These have been addicting.
Pattern: Nesting Boxes by Aneela Hoey
It’s fun having a little(ish) one to sew for. My oldest nephew just turned 4, and I’ve always loved figuring out things to sew for him. I mostly try to stick to things that he’ll enjoy wearing. Personally, I love a good button-up and didn’t realize that he’d be a good candidate for one until I noticed him wearing one recently. He lit up when I asked him about his shirt–the fabric was festive–and so I knew it was only a matter of time, before I’d be making one for him myself.
While at my local fabric shop a couple of weeks ago, I let him pick out some fabric.
After only a little debate, this jungle fabric was his choice. I threw in a bit of architextures for contrast in the collar stand.
Then, I found this fabric at Bunny’s. I’ve had a long obsession with Mini Coopers, plus I love grids, and of course my nephew loves Legos–so it was perfect.
The pattern that I used is by Alexia Abegg and can be found in her book, Liberty Love: 25 Projects to Quilt & Sew Featuring Liberty of London Fabrics. It was fast and easy, and I’ll definitely be making it again. There’s also a men’s version, so if I really wanted to go for it, I could make a matching shirt for my brother. Some father/son coordination could be adorable.
I made this for a friend…
The fabrics are a mix of things that I pulled on the fly. There’s some doe, botanics, and architextures, as well as Robert Kaufman Essex and Chambray, Kona Pickle, and a mysterious blue sewing print from my stash. The decorative elastic that I used was a perfect (and lucky) match. I stocked up on a few colors when I found them at The Common Thread in Austin this past summer, and I’m glad that I did. This color came in super handy. When I used it here, I folded it in half and topstitched it together for a more streamlined look.
In keeping with all things round, I thought it’d be a fun touch to throw a doe roll-up in there along with some other sewing-related goodies.
In addition to the baby Totem quilt, I also wanted to make my sister a diaper bag before the arrival of her new baby. After doing some research–which included polling Moms who sew–I got the tip that Noodlehead’s Go Anywhere Bag is very well suited for the task. So, I went for it.
The bag was fun and easy to make. I can see how the design works well for carrying and organizing just the right amount of stuff without making it look or feel like you are toting your entire life with you. To make it super sturdy, I quilted the exterior panels and used a ton of stabilizer in the handles.
Another bonus is that it’s a great design for showing off a favorite piece of fabric. The fabric that I used on the exterior pockets is a print from Ellen Luckett Baker’s first line with Kokka, called Stamped. My sister is a huge fan of this print (and I am too!), and I just happened upon some of it in my adventuring to different quilt shops this summer. When I saw it, I knew that a diaper bag was in order.
The other fabrics that I used were some Essex Yarn Dyed in Indigo from Robert Kaufman for the body, some Doe for the handles, and two different pieces from Architextures in the main lining and exterior pocket lining. Then there is also a little bit of Botanics for the inside pockets. (This sister is the landscape architect, so I always enjoy making use of plant-related prints for her.)
My sister really likes it, and my brother-in-law likes it too! He said that it’s a bag he’ll be happy to carry around when toting their new baby and all of her associated necessities. Double score.
Almost any day now, my sister will be giving birth to her first kid. I’m excited to be an aunt again. My brother has two little boys, and they’ve been a great joy in my life as well as a blast to sew for. My sister however, is having a girl, which will change things up. I’ve gotten so used to needing to be creative with what I sew for my nephews. While there are some great boys-sewing projects and fabrics out there, the options pale in comparison to the overabundance of projects and fabrics for girls.
Today and tomorrow, I’m doing a couple of posts for two things that I’ve made for her and her new baby. First up, is a Totem quilt.
I started this project much earlier this summer, long before I knew the gender. Had I known what they were having then, it wouldn’t have changed much. I like the idea of creating something that can appeal to both baby–regardless of gender–and parents, and not necessarily cater to stereotypes. We don’t know what the baby’s tastes are going to be, so why not give her some variety? It was fun to make it more of a creative challenge to find a mix of things that would be pleasing to all parties involved.
Eventually, we did find out the gender, and so I might have loosened up by adding more small florals, that still weren’t too in-your-face-feminine. I kept to a soft palette of pretty peaches and blues, with some chambrays, gingham and other wovens for added texture. Of course, I also made sure that all of my fabric lines so far were represented–architextures, botanics and doe.
Choosing the fabric for the borders was a bit of a tough decision. I wavered slightly between going for more of a peach, but the soft Dusty Blue Essex linen that I went with was what I had in mind all along. It just looked and felt right. When I sister brought it into the baby’s room for the first time, we realized that the border fabric matched her rocking chair perfectly.
On the back, I went with a pretty Leah Duncan floral print. I didn’t have quite enough, so I was able to squeeze in a little bit of a Lotta Jansdotter print as well. I love how the combination of the two worked out in terms of both color and pattern. The binding fabric is from Lizzy House’s Catnap line.
We made it…
Or, at least kind of!
Last month, a big goal for me was to make a better effort to share more of what I’ve been working on. I know that I’m not always so good at that, and things especially got a little lax over the last year as I tried juggling book writing and release, new fabric, new patterns, traveling to teach more, and then just keeping up with life in general. What I do is important to me, and I think it’s really important to share it with you so that we can all connect with and learn from each other.
