Jun 182015

Do you ever see a pattern and know exactly what you want to do with it? That was definitely me yesterday. We finally got in the new Bonnie Blue Charlotte pattern. It says on the front cover that it is great for knits and immediately I knew exactly which fabrics I wanted to use and for whatever reason, decided I needed to make it right then. All other work got pushed to the side and I made a knit dress yesterday. I love when that happens!

These are the fabrics I chose .. Patty Young Knits from Riley Blake.

Bonnie Blue Charlotte

Because I was anxious to get going with the dress, I did not take time to wash the fabrics first. If you are not used to sewing with knits, this is a step I would not normally skip. We all know knits shrink and if you are making something that is going to be worn, you want to go ahead and preshrink the fabric before you cut it out and sew. Trust me .. you don’t want to skip this step or else you risk ending up with a wonky dress the first time you launder it.

I chose to make View 2 with the contrast band but with short sleeves instead of long. The dress turned out really cute and was super easy to make .. although I did deviate from the instructions which I’ll discuss.

Bonnie Blue Charlotte_PY Knit

So I mentioned that I deviated from the pattern a bit and I’ll make even more changes when I make this dress again (and yes, I will make it many more times). The way she does the contrast border is to have you cut a border and a border lining  … 4 pieces in total. You sew the border together and attach it to the dress. You then sew the border lining together and fold down one edge by 3/8″. Next you attach the border lining to the border and finally, hand stitch the border lining to the dress. First of all .. way too many steps to add a border. Secondly .. I don’t like handwork especially when there are other ways to do it that don’t involve time spent with a needle and thread. Here’s a picture showing the inside of the finished border.


You’ll notice that I did NOT hand sew anything although I did follow the instructions regarding the border and border lining. Rather than take the time to hand stitch the border lining, I took it to the serger and just attached the border lining to the border with an overcast stitch … WAY faster and it looks finished too. The next time I make this dress I will double the border width minus 3/4″ for the seam allowance. I would then sew up my side seams, press the seams open, fold the border in half, and attach it to the bottom of the dress .. and done! Way less steps and so much faster. I’m sure she probably has a very good reason for all the extra steps but I don’t have time for that.


Tips for Sewing With Knits

Loved making this dress and I really like working with knits. Knits really aren’t as scary as you might think as long as you have the right tools .. walking foot, ball point needle, starch and a hot dry iron.

The walking foot helps to pull the fabric through the machine evenly and without stretching the knit. Without a walking foot, the fabric can end up with a wavy, lettuce edge look. Cute if you are using it as a decorative trim .. not so cute on a side seam. Ball point needles have a rounded tip which goes around the fibers in the fabric instead of slicing through them. A sharp needle would make small holes in the fabric that would get bigger as the fabric stretches. One of the biggest frustrations when working with knits is that the edges like to roll on themselves when you are trying to pin them and sew; this is where the starch and hot, dry iron come in. Lightly spray the fabric edge with the starch and place the iron on the edge … pressing and not ironing. Do this as many times as it takes to get that edge into submission. Trust me .. it works and makes all the difference!

Hope you like it and maybe picked up a few tips on sewing with knits. They really aren’t all that scary if you are using the right tools. We’ll be having some classes on the schedule soon .. maybe even one for this dress.

Let me know if you have any questions on the pattern, the fabrics, sewing with knits, whatever.

Happy Sewing!



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!)

May 282010

I was shocked when Patty Young‘s newest fabric showed up on my doorstep!  I was told to expect delivery in July. :-)   Well, I’m super happy it’s here!  And it’s super happy too!  (Yes, fabric has emotion in my house.  Okay?)

Playdate is a relatively small collection with 16 fabrics and a rag doll panel!

PLAYDATE by Patty Young

Now the info overload starts. I’m going to try to keep it simple….I promise!

I’m testing out Fat Eighth sets with this line. A fat 1/8 will measure approximately 9 inches x 22 inches in size (a quarter yard cut in half vertically). Not only is this an awesome way to sample the line of fabric, but you can also use it in tons of quilt patterns and all the stash books that are being published.  You get to choose Fat Quarter, Fat Eighth or Half Yard Set.  Each set comes with one doll panel.  Find them here!

The doll panel includes 3 dolls on each panel.  Each doll measures approximately 18×7 inches in size.  Patty talks more about the evolution of her ModKid “Potty Girls” on her blog.

PLUS for Memorial Day weekend only – use the code PLAY for 15% off ANY of Patty’s fabrics or patterns!!!!  That includes what is left of Andalucia, Mezzanine, Flora & Fauna and her ModKid patterns!  (The Stella bag is already 30% off with the bag sale…so it’s not included.  I figured you’d rather have 30% than 15%, right?  And just in case you wondered, Patty has the best patterns on the market.  Hands down!)

And can I just quickly remind you how awesome Patty’s fabrics look with Denim? (which is back in stock!)  Here is a recent creation with the Frida pattern and her new Playdate Goldfish print.  How fantastic, no?!?!?

Alright – that should do it for this post!  I have a few other things I want to share with you, but in the interest of organization, they’ll be separated into their own post.  (WOAH – me trying to be organized?!?!?  You can be impressed. :-)  )

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 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.


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 122009

I don’t know how I should organize the posts.  So it might be mishmash craziness that will span over a couple days.

Here we go!

First – the Michael Miller booths!

Camp Michael Miller

Camp Michael Miller pretty much sets the tone.  The prints I love are fun and playful, just like their booth.

The Michael Miller girls – Patty Young, Sandi Henderson, Paula Prass and Pillow & Maxfield.  It’s hard for me to point out every little detail.  These women have made sure every little detail is perfect.  It is amazing!  Hopefully you’ll be able to see a little bit of that in the pictures. (Check out my quilt market flickr album to see even more pictures!)  

Sandi Henderson's booth

The wonderful Kyoko

Paula and her daughter Jennifer

Whimsy in the new colorway

In addition to new fabric lines, they all have new patterns too!  I have Patty’s newest patterns in the store now.  Sandi is expecting hers to be ready in November and Paula says around the new year. Also Valerie Pillow and Anne Maxfield said their website, blog and such should be up before too long!

I have some goodies for you guys… you’ll definately want to check back. But right now I am falling alseep on my computer desk – so it’s time for me to get some much needed sleep!

See you again soon with more quilt market fun!

Oct 062009

That’s what I should be doing.
It’s funny because I KNOW people that were planning outfits back in 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.