Thursday, May 31, 2012

More T Shirts

I've said before that we have way too many t-shirts.

And these quilts are addictive. So simple to make once you get the hang of it! Here's my latest:

And the back...using bits of the backs of the shirts.

The best explanation of how to do this that I've found is here at Maiden Jane. No batting to fuss with, no binding...just the fun parts :)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

More baby things!

So, having found out I'm having twins, I went on a trip to Babies R Us.

Big mistake.

This was possibly the single most overwhelming shopping trip of my life. Who could have imagined that two tiny people could need so much stuff? (Fun fact: The internet tells me that this week they are the size of sweet potatoes).

So, I decided to just go home and make more stuff. Too bad I can't make things like carseats or strollers. That would be way easier and probably more fun.

I made some more burp cloths, this time out of old towels.

I have it on good authority that babies poop a lot, so I made a changing pad. I figure if I make enough of these to stash one wherever we're likely to spend time (like in the car, at my parents' house, etc) then I might be able to cut down on some mess. I loosely followed this tutorial, but I didn't use any batting because the towel is actually pretty thick.
Then, continuing with the same tutorial, I made a cute clutch to hold it. Why not?

Good thing the babies aren't arriving until October - I am nowhere near ready for this!

Friday, May 25, 2012

My biggest project ever

In my last post I referenced a big big big project that I have been working on for the past few months.

It's really not a crafty project at all, but it has been taking up a lot of my time.

I'm having twins!!!

I can't express in words how excited hubby and I are about this. And I totally want some of these:

Bonus baby!!!

For the first few months, I was literally too tired to do anything except work and then come home and collapse into bed. I was actually going to bed at 4 or 5 in the afternoon and sleeping through until the morning. Now, however, I'm feeling a lot better, so I've started making some simple baby stuff. You know, because making stuff is fun.

I hear babies like these taggy blankets - not sure I see the appeal myself, but they are pretty cute. These were inspired by this post from Maiden Jane. I used old t-shirts that don't fit anymore, and the result is pretty darned cute!

Another great use for old t-shirts - I have been making burp cloths - because I figure twice the babies will mean twice the mess. These are backed with fabric from old t-shirts.
I was inspired by this post here - really, this is the simplest project ever, but it's fun to put cute prints on them. See the dinosaurs? Adorable!

So, for all you moms out there - what's your must-have baby item? Bonus points if it's something I can make myself!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Welcome back, me!

Wow, it has been a long time since I last posted! Sometimes, you know, life gets in the way...and for the past few months I have been working on a big big big project that I will share here soon. It has kept me from working on much else, but today I would like to share one of my favorite things about our new house: my craft room!

Here's our lovely house:

And here's what the room looked like before:
Until we discovered that the carpet was hiding hardwood floors! So now, it looks like this:

And, it has a closet! Someday, it will have a door on it. Maybe.
It is soooooooooooo nice to have a little space to work in...and when I leave a project half-finished, I can just close the door! I haven't been working on much, but I have been playing around with some chevrons, inspired by these ones:

and this

but I didn't really think the whole project through before starting. So, I made something like this:

 but it only makes a smallish rectangle. So, I figured I could make two from the jelly roll I had, and then went out and bought another I will have two rectangles that I am currently thinking I will piece together into a quilt top. To be continued.