I borrowed this book from my 4 year old neighbor because I love the colors. I've wanted to create some things for William using this color combination as a guide.
On a very fun play date that took a mommy-detour to the Stitch Lab (thank you, Jen, for introducing me to my new favorite place), I found this set of fat quarters designed by Stitch Lab owner and designer Leslie Bonnell.
|Sorry about the orange hue in these photos, which were taken at 10 pm in our very warmly lit dining room.|
I decided to make a roll up changing pad that fits in my purse but is still big enough to give William room to kick his legs and spread out, since I have never been able to get him to stay perfectly still when I change him in a restaurant bathroom. I made up my own pattern for a longer than average portable changing pad. I wanted to use each of the fabric squares, but not just in a block pattern, which looked really choppy. I stacked the squares and sliced them up irregularly and intentionally crooked. Then I placed them together in a pattern I liked.
I fold the pad in half and then roll it up and tie it closed with a length of gold silk ribbon I sewed inside the pad. This fabric is so soft and squishy with the quilt batting I used that it could easily be used as a roll-up blanket, perfect for the car or for naps at grandparents' houses. I finished sewing this at midnight and left it on the floor just like this, and when I woke up on Sunday (which is Don's day to get up with William and make breakfast), this was happening.
These pictures are kind of fuzzy. It was 7:30 am and I really was in no mood to mess with my camera, but William was using his new changing pad as a bull fighter's cape. So far, it's a new travel toy. He pulls it out of my purse and plays with ribbon. It makes me so happy that he loves something I made that WASN'T a muffin. Yay for learning to sew!