Thursday, September 04, 2008

For a deer girl

deer.sisters

Well this little bundle made the 'would'a blogged it if I were bloggin' list and its getting blogged too. Do you remember how great 7 was? I can remember thinking that it was good to be a kid around then. Totally excusable if you wanted to play, and totally acceptable if you wanted to do something grown-up too. In thinking about this, I wanted to make something for Bela that would help her do both.

tracing.the lines.quilting

I mentioned that we have had a pair of does in the yard a lot lately (though we haven't seen them in a bit) and no one has wanted to approach their sweet speckled bodies more than Bela. They seemed not very conditioned to be afraid of us, and so she came rather close to them a few times. But each time there was just enough natural human fright for a gentle skip away, and I watched my girl pound her fists into her thighs gently in anguish. Nuts. Missed 'em again. She just wanted to help take care of them and be kind. Remember feeling that way? I do.

a.good.read

So for the sweet frontier girl spirit I see in her, I thought she would enjoy embarking on another of my own childhood favorites. I so vividly pictured all the scenes described in this book, and I know Isabela's little mind and I see her imagination painting it all there in the air as she reads to herself. Oh, and the doll bed, I just kinda figured out, but definitely knew it should have handles to carry along on adventures. The quilt is a small whole cloth quilt with this on the front and this on the back and this cut on the bias for binding. (I designed that fabric totally bc I wanted to see it as a bias binding. Joy.) I started it at the beginning of the summer (which is why its shown here) as a way to teach myself an improved hand-quilting technique, and I'm getting there. I've been playing around with different needle sizes and thimble combos to find what works for me....I'll share more on that soon. I did not stress too much about completely finishing all that I wanted to before giving it to her, because I know that one day she may thread a needle and do a little work on it herself. Which would be like a gift right back to me.

deer.sweet.mother

So for today's adventure of being both little and big, we practiced swaddling babies (twins, no less) and then she was off to the little house in our not so big woods.

One happy seven year old. Check.

xo,Anna

69 comments:

  1. what a beautiful quilt! we just purchased the Little House set for our niece and I cannot wait until she opens it for her birthday! those were by far my favorite books growing up...i read them so many times and look forward to the day when our daughter reads them.

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  2. I posatively love this gift for like about a thousand reasons!!! As a mom to both nine year old and four year old little girls, i can say "WOW" they would both simply swoon over that!!! You have totally inspired me to get busy for Christmas, and forget all those stinky commercial gifts. We too have a deer family who peeks their heads out now and then outside our kitchen window! Wow, thanks for sharing!!!

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  3. Aww :o) What wonderful birthday presents. The Little House series are defining of my childhood... I loved those books so dearly. The presents you made your daughter are so beautiful. I know she will treasure them for a long time. Perfect! Have a great Friday.
    xox,
    Linnea

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  4. I'm reading the little house books to my little guy right now, too! I think I'm enjoying it almost more than he is (and that's saying a lot.) I'm making a beautiful camera bag with your drawing room fabric right now, by the way. It's lovely!

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  5. What beautiful gifts. When we lost power a few months ago, I started reading my boys (3 and 6) Little House in the Big Woods and they were so riveted they got up early the next morning so they could hear more before camp. I've probably read that book a dozen times -- most as an adult -- and it's still magical.

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  6. So Sweet! My Aunt lives in Slovenia (Eastern Europe) and while she was still living at home with mom (in the mountains)she rescued a doe whose mother was killed by hunters. She bottle fed it and it followed her everywhere.. it would even walk right into the house to look for her.

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  7. Are we leading parallel lives? My 7year old girl and I just finished our first Little House book together (traumatized by the wolf scene). She also just got the deer webkinz (the ONLY webkinz that I think is actually cute). I remember loving being the ages 7, and 17, for exactly those same reasons!

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  8. This is just the sweetest thing. I can't tell you how special it is to be given a sneak peak.

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  9. simone11:27 PM

    What a lovely birthday present for a lovely little girl. She is so lucky to have such a fantastic mom. I am sure one day she will add her touch to that quilt and pass it along to her daughter. Thanks for sharing!

    oh and by the way...I am OBSESSED with the Polka Line fabric on the back of the quilt...it has the perfect tone to match just about every other fabric in the world! I cannot get enough!

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  10. These are gifts she'll remember for the rest of her life, especially because they were made by you. I'll never forget the Christmas (I had just turned 7)when Mrs. Claus dressed all my dolls in new clothes that she had made. It is a magical age and what better way to spend it than having close encounters with little twin fawns.
    Holley

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  11. Awwww, the Laura Ingalls Wilder books were some of my FAVORITE books as a girl. Just seeing the cover brought back so many memories. :) Such wonderful stories!!!

