Sunday, October 8, 2017

Baby showers

With two new little ones on the way in the next couple of months, there has been a flurry of excitement and of course, to celebrate the impending births, baby showers have taken place. I haven't posted in a while because I have been busy sewing and knitting. Now that the celebrations have taken place and the new future mom's have received their gifts, I can show you something of what I have accomplished.

First off, a gift can't be given unless there is a card attached. I have always made a cross stitched card to go with the gift for a newborn grandchild. This particular design was found in a summer issue of the Cross Stitcher magazine. I came upon it just at the appropriate time - when I was searching for new baby cross stitch patterns. I had tried free patterns online but didn't really like any of them. 

Here's another one out of the same magazine. The library had some very nice cross stitch card pattern books too and I hope to be able to use some of them in the future.

 Several little hats were knitted. I love making them with variegated yarn. you never know how the pattern is going to end up. I have been asked by one of the future dads if there is a matching one for him. Perhaps when I have a bit more time I can whip one up in an adult size.

Another little hat sitting on a pile of burp cloths.

This pile of fabrics that I was auditioning became a baby quilt for the next one due next month.

The new, modern baby quilt.

And here's the label. My Kenmore has not been well and doesn't seem to be able to produce the letter stitches anymore so I have now started to embroider labels.

That's it for now. I'll post more later.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Something new and something old

Not only have I been sewing for little ones lately, I also made a dress for my daughter.

My middle daughter, Maili, had this fabric. It's a cotton knit and was from my stash. She was supposed to make herself something out of it. She even had some of my patterns.

I made the dress for her. It has snaps instead of buttons and a tie belt.
For some reason the fabric was a pain to sew through. I ended up with very little fabric left over. Enough for maybe a pocket or two and that's it. I'm always glad when fabric gets used up.

In that vein, I used up a little piece of flannel and made a pillow for one of the grandchildren. The little ones now sleep with pillows and every once in a while they sleep over or have naps here. The flannel is soft and I have quite a bit of stuffing so this worked out well. So well in fact, that I made two more using up small bits of flannel.

And now, something from my past. 
I crocheted this little dress almost 40 years ago for my eldest daughter, Laila. I don't crochet much and this little garment is mostly the popcorn stitch. I knew I didn't have enough of one colour to finish the whole thing and that's why it's pink and mauve. There are three faded pink buttons on the back. I have not crocheted anything for quite some time and wonder if I could replicate this. Sometimes I amaze myself at what I have done in the past.

This lowly little white shirt, badly in need of ironing and made of white polyester/cotton, has to be my favourite garment of all time.

I had forgotten what buttons I used.

Aren't they cute?

This is the back. I made this for my eldest son Mark. He wore it in junior kindergarten.

I have no idea where I got the little ducky drawing from. My son liked to wear bow ties and this little ducky has a puffy one. I stuffed it so it would have some dimension.
I don't know if one of the little grandchildren will wear this shirt but I am thinking of re-creating the ducky on another little garment.

 There may be a few more garments from the past that I will show. I haven't kept a lot of the things that I made over the years - just a few.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Sewing for the little ones

Severn likes pink and Mackenzie likes blue. I had some remnants that I found and could use up. Last year's Row by Row theme was Home Sweet Home and I purchased a fat quarter of one of the theme fabrics. I remembered that, as it sat on a chair shortly after I bought it, the girls found it fascinating. There are all sorts of houses, signs and little critters on the fabric so I thought it might be a good idea to use some of it to make pockets. The dress was a nice, quick pattern and what I liked best about it was that it was self faced. I'm not keen on little girls' dress patterns these days because most of them have bias binding as a finishing on armholes. I don't like how the bias looks on a finished garment.

I also made a couple of sun bonnets for the newest members of the family. I found a free pattern on Purl Soho's website and asked the new moms if they wanted one for their little ones.

 Maili chose the fabrics for Esme's hat.

Mark, my son and Darcy's daddy, wanted a bonnet for her and so he thought it would be nice if both girls had the same fabric.

Only the brim is different.

Looks like it fits.

Little Esme, almost four months old now.

And I made something for big brother Teemu.

Not sewing but knitting. When I was looking through my stash for a certain yarn, I came across two partial balls of a jacquard that I had used to make a sweater for Patric. I thought that it might be enough to make a hat for Teemu and, as you can see, it was. I'm not keen on this pattern because I don't like the way the decrease looks once it's finished. I made note of it on the pattern so I probably won't be making it anymore.

I'm now in the process of sewing a dress for Esme and Teemu's mom so once it's done, I'll take a photo. There's a never ending list. Did I mention that there are two more little ones due later this year?

Monday, August 21, 2017

Row by Row quilt

Yes, the quilt on the frame is now complete and I've brought it in to a participating quilt shop.

Here's the photo taken the morning after I finished binding it and adding a label.

 This is what I won for bringing the quilt into the Threads That Bind quilt shop. I did include the row from the quilt shop. It's the one on the very first row, the hockey row. The owner of the quilt shop, Lois, is herself a hand quilter and knows how much work went into the quilt so she added a few extras in my 'win.'

It's now hanging for a few weeks in the store. I had a relaxing weekend and am now working away at trying to shorten my 'to do' list.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Another sneak peek

I have been diligently putting in hours hand quilting this quilt that's on the frame.

This is how much I have left to quilt.

Some of my 'tools.'

I'm hoping to have it all finished this week - fingers crossed.

I'm linking up once again to The Needle and Thread Network. Pop on over to see more of what Canadians are up to this week.