Melanie

Aug 082012
 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! ;-)

It’s back to school time!  Here are some fun projects for back to school sewing.  (Clockwise from top left.)

1. Lunch bags!!!  Michael Miller just released PUL (polyuthethane laminate) that is washable and waterproof!  It’s awesome!  Find it here!

2. iPad folding case from Sew Spoiled! I love that it’s a folding case to maximum useability!

3. Patchfolio Pattern from Craft Apple.   (She also has a small books pattern for a smaller note-taker if you’re interested!)

4. Menu Planner from this blog.  :D  I need to get a new one made stat!  Fall is going to be busy and having meals planned takes away so much of the stress!

5. Circle Earbug Pouch from Dog Under My Desk.  I personally plan to use this for a lunch money holder.  And safely attached to the keyring inside the backpack.

And if you’re looking for backpacks – Melanie from A Sewing Journal posted a great round up today!

Aug 062012
 

Best word to describer the Australian designers that I have met?  Hysterical.  They are beyond funny.  And nice too.  Seriously, they always have me in stitches.  (Of course, I am extremely dull, ;-) but I still think that Australians are the most fun.)  Anyway, I’m dreadfully behind on my Olympic blogging.  This is what happens when you’re dull and you have 3 children (bored children) at home with you over summer break.  I think I’ll combine a few countries later this week.

So on with today!  Let’s visit just a few of the Australian fabric and pattern designers!  Again – each picture will link to their blog.  :D

Toni Coward of Make It Perfect (We LOVE her patterns!)

Natalie Lymer of Cinderberry Stitches

Melanie and Rosalie from Melly & Me Designs

Rosalie Quinlan (Yes, the Rosalie from Melly & Me!)

Rita from Red Pepper Quilts

Sue Daley Designs

Sarah Fielke – (Who participated in the Made in Cherry Quilt along?)

Kelly Wulfsohn of Don’t Look Now

Quilt Jane

I know there are many others!  So leave the Australian fabric bloggers you know in the comments!

Aug 012012
 

Here is a little inspiration for you…plenty of time for Christmas sewing still! :-)

From Katy of I’m a Ginger Monkey featuring Laurie Wisbrun Brrrr! (Do we all know about Fat Quarterly? Maybe I should blog about that too!)

Adorable Vintage Holiday quilt (pattern from Thimble blossoms) from Aneela Hoey featuring her own fabric – Cherry Christmas. SO cute!  (PS. there is a sew along for this pattern.  You can find details here!)

This awesome project over at Sew 4 Home feature’s Kate Spain’s Joy collection!

Okay!  Is that enough to inspire you?  There are also tree skirts, stockings and more to be made!!   (They are right here!) :D

Jul 312012
 

Who doesn’t recognize the Union Jack?  I think I could do a whole post on really fun ideas just using the Union Jack!  Maybe another day.  :D  As part of our Olympic series, we’ll start with our host country!

There are SO many amazing blogs all over the world – and honestly I am having a hard time deciding what to include.  SO I thought this is what we would do – I will start the round up with various fabric designers and pattern/ book authors, and then you to add other fabric related blogs that everyone should know about!  (Even your own!)  Please keep the links relative (in other words, today is Great Britain…so British blogs)

In no particular order…. (the image will link to their blog)

Katy – from I’m a ginger monkey

Aneela Hoey for Moda Fabrics

Brioni – from Flossybossy

Lynne – from Lily’s Quilts

Cabbages & Roses for Moda Fabrics

Nel Whatmore for Free Spirit Fabrics

Lu Summers for Moda Fabrics

Marie Perkins for Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Okay! Now add the British blogs you want to share with everyone!!!

 

Jul 272012
 

Watching the Olympics is always exciting!  Not only do we get to watch the world’s greatest athletes, but we get to learn so much about our wonderful world!  What a prefect time to bring a touch of that to our fabric world – and in that same Olympic spirit which requires “mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.”

Olympics mug rug

 

Over the next couple of weeks we will be posing round-ups of some amazing bloggers and designers that we think you’ll love!  We’ll start next week with Great Britain.  They are, after all, our wonderful hosts.  :-)

Jul 162012
 

I wish I had been in Cincinnati this weekend to play with improv piecing with Faith from Fresh Lemon Quilts .  You can read about her weekend with their Modern Quilt Guild here.

Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild ~ Improv Piecing

 

Her beautiful quilt reminded me- new KONA solids are in stock!!!!  I’m not sure if Wisteria or Kumquat is my favorite from the new colors.  :-)

Added bonus:  They are on sale right now too!  20% off!!!  You can find them all right here!

Jul 092012
 

You should know that I feel guilty about not sewing more often for my boys – so when I see a pattern that they would actually like (and that I actually want to make), I grab it up!  The Long Board shorts pattern from Make It Perfect was no exception.  These looked like comfortable shorts that even my 10 year old would wear!!!

 

So I grabbed the pattern as soon as I could.  There are two sizes to the pattern – I opted for the “big” (6-10) since my boys fit in that age range.  They do have a “small” available as well for sizes 0-5!  The pattern hung on my peg board, just waiting because I had to wait patiently for Lucy’s Crab Shack by Sweetwater to be released.  Taylor wanted “Hawaiian” shorts and their Aloha print would be exactly right for his long board shorts.

 

Once I had the fabric in hand, I got to work tracing the pattern onto freezer paper.  The pattern sheets are heavy white paper which makes tracing them SO much easier.  It only took about 30 minutes to get everything traced and ready to cut.  I found the pattern fabric requirements to be generous but I was happy to have some of this navy blue left over to go in my stash (which is heavy on aquas and light on darker blues.)  I opted to go up to a size 7 but keep the length of the short at a size 6.  The shorts are plenty long and the fit is generous enough that he’ll be able to wear them for a good amount of time.  (And since we can usually still wear shorts until about Thanksgiving, that is a good thing.)

The hardest part in making these shorts was finding ribbed knit for the waistband.  I have plenty of regular interlock on hand, and because you add elastic to the waistband, I considered using it instead….but I just really wanted that ribbed look at the waist (even if it’s covered by a shirt!)  I considered hacking apart a very large waistband from a thrift store or Walmart but decided to drive down to Joann’s first….and they had ribbed knit.  I bought 1/3 yard – which is actually enough for 4 waistband for my boys.

Anyway, back to the making of the shorts.  The pattern was really easy to follow and well written.  All the pieces worked together just like they are supposed to and there was no guessing as to what to do next.  The shorts also went together very quickly – I’d say about an hour the first time and even faster the second – which makes me much more likely to make them again.  My favorite detail is the angled pockets on the front.  Although I think the knee patches are fun also (and practical because my boys do wear their knees out first!)  I was pleased when I finish.  Even my husband said they are good shorts.

Long Board Shorts

The real test would be if Taylor liked them….and he more than likes them, he LOVES them.  He wore them 4 days straight before I made him pick something else to wear so I could wash them!  And best of all, when my ten year old boy saw them, he liked them and requested a pair of his own…only without Hawaiian fabric.  :-)

The Long Board shorts from Make It Perfect gets my highest recommendation!  Haley has even requested a pair.  And I think made in girly fabric and cut just a couple inches shorter so it’s at the knee (with no knee patch) they will be perfect for her also!  I’m also thinking that next summer I can use them for swim shorts (if I can find the right fabric!)  Anyway I hope to get a few more made before school starts. How do you think they’d be in grey corduroy for school?

 

-Melanie