Sunday, March 29, 2009
I don't know who made it, but I have a cat-shaped pillow that was given to me when I was a baby. We've always called it "kitty pillow" and I still use it all the time
After a recent trip to visit friends, I decided to make one for Carmella. She's 8 and loves cats so it seemed like a good, easy gift. Amy Butler has a pattern called "Cozy Kitty" which is like kitty pillow but kind of Japanese looking.
I made the mistake of picking two busy fabrics for the body and face. They both also have circular patterns, so the eyes sort of blended into the face. I tried to accent them with embroidery. I'm not sure it was fully-successful.
Carmella is also becoming interested in sewing, so maybe she'll be able to perfect the pattern :)
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I'm currently under the illusion that I can successfully grow plants. A few weeks ago I started seeds for basil and cherry tomato plants. Brian was skeptical and said that it was too early to grow plants in Maryland. He also said it was wiser to buy established plants from a garden center instead of starting from seeds. He was wrong about the first part because my seeds are sprouting and we've had warm Spring weather already. I'm trying to prove him wrong on the second point, but that will take months of paying attention to these little guys. I'll keep you posted.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I also made this hooded towel for Sarah and Danny because I'd love to fill the diaper bag that I made for them with goodies. The pattern was from the PurlBee but they used a bias tape method and I just sewed right sides together, turned inside-out, and topostitched.
Monday, March 9, 2009
There were so many beautiful quilts, of all kinds, in the show that I couldn't take pictures of all of them. This one is one of my favorites, made by the featured quilt artist, Judi Mathieson. I think I'll try to make one like it with some of my Asian fabrics.
These quilt shows are so inspiring - I'll undoubtedly be trying to do more quilting in the days ahead. Maybe by the next show in 2011 I'll be ready to enter a quilt for judging!