Saturday, March 27, 2010

Das Diaper

I'm a huge Volkswagen fan. I grew up in a family of VW owners; the first car I can ever remember riding in was a VW Bus. My dad and older brother have driven various vintage VWs – including a number of air cooled Beetles, a Karmann Ghia or two and even a Single Cab.

I've carried my love of Volkswagens into my adult life – between my husband and I, we've owned two Jettas, a Rabbit and a New Beetle in the last 10 years.

This week, I was contemplating trying a t-shirt diaper for Master W. when it occurred to me that I might still have an old VW t-shirt lying around in one of my drawers. I dug it out and within an hour or so I had a brand-new fitted pocket diaper for Master W.

All it needs now are a few snaps and a prefold for stuffing before it's ready for a test drive.

Master W. may not be able to drive for another 16 years, but he'll sure looks the part of the avid VW fan in this smart little diaper.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Today I dropped my quilt off for finishing. An old friend of mine has a long arm machine, and will be quilting a beautiful design through all three layers. And she's agreed to quilt a very special message from me to Miss C. into the design.

A few more weeks, and I'll have Miss C.'s beautifully finished quilt in hand, ready for binding.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

I Must Be Crazy

I started a new blog today. The idea came to me the other night when I was picking up my daughter's toys before bed.

What would her toys want to talk about, given the opportunity?

If Toys Could Talk is a quirky look at life with kids. I'm challenging myself to an entry each day.

Let's see...

Two blogs + two Etsy shops + one growing family = Insanity!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Getting Closer

A word of warning to all you first time quilters out there: you're going to be just as obsessed with the back of your quilt as you were with the front.

I had no idea!

It took me a few weeks to decide what to do about the backing for Miss C.'s quilt. While I had at one point considered buying one length of wide-width fabric, I quickly realized that a coordinating print was going to be nearly impossible to find. The selection of wide-width fabrics is simply too small... and too ugly.

I was going to have to piece the back.

Of course, after spending weeks piecing hundreds of small swatches of fabric for the front, I was rather reluctant to embark on another ambitious piecing project. So, I drew out a very simple design for the back using two coordinating prints.

I like the simplicity of the design, and I think it gives the quilt a slightly modern look.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

From Prefold to Fitted

Check out this cute little fitted diaper I whipped up for Master W. with the help of Betty, my new serger and the Very Baby fitted diaper pattern.

He's a wiggly little guy, so I know that there will soon come a time when I can no longer easily wrangle him into a prefold diaper. I've spent the past few months wondering whether or not I should even think about cutting up my precious prefolds to turn them into easy-to-use fitteds.

It didn't take long for Betty to convince me to give it a go. "Just make one," she whispered in my ear when I was changing out her thread cones. "Maybe you'll like it and want to make more."

You were right, Betty. I'm sold.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Etsy Baby Shower Gift #5

This sweet little shortall is my last Etsy Baby Shower gift, made especially for Master W. by sewsosweetboutique.

The level of cuteness on this little outfit is off the charts. Not only did sewsosweetboutique make a custom-sized outfit for my little guy (with an appliqued a bunny and monogrammed initials to make it the perfect get-up for Easter Sunday), she also included a sweet little crayon roll for Miss C. And, of course, everything was expertly sewn together by this talented seamstress.

sewsosweetboutique carries all sorts of cuteness for little ones, from dresses to bibs to shortalls. Be sure to stop on by her shop!