Thursday, June 21, 2012


Something went a bit wrong here...

Monday, June 18, 2012

What's holding me back, or pacification

Why haven't I finished that stars quilt top yet? Because I have a sweet baby who fell in love with her Wubbanub and needed the pacifier replaced.  Very simple job - pull back the edge of the join, seam ripper on the stitches, discard pacifier, insert new Soothie (or just sew it up, if getting off pacifiers, or add a loop for attaching another type), then sew through the fabric and the holder on the Soothie and return it to your baby! (if you haven't washed the animal lately, you can baste the hole closed and send it through the washing machine before reattaching the pacifier; I rinse it off by hand, so I skipped that step.)

Thursday, June 14, 2012


My new project, from a kit I got at the Houston Quilt Show a year back... Hope I can get it pieced, at least, by July 4th. 

Edit: wow, that second picture has some odd artifacting going on.  Cell phone... But it's half-made units and tiny offcuts from the flying geese (trust me to cut as the pattern said, rather than cutting for no-waste flying geese...), which will make pinwheels!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Winnie the Pooh

Years ago, I crocheted two Winnie the Pooh dolls, one for a friend, and one to keep.  I've gotten the one to keep out of storage, and it's as cute as I remembered!

It's also much larger than the baby.

Made from this pattern book.

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Saturday, June 9, 2012


I can do many things, but they all fit in one general idea, in keeping with my engineer-brain: they're all structured.  Knitting, crochet, sewing from a pattern, cross-stitch, needlepoint? You know exactly where to put your needle or hook.  (I can make up the pattern myself, but then I work from it.)  Cooking from a recipe or especially baking?  You know exactly what to do, and there's sometimes spectacular failure (in baking) if you try to make it up.  Linguistically, I go towards Sanskrit, Latin, German - nice extremely-structured languages, not like French or Hindi.

That's not the case for everyone in my family.  My grandfather was a well-regarded watercolor painter; my mother and aunt can draw; and my sister's taken up a new craft, which benefits the baby greatly:

embroidery!  This is one of her onesies (a Gerber trademark, did you know?).  She also has a Houston Texans jersey onesie and a sweet one with a little dove on it.

Isn't her work impressive?

The baby also has a nice assortment of socks, with flowers, butterflies, and even elephants on them.

If I can't do embroidery (I can't keep it even, because I'm not told exactly where to put the needle), at least there's someone in the family who can!
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Thursday, June 7, 2012

I won! First project: baby pinwheels

I won a few things on the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

The first prize to arrive was this:

a charm pack from from blank pages....

All lovely!  It doesn't quite match the baby's things, and I haven't been sewing for myself much with the option to sew for babies, and it's so fun I don't want to sit around waiting for something to strike me as the right project, so... I have a friend with a baby of as-yet-unknown gender on the way, and the parents aren't too worried about giving a boy things with pink... so I think I'll make this:

the Windy Days Quilt found over at Moda Bake Shop.  I love the scattered nature of the pinwheels and that they're different sizes - looks more random, while still being orderly enough to suit my engineer-brain, and not "wonky," which wouldn't suit my engineer-brain at all.

But with a dark background instead of the white - both makes it a little more modern, to suit the recipients, and much more stainy-baby-friendly!    

A bit of my own stash for one or two of the bigger pinwheels and I should be ready to go!