Wednesday, December 18, 2013

quilt finish

The Christmas quilt is finished!

happy-go-lucky quilt for winter

I backed this quilt with green minky and quilted it with straight lines.  When I use this cuddly double-sided minky, I don't use any batting and it makes for such a comfy, cozy quilt.

Christmas/winter quilt

minky backing

One of these times I would like to try some free motion quilting but for this one it was quickest
 and easiest to stick with the straight lines, and I like how it turned out.

minky quilt back

And a picture of the quilt roll.

quilt roll

winter quilt

I'm really happy I got this quilt done before Christmas and we are able to enjoy our quilt and pillows!

Christmas pillows and quilt

Friday, December 6, 2013

Christmas pillows (using Aurifil thread!)

I was excited to be chosen to participate in the Sew Mama Sew sewing challenge.  
We were asked to sew a mini quilt using the thread sent to us by Aurifil.  I eagerly awaited my package of thread because I have never used it before but have heard/read great things about it.  This little box arrived with this beautiful thread inside...love those colors!

Aurifil thread - Simplify

Aurifil thread

I decided to make some mini quilts (to be made into pillows) to match my Christmas quilt 
that is still waiting on the back burner while I get other Christmas projects done.

For the first mini quilt/pillow, I did a simple half log cabin block and used some fun stitches on my machine to quilt it.  The thread colors are awesome and it was wonderful to quilt with!

Christmas mini quilt pillow

Christmas mini quilt/pillow

Christmas mini quilt/pillow stitching with Aurifil

Christmas pillow

For the second one, I made up a bunch of half-square triangles and made this star pillow.
I used the turquoise, gray, and green thread to quilt this one with a triple stitch to make the stitches stand out a bit more.

Christmas mini quilt/pillow

Christmas pillow Aurifil stitching

Christmas pillow

I used this tutorial to make the back of the pillow with a zipper closure.

Christmas pillow zipper back

And just a couple more pictures of the pillows together.

Christmas pillows

Christmas pillows

Christmas pillows

Thanks Sew Mama Sew and Aurifil for letting me participate and try out this lovely thread.

Here is a list of the other participants.  Check out what they created using their Aurifil thread.

Amy of Badskirt
Vanessa of Punkin Patterns
Kristin of And Chips
Lindsey of LRstitched
Penny of Sew Take a Hike

linking to Crazy Mom Quilts
 and Quilt Story

Friday, November 22, 2013

Christmas quilt

I have many Christmas gifts to make but for some reason
 I got it in my head that I should start a Christmas quilt.
Here is the fabric I pulled from my stash for it...
I wanted it to be a Christmas quilt without looking too Christmas-y.

fabric pull for Christmas quilt

So I now have a completed quilt top.
I used the Happy-Go-Lucky pattern in Camille Roskelley's first book except I left off the outer border.

Christmas quilt - Happy-Go-Lucky
Holding up the quilt is a big job for little arms!

Christmas quilt
Now we'll see if I can get it quilted and bound so we can enjoy it this year!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

baby pj pants

I ordered this fabric a while back to add to my stripe stash.
Thought I was ordering quilting cotton but turned out to be flannel.
Ended up being a happy mistake because I was able to make buddy boy some new pajama pants.

boy pj pants Sarah Jane flannel

pj pants

Friday, November 8, 2013

donkey in rain boots lovey

Wow!  I can't believe that it has been almost a month since I last posted.  Time just doesn't slow down...

I found some sewing time awhile back and decided on a quick project. My baby likes to hold something close while he sleeps so I thought it would be nice to make him a little lovey.  I had some donkey in rain boots fabric left over from another project so I used that and backed it with soft minky.  I also added a little black and white striped, loop tag that he loves to play with.

donkey lovey

 I had enough of the fabric to make a second lovey, which is available in the shop.

donkey lovey

Aren't those little toes just the cutest!

donkey lovey

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend!

linking to Crazy Mom Quilts

Friday, October 11, 2013

corduroy bateau neck dress

More sewing for my oldest daughter.  Another bateau neck dress. My girls love the dresses I made them earlier so I decided to make my another as my oldest is in need of some Fall clothes. I used corduroy fabric for this one (I think it's Lissette from Joanns).  The corduroy makes it a little warmer. This pattern also works great for layering, as seen here.

bateau neck dress

bateau neck dress

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

Monday, October 7, 2013

simply sweet fall tunic

I squeezed in some time to sew for my daughter.
First I made a tunic using the Simply Sweet Tunic pattern.

