Monday, April 25, 2011

Baby Boy Gifts

Can you tell I had a couple of days off from work, soccer, and tee ball??  Yessirree...did some sewing here.  Felt great to be in the sewing room, too.  I loved every minute of it. 

So, I had a baby shower gift to make.  First up, I made this quilt from the Moda Bake Shop.  You can find the recipe here.  I really liked the pattern.  Very easy to follow and everything seemed to line up for me pretty well.  I used a bit of Lake House scraps that I had along with some Kona solid grey.  I was inspired by many quilts I have seen and liked on the blogs with grey. 
Next, I personalized these burp clothes.  The frog design is from SWAK embroidery. 

Finally, I had some backing material left over and I really wanted to use these scraps up.  That seems to be my thing these days.  So, I made a storage basket out of them (doubles as a gift bag) using this tutorial.  Now, you should know that I did not have any plexiglass on in addition to the craft fuse I used on the outer and lining, I just put a triple layer of adhesive batting, adhesive batting, and craft fuse pellon (a 8 X 10 square) on the interior of the outer basket layer.  It is super sturdy as well as super cute.  I also added 12 inch handles on the ends, and I omitted the hanging basket loop.  This was perhaps one of the easiest projects that I have ever made.  No joke. 

Little Retro Birdie

 Graduation Time.  Or at least it is getting close, right?  I have a few towels to embroider this year.  I am adding them to the laundry bags I already made.  I really like this retro birdie.  So, there you have towels this year.  I have another set.  I am going to make them the same way, different name.  The bird came from SWAK embroidery.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Mother's Day Project- Tulip Pillow

Last year, I made my mother-in-law a tulip quilt.  I made a matching pillow for this year's gift.  I found my inspiration at Twin Fibers and I thought...I can do that.  I think this is my first pillow ever.  Boy, there are so many cute ideas out there, aren't there???

 My husband isn't fond of the pillowcase style and the ribbons, but I love ribbon.  I think it is just the ticket.  Plus this matches perfect.  I almost didn't quilt the front, but I really wanted that quilted look.  I thought my quilting might be rusty, but actually I was quite pleased with this one...especially considering my husband called me on the telephone 5 times while I was free motion quilting.  Lucky I didn't run over a finger.  I liked how the 18 inch pillow filled it up a bit more, but it stuck a bit out of the end. 
  Is anyone else working on Mother's Day gifts?  I'd love to know what you are up to.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Some of that Disney Magic

 We started our Disney World adventure at Chef Mickey's.  What a great dinner and a fantastic way to meet characters without standing in a long, hot line.  We had a lot of fun here.  To those of you planning your own trip, Chef Mickey's is located in the Contemporary Resort.  You simply take the Monorail from Magic Kingdom there, but make your reservations as soon as you know you are headed to Disney.  It is very popular. 
 Mickey gave Buddy a smooch.  LOL.  I missed the actual smooch, but you can see he is a bit red in the face.
 Here we are waiting for the Electric Lights parade.  We have been up since 4 in the morning traveling.
Look!  We found Donald in Frontierland...what luck.  Buddy loved his raccoon hat.
 I really enjoyed Epcot's Home and Garden Festival.  The topiaries were really cool.

Buddy also enjoyed visiting some of the countries at Epcot.  We ate at an Italian restaurant.  He also got a super cool cellphone with video messages from Kim Possible.  It was a neat interactive spy mission that he really enjoyed.
 We really enjoyed the Finding Nemo ride and aquarium at Epcot.  We also had some firsts this trip:  Mission Space, Fast Track, and Soarin'.  All 3 were very cool rides.
 We did go to the Animal Kingdom.  We enjoyed the Safari Ride, the Finding Nemo Musical, and this character breakfast at the Tusker House. 

 We stayed at the Caribbean Beach Resort.  It was a total hit complete with pirate theme.  We did a lot of swimming as it in was in the high eighties most of the week.
 That is the short version of a fabulous vacation.  We enjoyed Hollywood Studios as well.  I guess I forgot to upload a picture from there.