Ever since I got my Lumix GF1 (and later GF2), I vow that I would not post any camera phone pictures in my blog but I’m going to make an exception today because the whole lot of my photos today came from my iphone. Call it, “In honour of Steve Jobs (1955-2011)”. It just crossed my mind that he died at the same age as my dad, at 56. Great men... Well, Rest In Peace Steve Jobs.
On with my story. It’s been a while since I last made a baby quilt. Too long. I promised my cousin that I made her one when she gets a baby. The baby is now 6 months old. I need to get cracking on that quilt. So, last Wednesday, I got to make some sketches, chosed some fabric and piece together some blocks to make this in one morning! How cool is that? The piecing together of the blocks and sash is the easy part. The tough part of quilting the quilt is yet to come.
Then, I got sidetracked when the admin of a craft group that I joined suggested a toy/doll sewalong. I knew there would be hundreds of dolls/toys tutorial on the internet and I googled “Angry birds tutorial”, thinking that it’s a chance in a million that someone would share a tutorial on those cute birds. I was proven wrong when I came across Obsessively Stitching blog. She has the whole Angry birds jingbang plushies made. Here’s the link to her: Obsessively Stitching: Angry Birds Plush!
|Angry Birds Plush from Obsessively Stitching|
I wanted to make one really bad and needed to get some fleece for the birds. Plus, I need to get the backing for my baby quilt anyway so I drove over to Kamdar IOI Mall to get some fleece. I only bought a red fleece and substituted the other colours with flannel.
Here’s my shopping assistant window shopping at Toys ‘r’ Us (which is right next to Kamdar) after being good while mama gets her stuff.
|She’s so into fashion!|
A quick photo shoot
It was raining when we wanted to get back to the car. So I pulled out the red fleece and cover Arwen with it. She liked it so much that I let her use it as a blanket to keep from the air cond in the car.
|Arwen dozed off under the blanket|
We got back in time to fetch Danial from school. Danial saw an opportunity to use his raincoat so I let him. The rain was about to stop and it wasn’t raining so hard as it had earlier. I thought, why not? I used to love playing in the rain as a kid.
I didn’t waste time and got to making my own Angry bird plush the next day. The tutorial is very easy to follow and here’s the result: I think I should have put some fiber fill into the top feather as well.
Arwen fell in love with it the moment she woke up.
Since she loved the fleece so much, I decided to make her a blanket. I saw a patchwork border wool blanket in Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross. It’s a good way to use up my scrap fabric. While attaching the border to the fleece material, I recalled the idea of a quillow. I made a quick search and found this on youtube:
Since it’s not exactly a quillow, I’m dubbing it as a BLANKOW which is a combination of a blanket and a pillow. Here’s some photos of my BLANKOW:
|A for Arwen Blankow in pillow form|
|Blankow in blanket form|
|The layout of the BLANKOW|
|Reverse side of the BLANKOW, you can see the pocket stitching. The opening is towards the centre of the BLANKOW|
The Blankow all folded up and ready to go. I think it’s a neat gift for a baby shower and practical too. You can keep it in the car or bring it in a stroller with the baby. Now, I have to make one for Danial too, otherwise he’ll sulk.