So I actually have been making things other than Superhero capes. Here are a few things I've made as gifts that I can finally post about because they've been given!
First, my good friend Autumn had an adorable baby boy -- Nolan. I wanted to make a quilt for him but not use traditional kid colors -- she's not really the pastel baby blue type mom. I found the elephant flannel first and loved it - so got some dark green, light green and dark grey flannel to match.
I didn't use a pattern and just kind of winged it when I made the quilt. I kind of had an image of what I wanted it to look like (pretty plain, a big piece of the elephant material so you could see the cute pattern, kind of off centered) so I just cut pieces and laid them out on the floor until I got it to look like what I wanted.
I quilted it on my machine just by doing random sized rectangles ... I love how the end result turned out and love how the quilting looks on the back of the quilt. It shrunk up a bunch in the wash and really gave it that crinkly look that I like - but it did make it a little small for a quilt (even a baby quilt) but I think it would make a good play mat, too.
Another thing I made for a cute 1 year old's birthday were these fun fabric balls. I used the great tutorial at The Purl Bee and some fun Heather Bailey fabrics. The best part about these were that you literally can make them from scraps - I just used a couple of pieces I had leftover from when I cut out my quilt (more to come!). They were super easy to make and I did them in about 30 minutes. In fact I liked them so much I ended up keeping the little one for myself to keep in my sewing room as a decoration (sorry Jo-Jo!).
You can see some new little Plum Pear Apple tags I have for capes now - I added them too the balls to give her something to grab on. Plus, they're just so cute I can't help but want to use them everywhere.
I also participated in an ornament swap hosted by Tiburon. Even though she initially left me out (wink wink Tib!) I got hooked up with a great partner, Kelly. I knew she liked my Superhero capes and so I wanted to make one that kind of looked like a little emblem. Her last name starts with a Z so I put that initial on there so it could be for her whole family.
I think it turned out cute and Kelly said she liked it. It was kind of fiddly to make since it was so small and the stitches were tiny - and I tried a new stitch of embroidery I had never done before - but I like the end result. I love ric rack! Just wait until you see the amazing ornaments Kelly picked out for me - I'll post about them in a few days.
I've got a few more gifts in the works but I can't post about them yet - need to wait until they've been recieved. I can't wait until after Christmas when the capes slow down a little bit and I can actually sew some new things with the monster stash of fabric that I am accumulating!