I've been a busy little elf sewing, embroidering, wrapping, and smiling. It is so much fun to make things for loved ones at Christmas. I wanted so badly to make little doll quilts with a book theme for the grand daughters this year. (This idea probably came after reading this post on Kleios Belly . She does really great embroidery, and has wonderful ideas posted on her blog, if you haven't read it, you should!) I started with vague ideas, searched the net, found some really inspiring ideas, and got to work. One of my grand- daughter's favorite story is The Little Red Hen. My original idea was to make a quilt and give the book that goes along with the story, but since this particular little girl loves this story so much, I just had to make her a Little Red Hen quilt, even if she already has the book. I'll just give her a different book.
The other stories all had fabric to match, like Little Red Riding Hood fabric for the Little Red Riding Hood quilt, etc., but I scoured fabric sites and came up short on The Little Red Hen. However, I found this amazing quilt and story on a blog ironically called The Little Red Hen . It is a beautiful blog with gorgeous photography, beautiful quilts and needlework, and just the idea I needed for my quilt! I wrote Lynn and asked if she would mind if I copied the pattern. She graciously consented telling me her sister had gotten the pattern from an old children's book . You really must go over and look it, for my work doesn't do the pattern justice! I'm very much a beginner as you can tell from the quilts.
I didn't figure my oldest grandson would want a doll quilt so I made him a Thomas the Train apron. He adores Thomas, and I found a beautiful book, The Goodnight Train, to go along with it.
This has been so much fun! I have another apron in the works, and want to do a Pokey Little Puppy quilt as well.
Now to start wrapping and cooking!