Sunday, June 24

spinning butterflies

I made Abby a spinning dress in April.  My sister-in-law and niece loved it so much that I made another one.
Green butterfly dress - back

I used a green, black, and white butterfly fabric with matching ribbon from Hobby Lobby.  Every girl needs hairbows to match a special dress!
Green floral hairbows

I love the halter style more than I thought I would.  It takes a lot of yardage to get the long straps, and the swirly skirt - but it is worth it when you see the twirl factor!
Green butterfly dress - front
Happy Birthday, G!

Wednesday, June 13

turtle stuff for baby B

Besides the turtle quilt you saw yesterday, the new baby has a bunch of matching goodies coming his way.
This romper is a simple pattern with facing at the neckline.
Turtle romper

The romper has snap tape at the crotch for ease with diapers.  This babe will be cloth diapered (I am told) and I don't quite know how that will affect the fit.  Hopefully it works out.
Turtle romper - snaps

The romper buttons at the shoulder are a bright green.  They are not purely decorative, they can be used for ease of dressing as well.
Turtle romper - buttons

I tried something new with this burp cloth - piping.  It feels a little silly to have such a fancy "puke rag" as they are sometimes called in our house, but I think it looks really nice and makes for a classy edging.  Who says you can't have a fancy puke rag? haha.
Turtle Burp Cloth

The lovey blanket is turtle fabric on one side and a light green minkee on the other side.  Even though there's not a lot of orange and yellow on the fabric, I included yellows and oranges in the grosgrain and satin ribbons to coordinate with the quilt and because I think they look great together!
Turtle lovey

This fuzzy cube has a few minkees, fleece, turtle fabric, and white dots mixed with a lot of grosgrain and satin ribbons.  It is full of textures for baby to enjoy and explore!
Turtle fuzzy cube

Here is the matching hat.  It is a fully lined bucket hat.  Now that it's done I kind of wish I'd tried to include some piping on it - maybe made out of the binding from the quilt.  Either way, I think their babe will look adorable in it!
Turtle hat

So many goodies for Baby B to enjoy!

Tuesday, June 12

turtle quilt for baby B

This turtle quilt is for my cousin's baby, due in July.  My cousin and her husband have actually seen turtles headed to the ocean - pretty amazing, I'm sure.  Add that to my bucket list, please!  When she saw this quilt a few years ago, she told me then to keep it in mind for her someday.  I am so excited that I finally got to make it for her!!
Turtle quilt - large view

The turtle tracks around the edge are actually three wavy lines meant to be the part where the turtle's body drags along, and the bumps on the edge are the "paddle" marks they make.
Turtle quilt - turtle tracks

The turtle applique was zig-zagged around the edges, and then zig-zag quilted on the orange swirl.  The yellow "sand" underneath was tightly quilted for texture.
Turtle quilt - applique

The squares around the turtle applique were quilted in wavy lines to imitate the ocean waves.  The "blue" squares turned out various shades of blue and teal because of variations in the fabric.  I lvoe how it looks!
Turtle quilt - applique corner

The binding is so beautiful - I love how the greens, blues, and teals all change and evolve around the edge.  I just need to work on the corners.  They are not easy for me.
Turtle Quilt - Backing & Binding

Best wishes to S&T on their new arrival...whenever he arrives!