Thursday, October 31, 2013
Okay so I sort of failed big time at BlogtoberFest this year. My post were late and sparse!
But I'm rocking this Totally Pinspired Challenge! This will be my 3rd Pinterest project this month!
It was 'World Teachers Day' last Friday. I wanted something to give Aden's Kindy teachers. I wanted something quick. I wanted something easy. I wanted something handmade. I wanted something useful. So off to Pinterest I went!
I found these cute little zippered pencil cases. What teacher doesn't need a new pencil case to stash their pens in!
I was super delighted to find everything in my stash, including the 2 zippers!
They were lovely and quick to sew up with great instructions. I'm adding a few more to my 'make for Christmas' list.
The best part was watching Aden hand it over and say 'I helped Mummy make this for you' (he didn't it was waaaaaay past his bedtime when I made these!) And then the very best part was watching the teacher tip her USB's out of an old broken/busted zipper/plastic pencil case and say 'Just what I needed! How did you know!'
My kids didn't forget me either...chocolates (that I can't eat so left for my teaching partner), flowers and some lovely handmade cards and drawings.
Happy Blogtober Fest Everyone!
SYST -1 FQ worth of scraps
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Monday, October 28, 2013
Okay so technically I made this last month to send to a sweet new babe with his quilt.
But I haven't blogged it yet so it counts for this month right?
Aden saw this sweet little dino on my Pinterest board and asked if he could make one. It is child-friendly-ish but at 4 he is not ready to make things on the machine on his own!
The fabric and ribbons were all his choices though!
Mummy did the tricky sewing and Aden was able to help with some of the stuffing...truth be told he just liked sword fighting with the knitting needle!
Little dino has been on Kindy visits and sleepovers. A big hit with my dinosaur loving boy!
You can see the ribbons are a bit closer together and a little smaller for the gift version I sent.
Pattern from here
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Saturday, October 26, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
This fabric has been sitting in my stash for a while now and I'd promised the boy that I'd make him some more shorts for Kindy. A metre of fabric gets me 2 pairs....just! The second set of leg band cuffs need to be made out of contrasting fabric. When ever Aden gets new shorts cousin Bailey gets some too! These are made from my 'go to' pattern 'Little Explorer Shorts'
Any suggestions on a new shorts pattern to try??
A little piece of cute ribbon in the back make a tag so the boy can dress himself!
This Lightning McQueen fabric was a lot tricker to get 2 pairs of shorts out of. The cars are not all going the same way and Lightning McQueen needed to be as prominent as possible. But I still wanted 2 pairs of shorts to make the fabric worth while.
And because Bailey will be getting a present in the mail his sister needed one too! I dug out The Tilda Sash Skirt pattern I've had for ages and never tried. It is a great pattern with no pieces to trace off, just some rectangles to measure. Super simple with a quilting ruler and rotary cutter!
1 metre of fabric gives me 3 skirts in a size1-2, with 1 needing a contrasting band. Milla will share one of the skirts with her cousin Carissa. And the other will be going to another sweet little 2-year-old I know!
SYST - 4 shorts + 3 skirts = 13 Fq's going out!
Oh and this counts for 1 of my 'pinspired' projects for the month of October!
I have a great little collection of sewing for kids right here!
Bailey is pretty wrapped with his shorts....won't take them off! Milla insisted on wearing her skirt to bed....her Mummy took it off once she was asleep but Milla wasn't fooled! She woke in the middle of the night and took it down the hall demanding to have it put back on! A win for Aunty! Now to make some more for Christmas !
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Sunday, October 20, 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
All the three's today! My wonderful hubby took my sweet son shopping for a present while I went to work for the day.
Aden was beside himself excited when I got home. His chocolate covered face, gave away the surprise in the fridge!
They headed to the toy section, where all little boys know the good presents are hiding, and hubby had to talk him out of a few things before deciding on a Pillow Pet. Aden loves his dinosaur one so it makes sense that Mummy would love one too.
Thanks Hubby and Aden you did a wonderful job! Love you xx
|Heading to work for the day|
|Dairy-free chocolate cake made by my boys|
Thanks Hubby and Aden you did a wonderful job! Love you xx
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Monday, October 14, 2013
As much as I wanted to get this quilt to beetle before he was 1 month old I was a few days short of my goal.
I always get stumped when it comes to the quilting....my ideas and my skills are quite a ways removed from each other. I didn't want to ruin anyone's blocks with dodgy quilting!
I ditched the blocks and thought I'd try out something a bit fancier on the borders where I could hide it in the busy orange print. I used a yellow/orange variegated thread and copying a quilting design Emma has used on this quilt I bit the bullet and went for it!
I am so super super super happy with how it turned out! There are of course errors and it is in no way perfect but I did something different and I like it.
The central block has 'grass' quilted in the green (Thanks Bear!) and 'wind' quilted in the sky. The plan was to quilt a tree up passed the giraffe and over his head but I chickened out! It is done with an stipple instead. I still need heaps more practise at free-motion quilting!
And in case I left you hanging from the last post the giraffe HAD to be yellow and like I said the blue I had before didn't give a nice strong silhouette so I change to a pink. I know he is a boy...but at least I don't dress him in pink onesies!! ;)
And so here it is! A BRIGHT colourful eye catching combination of love and fabric.
I hope little Beetle and his family have many cuddles, picnics and cubbyhouses with this quilt!
It is a nice size for a single bed when Beetle gets older.
Here are the blocks and their makers
|Car and Milly|
|Rebecca and Emma|
|Mands and Kirsty|
|Shirley and Caz|
|Helen and Kylie|
|Sibylle and a second block from Joy|
|Nic and a second block from Car|
And because I am a loooooong way from a professional at taking photos I thought I might show you how it is done properly! Some beautiful shots of the quilt....including the handsome Beetle himself!
More beautiful photos can be found here
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