I originally started this blog as a way to document what I made, what I was doing at the time and my thinking behind what I was making. I’ve lost sight of that. In an effort to be active, I turned it into a to-do list that is boring and offers no insight. I don’t even like to read my own entries, as opposed to my old entries that I look back on fondly and reflect on my life then. So, this is to remind me of why I even started this blog and get off the production treadmill and focus more on the process.
This is a more inclusive list than will be completed in April:
Quilting: I have 5 quilts in the queue.
Quilt Backs: Two quilt backs to make.
Bonnets: Make a smaller bonnet that will fit now rather than later, and some other colors for later in the summer.
Soft Books: One in progress, more waiting to be started.
Stars BoM: Learning to paper piece is looking embarrassing right now… but hopefully I will have actual good finished products in a couple more weeks.
1. Bibs: Complete
2. Boppy Covers: Complete
3. Soft Book(s): No progress
4. Baby Quilt: Top is complete
5. Join a quilt guild: No progress
1. Lotta Jansdotter Snuggler (blogged already)
2. Little Geranium Dress (blogged already)
3. Quick Change Trousers from Anna Marie Horner’s “Handmade Beginnings” (blogged already)
4. Tag Blanket (blogged already)
5. Bonnet (blogged already)
6. Itty Bitty Baby Dress (blogged already)
Life with a newborn is challenging and rewarding. I usually get 2 naps a day before she demands to be held for 12 hours straight. The first nap is full of basics like brushing my teeth and eating breakfast, but if I get a second nap it is my time (as long as there isn’t laundry to fold or a house to clean!).
Bonnet. I used the design from Little Betty Designs to make a reversible bonnet for my baby girl. I realized when I took her to the Arbor Day celebration at my husband’s work that everyone wants to hold her, but not everyone is so good about keeping her face shaded, so hopefully this bonnet will help. The first one I made went a little slow, but I think as I get practice I will be able to make a couple more fairly easily. I plan to attach velcro to the straps and cut them down shorter to use as the fastener. The velcro should come apart easily enough to avoid any choking hazards from the hat. I can’t wait to try this out on her!
Itty Bitty Baby Dress. I used the pattern from Made By Rae to make this dress. I found the pattern to be very small… and I even used the 0-3 month size instead of the newborn. My 6 week old (admittedly she is on the larger size of the spectrum) barely fit into it, so she only wore it once to an Easter egg hunt. The size issue is due to the construction because there is no opening in the back. It was still cute the one time she was able to wear it and we got a lot of compliments.
Plan C – I strip pieced one section of the back of the Plan C quilt, still need to iron. I also decided on the fabric for the majority of the back. The alphabet print from the new PB&J collection will be perfect – I just need to order it.
Out to sea baby quilt back – I was able to start on the wonky stars that will be a portion of the back.
I still need to finish assembling my long arm. My in-laws are coming this weekend, so hopefully while they are here I will get this done.
It’s been awhile… life with a newborn is demanding. She is good, but wants to be held approximately 23 hours a day.
Absolutely nothing. Emptying the dishwasher and eating meals at approximately their scheduled time is a victory for me right now.
Quilt Backs. The Out to Sea quilt is still the current priority. I’ve started to pull fabric and have a couple ideas.
I finally have the last parts for my longarm machine. My mom is visiting this week, so I am hoping I can finish assembly while she is here to help with the baby. Once that is complete, I need to get hot on the quilt backs so I can actually have something to quilt!
Finished this week:
Bibs. These are a little big for a newborn, but cute and will be used soon enough. I used the pattern from Chickpea Sewing Studio. Most have flannel as the back and I used snaps for all of them.
Boppy Covers. The first one I made is the top one. I used the pattern and tutorial from Vanilla Joy. My only changes were to take in the top outside curves a little and I didn’t pre-wash my fabrics because I wanted it to shrink a little to fit better. The second one I attempted to improve and do my own thing. I hope to eventually make a version that I like better – for example I added a strip in the middle portion that stretches because I think it will hold up in the long run better than the seam in the tutorial and used an invisible zipper in the back seam portion so it won’t hit my legs. However, my design is still not where I want it to be and you can’t beat the ease of the already ready to go one from Vanilla Joy.
|Vanilla Joy version|
|My attempt to improve… still needs more work.|
Quick Change Trousers from Anna Marie Horner’s “Handmade Beginnings”. Pants were next on my to do list as I teach myself how to make clothes. The pattern was fairly easy although time consuming due to having to get up, sit down, pin, iron, read directions, repeat times both sides of the pants. I can see doing them again, but assembly line style – it would be multiple pairs of these pants to make it go more quickly. They are very nice because they are reversible and all the seams are enclosed. Due to being reversible, they are a little heavy so hopefully they will be fine in warmer weather. I made these from the DS Quilts fabric collection.
