August 2, 2013
For Delia's 2nd birthday earlier this summer, my mom got her a book called "Funny Face". It tells a story about a little boy, and on each page his emotion changes, and he makes a different face. Delia loves it. We read it at almost every nap and bedtime. She's done the faces so many times along with the book that now she's do them on command..
On the last page, there is a mirror, and the caption, "Who can make the funniest face?" Here is Dede's signature funny face.
July 1, 2013
I finished the quilt top for my second baby boy quilt this week (using precut squares really speeds things up!) Since he will already have two traditional quilts, the one I made and the one my mom will make, I decided to leave out the batting and use minkee instead of quilting cotton for the backing. I love quilts, but they're not super cozy. I wanted something more lightweight that I could wrap baby boy up in, so I think the minkee will be perfect. I bought some in dark gray, and will bind the quilt with red cotton.
In case you don't know what minkee is, it's this super soft fabric with raised dots on it that's often used for baby blankets. I have to admit that I haven't always been a fan of it, but it is amazingly soft and kids usually love the way it feels.
I'm a little nervous to quilt it since minkee can be slippery and difficult to work with, so hopefully that won't make me put it off for too long (I only have 6 weeks left!) I did buy some basting spray to use to keep the top and backing together when quilting, so that should help. Wish me luck!
June 29, 2013
It's been done for over a month, but I've finally gotten around to taking pictures of this quilt for our baby boy.
I didn't plan it this way (I should probably just pretend I did), but the way I quilted it made a star at each intersection, how perfect is that?!
June 21, 2013
Well, I finished the quilt I was making for our baby boy almost a month ago before we moved to Michigan (oh yeah, we moved to Michigan!). I will do a whole blog post about it soon, I promise (both the move and the quilt).
My mom has made it a tradition to sew a quilt for each new grandchild, so
I was browsing online for some fabric that I liked, and came across this one. I'm not normally into the cartoony kid prints, but I loved this one. It kind of has an ABC theme, with some really cool illustrations for each letter. The charm packs (stack of 5" squares) for this collection were on super sale at Fat Quarter Shop, so I went ahead and bought two.
I thought it would be cool to use it for a chevron quilt, like one of these. I'm not sure if I like it better with the rows of white (or another color, maybe gray?) in between the prints, or with just the prints, what do you think?:
I'm liking this one..
..and this one a lot too..
The fabric got here last week, and it's been really hard for me not to cut it up and get started myself. Then I saw this quilt and fell in love!! It's just a simple patchwork quilt, but the gingham look makes it so much more interesting. Now the plan is for my mom to make this quilt, and I'll go ahead and get started on the other one.
A few other things I'd like to make before baby's born are one of these sailboat softies..
..some burp cloths..
..and a sun hat. I've got the fabric all cut out for one of these already, using a free pattern from Oliver & S. I've made one before, here.