Occasionally I get the urge to sew clothes. It seems to come & go in waves, so I try to pounce on it when it comes around. For me it’s about being a maker & aware of what you have & appreciating a few well made items instead of having 100 poorly made ones.
Anyways, I saw Anna Maria Horner’s “Piece of Cake” dress pattern back in the spring & fell in love with it!
(Confession, when I have to get some work done I’ve been known to give her a box of fabric to play in. Fabric goes everyone. It’s chaotic. We both have a great time!)
I used some cotton fabric from a big box store (honestly, Teapot grows too quickly to justify using expensive fabric) & had a great time making the dress. It’s a free downloadable pattern that came with excellent directions & required few skills/tools.
(I was trying to get a picture of the bias casing, but someone was having too much fun taking selfies!)
It was the first time for me to make a bias casing for the elastic around the neck & it came together well. I did use my serger to finish the edges, which I’m glad I did since this dress has gotten a lot of use.
The only step I didn’t follow was to make a blind hem. For some reason it wasn’t working so I just made a folded hem about 1″ from the edge. Again, it’s a dress for a baby/toddler so who really cares about the hem- as long as it’s durable, it’s fine.
(Why yes, that’s an ice pack to the side & some advertisements above her head that she was playing with while eating a cheese straw on the kitchen floor. Some days are like that around here.)
The only downside was that the pattern only goes up to 12 months! I love this dress & want to make this for Teapot again & again! (I guess I could draft a larger size, but really, that’s not going to happen. Anyone have a recommendation for a larger size pattern I can buy?)
Afternoon adventure in the sand box!
I finished Teapot’s hat yesterday & have a picture of the hat for my friend’s baby:
It’s a free pattern from Gros. I used Fortissima Socka for my friend’s hat & Dream in Color Smooshy (colorway Go Go Grassy) for Teapot’s & size US 1.5 & 2 needles. I made the 6 month size for my friend & 2 years for Teapot. (I knit quite tightly & she must knit very loosely. Or Teapot just has a huge head. She probably just has a huge head.)
Here it is on Teapot. It’s even cuter in person. (But isn’t it crazy how well the 2 years old size hits her! I guess I could check the gauge…..)
It was very addictive to knit. I could make another. But all my yarn is at the new house & it’s really cold out.
Ok, well it’s not as cold as some parts of the country (-30 wind chill! Yikes!), but it’s pretty cold for Virginia so we’re going to be lazy & stay home.
And once I’ve finished knitting the dress for Teapot I’ve got started, perhaps I should pack the kitchen. Sheesh I hate packing kitchens. They’re the worst. Worse than studios full of fabric & yarn. Fabric & yarn can just be thrown in boxes & you don’t have to worry about anything breaking. Kitchen stuff is breakable & oddly shaped.
Is there anything cuter than looking at pictures of babies on quilts? Well, maybe babies in bluebonnet fields if you’re from Texas 😉
I made this tumbling block quilt about 2 years ago as a class sample & like so many of my quilts, it ended up in a heaped pile.
We recently discovered however it fits perfectly in Teapot’s new play space in our living room.
Aside from the joy I get from choosing fabrics, trying new techniques & creating custom quilting designs, I love the warm fuzzies I get when we use my quilts around our home. It’s more than a sense of accomplishment, it’s the satisfaction that only comes from creating.
When I create something from raw materials that we’ll use, so many things are happening, but most important to me at this time is that we’re teaching Teapot she doesn’t have to be a consumer of finished goods.
Think about that for a second. Take a second to think about what it means to be creator of good rather than a consumer of goods.
Making things requires us to slow down & think about the process. The time & resources make us decide if this is a need or a want. It requires us to gather materials and make a plan. It requires us to adjust when plans change or hiccups arise.
It requires us to think.
When we make quilts to live with, we’re reminding ourselves of what we’re capable of. So yes, you should feel pride when you see that quilt you said more than a few curse words over but persevered & completed! You struggled through that quilt & made it happen! Now go do it again! Go make another quilt (or something else like clay bowls, or go grow some food), only this time make it more challenging- this is the best medicine for your brain!
I’ve been waiting & waiting to write this post & here it is! On May 3, I gave birth to our little girl, affectionately known as “Teapot.” ( Our little one was in a funky position shortly before birth & while the Midwife was trying to figure out what she was doing, one of the midwifery students (also our Doula) said she’s “kinda like a teapot.” I loved the name the moment I heard it!)
Life is pretty darn amazing now around here! We’ve been spending the past 2 1/2 weeks snuggling, napping, nursing, changing diapers, & mostly taking it easy. Mornings are my favorite times (yes, you did read that correctly!) now & I love to wake up just to see her smile & squirm!
I’m still taking a break from quilting, but every week we’re able to do more, so who knows, maybe I’ll be back in the studio next week? In the meantime I *plan* to post pictures of quilts I’ve longarmed but have never shared! (please keep in mind I *planned* to write this post for over one week!)
*this newborn photo was taken by a sweet friend, Jennifer Larkin, if you’re in the DC Metro area, I highly recommend her!