Thursday, October 16, 2008

quilts, tutus and lonely knitting needles

I think that my needles will be looking for new owners soon if I don't start to pay more attention to them. This week has been about finishing up some quilt and other sewing projects. I was able to complete the second of the lap quilts for my girls - a BTRS easy lap quilt that uses some fabulous Amy Butler prints.

I also completed the quilt for my swap partner and I will get it in the mail shortly. I've only posted a little preview photo as I want it to be a surprise for her.

Tuts were also in order this week as both girl have requested to be ballerinas for Halloween. So, with some inspiration from here and guidance from here I endeavored on making some. Sewing through ribbon and 8 layers of gathered tulle is more difficult than I imagined! I went with a machine sewn design as I was not too sure that the no-sew examples out there would really hold up in the long run. I am glad I did. These tutus have already been around the block on bikes, raked leaves and been party to jumping contests off the living room couch. I have to say, they are holding up! I can't, however, get a photo for the life of me. Maybe when the big day arrives the girls will be more willing to pose. I purchased some cream colored leggings and log sleeve t-shirts from Target to go underneath and they both have pink slippers that I can dress-up with some ribbon to look like ballet slippers. With crowns and wands from the dress-up chest I think the girls will be ready for trick-or-treat.

Last, but not least, my knitting. I am still working on some socks and once those are done I will return to the little sweater to finish it up. I also ordered EZ's knitter's almanac this week and cast on for the embossed leaves socks - size 1 needles are indeed small!

5 comments:

Alissa said...

I know what you mean about your knitting needles getting lonely. I haven't picked mine up since I took up quilting. They are very sad needles. Your quilts look lovely!!

K, M & little C said...

I LOVE the color combination on your amy butler quilt. Gotta keep that one in mind, it's so calming. The easy lap quilt rocks! Thanks for the tip on men gifts, any other thoughts?

Shalet said...

So many projects so little time ...

:o)

Paige said...

Your quilts look great - I'm also participating in the BTRS swap. Can't wait to see what you knit up from the EZ book!

carmensthreesons said...

How nice to be able to sew Halloween costumes for your girls! My boys have decided that a Mom sewn costume is definitely uncool and loserish, so I get to go shopping for all those shoddy, cookie-cutter costumes in the stores.