Cheetahs, and Bears, and Owls — oh my!

A year ago in December, I showed you this Baby Cheetah Onesie that I made as a shower gift for a friend’s baby. I also showed you my process for making these in that post.

Baby Cheetah Onesie

This year, I can show you a photo of pretty Olivia wearing her onesie:

Olivia wearing Onesie

Her mommy asked if I’d make her a 1st birthday onesie to wear with a purple tutu on her special day. So, I made her two!

Olivia's Onesies

The quilt that Olivia is sitting in front of in the photo above is from Pottery Barn Kids and has appliqued owls on it, which I used to model my owl on. And the cupcake onesie was just for fun–

Another friend asked me to make this for a new granddaughter, born mid-November (her Daddy is a major Chicago Bears fan), she wanted a Bears logo but with a “cute, baby bear” instead:

Chicago Bears Onesie & Logo

I hope I achieved that; she seemed to be happy with it. It started out like this, a light pencil sketch on the onesie… and then a apply fabric paint before any applique pieces:

Bears Onesie_Start

A detail of the finished “baby logo”:

Chicago Bears Onesie Detail

Disclaimer: This was a custom design request by an individual; I am not mass-producing these items for sale or marketing. The Chicago Bears logo is an NFL officially licensed design.

Cheetah Girl

A friend of mine is expecting her firstborn any day now… for her baby shower a few weeks ago, I wanted to create a unique onesie to match these sweet Cheetah print legwarmers from her Target gift registry:

Onesie Leg Warmers

My idea was to create a cheetah cub similar to this lion I created for the onesies I made for my Etsy shop a few made months ago:

Lion Onesie

So I sketched a cub/kitten…

Kitty Sketch

Transferred it to the onesie by tracing it with a fine tip Micron pen…

Transferring Design onto Onesie

Painted it with glitter fabric paint, and adding some details with a black paint marker and blending/mixing paint:

Painted Cheetah Cat On Onesie

All of my one-of-a-kind onesies have an element of applique to them; since she is expecting a little girl, I selected some pink fabric from my scrap bin, ironed a piece of stabilizer to the back of my painted cheetah cub (inside the onesie)…

Prepping Onesie for Applique

and gave the little girl cub a bow around her neck (the pink fabric is fused with Heat n’ Bond Featherlite, and satin stitched over the raw edges):

Applique Done

Her is the ensemble, complete with a wee cardigan sweater to match:

Applique w/ Sweater and Cheetah legwarmers

I also purchased some bedtime lotions, etc. from her gift registry, so I bought a basket to gift them in, pulled out a lavender fat quarter from my stash (her nursery decor is primarily lavender) and sewed up a quick and easy basket liner.  I’m hoping she can use this to hold supplies near the changing table:

Basket Collage

Her is the gift, ready to give (I wrapped it up in a lavender polka dot swaddling blanket that can be reused as well:


Looking forward to meeting this little lady soon!

I have a major finish (my final 2012 finish!) to share with you soon — when I have pics to show! Until then, a very Happy New Year to you and yours!

G is For Giraffe

Thanks for visiting my entry in Amy’s 2nd Virtual Quilt Festival! If you’re visiting for the first time, I certainly hope you’ll come back again! This quilt is worth stopping by for…I promise!

My little sister is six years younger than me. She’s my only sister, the baby of the family, and, I like to say, the spoiled one of the bunch. :-> She’s always been an animal lover, she was forever in doggy mode or kitty mode as a little kid (on all fours acting like an animal and wouldn’t answer you in words if you tried to talk to her), and for years she used to answer the question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?”, with “A Giraffe!” She even went on an African Safari in her college years.
This is the ready-made “purchased” quilt, and valance…

Not surprisingly, when she had her first baby two years ago, she decided to decorate his nursery with jungle animals. She found a great set of *gasp* ready-made quilted bedding, so a nursery quilt wasn’t needed. But, the bedding was so cute, I decided it needed a matching quilted growth chart to decorate the wall… (click photos to enlarge)

The ruler is printed onto the fabric using my home printer, on 6″ squares which were then pieced together very carefully to make the measurements accurate. The numbers for the “feet” are appliqued, raw-edge applique. I drew the giraffe, his friends, and the plants freehand using the ready-made bedding designs as inspiration (although there is no giraffe on the original bedding!) and they are all satin-stitch applique. I made leaves for each of her boys that they use to “mark” their growth on the chart.

I entered this in the Des Moines Area Quilter’s Guild Show at the end of this month, so if you come to the Des Moines American Quilter’s Society show in a few weeks, you can see this in person!

If you’d like to see my entry in Amy’s First Festival of Quilts, click here… Want so see more festival entries? Go to Amy’s site… Want to see some more great DIY projects? Check out Kimba’s site

Enjoy the rest of the Festival!

Finish Line

I managed a few finishes for Jacquie’s Spring to Finish challenge in April. So, lest you think I accomplished nothing creatively in April due to the lack of posts…I have a few pics for you.

There were the onesies, you’ve already seen…and a four year old UFO that I finished and mastered free-motion quilting on…modeled here by the quirky-but-loveable, Kato…
There will be another post on the quilt when I get better pics taken. This is a wallhanging I completed as a shop sample:
Not crazy about the fact that the blue background doesn’t look very flat in this pic (it was finished before I mastered free-motion, or I would have stippled the background!), and it was laying on the floor here and does look better when hanging up. And another….made with Darlene Zimmerman’s nifty Dresden ruler/template…
Some boards I made for gifts. A birthday gift for my best friend’s scrapbooking room…
and a bridal shower gift for another friend who was married this past Saturday…
So, there you have it. I have been getting projects done. My weekends have been filled with weddings, showers, festivals, farmer’s markets and other fun Spring activities, but we still get a rainy day now and again that gives me some indoor quality time in the studio. I’m hoping to log a few good finishes for the month of May as well. I do have two long weekends coming up….

Baby Love

Remember this cute little guy? I showed you a sneak peek right before Easter…

Well, he went to this sweet little guy…who normally has a very sunny disposition and a never ending smile…but he simply did not want to cooperate with a grin for the camera this morning.

He’s still adorable and makes my heart sing every time I see him! He has a few new cousins on the way, both little girls, so I made these this week…

A mongrammed onesie and flannel burp cloth to match!

Every girl needs some monogrammed goodness, right?! These were so easy to make and I know will be greatly appreciated by their non-sewing mommies!

Here is the beautiful quilt that Victoria made from the 9-patch blocks that I, and quilters from all over the globe made and contributed to the project… She called it “Nothing But Kisses” (get it? It’s all x’s!) Isn’t it gorgeous!? Do you want it? It is being auctioned off for a great charity, Love Without Boundaries. To visit the auction, click on the quilt!

Enjoy this beautiful day!