Archives for May 2012

A New Quilt!

This past Sunday was my littlest daughter Karis’ second birthday. For her birthday I made her a quilt for her big girl bed, as I have done for my other two girls. When I made the first of the three quilts I bought extra of several of the fabrics I used so that I could incorporate matching fabrics into each of their quilt designs so that no matter who shared a room, they would each have a unique handmade quilt that coordinated well with the other.

I am really happy with how Karis’ quilt turned out and I thought I would share some pictures of the process. The first step after choosing a pattern, was to cut out all of the pieces for the quilt – this is pretty time consuming! The next step is to piece all of those little pieces together to form the quilt top.

sewing squares

Here is a shot of me piecing together one of the small squares which make up the center of the quilt.

quilt squares

And here are all of the completed squares that make up the center.

quilt layout

The next step was to layout the squares on the floor until I found a pattern that I was happy with. You then sew each row together, and attach the rows.

I added the outer borders and patterns until the quilt top was complete. My husband’s Oma had agreed to hand quilt this quilt for me, which I am SO thankful for! Having Oma’s hand stitched designs on the quilt makes it that much more special.

Oma with the quilt

Here is Oma with the quilt ready for me to put the binding on – notice all of the flower details she added!

Finished quilt

Here is the finished product on Karis’ bed! My mom also took some extra squares that I had and made a hand quilted pillow sham to match – isn’t it lovely? (She also made some matching pillow cases – thanks Mom!) I love that three generations of family members  contributed to this project.

Matching quilts

And finally, here is a shot of Zoey and Karis’ matching quilts on their bunk beds. I should add that my husband has only ever used handmade quilts made by his Oma (pictured above) and has never used a purchased blanket on his bed! Oma made us a beautiful quilt for our bed when we got married, and crib quilts for our babies, and I have decided to carry on this tradition of handmade quilts on the beds in our house. It’s such a special thing to sleep with a quilt that has been handmade by someone who loves you isn’t it?

Personal Sewing Projects

I’ve been having fun creating some projects for us lately. Sometimes it’s hard with all of the sewing that I do for Koala Pouch to find the time to do fun projects that aren’t for work, but I have managed to complete a couple of things lately that I thought I would share!

I found a great pattern for a reversible bucket hat that I decided to try, and it turned out really well. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t measure my daughter’s head first so it’s too small… Thankfully I have a sweet little niece that I can give it to. I’ll have to make another one in a bigger size for my little one! I found the pattern here: http://www.melaniefalickbooks.com/storage/STCCraft_OliverS_BucketHatPattern_.pdf Be sure to check out Melanie Falick’s books on her website, they look fantastic!

Bucket Hat

There are a couple of changes I will make to this pattern the next time around to simplify it, so let me know if you are going to try it and I’ll give you some input. Karis liked this hat so much that she slept with it on the first night I tried it on her, so I’ll have to hurry up and make one that sits properly on her head!

The next project I completed is a Birthday Pennant Banner that I adapted from this blog:  http://www.imperfecthomemaking.com/2012/02/super-easy-no-sew-pennant-banner.html I loved the look of this, and I have LOTS of fabric scraps, so I made it before my daughter’s birthday party this past weekend and it took no time at all!

Birthday Pennant Banner

Kelly from Imperfect Homemaking used double sided craft tape to attach the fabric triangles to her ribbon, but to save this expense and make the banner longer lasting I sewed mine together, which was a really quick process. I also cut my triangles so that they are folded over the ribbon and doubled which means that I have the option of hanging the pennant banner in a location where it will be seen from both sides.

I am also nearly finished a twin sized quilt for my youngest daughter. I pieced it together, and my husband’s dear Oma hand quilted it for me, so all I have left to do is to sew on the binding in time for her birthday in a couple of weeks. Once it is complete I will be sure to share pictures!

And lastly, a project that I hope to start before too long is to make 3 pillowcase dresses for my girls. I found a very simple tutorial here: http://www.familyfriendlyfrugality.com/tot-tuesday-super-easy-pillowcase-dress-tutorial/ My girls LOVE to wear dresses and I’m sure they would really enjoy something pretty for the summer made by me.

For all the sewers and crafters out there, what are some projects that you have completed recently or hope to complete? I would love if you shared pictures! Thanks for taking the time to read about my current personal sewing projects.

The little things…

I was amazed this week at the impact of a seemingly “little thing”. Partway through the week I took my 4 1/2 year old daughter on a date. This was a very simple date, but it was special since she got to look forward to it all week, and then she had some uninterrupted time with just her and me with no distractions. What did we do? We went to the grocery store and picked up some “pop” that was really only carbonated juice in a cool can, some gluten free granola bars, and some hummus and chips. We then sat in the parking lot in the front seats of the van side by side and had a “picnic in the car”. We munched and we talked. Sophia repeatedly said “this is so great”, and a couple of times even said that it was the best day in her whole life! Wow. I was amazed at how being intentional in doing such a little thing, can speak volumes to my girl of my love for her. I had fun, and I realize now that I need to take my girls on dates more often.

Some of the other “little things” that make our days special… cuddling together and reading a story . baking together . gardening together . playing tag . chasing and tickling . praying together . having a singalong . pretending . talking in funny voices . saying “I love you”.

I would love to hear about the special little things that you do with your children (or that your parents did with you) to show your love to them!