This is one of the gifts that I've made for Zebra-girl's birthday recently. Earlier in the year she decided that she wanted to get rid of a lot of her childhood toys so that she could afford to buy a laminating machine and vast amounts of stationery as well as some filing systems. The latter have yet to be implemented and the trays sit almost empty, aside from the filing done on the day of their purchase, so her bedroom still resembles that of a mad professor with piles of paper everywhere and books stacked where they no longer fit on the shelves. With such a big part of her moving into Big Girl territory when she asked for some clothes for her bear for this year's birthday present, I decided to make a few more things to go with the new wardrobe. A long time ago I made a sleeping bag for another little girl's bear (which was temporarily borrowed by Zebra's bear for modelling purposes at that time), so I decided to rustle one up to match Zebra-girls new, yet-to-be-finished, quilt.
I enjoyed making the sleeping bag and seeing how the voile handles when quilted...but the fun of making this failed to tempt me into working a little faster on the quilt for Zebra-girls own bed. I now realise that there's a reason why I normally make such simply-pieced quilts and that's because I take so little enjoyment in the piecing process...it's the pinning, quilting and binding that I love.
This is not a complex quilt...but I'm procrastinating over it and it's sitting on top of my fabric drawers taunting me each day: in my head it has become a giant sheet-like beast (because in its unquilted form it is really just an enormous sheet) the finishing of which stands between me and some more dressmaking and handfuls of other things.
your quilt is beautiful even in its half finished state - I find it difficult to keep going on big projects so allocate myself an hour here and there to break it down into management chunks. It will be lovely to see the finished piece. Good luck.ReplyDelete
That bear bed is brilliant. It makes me want to drop everything I am doing and make one! Your daughter will be so pleased :o)ReplyDelete
It's funny, Florence, I adore piecing the tops most and could easily leave the "sandwich making" and binding etc! Have you seen the Wee Wonderfuls book, there is a project in there for a set of dolls with a large multi-pocketed sleeping bag. I think it's a book you'd like. Our little ones are growing up so fast, aren't they?ReplyDelete
Love the bear's bed. I know wat you mean about the quilt - I've got a similar project which glowers at me from a basket in my sewingroom - I tell myself I'll get to it when the weather's colder! I'm sure it wouldn't take very long but I'm out of love with it at the moment.ReplyDelete
Oh dear, I think you have just described my life at the moment Florence! So many jobs & projects taunting me on a regular basis and yet I don't seem to stop for a second. Obviously a need for me to assess what i am actually doing (eating mostly!!) xReplyDelete
It is so nice to hear that other people procrastinate stuff like that, too. I do like that sleeping bag. I think that my daughter would have loved one for her fox.ReplyDelete
so cute florence, now that is a top notch sleeping bag for a bear. :) And I know what you mean about quilts, I've had one in my to finish pile for at least a couple months now and can't figure out why I don't want to finish it. oh well!ReplyDelete
So very cute! I agree, the peicing is really my least favourite part too, but the longer times spent agonising over the fabric choices etc, the less time I have to spend on this process.ReplyDelete
Florence - Absolutely adorable - what a lucky teddy!ReplyDelete
Awe! This bear bed is so cute. I'm just imagining this with a hot water bottle in the back of it... I'm going to warm my sewing machine up straight away!ReplyDelete