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