Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Weighted Blanket

I made this weighted blanket for a little girl with sensory issues.  She is "girly," and loves the ocean and dolphins, so I used these blue-ish fabrics that said beach to me....and added in a little sparkle (top left) and a soft minky patch too.

 It's filled in a grid pattern with poly-pellets, so it is machine washable and dryable on low heat.  Mermaid and narwhals included!

I hope it is used and abused and well-loved! 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Lainey's teacher asked me to make some puppets for the little theater they have in the classroom.  How fun!  I cut out some fun faces from a fabric panel by the amazing Suzy Ultman!  Then I just created the bodies and arms out of some crazy scraps.

I love how they came out! 

And I really love how they're used in the classroom.  The kids are learning about grammer and punctuation and writing dialogues... so they can use the puppets to act out the dialogues that they write!  

Monday, August 25, 2014

New dresses for Elaine and baby Kayla

So, as long as we're in the matching dresses phase, how about a set for Elaine and her little cousin Kayla?  We met Kayla for the first time a couple of weeks ago when her parents came to visit.  So good to see all of them!

I'm in love with this Melody Miller ruby star fabric - and just eked out the pattern in both sizes for the girls.  The pattern is a NO CLOSURE pull-on dress called bohemian babydoll by Elegance & Elephants.  

Here's a detailed shot of the bugs and pom-pom trim.... and the girls in their matching dresses! 

Thanks for coming to visit us!  xoxoxo

New dresses for Elaine and her friend!

Lainey picked out some knit feather fabric in a couple of different colorways and I made her and a dear friend matching maxi dresses for Summer. 

The best part about them aside from matching, is the cris-crossed cut-out back.  Which you can't see in the picture, of course!!!  Makes it a little tricky to put on - but adorable! 

The dress pattern is Malibu by modkid and can be found here.  Simple pattern with great instructions, and made really easy with fold over elastic!  I should probably make a few more of these... it's hard to find great knits though.    

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Contract

Next project:  sleeping bags for the kiddos. 

The contract: 


Please note the signature at the bottom.  The first block took me about 2 hours to piece.  It's going much faster now that I understand it though.....  Hopefully this will turn out great and be loved!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

A Birthday skirt for an adorable friend

A friend from the neighborhood is turning 5 and though we couldn't make it to her party, I wanted to give her something special to mark the big event!   She's almost done with princesses and skirts w/ pom poms on them, so I had to go all out!

There's even a little bit of glitter in the fabric, on the crowns and tiaras.  

I LOVE making stuff for little girls!!!

And it's reversible!!!  
Couldn't help myself!!!  The fabric is from Kokka, bought at Superbuzzy.  

And the look on her face when she opened it was priceless!


241 tote for ME ME ME!!!

Not sure what took me so long, but I finally bought the 241 tote pattern and made a new purse!  Love it!!!  I did only one slash pocket on the outside, and added a zippered pocket on the inside to keep things secure.

Love this bag!  Perfect way to use the Melody Miller fabric I've been too afraid to cut into, also!!!  I love the crazy colors and retro feel of the ladies, transistor radios, and view finder reels!

I'm ready to start a 2nd one!!!  Lots of ideas for different fabrics to use.

Monday, April 21, 2014

March 2014:  just finished and sent off my 3rd quilt ever to a friend for Xmas 2013!  Began this one in June 2013 and only a few months late.  Luckily it's still cold in Minne, so it'll be put to good use! 

It's an improv style quilt where no two blocks are alike, with a row of flying geese on one side.  I've been wanting to try doing some triangles and this was a perfect chance.  There are lots of quirky black/white and gray/white prints in here.  Plus I included a few custom printed fabrics with an airplane drawing that Jack made, some scientific diagrams, and a quote from a favorite book.  

I used a quilt as you go method that I learned about here.
It was great because I was able to keep the blocks small and piece/quilt them individually, before finalizing their placement and sewing them together.  Then I just stitched in the ditch in various spots around the quilt to attach the backing - which is a charcoal gray polar fleece.  Super soft! 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Teacher Totes

Made some patchwork reversible tote bags for each of Jack and Lainey's teachers, plus a couple of other important people in their lives.  8 tote bags doesn't sound like THAT many, right?  It was 32 rectangles and 16 straps, and it took a little longer than I expected!!! 

But I love how they came out... and it was fun for the kids to give them away to the teachers.  They wrote a little note to go along with each one.

And why not hanging from the tree?!!  Here are a few closeups!