BABIES: Skulls and Bat Baby Gifts
Two of my dear friends, Noah and Jessica Scalin are expecting a baby. They have decided to waiting until the baby is born to find out the gender. This makes gifting them baby things challenging, but not impossible. Something I love to do for some friends who are expecting babies, is make a baby quilt for them. Each one is different. This one is the most intricate of all the baby quilts I've made (which is a small amount of quilts). Since Noah and I share a love of skulls, I made him a Dia de los Muertos inspired baby quilt. I used a free motion embroidery foot on my machine to do all of the embroider work. From start to finish (with breaks not included in the total time), this quilt took 12 hours. I did the majority of it yesterday, and finished it this morning. Other than this being the most intricate baby quilt I've made, this is also the largest skull artwork that I've made. Noah is happily holding up the quilt, but he claims he might use it more than the baby will. It is very large (a yard of fabric), but will get many years of use.
This morning, while I was frantically finishing the quilt, my daughter decided to make a baby toy. Of course, she made a skull. She picked out the fabric from my soft fleece stash, cut the shapes out for her own design, and hand sewed the face on. I helped her by sewing the front and back together, stuffing it, and re-enforcing the hand sewing of the teeth, so they were more baby safe. This photo is of Noah holding the skull in front of his face. This baby is a lucky one!
After lunch with some other awesome friends, I attempted to take an hour nap. That only lasted for 30 minutes. Since I woke up early, I decided to take that 30 minutes to embellish a black tote bag. I've had several plain black tote bags for years and have embellished many of them for various things and reasons. They make excellent gift bags, as they are both multi-functional and easy to embellish. Jessica LOVES bats, so I decided to add one to the bag. I took a scrap piece of the dark grey on black printed fabric from the quilt making, draw a bat on the back, cut it out, and sew it to the bag. It's hard to see, since the stitching is black, but there is topstitching along the wings where bones would be, and along the body to define it's shape. She loved the bag. This type of thin tote bag is an easy one to fold up and put in a pocket, purse or diaper bag, so if you need an extra bag for something, it's handy to pull out and use. Of course it's great for regular use too.
In addition to these hand made gifts, I all gave them a Cookie Monster sippy cup. Noah loves Sesame Street, and especially Cookie Monster. When I saw this cup last month, I knew I had to buy it for the baby, even if it will be about a year before the baby can use it.
That is it for today. Tomorrow I hope to have a lace tutorial round up finished for you all to enjoy.