Playing with Color :: Lydia’s Quilt

Lydia-Stack

With things settling down for fall, it is high time I got to work and made Lydia a quilt {she is one year old now!}. As you may have guessed, I really love purple {Clover & Violet}, but I feel like the options for purple in the fabric world are minimal and not always pretty {why is that? Do we as a collective quilt community dislike purple?}. So, over time, I’ve scouted out a few favorite purples and stashed them. I chose this stack {plus some more that I added later} for the quilt.

Photoshop-Elements

Then, I remembered seeing that Alyssa at Pile O’ Fabric made a Kona® Color Swatch for Adobe Illustrator. I went over to download it, did some internet searches, and discovered that, yes, I can use this in Photoshop Elements 12 too! So, now I am able to use her virtual Kona® card to make some pretty neat fabric photos too, for inspiration and for saving {and, of course, fabric shopping!}. Now, I just hope she adds the new colors so all 303 are there {and, I need a new Kona card too, since two of the colors I chose weren’t even on my color card, it is that old!}.

Lydia Quilt Small

So, here’s my stack for Lydia’s quilt with the Kona® colors next to it. Now I’ve just got to get the quilt sewn up!

Do you have a favorite color combo you’d love to see in fabric?

The Roly-Poly Pinafore in Harmony

Roly-Poly-Front

I made Lydia the Roly-Poly Pinafore by Imagine Gnats to wear to quilt market using Harmony by Jessica Swift for Blend Fabrics.

Roly-Poly-Back

I honestly wasn’t expecting the scale of the fabric to be so large and I was a little worried about how it would work out on such a small dress, but I think it turned out perfectly! I love how the pattern has such opportunity for using more than one fabric too {and it can be made reversible too}. I couldn’t deiced what buttons to use, and then my button hole on my machine gave me grief {it is automatic, but it isn’t consistent!}.

Roly-Poly-2

I eventually made it to the store to change the buttons to these white flowers and then elongated the button holes.  I love the result {and I love those chubby cheeks too}!

Roly-Poly-1

Photographing Lydia is a bit of a challenge, but the dress turned out really cute! She’s already worn it a couple times and I’ve cut a bigger one out for Norah too!

I really think my children need more handmade clothes in their wardrobe, what are your favorite patterns for toddlers {9 month – 3T}? Any I should try?

The Amelia Top in Cold Spring Dreams

Amelia-Top-1Since I’ll be bringing Lydia to Quilt Market, it seemed only right she should have some  handmade clothes to wear while we’re there!  I had made clothes for RJR Fabrics using Cold Spring Dreams when Norah was small, and I had enough left to make another Amelia top for Lydia {find the pattern here}!

Amelia-Top-2I made this one in the top length, instead of adding the extra to make it a dress.  I did make the hem band a tiny bit longer because it the print was larger.  I love how quickly this pattern comes together!

Amelia-Top-3Though, capturing a picture of a 6-month-old that is meant to show off clothes proves to be a little more difficult!

Amelia-Top-4I really love her cute little smile {I think that goes without saying}, and those chubby arms too!

I’ve made her another new outfit too, just have a few finishing touches to put on it. Now, let’s hope I have some time to make myself something to wear too.  But, I think whatever this darling baby is wearing is going to get more notice than what I wear!

Little Girl Last Minute Easter Dresses {A Family Tradition}

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.

Amelia-Dress

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.

Amelia-Dress-Detail

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.

Amelia-Dress-Velcro

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.

Amelia-Dress-Small

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!

Amelia-Dress-Small-Detail

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}?

Patchwork & Ribbons Bunny Ear Wood Teether {tutorial}

Bunny-Ear-Teether

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.

Teether-1

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.

Teether-2

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

Teether-3

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}.

Teether-4

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.

Teether-5

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:

Baby-Teether