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Why Wait For Easter?

Another Geranium Dress done. Today was school picture day and Anna pretty much demanded that it be done in time for her to wear. So, at 9:30 last night I was sewing on snaps and buttons.

So, the dress was originally supposed to be all the large print floral with the other fabric as the lining. The more I looked at it, the more I thought it was just too pretty to leave hiding inside the dress. I asked Anna about it. She agreed. And, I have to say, it was just about the best decision ever. I love how the two fabrics look together. I think it just makes for a more sophisticated dress.

I had to do a tiny bit of pattern adjusting for this one- she's just so tall and skinny. It's a size 6 around but a size 8 in length.

She adores it. It makes her happy and that makes me happy.

So, two Geranium dresses down and another two planned. I'm definitely getting my money's worth out of this pattern.

A Dress For Ellery

Don't worry. She hasn't lost a leg- it's just propped up on the wall behind her. This was not the most effective photo shoot ever.

Anyway, my intention from the beginning was to make her a dress to match her cardigan just as soon as I finished knitting it. As you've seen, I'm kind of in love with dress and cardigan combinations lately. I wanted a very vintage look. I wanted her to look like a little 1940s farmgirl. I choose a vintage feedsack reproduction fabric with a small blue and green floral print. The dress pattern is the Geranium Dress by Made By Rae.

I really like this pattern. It fits well. It was detailed and clear. It's really customizable. The only thing was I felt like the fabric requirements were really generous. I have a half a yard or so of fabric left over. Next time I'll buy less.

And there will be a next time. In fact, Anna's is already cut out and ready to sew. I'm also planning a natural linen and navy linen pair for them to w…

I Blame Antigone

Another theatrical production.....another baby quilt. Got to keep myself busy while my husband's gone at rehersal, right?

This time it's classic Greek tragedy and my first every zigzag quilt.

Inspired (heavily) by A Quilt Is Nice. But I used Crazy Mom Quilt's piecing method- minus the strip piecing. I wanted to be able to easily rearrange my stripes before sewing them together.

Ellery's Cardigan

So, I generally have three types of projects going at a time: a sewing room project, a sitting on the couch watching TV project, and an out and about project. This has been my out and about project for the past month and a half or so. I started it one night when I was going by myself to see my husband perform in Spamalot. I didn't want to sit there just staring into space while I waited for the show to start, during intermission, and while I waited for him to be ready to go afterward. So, before the babysitters arrived, I gathered yarn, pattern and needles and threw them all into a bag. I've been dragging it all over town ever since- waiting rooms, church and most especially the school pickup lane. And even though I was only knitting a row or two at a time, those rows added up.

I am deeply in love with this shade of green- especially when it's being worn by my little dark-eyed girl. I really like the pattern, as well. Full details can be found on Ravelry. I'm consider…

The Spamalot Quilts

Not Spamalot or Monty Python themed, unfortunately. Just what kept me busy for the three months that my husband auditioned, rehearsed and preformed in a local production of Spamalot.

First a minature version of this quilt made with the scraps I set aside after making it. Made simply to get rid of that pile of scraps and because I was desperate to try some big stitch handquilting. I get like that sometime- obsessed.

I think it turned out rather well. Don't you? I enjoyed the process so much that I've started hand quilting another quilt- this one.

I was inspired to start another quilt after hanging up my Valentine's Wallhanging. Pretty much the exact same thing, just with bigger squares.

I wish I had done even bigger squares and made it big enough for my girls. They absolutely adore it. But, I was limited by the size and amount of my scraps. Since this was a stray hair sort of quilt I was determined not to buy any new fabric for it. I'm sure a baby will come along (not …