lot of fun and wow those bunnies took a lot of time. But they were worth it. Though I might try to avoid too much applique in my future quilts!
Alice was sick the end of last week so we actually had to stay home and miss the baby shower. I was pretty bummed. But I was also feeling really tired out, so it was nice to have a quiet weekend at home. Alice slept a ton, even more than usual, so I watched movies and just chilled. It was great!
I also made Hannah some jingle bell blocks and a bib. For the blocks I used a foam cushion and cut them to size (an electric meat slicer works great). I cut a hole in the center to put a jingle bell inside. They are so cute and I love the slight little ringing. Can’t wait to see Hannah chomping on them and shaking them with delight! I really like how they turned out. The bib I made from following the pattern in this book. It ended up little on the big side. I guessed at the pattern a bit. Still cute though.
You could say I’ve been a quilt machine lately. But with all of these wonderful friends having babies what else could I do but make cute quilts for them!? So here’s my sweet friend Annie’s quilt. I used all baby flannel with white cotten batting. The quilt measures about 40 inches square. I based it on this quilt. I just went by the general instructions on her site, but forgot to account for seam allowances. Big oops. It ended up working out after doing some ripping out and resewing. Its amazing how much I learn with each new quilt I make. Fun, fun. I really like having the pieced back. It gives a little surprise that you don’t expect!
Ok this is a little late…but better late than never right? Several days before valentine’s day Bob spent a couple of evenings being very mysterious. I knew he was making me a valetine, but he totally had me stumped when he asked to use my sewing machine. I was wondering what in the world he could be making. So those evenings he headed back to my sewing room with his laptop and scanner. Very strange, I thought. But this valentine that he made me, well I just love it and want all to know that I have the best husband ever! He used a blank board book, and sewed these papers together to create a beautiful simple valentine that made me cry. I love you huns!
Our good friends adopted their precious baby boy in December and we had a baby shower for them yesterday. I had fun making this one, and it went really fast too, which is always nice. This brown squirrel fabric is a super soft baby flannel I found at JoAnns. There’s just something about those little squirrels, so cute. This blanket is not quilted but tied instead; though, not with actual ties, since its for a baby. I just used a machine stitch on each corner. I forgot to measure, but its around 40 inches square. I also used the cheat method in doing the binding. I cut the backing fabric (squirrel fabric) big enough so that I could double fold it around to the front and then machine stitch the binding in place. Wow that went so much faster than any other binding I’ve done before. Its simple piecing and simple quilting for a simply beautiful little boy. We’re so thankful for Brown!
My good friend Sara just had a baby boy and I made this quilt for him. I made it out of baby flannel so its super soft. The quilt is a little less than 40 inches square. The fabric has little owls on it, some with mama and baby owls together. I love it! I found the fabric at JoAnn Fabrics in Lexington, KY over Christmas. Oh how I wish we had a JoAnn’s close by here. The selection is amazing compared to Hancocks.
I wanted to try some more complicated pieceing for this quilt and I had fun doing it. I cut out tons of little triangles, and learned a lot about piecing them together. I used this free pattern to make it, I definitely needed to follow a pattern for a design that was this complicated. I used Joelle Hoverson’s book and Denise Schmidt’s book a ton for tips and help in the quilting process. I’m so glad I got these books. I know I’ll use them a lot in the future.
Making this quilt was a lot of fun, and made me realize that I’d really like to take a quilting class sometime in the next year. I’ve heard of a store over by the Rave that has classes, maybe I’ll look them up. I’ve also been thinking about making some cute things to sell. But for now I have so many new babies to make cute things for, so esty will have to wait. But maybe someday?