Thursday, February 26, 2009

A blast from the past

Spotted my tie*dye*diva*designs Hippie Chick resell on eBay, one of my favorite sets ever with the full twirl pant and appliqued tie dye tee. (Oh, how I wish I could find some of that fun smiley fabric again!) If you have a size 6 girl, get bidding - started at only .99!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Still monkeying around with fabric

I used one of my leftover pinwheel blocks and the techniques I learned from the YCMT sew-along to create a matching pillow for my quilt! After creating the pillow face 17" x 17" so it would be 1" larger on each side than the 16" x 16" pillow I was covering, I  created the envelope-style back from my banana-print flannel - simply adding a 13" x 17" piece of flannel to the top of the pillow face and a 10" x 17" to the bottom.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

(Quilt) Top O' the Mornin' to ya

I had a quiet morning at home and was able to put the borders on my You Can Make This Sew-Along quilt. I love that the make-it-up-as-you go factor gave me a lot of creativity along the way - this is not the kind of quilt I would have planned out had I planned it, but I love it! I had some "Malibu Monkey" print (told you, I have a LOT of Moda Monkey fabric) that turned out to be perfect for the inner border, I really like the "marching monkeys" effect! I hope it works to back the quilt with flannel, as I have some of the brown banana print in flannel that would fit perfectly. My (nearly) finished quilt size is almost a perfect 36" x 36". I think I'll make a matching pillow cover while I wait for the next steps to tell me how to back the quilt.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Looking back

Nine or ten years ago, I was working 12-hour days as a professional and felt I had no time in my life for crafting. Then life took its turns, and when I became pregnant, maternal hormones came rushing in along with knitting needles and yarn, embroidery hoops and thread, later followed by dyes of many hues, sewing machines, sergers and piles of gorgeous fabrics.

My first knitting project ever was a knitted pony for the baby in my burgeoning belly. I checked KNITTING FOR KIDS! out of the library with mild to moderate embarrassment and set to creating this lovely, soft toy, handmade with love.

No, not that one. That's the second knit pony I ever made. The first one is this one, here:

It doesn't make sense to me now, but somehow the definition of "row' confused me, and I wound up with balloon-animal stubs instead of lean and coltish pony legs. Then when it came time to cast on additional stitches to make the pony's head, I didn't realize it made such a lot of difference if you were on an odd row or even row at the time. I was nearly done with the head when I realized it was backward. My husband laughed and suggested I leave it that way. In an uncharacteristic moment of putting aside perfectionism, I kept knitting along, creating Retro, the Wrongway Pony.

He's a family favorite now, having lasted through that first baby's teething and the second baby's tossing about. As he awaits our third child, he lives at the foot of my son's bed, along with the well-proportioned, forward-looking second pony, who no one ever loved enough to give a name.

Retro came to mind as I pieced together the quilt top of my first quilt (sew along here) and realized to my dismay that a single pinwheel square is turning the wrong way. It would require a lot of stitch ripping at this point to fix it, and so I decided to leave it. As it gets handed down, the children can play "find the wonky pinwheel" and it will probably be the best-loved quilt in the house.

Maybe, I think, Retro is not so much looking the wrong way, as he is simply looking behind him to learn from the past, much as I am today.