Actually, I love the idea of having a little girl to make cute dresses for - then using the scraps to make cute quilts.
There are a couple of problems with this idea. First of all, I don't know how to sew. (I have yet to figure out how to thread my garage sale sewing machine, in case you were dying for an update.) And secondly, I don't have a little girl.
Technically, we do have a little girl - my stepdaughter Lauren is 7. But her mom kind of skipped the "little girl" wardrobe phase and went straight to tween. She always looks adorable - don't get me wrong. Very fashionista. But I always love to see a little girl dressed like this:
|Both outfits are from Gymboree|
The idea to learn how to quilt began to blossom when I saw this quilt in a Pottery Barn catalog:
Don't you love my
Then Target came out with their own knock-off version, so making one was no longer necessary.
|Circo Love & Nature Bedding Collection|
Every so often I would find myself perusing Moda's Bake Shop for free patterns, because Moda makes the cutest quilting fabric. If you haven't looked into quilting lately, you probably still think it's mostly a lot of this:
But there are lots of great, modern designs being put out right now. And they're released in coordinated collections, so you don't have to worry about everything going together. In fact, you can buy pre-cut quilt pieces - so basically all you have to do is sew.
In case you know differently (you know, from experience and not just fantasies in your own mind), just keep it to yourself for the time being. Because look what I just won on Ebay.
I scored both of them for $8.99 plus $2.50 for shipping (or $11.49 total) - which I think is a good deal because they retail individually for $9.50 each.
Yes, it might have been a bit of an impulse shopping, spurred on by the fact that I had almost that exact amount leftover in my PayPal account. But I'd rather think of it as my first baby step into the amazing world of sewing. The goal is to make a quilt. Whether or not it will be nice enough to gift or will end up hidden in the back of a closet, we're just going to have to wait and see.