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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.

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?"  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?

The Rilo Dress

i found this on pinterest last week and saved it for later.  i printed out the instructions and template and they'd been sitting on my coffee table along with some fabric i thought would be cute.

and then sunday evening hit and i felt like trying it out.

you guys, it's the easiest, cutest thing ever.

i didn't have elastic, so i pleated the top a little bit.  i made my own binding, which is what took the longest.  i think the whole thing from ironing to finished product maaaaybe took an hour.  so i made two!

for the one below, i just need to make some bias tape and attach to the armpits to tie at the shoulders.

i remember my mom making dresses for me and my sister.  it was torture seeing an almost finished dress in her sewing room.  if i'd have seen the bottom dress in her sewing room?  i would have told her i didn't need the ties and it wouldn't fall off and it looked done to me!  and then i probably would have worn it three days in a row.