February 2011 Archives

Cars Quilt


My friend’s now 3 year old loves the movie Cars. It was his birthday on Valentine’s Day but they celebrated it this past weekend. He’s more occupied with his new toys but here is the birthday boy and mom with his new quilt. His mom told me he enjoyed snuggling up in it that evening.




One little kid’s gift I love to make is quilts. Their size is manageable and they are quick to make up. I made his quilt in a day. I found images of McQueen, Doc, Sally, Mater, and Guido online. Then I photo shopped the backgrounds out and printed them on printable fabric. I followed the directions on the printable fabric, even washing it after it was printed but had some issues with it. After I pieced, quilted, and washed, the backgrounds of the cars turned a gray color and the images faded a bit. You can see on the picture to the left before I quilted it that the background is white and above they are gray. I was disappointed but it didn’t look horrible. It’s for a 3 year old after all; I don’t think he’s as knit picky as me. The back of the quilt is a red, white, and blue homespun plaid. It’s also used for the binding. I hope you enjoyed looking at is as much as he has been enjoying sleeping with it.



Flower Child

I have a new headband model! Meet 10 year old Ronni. She loves wearing my product and with her cute blonde hair I decided to use her to model them. Much easier than trying to photograph myself. I’m sure you’re sick of seeing me too. I pay her in headbands to photograph her, lol. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the other day.

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You can see more pictures of her sporting these cute flower bands at The Onion Tree’s fan page. If you see a headband you like go to the Onion Tree. It’s a great shop.



IMG_2663I’ve been working on a wool coat for myself for about a week now. I completed it last night in the midst of the blizzard that hit. Richard got in from his business trip today so I got to test it out in the snowy white wonderland.  I’m quite happy with it. In this picture I’m wearing my coat, a hat I knitted, and a bag I recently made myself.  I’m styled in hand made. 


I used a Simplicity pattern for the coat but altered a few things. The outside of the coat is made with some pretty teal 100% wool fabric. The coat is knee length with two side pockets.


Here is the first change I did.  I made it so the lapel would button up to the collar. The peacoat I own has this feature and I love it on brisk cold days.  Found those askew buttons at JoAnns and couldn’t resist using them on my coat.




The inside is lined with a fashion polyester fabric. It’s for making clothing but I wanted something fun for the lining instead of a plain lining. The pattern has you normally line the coat. This is the second change I made to the pattern. The wool I bought wasn’t very heavy so I wanted to make the coat warmer. I bought some 100% wool batting and quilted it to the back of the lining pieces. I stitched down 1 inch squares. Then I installed the lining as instructed by the pattern.  While this makes the coat a bit more stiff and more snug, it definitely makes it nice and warm.



Here is the back of my lovely coat. The only other differences I did was to stay stitch every seam. It think stay stitching is a simple way to make something look really finished. 

Now I need to make my husband’s coat. It will be a journey since men’s patterns are hard to come by and I had to draft a pattern for him myself.

Stay warm and cheers,