tunic for girl

While making it, I realized it was going to be shorter than I wanted it to be if I hemmed it like the pattern says to, so instead I added a piece of binding to match the neck binding.

colorful tunic

I also left off the neck ties.

simply sweet tunic

A fun fall-ish shirt for her!

simply sweet tunic

I did make her one more thing but will save that for another post. :)

linking to Quilt Story

Friday, September 13, 2013

the grove pillows

After seeing these pillows a few weeks back, I just knew I needed some.
The colors match my living room decor perfectly so I started searching for The Grove fabric.
Once my fabric arrived, I strummed up some pillows.
Just like the inspiration photos, I added invisible zippers, which was, surprisingly, quite easy to do.
 I just used our old couch pillows as the inserts.  I am really enjoying the change!

pillows

couch pillows

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

WIP Wednesday

My oldest daughter started kindergarten a couple weeks ago.
We are doing online school this year so, needless to say, my sewing time has decreased 
since I am busy teaching.

So today I thought I'd just show you a few of my current WIPs (works in progress).
I started cutting fabric for this quilt pattern that I won in a giveaway.
Now I'm waiting for some more neutral fabric to get here so I can finish the cutting and start sewing.

Sept WIP

Sept WIP

I have also been adding blocks to my scrappy trip around the world quilt.
I plan to slowly add more blocks to this as I have time and accumulate scraps.
I would love to have this be a large picnic-sized quilt.

Sept WIP

Maybe some day I'll be able to squeeze in some sewing time to work on these
 plus many more projects I would like to do!

linking to Freshly Pieced

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

bateau neck dress

I'm back from a wonderful week spent with family in Saskatchewan.
When I got home I had some sewing to do. 

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After testing the Wee Muses bateau neck top pattern, (you can see those here) I said that the next time I made it I would add some length and make it a dress.  Well, Anneliese came out with a pattern extension and asked if I would want to test it.  Of course I said yes!

Bateau Neck Dress

I made the classic bateau A-line dress for my 2-year-old daughter using 
fabric I had left over from the bateau neck tops.

Bateau Neck Dress A-line

I made the elastic waist dress for my other two daughters using some jersey interlock I picked up at Joann.

Bateau Neck Dress Elastic Waist

I absolutely love this version of the dress.  So comfy and cute.

Bateau Neck Dress

Making an A-line dress by adding to the bateau neck top pattern would be pretty simple to do without a pattern (although Anneliese adds details I wouldn't have thought of) but this elastic waist version definitely makes the pattern worth buying.  It's just perfect!

Bateau Neck Dresses

Thank you Anneliese for letting me test this pattern! 
You can see more pictures of what her testers came up with at Aesthetic Nest.

linking to Quilt Story

Friday, August 9, 2013

super tote diaper bag

I had already made myself a diaper bag before my baby was born but once the
Super Tote pattern by Noodlehead was released, I just had to make myself another bag.

super tote

I love the size of this bag.  I fit everything I need with room to spare.

super tote diaper bag

And I love the recessed zipper to keep everything tucked neatly inside.

super tote

Four inside pockets to help keep everything organized.

super tote diaper bag

I used fabric from the Bella line by Lotta Jansdotter 
paired with some gray linen and blue chevron from Joann's.

noodlehead super tote

To me, this bag has a bit of a Marimekko look about it!
 Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

Monday, July 29, 2013

bateau neck top

I was lucky enough to be chosen to test a pattern for Anneliese over at Aesthetic Nest.
The pattern was the bateau neck top, which I chose to make with knit fabric.  
I had been looking for a reason to buy some fabric from Girl Charlee so I ordered some up.  
They have a great selection of knits at a great price.

knit fabric from Girl Charlee

Shirt #1.  Such a great, easy-to-follow pattern with tips on sewing with knit fabric. 

Bateau Neck Top

Bateau Neck Top

A very comfortable top.  Definitely kid approved!

Bateau Neck Top

Shirt #2.  I had fun mixing and matching fabric.  And the little pocket is just one of the cute details you can add to your shirt.

Bateau Neck Top

Bateau Neck Top

It was hard to get her to stand still so I could take a picture - just shows how comfy it really is!

Bateau Neck Top

I love how these turned out!  I think next time I use this pattern I'll make them dress length. 

Bateau Neck Top

Thanks for the opportunity to test such a great pattern Anneliese!
pattern available here

linking to Quilt Story