Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sprout's Quilt

I'm lucky Sprout's so patient, because I've been working on her quilt for the better part of the year.  It's been 9 months since I first saw the inspiration for it while we were running errands together.   And it was well on it's way 6 full months ago when I made the label for the quilt quilt.  I had hoped to have it done for her 3rd birthday back in July.  Wishful thinking.


But now, just under the wire for the year, it's done.  The pink and orange combination that I love so much looks perfect in the [very] pink room that she loves so much. 


The quilt is filled with lots of my favorites - AB Full Moon Dots, Swell, Mendocino, FMF, Cake Rock Beach, Tula Pink Ladybugs, and tons of other goodies that I thought would be harder to cut up than they actually were.  It's backed with a Valori Wells flannel that I wouldn't have chosen but that she did, and is bound with these dots that I recently went a little overboard with.  They ended up being perfect. 

  

Finished size after a trip through the dryer is 60" x 83" - it's a bit narrow since she doesn't use a box spring, but it's definitely twin-sized, and is by far the largest quilt I've ever stuffed through the tiny shank on my machine quilted myself.  The quilting is hard to see, but at random intervals I've traced the inside of the squares.  I'd say maybe 60% of them have quilting and the rest do not.  This loose quilting has made for a great drape.


I love it, (and so does Ginko) and I hope that my sweetie-pie girl does, too.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Teacher Gifts

Year after year, I find December to be very overwhelming what with holiday parties, school holiday programs, Bean's birthday, and the (self-imposed) pressures of putting out holiday cards and doing some holiday baking.  And, of course, there is the issue of gifts for Bean and Sprout's teachers.

I can't imagine a world where I wouldn't give hand-made gifts to my kids' teachers, but as the month ramps up, I always feel overwhelmed by the myriad of things on my to-do list.  Thankfully, Jeni's tutorial for drawstring bags is quick and easy and yet makes such a great product.


I love these bags.  They are so stinkin' cute and make adorable gifts.  I used large scraps and making a dent in my scrap bin is the icing on the cake of these gifts. 


I filled each bag with a few jars of homemade jam and a little bamboo spoon.  They were very well received.


And for the office staff, I prepared boxes of homemade cookies.  I love making cookies and perhaps I go a bit overboard around the holidays.  This year I made ten varieties - Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk, Nutella Hamentashen, Chocolate Crinkles, Mocha Snowflakes, Snickers Surprises, Carmel Bars, Scandinavian Almond Cookies, Apple Squares, Chocolate Carmel Drops with Sea Salt, and Gingerbread Double Chip Muffins. 


I'm glad to have these gifts done and delivered - a few more things crossed off of my to-do list.  Now it's time to knock a few more items off that list.  But not before I eat one of the cookies I kept for myself.