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And the bunny ran away with the spoon

Back when I first found out I was pregnant with a little girl, I started thinking about all of the clothes that I was going to make for her over the years. I sorted out patterns, started collecting fabrics, and put aside special buttons and trims. Now I have a baby and a stack of fabrics and patterns as tall as she is, but I don’t want to make anything because “she’ll just grow out of it so fast”.  Who wants to put in all that time and effort if she’s only going to wear it once?

The problem is, I only bought small pieces of fabric, thinking I wouldn’t need much for baby clothes (which is true); but the more she grows, the more of those fabrics I’ve been collecting I’ll need and in most cases, I don’t have more!  So I needed to start SOMEWHERE and SOON.

Somewhere is here.  I whipped up these little bloomers/shorts in an hour, and stitched the bunny motif to a plain white onesie that was sitting, unworn, in her drawer.

And the bunny ran away with the spoon

I used the (FREE!) Sweet and Simple Bloomer Pattern from Sewing Mama RaeAnna. It literally (not figuratively) took me an hour. Not a minute more.  They’re made from a half yard of cute Japanese double gauze I got during the fabric exchange at the DCMQG meeting back in June. The only modification I made to the pattern was that I only had 1/4 inch elastic on hand, so I finished the waistband just like the legs with a little bit of a ruffle on top.  I haven’t worked much with double gauze, and was worries about fraying and separating, but it wasn’t bad at all, and the hems pressed very nicely.  I chose to zig-zag seams because I didn’t feel like getting out my serger and threading it for 5 minutes worth of work, but I think I would use the serger next time just for a more professional finish. I added a little piece of twill tape ribbon to the back just so that we can tell the difference between front and back when putting the pants on her. I’m impressed by how well these washed too – no ironing necessary!

I let my husband pick out the bunny with the spoon for the front of the onesie (Personally I would have gone for the squirrel eating a donut…).

Detail shots mosaic

And here’s the little bean modelling her new outfit:

My little bean

Despite the ruffled edges this is a pretty gender neutral outfit – I’m thinking a set like this would make a nice, super quick, baby gift for either a boy or a girl in the future!

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I had such fun making this little mini for my partner in the Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap!  She said in her interview questions that she loved foxes, and I took that and ran with it. I call him “Foxy”

Foxy for the schnitzel & boo mini quilt swap!

My original plan was to use the cross stitch block pattern by Pile O’ Fabric and the fox pattern by Making Life Prettier, but I wanted Foxy to be smaller and I was just not up for the tiny, tiny blocks that I really wanted to create.  I opted to use the fox pattern with solid blocks finished at 1.5 inches.  I quilted it with the crosshatch design to give the impression of the cross stitch blocks and added the Foxy borders with minimal quilting.

Foxy the schnitzel & boo mini quilt swap!

The most fun I had with this one was string piecing it all together. I love string piecing because, for me, it cuts down on a lot of the piecing errors I am prone to make. I don’t often have a chance to use the technique, though, because I don’t make a lot of quilt with squares that match up quite so perfectly. I guess TECHNICALLY I string piece all the time, but this was sort of extreme string piecing:

Foxy - String pieced

I think it’s tough to see in this picture, but the rows are all joined at each seam and you won’t be cutting them apart.  The only bear is pressing the strips while they are all connected, but with a little practice, it’s not that problematic.  At this point you can just fold the rows over each and either glue baste or pin without worrying about which row goes next. I’m all for short cuts. Also it leaves you back looking nice in neat without a bunch of strings hanging around. The only caution I have is that you can’t press your final seams open when you sew the block like this, so if you’re someone who likes to do that, then perhaps this technique is not for you.

Foxy the schnitzel & boo mini quilt swap!

It’s been a while OR, what I did in my year-long hiatus from blogging

It’s been quite a year in Alyson-land.  I mean, I worked, I played, I made some quilts, oh and I had a baby.

