Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Matching Dresses for girl and doll!

The few clothes I've made for Little Red have not been overwhelmingly successful. I think this time I may have hit on the secret! Make a matching outfit for her baby, named baby.

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The dress is a simple "pillowcase" style dress. Directions, pattern, even a video can all be found here. Now to make a few for girls in Africa!

If anyone is interested in a tutorial for the doll dress I could easily put one together. Just let me know!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Baby Quilts

I absolutely love the Arcadia fabrics and have quite the collection downstairs all saved up for something wonderful.  Just waiting on that muse!  This quilt was made with a pretty basic bricks pattern and then I flipped every other "brick." It wasn't for anyone and now it sits in my sewing room being occasionally touched and privately adored by me.
Arcadia Bricks Baby Quilt

This was for a friend who had a baby about a year ago.  What a sweet and simple quilt and so easy to put together.  The tutorial I used is here.  Hers is so darn sweet!
Hooray for Babies Quilt

This one is fun too. It would have been a very easy quilt to put together if I chose to read and follow the tutorial here. Although it is well written and easy to follow I like to make things up so I can use my seam ripper.   Where would I be without my seam ripper? 
Blushing Baby Quilt

This is a special quilt. I made it while I was pregnant with my now
3 1/2 year old daughter.  Daddy is a volunteer firefighter so she can use it when he is on shift and think of him.  
Firefighter Quilt

Monday, June 6, 2011

Plant a radish...

Salad from my garden for lunch!  Spinach, radishes, basil, and unknown lettuce.  The tomato is from the store because we won't be seeing those for at least a month around here - if that!  It was delicious and satisfying.  (Emotionally. In terms of food it was a side dish to my two hot dogs.) 

These little radish guys are SO easy to grow!  I just put the seeds in and out came radishes! Have you seen The Fantastics?  Do you know that song, "Plant a radish, get a radish, not a brussel sprout.  That's why I like vegetables you know what they're about...While with child-er-en It's bewilderin' You don't know until the seed is nearly grown, just what you've sown."

I love that musical and that song is very present with me in the garden.  If you think tomatoes are hard to grow try kiddos!!

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Full hilarious lyrics available here:

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Mug rugs!

I made these a while ago for a swap and meant to blog it.  So here they are - some mug rugs!  I love the fabric in this one.  I cut into some very, very special fabric I have been hoarding collecting for a while now.  I used this inspiration here to make it.  I used a tutorial but I just cannot find it!  The basics are fusible backing and circles.  I hand quilted it which was a lot of fun.  

The back...

It was a two partner swap and this was for the second partner.  It is based on of her wisted mug rugs.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Garden day 2 casualty report

I had such high hopes, images of baskets overflowing with fruit, nighttime sneaky drop offs at our neighbor's front doors because we were just bursting with tomatoes...  Now that still might happen...but...just went out to check on the plants and 2 tomatoes died.  Ok - one of them I definitely stepped on while I was planting another one.  :(  It was a tomatillo, his name was Tommy.  I'm sorry Tommy.  He is survived by his beloved sister, Tomasita.  The other goner was a Golden Egg tomato as yet unnamed (but not unloved).  He is survived by his cousin Hubert who will live in a container on the deck waiting until my sister can claim him in July.  
Hubert:  (Shh - he doesn't yet know and he cannot read.)

And the dead cucumber.  Yup.  He didn't make it.  None of the cukes did.  I may try from seeds or just go buy a plant.  Or just accept cucumbers from my friend who has the green touch.

So there you have it - a rough start for Garden 2011.  Hopefully it will improve.  

Monday, May 30, 2011

These guys are in their beds!

This will be my third year attempting a garden.  Do I enjoy killing plants you ask?  Why yes, yes I do.  No - not really.  I've worked so hard this year putting each seed into a wet paper towel in a plastic bag, letting it germinate warmly on a heating pad, then sowing each seed into a little pot and watching it grow and flourish.  

After a long weekend in the sun my little babies - started from seeds during the hopeful, cold, winter months - are cozy in their garden beds.  I planted 10 tomato plants, and will plant three in containers on the deck, I have four kinds of peppers with two of each plant (including bell peppers).  Strawberries (those I did not start myself).  Some zuchinni and acorn squash, but they will not be joined by their friend the cucumber.  All the cucumbers died.  Poor cukes.  They just couldn't take the sunshine after that gentle fluorescent lighting.  These have joined the lettuce, peas, spinach, and bean (yes only one has popped out and it's not looking hopeful for the others) already in the garden.  I'll take pictures soon to add and HOPE to have something to show for my efforts this year.  

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I like how my daughter's "baby" and her blankee are in this picture.  She and I enjoyed laying on the floor and looking at the plants as they were growing, sometimes drawing pictures of their progress or just talking about them.  

Today I put away the lights and the heating pad.  As much as I would like to keep seeding I think the garden is full.  

Sunday, April 17, 2011

wonky log cabin

Joining a wonky log cabin quilt along!  Look for the button on the right of this blog.  I am a blog novice (and, quite frankly, a quilting novice)!

These are very fun and addictive to put together!!  I've got loads of scraps and I've been wanting to do something scrappy with them for ages.

Blocks so far:

wonky lock cabin, a set on Flickr.

Now the question is...stop here with nine or keep going????