A lot has happened in the six months since I last checked in with you all! My husband graduated from graduate school and got a job, I left my job, we moved from Oregon to California, Alice turned two, and I finished my quilt!
I quilted it on my regular sewing machine, just using a wavy stitch and my walking foot. It was the first time I ever used a walking foot, and it was quite an adventure. There are a lot of mistakes (lines not even distance apart, missed stitches, etc.), but even I barely notice them when looking at the finished quilt.
I guess I was on an insect kick with the bee label, butterfly back, and dragonfly border. I am in love with the scrappy binding!
Sweet dreams little Alice! I’m sure she’ll be sleeping on a twin bed and snuggling beneath this quilt before I know it. For now, she’s sleeps in her crib and uses her quilt for fort building during the day.
Because I had never quilted before, I made an extra bee label into a little practice doll quilt.
It looks like Alice is picking her nose here, but really she’s just “shhh”-ing the sleeping teddy bear.
Yay for quilts! I think I will make a much simpler one for my next quilt project.
I’ve been keeping up with the Bee in my Bonnet Row Along and love watching my quilt grow and grow. Only five more rows to go! I feel much more confident with piecing now, but am very nervous about the next steps of actually quilting and binding. Eeks!
I was all caught up on the quilt, and actually had a few minutes to sew something for me! My iPad usually lives on the front of the kitchen cabinet, but I needed a case for when I travel. I found this tutorial which was just perfect! I love having the zippered pocket in the front for the charger, headphones, etc.
It was so satisfying to start and finish a project within a couple of hours! So I decided to take a break from the quilt for another week and make Alice these adorable little beanbags.
I have always loved Halloween, but I’m not much of a scary Halloween person. I’m also not much of a dress my baby as a princess person. I’m sure that one Halloween before I know it, Alice is going to want me to make her a princess or a witch, but until then, I’ll dress her up in cute little forest animal costumes.
I used this super easy tutorial from Prudent Baby. I made the costume a little big on her so that she can use it for dress-up as she grows older. Who doesn’t need a bird costume in their dress up box?
Alice is walking just in time to trick-or-treat! We’ll just visit a few houses of some good friends, but maybe we’ll let her have a taste of candy this year.
Last year I crocheted this hat for my bitty bear the night before Halloween following this YouTube tutorial. She was such a grumpy baby back then! It’s so nice to have a cheery 14-month old for Halloween this year!
We had family photos taken when Alice turned one, and I couldn’t be happier with them. Alice is quite the serious, skeptical kid in public, so we were nervous that subjecting her to a photo session would be rough. But Alice was in a great mood and the photographer very sweet, so we ended up with some adorable photos.
Who do you think Alice looks like? We can never decide!
On the front of the pattern envelope there is a red box that says “YES! It’s easy.” Luckily, that was true, and I was able to sew the dress and bloomers in less than three hours. Which was useful as I started it the night before and finished it 10 minutes after we were supposed to leave to meet the photographer.
She got to wear her cute summer dress a few more times before the rain set in here in Oregon. It’s officially fall here now!
I tried to make a quilt once before. I promised my now husband that I would make him a quilt on our first month anniversary. I bought fabric, cut out squares, and sewed them all together on my dorm room floor. I didn’t know the first thing about quilting and definitely did not have any of the right tools. I just sewed the squares together in long wonky lines, then sewed them into a giant, crazy rectangle. And that’s how far I got. I packed that hideous quilt top into a box, and have kept it that way for nine years. My husband still asks me from time to time when he’s getting that quilt I promised him.
I swore off quilting, thinking that it was putzy and took too long for gratification. But I keep seeing so many beautiful quilt tutorials posted on pinterest, I have a growing stash of fabric scraps, and I have an adorable little girl to sew for. So it was only time before I started on a scrap quilt for Alice. Maybe if this one goes well, my next quilt will be for my husband.
Alice had her first birthday in August! I can’t believe it’s been a year already and I don’t have a tiny baby any more. But I have to admit, I much prefer having a one-year old over having a newborn. Sleep is a wonderful thing, and so is watching Alice pick up new skills by the hour. She’s amazing!
My birthday gift to her was this super cute elephant jumper and amigurumi elephant. I grew up with the Ed Emberly drawing books, so I can’t get enough of this elephant fabric. Isn’t it adorable?! I want the rest of the fabric collection! The elephant amigurumi pattern is from the Tiny Yarn Animals book.
The dress is reversible! The pattern is the Jump-N dress from Olive Ann Designs. The dress is a bit too big on her now, but it should fit some time in the next year.
We had a quiet birthday with just the three of us. I promise I’ll throw big, fun parties when Alice gets a bit older. But this time, we just had a picnic in the park and Alice got to eat her first processed sugar. I made homemade funfetti cupcakes and she loved them (of course).
Update with a photo of Alice wearing the elephant dress. It finally fits her now that she is 20 months old.
Alice doesn’t pull herself up in her crib yet, but I wanted to be prepared because she certainly likes to chew on everything. So I sewed up these cute little crib rail teething guards.
I used this tutorial from Baby Rabies. Instead of folding over the main fabric, though, I just used store-bought bias tape to finish the edges. I cut my fabric and quilted backing to size, sewed strips of bias tape closed for the ties, and basted around the edges.
Then I just finished the edge with bias tape. It was super easy and I love the contrasting color edge.
Doesn’t her crib look cozy? I wish I could snuggle up with her in there to read her a bedtime story. Her grandma made the super cute blanket and pillows to match her mobile.
This is another little hat that I made for Alice when I was past due and dreaming of her. Amazingly, it fits her just right now that the sun is starting to shine in Oregon. It sews up so fast with fabric scraps and bias tape, that I think I need to make a few more for this summer!
I used this pattern from The Purl Bee. It says it fits newborn – 4 months, but Alice is almost 9 months and it fits her now (maybe she has a small head?)!
She wore it to our community garden plot last weekend.
My name is Annie, I’m married to a wonderful boy named Dave, and we have the cutest kitty cat in the world named Cricket. We are new transplants to Oregon, and by day I am an environmental educator. In my free time I like to sew, bake, cook, letterpress, and do any crafty thing that I can get my hands on. I hope I can inspire others with my projects! You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.