Thursday, May 7, 2015

Ava's Tribal Dress

This fabric I picked up at Hobby Lobby. I made her a blanket with the turquoise pattern some time ago. I made my own pattern for this, and it fits her nicely, but after this one, I started adding ties to the sides for a snugger fit. I've also started using two separate pieces for the skirt part. They come out much better when I attach the skirt to the front and back bodice before sewing them together. Easier too, so that's a plus! I've been slacking on updating this blog lately, but I will share the other dresses I've made for her very soon!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Vintage Dress Pattern - Gray Floral Dress

I have collected a few vintage sewing patterns. I came across this one, and wanted to attempt the dress for Ava. I traced the bodice pieces onto a thick file folder.
For the skirt, I used what was left of the fabric, and added small pleats evenly all the way around. I chose to line the bodice rather than try to hem around the curves of the neckline and armholes. It was pretty much just like making a Blythe dress, only this had darts in the back. Piece of cake. 

Sadly it came out much bigger than expected. I'll save it for a year or two. The back overlapped maybe a bit too much as well. Not bad overall for my first baby girl dress. I sense many more in my future!! :)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Fabric Mail

Got some new fabrics from Modern Love Fabrics on etsy.
The owner is lovely, as well as the fabric, and packaging.

These are my lovely choices. 3 from Tula Pink's new Elizabeth collection, and 4 from Cotton + Steel. The Mustang fabric on the far left is linen canvas, I've already started a dress bodice with it for Ava.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tribal Kaleidoscopes Quilt

Oh my goodness, it's finally finished! These are after the wash, and it has such a lovely crinkle. That's my favorite part, pulling it out of the dryer, and admiring all of the lovely crinkles!
I ended up quilting it in the ditch along all of the seams, and then added another set of crisscrosses to even it out. I love the pattern it created on the back too!

I made my own binding, and tried a couple decorative stitches.. lots of seam ripping!! They looked nice on the front, but I found it to difficult to get through all of the layers and still look good on the back. So I used a straight stitch, and it still looks great!
I want to keep this for Ava, but Greg says she has enough quilts already.. Boo! I'll probably end up selling it on etsy.

This might just be my favorite quilt so far!

The back is plain white, I like how it highlights the quilting stitches.

I'll update this post with a sale link later.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

How To Reuse Left Over Quilt Batting

Both of these projects use left over polyester batting. The first is for your bigger pieces.

1. Fusible interfacing for bags, pouches, and other projects.

I use quilt batting in all of my regular zipper pouches to make them more sturdy. First cut a piece the same size as your fabric piece. Place it under your fabric with the right side facing up. Starting in the middle, press down, and slowly move to each side. The batting will become thinner and sturdier the more you press it. If it starts to stick out from under the edge of your fabric, don't worry, you'll trim it down after you press. When you're finished pressing, the batting should be stuck to the backside of your fabric! Sew it as you normally would.



2. Stuffing

The smaller scraps of batting can be pulled apart and used as stuffing. Just keep tearing the layers into smaller and smaller pieces until it is similar to polyfil. You can use it to stuff toys, pincushions, whatever!

Tribal Kaleidoscopes Quilt Top

Been working on this one for a few weeks! I love the way the diagonal stripes on the fabric made the finished diamonds look like kaleidoscopes.
I plan on binding it in the same tribal striped fabric. Still unsure about the backing? Maybe just plain white?? I have a few solids that match, and plenty of this fabric left over.

I think I'm done with half square triangles for awhile!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Applesauce the Bear

Made from the Dolls and Daydreams bear pattern at 50%.
I made this for my little one while she was still in my tummy. Forgot about it until I came across it today in my craft room! I did not stuff the limbs for this little guy.

Gave it to her today, and she was very happy. We named him Applesauce.

She loves Applesauce.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Birthday Bunny for Clara

Ava and I were invited to Clara's 2nd Birthday Party. The party was the day before Easter, so I thought a bunny was very appropriate.
I used the bear pattern from Dolls and Daydreams, and modified it a bit. The white is canvas, which made it ridiculously hard to invert the limbs, never again!!

I used silky vintage embroidery floss on the face. 

Turned out very cute I think!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Zebra Baby Booties

I have a digital subscription to Love Patchwork and Quilting. I absolutely love the magazine! It's made in England, by the same folks who publish Mollie Makes - another favorite! This is the first project I think I've made from the magazine.
It's in Issue 7, and in the magazine the front piece of the bootie is actually pieced together in a tiny log cabin pattern. I chose to use a solid piece of fabric, because who needs the aggrevation.. right!?

