Blircles and burp cloths

These fun little cross-stitched blocks took longer to complete than I expected!  And they ended up looking more like circles.  When I showed my husband, he squeezed one in his fingers and considered.  “Just call it a blircle,” he finally decided.

Blircle it is.

Along with five fuzzy burp cloths, I finally finished up these blircles and am ready to send them off to my favorite little boy in Seattle.  I wish I could deliver them in person and see how much he’s grown in the last few weeks!  It won’t be long before he’s using the blircles to peg his big sisters from across the room…

Good thing they’re soft.  🙂


I have a confession

I think I need to explain something before I go on with this blog.

I’m a fabric stalker.  Slinking into craft and quilt stores and fondling  fleece and silk is a weekly occurrence for me.  Every day I spend hours snooping through sewing blogs and then toss and turn at night while I dream about patterns and designs.  I’ve been known to buy fat quarter bundles and Moda charm packs and then hoard them in the bottom drawer of my desk for months.

It’s only recently that I’ve discovered that I don’t actually have a sickness.  It turns out that I am simply a sewing enthusiast.  There are millions of women out there just like me.  What a relief!

I am pretty new to sewing.  I’ve appreciated it for years, but only recently felt brave enough to try it for myself.  A few weeks ago I actually pulled this fat quarter bundle from my bottom desk drawer and decided to make something with it.

At first I just set it on a shelf in my four-year old’s room and stared at it for a while.  He stared at it with me as we rocked together before bed each night, and we discussed all the things we could make with the fabric – some pj’s, a blanket, a soft car (his suggestion).

After a few weeks, and much discussion, we decided on some stuffed blocks for my friend’s new baby boy.   It meant doing some cross stitching, some hand sewing, and getting out the old 1970’s Kenmore sewing machine.  The cross stitching and hand sewing went really well.  I made a pretty cute baby block.

Getting out the dinosaur sewing machine, however, did not go so well.  It decided to make a rat’s nest instead of stitches and then literally seized up after my husband took it apart to “fix” it.   It’s still in ten pieces.

But at least I’ve started to use the adorable fabric bundle, and at least I know that I can hand stitch these little babies and finish all four by the time my friend’s little tike turns five.  I also know how to stalk craft and quilting stores and fondle new sewing machines.  🙂

In case you were curious, the fabric (It’s a Jungle Flannels) is made by Hoffman Fabrics.  I’m hoping I’ll soon have a bib and some burp cloths to show you as well.  Wish me luck!