Because I can't seem to take a trip anywhere without coming up with some project that I just have to get done and take along. Just part of the craziness that is me.
First up, our friends are having their fourth baby this winter. These are the kind of friends who might as well be family. Except that if they show up at the family reunion, Grandma's going to give them a funny look. That is, until they pull out the balloons. Anyway, I made something for the first three, there was no way I wasn't making something for this one. Plus, being able to hand deliver a gift is always preferable. So, I made a baby quilt as quickly as I could.
My inspiration was this quilt. I dove into my yellow, grey, blue and green scrap boxes and cut 2.5" squares until I was thoroughly sick of them. Then I sewed them together until I was thoroughly sick of them. And then I kept sewing. I ended up using 400 squares for a 40" by 40" quilt.
I had my doubts all along the way. Was it too bright? Too crazy? What the heck was I thinking choosing these tiny squares? But, seeing it all finished- I love it.
As if sewing all those little tiny squares together wasn't enough, I added another project. Our trip coincided with my niece's second birthday. And it seems I have a problem with just going to the store and buying a gift like a normal person. And, I have all these cute toddler girl dress patterns lying around that my girls have outgrown. So, because I am crazy, I made a dress the day before we left.
I love, love, love this pattern. It's the Miss Mary dress from The Handmade Dress. I've made it a few times before- here and here. It's just so simple and elegant. Plus, pretty cleverly constructed. Sewing it this time just reminded me that I've been meaning to buy the larger pattern and sew another couple of ones for my girls. Christmas maybe?