Valentinus

14 Feb

Though I’m not much for Catholic martyrs, I’ll take any excuse for gifting. Below is the baby kimono wrap I made for my goddaughter. The free tutorial is great, with sizing from newborns to 8-year-olds. I had the bias binding strip (Moda’s In The Pink) ready, having originally made it for this quilt. I managed to squeeze the 2T size out of half a yard of fabric by narrowing the front panels by 1 inch each. The main fabric is Valori Well’s Sole.

kimono wrap

Just in case the 22-month-old in case does not understand how gorgeous this garment is (cough), I’m bribing her with apple pie. The box was a freebie from Twig and Thistle. The not-too-sweet pie dough recipe came from here, and they are filled with homemade apple jam.

little pie

Even I received some gifts this week, though they didn’t necessarely have much to do with Valentine’s day. A true friend saved me from breaking my vows on not buying fabric. You see, there’s this Australian girl Lara Cameron who designs and prints amazing fabrics, and she updated her online shop a while back. Before I could break my promise and buy some, someone snatched the fabric pack I had my eyes on from underneath my nose. I bitched and moaned about this in email to said friend, who confessed that she had in fact bought it. For me! Great minds and all that, eh? :) And here it is, birds and birch and bonsai trees! A girl couldn’t get much happier.

lara cameron fabrics

But wait, that was not the end of it. We have been planning a wee trip, and she had sewn some very necessary accessories. I’m confident we’ll be upgraded from coach once we pop these babies on. She has a matching pair, naturally. The pattern is from Amy Butler’s In Stiches book, and fabric also by her.

travel sleep mask

Tomorrow, at same time, same bat channel: quilt tops, both finished and in-progress!

3 Responses to “Valentinus”

  1. Leila February 15, 2009 at 4:38 pm #

    Hei, Stina! Kävin taas nautiskelemassa sinun upeista töistäsi! Niitä voi katsoa kuin taideteoksia! Osaat ottaa niin kauniita valokuvia, että ne näyttävät ihan tauluilta! Onnittelen kauniin blogin johdosta! Ylpeänä mamma

  2. jamie February 16, 2009 at 6:53 am #

    I love the yukata! I would love to make one for my little princess, due in May. Oh, and please don’t take that as a ‘correction’. My husband who is of Japanese descent has taught me the difference between a kimono and a yukata, so the term is only my own understanding, I’m sure calling it a kimono is fine as well. (Kimono=very formal occasion, yukata=comfortable and worn at home, or to play/relax in.) Anyway, I love it.

  3. stina February 16, 2009 at 7:47 am #

    Jamie, thanks for teaching me a new word! The pattern makers called it a “kimono wrap” and though it was obviously not a traditional kimono, I didn’t question the use of the term. But comfortable play/homewear fits the bill. You should make one, it only took a few hours!

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