Tuesday, October 7, 2014

toys for Eleni

Thank you all for your sweet compliments on yesterday's quilt.  Truly the encouragement I receive in this space is one of the things that keeps me creating.  So appreciate you taking the time to leave your thoughts!

Guess what?  I've finished some baby toys..

baby toys!

Ta da!  I've been procrastinating photographing the nesting boxes to share, so the finish of this puzzle ball was a good push.

 baby toys!

I've got to get these up and put away from kitty Susan.  She LOVES getting the smallest box out of the nesting boxes and depositing it in random places throughout the house.  She did that with the burp cloths too until I moved them.  Crazy cat.  Or, I suppose I could take it as a compliment?

 baby toys!

It was as much fun choosing fabrics for the inside as the outside of these nesting cubes.  Those Alexander Henry butterflies were part of my very first fabric buy.  Sweet to see them show up here so many years down the road, and somewhere I never thought I'd get to be (sewing for baby)!

baby toys!

I made sure to use some black and white fabrics.... and, of course, all the colors.  The Lizzy House ducks are my favorite, hands down.

Now I have to admit that this project is one I'll never repeat.  Working with so much fusible interfacing was not really my cup of tea.  I found myself sighing, "Baby had better REALLY like these boxes..."

Puzzle Ball

By contrast, this puzzle ball from Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts is one I'll probably make again and again, when the opportunity comes by.  I'm even saving a second set of the cut rainbow fabrics for that very chance!  The three-dimensional color relationships were a fun little challenge to work out.  I couldn't keep everything in rainbow blends, but I did make sure that every fabric combo is at least pleasing to my eye.

It's a baby toy that mesmerizes mommy.  Want to see?



So satisfying!

Now these pretties are tucked away in this kitchen shelf, where kitty Susan can't seem to find them, but I can enjoy them day by day.  

baby toys!

Because bits of handmade beauty are one of my favorite ways to sweeten a day!

p.s. Background fabric shown is from Everyday Party by Emily Isabella for Birch Organics.

27 comments:

  1. Such cute little gifts! The Puzzle ball looks so cool!

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  2. The nesting cubes can always be turned into fabric baskets if she doesn't like them very much because they are all so gorgeous !

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  3. Beautiful work. Not to add to your list but I loved making this soft book of colours out of scraps a few years ago when I had my first baby. I know you would have the scraps for it :) https://www.flickr.com/groups/softbook/

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    1. Thanks for sharing! I was already planning on making a soft book, but hadn't thought about featuring colors. Yours are fun!

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  4. Oh my gosh ~ so adorable! What a wonderful stash of hand-made pretties for little Eleni. And, if she doesn't play with them, it sounds like the cat will. :)

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  5. Love love love he puzzle ball! I'm going to need to start sewing for baby soon myself and I might need to make one of those. Any tips or tricks?

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    1. It's a good idea with the puzzle ball to use button thread (very sturdy) or pearl cotton 8 for the assembly phase. I've heard embroidery floss is not as durable for this project. Otherwise, it's straightforward!

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  6. absolutely adorable! P.S. after making a t-shirt quilt (fusing interfacing for DAYS), I decided to look out for a steam press. I found one on CL in great condition for $35, and then my dad found another one at Goodwill for $15. Not sure I would ever make even another bag without it, it's so awesome.

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  7. The boxes are perfect for the fun game of putting stuff in and dumping it out. Cats and baby alike will be entertained for hours :)

    The ball turned out so cute! The colors and those periods, Eleni will love it.

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  8. these are all so adorable !!!!

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  9. What a lucky baby! Her toys are beautiful.

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  10. The nesting boxes are adorable. Have to make more... Someday...

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  11. So cute! That puzzle ball would make such a baby gift, I may have to give that one a try.

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  12. that ball is amazing! I'm past the age where my friends are having babies, unfortunately - I'll have to wait for grandchildren ;-)

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  13. Oh look at that beautiful photo at the end - handmade goodness that is just radiating love and excited anticipation!

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  14. The ball and nesting boxes absolutely gorgeous! :)

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  15. I love using special fabrics for special people. Then you love them too! They all look great :)

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  16. Everything is just beautiful.

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  17. Everything is so sweet. Enjoy.

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  18. Thanks! I'm also preparing for baby so these blog posts are awesome! I'm pinning everything for next month when I have more time (famous last words!)

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  19. Super cute baby accessories . The quilt in the previous post is splendid!

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  20. I need a puzzle ball.
    Don't any little babies anymore but still need one :-)

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  21. I love all of the pretty colors you used in these two projects. That puzzle ball is awesome!

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  22. Hi! I discovered your blog a few days ago, and I just LOVE everything you make <3 I know you have a lot to do these days, and I will not blame you for not answering my question ;-), but I would like to sew such fabric baskets (as you did for these nesting boxes!), and I was wondering what kind of "batting" (?) you used so they stay "stiff" like that? Best wishes for you, your family and baby from France, Florence

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    1. Sure, the product that makes these stiff is called fusible interfacing. It is the strongest/stiffest kind they have at my local fabric store.

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  23. Thanks for your answer!!! I'll see if I find that somewhere in my neighbourhood shops.

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