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A Sale, Contributors, and …

Just a few things on this bright Tuesday morning! My parents and grandparents visited for Easter, so I’m behind a little bit, but doing some catching up!

Sale!

It’s been a while since we’ve had a sale, pick up any of our PDF Patterns for 30% off, through the rest of April with the coupon code FinallySpring30

Contributors!

With life being so busy lately, we’re hoping to bring a few more posts to our blog with a few contributors. If you have an idea for a monthly column, please send us an e-mail!

Easter Dresses in Action!

I also wanted to post a couple pictures of Norah in her Easter dress {Lydia wasn’t really into getting her picture taken}:

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I am really happy with the way the dresses fit the girls! I made Norah a 3T, even though most of her clothes are a 2T, so it will fit her a little longer. I didn’t prewash my fabric, so maybe it shrunk a little too.

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I hope everyone had a lovely Easter, we sure did! I’ll be back soon to share Silas’s tool belt too!

Little Girl Last Minute …

Amelia-Dresses

Every Easter my mom made me and my sister dresses.  Okay, maybe it wasn’t every Easter, but, from my memory, it seems like that.  So, I know that it must be a special memory, and it’s one I want my girls to have too.  I made Norah a dress last year, and this year I decided to make both girls matching dresses.  The pattern is The Amelia Top by Mama Stallato on Etsy.

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The pattern is really for a top {evidenced by the name!}, but I just added some length {and a little bit of flare to Norah’s} to make it more dress length.  I know that Easter isn’t going to be very warm, so they’ll be wearing these with leggings and shirts under them.

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I was pleased with how easily this dress sewed up.  While I love dresses with sleeves…I just don’t have time for that sort of thing these days {I’ll leave it to grandma!}, and this style of dress with a yoke and tunic shape is super easy to put together.  Since it isn’t fitted, there isn’t a lot of measuring involved.

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Instead of the recommended button holes, I used a piece of Velcro on the dresses.  I stitched it with matching thread {Aurifil 50 wt. color 2435 from Camille’s thread set – which is very handy to have if you sew with a lot of Bonnie &Camille fabrics} and the stitches hardly even show.

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I made the 6-9 month size for Lydia and it’s a little big on her, but there will be lots of time for growing into it!

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This really is a quick pattern to sew up, so, if you have the fabric already there is still time to make this before Easter!  Or save it for another special occasion.  I think I may make a couple of the top length ones for spring too, since they are so quick.

I’m excited to start some family traditions, and I hope Easter dresses will always be one of them!  Do you have any special traditions for Easter that have been passed on to you {or that you’ve started}?

The Bella Quilt and Story …

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I made this quilt for my friend and neighbor Brittany, whose family moved to New York from Monterey at the same time we.  We ended up living across the street from one another, which seemed perfect as we both had small children and we were both pregnant.  We spent the summer going to the park together with our children, passing each other when coming and going almost daily, and, of course, talking about baby things.  It seemed like everything was perfect.

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After Lydia was born, my excitement turned toward Brittany having her baby.  We didn’t see each other as often, as the weather turned colder and I was busy with a newborn, but we still chatted a few times a week and by text and Facebook.  Then, the unthinkable happened.  At 41 weeks, the baby died.  Brittany was scheduled to be induced on Sunday, but text me on Saturday night saying that she hadn’t been feeling well, so she went to the hospital and the baby didn’t have a heartbeat.

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When I saw the text Sunday afternoon {my parents had been visiting, so I’d lost track of my phone} I was in shock.  I thought it was going to say that baby had arrived before her induction, but instead it contained the news that this loved and waited for baby would never be coming home.

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Brittany and her husband, Greg, named their precious girl Bella, the nickname their daughter, Caroline, had always called the baby before she was born.  Even though that wasn’t intended to be her name, they felt it was the right thing to call her.  In spite of doing everything right for Bella, something had gone terribly wrong.  Yet, there is still no known cause of Bella’s death.

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This little pillow, which accompanied the quilt, was made for Caroline, who, at 5-years-old, has also suffered the loss of her baby sister.

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As Brittany has shared her story through Facebook and her blog, I have been touched by her heartache and strength since the loss of Bella.  One of her goals is to help raise awareness at how common pregnancy loss really is, of which I really had no idea, and support research toward prevention.

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It is difficult for me to write this post because I feel that nothing I say will really do their story justice. I cannot even begin to imagine what they must be going through.  I hope this quilt and pillow brings their family some comfort, even if it is just in the knowledge that their precious Bella Joy will always be remembered and loved.

While I was making this quilt, I searched for an organization that donates quilts to families who have lost their babies before birth, but couldn’t find anything.  If you have any information on this, I would be very interested in getting involved in some way.

This quilt was made with Bella by Lotta Jansdotter using my Take-Along quilt tutorial.  It was quilted by Cindy of Tops to Treasures.

Patchwork & Ribbons …

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I saw these wooden ring Bunny Ear Teethers on Instagram and Etsy and had to have one for Lydia.  But, naturally, I wanted it to be a patchwork one.  And since she really likes those ribbon blankies, I thought maybe adding some ribbon and ric rac would be a great addition.  These are super easy to make, and I’m sure there are lots of tutorials, but here’s the simple way I made mine. Download the PDF shape here! I plan to make a couple of the fabric parts, so when one’s in the wash, I’ll have a spare too.

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Sew together a variety of 5″ strips that are between 1 1/2″ and 2 1/2″ in width until the piece measures about 16″ long x 5″ wide.

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Fold the patchwork in half and cut to the bunny ear shape.  Add ribbons and ric rac if desired.

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Place right sides together on a rectangle of Cuddle fabric {Shannon is my favorite!} and stitch around the edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Leave a 3″ opening on one edge {I recommend stay stitching if the opening is over seams of the patchwork}.

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Trim the Cuddle and clip the curves {it creates a lot of fuzz, so I do mine over a trash can!}.  Then carefully turn the bunny ears right side out through the opening.

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Then, top stitch 1/8″ around the edge, stitching the opening closed.  Additionally, stitch along seam lines if desired. Then loop it through a wooden ring {I got mine from Sunny Sprout} and give it to your favorite baby:

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Blend Fabrics Bags for …

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It seems like I was just frantically preparing for Fall Quilt Market and Lydia’s birth…and suddenly Spring Quilt Market is almost here!  I am not sure why the months are racing by me so fast {though, I suspect three little ones might have something to do with it!}.

Anyway, here are the bags we’re sending to Quilt Market with Blend Fabrics.  The two clutches were made by me, and the two large bags were beautifully stitched by Sandie of crazy’boutquilts. So, here are the bags {above you see the front of the Emma clutch out of Maisie by Maude Asbury}:

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The back of the Emma clutch :: Maisie by Maude Asbury

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the Caitlin pouch :: Topiary by Amanda Murphy

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the Stella diaper bag :: Blown Away by Josephine Kimberling {sewn by Sandie of crazy’boutquilts}

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the Madeline bag :: Clementine by Ana Davis {sewn by Sandie of crazy’boutquilts}

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And, one last, super exciting note: if all goes as planned, I’ll be there too! It is hard to express through typing, but I am so excited!

If you’re going, I’d love to meet you!  And if not, I plan to bring back lots of pictures, anything you specifically hope to see?