Dog Days Baby Bonnet

Poor, poor little blog. It’s just been so neglected. I’m blaming it on the Dog Days of Summer. It’s been so slow around here with not very much happening. The days are long (work, work, work) and the weeks flash by. I have no clue where summer has gone — it seems like we were just thinking that FinallyAGirl would never get here and now she’s two months old already!

Just the girls in the family snuck off for an afternoon last weekend and we had a quick visit with our little princess. It was short and sweet and oh so fun. And we weren’t the only ones being sneaky — SweetiePie snapped this pic of us ladies oooohing and aaaahing over the baby.

Thimbleanna: Princess

I love that picture so much. It says so much about our little family. And how thrilled we are to have that sweet little girl join us!

I’ve also done a little bit of sewing here and there. I’ve barely started to work on the blocks for a quilt for FinallyAGirl. And, this afternoon, I made her a quick little bonnet for some up-coming trips she’ll be taking in the next few months (Don’t Look Pie!).

Thimbleanna: Princess

She probably already has several little sunbonnets.  But you know what they say.  Makers gonna make.  Especially when the maker is a new Grandma.  I just couldn’t help it.   A few months ago, a really sweet woman started buying lots of Liberty fabrics from my little etsy shop.  I finally asked her what she was making with all of her Liberty, and she told me she has a new little granddaughter too.  Then she told me I really should make the sunbonnet from Purl — it’s so sweet and easy to make.  I used Pheobe in pink for the print and Moda Bella 97 for the white.  And the little bonnet is fully reversible, in case SweetiePie wants a mostly white bonnet with just a hint of color.

Thimbleanna: Princess

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TeddyBear decided to model the bonnet, even though his head is the wrong size. (And mostly because I can’t find my little doll model, who I hope will turn up as mysteriously as she’s disappeared — I need her modeling help!)

Hopefully I won’t be gone for so long next time, but who knows.  I’m guessing it will be September by the time I post again.  September!  I just can’t believe it already!

XOXO,
Anna

P.S. In the event you’re in need of fabric, there have been lots of new arrivals in my little shop — some new Liberty, some of the very popular Rifle Paper Co. prints, and some Santa fabrics (’cause I’m not saying the “C” word in August!)!

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The Princess and the Pea

I had baby cuddles last weekend! We visited FinallyAGirl and her parents and mostly just laid around. And took some pictures! SweetiePie saw a baby picture months ago that we liked, and we decided when the time came, it would be fun to try and re-create it.

I’m generally of the less-is-more camp when it comes to pictures – especially for babies. But, once in awhile it’s fun to play, so we did. First, a few tools were required. I scavenged some old pallets from work (well, I didn’t really scavenge – they cost me $5 – the only part of this project that I didn’t have at home), gathered the tools, and cut the pallets up and re-sized them.

Thimbleanna: Princess

It was time consuming, but, really not that hard (except for a few stubborn nails).  After the pallets were cut to size, I covered the fronts and sides with fabric that I raided from my stash/etsy shop.

Thimbleanna: Princess

We hauled those pallets with us on our little visit, set them up, and then, Ta Da! The Princess and the Pea.

Thimbleanna: Princess

Fun, huh? Kind of a lot of work for just a few pictures, but I figure the bed can be used for dollies later, right? Or, if you need a picture of your little princess, you know who to call for the bed LOL.
While we were playing, we took another fun shot.

Thimbleanna: Princess

It was a little nerve-wracking to have the baby hanging there, but we hurried, and protective arms were never far away.

Ok – that’s all I’ve got. The weeks of summer are flying by – I hope you’re having a good one!
XOXO,
Anna

A Sewing Weekend

Happy Sunday!  Now that it’s over haha.  And, it’s even Monday for some of you.  I’m late as usual  ;-D.

Oh well, I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  Mine was great, even though it’s hot outside.  Not much happening here — it was nice and quiet, so I escaped summer’s heat and spent a lot of time sewing in the dungeon.  I finally finished piecing the second Little Red Riding Hood quilt top for my Grandma room.  The pieces have been on my little portable design wall for several months, and every time I’d walk by, half of them would fall on the floor.  I’m so excited to have that project finished!  I’ll hand quilt this second quilt just like the last one, but I’m in no hurry — maybe I’ll put it on the frame sometime this winter.

After finishing the quilt top, I started playing with a new little quilt for FinallyAGirl.  Pink!, of course.  When I told TheManoftheHouse what I was working on, he said “Doesn’t she have enough quilts already?”  Silly Man.  Probably, but that’s not the point.  Each one of MY babies will have a little hand-quilted baby quilt from their Grandma — you know, one that’s more traditional, and maybe a little keepsake.  I made a few blocks to test out the pattern and then proceeded to cut lots of little pieces.

Thimbleanna: Pinks!

