Monday, December 20, 2010

crafty commissions

This post could also be titled "When Craft and Bad Photography Collide." Please pretend that it wasn't dark or snowy when I took these photos. Or that I didn't bother to clean off my counters or move the Amazon box that is holding my Christmas present from Rob.

I received some sewing requests from friends and family over the last few weeks. First up, the baby quilt that my mom will be gifting to one of her employees, who is due with her first baby girl any day now.


I used fabrics that I've had sitting in my stash forever, and probably the only pastel ones I own. They're a mix of Amy Butler, Erin McMorris, and a Heather Ross stripe.


The back is pieced with more Amy Butler and some Heather Bailey Pop Garden. I quilted it with some simple loops. I will admit that while I was sewing this, I felt the teeniest little twinge of desire to have another baby. Don't tell Rob.



Next, an apron for my friend Anna's dad. When he retired, he picked up an interest in baking blueberry pies. She requested something masculine, but also thought it would be fun to use some blueberry fabric. I used a great ticking stripe fabric for the main apron and lined the pocket with the blueberries. I didn't use a pattern, but loosely traced an apron that I already have. Surprisingly, this sewed up super fast!



And just last night I finished up a pair of art bags for my friend Kate, who will be filling them up with supplies and giving them to her niece and daughter for Christmas. The original plan was to sew zippers into the top of the totes, but that did not work so well. So I kept them open and made matching zip pouches to hold things like colored pencils and markers.

It's going to be a busy week with Christmas parties, skiing, and a big first birthday tomorrow! I'll check back in, but in the meantime, I hope you all have a fantastic next few days!

11 comments:

Micki said...

Beautiful projects! You have really been busy!
Micki

Amy said...

Wow, busy, busy, busy!!! I love the quilt and it gives me a slight twinge too! The art bags and apron and great as well. I think they will all be well received. Happy 1st birthday to your little guy!!

sue niven said...

those projects look great!

PootleFlump said...

lovely projects! xx

Andie said...

Love the bags! And the quilt is too cute. No twinge, thank you. Three teens will dry that baby-craving right up.

Sara said...

I love all your projects, especially the quilt! I wish I had some of that birdy Drawing Room fabric...that looks fabulous!

Jamie said...

The bags are great and I love the quilt! Very nice!I'm sure that all of the gifts will be loved by the lucky recipients.

Claire said...

love the bags with matching zipper pouches...and think it's too funny, because about 4 hours i got out my fabric to see if any inspirations come to me, which happen to be the same fabric that you used.

Dani said...

Are you sure there's not a clone if you working in your craft room? Your output is amazing.

I adore the baby quilt. I've got a couple to make myself...and I usually get the tiniest of pangs for just one more. Microscopic tiny.

Poppyprint said...

You are amazing. HAPPY BIRTHDAY COOPER!!!! Way to go momma, one year down and many, many excellent finishes during that year that you should be very proud of. Honestly, I don't think I accomplished anything in the first year of my son's life, other than diapers, nursing and sleeping!

Monica said...

where do you get the time to do all this???

Happy birthday to your not-so-little one...