Thursday, January 30, 2014

Baby Boy Button-up

Here are the three Baby Boy Button-up shirts I made.
Finally, I'm getting around to blogging about them!
The fabrics are all donated by the Fat Quarter Shop!
They've been so generous in the amount of fabric they've donated for us to use for the Pregnancy Care Centre Sew Along!
These are all from the Robotek line for Northcott, which I cannot find on their website anymore.
If you do, let me know!
That pattern is once again the Baby Boy Button-up by Me Sew Crazy.  

Its just a little too cold to hop outside to take pictures. -30 C with wind chill.
So, these poorly lit pictures will have to do.

I have a nice sized box slowly filling up here at home, plus, the Flickr group is filling up nicely too!
So excited how this sew along is going this year!
Thanks to all those who are sewing along!!!

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V-Neck Cardigan

V-Neck Cardigan Sew Along
My daughter is a little short on tops--actually her tops are a little short on her...
So, I thought this sew along would be the perfect opportunity to whip her up a nice top.
I made size 4T--a little big, but then she can wear it next year too hopefully.
She's somewhat between sizes now anyway.
The fabric is Patty Young interlock that is some of the first fabrics I purchased when I first started sewing!
I still have the original skirt I made for myself and my daughter was quite excited about this fabric--'Flowers?! Pink?! For me?!'
The sew along ends on Saturday, pictures needing to be uploaded by 9AM!
So, if you are quick you can still whip one up and upload it in the Peek-A-Boo pattern group on Facebook!
The pattern is available here: (click on picture)
Image of V-Neck Cardigan

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Three More Little Dresses

Three more little dresses for the Pregnancy Care Centre!
This first one is a Sweet Little Dress from Leila and Ben.
The arms are a Moda fabric, but I don't know what one.
And, the bodice is again the Pam Kitty Pull Out Dot by Holly Holderman for Lake House Dry Goods.

And, another Sweet Little Dress.
The arms are Chinoise by Studio K for Clothworks and the bodice is unknown.

And, finally a Little Geranium from Made by Rae.
Fabric is April's Garden for South Sea Imports.

All the fabric was donated once again by the Fat Quarter Shop!

You're more than welcome to join us!
We hope to continue on through to the end of February!

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Tree Climber Trousers

My little man needed some new pants for Sunday.
He is super tiny for his age--he's almost 2 but in 12-18 month clothing.
Plus, he's super slim, so I needed a pattern that wouldn't have baggy legs.
In comes the Tree Climber Trousers from Go-To Patterns.
I would have loved to do the parachute buckle option, but I didn't have any belting and was in no mood to make it.
There was also an option for belt loops which I also didn't do.
So, elastic waist it was.

The navy blue fabric is a twill I got from a friend--there's plenty left for more pairs of pants!
The buttons are from my stash, unfortunately the one had a bit of a chip in it, but I still couldn't resist using them.
I love the topstitching! It adds so much to the pants.

Plus, you can reinforce the knee by putting a double layer of fabric there--it's all in the instructions which are very clear!
My little man is quite pleased with the pants--he did not want to take them off when I tried them on him for hemming, and he was thrilled with the pockets.

Because I made the size 18 months, they're still a little wide in the butt for my little man, but they should last quite a while. (I just may regret not reinforcing the knee the way this little guy grows doesn't grow.)
But, if you want to buy this pattern for yourself, visit Go-To Patterns and look for the Tree Climber Trousers!

Monday, January 13, 2014

FMQ--Try #1

Well, it's done.
My first attempt at free motion quilting, and it's done.
It's not perfect--I'd say it's quite far from perfect.
But, I managed to quilt the whole thing and had fun doing it.
And, I didn't need the seam ripper to rip out the quilting.
I actually practised a little on a double layer of scrap flannel.
Just to get a not-to-jerky movement going.
The front is a panel donated by the Fat Quarter Shop--Sunshine Zoo.
The backing is some plain black quilting cotton from Fabricland that was in my stash plus some turquoise-ish fabric from Walmart. It does have a bit of a pattern in it--it's just hard to see on the picture.
And, the binding is also from Walmart.

I'm quite pleased with how the turquoise quilting popped out on the black fabric. That's my favourite part of the quilt to be honest...even if the quilting is not perfect.

I bound the quilt by machine.
I have no patience for hand binding a quilt.
Not yet at least.
I'm a little disappointed with how the binding and those stripes on the edge of the quilt ended up not really going as well... I think that the three narrow strips of color in a row on the edge sort of messes with things and makes it too busy. What do you think?
I don't have the heart to take it out though, so it'll stay as it is.
This quilt is also for the Pregnancy Care Centre!

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Dresses, Pants, and Quilting...

