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Party Pouches

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Check out the making-of the change purses we custom-created for a 7-year-old’s birthday party. The party theme was “Girls Night In” and featured a movie and snack bar from which the guests had to purchase their refreshments (with play money provided by the host). Enter the personalized change purses complete with wristlet feature to meet the needs of the modern 7-year-old about town. They were given to each guest as party favors and were, I’m told, a big hit.

The friend of a friend who ordered the pouches had the idea for them but was super flexible about the particulars – she just told me she wanted them to be girly, have a secure closure, and preferably be personalized with a wristlet. Colors, patterns, shape, and construction methods were left up to me. This is the kind of project I LOVE – I’m not really great with precision, as I think I’ve mentioned before. So I fiddled around with ideas and made a couple of prototypes to figure out the way they worked best for me, and then I went to town- one-woman-assembly style.



I got so into making these change purses that I cut out fabric for extras to sell on my (yet to be fully launched) Etsy shop. Have I done a thing with them? NO (but I’m blaming two weeks of helping run Girl Scout camp). Anyway – loved making these and loved working with my friend’s friend. And some glorious someday, when I finally launch the Etsy shop, maybe it will feature some pouches like this!

Window Pane Aviary

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Kim (from Surviving Motherhood) and I share more than our name – we are both struggling with infertility and have found a common bond in that experience, though she is dealing with secondary infertility. (Did you know that people who already have children can still experience infertility? It happens more often than you’d think – I have four long-time friends currently caught in its clutches.)

Kim’s infertility struggle brought her to my little corner of the interwebz and she decided to order a baby quilt for her cousin. She wanted something in shades of purple with the baby’s name added somewhere on the quilt. Not being a huge purple fan myself, I was worried I would have trouble finding fabric we both liked – and then I stumbled upon the Aviary 2 collection in lilac and kinda fell in love. With purple fabric. Who knew? And Kim loved it too. The purples are deep and and complex and paired with spring greens and sky blues. After I ordered it I kept seeing the same color palate in the early spring foliage everywhere I went.

I loved working with the fabric and the quilt top came together in no time. I LOVED using an asymmetrical pattern in the lay-out because 1) I like asymmetrical things and 2) NO SEAMS TO LINE UP! And yes – that sentiment DOES deserve all caps – especially from a quilter (like me) for whom precision does not come naturally.

Once I pieced the top together, Randy and I made a trek up to The Fabric Shack in Waynesville, OH – kind of a fabric Mecca – to find backing and binding fabric. I didn’t order any from the same line because I thought: “I’ll get that stuff at JoAnn’s – it will be cheaper than ordering and simple to match up.” FAIL. I didn’t realize how difficult it is to match up shades of purple and how few aesthetically pleasing purple fabrics there are to be had. Hence the trip to The Fabric Shack – where we did find suitable options – but even there they were few and far between.

After I had the quilt front, batting, and backing sandwiched together and safety-pin basted I was feeling so in the zone that I thought it would be a great idea to try out hand quilting it. You know, for the experience. I’d sit on the couch next to Randy and watch my favorite shows and feel so connected to the quilt.

This lasted for about 20  minutes until I realized that my hand quilting looks like it was done by a blind 6-year-old.

I’ll need a lot more practice before rolling out any hand quilted beauties. So out came the seam ripper and we went back to our regularly scheduled machine-stitched programming. Since the piecing on this quilt is so asymmetrical it didn’t make sense to quilt along the all the seams, so I decided to stitch series of horizontal lines about 1/2 inch apart. I really like the effect and the added smoothness that comes from having no intersecting lines.

And so, with no further ado…presenting the Window Pane Aviary Quilt!

And NO Kara from My Other Car is A Crane – this is not for you! Stop asking!

I can’t wait to start working on the next quilt! Anyone interested?

The Elephant’s Progress Report

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Now that the Christmas rush is over, the Elephant has a bit of a break. Kind of. Actually, he has more work coming in than he expected – which is awesome!

  • Hats – we’ve shipped off 6 sock monkey hats  and one cupcake hat so far this year, are working on 2 more monkeys, and a cozy, brown ear-flap hat for my friend Emily. And we just got an order  from my friend Tricia that I’m super excited about: a cookie monster hat! We plan to start working on that this weekend – I actually can’t wait.
  • Quilts – we have a couple of custom quilts for coworkers waiting in the wings: a photo keepsake quilt for a Father’s Day gift and a t-shirt memory quit for a graduation present.
  • On February 1, Crafty Supermarket begins accepting applications – we’re goin’ for it!
  • Etsy – our goal is to get some of our remaining inventory into our Etsy shop – I think a photo-shoot is necessary first, though.
  • Development – we also want to keep creating new products and try new ideas!

Well – I think we have plenty of goals for now. Plus we need to get the craft room in order. I need a nap.


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The first of the stroller blankets are done! These are double layer flannel with stitching detail and twill ties at the top. They are $25 each and can be used not only as stroller blankets but also as receiving blankets and playtime floor mats. Let us know if you want to order one!

Sweet Pea Quilt: Photo #307

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This may be my favorite quilt I’ve made to date.  It goes to a very dear, long-time  friend and her new little sweet pea.

Hand Sewn: Photo #301

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Bad News: I was sick today and spent most of the day in bed.

Good News: My bed rest gave me time to finally take the leap and try hand sewing a quilt binding.  I am tickled and amazed at the results.  It will take me like four times as long  as machine binding but its SO worth it.  I can’t stop staring at it.

Blanketed: Photo #299

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My mommy finished my quilt and brought it to me.  I feel extra warm and extra loved now.  🙂