Baby Sewing

Thank You for all the birthday love for our little FinallyAGirl.  We sure had a fun birthday weekend and I wish we could do it all again!  Sadly, the little family is moving to Utah this week — they’re in the middle of the move as we speak.  The U-Haul full of goods is somewhere in Wyoming, FinallyAGirl and her Mummy are flying today, and the Girls Roadtrip Car Brigade (that’s MyDadLovesMeBestSister, MeMum and I) will be leaving soon.  I LOVE a good Roadtrip, so I can’t wait!

As I mentioned in my last post, I made some clothes for FinallyAGirl for her first birthday.  In the rush of getting everything done, there wasn’t time to get any pictures of her actually IN her new clothes, but I’ll be working on that in the next week or two.  In the meantime, here’s all my fun sewing:

I made two little dresses/tops and two rompers.  Here’s the first dress — a little ruffly, girly sundress.  The pattern is Elyse by Bonnie Blue Designs and the fabrics are Sarah Jane’s Summer Garden Bloom and the Japanese honeycomb dots in pink.

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This is a super easy pattern — although, with all those ruffles, not particularly quick.  I do love a cute little ruffle-butt though!

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For the other little dress, I wanted something fairly simple-looking.  I had a white linen blend in my stash and I teamed it up with the Spechler Vogel Pima Cotton Classic 1/32″ Check in Red from my little etsy shop.

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I embroidered these little red and blue flowers at the pleats and then gave them a tiny button center.  (The instructions for these flowers are contained in the Blair romper pattern mentioned below.)

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The pattern is Butterick 3405 and I had to make a little Purl Soho sunbonnet to match.  FinallyAGirl will be living in the land of sunshine-all-the-time, so she’ll need a little face/eye protection.  We LOVE those Purl Soho bonnets!

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SweetiePie will probably not thank me for having buttons all the way down the back — FinallyAGirl is a wiggly little baby — she doesn’t have time for dressing as it interferes with play time!  Hopefully a little flag ribbon and stamp at the side seams will make up for it ;-D.

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After dresses, I made two little rompers — we LOVE babies in rompers !  The first little romper came from a free pattern that was included with the Summer 2016 issue of Classic Sewing Magazine.   It’s called the Blair Romper and I very unimaginatively used the same fabric that they used in the magazine – Liberty of London Phoebe in pink and aqua.  There are four white flower buttons at the shoulders, but I had to wait to put them on until I had a rough idea of where to place them.  FinallyAGirl will have a little growing room in this bubble.

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I’ve saved my favorite for last ;-DDDD.  This little bubble is from a downloadable Australian pattern (of course!) — the Rose Bud Romper by Felicity Sewing Patterns.  I LOVE this cute pattern and the instructions were very detailed and easy to follow.  The straps are just pinned to the hanger in this picture, but they’ll actually be tied into cute bows on the baby’s shoulders.  The fabric is Liberty of London Felicite in Pink and Blue.

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Another sunbonnet and ruffle-butt!  I can’t wait to see FinallyAGirl wearing this little outfit.

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So, Grandma got a little carried away this time.  Can you tell that after only boys, I’m having a great time sewing for a little girl LOL???  Ok — must run — lots to do! Have a wonderful weekend!!!
XOXO,
Anna

A Birthday Party

Ya Know. {Sigh.} These gaps between posting seem to be getting looonger! And I keep thinking things will slow down a little more. Really, I keep telling myself, they will. We’ve been in a swirl of activity with the kids this month as they get ready for their big move out west AND the big one-year-old birthday — this week!

You may remember last summer I posted this picture of our little cherub shortly after she was born.

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And this weekend, we took a follow-up picture. Our little princess has GROWN! And how different it was to take her picture now. It was a hurried affair trying to keep her happy — she didn’t like being up on that pile of “matresses”. We were in such a hurry that we forgot to make the bed properly LOL!

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We had a little family birthday party for her this weekend too. LOTS of pink and lots of fun.

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I was in Columbus, Ohio last weekend and I found these darling birthday party hats. When I saw they were made to look like Liberty fabric, of course, we had to have them.

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Aren’t they cute???

