Aug 112010
 

Aunt Heather took us to Sealife up in Tempe while she was visiting.  I figured the least I could do was make the girls cute dresses to wear while we were there. ;-)   And what better fabric for visiting an aquarium than Patty Young’s Gold Fish?  I ask you that!

Since we were short on time, I used the KISS method when planning the outfits.  The two dresses took 1.25 yard of fabric (3/4 for Haley’s – 1/3 for Leah’s) and less than 2 hours to make.  Some elastic thread and wa-la.  Two dresses for the aquarium!

(The lighing inside was not ideal for photographs – but here are a few more photos!)

Feb 032010
 

I get by with a little help from my friends

Bloom & Grow Quilt

Check out this quilt that Elena made! Isn’t it fantastic? It’s the Popp’n Posies Quilt Pattern by Izzy & Ivy. We used Bloom & Grow for the fabric. Throw in fantabulous turquoise Jumbo Ric Rac, 3 delightful colours o velvet ric rac and you’re got yourself one adorable quilt! (Yes, I make up words, and sometimes I pretend I’m British…espcially when I’m listening to the Beatles and so I have to spell accordingly.)  Anyway….I’m very very glad I have a friend who loves to quilt!  And she is SO good at it too!  Wouldn’t you agree?!?!?   :-)

Bloom & Grow Quilt

Bloom & Grow Quilt
Bloom & Grow Quilt

The kit is availalbe here. It’s also available in the Just Dreamy fabrics (also by Riley Blake)

By the way, I’m considering starting every single post with lyrics from songs.  Wouldn’t it be fun to play a little game. Like you had to guess the artist? But it couldn’t be super easy like the Beatles and Google would probably ruin the game. I’d have to work hard to be sneaky.  Hmmm….maybe next time because

If I listen close I can hear them singers
Voices in your body coming through on the radio

Oct 272009
 

Haley has been asking me to make her the Kyoko shirt for a long time now.  Like maybe a year.  So sometime last week I finally got around to making it for her!

kyoko shirt

Let me tell you – these ModKid patterns are amazing! They are full color books with great instructions and pictures to illustrate the steps. I really really enjoyed sewing it. (So much so that the next night I made the Isabel dress. Pictures coming on that one too.)  Some of Patty’s newest patterns have already sold out! Yay! More are coming – I promise!

The fabric I used is from Moda’s designer, Momo. She is Japanese and the fabric, if you ask me, couldn’t be more perfect. It’s the Odyssea line – the main print is Calypso (in Kelp) with the accent of Nautica. I made the obi using Art Gallery’s Nature Elements. These blenders are wonderful! I find myself using them over and over!  Binding is Luxe from Charisma (which is on sale!)

Anyway – we love it.  I love it.  Haley loves it too.  (And yes, she is wearing jeans – by her own choice! )  A mom at Haley’s school ask where she could buy one.  That always makes me smile.   :-) 

Speaking of sales – this week  20% off of ALL Michael Miller fabrics.  Even the sale fabrics!!!!  Use the code MMF09 when you checkout. (good through Nov 1, 2009)  I actually think it was Michael Miller that got me excited again about sewing.  They have SO many great prints.  The Ta Dots – the kids prints – the fun floral –  and their desingers.  We all love their designers! 

Alright, I’ve got some end of bolts that need listing….

 

 

 

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Oct 212009
 

Girls Live?

Pink Fig Sweatshirt pattern

Yeah, I don’t know.  I have the book, Where the Wild Things Are (and the movie) on my brain.  I haven’t actually seen the movie.  And based on one of my friend’s review – I won’t see it until it comes out on DVD.   But the fabric I used is from a collection called Wildwood, so it seems fitting.

Maybe.

And I am actually a little dizzy in the head.  I fear I might be catching something.

Okay forget my craziness….back to the cute little outfit Haley is wearing!  

It’s from the new Pink Fig pattern Scrapbook Jeans & a Sweatshirt.  I still need to add a big button to the front – or a fabric flower like my friend Anna.  But it wasn’t done – and the temperature was below 70 degrees (I am raising an Arizona girl!) so Haley wanted to wear it today.     :-) 

 walking to the picture place

I used fabric from Erin McMorris’ Wildwood collection (oh I already told you that, didn’t I?) and instead of a sweatshirt (we are in AZ afterall) I used a raglan shirt I had on hand.  (Pssst – they are also listed in my store in the new Notions section at a great price!) 

And the hood!  The hood is lined with minky fabric.  

Minky hood

The minky will be available in my store  soon- in smaller cuts (in other words, more afforable!)  I’ll be sure to let you know when it’s up.

As usual – I opted to size up when making this for Haley.  That way, I figure it’ll last her longer.  I realize, however, that I need to stop doing that because I make her so many things – she needs to outgrow them!  If that makes any sense.     ;-)   

Oh – I almost forgot to share – I got many of the prints from Erin’s Park Slope collection in the shop now!  They are no longer being printed so I got a great deal on them!  And I’m passing it on to you guys.  Plus this week if you use the code ERIN when you check out, you’ll get an additional 20% off (good on both her Park Slope and her Wildwood collections!)

Now my head is really spinning.  I’ve got to go find some medicine.  Talk at you again soon!

 

PS.  There is still time to enter the grandest giveaway ever!  And remember – someone has to win. (Actually 5 people will win! ) Yes, international entries are accepted and yes, I know I’m crazy to give away this awesome fabric and the patterns too.  I might have to have my head checked.  Thank you very much.  Plus your chances are way better with me than with, say, Ree.

