Last week was an absolute BEAR. I came home Monday from work and got sick, and I stayed sick through Friday night. In between bouts of thinking I was better before getting sick again, we had a blizzard. And Hannah and I played in the snow. AND, for the umpteenth time this winter, we snow painted. Which was so incredibly good for my soul.
I made this Dr. Seuss-themed quilt for Hannah’s first birthday, but I never put together a tutorial for it. So, in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday today I thought I’d post some instructions for this one! You can obviously use any fun kid fabrics you have, but I’m not a big fan of pastels. I love this stark black contrasted with bold and bright primaries.
Stof is a Danish fabric company completely unfamiliar to me until last week. Hannah and I went out to Pennington Quilt Works to spend my birthday coupon, and there were these magnificent dots. Stof’s Twist Style. The shop had more than one colorway, but this is the one Hannah and I both loved (she tried to run off with the bolt). So I bought a yard.
Other posts on this project: Maggie’s Wedding Quilt Pt. 1.
You know the rule that you have a year to buy a newlywed couple a wedding gift? Well…I have failed that timeline spectacularly. Maggie and Dave got married in October 2013, and I’m still working on their quilt. I’ve had to put it aside for months now because of deadlines, going back to teaching, and toddler duties. But, it is my top crafty priority at the moment.
This is my latest project that I can’t talk about yet, and by latest I mean I have been working on this one since last summer. One of the members of the NYC Metro Mod Quilt Guild, Rachael Dorr, did this amazing quilting for me. So I can’t show any of the actual patchwork right now, but I can continue to obsess over her amazing and gorgeous quilting.
Last month I read a ton of fall books with the two pre-k classes. After we finished our stories we made these fall collages one week.
I found this tree coloring page online and tweaked the size to make it just right. Then I put piles of cut-up construction paper at the tables and let the kids go to town with crayons, glue sticks, and the paper.
It’s been a quiet summer for sewing, but I finally finished this project. It wasn’t especially time consuming, but it still took me forever. I wasn’t happy with the first fabrics I picked and waited until the Cotton + Steel bundles I preordered came in from Westwood Acres Fabrics. I. Love. Them. And decided that even though I’d only ordered fat quarters I would squeeze this hat pattern out of them. Hence the totally misaligned purple print…actually, that was probably just a crazy print to make a curvy project out of, but I couldn’t help myself. It was calling out to me in the night. Read more on Hannah’s Bucket Hat…
It must be said that I haven’t been able to prioritize quilt guild meetings since becoming a mom. It actually wasn’t so bad when Hannah was an infant; she kind of had to come with me everywhere so she could eat, but she was an easy baby.
It’s really been the past year or year-and-a-half that made it tough. When H was old enough to start having opinions or refusing to sit still. Plus, little people are exhausting. It takes a lot of effort to strategize life outside out of motherhood, and something had to give or I would never see my friends and family. Or get any work done.
For Hannah’s party favors last weekend, I made homemade playdough to go with a party-themed cookie cutter (teapot) and a kid-sized rolling pin. She’s kind of just starting to pay attention to the real Play Doh, and I thought learning to make it at home would be smart. She’s putting a lot of stuff in her mouth these days, and while the homemade stuff does not taste good (so. much. salt), at least I know exactly what’s in it. You can also kind of control the texture at home!