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

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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!

Aug 212009
 

What are your plans this weekend?

I will be sewing backpacks and pillows.
Haley needs them for kindergarten.
The pillow is going to be made out of Lila Tueller’s newest line

Santornini

Santorini

She always has such fun designs!
I keep thinking I’ll decorate Haley’s room with one of Lila’s lines.

But first is Taylor’s room.
His Animal Party Quilt is finished.

sneak of Taylor's quilt

I love it.
I wanted to show you pictures of it IN his completed room
That is why I haven’t shared it yet.

I decided I should also sew something for myself again.
Maybe this weekend, maybe not.
I’m thinking of a skirt from one of the new Spellbound prints.

Spellbound

Spellbound
I especially love the Chalky Silhouettes print.
It would make a lovely skirt.
And a bag.
I probably need a new bag.
I’m getting bored with my current selection.

 

So what are your plans this weekend?

Jan 272009
 

The path to becoming a precut junkie is an easy road to take.  I resisted at first – but now I’m on the path and I am here to stay.  Honestly, it took me a while to warm up to the little sweets -but now I love them so!  Let’s do a quick lesson for those of you, who like me, are new to the precut world.  These pictures are from Lila Tueller’s newest collection, Soiree.  The precuts are here and the yardage should arrive next month!

The Jelly Roll:

This sweet little bundle contains 40 2 1/2 inch strips from the collection. That’s about 3 yards of fabric – and you didn’t have to cut one single strip!!!!  Just imagine what a time saver that is for you!!!!  It’s huge.  :-)

And for those of you, who like me, are not avid quilters – there are other uses!   I plan to make Haley a strip work skirt with this little beauty!  Can you just imagine what a cute little spring outfit this is going to be?  I can’t wait.  (And if I can get my work done today, sewing this skirt is precisely how I plan to spend my evening!  And just FYI, it’ll make several skirts – you’ll just need yardage for the waist band and bottom ruffle if you choose!)

The Charm Pack:

Perfectly cut 5 inch squares!

PERFECTLY CUT! Now listen, I’m not so bad with my rotary cutter.  And I can get a few perfect 5 inch squares here and there- but to get the ENTIRE collection of fabric in perfect 5 inch squares….well that’s another story! Moda has made it so easy!

I love the charms.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE them!  I’ve made Haley skirts and jumpers – I’ve made patchfolio covers, quilt tops, and pincushions  I just love them!

The Layer Cakes:

Here we have 40 precut 10 inch squares.  What, oh what can you do?  A LOT!  Obviously you can leave them as 10 inch squares.  You can also cut them into 4ths for 5inch squares (aka 4 charm packs!), cut them diagonally once or twice,  cut strips, and the list goes on!

I can see these getting more use in my future, for sure!  In my opinion, if you don’t know exactly what you want to make, this is the perfect precut, because the possibilities of cuts from these squares are so great!  You can make it into charm packs, jelly roll strips, turnover triangles, etc. etc. etc.

At fall market, Moda introduced 2 new precuts as well.  I had a chance to talk with Mary Jacobson from Me and My sister Designs about these new precuts.  They are the Honey Bun and the Turnover.  I’m not sure why I didn’t order any while I was there.  That must have been before my precut understanding!  ;-)  So anyway, I don’t have them in stock, but watch for these to arrive as well!

The Honey Bun: precut 1 1/2 inch strips. (a smaller version of jelly roll love)

The Turnover: precut 6 inch triangles

There are a tons of quilt patterns that take advantage of precuts – and when using precuts, you have little or no cutting!  A huge huge time saver!!!  But remember, precuts are not just for quilting.  :-)  Also, I should mention that I am working (it seems like non stop) on making improvements to my website!  I added a new section just for precuts!!!  It’s not the biggest section yet, but I can guarantee that it’ll be growin’.

PS The cupcakes we made at my sewing group were from Sandi Henderson’s cupcake pattern.  They have sold out on my site, but will be restocked soon!


Jan 172009
 

Today marks the one year date for my business!!!!  (Or I really should say one year ago today, I had my first sale.  :-)  )  It has been quite the year.  I could go on and on about how much I have learned.  How things are so different than I had thought they would be, the ups, the down, etc. etc.  But really I think most would find that a bit on the boring side.  So then, we’ll skip the boring and go straight to the exciting!!!! A bit of  free always excites people – right?

4 gifts – 4 chances to win!!!!

(I had a hard time deciding!)

$50 Gift Certificate to buy wonderful glorious fabrics, patterns and kits in my shop!!!

Fat Quarters of the Earth colorway of Andalucia (my fall favorite) by Patty Young!!!

Adorable Scrumptious Sandi Henderson pattern – Ruffle Pants!!!

Whimsical Fun Woodland Bloom charm pack and pattern from Lila Tueller!!!

Now, is this fun?  or is this fun?!?!?!

How do you enter?

1. Leave a comment on this post to say hello or congratulations or how much you love me.  Ya know, in general, flattery is good!

There are 4 gifts – so I’ll give you 4 chances to increase your odds!

1. Blog about this contest and receive 5 extra entries. (Be sure to let me know!)

2. Add some pictures to my flickr group for 3 extra entries! (not per picture, pictures already there do not count)

3. All purchases between today and Jan 31, 2009 to receive 5 extra entries.

4. Place my button on your blog or website and receive 5 extra entries.

I can help with the html :-)

Above All Fabric

The drawing will be on February 1st, 2009.  That gives you 2 full weeks to get out there and have some fun and Above All (win some) Fabric!!!!

Thanks for a wonderful first year!