To keep up the inspiration level, I have to tell you that I made two more baby gifts using leftover patches from my goddaughter Anne's quilt. I hope you don't get tired of them. You aren't getting tired of these patches, are you? Because I see many more little gifts in my future!
A "fancy-dress" bib -- every baby girl needs a few in her wardrobe. "I never spit up, this is just for show."
And a doll quilt for big sister:
I quilted them quickly with thick cotton thread and an embroidery needle -- took me about one dance lesson to do it! The other mothers are always like, "you and Nancy are always sewing. We should sew too." Yes, you should! If you want to!
The solid pink was leftover from Bridget's Easter dress, which I still have to show you.
Oops, that corner didn't meet perfectly! Tsk.
If you will remember (did I tell you this originally? Read about Anne's Confirmation Quilt), I made the original quilt from fabrics in my stash, exclusively. I did not go shopping to make this quilt!
Last time I made the baby bib using four leftover patches from that project. Remember that one? I know you are all memorizing my baby bibs.
See, I had made the quilt by making the squares first, before I knew exactly what I was going to do with them. It was easy using the quick half-triangle method. I made oodles of them...I'm not sure exactly how big I thought the quilt was going to be, but I wanted enough to be able to play around with them.
So I had lots left over.
I keep them separate from other scraps, and now I can just dip into them whenever I like! I'm anxious to make a little baby boy quilt with my blue squares!
I even keep pieces of leftover batting stashed away. You can easily baste them together, and no one is the wiser once they are inside the quilt. Perfect for a little one.
Since making these last little gifts, I thought I'd share with you what might be a little different approach to making things than you might be used to.
I myself used to think of a sewing project as something I drive to the store to get the materials for, make a mess in the dining room to sew, and then, exhausted, put it all away, sort of determined to buy, rather than make, the next dress or baby bib.
But what if you made the most of your trip to the fabric store (I live thirty whole minutes from the nearest one, although that is about to change, hallelujah!), and scoured it for things you liked every time you were there, buying this and that on sale or from the remnant bin. What if you carefully cut up usable fabric from an old blouse? What if you nabbed a good sheet at a yard sale for a backing?
Keeping in mind your storage capacities, which I realize might not be huge, what if you put the scraps from the last project in a clear plastic bin or on an open shelf so you could really see them, rather than tossing everything into a container and shoving it to the back of the closet? I hate pawing through the bin. It's so deadening to my creative juices...
Even a shallow under-bed container would be better than a deep bin.
What if your sewing machine were on a little table in a closet, under a window, or in a corner? Mine is in my pantry on an old desk I spray-painted!
I've seen a perfectly neat and tidy, well appointed little master bedroom with a sweet little sewing machine table against one wall. (I wasn't snooping -- the hosts asked us to put our coats on the bed. That's how presentable it was.)
There are many ideas online for creating a craft corner. The key is to make it pretty! If your machine is out, you won't dread it. It's only when you have to take over main living spaces that it becomes burdensome.