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Holy Seams, Batman

[What's this?  Two posts in one week?]

I love these organizer baskets. Noodlehead makes the best, easiest patterns to follow.  I have another pattern of hers, a bag, that I need to start, but I haven't decided on the fabric! 

These baskets are my favorite to give as gifts.  So far I've only given them as baby shower gifts, but I'm finishing one up right now to give to a friend to organize her knitting crocheting needlework yarn stuff.

This one I actually made for a friend's baby shower.  But I loved the color combination so much, I had to make another.

Check out the lined.  Up.  Seams!

Papyrus



Below is the basket I made for a friend.  Years ago she posted a "Pay it Forward" where you made something for the first three or five people who commented on your post.  I was one of those people!  She made me a makeup bag!  I love it so much and use it all the time!  So I posted a Pay it Forward and she signed up.  And then... I .... didn't .... make... anything.

I finally got around to making her something.  I wanted to wait until my sewing skills had developed and I was able to make her something that she would love as much as I loved the makeup bag she made me.  (wow, that was pretty good.)

I hope she enjoys it!

narrow pockets for storing needles. I put random stuff in the pockets as an example.


larger pockets on the other side.





Plusses Quilt for Babies or People who Enjoy Naps

I had so much fun making this quilt!  I think it took about 20 hours, after work and on the weekends.  My most favorite part about this quilt is all the straight lines!  In all my (four) years of sewing, I never thought I'd be able to quilt a straight line, much less LINE UP SEAMS!

I love this fabric, I love this color combo!  I have some left over, so I might make a pillow cover or something.

The baby model was borrowed from some friends of mine.  I made this quilt for them before baby was born, and even from the pictures you can tell it's wonky, without even folding it up.  They love it anyway.

I just wanted to borrow the baby and take a few pictures.  The dad is an amazing photographer and started clicking away!  The baby was a GEM.  Most babies love me.  Okay, ALL babies love me.  But this one?  Cries when she sees me.  I've learned that I have to ignore her and let her come to me.

She loved this blanket.  We threw it on the living room floor, and she just had a ball playing with it.  Loved wrapping herself in it, and being the star of the show.

We joked that she was a diva and demanded only WHITE M&Ms.  Where is my EVIAN!  I WAS PROMISED EVIAN!

She was a doll.  Perfect and lovely and sleepy toward the end, which worked out well for the parents.

Oh!  OMG.  It's for sale.  I'm really nervous, but excited for it to go to a good home!

Etsy only allows you FIVE pictures!  Five!  How do you pick your favorite?  So I picked five, but here are the rest, because I can't help it.  If you love the photography, let me know.  I know a guy ;)

Music listened to while making this quilt:  Cake, Grouplove, Vampire Weekend, Coldplay, The Cure, The Flaming Lips.


ummm....sew....

i've been a little busy!  my mantra this year became "after the wedding!"

and then after the wedding came and it was ... weird.  quiet.  so my body decided it would catch a horrible cold!  oh, you have some free time?  let's lay on the couch and feel sorry for ourself for a week.  or TWO.

then that passed, and my god.  the fabric i'd been holding on to!  the recipes i'd been pinning!  the craft days i'd been promising friends!

my sewing room exploded.  i should take a picture.  but why scare you like that?  i usually clean it up, throw stuff in my closets tuck stuff away when friends come over.  a friend stopped by recently and i guess had never seen it in all its glory!  "is this sewing desk new?"  err...no.  i put all of this away before everyone comes over so there's an actual dining room and people aren't tripping over fabric cut aways.

if you follow me on facebook, you've seen some of these already.  i hadn't realized how much i missed sewing until it started eating my brains again!  like, really eating my brains.

i found an awesome pattern for christmas stockings.  and then made 7 of them with plans to make at least 3 more (one is already cut up and ready to go under the needle).



Marmalade Memories

I can't believe it's been a year!  I did finally finish the Marmalade Malady quilt.  It's gorgeous.  I mean, it's full of that 1/4 inch problem, but it's soft, it's warm, and it's in a very loving home.

I took a week off from work last November to move and get settled and use up some vacation time before the end of the year.  Oooo.  Can I just say?  And I know all you quilters out there know how delicious it is to sew in the winter compared to the summer....

...It was magical...

Anyway, so I had moved and had all this extra space to spread out and leave my projects out in the open.  My dining room is my sewing room.  I should probably get a dining room table for when I have friends over, but it all ends up working out.

What was I saying?