I don't know about you but I start thinking about summer vacations in January! Now is the time to sew up! Two of my summery patterns are on sale are this week! If you don't already have these 2 favorites, it's a great time to buy them up!
I have been losing a lot of baby socks lately. On our Washington DC trip, strangers kept coming up to me and either handing me fallen off socks or letting me know the baby was missing a sock. Whoops! Socks don't work so well to keep baby's feet warm but these little shoes do the trick.
I cruised Pinterest to find a free pattern but then just decided to search on Etsy "baby shoe pattern PDF" and this great pattern by Petitboo appeared in the results. They are adorable and totally functional. The clever construction makes them fully lined too. By the 3rd pair I had them done in 1/2 hour.
I made them in 6-9 month size and they are a little big (since she isn't 6 months yet) but they still work great. Yeah for a useful baby item that I could sew up myself! There are lots more baby shoe patterns that include frills and ruffles but I just wanted a shoe to keep her feet warm and wouldn't fall off!
She sits! Loving this stage. Just in time for spring- I can just plop her down and be outside. Thanks to PetitBoo for such a cute pattern. I'll be making more when she grows out of these!
It always feels great to complete a quilt. Even the simple versions of quilts that I make! I love how this one turned out. Cal was ready to celebrate too...
I made this by using a 1/2 yard of six solid fabrics. For inspiration I visited this site which is great way to guide you for mixing solids. I never would have thought to add the navy and it really makes the whole quilt pop.
Cut the 1/2 yards of fabric in 18" x 18" pieces (each color will make 2 squares for a total of 12 squares). Match up the pieces with 6 different combinations. Then use this method to make your HSTs. Awesome tip! The only change I made was to increase the size of the squares to 18" x 18". I like the bigger pieces and it comes together really quickly. Then just mess around until you have a fun pattern.
I quilted it by stiching in the ditch (along the seams) along the zig zag and then down the center of the triangles. I like the fun pattern it made on the back! The binding is simply more of the solids and then finished using this method by Jeni Baker. You would have to purchase a little more than 1/2 yard of the solids to make the binding the same way.
I used Bella Solids by Moda. They are lovely! The backing is just pink flannel. The finished size of the quilt is 47" x 62". It's not big enough for a bed but more for the baby to play on the floor and for picnics or a cuddle on the couch.
I bought a stack of solids and finally starting cutting into them using this method. It's really cool to try if half square triangles interest you! I love fun sewing tricks, don't you? I enlarged the fabric pieces to 18" x 18" since I wanted bigger triangles. The baby enjoyed chewing on the fabric pieces as Cal and I messed around with a quilt design.
She is getting big! Almost 5 months already. My original idea was much more random piecing (like this) but my 5 year old was really interested in making a pattern. I am feeling a little over the chevron look but we were both pleased that it all came together like magic since I didn't even plan on the pattern! Quilting is super cool like that.
I'll be sure to give more details as I get further along with this project!
Last year we went down to the Smokey Mountains but this year we stayed a little closer to home and took the educational route. Washington DC is only about 5 hours away from us and we have friends that live close to the city. We had a great time! I will admit that parking is tough and the METRO is super expensive for a subway, but once you get on the Mall, the DC experience is fantastic.
Our ambitions we pretty toned down- Travis and I aimed for only a couple of spots on each of the 2 days we were there. This strategy made everything less stressful. It was hard to see all those big and beautiful museums and not even attempt to go inside (we did brave the air and space museum but it was super crowded and we only stayed about an hour), but it would have been a nightmare to try and drag them through the lines and crowds.
One of the reasons for the crowds was it is cherrry blossom season. Due to the cold weather, the trees were only in bud but we did get to see these beautiful Japanese magnolias in bloom. They looked like heaven after such a long winter!
When asked what their favorite thing about DC was, the kids all agreed that they loved playing in the reflecting pond at the national scuplture garden. Travis loved the Lincoln Memorial and although I loved it all, I think my favorite part was watching the kids crawl around on Albert Einstein...
And what about the baby? It turns out almost 5 months is a great time to travel with a baby! She was content in her stroller and loved all the sound and action. I admit I was pretty nervous about how she would fare, but she did really well inspite of the interuption in her routine.
We spent 2 days in DC and then traveled back up to Pennsylvania and went to Hershey Park. What a great park!
I can't handle roller coasters so I was happy to stroll the baby around while Travis and the "big" kids went on the rides. Hershey park is only open on the weekends right now and have special springtime rates. The weather was great and the crowds were pretty minimal.
Did you go anywhere for Spring break? Do you have any recommendations for next year? The kids are hoping we take a little trip each year and I am game! Hope you all are finally enjoying Springtime!