Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A funny little story

Independence Day Dress

I started making this little dress for Gwyneth a few days before July 4th so she could wear it on that day.  We were having some family over on the 4th for a little gathering and then going to watch fireworks later, so I drafted it out and got to work. 

I didn't have a lot of fabric to work with - two 1/2 yd cuts and one 1/4 yd cut.  So I made it work.  The fabric I used was Beechwood Park by Jenean Morrison for FreeSpirit. 

Independence Day Dress

I loved the buttons made of recycled plastic. (I lucked out and they were in my stash! Yay! Using up my sewing stash!)

Independence Day Dress

Since I didn't have a lot of fabric, I couldn't be really fussy about how the back lined up -- the print on the bolt was a little off, so, don't look too closely.

 Independence Day Dress

I was lucky enough to have enough of the blue print to fussy cut (a little bit). for the bodice.  (I couldn't get enough for the lining when I did that, but I used a pretty Kona blue to match).

Independence Day Dress


 Anyway, back to my story ....

The dress was almost done - just needed the buttons and the bottom hemmed but then Gwyn made it very clear that she wanted to dress as Elsa (from Frozen) on the 4th.  Ugh.  OK.  So the dress sat waiting to be finished for a few days.

I finally finished it and suddenly she was so EXCITED to wear it!  Once I finally got her in it, she wouldn't take it off for almost three days.  Yup.  She played in it, she slept in it, she even went fishing in it (finally got it off after that).

Independence Day Dress

Kids are so funny sometimes.  But I suppose she probably thought it was funny of me to want her to wear it on a certain day too.  I'm just glad she really likes it (now).


Friday, June 27, 2014

First Aid Zip Pouch

 First Aid Zip Pouch

Summer is here and we are going to the park a lot.  Now that the snow is gone and the weather is nice, skinned knees are bound to happen.  This handy little First Aid Zip Pouch holds everything we need and goes with us everywhere. 

First Aid Zip Pouch

It is a great little project to use up some of your pretty red and white scraps OR you can just make it with any colors you like and have a nine patch on top instead.

First Aid Zip Pouch

It is the perfect size.  It fits two Epi-Pens (for those of you who have to carry them), large knee/elbow size band-aids (so necessary with kiddos), cleaning wipes and of course, an After Bite stick for those pesky mosquito bites and lots more.

First Aid Zip Pouch

Here's what you'll need:

5 - 2" x 2" squares of red/white fabric
4 - 2" x 2" squares of neutral fabric                   
6" zipper
2 - 1.5" x 5" background pieces
2 - 2.5" x 7" background pieces
1 - 7" x 9" piece of fabric for backing
2 - 7" x 9" pieces of fabric for lining
2 - 7" x 9" pieces of medium interfacing (I used Pellon's 931T Fusible Midweight)
2 - 7" x 8.5" pieces of fusible fleece or batting (I used Pellon's 987F Fusible Fleece)

All seams are 1/4".

Lay out your 2" squares how you want them to look.

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Sew them together in rows.

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Then sew the rows together.  Your 9-patch should be 5" square.

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Sew on your 1.5" x 5" pieces on each side. Your block should be 5" x 7" now.

Then sew on the 2.5" x 7" pieces on the top and bottom.  Your block should now be 7" x 9".

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Fuse the mid-weight interfacing on the wrong side of the pouch top and back pieces.  Next fuse the fleece on to the interfacing.  The fleece is 1/2" shorter than the pouch.  Make sure the 1/2" gap (where there is no fleece) is at the top of the pouch.  (It's easier to add a zipper without the bulky fleece there.)

Place your pouch top piece right side up.  Lay the zipper right side down at the top edge of the pouch. Next lay one of the lining pieces on top, making sure the right side of the lining is touching the right side of the pouch.  (In the photos, the lining piece is the same color on both sides.)

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Using a zipper foot, sew along that edge to secure the zipper and lining.

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Turn the lining and front out and press the seam flat. (Don't iron your zipper.)

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Top stitch along the edge of the zipper about 1/8" from the edge.

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Now do the same for the other side, using the backing and other piece of lining.

Now it should look like this:

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Pull up the top piece and backing, right sides together and pin.  Pull the two lining pieces together as well, right sides together.

Make sure the zipper is pushed toward the lining.

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Sew around the edge, leaving the bottom of the lining open for turning. Trim the excess at the corners (for turning) and any excess fabric at the sides if needed.


Turn the bag right side out.  Use a chopstick or knitting needle to push the corners out.  Leave the lining out so you can stitch up the opening.  You can do this by hand or machine.  (Machine stitches will show, but it doesn't matter too much since it's in the bottom of your bag.)

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Push the lining into the bag and then pack all your first aid items and you're done!  Hopefully you won't need the supplies inside, but if you do, you're ready!

 First Aid Zip Pouch

Finished size is 6.5" w x 8.25" h.


Friday, June 20, 2014

Reflektion Quilt Pattern

Reflektion in gray and pastel

My newest quilt pattern, Reflektion, is here!

