Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Catching up...

I have been trying to finish a few projects that I started long ago. I had big plans to get these finished before I went to the Sewing Summit, but I never did. But first, let me show you what my garden looks like right now. It's a mess and we need to clean out the summer garden that remains.



But with fall comes some beautiful blooms in our garden. This beautiful dahlia has grown so tall that I actually took the photo standing below it looking up at the patio cover. It's about 10" in diameter and it's perfect!

I finished working on my October bee blocks for the New Bee on the Block for Ellie. She chose wonky stars in yellow and grey. I really liked making these blocks. They were easy and a lot of fun.


My sweet little niece had a birthday last week and I didn't get her gift in the mail on time but I think she will look adorable in this ensemble made out of Aneela Hooey's Little Apples. I decorated the Target t-shirt with little yo-yos and buttons,

The softly gathered skirt is made of seven panels and I used the selvage in the hem to remind her of our pet turtle.
The little gathered drawstring bag was made using Jeni's tutorial. The only adjustment I made was that I put some Decor Bond in the bottom to make it more stable.

 I think Q will look adorable in this outfit.

I also made the same ensemble for another friend's granddaughter for her first birthday.
The project that I have to finish this week is my Across the Seas quilt. 

I am 25% finished with the hand sewing of the binding and then this one will be on it's way to my sister-in-law. Natasha was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and I am hoping this quilt will bring her a warm hug from me while she undergoes her treatment. Luckily, they caught it early (stage 1) so we are all praying that her treatment will be swift and over soon.
Now, if I could only think of what fabrics to use for my partner in the Pretty {little} Pouch Swap...





Thanks for stopping by,

"di"

16 comments:

Cindy said...

Oh, that is an adorable outfit. Love the little bag. What a lucky girl.

Annabella said...

I can`t wait to see your ATS quilt but it`s looking pretty good from here and going to a lovely home. What a special friend and family member you are. Best of wishes for your SiL. Cute little outfit for your niece!

Katy Cameron said...

Oh wow, those blocks are fab, love the colours and fabrics. I also LOVE that Little Apples outfit, so cute! Good luck with getting your quilt finished too :o)

Cindy said...
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Cindy said...

Love it all! Love the blocks!

janeylulu said...

I am obsessed with wonky stars, and I LOVE your star-within-a-star! Great work!!

Sew Loquacious Angela said...

Di,
That flower is gorgeous! What an awesome color!
Your niece is going to love her outfit! You've given me a great idea for a birthday gift for my little niece...the yo yos on the t-shirt.
Take care!
Angela

Geri Centonze said...

Di, I love the quilt for Natasha...she will be so touched! So glad I got to see Q's outfit!

susan said...

A lovely gift for your SIL and I hope she makes a quick recovery from such a traumatic disease.

Patchwork and Play said...

Lots of prettiness today- the dahlia, the Little Apples ensemble and the lovely quilt for your dear SiL! Best wishes to her for a speedy recovery!

Linda Coleman said...

what a cute outfit. your quilt looks great, love the grey background. will keep your SIL in thoughts and prayers.

Elisa Black said...

Who cares what the garden looks like when you are making such wonderful creations!! That outfit is adorable, your blocks are so bright and cheerful and that quilt is wonderful. Great work!! I have to get out there and clean up my garden, too! Although I've noticed that the deer have been helping a little (except they go for the remaining green stuff, not the dried out stuff that needs to be cut out).

Flying Blind... said...

Sweetest outfit and I love your Across the Sea - your sister-in-law will love it, and it really will cheer her through the horrible times x

Mrs A said...

wow they are all very beautiful creations, I love your colour choices, fabulous work!

Helen in Switzerland said...

What gorgeous projects you make Di - and I just don't know how you find the time to do it all. You must have more hours in your day than I do!!

Linda said...

Love everything!!1 LOL!!! That outfit is about the cutest thing I've ever seen!!!