Plans for applique project #2.

Now that I have completed my first applique project (or at least completed the applique part of the project), I can’t wait for my next.  I’ve had it visualized in my head as soon as I found the tutorial.  The hard part has been finding a pattern to go with my ideas.  One day I want to be able to draft patterns from scratch, but so far I pretty much need something to get started with that I can make changes to as I wish.  This is Kwik Sew 3150.  I’m gonna do the zip-up hoodie on the left, but add ribbing on the sleeves and bottom, and we’ll see what else.  And I have a special idea for the applique.  Don’t worry, it’s going to be cool (at least it is cool the way it looks in my head), it won’t be anything like a train or a boat.  After all, Wyatt is a big boy now and doesn’t have time for such childish things.

If anyone knows of a better pattern for a size 12m or 1, let me know!  It’s unfortunately a pretty limited selection.  I’m hoping to get working on this as soon as I get back from our summer in Virginia.

No birthday blues, just bunny cakes.

I have a condition called the birthday blues.  Some of you might have heard of it.  It comes once a year on my birthday, and sometimes even the week before.  But not this year.  My birthday was yesterday and I was in the best mood all day.  Joel had one of the guys in his office who knows how to do cake decorating make me two bunny cakes.  How could I have a bad day when I have two bunny cakes?  I can’t, that’s how.  So although this is not a sewing-post, is is about baking, so I think that counts.  And thanks so much to Kevin, he apparently stayed up until 4am making these for me.

Then yesterday afternoon my friend Kirsten and I and our kids went for a walk to the park.  Wyatt’s stroller got hijacked by Alliyah, so he got to ride home next to Kenzie.  Lucky boy!  That has nothing to do with sewing, but it was my birthday so I can write if I want to.  Write if I want to… Write if I want to… You would write to if it happened to you…

Brodie’s Applique.

So this is not a finished project, but my BSF Audy wanted to see some pictures of it in process, so here they are.  This is baby Brodie’s blanket.  I’m pretty sure his mom doesn’t have my blog address, so I think I’m safe.  I still have to bind the edges, but so far so good.  I used cotton on the top and minky a striped pile on the back.

Hello again.

Well, my in-laws just left this morning, and my parents had been visiting us just before that, and now unfortunately we’re all alone again.  We had so much fun with all of them.  I don’t know what Wyatt’s gonna do without all the attention.  Let’s just say that he napped for about 4 hours today!  I think he was catching up after all the fun.  This is a picture of the Baby Bjorn cover that I made a while ago.  It’s just a simple slipcover with openings on the sides and bottom that can be taken off to be washed.  We were in Williamsburg, VA that day.  Polka dots really suit my dad, don’t ya think?

I also gave my mom her apron.  Unfortunately the East Coast humidity was not kind to her natural curl (natural frizz, as she calls it), so she asked that I leave her head out of the picture.  She makes a great model anyway though.  Thanks Ada for noticing that the double eighth notes are upside down.  I spent about 5 minutes looking at the fabric from every direction to make sure nothing was upside down, and of course still got it wrong.  I told my mom I did it on purpose so that when she wears it she can look down at the apron and everything will be the right side up.  She loves choir and music.

I gave my mother-in-law her apron too, and I also ended up making one for my father-in-law.  It had fish on it and her’s was kind of like the brown one I made, with a few differences.

Applique tutorial.

You’ve gotta check out this tutorial on Sew, Mama, Sew!  She does a wonderful tutorial on machine appliqueing.  It is very thorough, and gives all the information a person needs to know.  I’m so glad I came across it tonight because I’ve been trying to think of a special gift to make for a friend that’s having a baby soon (she’ll be induced on Saturday if she doesn’t have it on her own by then… bring on the jumping jacks!).  So now I’ve decided I’m gonna do a baby quilt that’s personalized for baby Brodie.  I can’t wait, I love it when I finally make a decision on something.  Unfortunately now is when the real work starts…

Here’s the link to the tutorial.