Hello!

I’m still here, I swear.

Real life has been crazy over the past few months, I won’t bore you with the details. I am hoping life will be getting back to normal soon.

I have managed to sew a bit. Wanna see? (I think I will spread my projects over a couple of posts.)

Recently I was invited to a baby shower for a friend. I wasn’t able to attend but I did send a little something for Mama to open at her surprise party.

I’ve decided to make this my first post after my long absence after some interest on Facebook. It seems Moms think this is a good idea.

I have seen little pouches (just lame sacks really) for carrying diapers which lead me to create a diaper clutch. Not being a mom or having any clue whatsoever about what one needs to properly care for a child, I like to make things that are pretty for mom. There are enough cutesy things for babies but in my opinion, not enough cool stuff for mom.

I started the muslin pattern for the diaper clutch over the summer but only after getting the invite for this shower did I actually finish it and work up a sample. Which I promptly mailed off to my friend. Friends and family always have the bad fortune of receiving my test subjects.

I am still working out some kinks in the pattern. I haven’t decided if I will sell the pattern or not. I may be swayed by peer pressure.

Looks just like a regular ol’ clutch doesn’t it? Maybe a little bigger than usual.

There’s a section for diapers, one for a travel pack of wipes and a third section for Mom’s stuff, even a pocket for her phone. You could even stash a little changing mat in Mom’s section if you wanted.

I sent along a tiny onesie with Munki Munki ice cream trucks applique, perfect for a June baby.

Also a cozy, soft receiving blankie. I used AMH’s tute, AMH voile (so lovely!) and white flannel.

I used embroidery floss to hand stitch the binding & decided to keep going because it looked so pretty. It was a super fast project and the hand stitching kept me busy while waiting for Gram at her PT appointments.

I am working on a diaper clutch for the shop…a little Amy Butler. I’d be happy to make you one in a fabric of your choice!

I broke my MacBook so I’m using BF’s Windows laptop. *Gasp* I don’t know what I’m doing on this thing & I certainly don’t know how to edit photos on it. So my crap photos will be worse than usual.

 

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Surf Van Quilting

As promised, here are tons more photos of my wonky surf van quilting.

Van

Floating Girl

How great is it that the heart ended up right there?!

Smiley Sun

Surfboards

Surfer Boy

Palm Tree

Surfboard

Girl & her board

Waves

Van

Surfboards

Flip Flops

I uploaded even more to flickr.

Bloggers Quilt Festival Spring 2010

I know, I’m totally late to the party! I have known BQF was coming but I didn’t have a quilt to show. I was planning on having my Dizzy Geese quilt finished but I ran out of some bits & that hasn’t happened. So on the evening of May 20th (yeah, the day before BQF started) I decided instead of finishing one of the SIX WIP/UFO’s I currently have going, I needed to start a new quilt just for this occasion. Well, it’s finally finished and I still have a couple of days to spare before BQF closes. Nice.

Once I had made the decision to start something new my eyes darted around my sewing room desperately seeking inspiration, landing first on my stash.

Oh, these would look great together…

Way too many fabrics, I’m thinking mini quilt here…

Ahh, yes. Perfect.

Now a design…let’s check this book out, it may have something cool…

I don’t knit really, so this just lives on the shelf.

This would be really good for fussy cutting those super cute Munki Munki vans. Perfect.

Then I got to piecing and this mini quilt turned into a baby quilt. Oops.

Yeah, behind it are 2 of my WIP/UFO’s. I’m just layering it all on the design board. haha

I played around with how many van blocks I would use and edited the layout a couple of times. I liked the negative space on the bottom left corner & thought it needed a van in the middle.

Then the fun part, quilting. I started with this…

Inspired by this pillow.

I didn’t want to stipple the rest & I couldn’t find an all-over pattern that I liked. So I got crazy…

Really crazy….

And couldn’t stop…

As wonky and not perfect as the quilting is, I love it! I think it is super cute.

I’m in love with this little quilt!!

Here’s the back…

And my cute little spoonflower label!

Some stats for you

  • Measures 32.5″ x 41″
  • Solids: Kona Grass, Charcoal, Med Gray
  • Munki Munki vans
  • Stripe: Prints Charming Follow Your Imagination from Free Spirit

You can check out my next post here for more photos of the quilting.

Make sure you tell Amy I said hello & thank her for putting on such a great event!! Don’t forget to check out all of the other great quilts in the Bloggers Quilt Festival!