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Now that the funky baby quilt is behind me, I am on to my next project. My cousin asked if I could make her some cloth diapers for her baby that is due in July. Evidently, store-bought cloth diapers can be quite pricey, but they are so much better for the environment that I decided that I would go ahead and give it a try.

This is where my readers will hopefully come in. I don’t have a baby to try different patterns on, so I’m praying that some of you have sage advice to give me as I start this adventure in cloth diaper making. As I have googled this topic, I have quickly become overwhelmed in all the different things to consider.

Because the all-in-one diapers are made out of fairly expensive materials, I am hoping to make some covers that have the diaper inserted into it. The other thing that would be handy is that I would really like some real life thoughts on sizing. Each pattern seems like it would only be good on a baby for a couple months. Is there anyway to size them so that they can grow with the baby? I doubt that I am going to be willing to make a set of 20 diapers for my cousin every six months.

This would be much easier if I could make one and then try it out, but I am up to the challenge (hopefully). So if anyone out there has wisdom to share on how to do this, make it cheaper, or make them last longer, I am listening.


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Today, I put the finishing touches on my funky baby quilt, and not a moment too soon.  The baby shower is on Saturday, and we’re leaving tonight to drive down for it.  I’m happy with how it turned out (except that it is still Slightly Askew).

I have to apologize for being a rather flighty blogger for the last couple weeks.  Real life has caught up with me, but I promise that next week I will be back in full swing.

For more on my funky baby quilt:

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Rainy Day Quilting

Today is a perfect rainy spring day. Everything is that lush green that comes from fresh leaves soaking up 3 days worth of thunderstorms. Earlier, I went for a walk, listening to the pitter pat of rain drops on my umbrella and enjoying the chirps of the birds in their nests.

This afternoon, I am dedicating myself to finishing the funky baby quilt. I really don’t have that much more to do on it, but I hit a mental block and have begun procrastinating. Hopefully I will have it done by tonight and will soon have a picture of the finished product for you all to enjoy.

A perfect day to stay in and quilt.

The funky baby quilt:

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For all of you that worried for my sanity last night, the purse is done and it looks great (if I do say so myself).  I now have a cute and functional purse to bring with me on my girls’ weekend to New York.

This was the first time that I have ever made my own purse.  I love that I was able to make all the pockets inside the sizes that I wanted.  I have a pocket for my camera, one for my cell phone, another for my wallet, and a small one for my keys.  I now have the most organized bag I have ever owned.

Pretty New Purse

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I am going to New York City on Thursday for a girls’ weekend with my mom, aunt, and sister. I’ve been looking forward to this for months. We’re staying in a wonderful hotel and planning on eating our way around Manhattan and Brooklyn.

To commemorate the occasion, I thought that it would be fun to whip up a new purse. My old one is pretty dilapidated, and a new one would help squelch a potential impulse buy. I am all for impulse buys while on vacation, but I am notorious for deciding that I don’t really like what I have bought a couple days too late to return it (i.e. as soon as I get home).

Unfortunately, it has been some time since I last sewed something that was three dimensional, and my purse has been quite a challenge. I have ripped out multiple seams, including one that was actually correct in the first place. The final straw was on the last seam. I was so happy that the purse was nearly finished, when I discovered that I had made another error, and I was sewing the final seam so that the purse would be inside out.

Back to seam ripping….

The Purse from h***

Misery loves company:

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I’m almost done.  This has gone by so much quicker than the normal method; the only problem is that it isn’t near as technically perfect as it is when I do things in the “right” way.  I’m accepting that you can’t have both quick and perfect, although it has taken me about 12 hours to gain that level of serenity.

The quit looks lovely, and should make a very fun little boy’s quilt.  Unfortunately the rows curve in a bit, and one side is a touch longer than the other.

All that’s left now is to sew on the binding and the label and I’ll be done.

Almost finished funky baby quilt

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Even More Help

I’ve finished piecing, and tomorrow will start to actually put the strips together. I’m so happy with how well this is turning out. Here’s a fun picture of our little girl giving her seal of approval on the quilt.

Finished piecing the funky baby quilt

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