Baby! My sweet girl was born on Monday. I’m fairly certain that is the end of productivity as I know it, yet totally worth it 🙂
Out to Sea Quilt back. Does pulling fabrics count?
Quilt Backs for the rest of my quilt fronts. I started sewing together strips for the back of my “Plan C” quilt. Moving more toward the back burner temporarily, but it still needs to get done.
Quilt Backs. Moving more toward the back burner temporarily, but it still needs to get done.
Headbands. No change. I have a horrible fear that my baby girl will have no hair, so I want at least a couple headbands ready to go.
Charity quilts. No change. I have one ready to be quilted, and fabric set aside for three more. I have baby on the brain though, so it is hard for me to concentrate on non-baby projects.
I’m starting to get my sewing mojo back so to celebrate, I’m linking up to WiP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced. I’m also ridiculously pregnant so sewing keeps my mind off how uncomfortable I am.
Finished this Week:
Snuggler. I know not every baby likes swaddling, and I already have multiple muslin blankets to use for swaddling, but when I found the patter for Lotta Jandotter’s Snuggler I couldn’t help myself and had to make it immediately. The fabric is Echino linen, the selvage says train. I bought it awhile ago with a purpose and now love it for baby accessories although since it is true linen, I can’t use it for anything that will actually touch the baby. I used flannel for the inside because it is too warm in North Carolina (even in winter) to use the fleece called for in the pattern.
|Lotta Jandotter Snuggler|
Baby Dress. Continuing on a baby theme, I made the Little Geranium pattern in 0-3 months. The pattern is by Made by Rae, and was a fantastic pattern considering I have never made a piece of clothing before in my entire life. The fabric is from the Lisette collection at JoAnn’s Fabric and is a “voile”. I am definitely going to buy the full pattern and be making more of these in the future.
|Little Geranium Dress (0-3 months)|
Out to Sea Quilt Top. This started as a improv log cabin, but I’m blaming pregnancy brain on it turning into a bizarre cross between the coloring of a log cabin and the pattern of courthouse steps. It’s not exactly what I pictured, but I’m still pleased with how it turned out. Now to do a back for it….
|Out to Sea Quilt Top|
Quick Change Trousers from Anna Marie Horner’s “Handmade Beginnings”. Pants are next on my to do list as I teach myself how to make clothes.
Quilt Backs. As I opened my closet where I store finished quilt tops, I realized that I have five quilt tops that don’t have backs ready for quilting. I plan to start dedicating more of my time to improving my quilting skills, so I need to get these backs done ASAP.
Headbands. I have a horrible fear that my baby girl will have no hair, so I want at least a couple headbands ready to go.
Out to Sea Quilt Back. Must…finish…quilt back… so I can quilt this! This quilt back is also my February task for “A Lovely Year of Finishes” over at Bittersweet Designs.
Charity quilts. I have one ready to be quilted, and fabric set aside for three more. I have baby on the brain though, so it is hard for me to concentrate on non-baby projects.
Baby! This little girl’s due date is today, so hopefully she will be making an appearance soon.
This year involves a lot of changes: a new baby, quitting my job, moving…. The list goes on and on. However this year I am going to harness my nervous energy from stress and harness it creatively. I did this two years ago and sewed every day and it really helped to keep me balanced. I don’t know if it is realistic as a first time mom to sew everyday, but I think 3-4 days a week should be a reasonable goal. My current WiPs are mostly baby related due to the new addition, and are all several months old. When I first found out I was pregnant, I started a lot of projects, but didn’t follow through to finish them. Now having a deadline is serving as sufficient motivation to finish them up. For public accountability, I am linking up to the 2013 Finish-A-Long with Leanne at “She can Quilt”.
2. Boppy covers