Ever since Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson!
launched her new patterns this past summer, I've been smitten with Preppie the Whale
. I've made a few taggie blankets in the past (check out all about that here....
), but I wanted the ones I was making for Double Trouble to have a little more pizazz. A fine excuse to buy & download Preppie!
Have I mentioned before that I love a digital download? No driving to the store and deliberating. No waiting. No printing it off if you don't feel like it... it's safely stored for posterity on your hard drive. Just don't forget to back up your precious stuff once in a while!
I dove into my Kona stash... choosing the two colours that I used for DT's quilts and two more to accompany them. From the top, there's Grapemist (just for you, Q-D), Honeydew, Aqua, & (a new addition to the team) Goldfish.
Then I got to cutting... each whale has a zillion pieces. Okay, more like 17. But some of them are 1 inch square! Yikes!
At some point after the above pic was taken, I thought that it might have been a smart idea to starch. Oh well... too late now! Once all those little bits were sewn together, some didn't quite fit... you can see the head section is
taller than the body section. I'm not sure if a wonky ¼ inch seam
allowance is to blame here... I thought I was being careful. ☺
Even if they didn't line up perfectly, they still look danged cute swimming around on my ironing board! Each whale finishes at 4 by 13 inches... odd, odd block size!
Now... to make them into squarish blocks. I added some Kona Ash rather than white... the contrast is just as good and perhaps less likely to stain. I anticipate these will get washed a lot! Grapemist & Honeydew together...
... Goldfish & Aqua!
I missed taking pics of a few steps here... once they were squarish, I sandwiched the blocks with some Minky fabric from the stash and tucked in a zillion and one ribbon tags. I was pretty amazed that I had such a variety of ribbons that coordinated so well!
Here's one finished Preppie Taggie....
And another... Double Trouble will have to share enough things. It's not like a taggie takes up a lot of room! They finished up at 13 by 12... almost square!
Snuggly Minky fabric... itty bitties love that dimple dot!
So pleased to have one more thing checked off my "Sew this before the babies get here" list!
And, since I'm considering it to still be Monday (albeit very, very late), I'm linking up with Anything Goes Monday @ Stitch by Stitch!
I too am impressed by all the coordinating ribbons you have in your stash - and your sewing skills, of course!ReplyDelete
Wow! Amazing-love the whales and the kona colors.ReplyDelete
Super cute! Love the goldfish and aqua together.ReplyDelete
Double Trouble will love will love the whales and all the color in the quilts.ReplyDelete
Sweet. I too am impressed with the ribbons ;) These babies are not going to be wanting for homemade items. At least not for now. You rock, mama!ReplyDelete
These are so sweet! Preppie the Whale is a cute block, but you are right - what an odd size! The minky on the back is going to make these extra sensory fun, I think. :)ReplyDelete
I love Preppie!!! You did a great job.ReplyDelete
So cute. The hedgehog is my favorite, though.ReplyDelete
Adorable! Working on the Hedgehogs now!ReplyDelete
Those whales are too cute, so many ribbons! These are very sweet :)ReplyDelete
Super cute! Great job!ReplyDelete
(But shouldn't you be dancing??)
They are just adorable!ReplyDelete
Oh so cute! Love that Grapemist! :-)ReplyDelete
All of her animal patterns are so cute :-) And you totally rocked the whales!ReplyDelete
These are so cute! Great idea and I love the colours!ReplyDelete
Great finish and too cute for each of the newcomers! Can't wait to see them snuggles up with these!ReplyDelete
Omigoodness - cuteness overload! I love the way you've used the preppie whale pattern here. I can see these getting a lot of love when your two little ones arrive :)ReplyDelete
Is the goldfish coloured Preppie actually a super huge goldfish? ;)ReplyDelete