While my regular machine was in the shop, I finally opened the box to the Hello Kitty Janome I bought several months ago. I am pleased with how well the machine has been working, but I don't have the patience to figure out how to achieve a perfect 1/4" seam. So I decided to work on a few clothing items for myself instead of quilting WIPs.
I made a pair of pajama pants, a wardobe staple these days:
The "Lolita Skirt" made out of some Tammis Keefe crocodiles:
I've spent a fair amount of time on IG and Bloglovin via my phone while nursing the baby. I came across a few whole cloth quilts sewn by IG user sevenpretty, and it inspired me to make one for Owen. I love this Moon Phase print by Lizzy House so much, and this gave me an excuse to use and see it frequently. The reverse side has another fabric favorite: tiny elephants by Diawabo. It measures 36 x 42.
Now that my regular machine is better and working well (fingers crossed it stays that way!), I've been chugging away at a mini quilt destined for decorating my sewing room:
It was tempting to stop there, but I decided to add one more border. It will look something like this:
On one of my first kid-less outings, I made a trip to a local yard sale of a woman who had run a home quilting supply business. Most of the materials were not my taste and the prices were kind of high, but I was quite excited to treat myself to several new publications from Stash Books, discounted to at least a third of the list price. I buy very few quilt/sewing books, so this was a real treat. I am really enjoying "Sew Organized for the Busy Girl" and it's inspired me to clean out and organize my sewing supplies.
While organizing, I pulled out several stash selections to make a baby girl quilt that's due to be finished in two weeks (!). Friends of ours had a baby just after I had Owen. It's pretty exciting because they had tried to have a child for over five years and got pregnant with no special intervention. They didn't find out the gender beforehand, so they have a fair amount of gray and yellow nursery decor. The mom didn't have many requests pertaining to the baby quilt I'd like to make: just that I include some "girl colors" and she did mention she has a thing for giraffes.
I want to stay committed to using my stash but I am finding these choices a bit uninspiring. Most of them are small/odd measurements and I have a tight deadline. I may go ahead and order this, Stand Tall in Grass, by Tamara Kate. I blame my friend Heather for bringing that fun fabric to my knowledge.
Linking up to Finish it up Friday.
Total stash fabric used in this post: 6.25 yards
Total stash fabric used since 1/1/15: 59 yards
Total stash fabric used to date: 65.25 yards