*just* a napkin

E is going to be baptised this Sunday. Its going to be such a nice gathering of family and close friends. We planned a nice get together after the ceremony, something low key just to celebrate.

And then I needed napkins.

I got mason jars tied with ribbon for decoration. I ordered gluten free, dairy free cupcake mix to make life easier 'cuz there was no way I was trying to undertake that from scratch. I got catered meats from the local barbecue place so I wouldn't have to cook for 30 people. I am having grandmas cut up fruits and veggies for a 'balanced' meal. Got the 'fancy' disposable plates to add a touch of elegance to the otherwise low key affair.

And then I needed napkins.

Who the heck frets over napkins?! Apparently, the answer is this chick. I went to several stores (yep, stopped counting) over the weekend and hit up a few more during the week to make sure I hadn't missed the 'perfect' napkin. One that was white, thick, but still with a little design to it so it wasn't boring. I finally 'settled' on some that I found at Tuesday Morning.

And I came home and as I put them in the dining room with the other party stuff - chips, pop, plastic silverware - it occurred to me just how ridiculous it all was. Yes, I wanted this celebration for my daughter to be nice but the truth is, she nor anyone else will take note of these perfect napkins. They will wipe the barbecue from their face and throw it away. I assure everyone I have never once noted the napkins at a party (quality, design or anything else). I doubt any of our guests will walk away discussing the perfect choice of napkin design and how it sopped the sauce perfectly while feeling soft on their skin.

NO ONE CARES ABOUT THE NAPKINS. 

fabric trim down

Lately, I've been toying with the idea of a fabric diet. I'm at the point where my stash and projects I've purchased fabrics for are far exceeding my available sewing time. And my stash is starting to get a bit too big for it's britches (aka the 4 dedicated shelves I have allotted for it). I don't want it to start overflowing and taking up even more space just so I can keep buying and owning more, more, more. While I love the fabrics in my stash, I would love to see them more in finished items here and there around the house! (And I still have a decently large order of fabric coming my way not shown in these photos - full of shot cottons, Leah Duncan's Meadow and Wee Wander....but that's it, I swear it!)

stash 2
So, I am putting myself on a self imposed fabric diet. And I'm writing about it, so you guys can hold me accountable!

For the next six months (my husband has challenged me to a year, silly husband), I'll be sewing from my stashed fabrics only - with 3 exceptions:
  • Solids - I dont have a huge stash of basics like Kona white, snow, black, etc. These can be purchased if required to effectively use stashed fabrics.
  • Backings - I have a few backings purchased for WIPs, but for the most part, I don't have the yardage required for backings in my stash. Of course pieced backs are an option, but even then, I don't have too many cuts over a half yard stashed.
  • Swaps - I can swap my fabric for something else that I want/need but no purchases! 
I'll re-evaluate at the six month mark and see how my stash looks and decide from there what to do.stash 1
Anyone interested in joining me? I'll be hosting a monthly check in so we can all cheer each other on and see the projects we're working on with our stashed fabrics. To join:
  • Start by writing a post outlining your goals - it could be 3 months, 6 months, etc. or just finishing up your current WIPs before buying anything new. Just make them specific.
  • Create and list your own rules - can you buy backings? bindings? solids? Only you know your stash.
  • Come back here and add link to your post!

DIY flannel burp cloths

Just before E arrived, I was gifted a brand new Juki serger. I was excited to get it since I knew that it would be an easy way to make things for E. One of the first things on my list was blankets and burp cloths.

DIY double sided burp cloths
They were honestly super easy to do. I bought a yard and a half of flannels (on sale!) and cut out a 40" square for a nice size swaddle blanket and then cut down the remaining portion into rectangles to use as burp cloths. A quick run of the edges through the serger and they were finished!

I ended up making the burp cloths double sided (the backs are solid color flannels) which really has helped with the absorption. I like that these are also a bit thinner than regular cloth diapers or heavy burp cloths while still being quite absorbent. They are also soft enough that E doesn't even complain when I wipe off her face! 

rockin' robin: a finished top

My round robin quilt is all finished, with the final border (black frame and final HSTs) added by yours truly. I can't wait to get this one quilted, but that's where I'm stuck. I usually am a simple quilting kind of gal (I prefer piecing to quilting) but I just can't decide which direction to go on this one. Thoughts?

robin quilt
It's quite hard to get good pics of a 72" square quilt when your quilt holder is less than 72" tall....
I bought the lovely AMH Field Study poppy print for the backing material. I usually do a pieced backing but felt that the front of this quilt really required a solid back (even if it is in a fun print!).

robin quilt

a tag blanket for e

The last few weeks of my pregnancy really seemed to drag on...and on...and on. I tried staying busy but never knowing exactly when she'd make her arrival, I hesitated to take on any large or involved projects. This project, based on a pattern from Lotta's Simple Sewing for Baby book, was a nice and easy one - started and finished in 20 minutes flat.

taggie for e
I got gifted several little "taggies" by friends and relatives so I'm sure that this will also be a hit when the time comes. And I loved that I was able to use my Sarah Jane Children at Play balloon print. I hoard Sarah Jane fabric like it's my job. (And I did this prior to having a child, so that's a real committed addict right there. )

taggie for e
I made one for my cousin, who's baby is a bit older than E, and so far it was very well received by her little one. Since these are so quick and easy, I think that these might get added to the "new baby gift" repertoire as well!