Romper progress and two handsome quilts

Published on Friday July 9th, 2010

Let’s wallow in some handcrafted goodness, shall we? I need to show you some of the beautiful things my dear friends have been making for Minnow, and I thought you might like to know how the snail romper is coming along:

LanterneRouge_progress

Since taking this photo yesterday evening, I’ve finished leg #1 and added half another leg. This project should be finished in just a few more days… dare I say by the end of the weekend? (This might depend how well fought the final World Cup matches prove to be. Paul says Germany is going to take the consolation match tomorrow and has picked Spain to win it all, in case you’re wondering. This is, at the very least, sound diplomacy on Paul’s part. After his semifinal predictions he was getting death threats from his angry countrymen and offers of asylum from the Spanish government.) Anyway, I kind of miscalculated where to place the snail, and as a result this romper is a bit longer in the body than it was meant to be and also the lower portion is slightly larger than the top portion. But I figure this might actually be a boon, since it has to fit over a cloth diaper.

LanterneRouge_progress2

Now I want to show you two quilts made by friends on the island who have watched me grow since I was not much bigger than Minnow is now.

MaryB_blanket

Mary B. hand-quilted around every detail of the animal pictures on this sweet alphabet quilt. Mary made it sound like it ain’t no thang, but having practiced my hand quilting last summer, I know how much time all those tiny stitches require! In this picture you can just see how even her work is:

MaryB_blanket2

(Ideally, this kangaroo would be knitting, but I guess that might be confusing to small students of phonics who are only just learning their letters. At least the fabric designer didn’t try to add knitting but actually illustrate crochet, which really would have confused poor Minnow, who ought to be able to learn both of those skills by the time he or she is grown enough to be contemplating the alphabet.)

And this beauty was made by our friend Krispi. Krispi is a Really Good Quilter. See her perfect corners? Mine will never look this good.

Krispi_blanket1

Krispi_blanket2

It makes me feel all gooey inside to think about wrapping my baby in all this handmade love. And wait till I show you the handknits from my Portland posse! I’ll be taking pictures of those this weekend.

9 Comments to “Romper progress and two handsome quilts”

  1. Emily Comment Says:

    An orgy of cuteness! Love the little snail, and the light blue/vibrant red combo. And those quilts are amazing – although, what is the animal sitting across from the kangaroo? I am apparently not as quick on my alphabet animals as one might hope.

  2. Susan Comment Says:

    Wow! Those are PERFECT corners! And the romper is absolutely adorable. That minnow is going to be one stylin’ baby.

  3. Lydia Comment Says:

    That romper is looking so cute! I’m excited to see the final result. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Ivana Comment Says:

    Your baby definitely has things to look forward to! I’ve been following a few blogs of mothers with small babies and I just love the outpouring of craftiness from their friends!

  5. Daphne Comment Says:

    This reminds me–have I asked for your mailing address? If not, would you mind sending it over?

    xox
    d

  6. Lisa Comment Says:

    Wow, those quilts are both stunning. You–and Minnow–are very lucky ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Seanna Lea Comment Says:

    Lovely quilts! I really like the pink and green one. It is so fresh looking.

    I was watching the world cup and wished that the Netherlands could have eeked out a win. They were fighting so hard for it!

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  9. AnnaB Comment Says:

    Hi Sarah, I really love your knitting… such a wonderful thing!
    Iยดm the beginner in that and I would like to improve soon ๐Ÿ™‚

    Wish you a good day.

    Anna B.

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