Tuesday, May 12, 2009
I found THE cutest towel today. I WANT TO KEEP IT HAHA! Anyhow, the print couldnt be more perfect for this princess of a gal.
ALSO, I am beaming to myself because I have morphed my prototype into something more fashionable, as of late. I am cropping the end of the hood so that it lays on the head nicer...leaving the pixie/monk look behind (hopefully).
A look at the towel:
I LOVE how it is reversible and I will finish it so she will be able to use it either way!
I will post more as it comes...I just had to share my find with someone. And I still need to find a cute towel with blues/greens/mermaid inspired for the littlest one. AH, the search continues...
Monday, September 22, 2008
I am not usually up for sewing tiny pieces of fabric. I remember my mom making my Barbie clothes when I was little. I never in a million years thought in my adult life I would sew such tiny pieces together. Although I have sewn tiny pieces in the past, this was a challenge coupled with the fact that I hadn't done paper-piecing before! I quilted and binded it at the end and I am quite proud of how this turned out:
The infamous "grass" backdrop:
The finished product and me to show the scale of the hanging:
Sunday, September 14, 2008
*Black double cherry
*Fresh green grassy
*Frolicky yellow bumble bee
*Crisp red with shooting stars
I was excited to try something new and went with "reversible" straps. I really wanted the black to end up on the bottom of the bag which would help the bag not get dingy on the bottom with use. This left the tips being black as well. I didn't want to line the bag with black since it was a whimsical bag for a little girl...I much rathered the fresh green fabric for the job. Instead of choosing one or the other and having the strap ends seen "ending" at the bag, I did the green under and the black on top so it looks seamless. I was quite pleased, indeed.
This is the same miniature size as the little quilt tote I made for Daniella a few weeks back. The finished bag stands 8 1/2" tall without straps and 5-5 1/2" wide. This charming tote is 14" from top of straps down if you are holding it. Each dainty quilt block measures 1.5" X 1.5".
I listed this bag on my Etsy store online: http://www.IceCreamDream.etsy.com/ . It would be nice to start listing these and making them to order...I will whip it up this weekend if I haven't sold it by then and just have it done and ready to ship. Worst case scenario, I will gift it for the holidays :)Finished bag picture, thanks to my brother-in-law's studio:
Monday, August 25, 2008
Daniella Castillo had a 4th birthday party last weekend. Daniella is the daughter of one of ELi's cousins, Art. We see the Castillo's probably the most of Eli's extended family and definitly the most out of all of his cousins! Julian and Gabi are very familiar with Daniella and her little sister, Annalisse, who is 3 days older than my Gabriella.
I wanted to make her something special and practical and something that she would use for years to come. I know that she likes pink and is a little princess...I used that info as inspiration for this bag. Being that I was a bit of a tomboy as a girl, I had to infuse a little blue into the mix. It is hard to find any calico that is uber-boy so I knew I wouldnt detract from the girliness of this bag by using two blue fabrics and two pink.
I wanted to use this lighter pink fabric that I had because it had lots of fun other colors in it and there was probably EXACTLY enough for this little purse. I also LOVED this fabric I picked up maybe a decade ago when I worked at the fabric store that had lots of little strawberries on it. What little girl doesn't love strawberries??? The light blue fabric I chose just fit the bill perfectly and the darker pink was well suited, but there is a little story behind that choice...
I picked that fabric because it went well. I had combined all of my calico stash and was sorting through it to organize it. I had two fabrics that I had in mind for Gabi's room. One my mom gave me for that purpose and the other I got with Aunt Pam when we were shopping for fabric for Gabi's room before she was born. I was unclear at one point which fabric was which, until I cut and then it was too late. In retrospect, the lighter of the fabrics would have just a little too light and I made a great choice...the bummer is that I used fabric that was earmarked for Gabi's room.
The blocks ended up 1 1/2" X 1 1/2" each...how dainty!! I made the straps a little long at 12 1/2" before attaching them. The finished bag stands 8 1/2" tall without straps and 14" from top of straps down if you are holding it.
I wanted a nice picture of the bag and my usual take on "professional" looking is to set it on the grass and snap away. My brother-in-law has a mini studio in his room and I asked if this time I couls snap a quick pic setting my bag on his setup. He offered to do it right for me with his camera and hooked me up with a real nice pic, don't you think??
P.S. I almost forgot! I have a pic of her with the bag after opening it....I put a few play rings in it, bead necklaces and a sash that says "princess".
Friday, August 15, 2008
This quilt was being made to a "lap blanket" size. I cut 10 strips at 2 3/4" wide for each of the three fabrics. I ended up with leftover fabric, but my mind went reeling as I put this quilt together and it is all locked up in plans now :)
Okay, so I was pretty much done with the quilt. All I needed was a tag for it. I have made detailed tags using templates etc but decided that this time, I would hand script their names, the date of the wedding and "lovingly made by me" sort of thing. I forgot how to slip stitch for a minute...then voila! It came back to me. And I cannot say it was my best hand stitching, but I can guarantee that tag won't come off in its first wash...and after the first wash it is considered their fault, right??
Set on a netural background (as if in a catalog haha):
I do want to thank my mom, who always has more faith in me and my abilities than I do. I wouldn't dare half of the things I do without her giving me that nudge in my back! I know this isn't the world's end in quilts, but it is a little out of my comfort level being that I can create bags, clothes, home dec without guidance...but quilting is pretty close to the most precise sewing I have had to do! When I first start any quilt, mom sits there and just talks to me...and then like helping a kid ride a bike, she lets go of the seat and lets me be...and I can do it on my own, I find. Thanks MOM!