Saturday, 13 November 2010

For sale!

I need to gather some funds for something so the last babycarrier I made can go to a new home.

It is a wrapconversion, meaning that it is made using a wrap. In this case a didymos calendula. Because of this it is more soft and supple than a mei tai made from normal fabric.

The body is lightly padded and then quilted, making it really comfy.
It has a rounded neckpiece that gives support to a sleeping head but can also be folded down to support a (newborn) neck.

The straps are 12 cm's wide on the shoulders but flare out to wide "wrap style" straps than can be used to give more support. Just like a wrap but without all the hassle!

The straps are 180 cm's long which is a bit on the short side if you are plus sizes person and you want to wear a big toddler on the front. It is, however, perfectly fine for a backcarry for all sizes and front- and backcarry for smaller mama's and papa's.

I.e. I wear a size 14 (us) / 44 (eu) and I can just squeeze in a wrapped front carry with my two year old toddler, tying in the ends of the straps.
A backcarry uses less fabric and so does using the straps not spread out.

In short: if you are wearing a size 14 (us) / 44 (eu) or larger and you want to wear your baby on the front then this is perhaps not the right carrier for you. If you are wearing a smaller size and/or you want to wear your child on your back then this carrier will suit you just fine!

I know that most mei tai's are not recommended for newborns or very young baby's but this one is extra wide. In combination with the wrapstyle straps, the padded body and the necksupport you can easily position a newborn in it.

Because of that extra width it is also very comfortable with a two year old!

Friday, 12 November 2010

I can haz sandwich?

The backing taped to the floor, batting and top rolled out on top.
I never taped the backing until I saw Elisabeth Hartman's tute and now I do it every time I need to make a quiltsandwich. It is so much easier to remove all the wrinkles this way!

The completed sandwich. Pinned and ready to be quilted. It took 80 pins which seems like a lot but I rather put in the extra effort now instead of having a nasty crease in the backing later.

I'm curious as to how the batting will hold up in wear and washing. It is 100% wool which will hopefully make for a warm and soft quilt. I don't think it will crinkle as much as a completely cotton quilt does though...

happy birthday gran!

See that cute little canvas tote bag?

This was in it:

A prepacked kit to make moda's "cherish nature" quilt. I was baffled by the way the kit looked. Not only did it came in a bag, it also contained labels (washing- and namelabels) to mark the finished quilt with AND more than plenty of all of the fabrics.
It was such a gift to open and even more of a gift to make!

You might notice that the fabrics are way outside my comfortzone when it comes to color and design. The reason for that is that this wil be a gift for my Gran and she is more into sober colors. This teal, brown and green design seemed a great cross between her taste and mine!

She also used to talk to me about birds when I was a little girl. I would sit on her lap and she would read to me from Rien Poortvliets book, the highlight of those occasions being counting the birds on the first page. Oh such sweet memories!

I just finished the top of the quilt. It had to be adapted a bit since the pattern is for twin sized quilt and I want it to be a cribsized lapquilt. This way Gran can use it while knitting on cold winter nights ánd I can use the rest of the fabric as a backing.

Off to sew the backing, see ya!