a baby clothes quilt in progress {sewing projects}

Currently overtaking my sewing room (oh who am I kidding, I don’t have a sewing room… currently overtaking my bedroom) is a project that I’ve had in mind ever since Paul and Amelia were born. One that I thought I’d do when they were a year old but I am just now getting around to it. Hey, at least I started right? I am going to take each of their infant wardrobes and make them into a quilt. I’m pretty bad about throwing things out, I’d much rather hold on to them indefinitely. Because you never know when you might need a somewhat stained onesie that your baby wore when they were still in the reflux stage right? This quilt was my answer to that problem. Instead of keeping all the clothes (including the stained bits) I’m cutting them all up (a process that was a bit painful but I think in the end worth it) and only using the clean swatches to make a (hopefully) beautiful quilt that will have all of the memories right in one spot. There are a few articles of clothing that I just COULDN’T cut up, like the sleepers they wore home from the hospital, their first Christmas and Easter outfits and their first birthday outfits, but pretty much everything else was fair game.

At this point I’m done with the quilt top and backing but have yet to baste, quilt and bind to finish it up. I was going to get through basting this evening but my safety pins went missing (maybe I misplaced them after the last quilt I made but if that’s the case they’re probably gone forever since we’ve moved in the meantime) so I had to call it a night. I’m hoping to get the whole thing quilted by the end of tomorrow night but we shall see. I remember from the last one that the binding was a very long and slow process so I’m not holding my breath on getting that finished tomorrow, maybe by the end of the week.

I didn’t get a picture of the top tonight since it was dark by the time it was finished (and you know how I hate icky incandescent lighting) so you’ll just have to be surprised when I show off the whole quilt 🙂 Here are a few sneak peeks from the piecing process.

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a baby clothes quilt in progress {sewing projects}

a monkey dress for my monkey {sewing projects}

I have pretty much wanted to make every single project on Dana’s MADE blog ever since I found it. I don’t really have the kind of extra time lying around to sew very much during the week so it’s been slow going but I have made a few and I have to say I love them all. The directions are always so clear and easy to read, and the projects are so cute! My newest endeavor was the “summer vacation dress“. I can’t wait to make every single version of this pattern and deck Amelia out in all cute dresses all the time. The possibilities for alternate versions are overwhelming!

This dress went together much more quickly than I was anticipating, I actually got the entire dress cut, shirred and ready to sew in just one morning, and it was ready to be worn by the time she woke up from her afternoon nap. I had a super cute flowered fabric picked out for this dress but decided to make a “practice round” first out of this monkey fabric since I have boatloads of it lying around. I was not prepared for how cute it was going to be when it was fully assembled, it definitely turned out to be something she’s going to wear often and not just a throwaway test pattern 🙂

It’s the perfect afternoon sewing project AND ridiculously adorable, what more could you ask for?! It’s just right for running, jumping and just general romping about. Look how happy she was to wear it this afternoon!

Yay for cute dresses and for awesome sewing patterns! I’m also super impressed at Dana’s amazing customer service, I emailed her this morning with a (rather silly) question about sizing the dress for Amelia since she’s smaller than the pattern. She emailed me back the very same morning – on a Saturday no less! Three cheers for that! Stay tuned for more sewing projects soon. It’s been a sewing bonanza over here this weekend 🙂

a monkey dress for my monkey {sewing projects}