Saturday, December 11, 2010

Saturday update

I had a great time at the KCMQG meeting the other night. We have such a fun group of people and it has been great getting to know some of them over the course of the year. The exciting moment of the night was when Jacquie revealed...
Kona solid charm packs! One for every member. Someone said it was like Oprah. It was pretty funny. But we each got to pick between the pastel, dusty, dark, classic, and bright colorways... IF we are willing to make a challenge quilt using a bit of each color in our charm pack, and any additional fabric we choose as long as it is solid. I had a hard time deciding but I ended up bringing a bright charm pack home. Then I dreamed about using it to make a mini Dear Jane quilt, with light gray as the background. How crazy is that? I'm not sure if I really will do that, but it would be less intimidating than starting to make the entire Dear Jane quilt.

I got another sweet surprise at the guild meeting, but I don't have a picture, so I'll save that one for another day.
Here's my holiday sewing status:
*finished 2 surprise items today, yay!
*worked on my giveaway day project--it's a sketchy little mini-quilt, holiday-themed
*last night I got this done: 
It's the inner head for the Waldorf-inspired doll I'm making for my little girl for Christmas. I am making my doll (yeah, my girl's doll) from a kit I bought from Weir Dolls and Crafts. I was really nervous about getting this right, and looked at lots of tutorials to make sure I was "doing it right." I worked on the head while watching shows with my husband last night--I really enjoyed working with the wool stuffing. My hands get so dry and cracked in the cold weather and I hate it when different fabrics snag on my fingers... the wool was not snaggy at all; it was really soft and soothing to my hands. :)

Now that I have this much done I'm feeling better about the whole project but am still sort of obsessively searching "how to stuff dolls" and similar terms. I found a couple of absolutely GORGEOUS Waldorf doll websites during my search: Bamboletta  and Tumbleberry Toys. I love the dolls with crazy colorful dreadlocks and the beautiful little sweaters that some of the dolls are wearing. These sellers also have good inspiration for attractive, up-to-date clothing for the dolls as well. I'm thinking I probably won't only be making this one doll....


Tine said...

Waldorf dolls are so fun to make! I have made quite a few, I used to work as a Waldorf teacher before I changed careers ;)
Yours is looking really great!
I think a mini dear jane sounds awesome!! Quite a challenge too, but it would be gorgeous ;D

Manda said...

Hopefully I'll get brave enough to make a waldorf doll before my girls are teenagers. I ended up buying a small Evi doll for Christmas instead. It looks wonderful!

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Dielle said...

Oh, that looks great! I want to make one (or a bunch) and have been (obsessively) collecting pictures of finished Waldorf Dolls, and reading tutorials. Now I just need to come up with the money for the supplies. Sage wants to make one, too. So I think we're going to do it together.

Angie said...

What a great idea for a challenge - No prints! I like it :)