 

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Oct 192009
 

I started to compile a detailed list of what I ordered.  Then I got bored.   So instead let’s just do these giveaways.  You’ll want to win them ALL!  They are so great.

1. Craft Apple Patterns: (estimated retail value $36)

Craft Apple Patterns

I really enjoy spending time with Linda  – but more importanly – I love her patterns.  They are so well written.  Every detail is covered.  You don’t have to guess or wonder what you’re supposed to do next.

 

2. Sidewinder and other goodies from Quilt Market: (estimated retail value $30) 

Bobbin Winder and other goodies

The bobbin winder is super handy – I’m told.  It doesn’t work with Viking bobbins tho.   :-(    Also included are a Moda quilt puzzle, a ModKid tape measure, free pattern and picture brochure from Amy Butler, notepad and more pretty things from Anna Maria Horner, Jenean Morrison’s postcards with her California Dreamin’ designs, and a cute little token from Sweetwater.

 

3. Pink Fig Patterns: (estimated retail value $72.50) 

Pink Fig Patterns

5 patterns from Pink Fig (including her new Nie Nie skirt) and her embelishment book!  Super fun patterns for little girls.  I use them often!

 

And the GRAND FINALE!  

These aren’t even available in the store yet! But you can get a fat quarter set of Sandi Henderson‘s newest collection right now!  Right here! 

4. Fat Quarter set of Meadowsweet – Peach Colorway (estimated retail value $42.50)

Meadowsweet by Sandi Henderson Peach Collection  The peach colorway has 17 prints.  Henna Garden appears again in new colors.  Other prints include Vintage Paisley, Poppy Parade, Chain Flower and more.  Here are a couple more pictures.

Meadowsweet by Sandi Henderson Peach CollectionMeadowsweet by Sandi Henderson Peach Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Fat Quarter set of Meadowsweet – Pear Colorway (estimated retail value $32.50)

Meadowsweet by Sandi Henderson Pear Collection

The Pear colorway has 13 prints.  Peony Plaid, Splashy Rose, Daisy Path, Paper Snowflake and more.  Yummy!

Meadowsweet by Sandi Henderson Pear CollectionMeadowsweet by Sandi Henderson Pear Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SO HOW DO YOU WIN?

Leave a comment.  Easy peasy.
There will be 3 winners from my blog.

AND I will choose 2 lucky winners from my Facebook Fan Page.
So become a Fan and have another couple chances to win.

 

The first name I pick with get to choose which gift they want, and so on and so forth. I’m making a lot of work for myself. The entries will close on FRIDAY OCTOBER 23rd and announced shortly after that!  Okay!  I’ve closed the comments – Will draw the winners soon!

 

 

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Oct 162009
 

I’m very close to wrapping up the Quilt Market recap. (Until next year!) I wanted to show you some wonderful new patterns that will be in the shop. And the last quilt market post, but certainly not least, will be What’s Coming AND  super fab giveaways. You’ll want to check back for that. I promise!

First up – Pink Fig! We’re a fan of Pink Fig patterns. Chelsea’s patterns are designed to make you fall in love with sewing!

And how can you not fall in love with the Julie Top. Or the Nie Nie skirt?

Pink Fig

And of course, there are the ever so fabulous ModKid patterns. Patty has a sense of not only what looks fashionable (does saying that make me sound old?) but also what kids will actually wear!

The wonderful Kyoko

And I’m happy to have added patterns from Sweetwater to my site.   (Just tonight!)

I currently only have one of each….but I’ve ordered more. I’m not sure exactly when they’ll arrive – it might not be until the fabric is released. *sigh* I’m loving them all.  And I’m loving the prices too!!!!

There is another new pattern company that I fell in love with. Izzy & Ivy Designs. This was their first time at market – and let me tell you, these ladies have been busy!

When their patterns arrive, I’ll be sure to let you know!!!

This weekend I’ll be sewing some patterns for my boys from Hot Scott. Another new company – but all BOY patterns! I should have them in store before too long.

BOYS BOYS BOYS!

Whew – I think that is all I’ll go over for now. There are other patterns on the way (from the likes of Sandi Henderson, Paula Prass, Art Gallery, etc.) – but I feel like I’ve taken too much time as it is.     :-)   

 

Most of the patterns are available right now.  So run (I mean click) over to the shop and check them all out….and buy a few.     ;-)       

Oct 102009
 

Just wanted to pop on and say hello from Quilt Market in Houston.  I hate to assume, cuz you know what “they” say, so just incase you don’t know – Quilt Market is a trade show for the fabric industry.  We are NOT sewing quilts all weekend!  So please don’t ask to see my newest project.   ;-)   

I’ve uploaded a few pictures to twitter and just added a few on flickr too.  Tomorrow I will work on more/better pictures with my real camera – not my phone! 

YOU WILLL DIE when you feel this new fabric

 Right now I can’t stop thinking about the new Anna Maria Horner voile fabric!  It is so supple and soft.  And it’s wider than quilting cotton too.  It is going to be absolutely perfect for clothing – but in schoolhouse, Anna showed it clearly can be use for many many applications (yes, even quilting!)

 

Later Alligator
       or
Over and Out
       or
Wham Bam, thank you ma’am.


Ah man – I’m sleep deprived.