So, I wanted to thank you guys for joining with me in the Doevember adventures last month–I especially appreciated all of your great comments and support! (I also welcome any of your feedback by either commenting here or shooting me an email.) As for my goals with this new month ahead, there are a few more things that I want to tackle, and there are definitely some projects that didn’t get shared last month, so stay tuned for all of that.
Coincidentally, Doecember could be another pun to make use of this month. While I have no official plans for it, I do welcome you to join in with me if you feel so inclined. My new fabric should be landing in stores this month, and I’m dying to see what you guys make with it!
And one final thought for the day–have you guys heard about Make Something Monday? I hadn’t until Cheryl Arkison mentioned it in her most recent newsletter. I have to say that this is a themed day that I’m happy to get behind, and I’ve already got an idea of what I’m going to make…
I hope y’all had an excellent Thanksgiving! Mine was great. I ate, spent time with family, and just generally unplugged. I also managed to start in on some home improvements, which is what I’ll continue on with this weekend, but first, it’s my turn to share a new project.
Here’s a quilt that I did for the Kona Cotton 30th Anniversary.
And it’s free.
The design is super simple, but sometimes that’s all you need. Konas are amazing to work with, and my favorite part about them is the beautiful range of colors. (There are now 303 of them!) This design is a celebration of that. I picked some old faves as well many new ones that they introduced this summer.
I love working on projects like this that add so much color to your workspace! Wondering which color was up next was part of the excitement of putting it together.
It was also a great canvas for playing around with some big stitch quilting…
And now for the giveaway. Robert Kaufman has generously offered to give away a Doe coordinating Kona charm pack (which you could easily use to make your very own Bartow)! Leave a comment below mentioning your favorite Kona color in order to be entered. Drawing will end at 10am tomorrow (November 30, 2014).
And make sure to check out these other great stops on the tour–so many great projects with Kona!
Tuesday, November 4th: Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations
Wednesday, November 5th: Daniela of Cozy Quilt Designs
Thursday, November 6th: Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts
Friday, November 7th: Anita Grossman Solomon
Saturday, November 8th: Debbie of Esch House Quilts
Sunday, November 9th: Alex of Teaginny
Monday, November 10th: Darlene Zimmerman
Tuesday, November 11th: Nichole Ramirez with Aurifil
Wednesday, November 12th: Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts
Thursday, November 13th: Lee of Freshly Pieced
Friday, November 14th: Julie of Jaybird Quilts
Saturday, November 15th: Latifah of The Quilt Engineer
Sunday. November 16th: Elizabeth Hartman
Monday, November 17th: Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting
Tuesday, November 18th: Karrie of Freckled Whimsy
Wednesday, November 19th: Valori Wells
Thursday, November 20th: Marilyn of Quilt Moments
Friday, November 21st: Cortney Heimerl
Saturday, November 22nd: Shayla and Kristy of Sassafras Lane Designs
Sunday, November 23rd: Shea of Empty Bobbin Sewing
Monday, November 24th: Carrie Strine
Tuesday, November 25th: Rachel of Stitched in Color
Wednesday, November 26th: Liz of Lady Harvatine
Saturday, November 29th: Carolyn Friedlander
I’m such a fan of Anna Graham of Noodlehead.
And so is Nichole, which is the first thing that we talked about when getting together at Quilt Market. See Nichole’s bag? Yep, that’s an Anna, and that’s what we’re talking about today.
Anna’s stuff is always amazing, always smart, and always exactly what you want to be making.
It has a zipper and cording…
It has a magnetic snap and handy inside pocket…
And, it also has another size option!
Which is also cute and super practical…
And has great detailing…
And has more good stuff on the inside…
I know that you guys are already off to a great start with these! I’m dying to make one myself and have found tons of great inspiration on instagram already. You guys are so clever…
To wrap up on Doe clothes week, here are some accessories.
Although I’ve actually made three so far (one was given away without properly photographing it…typical.) The pattern is the Infinity Scarf (a free pattern found here) from Pink Chalk Fabrics. I love this pattern because they fit and wear beautifully, don’t take too much fabric to make, and go together quickly and easily. While tidying up my closet this weekend, I realized how many of these I’ve actually made–it’s a lot!
The one on the left uses Doe, Cambridge (blue solid), and Chambray Union. The one on the right features two Doe prints and a Nani Iro double gauze that I picked up at Pink Castle Fabrics a couple of weeks ago while I was there for Camp Stitchalot.
My other favorite new Doe-related accessory is some Doe earrings.
I can’t take credit for these. Kristen over at TwoBlondesAndASewingMachine put them together for me along with many more, but I’ve already given some away. I think that they are so adorable and plan to keep some for myself as well as give out more as gifts to friends and family.
Here I am sporting both at my Schoolhouse during Quilt Market. (I have no clue what kind of destruction is going on behind me…)
I just had to make some Doe drawers.
Had I not had such a full summer of teaching and preparing for Quilt Market, I easily could have let myself whip up a ridiculous number of these City Gym Shorts. The pattern is amazing, and the options for making fun versions are endless. Having enforced some serious self-control, this is only my third pair (the other two are here). I excitedly used Market and the new fabric release as an excuse to make them.
With this pair, I used two prints from Doe–one for the front and another for the trim–then the back and waistband are Chambray Union from Robert Kaufman.