Babies

Not having any more, in case you got excited. Or worried. But my sister was visiting this week with her two wee ones. To recap: mine are just turned 10, and 5 3/4. Both girls. My sister also has two girls: just turned 3, and 7 months.

I had forgotten all about these but apparently I made some change mats a few years ago. Possibly even for my youngest but I honestly don’t recall.

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A bit of flannel and a same size bit of PUL (polyurethane laminate), held together with binding. This is 19″x26″. I had a .5m cut of fabric and used the leftover to make a burp cloth (not pictured because ewww, gross).

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I used a fancy stitch on my machine and pre-fab bias binding, but damn, look at that mitre. Pretty impressive for three years old and many, many washings.

And a warm welcome to all the new blog readers. Thank you for joining me here.

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Non-quilt sewing

Nine years ago I started doing something that is now a tradition in my family; each year I make my daughters a dress for their birthdays. I give them a short list of patterns to choose from and I allow them considerable veto power over fabric choice and decisions.

This year B wanted overall-shorts but I re-directed her to just shorts.

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These are longer than hotpants if you can believe it.

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I personally wouldn’t have chosen sparkly stretch denim, but then I’m about 30 years too old for that to be my favourite.

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And if you’re working with sparkly stretch denim then sparkly rainbow metallic thread is a good choice too.

I’ve never done that style of pocket before. Nor that kind of fly zipper. Last night was a steep learning curve, but a quick one. Start to finish was less than three hours. And B is tickled to death with these.

The grand reveal

Phew! We have made it through one hundred days of kindergarten. To celebrate, each kid had to decorate a paper grocery bag with one hundred things arranged in groups of ten. I complained about it a few weeks ago over here when W chose all her fabrics from my scrap bin.

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See that fabric on the bottom left? That is a bit from the first fabric I ever bought “just because” I liked it. Still have some left, nine and a half years later! It is “Dimples” by Gail Kessler in either “celeste” or “robin’s egg.”

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She chose exactly which fabric went where, which was fun to watch.

What a boring day

But productive so a qualified win?

The mending/repair box was a little full so I went at it.

Two pairs of pj pants for husband. I have been making the “fat bastard” size and he is only average. Actually he’s above average if you know what I mean 😉 but he takes a size medium in pants. So I trimmed the inseam and the crotch on these two.

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This is not yardage! It is a new pillowcase for the new (and tiny) buckwheat pillow, also belonging to husband. Not pictured is its twin.

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Ella got her hair bow back, Nintje had the silly putty cleaned off her head. Go here for how to pronounce Miffy in Dutch. My kids cheat and pronounce it nine-cha.

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New doll soother replaced.

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Not pictured: two winter hats mended, a snap reattached to a doll belt, or the seven picture books I repaired. And then I needed a nap.