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an almost-dress and a quilt

these two items are the reasons i schlepped my sewing machine as a carry-on across the country with me. i deserved the looks i was getting during my three hour delay at the san francisco airport, the ones that said "wow, i feel sorry for you, you poor lonely girl with two little children and what looks to be the crappiest stroller known to man. . . oh, wait, is she trying to push that one-handed? what does she. . . is she carrying around a SEWING MACHINE? in the airport? she looks kind of sweaty and i'm pretty sure that stroller is going to come careening into my shins at any minute. honey, honey! watch out, let's give the sweaty girl some room. she just needs room! no help for her, she's brought in on herself. smile politely and move on, quickly. quickly!" the many looks and sore forearm aside, i'm so glad i did. i loved my janome even more than usual as i finished my projects in brookings on the table that i ate every childhood family dinner around.

first, we have the almost-dress that i will be wearing as a tunic:


not only are you, my seven lucky readers, seeing the the product of my handiwork, but you also get to see some double chin and what my niece, mia, refers to as a "pancake" on my sister's floor. just to be clear, sarah is not one for throwing breast pads around willy-nilly, but, you know how it goes. and to be even clearer, sarah's house only stays this messy for about five minutes. she's like a robot, in the best way possible.

so the tunic is my rip-off of one i saw in the barney's co-op catalog months ago. i used the basic shirt pattern in sew u with several adjustments and alterations.

and here we have the baby quilt for little baby bryce:



i love looking at chip hold it up for me to photograph. and i'm happy with how it turned out. my favorite baby quilt so far. we also gave this really great book to baby bryce, to use when he is older and wiser. for now, he can lie on his quilt while he watches his siblings make arrows and go-carts and teach him about latitude.


** for my own records, this was initially posted 8.17.07. accidentally removed it while trying to make corrections.**

Reader Comments (8)

I laughed so loud when I read this post that Mark was concerned. I love the whole airport scenario- I would've loved to see you schlepping the sewing machine cross country! I love what you made!
ok- I love Oregon- it all sounds dreamy. I can really see you guys there actually. wouldn't it be ideal to live there part of the year and in NYC part of the year? I'm really into this whole idea of putting your desires out to the universe for paths to be opened for those goals. Go for it!

August 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPatria

kate the quilt turned out great!! you inspire me to clear the desk around my sewing machine and fire it up! maybe another sun dress for chloe??

August 17, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterjeanie

holy cow that quilt is awesome. I would buy that. you should be selling this stuff on etsy!

August 17, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterliz

Hi Katie-

I am a friend of ALysha's. I just wanted to tell you how much I adore that quilt you made. Did you make up the pattern yourself? It is amazing.


August 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

Hi! I have been reading your blog for a while and just had to comment on the quilt. Absolutely to die for!! Guess I am off to the fabric store to make my own! thanks for sharing.

August 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterGregg McCormac

I also LOVE the quilt! I am so impressed by your shirt/dress. Every time I read your blog I want to get out my sewing machine. Oregon sounds amazing. Take care.

August 20, 2007 | Unregistered Commentermelissa schill

Maybe you have eight readers? How could you give that quilt away? It's really, really good. You might be a sewing genius...

August 20, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterbrooke

Just found your blog--gorgeous! I love this quilt so much. Really cool pattern.

February 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

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