Welcome to Recent Creativity, the occasional feature where I
show off explain what I do with my “spare” time when I’m not blogging, volunteering, driving kids around, teaching financial principles, travelling (or making travel plans) or pondering if I can be truly called a “stay-at-home mom” when I never seem to be home. This edition features gifts for babies (of course!) and Christmas.
I made another Two-Zip Hipster purse (the pattern is from Erin Erikson of Dog Under My Desk) but this time it was a donation to a school auction fundraiser.
These pillows were made by request for a friends. She bought tea towels with fairy tale scenes on them while visiting the Sleeping Beauty Castle on the Fairy Tale Road. Wanting her daughters to have something a little less practical than a dish towel, she asked me to make these. The illustrations are just adorable! (I love Little Red Riding Hood’s grin!)
It was my niece’s birthday so I brainstormed just what I could do with the last of my OLIVIA fabric. (My sister had bought it for me years ago when she saw it was on clearance.) I had just enough to make a couple of turtles. (Pattern for Henrietta Turtle is by Heather Bailey.)
This Party Shirt was for another friend whose husband is a Miami fan (obviously.) It is a tradition at some Air Force Balls for people to wear something a little more personal with their uniform. While the formal part of the event is going on they are in uniform; when the dancing begins the jacket comes off and it’s a party.
And now for a couple renditions of my signature baby gift: the whole cloth quilt. (See the whole tutorial that I wrote here.) This one was for baby Catalina and featured Amy Butler fabric.
The back was Amy Butler fabric too.
I found a good use for the extra binding that I inevitably have – use it as gift wrap.
This fabric was from my stash. The quilt is for our landlady’s son, Ruben.
I went dotty for the backing and binding. I originally wanted to use navy blue for the binding but I had a difficult time finding something that matched the blue in the quilt. I think the yellow worked out fine – it really makes it pop.
And for another sweet baby: burp cloths. Because spit-up isn’t as gross when it is cleaned up with a personalized burp cloth.
Joella also needed a stocking to match the ones I made last year for her mother, father, brother and sister.
I used some old uniforms that a friend gave me to make stockings for my husband and his co-workers. I did the sewing – he filled them with goodies.
I always love making homemade Christmas gifts. This year I was also motivated by the fact that I need to lighten my load before we move back to the U.S. Almost everything that I made was from fabric that I already had. Unfortunately, most of the projects were pretty small so I didn’t make much headway. These ornaments were super simple to make. My friend Rachel had directed me to an easy tutorial on You Tube. The pearl buttons were also from my stash.
I used a charm pack for this quilted table runner. The design was my own and it was done in one afternoon. The gift was for my cousin Nancy.
The fabric for the back was also from my stash, thanks to my friend Jill. It matched perfectly! The quilting is a free-motion meander.
I collect fat quarters like my son collects Pokémon cards (except that I just hoard them instead of bringing them to school and trading them.) I broke out a few of them to make some quilted bibs.
This one was for my landlady’s son, Ruben. I tried to make the quilting reminiscent of waves.
I made two more bibs for my youngest niece, Dorothea.
I chose the fabric for the back based on her nickname, Dotsie. Not really.
The next gift category is appliqué. (Or as a friend once called it, acclipay.) This photo is terrible (the shirt was still wet from washing out the chalk markings on the shirt) but the shirt is for my sweet niece Courtney who has the craziest curliest hair!
Little Colt (my friend Kim’s nephew) can cheer for his favorite sports teams in these.
These shirts were for the family with the coolest initials – my sister Anne, her husband Chris, and daughters Beatrix and Dorothea. Someone asked me if my BIL would really wear his shirt. I said he probably would at least wear it for a family photo. (Right, Chris?)
Since I have very short hair and no daughters, I have little confidence in making hair accessories. I did make these for three of my nieces though, and apparently all are being worn. (Jeremy pointed out that this could double as an eye patch, albeit an uncomfortable one.)
Since the weather has been frightful in St. Louis I’d guess my niece and nephew might make use of these mittens. That is, if it is ever warm enough to leave the house.
And that is the crafty round up! Stay tuned for the next episode of Crafty Endeavors, where I might just finish some quilt blocks, a t-shirt quilt, more whole-cloth quilts, and maybe a purse or two. See you next time!