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.

Oct 062009
 

That’s what I should be doing.
It’s funny because I KNOW people that were planning outfits back in August.
AUGUST.
I have about 24 hours remaining before I leave.
And I say to myself.
“Maybe you should do laundry.”

Alright so clearly I won’t be the hippest cat in town.
But I’ll have mostly clean clothes.
And I’ll be there.
Bags under eyes and all.

I remember the first year I was planning to go.
I was emailing Sandi Henderson and I told her something like
‘I’m gonna need cases of deodorant.”
She LOL’d at that.
Maybe I can find the email.
I might even have a label “Cool emails from designers” in my gmail
Or if I don’t, maybe I should make one.

Anyway back to my first time – a Quilt Market virgin.
I sweat a lot.
And I was so nervous to meet all the designers.
Like these are all the COOLEST people in the world!
Will I even be able to say “Hi”?

I said ‘Hi’ to most of them.
Except Patty Young.
But I talked to Jon. (her husband)
He didn’t know who I was.
Heather Bailey gave me photography advice.
Anna Maria Horner gave me a hug.

It was nice.
Now I’m still super excited to go to Quilt Market.
After all – I get to spend a little bit of time with the world’s coolest people.
Some of them even know who I am.
And I’m not so afraid to go and say Hi any more.

After that first market I realized that I was right.
But my emphasis was wrong.
These are all the coolest PEOPLE in the world.

 

For updates from many people attending quilt market – check this out

And also I’ll be tweeting, as usual.

 

Oct 052009
 

I am going to carry some patterns by Fledge / Studio Tantrum. They are European patterns – which means that you have to trace off the pattern pieces and add seam allowances. (Most people I know choose to trace boutique patterns anyway so that they can use all the sizes over and over again!) The patterns are kid friendly with a great sense of style.

What really drew me to them was how customizable they are. The pattern instructions are a quite general, so it helps if you have some sewing under your belt and understand basic construction. On the Farbenmix site, they have tons of design examples, and I’m also only including patterns that have instruction sheets in English and  Sew-A-Longs in English. I’ve linked those in the listings on my website. I decided to pick out a few patterns that I have been wanting to try and we’ll go from there.

Downtown Tucson

This weekend I was able to sew my very first Feliz….and it won’t be my last!  Feliz means happy in Spanish,  so I wanted the Feliz dress to have a Spanish vibe.  I envisioned something that you could wear to a party.  (The parties are always grand and always fun!)  I needed bright festive colors and patterns.  This fabric immediately came to mind.  

It is called Beatrice Dream and is by Michael Miller fabrics.  I used it for the overdress.  The under dress is Fuschia Ta Dot.

And the bustle on the back of the underdress are other Ta Dots from the Jewel Tones line.  I used Bubblegum, Celery, Lagoon and Tangerine.

Water feature

I added a bottom tier to the underdress that I gathered only in the back with the rest of the ruffles. And since my serger is still getting fixed, I decided to use the premade Bias Trim from Michael Miller. I love the result!  (But I can’t wait to get my serger back to my seams don’t have to be zig zagged!) 

Christmas is just around the corner, (really!) so I plan to make her Christmas dress from this pattern.  I think I’ll leave off the ruffles on the back and the extra bottom tier.  I’ll also possibly applique something on the over dress.  It will have a completely different feel!  I can hardly wait!  And I’ve picked out the fabrics I want to use for the Redondo and Laguna patterns too.  I doubt I’ll have time before I leave for Quilt Market.

The patterns are listed here.  I really do hope you will love them as much I already do!  Just thinking about all the possibilities makes me happy – so use the code Happy for 15% off all patterns this week.   :-)

Oct 012009
 

This is something you should probably mark on your calendars.  

Tree Climbing
Haley
– my daughter –
the dress wearing queen 
wanted to wear pants.

 

I have wanted to make her these cute pants for a while now.
I was afraid my efforts would sit in the drawer.
Untouched.
Unloved.
Unworn.
( I’ll make up words as I see fit)
My husband said, “Just make her some.  She’ll wear them.”

 

Noah's Ark

He was right.  
She loved them!
She wanted to wear them!

 

Pattern: Sophie by ModKid 
View C with View A Pockets
Fabric: Carnival Bloom Corduroy

The pattern was easy and fun to make.  I LOVE the detail of the twin needle on the pockets and leg slits.  I’ll have to get a close-up picture of that.  The only change I am thinking about for next time is adding a light weight interfacing on the front waist band.  She won’t wear jeans just yet – so I’m going to make another pair  but this time in lightweight cotton.  I have to say though, that the corduroy fabric (by Michael Miller) is da bomb diggity.

That’s right I just said bomb diggity.

And with that, I’ll say goodnight.

 

Sep 282009
 

The last Monday of September….and therefore the last of our celebration of National Sewing Month. And I’d have to say….

 

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!