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We had a traditional little birthday party — but without the games haha.  We ate lunch and then had cake and ice cream.  We had a little smash cake for FinallyAGirl, but, having never had any sugar, she wasn’t really sure about the whole cake and frosting thing.  (It didn’t help either, that she’d just had a very large lunch and wasn’t hungry at all.)  I think the sugar confusion was enough at one point for her to see if maybe those cute balloons might taste really good too LOL!

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We had lots of fun and it was so sweet for our family members to give up part of their Father’s Day to join us.  We took lots of pictures (because that’s what you do to get a few that you love.  ;-) )

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I can’t believe how quickly this year has passed.  We adore our little FinallyAGirl — she’s such a sweet little cutie and she knows just how to melt her Grammy’s heart — which she did rather effectively several times this weekend.  What a fun, wonderful year we’ve had (and I’m betting even her sleep deprived parents would say the same thing!  ;-D )

XOXO,
Anna

P.S. This Grandma did some sewing for her little cherub and when I get some pictures organized, I’ll post all about it.

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Spring 2017 Quilt Market

Did ya miss me?  Haha.  This might possibly be the latest I’ve ever written about a spring market trip.  Quilt Market was followed by my cute nephew’s college graduation, work, work, work, and then helping TheFirstChild and his little family with the first part of their move across the country this summer.  The second and final part will happen in a few weeks.  So, it’s been too busy to stop and think about market.  Thank goodness for three-day weekends!

I was lucky enough to have my long-time blog friend, CrazyMom for a roommate this time around!  We had lots of fun and it was great getting to know her a little better.  She was at market promoting her beautiful new book, No Scrap Left Behind.  She brought many of the quilts from her book for her schoolhouse presentation, so, naturally, we had to sleep under a different quilt every night.  CrazyMom was so sweet and she let me sleep under my favorites.  It took BIG willpower not to put that red Irish Chain in my suitcase too!  (And how darling is that cute little nine-patch???)

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Thimbleanna: CrazyMomQuilts

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So that’s it!  The highlight of market!  ;-D

Just Kidding.  We had lots of fun visiting all the booths and seeing all the new fabrics.  I didn’t get a lot of pictures, but here are a few, in no particular order:

CrazyMom and I love this quilt on the left side of A Quilting Life’s booth.

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American Jane – again, the quilt on the left!

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I always LOVE Brenda Riddle’s sweet lines — beautiful colors, as always.

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Annie Brady is a new designer and her Big Sky collection is really cute.  She has a print that has tree trunks (a similar print was popular a few years ago) and I’m looking forward to getting some for applique backgrounds.

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I was really looking forward to seeing Kristyne again — we met six years ago at spring quilt market.  Her new line is so sweet — and perfect for all of you Happy Quilt Along-ers!

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Franny and Jane (love all the blue!)

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Jen Kingwell’s booth is always so interesting.  We spent a lot of time looking at the blocks in all those quilts!

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This is Sue Daley’s booth in the Riley Blake area.  CrazyMom and I loved that little clamshell quilt hanging on the end of the booth.

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And I LOVE this adorable little mini Gelati quilt.  I’d love to have an entire quilt out of this pattern, but oh, what a TON of work!

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We had a laugh when we arrived at Amy Smart’s fun booth.  There they were — CrazyMom and CrazyGingham both dressed in Gingham LOL!  Don’t they look cute — and perfect with Amy’s new line, Gingham Girls.

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Shannon Fabrics had a ton of double gauze — along with their beautiful, squishy cuddle fabric.  I liked these displays of toddler clothes.

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Need a new necklace?

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Self-explanatory ;-).

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I was really looking forward to seeing this adorable little bird fabric by Kari of New Leaf Stitches and it didn’t disappoint.  I LOVE these cute birds and I MUST get some!

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Here’s another fabric that I loved — it’s by the same person who illustrated the P.S. I Love You book.  Coming to an etsy shop near you soon LOL!

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Cotton and Steel had these cute squirrels — I mentioned on Instagram that this fabric could justify every time you drop a current project and start a new one.  SQUIRRELLLLLLL!!!