I have been quite busy sewing!
First, I've been working on a quilt made out of a panel. And, I'm trying free motion quilting for the first time. It's not perfect, but I love the results so far.
I had to put it on hold though because I ran out of the thread I was using for the bobbin--a lovely turquoise color.
While the quilt was on hold, I whipped up this dress using the pattern from Randomness by Petchy.
The fabrics I used are, Safari Soire by Dan Stiles for Birch Fabrics, and the red I can't find the info on anymore, but as soon as I had seen these two fabrics together, I knew they had to be made into a dress.
The only problem was that there was a very limited amount of both, so I finally decided to do some color-blocking.
And, the red bias tape is just plain store bought bias tape.

Next up is two little dresses using the Itty Bitty Baby Dress from Made by Rae.
I love this pattern--it's cute and quick.

The fabrics for this one are: bodice--Pam Kitty Pull Out Dot by Holly Holderman for Lakehousedrygoods. Dress: Chinoise by Studio K for Clothworks.
And, the rick rack is a thin light pink.

This second one has Butterflies by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman as the bodice and again the Pam Kitty Pull Out Dot by Holly Holderman for Lakehousedrygoods as the dress.
The rick rack on this one is a thicker darker pink.
Instead of using bias tape for the bottom I just hemmed with a narrow hem.
My oldest son came up with the idea of putting these two dresses on a stick--his jousting stick to be exact, to take the pictures.

Finally, a cute little pair of Basic Newborn Pants again, by Made by Rae.
Here I used the Oink a Doodle Moo fabric by Jenn Ski and the bottom is Toy Tales by Melanie Dekker for Windham Fabrics.
All the fabric on this post is from the Fat Quarter Shop which they graciously donated to us to use for the Pregnancy Care Centres! (Only the backing of the quilt and the 'batting' which is flannelette is from my own stash!)

Whew! All caught up on pictures and blogging!
I'll be resuming work on the quilt soon as a friend had some of the turquoise thread left when I couldn't find any at Walmart and don't have time to make the trek to the city. Especially to a fabric store with 4 kids....(and you know what happens when you go to a fabric store for 'just some thread,' right???) Thanks, Jess :)
Have you taken a look at some of the lovelies popping up in the Flickr group??
Also, today is your last chance to enter the giveaway if you are planning on joining us! (I'm picking a winner tomorrow--Saturday!)
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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Sewing for Pregnancy Care Centres--a Giveaway! --CLOSED!

The Fat Quarter Shop sent us a lovely box of fabrics to use for the Pregnancy Care Centre Sew-along!
And, today, I'm giving a bundle away to one of you who is joining in!
Lily by Studio 8 for Quilting Treasures.
This is not a fat quarter bundle--it has cuts ranging from 10-13" x WOF, some a little bigger.
A lovely bundle of 9 fabrics--the colors are absolutely beautiful!

To enter to win, please let me know you are joining us--join us in our Event page on FB, and leave a comment letting me know you did!
Again--this only goes to someone who is sewing along with us!!!
*I'll draw a name on the 11th of January*
*** picked a winner for me out of the qualifying comments--#4! Suzanne!***
For more information about what we are doing, click the button:

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A great big thank-you to the Fat Quarter Shop for their generosity!

Quilting Fabric at the Fat Quarter Shop

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

NICU Smocks

After a number of people I knew had preemie babies born in a short time, I thought I should find a good pattern for babies that need to spend time in the NICU.
When I found this free pattern and tutorial for a NICU smock from Everything Your Mama Made & More, I thought it'd be perfect!
I had received some flannelette from a friend--a whole box of it, and this was the perfect project to use up some of the smaller pieces.
The bias tape is store-bought, and that is what took the longest--attaching the bias tape.
But, there are options to make the smock reversible so you don't need to use bias tape, and there are also instructions for serging it (for those that like using their sergers...).

I had originally made these two in size 3-5lbs, for a friend, but her baby came home a month earlier than expected!
So, these are going to be donated to the Pregnancy Care Centre!

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*One note about the pattern--there are two pieces B & C that are the exact same. To fix this, just do a mirror image cut and a regular cut on your fabric of B and leave out C. (Kymy has been notified and is planning on fixing it soon! And, anyone that has 'bought' (for free) it off Craftsy will get an update.)*

2013 Finishes

From July 2013 to the end, I made goals each month to try get some things done.
And, I got more done than I thought!
Here is 6 months worth of goals--finished.
There were a couple other goals that I finished, but this was a good sampling, I thought.
Thanks Shanna and Melissa for hosting it!
The next two months I plan on being busy with 'Sewing for Pregnancy Care Centres'!

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Feel free to join us if you'd like!
You can find all the info here.