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  12. Ya know what? That fabric IS perfect for bias binding. Not to be mean, but I keep looking at that one wondering what it could be used for. Obviously an accent or you'd go dizzy...and it looks so cool on the binding. So, once again...you're a couple of steps ahead of me.
    My girl is 5, and I'm SO looking forward to the stage your 7yo is at. Whee!

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  13. Such Adorable Birthday Gifts for your 7Yr Old to Remember Forevermore...

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  14. Beautiful gifts. I plan to introduce the Little House series to my daughter this year, too. They were my very favorite books in the whole world when I was growing up - I've probably read each one 20 times!

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  15. Oh I *devoured* the Little House series when I was a kid. What a wonderful present!

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  16. Ok, so off I go today to buy piles more of that fabric, most everything I do in the next few months will *need* that binding! Such a special gift for a dear girl on a very special day. thanks for sharing your inspiration.

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  17. Last night I was contemplating the fabric I need to buy for a binding. It must be vibrant, stripey, and look marvelous. And today you've blogged about your fabric you designed to be a bias binding! I love it when the universe helps me out.

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  18. Beautiful gifts... so infused with your love and appreciation for Bela.
    I look forward to reading about your hand-quilting insights. I am trying to finish a large quilt and the hand-quilting is wearing me down... my confidence is as irregular as my stitches!

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  19. I feel seven all over again...happy birthday Bela!

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  20. Terriaw8:43 AM

    I remember reading those books as a little girl and loving them. Ahh, to be seven again! What a lucky birthday girl.
    I am taking a hand-quilting class in a couple weeks, something I've always wanted to learn, so this is great inspiration - thank you!

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  21. So sweet! I think I'll have to make a baby bed and blanket for my 1 year old and her new found babydoll love. I grew up with my mom reading me the Little House series before I went to sleep (or sometimes as I went to sleep). I bought Ella the entire set when I lived in Manhattan at this amazing cupcake/book shop in Chelsea. I can't wait to read them to her!

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  22. Your posts are so...perfect. They have wit, class, play on words, simplicity, complexity...it's all there in one single post! Man, girl, your mind is wonderweb!!

    Thanks for sharing it with us!

    Meghan Cobble :-)

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  23. So Adorable! My Emilee (10) would love that. My kids have always been more into stuffed animals than dolls. My favorite character in the little house books is Mr. Edwards. I loved it when he made an appearance. :)

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  24. I have my own little 7 year old frontier girl. Aren't they the best? We have the Little House books too,(but not that beautiful quilt! I better get moving on it!)Thanks for sharing a lovely post ~xo

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  25. OMGosh that turned out so cute! I am sure she is just loving everything about her present right now! The deer are too cute also!

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  26. ladybird11:18 AM

    Oh my! What a perfect post, and a perfectly sweet gift for your darling frontier girl. I loved growing up with these books, and to this day I admit that I still enjoy rereading these happy golden years. That fabric is the most perfect binding, and I can't wait to see your hand quilting techniques. I am still waiting patiently for that lampshade tutorial too!!

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  27. EquinoxMoon12:52 PM

    The techinique you're using looks like what's called "Big Stitch" or "Long Stitch" quilting. It's short on the bottom stitch and a long stitch on top. I used it on a queen-sized apple core quilt and it really sped up the process and gave the quilt a more primitive look. Here's more info on the stitch I'm referring too:
    http://www.quilt.com/QuestionOfTheWeek/1999/0308.html

    Lovely gift for your lucky daughter, btw!

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  28. I love your blog. I've seen lots of things I like on it, but they all had so many comments, so I thought I'd just leave one here. Thank-you for brightening up my rainy friday!

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  29. May I have one, please? I do love Laura!

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  30. The whole set is just perfect. I love this type of toy that allows them to be seet and nurturing. We are in the middle of the Little House series and it has been so much fun. Some nights she falls asleep and I read way ahead in the book because I can't put it down. We are on The Long Winter now and it is making me really dread the coming cold weather!

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  31. How cute! Very fun. I bought the same polka dot print to make some curtains for my little girls room.

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  32. HI ANNA MARIA! I'M FROM BRAZIL AND WHAT A SURPRISE WHEN I SAW THIS BOOK HERE IN YOUR BLOG! I HAVE ONE, BUT WRITTEN IN PORTUGUESE, OFF COURSE..ITS COVER IS THE SAME. I'LL PUT ONE PICTURE OF IT ON MY FLICKR. LOOK THAT AND LEAVE A COMMENTARY FOR ME. I'LL KNOW YOU SEE THAT. THANKS. CLÁUDIA.
    flickr: cbmimilk or cbmimilk@yahoo.com.br

    BYE.

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  33. The quilt is beautiful and what a wonderful birthday present it will make.

