Oooh, it feels so good to be done and to know that this quilt is at home with its family. This has been a lovely quilt to work on. Largely due to the fact that the client was so darned awesome, and fun to work with. It also helped that these baby clothes are so freaking adorable it put my ovaries into overdrive!
The quilt stayed pretty much to the original plan, with some minor changes, which are expected when I'm working on something like this.
There are 4 different pockets hidden throughout. A number of special appliqués and a mixture of stitching. For the heart of hearts panel I did some freehand pebbles to make the heart pop a bit. The rest was a mixture of wonky lines. I couldn't do the same pattern throughout or I would have compromised the viability of the cute little pockets and come on now, if you're going to go through the trouble of including little pockets they've got to work right?!
So that's done. Prospective upcoming projects include some custom dolls and a new memory quilt with baby clothes.
As for personal sewing I've got a few things piling up that I'd like to work on...
(1) I'd like to make a new quilt for the living room sofa, one that'll be nice to snuggle up with on cold nights when we want to watch a movie. We've got some old blankets that are either too small or that I just find flat out ugly. Plan - use ugly comforter as batting for an experimental quilt to try out some new patterns and techniques. UPDATE - June 2015, completed quilt using Riley Blake Fabric challenge pieces. #mqgfabricchallenge
(2) Clothing for me!
- I recently purchased 'The Honey Blouse' from Make it Perfect and am interested to see not only how hard/easy it is to make, but more importantly how it looks on my body. UPDATE - completed a mock version, need to resize to make it larger. Seeing as I'm only going to get bigger over the next few months I think I'll wait until after our new baby joins us before making another.
- There's talk of an amazing nursing top that is a quick sew. Problem is - the pattern is only in German. Neihn speckanzie Doitch. I've also heard tell of a mystical group that does sew alongs, and where some lovely lady has translated said pattern. SO I'm hoping to purchase the original and try sewing one up. Also wondering how difficult it will be and if it will be flattering on this majestic body of mine. UPDATE - I made a Martha shirt. Will definitely make more. I think I neglected to check scale before printing, so it was a little off and in turn a little snug for my taste. Will try again when I find some fabric that calls to me.
(3) Clothing for the little dude
Truth be told he has enough clothing for the time being. I figure maybe I can make a few things for when he gets a little bigger instead of making something that won't get worn much now. Simple things like hoodies and tshirts, maybe some super cute hats.
(4) Stock for my ridiculously empty Etsy shop. A few baby quilts, some hats and some dolls for now. Also I really need to get around to photographing what I already have and listing it. There's just too many other fun things to do in the day. UPDATE - I've been adding photos of the stock I have at hand. I'd like to make some little hats, etc., but with custom quilts and household projects we'll see if that happens any time soon.
I think that's more than I can handle, but only a bit of what I can imagine.
What projects have you got in your head?
Loving working on the quilt I'm almost finished. It's really coming together.
First things first. I love this family and I'm so very happy that they're getting a little bit bigger. Congratulations!
Secondly, I've got to say making something custom is one of my favourite things to do.
It's kind of terrifying though.
When people purchase something ready made you kind of figure they like it right? I mean, why else would they buy it. Custom work feels like it carries a lot more weight. Will they like it? Will it look like how I imagined it would? How THEY imagined it would? Did I get it right?
Whether it's a gift for family or friends (ya, my family and friends get a lot of kokobaru creations) or whether it's a custom order, I always LOVE working on projects with someone particular in mind...and I always have a knot in my tummy until I hear back on whether they liked it or not. So far, so good. phew! Fingers crossed it stays that way for a long time to come (preferably forever).
Here's one of my favourite creations this holiday season…although I gotta say, I think I made a lot of really great stuff this year. It's also a pretty sweet way to announce a new member of the family is coming soon.
This is a custom set of dolls with a pregnant momma that gives birth to a wee little baby. I love making these dolls. I think they're: a) super sweet and b) really useful tools for talking about pregnancy, as well as role playing in preparation for the addition of a new family member. Faces are left neutral so imagination can take the reigns, clothes are made to match the folks in question.
There's another set of custom dolls I made this season that I just can't wait to share here, but wait I shall.
Until next time, keep warm.
As always, I have a lot of goals for 2015. Paramount among them is to: enjoy myself more, take more time doing little things, laugh easily and often and be present. I figure my smaller goals will help me get to these big ones, or at least remind me of the real purpose behind any of my goals.
Today I'm so pleased to post that Kokobaru has been featured on Savvymom.ca. What a thrill for a little bitty maker like me. There's a post under the link above about my quilts and toys and we're also featured as a 'Cool Kid's store' = feeling like 2015 is starting out with a bang!
Obviously I enjoy sewing and making things. This year one of my smaller goals is to sew more for my family. Sew clothing for my son and maybe even a few things for me. I've had some cute knits from L'Oiseau sitting on the counter for longer than awhile so I finally did it! I modified the Urban Hoodie Pattern by Heidi and Flinn into a reversible hoodie for my little guy made with super cute bear fabric (that just makes my heart melt) and some repurposed fleece from an old blanket and jersey from some old t-shirt fabric. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, and he seems to like it too.
He's getting old enough that he really watches me while I'm sewing. He wants to play with the machine and loves touching and playing with fabrics (read: I just found him trying to slide some paper into the machine to sew). I think the coolest thing about this hoodie is that he watched me make it and knows where it came from. I want more of that in my life!
Needless to say from the pictures I've posted he's an 'on the go' kinda guy so it was rather difficult to get any good shots of him in either side of his hoodie, but you get the idea. I tried. Wait, no, I did! (a la Yoda).
I just couldn't get enough so during nap time I just finished this little tshirt. It's another new/repurposed beaut. I cut the fabric a loooong time ago, but today was the day to get 'er done (thanks to a good nap on behalf of little mr).
In keeping with my goal of Rocking the shit out of 2015 I've signed up to take part in what looks to be a sew along that's right up my alley. 1 hr of sewing a week on kid's clothing Feb 2-8 = perfect timing for the little guy's birthday (on that note - I can't believe he's going to be TWO!). If you want to sew along, click HERE to link to the Kid's Clothes Week site.
All in all, despite the frigid cold outside, it's been a rather productive day and I'm feeling pretty darned pleased.
You see 2 years ago today my dear Grandma died. She was my favourite person in the whole wide world. I miss her dreadfully and am reminded of her every day. I was expecting today to be really hard. Don't get me wrong there have been moments, but it feels as if the world and my amazing family has conspired to make today a good day. My good old grandma always told me to laugh not cry so I think she'd be pleased that I'm doing my best to remember her joyfully today, and that things are going well here in Kokobaru-land.
Wishing you all a great 2015.
Feel free to share any goals you've set for 2015 below in the comments section. I'd love to hear what you're up to.
Maker of things. Lover of colour and texture and contrast. Thinker & creator. Daughter, sister, partner, mother, friend. Mighty woman.