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Crafting On

The biggest project lately has been the house.  It's odd, since we didn't start out this year with all that in mind.  Truly, last year I began to feel like it was needing some work and paint here and there and this is the year to make it happen.  But enough about that.  Really.  Enough.  It's Spring!  There are flowers and new leaves and warm days and chilly nights.  And tulips!  I used to hate tulips, but I've recovered.

Bouncing Baby Hat

Here's Laurel Mae sniffing one of 197 tulips (Willow and I counted).  There was one that smelled like cake!  She's wearing the hat from the bouncing baby set.  It was fairly easy to enlarge for a toddler head and reminded me a lot of my beloved elf cap.

The Children's Quilts

And here are two quilts that Willow and Roan have been working on, inspired by the Little House books.  They are very simple, but I think they will be treasured for many years to come (at least by me).  There's cotton batting in the middle and it's held in place by knotted embroidery thread.  This has turned out to be a very child-friendly project, but we still have the binding to go.  That may be the biggest challenge, but they'll be so pleased to have them all done.

I've been working on a dress for Willow, and I hope to make good progress today.  It's a prototype for what I hope to be several more.  I think I'm going to brave the chill and get back to work.

For more crafitng, visit Frontier Dreams.


( 11 trees — Plant a Forest )
Apr. 19th, 2016 01:10 pm (UTC)
Wow! Did they piece those all by themselves? Very pretty! And gorgeous tulips.
Apr. 19th, 2016 09:07 pm (UTC)
They did! I helped, here and there, but they did most of the work.
Apr. 20th, 2016 02:11 am (UTC)
I'm amazed! Mine have NO interest in hand sewing, so they don't know how to even hold a needle.
Apr. 20th, 2016 10:22 am (UTC)
Give it a year and it might change. We did a little sewing at the start of kindergarten and it was so-so. :-)
Apr. 21st, 2016 01:51 am (UTC)
I'm not concerned, just impressed. N has no patience for handwork; she has said outright she finds it boring. L is more patient with it.
Apr. 19th, 2016 04:14 pm (UTC)
So cute!
I love the quilts! My girls would love to do that - you've inspired me to start a new project with them :)
Apr. 19th, 2016 09:08 pm (UTC)
Re: So cute!
Thanks! I wish you happy sewing!
Apr. 19th, 2016 05:18 pm (UTC)
Can you tell me if you have instructions for the quilt, please, or did you make one up? I would love to do a project like that with my daughter, but I've never tried it myself. Lovely!
Apr. 19th, 2016 09:12 pm (UTC)
I just cut (mostly) equal size squares and they sewed them together. First into strips and then the strips were sewn together. I got a small package of cotton batting and cut it to size. Then it was pinned between the top and some fabric backing. They use embroider thread to make a knot through it all in the center each square. I hope that helps. :-)
Apr. 20th, 2016 01:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Fabulous!
Apr. 24th, 2016 02:17 am (UTC)
I love the quilts! Elizabeth is very interested in sewing, and always asking me for projects. We need to do this. : ) Such a cute hat, too. I also developed a disdain for tulips, which lasted for several years, and last year I noticed I liked them again. Isn't that funny? - Stacey
( 11 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

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