I finished sewing this baby quilt for a friend last month, before our trip to California.
I used these mod basics from Birch organic fabrics for the front, and plain white linen for the back. My friend Cary is going to hang it in her boy/girl twins' room. Cute, right?
I didn't bring my sewing machine with me to the West Coast this year, so I've had to settle for dreaming up all the fun, new projects I might tackle this fall, when I return to Rhode Island and the weather starts to turn colder. Beach days and sunny hikes replaced with cozy sewing days. I find myself somewhat in this same head space come mid-August each year: thinking of all the things I'd like to do when "back to school" arrives and the leaves begin to change.
I'm also going to try these liberty coin purses, and am planning to take my first stab at this great quilt-as-you-go log cabin design that one of my crafty heroes, Ellen Luckett Baker, pointed me to via twitter (how cool is that?!).
Speaking of Ellen Luckett Baker... her latest book, 1-2-3-Quilt, will be available for purchase on September 10. Remember these fab pleated totes I made? Well, those were Ellen's pattern. She rocks, and I have no doubt her new book will, too. (You can bet it will be on my birthday wish list this November!)
Of course, this always happens: I dream of projects I want to do, thinking I'll have more time when ______________ (fill in the blank with "the kids are in school," or "I get more organized" or "I start getting more sleep so that I can be more productive in the evening" etc. etc. etc.).
Maybe these crafty projects will be realized, and maybe they won't. But for now I feel hopeful about them, I feel excited looking towards the upcoming season, and it somehow seems like a good challenge to myself: listing my fall project ambitions here for all to see.
Meanwhile, I suppose I should mention I've added a new item to my etsy shop: custom made baby quilts. This would make a great holiday present for any new babies or toddlers in your life, so if you're into planning ahead, consider ordering one today! Then I can work on it this fall and get it to you in time for the holiday season.
What projects and plans are you thinking about for fall?