Cinco de Mayo bib - #5 milestone plus more

Cinco de Mayo is a great fiesta here in the United States celebrating the victory by Mexico at the battle of Puebla over the French!  Now most people don't even think about the history but hey, this blog is written by a Spanish teacher so I had to start with that.  How does a baby celebrate?  With a Cinco de Mayo bib, of course!  And the baby in question is Zara and she is 5 months old this month so this bib is doing double duty.  It's the fiesta and her milestone marker!

rez5bibI've been making these bibs for five months now but I think this one is my favorite.  (Click to see the first, second, third or fourth in this series.) I had the chile pepper fabric left over from some aprons I made for the other Spanish teachers in my department.  I wasn't sure why I saved it until I was casting about for ideas for this month's bib.  This is why quilters end up with such huge stashes!  5bigbarz

For the other side, I stitched my favorite Spanish saying, Olé and of course it includes the accent mark.  I smile when I look at these bibs.  I have to give a shout out to my husband who did the snaps for me!

zbibreOf course, I have the bib being modeled!  She only wears these bibs for the milestone pictures on Facebook.  When she is actually eating, she will flip them to the other side and have twelve bibs all ready to go.

If you are interested in more than Cinco de Mayo bibs, a fellow blogger has an excellent post about activities to do with your family this weekend.  Check it out here.

For those of you who just can't get enough of bibs, I have two more I made for a new baby of a friend.  I know that I have been posting a lot of baby sewing but you just have to let me get it out of my system!bibre2

These two bibs were given to a newborn along with the Space quilt I finished this week.  I know babies don't actually eat hamburgers but I just loved the look of it!

For his second bib, I got inspiration not from my fabric stash but from my pattern file.  I bought this bib pattern a while ago and was thrilled to be able bibre3to use the idea.  I made my buttons and bow tie from fabric and appliquéd them in place.  I didn't want any buttons near where a baby was going to be eating.  I also simplified the front and back to one piece but the tux inspiration came from this picture.

I will probably use the other two pictures for inspiration in the future as well.  I might have made the businessman bib but nothing in my stash seemed just right for it.  I will put the pattern back in my file and let it marinate for a while.

That is how I think the creative process works, a germ of an idea gets in your head and it roams around in there and percolates and interacts with bibrezthe world until it is created by you.  No one lives in a vacuum, all of our ideas germinate somewhere.  When I know what the initial source of the idea is, I always give credit where credit is due!

And as always, Sew happy!

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