Thursday, February 28, 2013

Bella baby boy quilt

If this baby is a boy, his quilt is finished!
If it's not a boy, well, I just might keep this quilt anyway because I love it!

bizzy kid quilt using bella fabric

Made using Bella fabric by Lotta Jansdotter.
I think this fabric has a Scandinavian look to it with the fun colors and prints.

baby boy quilt  

I did add a couple other fabrics that I had on hand including the orange polka dot, 
turquoise polka dot and gray chevron.

bizzy kid quilt

I bound this quilt with black and white stripes - machine bound with a small zigzag stitch.

bizzy kid striped binding

Backed with super soft cuddle minky!

minky backing

I started this quilt with the plan to make a kid size of the Bizzy Kid pattern - love this pattern and the blocks were put together quickly.  However, once all the blocks were done and I started arranging them, I realized I could make more use of a smaller car seat/stroller-sized quilt.  Therefore, I made two smaller quilts (35 x 39 inches) and put one in the shop.

The quilt pictured below is available here.

bizzy kid quilt

Now I need to get busy and make a girl quilt. The fabric arrived the other day so I'm excited to get started!

linking to Crazy Mom Quilts and Quilt Story and I Heart Naptime

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

drawstring bags

My aunt asked if I could make her some drawstring bags for her knitting projects.  She told me she likes pinks, purples, black and white.  After a trip to Jo-Ann to buy fabric, I pulled out my In Color Order drawstring bag pattern and quickly put these four bags together and shipped them off to her.

drawstring bags for knitting projects

drawstring bags

While I was at it, I decided to make a couple for the girls' big floor puzzles.
I love cute storage solutions!  :)

drawstring bag for a puzzle

puzzle drawstring bag

drawstring bag

This is a great lined bag pattern, and I have made good use of it!

in color order drawstring bag

linking to Quilt Story

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

scrappy trip blocks and bizzy kid

Just a quick look at my "design wall" today.
I put together a few scrappy trip blocks.
I think I'll slowly add to these to make a fairly large quilt.

scrappy trip quilt blocks

And I seemed to think I didn't have enough on the go so I started another quilt! 
I really like these fabrics so I'm looking forward to seeing this all put together!

quilt - cutting fabric

linking to Freshly Pieced

Monday, February 11, 2013

doll diaper bag tutorial

My middle daughter really liked the diaper bag our youngest daughter got for Christmas.
Since I have never made her one, I got busy and sewed up another one using the pattern I drew up.
I decided to snap a few pictures while I was doing it so I could write up a little tutorial for you here.

diaper bag

**This is for personal use only!
First of all, cut out your fabric.
I used denim and canvas fabric for the exterior of the  bag and the pockets.
If using quilting cotton, you may want to add some interfacing.

diaper bag

Let's start by making the strap.  Fold the short ends under about 1/4 inch and press.  Next press the fabric in half lengthwise wrong sides together.  Open this back up and press the long ends in towards the middle.  Fold the fabric in half again and press.  Top-stitch along each side of the strap close to the edge.  Set this aside.

diaper bag strap

Now get your first pocket piece.  Fold the long end 1/4 inch down and press.  Fold another 1/4 inch and press.  Stitch along this fold creating a finished hem for the top edge of the pocket.
Pin the pocket piece to the bag exterior.  Draw a line down the middle of the pocket and stitch from the top of the pocket to the bottom.  Repeat these steps for the second pocket and exterior pieces.

diaper bag

Now place the two exterior pieces (with pocket pieces stitched on) right sides together.  
Using a 1/2-inch seam allowance, sew around the three edges of the bag, leaving the top open.  
(White lines below indicate stitching lines.)


Pinch the corners together and draw a line 1 1/2 inches down from the corner.  Your line will measure 3 inches across.  Stitch on these lines and then clip the corners.

diaper bag

Turn right side out.  Attach an elastic loop (I used a ponytail holder) for the closure.

diaper bag

Set the bag exterior aside.

girl diaper bag

Now get your lining fabric.  Stitch along the three sides just as you did your exterior fabric but this time leave a 4- to 5-inch opening at the bottom.

diaper bag tutorial

Pinch the corners, measure 1 1/2 inches down from the corner, draw a line across, stitch across the line and trim the corners.

diaper bag

Place the exterior of the bag into the interior of the bag right sides together.
Align the seams and pin the layers together. 
Using 1/2-inch seam allowance, stitch around the top of the bag.

diaper bag

Turn the bag right side out through the opening in the lining.  Stitch the opening closed.

diaper bag for girls

Topstitch around the top edge of the diaper bag.  Attach the strap at the side seams of the bag.

diaper bag tutorial

Add a button on the side opposite the elastic loop and you're done!

doll diaper bag

linking to Quilt Story and Crazy Mom Quilts

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

burp cloths using fabric scraps

I don't think I have mentioned on here that we are excitedly awaiting the arrival of baby #4 who is due in April!
We don't know if it's a boy or girl so when I got busy one day to make these cloth diaper burpies, I made some for boy, some for girl and some that can be either boy or girl.
I've made them before with a strip of fabric down the center of the diaper but after seeing these burp cloths, I had to give these a try.  I really like them - thanks to Gail for a great idea!
This is also great way to use up some of the fabric scraps!

cloth diaper burpies

diaper burpies

diaper burpies

Monday, February 4, 2013

flea market fancy lap quilt

I made my Mom this lap quilt for Christmas but forgot to take pictures of it.
Mom was kind enough to snap a few and send them to me so I could post them on here.
I showed a sneak peek of it here!
I made this quilt using Flea Market Fancy by Denyse Schmidt and back it with a flannel sheet.
The same flannel used to make these pajama pants! 

patchwork quilt

Flea Market Fancy quilt

quilt - denyse schmidt