Wednesday, 19 November 2014

WIP Wednesday - Sam!, Ham!

OK, one last children's book quilt before I move on...  For Goodnight Moon and The Hungry Caterpillar, I used only matching fabric the storybook's line. With Green Eggs and Ham I decided to make something a bit more creative and original.  I cut up a panel and added borders to the pages with non-coordinating fabrics from my stash.  I am also planning to add non-Green Eggs and Ham blocks to the design to break up the quilt top.  My sister pointed out that I seem to gravitate towards greens, oranges, yellows and blues, and she is so right.  The projects with these color combinations always seem to be my favorites.  Next week, finished shots of the story book trilogy... 

I am linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced - click over and check out the other projects.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Toy baskets

I love, love, love these little fabric toy buckets from See Kate Sew.  I was on a roll and cut out the pieces for three bags and then ran out of interfacing and only had enough to finish one.  This one has proven to be a huge success so far: it is big enough to hold my son's entire Cars collection but small enough for a three year old to carry around easily.  The elastic top keeps the toys from falling out but remains open enough for easy access. He can easily grab it and carry it from room to room.  Now, I must finish up the other two - his Planes collection needs a home too!

You can't see in this picture but the lining is the blue crab fabric above.  When the bag is sitting on a table flopping open a bit, you can really see the lining, so it's fun to have a cute fabric in there too.

Trick or Treat!

I finished the bag in time for Halloween but didn't quite manage to post it in time...  I was inspired by Monica's tutorial from The Happy Zombie for small treat totes.  Although I followed her instructions for assembly,  I made it about twice as wide, three inches (rather than two) deep and taller than wide. These little bags are so so fun and easy to make!  I also interfaced the lining to give it a little more thickness.  The smaller ones stand up just fine on their own. My son was delighted with his little bag, though still a bit too shy to actually trick or treat.  He was content to carry the few pieces of candy I gave him around in his bag.