Reflektion, which is Swedish for reflection, is a modern quilt with a very simple design.

Reflektion in gray and pastel

The quilt uses pre-cut mini charm packs, charm packs or layer cakes for the main fabric which makes it a very fast quilt to make and an easy pattern for beginners.

Reflektion in brights and brown

Finish it with simple or elaborate quilting to give it a personal touch. The brown version features very simple quilting lines 1" apart and the gray has a mix of modern straight line quilting and free motion quilting to give it added depth and intrest.  Both are quilted with aurifil thread.

Reflektion in gray and pastel


Instructions include six sizes of quilts:
Mini (18" x 21"), Baby (36" x 42"), Toddler (48" x 56"),
Throw (60" x 70"), Twin (78" x 91") and Queen (90" x 105").

 The Reflektion quilts pictured are made using Kona Pastels charm pack and Kona Ash for background and Kona Brights Charm Pack and Kona Chocolate. Both are toddler size quilts.

Reflektion in gray and pastel


The 20 page PDF comes with complete instructions, beautiful computer generated diagrams and color photos. The PDF pattern pages print out directly from your computer onto standard 8.5" x 11" paper.

The pattern is available through my Craftsy and Etsy shops for immediate download.

Happy Sewing!

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easy quilt back

I thought I'd throw in a picture of the back, just for fun. It features leftover fabric from the Sally dress (Juiliana Horner's Posy Sweet), Heather Ross' Far Far Away Princess and the Pea and Snails (both in cotton gauze from the original printing), and a pretty blue solid that I have had forEVER, so I have no idea what it is!  


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Sally Dress


Pretty neckline on the Sally Dress

We have had a lot of rain here.  In between the downpours, the sun peaks out.  I managed to snag a few photos of Gwyneth wearing her new Sally Dress.

Sally dress in orange

The pattern is by VeryShannon.  I used Juliana Horner's Posy Sweet fabric that I picked up at Jo-Ann's for this sweet dress.

She insisted on wearing her hat for these photos.  She looks like a modern Holly Hobbie.

Large pockets on the Sally Dress

We love the deep pockets!  Perfect for all the treasures she finds playing outside this summer.

Deep pockets

The pattern was very easy to sew.  I like the detail on the neckline and those pockets! (Did I mention that? *wink*)

Sally dress in orange

Well, time to run off and play! 

Sally dress

Monday, May 19, 2014

Winner

Thanks so much to all who entered the Sew Mama Sew giveaway to win a  copy of Infatuation.  The winner is.....

Edna Kidd who said "I would use purples, yellows and greens for my granddaughter...Thank you for the giveaway and the chance to win"

Congrats Edna!  I'll be sending you a copy of the pattern shortly.


To all those who entered, but didn't win, you can use the coupon code GIVEAWAY10 for 10% off my patterns in my Etsy shop which includes Infatuation.  Code valid through Friday, May 30th.  Must enter code at checkout for offer to apply.

Thanks again!

Infatuation

Monday, May 12, 2014

Giveaway Day

Today is Sew Mama Sew's big Giveaway Day.  In honor of that, I thought it would be fun to give away a copy of my latest quilt pattern Infatuation.

Infatuation

This is a PDF pattern only.  Which means anyone can enter.  To enter, simply leave a comment below and tell me what fabrics or colors you would use to make this quilt OR who you would make it for.

Want another entry?  Follow me on FB or Instagram and come back here and leave a separate comment saying you've done so (or say that you already follow me on FB or Instagram). 

Giveaway will remain open until May 16 at 5 p.m. PST. 

Can't wait?  If you can't wait till the end of the giveaway and you purchase a copy of Infatuation now, and you win, you will be refunded the price of the pattern (or you can pick another pattern of mine).

Don't forget to check out all of the other fabulous giveaways on SewMamaSew!

Reflection in the water

More details on this quilt can be found here.


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Baby Infatuation Quilt

After I designed the Infatuation quilt pattern but before I made the large quilt and I broke into the Dowry fat quarter bundle, I decided to test the block to see if I liked it once made or to see if I wanted to make any changes to the design.

This is what I made.

Infatuation baby in green and gray

The block was made with fat quarters of some Riley Blake and RJR fabrics.  The gray (I believe) is Kona coal.  I liked the block when I was done so I continued on with the queen size quilt made from Dowry.  You can see that finished quilt here.

For this block I added a 6" border around of the same color Kona.  It was a different dye lot though, so the shade is slightly different.  This creates a very subtle effect of framing the block.  I love it!

Infatuation baby in green and gray

The quilting is simple straight lines 1/2" apart. 

The final quilt finishes 36.25" x 36.25".

On the back, a single piece of Kona Peridot.  Love that color!

Infatuation baby in green and gray

The binding is the numbers print from Ikea.  (You know the one!).  I love how it looks, especially on the back.

back of baby Infatuation

This quilt is for sale in my Etsy shop.  You can find the listing here.

Infatuation baby in green and gray

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