Monday, February 18, 2013

Still Sewing and Scheming (and Gestating...)

Honeycomb #4
I love the churn dash! Here are the fantastic blocks from the amazing ladies of Honeycomb 4. I'm still missing 2, but I hope they will come soon. I am planning on making this up for my baby. I got a fun Robert Kaufman flannel dot to put on the back.

I loved them so much that I decided I should cut into my precious stack of Architextures and make a new queen-sized quilt for my bed! Here are the first two blocks:

Churn Dash Blocks

I'm using all of the fabrics, except the white cross hatch, and I'm using Kona white as the accent. I am making 12.5" blocks, rather than the 4-in-1 blocks that my honeycomb-mates made. 6" blocks are just a bit too ambitious for me to make a queen-sized quilt.

Amanda Jean has a great tutorial at Crazy Mom Quilts. But instead of cutting four 2.5"x4.5" strips, I cut one 18"x2.5" strip of background and churn dash fabric, sewed them together and then cut the 4.5" squares.

I made up this little pouch today, from Anna at Noodlehead's Lil Cutie Pouch tutorial.

Lil Cutie Pouch

I am going to put my cash, cellphone, id and insurance card in it for the hospital. I figure I don't need to bring and keep track of my full purse!

I just love this Anna Maria Horner print. I didn't remember to flip the other side, so it's technically upside down.

Lil Cutie Pouch-back

But I still love it. I only had an invisible zipper of the right size, so that's the one I made.

Lil Cutie Pouch

The interior is a Moda Modern Workshop print, I think. I used it for the tab, too.

I also added some great hard to find Tula Pink prints to my Tula treasure chest. I swapped some Architexture prints for the three prints on the left. I never thought I'd get those fish!! Then I purchased the ladybugs from Etsy. I already had the brown and green, but the I am really excited to have the white-accented ones. I think except for a few Salt Water prints that I want, my collection is almost finished! (I'm not trying to get the every print from every collection, I'm just collecting the ones that I really want!)

Tula treasure additions

No baby, yet. Getting very tired of being pregnant and very ready to meet this baby in person! Onward and upward!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Weekend Sewing

Divided Basket-Diaper Caddy

Got a little more sewing done this weekend. I recently acquired the Divided Basket pattern from Anna over at Noodlehead. I love her patterns. I have the 241 Tote, which I've made several times, and I also have the Sidekick Tote, but I haven't had a chance to make that one, yet. Her patterns are fantastic and easy to use.

Divided Basket-Diaper Caddy

I've been smitten with the divided basket since Anna first posted about her versions back in December. In the post about the second version, she mentioned that she was thinking of writing up a pattern for it, so I'm really happy she did and I was able to put it together before baby arrived. There are probably tutorials out there that make similar items, but I really like having the measurements, fabric requirements, and pattern pieces right in front of me. Plus, it's nice to support a home pattern maker.

Divided Basket-Diaper Caddy

I've already loaded it up with diapers! I thought it would be nice to have a station downstairs in our apartment, as well as the more formal changing table/dresser we have upstairs.

Divided Basket-Diaper Caddy

Fortunately, everything I used, I had on hand. I did not have any fusible fleece, but I used some grey duck cloth that I had for making bags. I figured it had enough body to help the basket keep its shape and it seems to hold up pretty well. I didn't have any webbing to make the covered straps, so I just cut 1.5" strips of the duck cloth and covered it with the fabric I used for the interior. I love that little detail. I decided to go with the pocket option and to line it with the duck cloth instead of using the biasoption. (I also used the Amy Butler print for the divider.)

Also, a million years ago, I cut out fabric to make another Los Alamos Canvas Tote.

Canvas tote

And this weekend I finally put it together. It's a simple unlined bag. (Printed fabric from Ikea, black duck cloth.) I'm going to stuff this in my hospital bag for all of the stuff we will bring need to home from the hospital - extra diapers, "female stuff" :) Then it will transition to a grocery bag.

We're getting down to the wire. Part of me is ready for the baby right now, but if she holds on till Valentine's Day, that would be ideal!