Friday, February 29, 2008

Leap Year!

Happy February 29th! When I was growing up, I always wished that I was born on Feb. 29th. How cool would that be! I also feel like Feb. 29th should be a holiday. I feel like I'm getting away with an extra day!
In any case, here are my promised blocks... Please ignore the wrinkly-ness. The little drunkards path blocks are not perfectly square (due to my lack of experience with curved piecing), so when I pieced them together, I decided that I'd rather have the points match up and that I would live with the wrinkles. Hopefully it will be better after I quilt it. In any case, I fell in love with the lighter blue in the last block, with the dandelions in it. The other colors stemmed from there. They also look a little more wonky than they do in real life, thanks to my laziness when it comes to taking photos.
Lucy sitting pretty
In Lucy news, we played ball today! Looks like she's going to be a ball corgi after all!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Lucy Update: 3 months

Isn't this crazy? My little puphead is 3 months old already!
She is such a good dog. Everything I had hoped for in a corgi and more. Today she figured out how to jump onto the sofa. Or I guess I should say she finally grew big enough so she could.
Because of this sweetie pie, I have not had much time to craft, but my friend and I found this quilt that we both LOVE, and I had to get started on it right away. I have 2 blocks finished, plus 3 blocks halfway finished, and 2 more blocks cut out. There are 12 blocks in all, and when I finally get off my peegu and stop being lazy, I'll take some better photos to show you. Above is a mock up of two of the blocks... It's based on the drunkard's path block, and it is FABULOUS. There are many firsts for this quilt... first batik quilt, first curved piecing.. I'm so excited!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

A Day in the Park Backpack Tote: Finally Finished!

YAY! I finished something!! This is one of those projects that I had finished up to the very last step, and then gave up. I started (and almost finished) this sucker back in July, but I couldn't get the rivets set. Well I bought a set of rivet setters (I am so bad at that sort of thing, rivets, snaps, you name it) and finished it up today. Even with the tools I almost screwed it up.
A Day in the Park: Tote mode
This backpack was made from some home dec. weight fabric from Joann's, using Liesl's fabulous A Day in the Park Backpack Tote pattern. Looks like it will be available again soon too!
A Day in the Park: Backpack mode
And just because she's cute...
Hello Lucy!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Bibs and Snuggle Buddies

Chris' coworker had a baby girl, so we decided to make some bibs for her. Actually, he wanted to freezer paper stencil Nelson from the Simpsons onto a bib, and I said well, I can make you the bib and then we can go from there. Apparently his coworker likes to say "Ha-ha" a lot. He ended up using a permanent fabric marker and a light box to draw Nelson. I used the Simple Bib pattern from Amy Karol's Bend the Rules Sewing.
This was my first project using a pattern from this book, and it was fantastic. It really was very easy to make. I see more bibs in my future!

Also, for Sara, another shot of Lucy and her snuggle buddy. :)
Lucy's Sleeping Buddy

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Button Scarf: January/February Project for F&DSA

As much as I love the name "Finny and Donk's Sewing Adventure", it's so long! We need to think of a good acronym for it. In any case, I finished mine early (for once)! Hurray! It really was a Simple Gift to Stitch. Finished it up while the princess was taking a nap.
Button Scarf
I used some wool from a leftover project, and my precious Alexander Henry Bird Seed fabric (see, I even know the name of it). Since I didn't want to use faux fur, and I still wanted it poofy, and cut a piece of high loft batting and sewed it inside. It think it turned out well. I was going to top stitch around the edges, but then I decided I kind of liked it with the rounded edges. There are some FANTASTIC looking scarves in the photo group for FADSA. The ones with faux fur look great too! I found the button on etsy. It makes me so happy.
Scarf on cropped
Who needs a sad looking model anyway? I figure smiling in my self portrait was the way to go. The scarf will be perfect for the rest of winter. What a great start to F&D's SA!