Monday, March 6, 2017

Rock 'n Romance--a Lap Quilt

 When the Rock 'n Romance line came out from Art Gallery Fabrics (designed by Pat Bravo) I absolutely loved it. 
I knew I wanted to buy the line. 
And, I knew I wanted to make something lasting out of it--a quilt. 
So a number of years ago, I ordered one colorway of the line and some coordinating prints to complement it from Hawthorne Threads. 


I ended up using the 4-Patch Slice Quilt Pattern.
The total size is about 47"x 58".


This is the first time I've made a quilt out of actual quilt blocks and not just randomly throwing things together. 


I ended up quilting it with free motion quilting. 
I'll admit I was super nervous to start quilting it. 
I've only done small quilts and this was to be my own lap quilt and I have a tendency of 'inspecting' things such as seams, quilting, and any stitching in almost anything.
I wanted perfection. 
But, it's not perfect and I think I'm okay with that as it's hard to tell unless you really inspect it. 


I used my favorite fabrics from the line for the backing. 
I just pieced them together--there's a pink 'border' on both sides of the grey. 


And, lastly a close-up of the binding and a bit of the quilting. 
(The lighting in this picture is pretty bad, so the colors are not as true on this picture.) 
The binding I attached by machine--I do not have the patience to do it by hand and I know it won't be done as tidily as when I do it by machine. 
It might not be the official or time-honored way of doing things but I love the quicker finish and the look of it as well (as long as you are very careful to stitch in the ditch on the front and just catch the binding in the back.) 

I'm already dreaming of doing another quilt, but we'll have to see when that happens! 


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Suburban Minnie

My youngest daughter absolutely loves Minnie Mouse so when I saw someone destashing some Minnie Mouse knit, I knew it'd make the perfect shirt for her. 


For the pattern, I used the 
(affiliate links) 
in size 2 with two inches added. 
My kids are usually quite slim. 
I love this pattern as it works for both my boys and girls and it has options for long, short or combined sleeves. 
It also comes in sizes 6m to 10, so a good size range. 


Now, if anyone has any pointers for taking pictures of a two-year old who wants to look at the picture before the picture is taken....


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Caroline Party Dress for Babies

I've been whipping out Caroline Party Dresses like they're going out of style. 
A friend ordered two of them and the third is for a brand new niece.


First up are two size 12 month dresses. 


Next is a size 6 month for my niece. 
I find they make great baby gifts as they are pretty quick to sew up and what baby can't use more dresses?


I again modified them all with snaps as it's much easier to dress a baby with snaps rather than a zipper. 
I'm always afraid the zipper will catch their skin.
To do this mod, I again added about 3/8" to each center back and sewed that shut as I sewed around the neck and armholes. 
A super simple modification! 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Knippie Sewing

Quite some time ago, my parents brought a Knippie home for me from the Netherlands.
As soon as I saw this pattern (#8, February/March 2016), I had to sew it up for my youngest daughter. 


I love the ruffles on the front. 
The neat thing is that they are not actually gathered--they are cut like a 'C'. 
Also, the fold-over elastic bindings are super sweet. It looks so tidy and neat. 


It has an easy button closure on one shoulder seam. 
Made with some sweet European fabric, it's the perfect dress for my little girl! 




Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A Fun Wishlist

At a time of year when we often think of gifts and gift-giving, I thought it'd be fun to throw together an 'Amazon wishlist' of sorts!
These are things that I think are cool, seem fun to use, and a couple things I hope to one day buy.
I am using affiliate links so if you do buy through these links, I get a small percentage.


Silhouette Cameo!
This is on sale right now (on Amazon.ca) for $244.99.
(It comes with a starter kit).
I think it'd be such a fun tool to use for making custom shirts/clothes, and various other crafty items.


I love this and am hoping for a Boxing Day deal.
It's supposed to be my Christmas gift, but I didn't want to pay full price, so I'm waiting patiently.
I know--I should have bought it on the Black Friday sale, but I didn't think of it.





3/4" Button-hole Elastic!
This is more of a non-reusable item, but this is one of the elastics I could definitely use in my sewing supply stash. It's one of the only 'missing' ones.





Metric Pattern Cutting!
One day, when I have time, I'd love to learn more about pattern-making for clothing!
I've heard this is a great book for it.


And, while we're onto books:

As an often tired Mama, either of these two books on motherhood (by Gloria Furman) look like a great addition to my library!


Ok, this one is on my husband's wishlist--it's only available as a pre-order yet, but I'm excited to buy it for his late Christmas gift! 


I could go on and on because who doesn't need more sewing notions or books, but I'll leave it at that for now!
What is on your wishlist?

Monday, November 7, 2016

Zebra Hudsons

These have been dubbed 'Zebra Pants' by my family. 
They are actually the Hudson Pants by True Bias.


This is the first time I've sewn with a double brushed poly.
It's super soft, but not quite as warm as the brushed poly I used for my daughter's dress
It was bought off a new shop on Facebook--Blended Thread Fabrics.
This shop has a sale every couple of weeks and sells a number of double brushed polys, sweater knits, french terry, and a couple of cotton lycra prints.  


These joggers are super comfy, and I love the details of the drawstring, elastic waistband, and the detail on the pockets. 
I do wonder if they are a little too snug like leggings, though it may be the fabric choice.
I also need to figure out what kind of shoes to pair them with.
The runners I wore for the pictures, I cropped out because they look goofy. 
Thoughts?



Friday, November 4, 2016

Dashing Vest in French Terry

I had the opportunity to try out some fabric from Water Tower Textiles, a new Canadian fabric shop. 
Now, so you know, I did receive the fabric for free in exchange for a review, be it good or bad. 
This is my own honest opinion of the fabric. 

One of my sons likes to layer his clothes and will often be wearing two shirts. 
I thought it'd be a good time to sew him a vest so he can layer a little more stylishly.
I chose the Dashing Vest (a FREE! pattern) from Love Notions. (affiliate links)


It's a quick sew in a wide range of sizes: 12 months to 14! 
Snaps make it even faster. 
I debated putting buttons or snaps on it and then finally asked my son what he'd prefer...snaps it was. 


The fabric I used is from Water Tower Textiles.
The fabric washes up nice the first wash. I have to see how it holds up to a large number of washings yet, to give it a fair review. 
The ribbing comes in a tube, and I did have to piece the ribbing together in the back to get the right length for the neckline/front for the size 7. 
The French Terry is warm and soft--perfect for a fall day. 




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