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  34. Hello!
    I'm a FAN and a retailer of your things and I have just "awarded" you and your blog a blog-love award (posted on my blog). I just adore your blog, your fabrics, your products, and the way you seem to balance your art, your family, and your burgeoning "empire"--what a wonderful inspiration and example.
    Just wanted to let you know you are appreciated and "awarded" the blog-love award. :)
    Thanks so much!
    -Ruth

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  35. I love this! I can't wait to hear more about the hand quilting, and I love the binding -- genius!

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  36. Delightful. Adorable.

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  37. Audrey1:28 PM

    Just perfect. So much thought and love in a sweet gift! Thanks for sharing.

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  38. Wonderful! I so loved those books, too... and the Long Winter was so scary!

    :)

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  39. Awesome! Love this gift and reminicsing about the innocence of youth! What a great time in life isn't it? Thanks for sharing.

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  40. Seven is indeed a great age! I loved
    that series of books when I was a kid! And the doll bed is beautiful! I especially like the binding on the doll quilt and the handles on the bed! So cute!

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  41. Ahh I that is so lovely, I do remember...oh the innocence and the freedom...oh to be young again, it is such a lovely gift to your daughter, you are so talented....I wish I was 7 again!

    ...And I think Congratulations is in order for the pending launch of your book - Well Done Chick!

    PS My word varification was bpoopysc!!! STRANGE! He He!

    Love Happy x

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  42. Hi Annamaria, I love love love your fabrics, your work and your blog! So much inspiration and lovely colours to look at - your fabrics just make me want to sew! :) I don't really know how to sew well, am trying my best eversince my sister bought me a simple sewing machine last christmas. I hope to buy your fabrics online and sew something simple yet functional. Thanks so much for all the inspiration!! :)
    elaine t
    (would love to have you drop by my blog if you have the time - http://angel08.wordpress.com)

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  43. What a beautiful gift for her. I love the vibrant colors!

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  44. Oh! Your hand quilting is beautiful! Laura Ingalls Wilder books seem to be one of those things that connects women to each other across generations and distances. It's like a sisterhood or something.

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  45. What a tender little gift. Those are always the best ones to get!

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  46. What a wonderful gift!!!!
    Very cute.

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  47. What a great idea!! I loved the books growing up and right now my husband is working less than a mile from the cabin Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in! I got to go see it last week! Keep up the good work!

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  48. that is so sweet, how I miss those days. happy birthday, Isabella.

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  49. Oh, how precious! What a wonderful idea! Twin baby deers! :-)
    And Little House on the Prairie?
    Perfect!

    best, Cheryl

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  50. Everything is just absolutely perfect...every bit just full of your love.

    I agree, seven is a great age!

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  51. okay anna maria, there has got to be some kind of pill or potion you drink every day that gives you the hours of awake-time to play with a hand quilting technique while making your daughter a birthday present! I want the truth! How do you do it? Please tell me you have elves.
    (And yes, I remember 7 well. And it was wonderful.)

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  52. What wonderful gifts - especially that you gave her twins! Just adorable.

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  53. Anonymous9:27 AM

    This is so beautiful. I think I am going to try to make it for my daughters 6th birthday. I know you can't reply to all your comments but I was wondering what kind of batting or interfacing you used on the sides and bottom of the little bed.
    Thank you
    kathyz65@hotmail.com

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  54. my seven year old woudl DIE for that basket of Does!! Oh please say you have an extra one lying around!!!

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  55. Lovely!!!! I just want it for my own...

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  56. I love that book so much!! I have all of her books but Little House In The Big Woods is my favorite. I read it to both my oldest boys when they were young and now I will read it to my youngest three during this Xmas vacation.

    What wonderful gifts!!

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  57. A late Happy Birthday to Isabela! Her bed bag and quilt are wonderful!! Your fabrics are so full of life and cheerful. I think this was a good summer for everyone... very much in touch with the earth and nature. I think the children pick up on that too. Hope she sees the deer!

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  58. Hi Anna Maria
    I found your blog from another blog (you know how that goes) and then I remembered I had seen a recent article on you in ME (I think) and what a coincidence! I have the page opened to your article for inspiration ( I do this with all my mags). I like your sense of color and whimsy and your article was so inspirational. Thanks!
    Robin

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  59. Hi Anna, I have the same book, just in portuguese. Look here, that I posted for you. A hug.
    Claudia.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22730605@N04/

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  60. I love the 'deer' quilt! The hand-stitching is precious.

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  61. This is truly en"deer"ing! This also gave me the jump start I needed to come up with a gift for my niece! Except I will be doing something for her Samantha American Girl doll. I would also like to compliment you on your use of color and pattern. Thank you for a visually appealing blog!

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  62. I am completely kicking myself now. Bias binding. How could I be so blind. I looked and looked and thought, naw, I'd never do anything with that one. Silly me, never overlook the possibilities. Thanks for reminding me to think from all angles...

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  63. I am just dying to make that Doll bed for my 7 year old. Don't you want to share a "how to"... or sell the pattern, please????
    Liz

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