Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A Little Fabric Robot

My brother is getting married this fall and I'm so excited! His fiancĂ©e had a birthday recently, and so I stalked her Pinterest boards to find a good gift for her.

I found this cute little robot on her boards and really wanted to make it:

That picture had no tutorial, but after some searching, I found this tutorial based off the original image:

I followed this tutorial almost exactly, except that I used my machine where I could, and I used a different bow pattern.  Here's how mine turned out:

She's super cute! You may notice that her proportions are quite different from both the original picture and the tutorial's picture.  Unfortunately, the tutorial lists incorrect sizes for the cubes, and instead of thinking, I followed it blindly. It still turned out pretty cute, though, and my sister-in-law-to-be likes it, too, which is really what matters.

Love and Felt,
Leah Joy

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Quilt is Finished!

The quilt is done! After many many months of work (and long rest periods), my first quilt is finally done!  And I'm so happy and proud!

I keep saying, "It looks like a real quilt!"  I know it is a real quilt, but my brain is having a hard time with the idea that I could actually make a quilt.

It's certainly not perfect. I can't cut or sew a straight line to save my life, and the back is covered in puckers, but I still love it.

Jo is pretty happy with it, too.

My good Dutch girl self would love to tell you exactly how much I spent on it, but for once, I can't do that.  The front fabric is from so many different locations that it would be impossible to determine the cost. Some of the strips are leftovers from previous projects (mine, my family's, my friends'). Some are from remnant bins from various stores. Some I actually purchased as fat quarters. And then there are some that were in a grab bag of fabric I got from Freecycle.

For those who are interested, the final measurements for the quilt are 46" x 55", which is an inch bigger than I thought it'd be, and I'm still not sure how. :) I'm not a professional.

Love and Monkeys,
Leah Joy

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Handmade Drool Bibs

Josephine drools. She's a baby. That's just how it is. And oh my goodness, some days there is more drool than seems possible!  So I turned to Pinterest and found a few tutorials for drool bibs.  I made samples of both from leftover fabric I had in my stash.

The first was from this tutorial:

Maybe I didn't do something right, but it tends to lay more like this:

If I fuss with it, I can get it lay nicely, but it's not the natural flow of the fabric. Or maybe it's still a little big for her.

It's still cute, either way!

The second one was from this tutorial:

Since we didn't have any (cute) spare t-shirts to make this one, I just used more flannel pieces.  It's still way too big!

But it's still cute, and will fit her eventually. :)

I'll probably end up making a few more of these, especially as she starts teething and gets even more drooly.

I have such a cute little model.

Love and Velcro,
Leah Joy

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Quilt Update - 4/12

Woohoo! The quilt top is finished!

After the several months it took me to finally sew the blocks into rows, I sewed the whole quilt top together in one afternoon! (And pieced the back together, but showing a large piece of solid fabric would be kind of boring.) Check it out:

I got so excited at this point, because it started looking even more like a quilt!  I know that probably seems very obvious, but having never made a quilt before, every step of this one has me super excited.

My next update will include the finished quilt!

Love and Anticipation,
Leah Joy