Saturday, January 30, 2010

Let the Summer Sewing Begin!

I hate winter. I'm sure many of you know that. To get me through the late January / February slump I sew for the Summer. It makes me happy! So, I've started on Calder's Summer wardrobe. Here's what I plan to make:

2 pairs of shorts
1 pair of pants that could be rolled up to shorts
1 adorable plaid shirt
1 hooded bath robe

We will be spending a chunk of our Summer in Oregon. My mother in law has a pool and I think a cute terry bath robe would be great for Calder. I considered making a hoodie, but he has about 4 already that should work then too.

These are the shorts I whipped up during nap time yesterday. I realize gray corduroy is not the most Summer fabric but I love it and I think it will be great for the early season.

Pattern: Simplicity 2907
Size 2
Alterations: I added contrast stitching down the outer seams, moved the side pocket to the back and added buttons instead of velcro.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Scrap Quilt

About a month ago I told my husband that I wasn't going to buy any more fabric until I used all the fabric in my stash. I didn't think he would make me stick to it! After going through my stash I realized that most of my fabrics weren't big enough to make anything out of, so I made a twin size scrap quilt and I LOVE it.

It was rather simple to make. I cut all of my scraps into three inch wide strips. I left them however long they were. Then, I sewed the strips together making one very very long chain. Then I decided how long I wanted it to be and cut down the strips. And sewed those together. The white strips are three strips sewn together.

After getting the top and back done I machine quilted it using a chevron stripe pattern.
On the back I used my larger scraps. I don't love the back as much as the front but it is still pretty cute.

Monday, January 25, 2010

From Brown Paper Packages to Me to Haiti

You may remember this post a while back about the flannel scraps I won from Brown Paper Packages. Well, I have been working on a very cute quilt out of them. I love the way it turned out.

This was an amazing amount of scraps! It did the front, back and binding of a larger baby sized quilt.

This is hard to see but it is a hand stitched bird. I love it!
I just heard about a woman collecting blankets for a church group going to Haiti in March. The trip was planned before the earthquake and the group is still planning to go. She happens to live here in Columbus but is willing to give anyone an address who would like to send blankets to her. So, if you have any new blankets of any kind feel free to contact her here. I am so excited to be able to provide such a cute blanket for them to take. I'm sure it will make someone very happy. Thanks again to Brown Paper Packages. Who knew the scraps would go so far?


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