I’m really excited about it — it should be a fun little project.  I’m going to take my time and enjoy the process.  Here’s the scrap-pile of yumminess so far.  ;-D

Thimbleanna: Pinks!

I also finished some of my little vinyl project bags.  Some of the fun prints from the Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements collection have arrived and I couldn’t help myself.  You might remember how much I love a good map fabric, and I thought these fabrics would be perfect for project bags.  I cut these a little bigger than the ones in my instructions too — 11 x 14 instead of 10 x 12.  It’s fun to have different sizes.

Thimbleanna: Project Bags

I LOVE them.  I even used recycled vinyl because I couldn’t find my vinyl stash (er, one piece LOL).  Of course, I found it after I had these little bags sewn together.  For  probably more years than some of you have been alive (!), I’ve been saving those fancy vinyl zippered bags that new mattress pads and comforters come in — do you know the kind I mean?  I was thrilled to be able to cut one up and recycle it!  Two of my bags have already claimed projects — a new start on some socks and a little something for a certain little baby girl which is almost done and ready to be blocked.

Thimbleanna: Project Bags

So, that was the weekend here. Pretty boring for most, but exciting for a quilter! Off to bed now — have a wonderful week!

XOXO,
Anna

Baby Bibs

Ok, I gave you a break from baby stuff with the little backpacks on my last post, so, now I’ll make you suffer again LOL.  Really, it will slow down after this because I haven’t been working on any more baby stuff.

I made FinallyAGirl a few bibs before she was born.  I love to make bibs — you can do almost anything with them.  When TheFirstChild was born, someone gave me two really cute little homemade bibs and I loved them so much that I traced around them to get a pattern that I’ve been using for many years.  I was going to say that I used my embroidery machine on a few of these bibs, but, as it turns out, I used it on all of them.  First up — some elephants that I’ve used before on terrycloth with a simple bias binding.

Thimbleanna: Baby Bibs

Next, simple cotton with a ric rac edge.  SweetiePie loves polka dots and monograms.  I think this one might be her favorite.

Thimbleanna: Baby Bibs

She also love pompoms.  This little bib is like the tied quilt that we made at the baby shower.  I don’t think those pompoms will last very long, but they’ll be easy to cut off if they start to look ratty.  ;-D

Thimbleanna: Baby Bibs

And this last little bib is my favorite.  A little pink plaid ruffle, some big stitches, and a Peter Rabbit embroidery.  I know it looks like Mama Bunny is putting Peter to Bed, but she’s actually feeding him.  Poor little Peter must be sick.  I Love Peter Rabbit!

Thimbleanna: Baby Bibs

Now it’s back to regular programming.  I’ve been working on a new shirt and I need to get started on FinallyAGirl’s quilt (I keep saying I’m going to get started!)  It’s also that fun time of the year when market purchases start to trickle into quilt shops.   These fun crochet-edged double bias tapes arrived last week.  They’re SO cute and I’m looking forward to using them on clothes and quilts.

Thimbleanna: Crochet Edged Bias Tape

Have a great week — it’s supposed to be blisteringly hot here by the end of the week … Think SNOW LOL!
XOXO,
Anna

Drawstring Backpacks

Happy Monday!  Did you have a nice weekend?  We had a nice quiet one here in ThimbleannaLand — a little sewing and cleaning and not much else.  These cute fabrics recently arrived in my little shop, so I had to get busy and make a few fun things.  These are some of the prints of Trinket by Melody Miller for Cotton and Steel.

Thimbleanna: Trinket

I’m hoping to do a little hiking later this summer, and I’ve learned over the years that it’s best to travel as lightly as possible when hiking.  I used to take plenty of food and my big camera and just too much stuff.  Not anymore.  Now it will be lots of water, a little lunch and my iphone for pictures (ha, if I can stand not having the big camera with me).  Anyway, we only have bigger backpacks and that just adds unnecessary weight, so I decided to make a few little drawstring backpacks to replace the regular backpacks.  Trinket arrived just in time!

Thimbleanna: Drawstring Backpack

Thimbleanna: Drawstring Backpack

I didn’t really follow any one pattern.  If you google “drawstring backpack” you will find lots of information out there.  I got basic dimensions and then just did my own thing.  I have a ton of old jeans that I’ve saved for recycle sewing, and I was happy to finally be able to use them.  It was fun to even use a few of the belt loops for the drawstring loops at the bottom of the little bags.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the denim with these trinket prints.

Thimbleanna: Drawstring Backpack

But I think my favorite part was adding just a teeny bit of embroidery to the denim.  I took the “5 (where’s the cent mark on my keypad?)” from the whistle print, but I had to think a minute about what to put on the telephone print.  Then it was obvious.  Hello???  Very Fun.

Thimbleanna: Drawstring Backpack

Hopefully these little packs will do the trick. It’s a lot easier to climb a mountain if you don’t have a lot of weight on your back! ;-D

Ok — I’m off to work — have a great week!
XOXO,
Anna