Wednesday, April 21, 2010

small distractions

Do you ever get distracted from the task on hand? For some reason, I am having a hard time staying on task this week. I don't know if it's because my AMH quilt isn't living up to my expectations, or if it's because my daughter has been really needy this week.....all I know is that I keep finding myself doing everything except what I should be doing. The only good thing about getting distracted is the small items that come from it. 

First up is a mini dresden plate (ok, I admit it...I am a little dresden addicted) on yet another doll quilt.





Originally this was supposed to be a thank you gift, but my sweet baby girl found it and claimed it as her own (to solidify this claim of property, she spilled juice all over it..therefore forcing me to wash it and coaxing me into letting her keep it). So I will have to make another.

Next: An owl pillow for my Izzy's reading chair. 




I made this pillow in a desperate attempt to prevent myself from buying the owl pillow at Pottery Barn Kids....but it didn't quite do the job. I just don't love/like it. Izzy seems to like it (which is the only reason it hasn't been tossed into the donation pile) but I am just not convinced.

Lastly: these adorable little baskets for Izzy's stray crayons and little misc. toys. 

 

I liked the first one so much that I had to make a second one! I used this tutorial over at Pink Penguin to make these little baskets and really enjoyed the process. Outside of giving me a great reason to use some of my Kokka ballerina fabrics, these baskets also gave me an excuse to cut into my Kona Essex cotton/linen blend. Which is slowly becoming my new favorite, staple, must have in stock, fabric. I currently own it in two colors: natural and putty (which is what i used) but have some more selections on the way from Sew Mama Sew. I am totally planning on making myself some of these baskets, only super sized...but won't even allow myself to get started on them until my quilt top is finished!!

20 comments:

  1. Your distractions are beautiful! Especially love the mini dresden!

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  2. I have the ballerina fabric and pet it gentle each day I see it. I love it so. It's for my daughter, but I might still a 1/2 yard me...

    I baskets are great. I just added them to my list.

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  3. You are the doll quilt queen! That one is so cute! I am really getting curious about your Little Folks quilt. Mine is on the back burner right now but I think I'll start working on it again soon. that voile is more frustrating for me than it seems than some of the other bloggers have reported!

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  4. cute, cute, cute! what great distractions, and I'm all for distractions -- I think it's nice to have smaller quicker projects. And can I just say-- that mini dresden is quite possibly the cutest thing I've seen. i love it! Izzy was right to snag it for herself! :)

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  5. Your tiny dresden plate is so cute! I love the owl; I can see why your daughter likes it - he's precious! Those baskets look really useful. I may have to try one of those!

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  6. Beautiful projects! I love the quilt - your dresden plate is beautiful x

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  7. Wow, ur little one is too smart, what a quick way to claim that amazing doll quilt! ;) The mini dresden is stunning! Thanks for sharing the tutorial for those baskets, adding those to the 'must-do' list =)

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  8. i hear ya about being distracted and needy kiddos! I feel the same way lately. Hopefully we'll both snap out of it! I love your projects, the dresden plate is so so cute, the whole quilt it cute too. Love the owl pillow (but I know what you mean about not loving certain projects). And of course I do love the pink penguin baskets and I already have the ballerina fabric for a project for my niece!

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  9. Well, at least you are productive in your distractions. ;) I love everything you created. I love the little quilt, that is beautiful I see why she wanted it for her own... very cool.

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  11. On second glance at the dresden, I spied some purple dots... maybe Izzy did too! ;)

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  12. I totally have to make a Dresden something, I think I might love it just as much as you do.

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  13. I friggin love it! You are so creative with your quilts....and the dresdens are awesome! If I saw that quilt laying around, I'd claim it too! Your making me super interested in seeing your AMH quilt....

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  14. That mini dresden is so cute! I've never made a dresden but you're pic makes me want to try!

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  15. oh my, the yumminess of it all! That dresden plate creation is TDF : )
    ~Angela
    http://amuse4me.blogspot.com/

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  16. I started to make a mini Dresden plate in all Kona solids the other night for my guild potholder swap, but it was getting late and I started getting panicky, so I stopped and went a little simpler. Still have it sitting there on the ironing board looking all cute and unfinished. Yours is adorable! No wonder Izzy fell in love with it. On, and BTW, Molly popped home for only about 20 minutes the other day (she goes to college on the other side of town), but somehow managed to examine every last project I'm working on in the brief time she was here. And she fell in love with the Nicey Jane/Essex linen cross quilt. So now she wants to lay claim to a fourth quilt in well under a year! And I just may do it, too. But, I'm up for a little negotiating. She is a master or organization and I am not. So, I may get some things organized -- like the pantry -- in exchange for stealing another quilt. It sounds pretty good to me.

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  17. i LOVE your mini quilt!! it is sooo pretty!! love all the cute fabrics and the mini dresden plate!! that one is on my list and has just been moved up to the top!! :) cute ballerina baskets too!!

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  18. Those ballerina baskets are so sweet. Love your blog, adding to list.

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