Monday, December 19, 2011

making merry

The second time around is always, always easier.

Oliver & S Bedtime Story Pajamas

This weekend I finished Liam's Oliver & S Bedtime Story pajamas.  The kids crack me up, because I worked on these right in front of them, but they're so used to seeing me sew all the time that they barely register what I'm doing.  Liam asked like once what I was making with that Cat in the Hat flannel (which he l.o.v.e.s. - got it from Fat Quarter Shop!), but his only guess was a stocking.  A really, really big stocking....?  Right.  When they were playing outside, I raced through the finishing steps that would have surely given the pajamas away.

Liam loves Cat in the Hat

Anyhoo, I'm pretty jazzed with how the Punctuation Tutor Stripe trim gives them a very masculine, kind of handsome vibe.  Cause Cat in the Hat is so grown-up, ya know?  Wink.

 with Tudor Stripe trim

I opted for button closure for Liam, who at almost-5 isn't quite proficient at ties.  He could knot them up like anything, mind you, but the untying...  That would be my job.  I hope the buttons won't be uncomfortable.  Oh, and I ended up making his PJ's in size 4 and Aria's in size 6.  So with both kids I chose a full size smaller than their age.  Can't wait to discover on Christmas Eve how they fit!  I'll be sure to snap a picture then.

Aria's latest project

Speaking of pictures, I humbly agree that I was seriously amiss to let pass my chance to photograph miss kitty Susan in her new coat of knitted glory.   I will be on the lookout to make amends.  In the meantime, please note Susan lounging in her little cradle, complete with fuzzy friends, pillow, blanket... the whole works.  Yes, it is nap time for miss Susan while Aria works on her first ticker tape quilt.  She saw mommy basting a quilt on the floor with masking tape and got the idea to tape down her quilt top in progress.  Nice.

Sweetwater binding

I'm adding some Sweetwater binding to my Meet the Gang quilt this week.  If you recall it is a Christmas-y quilt, so we're just in the nick of time with that one!  Perhaps this newsprint-esque fabric is a little odd, definitely unexpected binding choice? I've received some puzzled looks from my clan.

Meet the Gang in process

Ah well, the binding cake is in my eyes so lovely to behold.  Don't you love the crisp, cut edges of a finished, quilted top and the promise of rolled binding?  Yum!

Merry, merry sewing to all!

29 comments:

  1. How cute are those jammies!? I love them, and the trim is perfect.

    I also love the freshly trimmed edges of a quilt waiting for binding. I have one on my chair right now.

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  2. all so lovely! i really need to make some of those pj's for my girls. and i think the binding is fab.

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  3. All your projects are so wonderful! Love that striped fabric, it does give the jammies that wonderful extra touch. Kitty Susan seems to be an extremely pleasant kitty to stay put and take a nap. Adorable!!!

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  4. How cute! And I agree, what a nice kitty that she naps in the doll crib!

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  5. Hello, Its so wonderful to see a child learning from her Mom,shes so cute sitting there. I want to try to make a cloth on cloth quilt with cloths that are not good this ticker tape looks like it would be how to start a quilt like the cc do you know anything on this and will you be having instructions for this t t quilts? Love your work and your color choices.
    Happy Holidays,
    Linda

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  6. Yes, I agree that Susan is a saint... with Aria. She is mighty naughty about the gifts under the tree! To learn more about ticker tape, see this post: http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2011/03/all-about-ticker-tape.html

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  7. i usually don't like to use "character" fabric for kids clothing, but i absolutely LOVE the way those cat in the hat pajamas turned out. very handsome with the striped trim and button! my boy would love it if i gave in and made him something similar. over course, at the rate i'm going... they'd be easter jammies. ;)

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  8. Oh, those PJs are too cute! The trim detail adds the perfect touch.

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  9. I so want a pair of those PJ's.
    Your Daughters ticker tape is looking great, and I'm looking forward to seeing your quilt finished, I love the binding.

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  10. Aww, love the Cat In The Hat jammies, he'll be over the moon to open them, I'm sure :o)

    Loving the diligently stuck down quilt top in progress too ;o)

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  11. Oh so cute cute cute! Jammies and jelly roll bindings, cute cute cute!

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  12. That binding is PERFECT! And your daughter is so cute! I hope mine thinks I'm that cool when she's a little older!

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  13. My kids are exactly the same with not noticing what I am sewing or crocheting - very useful if I am making a secret.. I love those jammies - pls be my mum and make me some too..!

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  14. Oh, Susan in her little crib kills me! And that reminds me, I forgot to comment on Aria's knitting last post! She's doing very well! Is she enjoying it? I love that she's getting the crafting bug. Her ticker tape quilt looks like lots of fun!

    And I adore the newsprint binding. I don't think it's weird at all. I'm working on some binding as well, at the moment (well, tonight, anyway).

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  15. I LOVE that binding... You can call it Christmas in my Hometown!! lol Now I want to make pj's...

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  16. I love that binding, and the jammies are so cute! But so much better is the pic of your daughter making her quilt!

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  17. oh rachel! i want a kitty so bad. my husband is soo allergic though. maybe someday we can have one that is outside... it would be so fun. i love the binding choice, not odd at all!

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  18. the pj's are fantastic - i'm only making bottom halves of adults pj's this christmas - but i do have some little people who would look seriously cute in this oliver + s pattern....

    merry christmas to you rachel

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  19. If you make me a pair of jammies I will wear them to school and teach in them. I swear! :)

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  20. That cat is SO sweet and so are these jammies!!!

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  21. love everything you are making of course, but I'm dying over the cat in the baby bed! lol Soooo funny!

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  22. fabulous pj's and how great to see your daughter working away on a quilt!

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  23. The pajamas is great!!! Super fabrics. And Aria... I have to say: she is so skilful!
    And btw: the fabrics "Meet the Gang" look realy funny. I will probebly buy some pieces next year :-)

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  24. That cat is hilarious! Other pics, gorgeous! Aria using those scraps is another handy way of using them up. :)

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  25. Those jammies are adorable! I can't wait until Henry's old enough for Mommy to make him some clothes he won't grow out of in a week. :)

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  26. Your daughter looks adorable making her quilt, great color selections too!

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