 

Seriously you guys!  Totally awesome stuff you’re making!!!!  I hope you will all go look at the pictures, and I wish that I could share them all here! Please keep adding more pictures as you finish projects.  Who knows, I might surprise a lucky person now and again with a little blog feature.   ;-) 

Many people I know start sewing (again) when they have children.  It’s just fun to make them stuff.  So I figured that I HAD to do a feature on children’s clothing. 

Amanda sent me these photos of little lounge sets.  LOVE them!  And love that they are for little boys – because how often do our little men get left out of the sewing fun?  Too often!  She sent me several pictures – so be sure to look at them all in the Flickr pool.  The Cowboy print is from Alexander Henry and the Monkey print is from Moda!  Thanks, Amanda for emailing them to me!  

Totally adorable little boy set

Totally adorable little boy set

 

And Ericka shared with me these adorable outfits she has made for her daughter.  

skirt and shirt

This was made by sewing together Soiree charm squares and cutting the Little Hip Skirts pattern out of the pieced fabric. Way cute appliqued shirt too!

cuppycake

And this Cuppy Cake dress is soooooo cute! She used the Riley Blake Just Dreamy Fabric. Love it! Great job, Ericka!

Okay so I just have to include one more this time as well. I was so excited when Rebecca added this picture

DSC_7494

It is one of Patty Young’s new patterns that will be released at Quilt Market next weekend! Rebecca was one of Patty’s pattern testers. She use fabric from the Mezzanine collection to make this adorable skirt and appliqued shirt. I love it! Can’t wait to get my hands on the new patterns!!!!

Thanks everyone for playing along!  You’ve been great!

Sep 272009
 

Did you know that you can gather with a serger too?  Yep!  It’s a handy dandy trick, especially since I don’t have a gathering foot for my sewing machine. You’ll need to up your differential feed and lengthen your stitch. (Test out on scrap fabric to get your settings just right! I’m sure it varies by machine and how tightly you’re trying to gather the fabric, but I think my differential feed was at 2.0 and my stitch was at 4.0) Perfect gathers and no pulling a stupid thread to try and get it even.

gathering with serger

Sadly, my serger broke again in the middle of construction. (I assure you, it had nothing to do with gathering fabric.) The most devastating part of all of this was that I had to do a real hem on this skirt to finish it up.  (I LOVE rolled hems!)  So anyway, it’s back in the hospital getting it’s motor replaced- and I’m seriously considering a new serger. And this time I will not be going with Husqvarna Viking. This is the second time that the motor has given up….the last time was about 6 months ago. That track record makes me a little nervous. I feel a little sad because all my machines are Vikings. But they have failed me with this machine so it’s time to look elsewhere. I am looking at Bernina and Baby Lock right now. If you have a serger that you love (and the motor hasn’t gone out twice on you) then please let me know!

Back to the Art Gallery skirt! I made Haley a skirt with the Spellbound and Nature Elements fabrics and we’re both in love with it!  (By the way, the tonal solid prints in Nature Elements are great!  And you guys obviously love them too b/c they are selling well!)  She requested an ankle length skirt. I knew I wanted to use multiple fabrics and have it go together quickly. So the tiered peasant skirt seemed like a natural fit!

Fine, you can take a picture

I didn’t have a pattern, I just used her waist measurement as the starting point.  Each tier is 1.5 times longer than the one above.  Next time I’m going to up that to 2 or maybe even 2.5 to give her a little more twirling power.  My girl loves to twirl!  I also cut out a few of the floral motifs to applique onto a shirt. She has worn it for 3 days straight – so I’m pretty sure it’s a hit.   :-)   

Patricia Bravo, the designer (and owner) of Art Gallery Fabrics, is from Argentina.  I realize this may not be important to you – but for me that makes her extra special since I studied in La Plata during college.  Anyway, she is really incredibly sweet and I can’t wait to see what she has worked up for Quilt Market this year!  

Be back tomorrow with the last You Made It winner(s).  I have not even started writing that post – so it’s not too late to add pictures to the Flickr group.  I think you ALL should win because everything you have made is SO great.  It breaks my heart that I can’t feature every single picture!

Sep 252009
 

I’m so excited to offer you guys a chance to win a Milkshake Baby Messenger Bag!

Wendy, the owner/designer/seamstress behind these wonderful bags, has graciously offered my wonderful readers (yes, that is YOU) a chance to win one of these fun bags!  And you get to design it yourself with any of the fabric in my store!  How awesome is that!!!!!

The bags are made with durable duck cloth and added stabilizers.  They have 3 pockets inside, 4 pockets outside, an adjustable strap, and a magnetic closure on the flap!  Plus they are just really really fun!

Any mom or student or grandma or basically any breathing person would love one of these bags!  And Christmas is quickly approaching!!!  Visit Wendy’s shop here.  

So how do you enter to win?  

Tell us which fabric you’d pick for your custom made bag!
Pick any of the fabrics I have available in my shop!

The winner will be picked on September 30th at which time I’ll get you in touch with Wendy.

Thanks for playing!!!!