Wednesday, March 18, 2009

It's a Spring Thing



The members of the Adagio Bleu Studios street team have broken loose with our Spring Thing Sale starting today! Here are some from me:

*Coffee cuffs now only $4.75 (were $5.50) AND receive a bonus cuff of my choosing with the purchase of any 2 cuffs. Three cuffs for $9.50, wow!

*Save over 20% on eBooks by buying a 2-dress, 3-dress, or Picnic Dress and Fleece Capelet pattern bundle. See my eBook section or search BUNDLE!

*Adult fleece animal ear hats 20% off all month!

And, something new in my shop today, Deluxe Soft Baby Play Blocks! I made up some of these for my own baby and loved them so much I thought I'd share.



So, what's "deluxe" about my baby blocks?

*Quality quilting fabrics alternated with undyed, 100% organic cotton fleece placed fuzzy-side out, giving baby a variety of textures to explore.

*Set of 3 includes one rattle block, one crinkle block, and one squeaker block. Within the securely sewn blocks, the rattle and squeaker are separately sewn into fabric pouches for an extra layer of safety should the block ever become opened. (The blocks are securely stitched, however, should a hole appear, they should be taken away from baby to avoid a choking hazard. Please contact me if you would like plain blocks with only stuffing inside at a lower cost.)

*Stuffed with eco-friendly bamboo fiberfill, naturally antibacterial.

*Ribbon loop for attaching to play rings on stroller, etc.

*Perfect-for-holding 3.5" size.

*Attractively packaged for gift-giving.

Surface washable.



Shown are the Amy Butler and Developmental sets; in the next day or so I will be listing more baby blocks in other fabrics including Boutique pink and brown, sock monkey, and more.

Search ABSD on etsy for more deals from Adagio Bleu Studios team mates!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Finished!

I finished the last step of my YCMT sew-along sock monkey quilt yesterday and am happy with the results! At first I was really daunted by the idea of hand blind-stitching the entire 36" square perimeter, but it actually went really quickly and I got to feel a little like Ma Ingalls, though I was watching The Simpsons on Hulu.com at the time rather than rocking by the light of a oil candle.

Determined to try to use actual scraps as much as possible, I made a really "patchy" binding out of 3" x 4" rectangles, and just about used up my sock monkey scrap bag! To get the most length out of my scraps, I opted to straight-sew the short edges of the patches together rather than sew on the diagonal per the sew-along. There's a reason for sewing on the diagonal; when you fold the binding in half, if you have sewn on the diagonal, your seam is distributed. When you straight-sew, the seam is doubled in the middle of your folded binding and adds a little bulk. I decided this didn't bother me, and I really like the fun patchiness of the binding!



Big thanks to Kim and the crew at You Can Make This for the excellent sew-along!



The cat has some unusual fascination with the quilt ... I don't get it.