It’s Beginning to Look…

Like I don’t blog here anymore ūüôā
All joking aside, another year down, another triathlon or two in the books.  I love training for those races, but man, it eats up my sewing time.

The family update: My family and I have had a fun summer and fall! ¬†We’ve taken several family trips, had a few local getaways camping and to hot springs, and enjoyed our Montana summer and beautiful fall. ¬†My oldest boy¬†started kindergarten this fall¬†and has already lost his first tooth!¬† My youngest started sleeping (through the night) at the end of the summer, has been at the same Montessori preschool this fall, and¬†is becoming quite the entertainer. The sleeping has been a huge change for us. ¬†I think it had been 5 years since my husband and I slept through the night. ¬†I am finally feeling like a human again without the aid of high amounts of caffeine to function!

Besides the gym bag, I really haven’t done a whole lot of sewing. ¬†I trained for another Ironman 70.3 that was in June, followed up with some local races, and just haven’t made the time for my sewing. ¬†Not that I don’t have numerous projects that I want to get done. ¬†No excuses, I just haven’t gotten to it. ¬†Here’s what I have been up to:

I made a toddler backpack for G’s first day of preschool back in February. ¬†The only modification is the zippered pocket on the front. ¬†img_2207 img_2211

A Peek a Boo Lullaby Line baby gown for a gift.  img_2483 img_2482

And I am currently working on a quilted tree skirt for Christmas for our tree. ¬†It’s my own design, with inspiration from Pinterest. ¬†It has 8 blocks of quilted trees on a white background. ¬†The backing will be red, as will the binding. ¬†I love how it’s looking! This is just a teaser until I get the whole thing done ūüėČimg_2787

And with that, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Cheers and happy crafting!

~Ingrid

 

 

2015 in Review

Yes, it’s February. ¬†I have a million reasons why I haven’t posted in 9 months, but I’m sure we all have a million reasons why we don’t keep up with everything in our lives all the time. ¬†I’ll try to post more this year.

Last spring, I decided to train for an Ironman 70.3. ¬†It took up a lot of my free time that is usually reserved for sewing. ¬†The race was in August in Lake Stevens, WA. ¬†I trained with a good friend. ¬†We took selfies biking 40 miles before work, swam in lakes, and raced until we almost dropped. ¬†Going into it, I thought I’d do one and be done,¬†but now I am planning on doing another 70.3 in June. ¬†It’s addicting. ¬†(For those who don’t know, an Ironman 70.3 is a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run…and it’s as crazy as it sounds.) I had some serious bike envy at the race with all of the NICE bikes there. ¬†But at the end of the day, it’s a hobby, just like my sewing. ¬†I don’t need a seven thousand dollar bike or sewing machine to get the job done, but boy, they sure look (and I’m sure function) nice!

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I did end up doing some sewing throughout the year, I just didn’t find the time to post it. ¬†Here’s my year in review in pictures:

Numerous¬†Peekaboo¬†Alex & Anna Winter PJ’s:

 

And several Peekaboo Lullaby Baby gowns created for gifts:

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And a ruffled diaper cover, appliquéd onesie, and crochet hat, also for a baby gift:

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The ruffled diaper pattern is a Tie Dye Diva pattern from Craftsy, I believe.  The crochet beanie is a modified pattern from Inner Hooker, which can be found on Etsy.

That about wraps up my sewing for 2015. ¬†I started making a tree skirt at Christmas time, but have yet to finish it. ¬†It will be lovely once it’s done, but it still needs to be quilted.

I believe that’s about it! ¬†Shoot me questions in the comments if you want!

Ingrid

 

Big Butt Baby Pants

More baby clothes! ¬†I bought the BBBP pattern from Made by Rae¬†when F was a baby. ¬†I don’t think I ever got around to whipping up a pair for either of my little chunks, but finally did for a friend’s baby shower. ¬†They are super cute AND easy! ¬†Bonus points for the instructions being easy to follow and pieces easy to assemble. ¬†I think the instructions had even been edited for troubleshooting. ¬†So awesome.

My gift recipient’s¬†nursery has a retro/bike theme, and I just happened to have the perfect flannel sitting on my shelf for it!

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The pants turned out great!  The big butt part accommodates a cloth diaper nicely.BBBP close up

I added an appliqué onesie of the bike to make the outfit complete.bike appliquéoutfit

A couple matching burp cloths and bib later,burp cloths

and this baby gift is good to go!

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You can find instructions on how to make the appliqu√©d onesie here, and I believe I’ve mentioned how to make a bib here.

Happy sewing for your wee ones.

Cheers!

Ingrid

Baptism Bear

Super-sweet bear that I made for our godson’s baptism. ¬†I hadn’t made a stuffed animal since I was a kid, so it was kind of a new project for me. ¬†I scoured Pinterest for stuffed animal patterns, but came up empty-handed. ¬†I went to the quilting store, and didn’t see anything I liked there. ¬†Finally settled on this pattern (5461) from Simplicity¬†to make the bear:

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Of course I had specific fabric that I had in mind to use.  Remember the baby quilt I made a while back?  Well, turns out I had enough of the gray minky material from the back of the quilt for the bear,

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and enough of my leftover bridesmaid dress for the ears and soles of the feet!

It turned out to be a much simpler project than I imagined.  In fact, it was down-right quick and easy to sew this bear together.  And I LOVE (LOVE!) the way it turned out.  So sweet.  IMG_0583

I think the hardest parts were hand-embroidering the nose and the extra embroidery I did on the soles of the feet.  But I love it.  And I should probably make my own boys a teddy bear, but they already have their stuffies!

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Cheers to Sammy!

~Ingrid

Baby Gifts Galore!

The last few months have been busy. ¬†Baby gifts coming out of my ears. ¬†Well, not really out of my ears, but out of my sewing room. ¬†Most were easy basics like burp cloths and bibs, but I did get a cute hat made for a dental friend. ¬†And when I say cute, I mean super cute! ¬†I can’t wait to make a couple for my own boys!

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These burp cloths are my favorite. ¬†Super absorbent, large, and multi-purpose. ¬†I was given a few when my oldest was born, and have been making “knock-offs” since!

Bib/burp setBib, burp cloth and onesie set, just in time for an Easter babe!

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Flannel applique on onesie, using my appliqué t-shirt method.IMG_0119

Flannel burp cloth…another favorite!IMG_0117And a flannel with terry cloth bib. ¬†When making bibs, I just trace a store-bought bib and add 1/2″ rough seam allowance. ¬†Super easy and awesome!

Baby girl hatThe cute baby hat.  I am in love with this hat!  I had all of the fabrics on hand. The main body was a fat quarter I had on my shelf, while the purple and pink were remnants from other projects.

IMG_0180A slight gather in the lining…but it still looks great, and it’s in the lining.

The boy’s version of this pattern is pretty much the same, but without the ruffle. ¬†I think my boys need super hero hats and matching pajama bottoms!

Cheers!

Ingrid