Baby shower gifts

Mr. Aitch’s niece is expecting a baby boy in July and the baby shower was last Saturday.  I already posted about the quilt I made so here are the rest of the gifts.

Included are one dozen burp cloths that coördinate with the quilt.  Because ALL babies want to be coördinated.  =)

Three pieces of grey and white flannel: stars, diamonds, and buffalo check.

Mixed and matched for variety.

A baby sized dopp bag (box bag) for pacifiers, ointments, cotton swabs, or any other item that needs to be corralled inside a diaper bag made with leftover fabric from the quilt.

And a larger box bag for, well, larger things, also from leftover quilt fabric.

I love those bears!

Both bags together.

Everything goes well together!

Another cover-up

A dust cover would be more like it.

Now that I’m semi-retired (I went back to work two days a week. Shhh.) access to a copier is very limited. I don’t know about you but I prefer to have my knitting patterns stay flat as opposed to being curved in a book that likes to close. Anyway, we needed a copier at home. And a scanner. And one that does both. In color. And maybe a fax. Just because. But not necessary. And it had to be laser for crisp, clear print.

Ta-da!

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Naked printer-copier-scanner-fax.

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No tutorial because every printer-copier-scanner-fax is a different size.

Fabric from my stash and fusible fleece.

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Quilted in a grid.  Just followed the print on the fabric. Muslin lining. (It must have been in my stash a l-o-n-g time as it was only 36 inches wide!)

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Sewed up the side seams. Added my label.

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A cover-up.

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Happy 90th Birthday!

My aunt had a milestone birthday last month and I sent her a goodie box filled with fruits, muffins, breads, and a special handmade gift.

Her iPad has a factory Smart Cover to protect it but when she takes it out of the house she doesn’t have any way to carry it except in a way-too-large tote bag.

And since I am on this sewing and quilting kick, I sewed and quilted one for her.

002-FrontIn red and purple.

006-Open-frontTwo of her favorite colors.

007-Open-backWith a bit of pink since that was what I had in my stash.

012-close-up-2The darker red is actually part of a skirt I had that I ripped apart.

014-stitch-in-the-ditch-2The closure is actually two buttons sewn on together.

003-ButtonThe strap is padded with a couple of layers of quilt batting as most tablets have a bit of weight to them and I wanted it comfortable enough to carry over a wrist or in the hand.

010-side-2It’s just machine quilted in a grid.

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008-closed-backLined with red cotton and light blue flannel (because that’s what I had).

016-inside-1I schootched the lining out a bit before I top stitched around the edge so it almost looks like piping.

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To be totally truthful…this is the second one I made for her.  The first one fit my iPad but not hers as her Smart Cover adds an inch or so to the overall size.  My sister took the smaller one for her tablet so it all worked out.

Quilt inspiration

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Inspiration struck me at my local Lowe’s store last week. I stopped in my tracks when I saw these huge posters of snowflakes.

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Not just any snowflakes.

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Huge, colorful snowflakes.

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Huge, colorful snowflakes that could become a quilt.

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Another customer saw me snapping these pictures with my phone and looked at me like I was wacky.  But that stop me from explaining how I saw the snowflakes as possible patchwork quilts.

After looking at them for a few seconds, he agreed with me.  And walked away rather quickly.

Inspiration in an unusual place.

Have you been inspired by anything unusual?