Wednesday, May 26, 2010

WIP Wednesday

It occurred to me mid-way through this morning that I'd let Wednesday sneak up on me this week with no WIP post. Maybe that's because almost every post I've shared over the last week has contained some sort of crafty thing I'm working on. Right now, I'm working on several different things at once, which seems to be the way things have gone for the last month.

At the top of my list is the Beach Blanket To Go from Soulemama's Handmade Home. I'm using mostly not repurposed fabrics, but I truly love all the fabrics in the top part of the blanket so I'm ok with that. I had 2 fabrics in my stash from the Storybook line at Superbuzzy that I found on sale last year. To those, I added a few Michael Miller kid-friendly fabrics and I really like how the combination turned out. So much that I only used 8 fabrics instead of the 10 called for in the book, and I added 4 inches to the width of each one.



I did find a thick, vintage thrifted sheet to use for backing, which isn't as heavy as the bedspread Soulemama recommends, but I think it will work nicely. I'm hoping this project will be finished soon since we'll be headed to the beach in just under a month.


Next, I've been working on some knitted squares for the Blanket Of Love project, in honor of Kelly, for her young son, Ari. I chose 2 very specific patterns for my squares. The first, from the spring edition of Living Crafts, is the mitered square. I really like the way the outer color envelopes the inner color in a hug, just like a mother's arms.


The second is a square, which desperately needs blocking, based on the All Over Eyelets pattern from Lace and Eyelets. The eyelets don't stand out very much, but I liked using eyelets to represent Ari's mother watching over him. I chose the rainbow as a symbol of hope.


Lastly, Finn has another pair of pj bottoms. More beloved cars, of course! These were made from a yard of inexpensive cotton knit I found on etsy. I think I'll end up with 2 pairs of shorts and a pair of pants all for $5 shipped. Can't beat that!





13 comments:

  1. looks like you've been busy!! I love the rainbow and beach blanket!! the fabrics are great!! And those little pants are too cute!!! I am finally learning to crochet!! It is so relaxing for me. can't wait to make scarves for my kids this winter!!
    have a great week
    lisa

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  2. So, so cute! You've been busy, lady.

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  3. What wonderful goodies and I love the fabric! It's that time of year when i obsess on finding groovey hippie patchwork dresses made from old and re=purposed stuff!

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  4. The beach blanket looks like it's going to be gorgeous. love all the bright colors.

    I really like the square for Kelly's little boy, it's so beautiful and the symbolism too.

    And oh my goodness, that little soft belly makes me melt. I was just telling Rainy today that I'm so going to miss her little belly as she gets older.

    lisa

    lisa

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  5. Is that storybook fabric not hilarious? I used it to make a dress for Larkspur, and get such a kick out of the odd little sentences on it. Your knitted squares are beautiful. I can't get over how prolific you are!!!

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  6. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!
    I have yet to start mysquares, I am trying to decide what to do, but the deadline is creeping up!

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  7. You have some great projects going. When do you even find time to sleep?! ;) Such cute fabrics!

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  8. Dear Joy,
    Your two squares are absolutely stunning and your thoughts surrounding them are breathtaking. Thank you, thank you, thank you! xoxo

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  9. What beautiful projects you have been busy with Joy! Thank you so much for your kind words of support for my dad while he has been ill, I really appreciate it:)
    Hugs
    Linda

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  10. Joy,
    Your squares a beautiful....
    Thanks for sharing your other projects - very inspiring.
    Warm wishes, Tonya

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  11. Just found your blog,
    I like it!!
    :)

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  12. beautiful projects Joy! Love the beach blanket.

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