Monday, December 19, 2011

I Spy Christmas...

...right around the corner!
I can't believe that Christmas is in a few short days.  Where did the year go?

I spy quilt

I spy quilt

I made this I-Spy quilt for my daughters for Christmas
They love "Look-and-Find" books so hopefully they will enjoy this quilt as well.  It was my first time using minky as backing for a quilt and I LOVE how soft and cuddly it is!

I spy quilt

gray polka dot + red and cream stripe = ♥
I spy quilt

Also made a little I-Spy jar to go along with the quilt.

i spy quilt & jar

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

giveaway winners


Wow!  Thank you all who entered the giveaway!  I never thought there would be so many entries!

The winners are:

#250  Mookie's mom, who said:  "They are both beautiful! but I have been wanting a plastic bag holder! so #2!  Thanks!"

#392  Lindsay Conner, who said:  "Oh, so cute! Leaning toward #1 :)"

Hope you all are having a great weekend!  


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wednesday WIP

Another project I am trying to finish before we leave to my Mom and Dad's for Christmas...just a few short days away!  This one is taking a little longer than I anticipated.

blocks

blocks

blocks

Monday, December 12, 2011

Giveaway!

GIVEAWAY CLOSED!

I am participating in the Sew, Mama, Sew!  giveaway day with two giveaways!


Giveaway #1:  Library tote bag, tissue holder and key fob.
giveaway 1

Giveaway #2: Grocery bag holder, tissue holder and zipper pouch.
giveaway 2

Two winners!  Giveaway is open until 7:00 p.m. central time on December 16th and is open to international entries.  Winner will be drawn at random.

TO ENTER:
- Leave a comment letting me know which prize you would want if your name is drawn.
- For second entry, become a follower of this blog and let me know in a blog comment.  If you are already a follower, let me know that!

Thanks for stopping by and have a Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 9, 2011

duffel bag

After reading Jeni's review of the Simplicity overnight bag pattern and seeing the lovely bag she made using it, I knew I needed to make one.  So here it is...perfect for the girls to take to Grampa and Gramma's when we go there for Christmas.  We leave in about 1 1/2 weeks!

duffel bag

I used what I think was called a purse zipper.  It has two sliders, which I think may come in handy.
duffel bag

duffel bag

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

cutting squares

Amidst the bustle of getting the Christmas shopping done, I have been able to sneak into the sewing room to get some squares of fabric cut.  Now I'm busy sewing them together to create a quilt top.
Trying to get this done in time for Christmas - hopefully my little ones will cooperate and let me!
Wish me luck!

quilt squares

quilt squares

quilt square

quilt squares

Thursday, December 1, 2011

baby slipper/shoe

I've been busy in my sewing room but just can't post pictures as many of the projects I have been working on are Christmas gifts and I would hate to ruin the surprise!

I can show you these little shoes I made for my baby to match her patchwork skirt

crib shoes

Love that these are reversible - two shoes in one!

slippers

There is just something so loveable about itty bitty baby slippers!

slippers

Monday, November 28, 2011

patchwork needle book

Remember this post.
I finally used that little block, sewed up another one, and made myself a needle book.
I got my inspiration from and loosely followed Amy's tutorial.

needle book

needle book

needle book

needle book

needle book

needle book

It came in handy this past Thursday when I took it along on a 2 1/2-hour road trip.
I was able to tuck my needles and embroidery floss in it.  

It matches my zipper pouch too!

Shop Note:  Use coupon code CYBERMONDAY15 to receive 15% off your order!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving


As I am originally from Canada,
it still seems a little strange to be celebrating Thanksgiving so close to Christmas.
I will be enjoying the day with my husband's family!
I hope to get some embroidery done on the drive to my sister-in-law's home.

Embroidery Hoop Turkey


Thanksgiving Table Appliqued Quilted Runner + Fringed Napkins

Monday, November 21, 2011

patchwork skirt tutorial

So I thought I'd try write up a little tutorial for the patchwork skirt I made for my daughter.

patchwork skirt tutorial

Supplies:
- fabric squares (I used 4 1/2" squares)
- fabric strip (for bottom ruffle)
- 3/4" elastic
- thread
- scissors/rotary cutter

patchwork skirt tutorial

* The skirt I made is approximately size 6-12 month.  To make a bigger skirt, add more fabric squares to the rows, add more rows, and make a longer strip for the bottom ruffle.

Cut out fabric.  I used 14 - 4 1/2" squares and one strip of fabric measuring 4" by the wide of fabric (42").

patchwork skirt tutorial

Lay out fabric squares how you want them on the skirt.
I used 6 squares for the top row (waistband row) and 8 for the middle.

patchwork skirt tutorial

Sew the squares together in a row using a 1/2-inch seam allowance.
I also zig zagged the edges to prevent fraying.  Press.

patchwork skirt tutorial

patchwork skirt tutorial

patchwork skirt tutorial

patchwork skirt tutorial

Then sew the two ends together to form a circle.

patchwork skirt tutorial

Do the same for the second row of squares.

To create the waist band, fold the top of the skirt under 1/4 inch and press.
Fold down another 1 inch and press.  

patchwork skirt tutorial

patchwork skirt tutorial

Stitch the waistband close to the edge leaving about a 1-inch opening to insert the elastic. 

patchwork skirt tutorial

patchwork skirt tutorial

Increase your stitch length and baste along the top edge of the second row.

patchwork skirt tutorial

Gather the second row making it the same circumference as the first row.

patchwork skirt tutorial

Pin it to the first row.

patchwork skirt tutorial

Sew the two together using a 1/2-inch seam allowance.  Zig zag and press the seam up.
Top stitch along the bottom of the first row.

patchwork skirt tutorial

patchwork skirt tutorial

Sew the 4" x WOF strip of fabric together creating a circle.   To make the hem, fold the bottom edge under 1/2 inch and press.  Fold up another 1/2 inch, press again, and stitch.

patchwork skirt tutorial

patchwork skirt tutorial

patchwork skirt tutorial

Baste the top edge of the bottom ruffle and gather just as you did for the second row.  Pin to the second row and sew.  Zig zag the edge to prevent fraying.  Press the seam up and top stitch along the bottom of the second row.

patchwork skirt tutorial

top stitching
patchwork skirt tutorial

patchwork skirt tutorial

Using a bodkin (I love this little tool) or safety pin, pull the elastic through the waistband overlapping the two ends.  (I used 16 inches of 3/4" elastic.)

patchwork skirt tutorial

patchwork skirt tutorial

Sew the ends together.  I used a zig zag stitch and stitched back and forth several times to make sure the elastic is held together tightly.  Tuck the sewn elastic into the waistband and finish sewing it closed.

patchwork skirt tutorial

patchwork skirt tutorial

And that's it... You have a cute patchwork skirt!

patchwork skirt

Clear as mud?! :) This is a quick skirt to make (although it may not seem like it with the amount of pictures I included). If you have any questions, let me know!