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CrazyMom and I spent quite a bit of time in the Ella Blue booth with those Crazy Aussies.  And let me tell you — that’s a LOT of Crazy.  Jody is the Crazy RingLeader and she suggested that we pose for a picture so the shark could eat the other little sea animals.  Naturally, Jody was the shark!

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And finally, just a picture of a cool quilt I noticed at market.  This little quilt was hanging in an antique booth and the owner said there are 9,216 colored squares — each measuring about 1/2″.  Add in the white squares and you have over 18,000 squares!  All hand pieced and beautiful.  I walked past the booth again, about 45 minutes after I talked to the owner the first time and the quilt was gone.  Unsurprisingly, it sold right away.

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So, that’s it for spring market from this year. It’s always fun and I always come home with so many ideas. Hardly any of which I’ll ever have time to execute LOL!

XOXO,
Anna

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Three Things

1. Yipee! We have a finish over here! FinallyAGirl’s little spring bunny dress is all smocked and done. It would have been nice to have finished it by Easter, but we had a little unplanned hospital time with TheManoftheHouse, so there were other priorities. It’s all good though — little bunnies are just as happy in the spring and summer as they are at Easter!

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I purchased my patterns online at The Children’s Corner Store. The dress pattern is Lee and the pattern for the smocking is Baby Bunnies. There are kits available, but I had my own fabric — the pink 1/64″ pima cotton microcheck that is available in my little etsy shop. I love this teeny little check — it’s so sweet and it was a dream to smock.

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I put my favorite little flower buttons on the back and added white piping where I could. I really wanted to add piping on the sleeve cuffs, but I wasn’t sure those little bias strips of fabric would be very happy with a straight-cut piping putting a crimp on their stretchy style. There’s a deep hem in this dress — maybe with any luck, FinallyAGirl will be able to wear it next Easter. Or, maybe, with even better luck, she’ll wear it out this summer and I can make another dress! ;-D

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2. I updated my blog header. Yipee Again!!!

3. I was surfing around Ted Talks the other day and ran across this interesting talk by the author of “Still Alice”.   “What You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer’s”.  My first reaction was to go learn how to knit.  But I already know how to do that, so, I need to find some new skills to learn.  Every. Day.

Here’s to smooth sailing into the weekend!
XOXO,
Anna

Cookies I Don’t Want to Forget

Did you have a good weekend? Mine was short and sweet. Mostly cleaning and doing odd jobs around the house, but I did squeak in a little time for sewing. And if a girl’s going to clean and sew, she needs some sustenance! I was cleaning out the pictures on my iPad and ran across a picture of the recipe for some iced oatmeal cookies and they hit the sewing spot!

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Usually, when I try a new recipe and like it, I tell myself it’s a keeper and I’ll make it again soon.  The problem is, when “soon” comes around, I can’t remember where I found that really good recipe.  So, I’m trying a new trick.  I’ll file it here on my blog … and hope I can remember that that’s where I put it when the time comes. (Unfortunately, I have no idea where I first saw this recipe, so, if it’s yours — Thanks LOL!  No, really, tell me in the comments and I’ll give you credit!)

Thimbleanna: Oatmeal Cookies

Iced Oatmeal Cookies

1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
2 c. unbleached, all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. fresh ground nutmeg
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light-brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars until soft and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add eggs, mixing until combined. Stir in vanilla. With mixer on low speed, slowly add dry ingredients, scrape the bowl as you go, and mix until just combined. Let the dough rest for about 10 minutes.

Using a standard, medium-sized cookie scoop (about 2 Tbsp.) drop cookies onto a baking sheet, leaving plenty of space in between for spreading.  Bake for 10 – 11 minutes or until edges start to turn a light golden brown color. If you like a crispier cookie, leave them in a minute or so longer. Allow cookies to cool on the pan for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

When cookies are completely cooled, drizzle with the icing. Store in an airtight container.

Icing:
2 cups powdered sugar
3 Tbsp. milk
Whish together until combined completely.

And, next to having a cookie (or three) while you’re sewing, there’s nothin’ better than cookies in the cookie jar!

Thimbleanna: Oatmeal Cookies

XOXO,
Anna

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