Scrappy Sewing Saturdays: Bib and Soother Clip

There are some days when I just want to play with new fabric. And since receiving my Mother’s Day gift (for myself…does anyone else do that!?) of fabric in the mail, I’ve had the urge to sew but haven’t been able to squeeze some time in! Well, today was the day! I got the stack of fabric out and got to sewing.

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It’s always a nice feeling when you can finish a project while the kiddos have their nap! I love it when the boys sleep…time for mom to recharge and get her sewing fix for the day! This project was finished and blogged in one afternoon- not very often does that happen!

These bibs are one of my go-to baby presents since they’re quick and easy. They are also very practical since every baby needs to eat…and you might as well look cute while doing it!

I pieced 2 1/2 inch squares together from yardage, but this would be a great jelly roll project as well. The middle is also a great way to use up those flannel or batting scraps! I used flannel for this bib since I had quite a few older flannel receiving blankets that had served their purpose and were now ready for a new calling.

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The soother clip came together quickly from the leftover 2 1/2 inch strips that I had after piecing the bib front together. I sewed 2 strips together to make the soother clip reversible and give it a little more added interest. I like how it goes with the patchwork from the bib!

Until next time,

Rachel

Star Table Topper

Happy belated Mother’s Day! My day was filled with so much love from my three little boys and husband. Since our boys are still too young to understand the concept of Mother’s Day (our oldest is going to be 4 in June), my husband went out of his way to make it extra special for me. We spent the day like we do every Sunday…going to church and spending time with family…but it still felt like a day filled with love and dedicated to Mom. I have so much love for my boys and truly feel so blessed to be called their mother!

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We, as a family, are also so blessed to have such wonderful Moms that support us. My Mom and Mother-in-law are always ready to watch the boys at the drop of a hat and since they both live so close, it happens quite regularly!

Since I had made a king sized quilt for my Mom and Dad’s bed already, I made a simple table topper for their living room table instead of a full sized quilt like the one I made for my Mother-in-law.

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I used all the leftover charm squares from my Mother-in-law’s quilt for this table topper. I really love when I can use up what I have and still end up with something pretty substantial. I forgot to get the finished dimensions of it but it’s approximately 25 inches square. The actual star came from this idea here and I liked it so much I might try making a quilt with different fabric sometime later on down the road.

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The quilting was really fun to do on this table topper as well. I stitched Maple leaves on the corners  and simple vine-like leaves along the outside border. In the center of the star, I stitched another Maple leaf as well just for added interest.

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And because I couldn’t resist showing you what it really is like when Mom wants to get the sewing done…here’s a peak into my sewing space/dining room table.

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The Gift of Fall…in Spring

There’s something about fall colours. They’re so warm and inviting…just what I want the quilts that I sew to be. So when I saw this line called Maple Island by Holly Taylor, I saw a cozy quilt. And…since the colours worked in both my mother in law’s and my mom’s home…a mother’s day gift it was!

Here’s the quilt that I sewed for my mother in law. I thought it would be a nice quilt to cozy up by their wood stove either at home or at the cottage. My inspiration came from here although I made a few tweaks here and there to make it my own.
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I had to laugh when taking these pictures because I have beautiful spring blossoms everywhere in my flower bed that didn’t seem to go with the warm tones of an autumn quilt.

Here’s a close up of the quilting…I went with straight line quilting for the majority of the quilt and I pulled out a leaf stencil for the top and bottom of the quilt.

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I traced and sewed a maple leaf onto a scrap of batting before appliqueing it to the actual quilt. I love how they stand out more because of the extra layer of batting and give it a little more dimension.

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