Perry Moffitt

October 2, 2012

pink and orange fish scale quilt, WIP

I got a request from a far away friend to make the orange fish scale again. Here are the pillows I made this summer. After I cut out an enormous number of orange prints, we chatted about the colors in her daughter’s room. None of which were orange (HA!) and I worked some pinks in.

Last time I used  the efla circle cutter to cut 7″ circles and then I cut them in half.  But this time I went big and bought the circle die for my new Go Baby Accuquilt fabric cutter. I got it for my birthday (after emailing the exact model I wanted to my ever-so-loving-hubby) and I am addicted. I used the 5″ circle die and then lay them in a row just inside the 2.5″ strip die and they were cut exactly in half, 30 at a time!!

It is measuring at 36″ x 40″ right now. Currently this is heat-n-bonded to a piece of muslin with no stitching yet. I plan on top stitching the whole thing.

I am making excuses to keep this hanging on my project wall. I truly love to look at it!

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August 25, 2010

Simplicity 5316, I love you

I have worked with this pattern once before, but I think it is really well suited to the corduroy that I found at Alewives a few weeks ago. I hope to add polka dot knee patches once I figure out where where her little knees might be. This is a size medium from the pattern. It is still a bit big- but at the rate she is growing I am sure it will fit by thanksgiving.

And snap tape, why did no one tell me the glory that is snap tape? So easy, so very much faster than hammering all those snaps. Dear snap tape- you are awesome.

and a quick view from our vacation-

Tide pools on Sunset beach, NC. Perfect for our first time beach baby!

June 8, 2010

Soft Blocks for Baby

Along with working full time, regular housework, a 2 month old baby and a general lack of sleep I have gone above and beyond and managed to make a whopping 5 stuffed blocks in the last 2 weeks. I never thought this modest sewing would be such an accomplishment but boy, I feel lucky to have found the time to do them. I dove into my scrap squares this time, having exhausted most of my scrap stripes recently. I loved finding the 6 squares that would make one block. Making each into a little color family. I stole some of the jingle bell cat toys from the cats and nestled them in the middle of the poly-fil batting in some of the blocks. I had intentions of filling a film canister with a few beans to make a shaker for one, but film canisters are practically extinct and I’ll be damned if I can find one in my house.  There is a baby shower later this month and while I would normally make a baby quilt I think I can admit that there isn’t a snowballs chance in Hades that I will find time for that and I will be making some more of these.

May 27, 2010

T- shirt dresses

I have had long internal debates trying to decide just how personal to make my blog. Some of my favorite blogs are all about moms and their daily experiences with their kids; Julia and Suburban Bliss. And the other extreme, the craft blogs that speak nothing of day to day life are just as lovely to read; handmade by Alissa and pretty little things.  As much as I enjoy Julia’s writing, I don’t have the same talent so I blurt out personal things from time to time but I find it tough to spill out all the details of my life. It will be a little more personal now that I have a little girl to sew for. I hope the gratuitous pictures of her don’t lead to her being embarrassed (dear god, or exploited) someday, but she is just so perfect- I want to share her. She turns 2 months old this week but I will spare you too many photos of the gorgeous little thing.

I am still working on the paintbox quilt, but I wanted to do some little projects that I could get done while the baby napped. I tried 3 different times to sew a baby sling that I liked but royally failed each time, so I am sticking to the baby bjorn and she is fine with that.

Anyway, I revisited an earlier idea, t shirt dresses.  I dived into the boxes of clothes that are piling up.  Seriously, if I didn’t buy another stitch for this little darling she would be well clothed until kindergarten! I have been pulling out the plain shirts to re-work. Both of these dresses will probably fit this winter even though they are 12 to 18 month size…  Did I mention that she is already wearing 6 month clothes?

I am cruising ebay hoping to find my own treasure chest of rick rack on the cheap. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before. People are selling stacks of it and I am happy to make much of it my own.

And yesterday I fell in love with this book;

I tried to get it through my local quilt shop but she didn’t have it and now I am getting it through Amazon which told me it would be 1 to 3 MONTHS (?!?!). Seriously?? Well, I bit the bullet and ordered it,  I fell in love with the images on the flickr group and decided that owning it is crucial to my survival.  Sewing the raincoat to be worn 2 or 3 years from now isn’t crazy? Is it?

November 30, 2008

Hippy Dress for Baby

How fast do they grow! This baby has outgrown all the other creations I have made her in the past. So for her 2nd Birthday I whipped up this hippy creation. When the family arrived for thanksgiving and I was still working on the final stitches.

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It took a little creative cajoling to get the dress on but as soon as she took a spin, she was won over. I tried to make it with enough room to grow for next summer, but as a result it fits over winter clothes so hopefully it will get lots of wear. I think I regret the 2 fabrics on the bodice, it just adds another horizontal line which it doesn’t need. But the darkest fabric on top hid a lot of the thanksgiving dessert stains!

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