Wednesday, November 19, 2008

One Special Blanket

We're all on the mend and the kids were even able to go to school today. Thank you so much to all of you that checked in with us to see if we were OK and if we needed anything.

All was not lost, I was able to finish the crochet trim on a receiving blanket to be sent off to mama to mama. The goal was to use repurposed fabric, so I used this thrifted sheet and some yellow flannel that I've had in my fabric stash for about 10 years...it was never the right yellow to go with anything. Normally I would go way to overboard on these types of projects and try to make 101 blankets to send off, therby completely overwhelming myself and burning myself out. But this time, I was thinking of just one special baby that will be wrapped in my one special blanket. How fulfilling.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Sick Day

On one of my excursions off of the couch yesterday, I saw this written on the calendar...
Which pretty much sums up our weekend.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Doll Doll Quilt

Today I received a friendly reminder that the deadline for Doll Quilt Swap 5 was approaching. I couldn't believe it so I checked the calendar and yes, December 1st is just around the corner.

One of my favorite parts of the whole Doll Quilt Swap is getting to know my partner a little by reading their blog. This time around, I had gotten the feeling that my partner likes dolls. What a great idea...a doll on a doll quilt...and the skirt could be a quilt. I grabbed a bunch of scraps and sewed together a crazy quilt, which became the skirt.
I wanted the look of a porcelain doll, but my original idea was somewhat of a baby face with a scarf on her head. That didn't seem to work for the more mature look of the body. In the end I came up with this.

After quilting her cheeks, it looked a little wonky and out of place so I ended up adding a little color to them. I think they turned out cute in an odd sort of way. The stitching on the hair turned out exactly the way that I had imagined it - don't you love it when that happens?

I love everything about her...the face, hair, skirt, colors, even the machine stitching. So I kept her. She's hanging out in the family room right now. I did feel a little guilty, but it passed. Not to worry, I just finished quilting her sister today. Hmmm....one quilt for me, one quilt for my swap partner. I'm liking this trend.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Caps to Cap-Haitien

After reading the post on Soulemama's blog. I headed over to Mama to Mama for the info and the pattern for these knit hats. The kids rummaged through their drawers to find t-shirts that were getting too small (we left out the ones with skulls on them) and we set to work. In no time we had 13 caps to send off. These were super easy and are going to a really great cause - please check it out if you have time.

The only problem is that we ran out of shirts. I think we're going to hit up some of our friends and neighbors.