Friday, June 15, 2012

Sweet Sophie Chenille

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My Scarlet turned 8 months old last week!

8 months old

No, I can't believe it. :)

She's sweeter than sweet, and adorable too.

I made her this quilt (the girl is going to have a hope chest full of quilts before she moves out, I'm sure...I'm just going with it).

Sophie Chenille quilt

I paired charm squares from the Sophie by Chez Moi collection with squares of chenille.  I did use a 3/8" seam allowance, because the bumpy edges of the chenille are a little trickier.  I just made half-square triangles and arranged them in what I believe is called the Dutch windmill design.  (It's one of my favorite HST lay-outs).

After auditioning a bunch of different fabrics, I went with more chenille for the border. 

And it's so soft.

The borders were whatever width would make it so I could use one WOF for the backing.  It's just one of my favorite prints from the collection.

back of Sophie Chenille

The selvages are still in there... that's how close of a fit this was.

I used a pretty little pink houndstooth for the binding.

soft binding

Speaking of binding -- I LOVE binding with a chenille border.  You just sew the binding to the front, flip to the back and machine stitch it down.  All your stitching on the front disappears in to the chenille (it's actually why I like to use chenille for a border like here and here).

It's a very pretty quilt in all... but not as pretty as this girl.


Now if you'll indulge my mommy side for a moment; I'm going to take this opportunity to record a bit about my girl.

8 months old

Scarlet -- everyone tells you how cute you are, and I agree, but really you are just so sweet.

You have started talking to us a lot more.  Chatty, chatty, chatty -- this kind of scares your father.

You make lots of happy little sing-songy sounds when you chat.  Sometimes you get squealy and sing in a very high pitch.  Your brother likes to talk back to you when you do this; he calls it your happy talk.

You scoot around the room just like your brother did... the good 'ol army crawl.

Mama dresses you in pink all the time.  I alternate between calling you peaches & cream, or strawberries & cream.

Steiger still adores you.  He calls you "Little Missy." ♥
Daddy calls you "Special Ghost," and Mommy calls you "Smile Box," "Sweet girl," and a number of other little endearing terms.

Except when you first wake in the morning, and you're quite hungry, you give me the biggest little grin every time you see me.  Your mouth goes out like a line, and you get even cheekier.

The neckline or strap of my shirt is your "blankie" when you fall asleep.  You lay your head on my chest, put your thumb in your mouth, and grip my shirt in your hand.  Mama always says that rocking you to sleep is therapy in its highest form.

You always suck your left thumb.

8 months old

You are an amazing little eater.  Mama breaks little bits of pretty much everything on your tray, and you get both hands in on the action.  And can I tell you how much I love that you're not picky?  Thank you baby.  It is however, impossible to eat anything while I'm holding you, because you yell until I share.

You share your mama's obsession with Pirate's Booty (see first picture).

You yell now to get attention.  It's a very staccato little "Meep!" and "Mop!"  I usually just laugh.

You also growl.  I love the growls.  So does Steiger... he tries to figure out how to make you growl.  I think it's for you to say, "hey, watch it." ;)

You wave your arms when you're excited.  You hadn't seen Daddy for a couple days this week, and saw him just before bed last night... you yelled for him, smiled, waved your arms... you clearly missed him.  He felt very special.

You raise your arms above your head, and make little fists.  You usually give some kind of punctuated shout.  We call it your "fists of fury."

You sit on my lap, content, for the longest time.  It's amazing really.

Scarlet -- each day, I am more and more happy to be your mama.

Between you, and this big guy here (who insists that he's a "little boy and doesn't want to get big," I am blessed indeed.

Steiger man

We love you both to bits!

Sophie chenille


Library Gal Quilts said...

Love your quilt and your little gal is adorable. I called Carmen so many names,,,and sweetie girl stuck. I would say "where's my sweetie girl?" and she would answer" Right Here!" we still do it. Enjoy each minute!! And that little man...oh my gosh how adorable is he!!

Katie B. said...

Your kids are so precious, Tracey. You're a lucky mama!

I love your chenille quilt. I want to make a quilt using chenille today!

Sara said...

