More Baby-Safe Baby Dolls

IMG_20160610_2203192_rewindWhile hunting for a doll pattern (see previous post), I found another pattern I liked. I decided to make it in all three sizes for my newest granddaughter. They looked so cute together that I used the grouping at my daughter’s baby shower. You can find the pattern at Craftsy; it’s a free download, but you have to give them your email address. Totally worth it, I thought!

The Joy of Making Baby Booties

IMG_20160513_1934236_rewindWe have another grandchild on the way, I’m tickled to report. In fact, Grandchild #3  is due to arrive within a month or less.

Several months ago, I decided to make some baby booties for her that I had seen in a wonderful book called Amy Butler’s Little Stitches for Little Ones. I had no idea how long it would take to make a cute pair of booties (much less two pairs!), but as it turned out, bootie-making is the perfect occupation for someone recovering from an illness as I was this past spring. The bootie-making process was slow-going, with a fair amount of hand-stitching at the end, but it was worth the time it took.

I gave the booties to my daughter at her baby shower a few weeks ago, and she was delighted with them. The first pair was made from vintage fabric, and the second pair was made from the scraps of the Star Wars quilt I made last Christmas. I can’t wait to see my little granddaughter wear her booties this fall!

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Grant Park Table Runner

IMG_20160609_1434550_rewindI just finished this table runner made from the Grant Park line by Moda. I bought some charm packs and a bit of extra yardage from a cute little quilt shop in Pecatonica, IL, while out shop-hopping with a friend a few years ago, and finally got around to using it.

I love precuts because the fabrics in them are designed to go together. That’s a great blessing for those of us who love to sew but aren’t gifted with the artist’s eye; we just don’t know how to pick out fabrics that go well together! But check out how nice the Grant Park line looks:

IMG_20160609_1433316_rewindI machine quilted this runner in a matter of minutes using my supermachine, the Brother PQ-1500s:

IMG_20160609_1435036_rewindAnd I pieced the back using the extra yardage that I’m so glad I bought:

IMG_20160609_1435315_rewindI don’t know how many quilt shops still carry this line, but I see it’s available on Etsy; I imagine you could find it on eBay as well.

“Hi, Reindeer!”

IMG_20160418_145634This little deer statue came with our house. I left it in the yard for a few years without really thinking about it, but one of its ears is missing and it’s kind of cheesy-looking, so I figured I’d get rid of it before long.

But that was before I discovered that when my grandson comes to visit, he says “Hi, Reindeer!” to the deer before coming into the house, and bids it “Bye, Reindeer!” when he leaves.

Grandma says the deer gets a reprieve. :)