Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Matching diaper changing clutch

Sheesh! I didn't mean for there to be such a delay between postings, but life happens, please forgive me. On the flip side, I guess I was just having too much fun over the Thanksgiving holiday to even get online! This diaper/wipe/changing pad clutch was a companion piece to the quilt from the previous quilt post. I made it with left-over scraps from the quilt, and a few extra scraps from my stash. It's kind of crazy, but cute, and because it matches the quilt, it's extra adorable!I love the design of this little clutch. It fits nicely inside a diaper bag, and when you have a diaper to change, all you have to take with you to the bathroom is the clutch, vs. the whole diaper bag. There is a pocket for the changing pad, and another pocket for travel wipes and a couple diapers.
I'm pretty sure that these plush covered travel wipes cases are my new favorite baby gift. They are quick to whip up, and so adorable. It's way more fun to get wipes out of something so cute rather than a plastic bag! Because I know the mommy this one is for, and because I haven't gotten do do a lot of girly accessories lately I had to girlify it a little extra with the sweet little ribbon bow. A fun touch.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Crazy Nine-Patch Lattice Quilt

I've been super excited to post this project. It's been done for a while, but since it was a surprise for one of my awesome friends (soon to be new mommy!) I didn't want to spoil the surprise.

I'm kind of disappointed with my photos, because the pictures don't do the quilt justice, but it turned out absolutely adorable. The pattern is from Elizabeth Hartman (from the Oh, Fransson! blog). I've said it before, and I'll say it again, I love her quilts. They are so my flavor. Anywho, back to the quilt...

I had so much fun picking out material for this quilt. The color pallet is a little different than I have ever worked with before, and I LOVED IT!
One of my favorite things about Elizabeth's quilts is that she usually pieces the back too. It adds such a fun pop to a quilt. Something kind of a little unexpected!
I tried quilting this one in a new way. I felt like the lines and angles of the quilt were all super harsh, so I thought that by quilting little circles all over it would soften it up a bit. The effect was just what I was imagining. It used a TON of thread, like three spools, but I'll definitely do it again. It was fun to quilt it, and I think it should stand up to multiple washes. (Which is key for a baby quilt!)
And icing on the quilt. I got to watch Natalie open the gift. Most of my quilts get shipped off to family that lives half a country away, so actually seeing somebody enjoy what I gave them was kind of exciting. She loves it...and that is all that matters! Just two or three weeks and she'll have a beautiful baby girl to wrap up in that quilt!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Gathered Flower Purse

When I saw this purse and tutorial over at U create a few weeks ago, I knew I just HAD to make one!

So, here is my version of the Gathered Flower Purse...
and a little closerand even a bit closer shot of the flower.When I first saw the tutorial, I immediately knew that I wanted to make a 'fall version'. A houndstooth (is that spelling right?) pattern was what I first had in mind, but I couldn't find one I liked, so I ended up with this suiting material for the base of the bag. I used black pleather and jersey for the big ole' flower. I think the cute polka-dot interior of the bag is my favorite!
And because I just got back from an amazing week-long cruise with my family, here is a fun shot of me modeling my cute new purse!!