Friday, August 22, 2014

Mother-Daughter Quilt Project

I'm really excited about this project.  It's a quilt I'm making with my mom.  (Yay!)

My mom loves to embroider and she has wanted to make an embroidered quilt for a long time.  She is also an avid gardener and once upon a time, she was a floral designer for Bachman's.  She found some iron-on transfers for the state flowers.

Ready to embroider

After much thought, we went with Kona PDF (that's "prepared for dyeing") for the squares.  We chose PDF for the off-white color more than it's dyeing capabilities.  I cut the fabric into 12.5" squares and ironed on all 50 different flowers for her to embroider.  I'll trim them down later when they are all done, but I cut them bigger so if it frayed a bit, it wouldn't matter.

The first stage will take a while, but she's really excited to get to work!

Ready to embroider

Eventually, I'll get them all back and make a quilt top with some pieced blocks between the embroidered ones.  When she finishes a block, I'll post it in my instagram feed with #motherdaughterquiltproject so you can see the fun.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A cute little hedgehog

Tomorrow the MN state fair opens.  Both my kiddos (and I) entered items in the fair.  The kids entered in the Education building so they are judged by grade level which is great because kids as young as Gwyn (who have just finished kindergarten) can enter.

She entered her embroidered hedgehog.  She was so proud of it and I think for 6 yrs old, she did an amazing job.  It's her first attempt at embroidery.  She's done some hand stitching before, but just stitching a pillow closed and sewing on buttons. 


The kit for the cute hedgehog is from Penguin and Fish.

Embroidered Hedgehog

She is so excited to find out if she won anything.  Although I think I'm way more excited for her (and Connor).  I'll keep you posted.

Showing off her stitching

Monday, August 18, 2014

Easy-Peasy Placemats Pattern

Easy-Peasy Placemats

I'm happy to announce the release of another pattern: Easy-Peasy Placemats, available on my Craftsy and Etsy shops.

As the name implies, they are easy to make. They are great for beginners who are just starting quilting (who have had some experience), but they also make a smart economical gift.  Not only are they fabulous to look at, but they require very little fabric and have almost no waste.

Easy-Peasy Placemats

To make the placemats, you only need four 1/2 yard cuts of fabric and one craft size package of batting (or a piece approximately 34" x 45").  You can substitute eight fat quarters for the 1/2 yard cuts OR use a partial jelly roll and a yard of fabric to make them.

Easy-Peasy Placemats

They are so much fun to make and so useful!

In addition to the placemats, instructions are included to make a set of four 6" square coasters.  The fabric requirements listed includes fabric for the coasters as well.


They will make a perfect, inexpensive gift for the holidays!  You can pair them with some home-made matching double-sided napkins using my free tutorial found here.

Visit my Craftsy and Etsy shops to purchase your copy of the Easy-Peasy Placemats today!  Happy Sewing!

Easy-Peasy Placemats

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Popover dresses

Popover Dresses

I've been trying to use up fabric lately.  I had lots of this vintage rose fabric that my mom gave me.  It's super soft and great for a little dress.  I made one before for Gwyneth which she has grown out of (you can see that here).  This time I used up almost all of the fabric left, well, almost.

Popover Dress

This cute little popover sundress is a free pattern from Oliver + S.  It's super simple.

Time to play

As soon as Gwyneth saw the finished dress, she recognized it as a style I'd made a doll dress with once before (Gwyn's dress and her doll dress).  She has a great memory.

She asked if I'd make a doll version and I did.  I was happy to use up more fabric. 

Doll popover dress

Lastly I made a hair bow tie (again, free pattern from Oliver + S).

Bow Hair Tie

Time to go play!  See ya later!

See you later

Friday, August 15, 2014

A little charity sewing

The Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild (MMQG) frequently does charity sewing projects and I was able to help out with the last one and make these pretty flying geese blocks.  They will be combined with many other flying geese blocks made by other MMQG members to make one large quilt for charity. 

India Quilt Charity Blocks

The blocks were made from pieces of clothing.  Some of the clothing had embroidered details on them -- I received one of those pieces and incorporated it into my blocks. The seams that went through the embroidery were a little bulky, but it worked.

India Quilt Charity Blocks, embroidery detail

I can't wait to see what the finished quilt looks like.  Watch the MMQG blog to find out.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Some late night sewing fun

Making Music

I've been home with the kids all summer.  Trying to find that balance where I get things done and make sure they don't sneak off and watch TV or play video games all day can be difficult.  But of course, that's also one of the perks of being at home -- it's to be here for them 24/7.

Well, staying up super late tends to help.  Last night I was up late working on a few projects.  I managed to cross a few things off my list.

Making Music 2

My 9-yr old just started violin at camp and in a sea of instrament cases that all look the same, I made a small cover for the handle to make his stand out.  I just used a bit of this cute robot fabric from Kokka.

Music case handle cover

It just Velcros on so it's easy to take off and clean if it needs it.

Velcro on handle cover

Along with that, I made a small coin pouch out of the same fabric.

Snack Money Pouch

He'll be at orchestra camp for three weeks for part of the day and of course he'll need money to buy snacks.  So the little matching zippy pouch will hold money for his treats.

So I guess the secret to this balance of work/stay-at-home mom is to stay up really late and sew/work, but I haven't quite figured out when I'll sleep.  

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Super Sliver Pouches (and more news)

Super Slivers Pouches

I made these scrappy pouches months ago.  They were part of a tutorial for the May/June 2014 Issue of Pretty Patches.  Then I gave them away and completely forgot about them.  :)

They are so fun and they use the tiniest scraps so you don't waste anything! (I blame my good friend Amanda Jean for that -- not blame in a bad way.  ;)  I totally look at scraps in a different light now and I really have fun with them and don't just collect them.)  Anyway, when Pretty Patches asked me to design a scrap project, I jumped in not sure what I'd do.  It was so much fun!  This was of course several months ago and I quickly forgot about the project after it was all done.

Super Slivers Pouches

Earlier this month I did another new tutorial for Pretty Patches for Halloween - which isn't out yet, so I can't show you it, but it reminded me of the previous work.  So, if you happen to have the current and last few issues of Pretty Patches - go check them out.

Pretty Patches

The March/April issue has my nine patch/disappearing nine patch tutorial and the July/August issue has one of my favorite projects - my table setting placemat (still a huge favorite in my house).

Pretty Patches features

The May/June issue has my new tutorial for Super Sliver Pouches.  So much fun!

Super Slivers Pouch

Each issue also had a little feature about one of my patterns.  (It's so flattering to read.)

Patterns in print (sort of)

Well ... now back to brainstorming a Christmas idea for that issue.  Christmas in July! ... at least in this house.


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