I used fabric left over from Ava's Zebra Quilt. Zebra print for the outside sole, and outer heel. The zebra head print for the front piece, and hot pink lining for the heel and front.
 I used faux fur for the inside sole. Speaking of sole, what a time I had figuring out how to sew the pieces together in the end between the two soles. I kept getting them switched around!!

Here they are modeled by my babes precious little chubby legs. She actually kept them on for about an hour, must be some kind of record!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Ava's Blankie

Finally finished her blankie! I have been working on it tiny bits here and there for months! Yesterday I decided I was going to finish it. My neck is really upset with me, but it was worth it..
Just look at her face when I finally gave it to her! She's been watching me, and seems fascinated by either the yarn or the crocheting. She loves, loves, loves sticking her tiny toes through the holes. She is just the sweetest thing ever!
 Pattern and yarn info blogged here.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Zebra Quilt

This is the first thing I ever made for my daughter. We decided to wait until she was born to find out she was a girl, so it needed to be gender neutral. I had these zebra prints for awhile, and since there were two colorways, I thought it would work great!
These are just 4 inch squares, sewn together in rows. The white was actually a sheet.

Store bought bias tape I had lying around, perfect match to the lime green. Wish I had made my own bias tape with the zebra prints looking back.

I outline quilted around all of the seams.

Back is just plain white. Baby sized. :)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Jelly Roll Quilt

I believe this is the second quilt I ever made. The first being my Quilt for Issabella. In an effort to catalog them all in one place, I'll be posting some early quilts here.
Ava is using this now. My seam allowances were so small, I'm surprised it's held together so well.

As you can see, I just sewed the strips together.. how boring right!?

Store bought bias tape, pinched around the edge, and crudely sewn on. :(
This plain white back has been used as a baby photo backdrop many times!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Fabric Mail

Look what I got from fat quarter shop!
Fat quarter bundles of course! Arizona, Airmail, and 8 Days a Week.
I want to use the Arizona for a quilt for my dad, and maybe my brother Austin too if there's enough to go around. They are both living in Arizona at the moment. Austin is going to Arizona State, and my dad is just there following him around lol!! He says it's for the weather, but I'm on to him! :)
This was my first time purchasing from fat quarter shop, and enjoyed the experience.
Still sad to see Pink Chalk go.

Quilt For Cash

The title of this post is a little deceiving. I have a nephew whose name is Cassius, and he likes to go by Cash. I've had this flannel fabric since he was still in the womb.. he's now 3 years old! Better late than never I guess. I don't know if I like working with flannel. It got so fuzzy after one washing!!
For the front of the quilt I had cut squares from each of the blue fabrics, then cut each of those in half, and pieced them together. It seemed like much work for little payoff, so I added the white panels to save myself and give it more interest.
For the quilting I outlined each of the half squares, and then did straight lines over the circle panels on top and bottom. I love straight line quilting, I just really enjoy the process, and find it very relaxing. The little one also seems to enjoy the wurrr of my machine.

For the back I pieced together 3 of the extra blue fabrics. I kept the top and bottom circles, thinking it would make a nice contrast with the straight quilting lines. For the binding I knew I wanted to cut my own. I chose the stripey patterns after seeing a few striped bindings online, and love the look.
Hopefully he'll love it! Maybe I should add a personal quilt tag?

Friday, March 6, 2015

Matryoshka Chevron Baby Quilt

Seems like this quilt took forever.. The fabric is from a fat quarter bundle I bought at Hobby Lobby so long ago. Finally found the perfect use for it. The white is I believe bleached muslin, purchased from a remnants bin. When I first started sewing, I always bought from the remnants bin, or pre-cut packs. Anxiety and yardage ignorance kept me from approaching the cutting counter.

For the back I fussy cut the fabric to get the big doll right in the center. Then I used iron on transfer paper to place my shop name on her tummy. Hopefully it will hold up over time.

This will be my last time using store bought binding.. well, I shouldn't say last. I do have a small stash of it I will probably use up sometime. I just don't like the look or feel of it, seems cheap, generic. Using a coordinating fabric and cutting my own is so much more appealing to me. I just have to learn to sew it on the right way. I have been just pinching the bias tape around the edge of my quilts and sewing down it, hoping to catch both sides with my stitches!! What a rookie!