Sunday, February 26, 2012

In which I kind of stop procrastinating

Holy cow, I knew it'd been a while since I last updated, but not THAT long. Oh well.

Little baby orange kitty is now a bit more predictable with her naps, etc. Sure, I could do the dishes or vacuum or any of the other chores that have been woefully ignored for the last three months, but sewing is more important. I've been working on small baby-related projects for the last couple of months and it's as fun as it gets when you're making nursing pads and diapers.

These are super easy to whip up, even if slightly imperfect. If I remember, I'll make a tutorial next time I sew a pair.  Making these made me wish I had a serger, though.

I'm a cloth freak. I like using cloth things over disposable things (except toilet paper...some people use "family cloth," but REALLY, I'd rather just flush that stuff down the toilet. There are limits to my hippie-ness). Even in 2012, people seem shocked when I mention we're cloth diapering. When I tell them that cloth diapers come in super-easy snaps, velcro, and cute prints these days instead of pins and plastic pants, they say, "Oh, but doesn't that make a TON of dirty laundry?" Yeah, but I've noticed having a baby=more laundry regardless. That cute outfit I put on her at 9am is covered in spit-up by noon, and then at her 1pm changing she kicks her pant leg into a dirty diaper, then spits up all over the changing table cover AND outfit #2 AND me and then the cat pukes on the bed or something and there's a load of laundry right there. It is really no biggie to have to wash a load of diapers every other day on top of everything else, and this is coming from a lazy person who hates doing all chores (yeah, I'm like an overgrown 5 year old, I know).

I made about ten of these over the course of two months. Suffice to say I way overbought some basic flat prefold diapers, so I just converted some to this "fitted" type rather than buy more...can you tell I was blowing through my spare thread when I was making these?
ANYWAY, last week a friend came by with super-soft cuddle fabric (knowing that I am always receptive to gifts of fabric) and suggested I make a blanket for little Elly with it. I got all excited at the thought, then remembered the many unfinished projects in my closet. I pulled out the string quilt I've been slowly working on for a while and realized I had enough blocks to piece together, said "Cool," and finally sewed them together. Somehow I managed to sew the "top" four rows underneath the "bottom" three rows, but since it's a scrap quilt anyway, you can't tell (oh thank heavens). Then I went to sew on a border, but as I stepped on the presser foot, my sewing machine made that oh-so-subtle change in sound that made me stop, and look....and sure enough, I was completely out of white cotton thread. I NEVER run out of white cotton thread. I'm sure that a few months ago I made a mental note to buy more thread the next time I went to the fabric store, but then I had a baby and totally forgot and at that point it was 11pm and way too late to run out and grab more.

One of the nice things about not being pregnant anymore is that I can stand on a chair and lean over to take a picture without fearing that I will tumble forward flat on my face.

So the string quilt top is still in progress. My goal is to have it totally done by the end of March, because some friends may visit and it'd be nice to throw the quilt on top of the guest airbed. My secondary goal is to actually get around to updating this blog more...I've missed sewing and the blogging world. Sharing projects with the Internet allows me to step back and look at my projects with a critical eye to see where I could improve and such, and get feedback from others. It's nice.


  1. I love your string quilt, and I can't figure out what you even did wrong with the rows under the rows? So you're right, no one will notice. LOL Genius conversion of your flat diapers into fitted ones. It is amazing how much laundry you have with a baby, but you know what? It's the most fun you'll ever have doing laundry, everything is so tiny and cute. :)

  2. I was JUST thinking about you yesterday, then today I check my reader and there you are!

    Good call with the cloth diapers. They're loads cheaper too. People that think its sooo much laundry don't understand that you don't have to fold them and put them up. They are perfectly safe in a laundry basket.

  3. Lovely to see the blog active again :-). I used cloth nappies for mine (gosh 20 and 17 years ago) but even then I was in a minority, and their cost was 'ouch' making your own is a fab idea! What have you put inside? The string quilt will be great, lad you got some "you" time!

  4. I just love reading your posts. Loving that string quilt, good luck getting it all finished up!