A Quilt for Baby Clare

A Quilt for Clare

[Yes that’s a quilt on a quilt. Kind of like sewing Inception.]

A coworker and his wife welcomed a baby girl on Valentine’s Day, and I wanted to make them a little quilt as a gift. Unfortunately, I think I may have overestimated my post-baby free time… This quilt, which I would normally be able to crank out in a weekend, was completed in fits and starts over about eight weeks. So glad to finally put the last stitch in!

A Quilt for Clare

Materials: Front – charm pack of ‘Good Fortune’ by Kate Spain, white quilter’s cotton; Back – ‘Farmdale Blossom’ by Alexander Henry, selections from solids charm pack; Binding – grey quilter’s cotton

A Quilt for Clare

A Quilt for Clare

It’s always fun to personalize, especially when you get to use a Husqvarna Viking for the appliqué. Unfortunately, it was only borrowed. Sort of like renting a Ferrari for the weekend. That machine is a-ma-zing! Fortunately it’s my mom’s, so I have the opportunity to borrow it from time to time…

A Quilt for Clare

Since babies are pretty much the best photo prop, here are a few shots of E doing some rigorous quality testing. Thanks, boo.

A Quilt for Clare

A Quilt for Clare

Now I’m set to make a quilt for E… nap-willing, of course. I’m thinking about a more involved version of my train quilt, with a lot of fussy cutting and a circus theme. By my calculations (zero free time – two broken machines + need to buy a new one) it should be complete roughly in time for his high school graduation!

I’ve never been so happy to have no time to sew 🙂

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Boy Oh Boy!

He’s here! Our incredible, adorable son arrived on January 14th, and I’ve been happily ensconced in Mommy-dom since then. Here are a few pictures of him donning some handmade duds — including his first piece of clothing ever, as he got cleaned up for his big debut.

Crafty + Baby

It’s tiring work, being born!

Baby + Crafty

All the nurses loved his dino hat…

Baby + Crafty

Ignore the wet hair in this shot. On the positive side, it’s proof that I got a shower that day!

Baby + Crafty

It’s been almost seven weeks, and I finally had time this weekend to pick up a crochet hook again. My first project was finishing up these booties that I started a few months ago. They had been languishing half-finished in my sewing room for quite some time, and I wanted to finish them up before he outgrows them!

Crocheted Lion  Booties

Pattern: Lion House Slippers by TwoGirlsPatterns on Etsy

Crocheted Lion  Booties

Crocheted Lion  Booties

Crocheted Lion  Booties

I’m enjoying the peace and quiet as he naps, so no modeled shots for now…

First FO of 2013

I found myself overdue and without anything to do this past Sunday, so I finished up a quilt whose top was completed back in June of 2011. If not for flickr, I would have deluded myself into thinking that I started this quilt sometime last year.

Finished Hope Valley Quilt

Here’s my original post on this quilt, which goes into detail about the pattern and the modifications I used.

Finished Hope Valley Quilt

I finished it up with a scrap of batting and an IKEA sheet for the back and binding. To keep it as simple as possible, I opted for quick and easy all over stippling. I had toyed with the idea of straight line quilting, but I’m just a sucker for the warm, crinkly, inviting look of free motion.

Finished Hope Valley Quilt

The best quilt pictures always have excellent models. Fortunately, Leela was happy to oblige.

Finished Hope Valley Quilt, Modeled

Finished Hope Valley Quilt, Modeled

Finished Hope Valley Quilt, Modeled

Finished Hope Valley Quilt, Modeled

Still on baby watch… but the silver lining is that it gave me the opportunity to squeeze one last quilt in under the offspring deadline!

The force is strong with this one…

After weeks of work, our little guy’s nursery is finally complete. And not a moment too soon: I’m due in a week, and we’ve already had one exciting (but baby-less) trip to the hospital. I couldn’t be happier with how it all came together. Without further ado… enjoy zillions of pictures of a tiny nursery in a galaxy far, far away.

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Toy Box from Andrea & Sonny

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Bunting

Star Wars Mobile

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Light Saber Lamp

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Paint: Martha Stewart Living Driftwood Gray, Home Depot

LED star ceiling kit: Weidamark

Crib: Baby Mod ParkLane

Changing table: IKEA Expedit with drawer and door inserts, legs, and knobs

Dresser: IKEA [discontinued]

Glider: Little Castle Crown Reclining Swivel Glider from Target

Paper lanterns: Plain from Luna Bazaar, Death Star from ThinkGeek [sold out]

Prints: James Hance, aswegoArts Etsy shop, some DIY

Frames: IKEA Ribba, assorted sizes

Mobile: DIY

Bunting: DIY

Quilt: DIY

Crib Skirt: DIY

Boppy Cover: DIY

Upholstered initial: DIY (might make a tutorial for this at some point…)

Changing pad cover / crib sheet: Land of Nod

Light saber lamp: DIY

Closet shelving: Rubbermaid HomeFree series closet kit

Curtains: DIY, fabric from Spoonflower

Under the Sea

I found out recently that the hospital where baby boy will be making his debut offers photography on site to capture a few quality photos before we head home. Usually I’m a huge shutterbug, but it’s a big relief to know that I won’t have to stress about getting a really great photo while we’re there.

The photography service recommends bringing a special blanket of some kind for the photo shoot. I realized that I’d need to throw something together if I didn’t want to bring the R2D2 quilt to the hospital with us. Luckily I had a charm pack, a little bit of backing yardage, solid white and a large enough scrap of batting on hand. I used them to put together this little car seat quilt in a weekend. It’s a great size for a newborn, and will be useful later to tie on to his seat to ward off the winter chill.