That chenille looks FABULOUS Tracey!!! Steiger is getting so big and cuter and cuter:)

Fabric Warrior (aka Amie) said...

I've never worked with chenille. How did you quilt it? The quilt is beautiful, but even it pales next to those adorable kids! : )

Angela said...

oh I got all teary eyed reading that. Lucky mama.

Regina said...

Lovely quilt - but the photos of the kids are INCREDIBLE!!! Their eyes - wow!!!! :-) two little sweeties there!

Karen said...

Hi there Tracey! I LOVE the quilt! The pictures of Scarlett and Steiger are adorable. She looks so much like he did at that age, I think. And Steiger is beginning to lose the babyish face...what a handsome guy he is!

These two children are a know that already. They look very happy and content.

Enjoy life.

Hugs, Karen

verykerryberry said...

What a gorgeous quilt! The chenille adds texture and line and the backing and the binding are great choices- and then there is your kids! Great pics!

Poppyprint said...

I just LOVE that chenille quilt and I never would have tried making 1/2 squares with it. Way to go - the layout is so pretty. You've got the cutest kids - great pics Tracey! I so miss the snuggly falling asleep on my shoulder days. Sigh.

Erika L. said...

I've put the soft stuff on the back but never mixed with the cotton. Love it!!

Katy Cameron said...

Oh that chenille must feel fabulous! Loving that shot of her head on :oD

CJ said...

LOVE the quilt! So sweet and cuddly looking.
The details on Scarlett are precious. Thanks for sharing.

Cat said...

She is so incredibly gorgeous xxx
LOVE that quilt - well done you

Donna said...

Beautiful children! That made me a little weepy. In a good - I love being a mommy way! :-)

felicity said...

Oh your little snuggle bug is so adorable! That wry smile in her first photo there is hilarious. Love the quilt too. :)

Rafael's Mum said...

Love the pictures and seeing those adorable kids growing. Steiger is so grown up already and I'm sure he is going to enjoy being 'big' soon when Scarlett is a little older as he will be the wise one who can show her things! Really great quilt too. I remember you doing Chenille before and I loved that as well. It makes it so cuddly!

Dana Gaffney said...

What a wonderful post, I hope you print these out and make a book for her when she's grown. She's so special, thanks for sharing.

Karin said...

love your post, your daughter is just so stinkin' adorable! The quilt is wonderful too! Does chenille come in yardage? Or did you use a vintage blanket/quilt?

sandra said...

Oh she is just so adorable and I can't believe she is 8 months old.
Where does the time go to she is growing so fast. I love the quilt especially the chenille. I used it once in a quilt I was making and I loved it to. Blessings to your family

Jennifer said...

I do love this one too! How was the quilting one on the chenille? tough or easy? Is there any trick to it?
as for nick names for my daughter I still call her my "Hug-a-Bug" and "Baby Girl." She going to be a teenage next year. So do not by all means feel bad about the nick name you call your kids. They will still love it even if you embarass them in frount of their friends when you call them by the nick name. By the way your two are so adorable!

Kirsten N said...

Chenille has such a great texture - it is a really beautiful quilt!

Heidi Grohs said...

Umm....she is just to die for.

Gosh darn it, I was so distracted by Miss Scarlett and her personality that I almost forgot...The quilt? Awesome.

Amanda said...

I love how you're just going with a Hope Chest full of quilts. That seems like an awesome plan to me. Besides, you might not know how many great-great grandchildren you'll have and it would be terrible if they don't all have one from you. :) (My family just found a quilt made by my great grandmother. The first great-great granddaughter is going to get it. The second is out of luck.)

pinksuedeshoe said...

So so sweet tracey. Seriously, so sweet. (Fists of fury might be my favorite though :) Also, I have 8 yards of that backing print stashed away, plus about 10 other yards of pretty things in FQ form to go with it. Hoping to pair it with some grayish tanish not to dark not to boring linen looking something for a quilt for our bed. Someday. Until then, it's a happy stack. :)

Mitzi said...

What a precious little quilt and even more precious girl playing on it! Love it!

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Marlene said...

Tracey, do you by chance offer a pattern for this quilt?


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