Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Playing catch-up

This is a quilt that my MIL requested for Christmas. She brought a fabric sample with colors to match and said that she wanted it as a wall hanging. Batiks I thought would be perfect for her. It is very different from the fabrics and patterns that I normally choose, but I really enjoyed making it. She says that she loves it and it is now hanging in the guest room. It is from this pattern Quilts by Berkshire. I adjusted the size so it is wall hanging size.

As I'm in catch up mode, I thought I'd throw in a few more things from earlier in the year. My daughter was having a pirate party at school. I thought, "Great!" We already have a pirate costume that I made for another party! " Then she informed me that she wanted to be a parrot for the party. Oh. So I came up with this costume after a quick trip to the fabric store to buy a bit of every color felt they had, cut some quick wing shapes and attached them to and old red turtle neck shirt. They had some feathery red cord that I hot glued to a headband. I wanted to attach a beak to the headband as well, but she vetoed the idea. She loved the finished costume though!

My daughter had a friend to play on a rainy day so I came up with a quick craft. I bought small canvases at the craft store and the girls decorated them with paint, fabric scraps, and sequins. EVERY craft in our house seems to need sequins.
Over Christmas the girls were at grandma's house and said they needed glitter for a project they were working on. They were shocked when she said she did not have any and that day was considered a challenging one as they had to craft with no sparkles! Oh, the hardship!
Anyway, the canvases are perfect to hang in our playroom - I was really pleased at how nice they looked when they were finished.

For a special baby girl

I made this blanket for my friend's new baby girl. My youngest has a special blankie with satin binding like this one and it has been loved to bits. I hope this one is loved too! It was my first time sewing with minkee or with satin binding and I was nervous about having the sewing on the binding look nice. I think it turned out great. I pinned like crazy and machine sewed the binding edges, the hand stitched the corners on place.

After a VERY long time...

I know I haven't posted in a very long time. We've moved to Versailles, outside of Paris. I always feel like I lose several months of my life during a move and this one is no exception. I've now got the kids settled into school and most of our boxes unpacked. I made these pillows based on the idea from Sew Katie Did. She does beautiful work and I was inspired to create my own version. It was also a good excuse to cut into my Joel Dewberry fabric.
My next task is to find some fabric store in the Paris area. I have a wonderful friend who is sending me some fabric to finish a couple more pillow covers to go with these, but eventually I'll have to find a source here. Any suggestions?