Before moving on to another big project, I stitched through a few small projects in time for Easter. I fell in love with the lovely spring colors of these cloth napkins by Molly of the Purl Bee. We never seem to have enough napkins when we host Easter dinner, so I used some beautiful Good Folks fabrics paired with lively Kona Cottons to liven up our table. The rest of our cloth napkins are solid green, so these four pretties really dress things up. I purchased the Kona on sale at Hancock's for quite a good deal. They may not have much selection, but they certainly have the best price on Kona cotton!
My cloth napkins are "luncheon size", which is actually quite sufficient. Why use more delicious fabric when good enough will do? Finished size is 9.5 x 15.5". With a little care in folding, the colors really pop!
For our Easter baskets, I put my nose to the grind once again and made some clothing. Aria's top is the "Blouse with Crocheted Doily Trim" from Carefree Clothes for Girls. This, my second jaunt with sewing clothing, wasn't so painful. I'll say that the directions in this book were quite a bit more user-friendly than the minimal ones included with that Hancock's pajama pattern. Several raw edge finishings in the blouse design also saved time. Plus, when it came to Liam's shirt, I used a plain, store-bought tank. Liam has a sentimental attachment to a pair of outgrown robot pajamas. I appliqued a large rectangle of the pajama fabric across the chest and hand-stitched two smaller, cut-out robots to hide the Old Navy logo. Easy peasy.