Saturday, March 27, 2010

On the Go

Remember Ice Cream Boy from my last post?

He turned 2 today.

A couple of weeks ago I found this really great half-yard set of fabrics in a line called Wheels by Riley Blake. Now I have told myself over and over, that I have enough fabric. But really. "Enough" can have such a flexible meaning. It's so, uh....relative. But still, I couldn't really justify the purchase.

Until I talked to my daughter-in-law, Christa, and asked her about the theme for Levi's birthday party.  Here's kind of how that conversation went down.

Me: Have you thought of a theme for Levi's birthday party.
Christa: Cars.
M: Cars. Like the movie "Cars" (which we have watched a gazillion times)?
C: No, cars. You know, just cars. Levi is really into all kinds of cars.
M (lightbulb going off in head, thinking about that line of "Wheels" fabric): Uh, is there anything you need in the way of decorating? You know, like a table runner, bib....?
C: A table runner and a bib would be GREAT.
M (to myself): SCORE!!!

Ordered the half-yard set of Wheels fabric. So cute.

And then it came time to go to Quilt Camp in February. Even though we each pack more projects for the weekend than we could possibly get completed, it is tradition to stop at Bear Paw Fabrics. Just in case we find something completely "necessary." Like "On the Go" by Clothworks. Besides the fun fabric, they also have a playmat-style panel. Remember the flexible definition of "enough"? Uh, yeah....

I machine quilted on the inside of the railroad track, around both sides of the road, and around the airport landing strip. Easy peasy.

I had purchased three half-yard cuts of fabric for the back.

Used the rest for a scrappy binding.
and this is all that was left. I'm pretty pleased with myself. In fact, I probably need more fabric since I used it all up!

And what did I do with all that "Wheels" fabric? Used probably a max of a 1/4 yard and made a bib, of course.

And you may recall the whole sew-in label dilemma, as in "what color should I pick for the base? gray? brown? black?"

Well, now that I'm opening a new etsy shop, the color is all a moot point. Because I now need labels that say
"Sewing on the Edge." So this bib will probably become a collector's item as the only product made by "one in every color." You know...probably something to be handed down from generation to generation.....?

And Levi's car party? Creative decorations and yummy food. (check out the license plate cookies--completely amazing).

Powered by cake, I'm pretty sure Levi will be a boy on the go!


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k said... #

Super cute (collector's) bib! And super cute little boy. Happy Birthday to him.

And I can't WAIT to get a Cozy Coupe for E's second birthday. They're just so much fun!

Grandma G said... #

PERFECT!! Way to go!!

wishes, true and kind said... #

Best grandmother ever!

elpf said... #

Aw! Happy Birthday! I wish I had known. I have a bunch of leftover cars fabric (from a car quilt coincidentally for a car-obsessed 2 year old) including some cool vintage cars.


CitricSugar said... #

Shame on you for using your grandson as an excuse to buy fabric (which is exactly what I plan to use my future nieces and nephews for the second my sister tells me she's all sprogged up.)!! Shame!! LOL

All joking aside, these are some fantastic projects - and one happy looking boy!

Melissa said... #

adorable! I love the fabric. Wes also loves cars of any sort. You are such a great grandma!

Needled Mom said... #

Soooo cute. Happy birthday to him and welcome to the "terrible twos".

Em said... #

BEYOND CUTE, the fabric is a fav of mine but those license plates and the whole theme is so WONDERFUL!!! Lucky little boy to have such a creative mom! thank you for sharing, Em

Mary Grace McNamara said... #

Darling, everything on this post is just darling! The fabric, the play mat, the cakes, the bib, the cookies, and of course the boy!


Melissa (5M Creations) said... #

I cannot believe he is 2 already. What a blessing to have such a crafty grandma for party needs. So cute!

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said... #

what a cutie!! this is happiness

Family of 4 said... #

ADORABLE! Are you able to replicate that road map/panel. Would you sell it? I have been looking everywhere for fabric like that for my boys to make them something exactly like that, but to no avail. I would be willing to commission you to make one for us, if you are willing!