In keeping with our Fantastic Mr. Fox nursery theme, I finished this fox stuffie for the Plaid Baby last night. It would have been done about a week earlier, but I had another pregnancy brain mishap and sewed both face pieces together when I free-motion quilted the felt eyes, nose and mouth on...and naturally, I only had a FQ of that solid to begin with, so I had to place a last minute Hawthorne Threads order and then not-so-patiently wait for it to arrive. I hope all my crazy sewing errors are making you feel better about yourself, lol :)
It only took me two months *wink*, but I finally got around to finishing the Plaid Baby's Mr. Fox quilt. Realizing there's only 6 weeks left until your due date will do that to you...and also that the Blogger's Quilt Festival starts at the end of the week - yay! I'll be entering this in the Baby Quilts category, so please, please vote for me if you feel so inclined :)
Part of the reason I stalled for so long is because I REALLY didn't feel like paper piecing, and my plans for the back included paper piecing not one, but three foxes. I wanted to use this pattern (yet again) to piece a little fox family on the back, including one at 50% size to represent the Plaid Baby.
I was originally going to go simple and use one big piece of fabric for the backing, but since we're in baby saving mode, I really didn't want to order another piece of that Field Study print since I already had a yard of it. So I added in the patchwork rows and fox family to add length.
Necessity is the mother of all creation, after all ;) I can honestly say that most of the projects/design elements I love most out of all my handmade projects, have been the product of a supply shortage, mistake or last-minute fix. I LOVE this quilt backing, and am so, so glad my fabric shortage forced me into being more creative :)
One thing that does really tick me off though is the fact that I chopped off most of my own tail *sigh*. But that's what happens when you're 34 weeks pregnant and crawling around on your hands and knees on hardwood at 11 pm....you fail to notice your backing is centered a few inches off from where you wanted it until you quilt the whole darn thing together, and notice when you're trimming the excess that you hold the sad tip of a fabric fox tail in your hands :( I don't know if I'll ever stop being perturbed by that...Ray will probably be rolling his eyes 4 years from now when I'm still bringing it up, lol!
And guess what? We finally bought a crib! Got it for a steal at Pottery Barn Kids and it's such good quality! We really wanted to get a solid wood crib instead of the particle board ones out there because our families aren't exactly what you'd call "dainty", and we thought solid wood would hold up better to abuse/dents/scratches over the years in case Plaid Baby's a bit rough & tumble like us ;)
Wish us luck getting the nursery finished in time... We still have to move the dresser in, hang pictures, make the curtains + crib skirt, and finish painting the tree mural on the wall. Whew. I'm exhausted just typing that list!
A couple weeks ago my co-pregnant friend sent me a link to a Cardigan Onesie tutorial asking if I could help her make one for her little boy due next month. I immediately fell in love because I'm a sucker for preppy baby things, and on a preppiness scale of 1 to Zack Morris, these faux cardigans are an 11. So we got together late last week for a sew party, and here are the fruits of our labor...
We used some striped onesies I picked up on sale at Baby Gap, a little bit of solid jersey, and voila! Most of the tutorials out there use a straight stitch for the solid jersey trim, but since I've only worked with jersey a few times before, I decided to go with a zig zag stitch to avoid the pesky "popped seams" issue. The look isn't as "clean" as with a straight stitch, but whatever. The thread blends in well and it's not like anyone's going to be coming up with a magnifying glass to stare at my seams, so I'll take durable over aesthetically pleasing in this instance.
And since my mom was a Navy brat and I'm obsessed with any and all nautically themed baby outfits, I couldn't resist adding those little anchor buttons (found at Joann's). It's my little homage to my wonderful grandfather - and the Plaid Baby's great grandfather - who she'll sadly never get to meet :( And I really shouldn't have thought about that or typed it, because now I'm getting all hormonal and teary and frightening the villagers....