The heck you say? Yes, yes, I know.  Most of you already know.  But I did kind of leave the blog hanging and I thought i would catch you up, just in case.  So here she is, Erica Beth. Born January 31, 2014 at 7:22am. I couldn’t have been more surprised when I discovered my ‘condition’ and I couldn’t be more in love than I am now. She’ll be 11 weeks old tomorrow and she grins all the time, babbles near-constantly, sleeps almost enough for my liking, and is loved by everyone who knows her, including her big brother and the dog, much to my relief.

But this blog is about sewing and sewing we shall discuss. The quilt pictured was made not for Erica but for another new little friend of ours, Emily.  The pattern is “Bathtub Gin” by Amy Friend of During Quiet Time. I don’t have a Sizzix, so I created my own 8″ tumbler template and rotary cut the pieces. The fabrics are from Mod by Annette Tatum.
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I tried glue basting for the first time on this piece and I LOVE it. I will never pin again!  I mean, look at those perfectly matched points:

If you’ve never tried glue basting, I suggest you give it a go.  No more pin holes in in your fingers! Here’s the video that I worked from to learn the technique:

When the quilt was pieced and sandwiched, I quilted it using a watery free motion quilting design:

I have another quilt top that I put together with these fabrics but that hasn’t been sandwiched and quilted yet.  I’m thinking about finishing it up and putting it up for sale in the HastyQuilter Etsy shop.

Just as an aside piece of business, I unpublished the HastyQuilter Facebook page. It just became too overwhelming to even think about maintaining it. I doubt I will bring it back, but you can still talk to me through this blog and on Instagram, and if you’re a friend, my personal Facebook page too. :-)

My Aeroplane Bag

I took a little break from sewing but I started back up again this weekend by pattern testing Sew Sweetness’s new pattern: the Aeroplane Bag!  It is super heavy-duty and the perfect size for a large carry-on.  I can’t wait to use it on my flight to Massachusetts in a few weeks.  In fact, I couldn’t wait at all, so I used it to carry my gym clothes to work this morning.  It is PERFECT.

Lotus Stripes - my Aeroplane Bag

I’m calling it my “Lotus Stripes” bag, and it’s made using a bunch of the canvas pieces I got for free ages ago. Sara kindly pointed out to me that what I have here are some beautiful Amy Butler prints!  I really had no idea…

Lotus Stripes - my Aeroplane Bag

The bag is fully lined and has two beautiful, huge, zippered pockets on either side inside the lining. This is the second of Sara’s patterns that I’ve tested and I LOVE this method of making zippered pockets.

I did have a time inserting the large zipper across the top – maybe it was because I was not used to working with such a large zipper, or maybe it was that my fabrics were too heavy, I’m not sure. I am sure that with practice I could make it perfect, though.

If you want to make your own Aeroplane Bag, Sara has released the pattern (just today, in fact!) be one of the first to buy it – HERE!

Something Different Saturday: Building a Pirate Ship

I thought I’d try a little something different…on Saturdays…Something Different Saturdays! Sewing is of course my main recreational hobby but I work on so many other projects throughout the week, I thought I would throw a little of that stuff in here too. Today’s random project: building a pirate ship!

Today's important life skill lesson - building a pirate ship.

Bill is off playing a game today and has the car. It’s cold and its rainy and it’s hard to convince Caleb that it’s worthwhile to change out of his jammies on days like today. Instead, we are staying in our jammies and building  a pirate ship.

I’m (mostly) following the instructions and pattern pieces found over on Molly Moo. This morning we (I) built the ship with a large boot shoe box and masking tape.  Then together we did “papier mached” it using Mod Podge.  It took a while, but I think by the end Caleb had the hang of that process.  When it’s dry, we’ll paint and add our masts and benches and other fun things. Including the future denizens:

Future denizens of the pirate ship

If you’re looking for more little guy projects and things, I have a board for that over on Pinterest: For My Little Guy.