When the Happy Drawing fabrics arrived from Cloud9 I could hardly wait to cut into them. Michelle said she wanted three tops the same size from the same pattern. This vintage Simplicity pattern from my collection was perfect to show off these great fabrics. P helped me go through some buttons jars to find buttons to suit each fabric. We found some gray leather ones for the elephant fabric, the perfect green for the owls and some white balls that reminded me of eyes for the frogs.
I guess it's a good thing these are too small for miss P or we wouldn't want to mail them to Michelle. We do, however, have a few scraps of each fabric to play with.
Each quilt I make has some sort of inspirational moment - something that makes me actually start the quilt. This quilt started with the back, this one yard piece of baby flannel. I picked this fabric up at a garage/rummage sale many years ago. Back then, I made pajamas for the boys out of most of my thrifted flannel. I made a few more baby items when miss P was small but this one somehow got left behind. The last few times I have cleaned my sewing room I put it in the purge bag. Each time I also took it out thinking that it would make a good backing for a baby quilt. Well, this last time as I took it out of the give away bag I told myself "If you are going to put this on the back of a baby quilt you had better do it NOW."
And that's what I did. I pulled three solid fabrics in the colors of the flannel print and added scraps from the top of my scrap basket. The scraps are mostly from my recent quilts - Brenda's Stars, and the twoquilts I made for Jennifer Paganelli. Here it is in all of it's washed, crinkled, and sunshine glory. I love the mix of squares and half square triangles. I think it makes a pretty happy looking baby quilt. Not bad for a clean up the sewing room inspired quilt.
I remember Ed Emberly drawing books from WAY back. I won't go into too much detail about how far back. But anyway. I've been an Ed Emberly fan for a LOOOONG time. I think I covered some of my school notebooks in frogs like that back in the day.
These elephants are KILLING me! Really.
I'm having a "drop everything and cut these" sort of moment right now. Do you think we need to have dinner tonight?
We've had a busy week. P made and sent invitations and made more blank note cards as a gift for her teacher. She practiced and rehearsed. Yesderday we did lots of baking. Today was the big day. She wore a fancy dress and played all the songs in her Suzuki Cello Book One. It was hard work but she did it!
Thank goodness we had "after snacks"!
I didn't take any pictures there but I did manage to video the whole thing.
This one is quilted and I think I've decided how to proced with the other quilt. I'm afraid it may be rather tedious but I'm going to give it a try. I was going to hand stitch the binding of this last night but when I sat down with it I realized I was too tired so I went to bed.
I haven't decided quite how to finish this quilt so I started something new...
Good things about the new quilt:
1. It used scraps from recent quilts. 2. I was unsure about it for a while but I like it more now that it is sewn together. 3. I'm already quilting it. 4. It used a flannel backing that I've had for years.