Carrier Quilt

Pattern: Sophie Car Seat Quilt (free from the Moda Bake Shop)

Fabric: Moda’s ‘Odyssea’

Carrier Quilt

Along with his first hat, I think it will make for some great pictures.

There is a little embroidered label on the back, but it’s personalized so I won’t share it quite yet. We’re keeping his name under wraps until delivery day!

Carrier Quilt

In other news, the Lizzy House fabric that I had picked out for curtains has had its release date pushed back to January… necessitating a plan B. I searched high and low and finally settled on this molecule print from spoonflower. Not cheap, but I actually like it better than the print I had originally set my heart on.

Curtain Fabric

I’ll be making a roman shade for the nursery’s one window, as well as full length curtains to replace the metal doors on the closet. It will be great to have this last item ticked off of the list for the baby’s room! Can’t wait to share some pictures of the finished nursery.

One for Mom

As I write this, it’s an pleasantly unseasonable 65 degrees here in Philly. Perhaps not the most appropriate day for a scarf post, seeing as how it feels more like April than December! No matter, I’m sure we’ll be in for a chilly blast sometime soon.

Fall Scarf

Yarn: Delphine by Louisa Harding Yarns, 3 skeins

Pattern: An original from the Muskoka Yarn Connection in Bracebridge, Ontario

This is my last ‘travel’ project for the time being, started and finished on flights around the country. Making goodies for the baby is a lot of fun, but I wanted to be sure to make one nice, frivolous thing for myself before I have a whole lot less free time.

Fall Scarf

Looks great with my maternity coat, which is getting a tad snug as I head down the final stretch. I can’t believe there’s only a month left until my due date!

Fall Scarf

Now it’s back to the sewing machine for more nursery projects…

You’ve heard of the Leg Lamp…

How about a light saber lamp?

Light Saber Lamp

Another simple, inexpensive DIY project for the baby’s nursery. The light saber hilt is from my husband’s collection — just a cheapie plastic model. The lamp base is IKEA’s Hemma and the shade is Jara. Total cost? Just under $15.

Light Saber Lamp

This is my favorite kind of project: it doesn’t scream ‘STAR WARS’ on first look, but instead is a more of a subtle nod to the Jedi’s weapon of choice.

Want to make your own? Geek Crafts has a great tutorial on making one yourself. We used it mostly for inspiration and kinda winged the assembly.

In other news, I’ve finally settled on a fabric for the remaining big projects in the room. Current plan is for floor length curtains to replace the closet door, a roman shade for the window, and a simple pleated crib skirt.

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The print is ‘Constellation’ by Lizzy House. Isn’t is cute? It’s so new that it hasn’t even been released yet. I can’t wait to get my hot little hands on it. There will be some furious sewing going on in early December so that everything is ready for the bambino’s arrival.

Showered With Love

A few weeks ago, my mom and sisters threw an amazing owl-themed baby shower to celebrate the upcoming arrival of our son. It was a great party, with wonderful guests and a liberal dose of crafted decor and details.

It seems that a few of our guests got into the handmade spirit as well. I was touched to receive some items lovingly made just for our little bambino.

First up is a sweater from my best friend from my days at Penn State. Not only is it adorable in its own right (elbow patches! teeny pockets! shawl collar! Squee!)… It’s all the more special to me because I taught her how to knit back in our dorm days.

Gramps Sweater from Abbey

Can you believe this is her first finished sweater? I was blown away.

Gramps Sweater from Abbey

Next is a suite of blue baby gifts knitted and crocheted by the mother of another close friend. The matching sweater, hat, and booties are too cute!

Sweater Set

Soon to be filled by little feet…

Booties Close Up

She also made a beautiful crocheted blanket, which has already taken up residence in the nursery.

Crocheted Blanket

Last up is a huge surprise from my twin sister and brother-in-law. They’re well aware of my obsession with James Hance’s ‘Wookie the Chew‘ line that is dominating the nursery decor. They picked a few of my favorite prints and wood burned them onto a toy box. Here’s the front…

Star Wars Toy Box from Andrea & Sonny

…the top…

Star Wars Toy Box from Andrea & Sonny

…one side…

Star Wars Toy Box from Andrea & Sonny

…the back…

Star Wars Toy Box from Andrea & Sonny

…and the other side. They left it unstained as yet so that we could pick a shade to match the room.

Star Wars Toy Box from Andrea & Sonny

I can’t get over this lovely toy box. Such a clever idea, and I’m amazed by the work and craftsmanship that went into it. It is the perfect finishing touch for the room. I know our little guy will cheerfully stuff his toys inside for years to come!

Star Wars Bunting

Like many on the East Coast, I was lucky enough to have off of work today to weather out the storm at home. I set a goal for the day of making something for the baby’s room out of only supplies I had lying around the house… Starting with this big pile of felt scraps.

Pile 'O Felt

After a lot of trimming, here we are on our way to bunting for the nursery.

Star Wars Bunting

Trying out a layout, prior to gluing…

Star Wars Bunting

I had planned to do a good bit of embroidery on each piece, but I actually like it a little more simple.

From the top: storm trooper, Cantina band member, Yoda, Jedi symbol, Wicket the Ewok, rebel alliance symbol, tauntaun, lightsaber, C3PO, and R2D2 bringing up the rear.

Star Wars Bunting

The binding is actually left over from a quilt I made last April. This is why I don’t throw anything away!

Star Wars Bunting

There’s still a lot of work to do, but it’s really exciting to see a few things coming together in the room.

Star Wars Bunting