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Sunday Morning Quilts Giveaway Winner!

The winner of the Sunday Morning Quilts book giveaway was
Kelly O.!

I’m so excited to send it her way, I think she’s one of the very first readers of my blog way back in the day.  Thanks everyone who entered!  And thank you Amanda Jean for letting me give one away!

If you’d like to purchase your copy of Sunday Morning Quilts (you know you wanna), just jump over here on Amazon.

Hope you had a lovely Easter!

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Laurel Dress

Shannon threw up a challenge for me.  To sew up a Laurel Dress by today and blog about it.  I can’t turn down that!

I saw her post about planning for her dress, and I was pretty struck by the Laurel Dress by Colette Patterns.  It’s a beautiful shift dress with some beautiful shaping darts, cute sleeves, and a invisible zip.  Looked like the perfect Easter Dress to me.  Plus I love it when you see that perfect pattern and know exactly what fabric you want to use with it.  So I picked up some of this lovely linen polka dot fabric at my local quilt shop.  It’s really a beautiful fabric and washed up so nicely.

I chose to make View 3 with an underlining.  I just used batiste as recommended in the pattern.  I’m glad I chose the interlining with this fabric, it really makes it nice and substantial feeling and gives it good body.

I made my own bias tape, which I love doing, it just adds a little something special.  This wasn’t a quick sew for me.  In fact, I think in total I spent about 6 hours from printing the pattern to the finished dress.  I guess I’m used to completing a garment in 2-3 hours, but I am really pleased by the overall look and fit of this dress, it’s so comfy and yet, not boxy!  Love that.

I also did a blind hem on my machine,  each time I try a blind hem I mess up, rip it out and redo it, one of these days I’ll remember how things go (hopefully!).  I love the look of the blind hem though, especially on this type of dress.

Pattern: Laurel by Colette Patterns, available as an instant download or paper pattern
Size: 4, I went off the given measurements, fits perfectly, I made it slightly longer just because I didn’t want to feel like it was too short
Other notes: Finished all seams with serger, bias tape neckline, used an underlining as recommended for shear fabrics
Fabric: Linen polka dot purchased at Olive Juice Quilts

Go check out Shannon’s Laurel Dress here, she looks amazing in it!!!

Don’t forget to enter the Sunday Morning Quilts Giveaway, entries will be closed later tonight, so enter now!

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Sunday Morning Quilts Book Giveaway! [closed]

{giveaway closed, thanks to all who entered!}

I’m honored to be able to giveaway this beautiful signed copy of the book Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg (Crazy Mom Quilts) and Cheryl Arkison (Dining Room Empire) today.

I purchased a lovely copy myself, and one of these days I definitely want to try making one of these pretty quilts:

Gumdrop Quilt
Scrappers Delight

But there’s so many more to choose from, you’ll love having this book in your collection!

To Enter:

  • Leave a comment, maybe tell me what’s the craziest thing you’ve done with your fabric scraps! 
  • One entry per person. Please leave your email address in your comment. You can leave it in a format like this if you wish: anna [at] gmail [dot] com, it’s up to you though, if you have your email listed in your blogger profile, that works too! 
  • One winner will be chosen. [Winner will receive one signed copy of the book Sunday Morning Quilts.] 
  • Open to US entries only please.
  • Giveaway ends Thursday, March 28th
And I couldn’t resist showing off some recent purchases from my last stop at Olive Juice Quilts and some yummy Aurifil Embroidery Floss.

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a gifty


I love making gifts.  I love being able to think of the person I’m making a gift for and hoping they’ll enjoy using it and much as I enjoyed making it for them.  I especially love making things for my friends and family who really enjoy having something I made them.  I love that it can be so personal and useful at the same time.

Our friends are having their 5th child, yes 5th!  Whew, I give them credit!  They have such a beautiful family though and they’re so thoughtful and kind and have really stuck by us through good and bad times.  I wish we could visit them more often!

So I churned out 5 fleece blankets for each of the kiddos.  Who doesn’t love a good fleece blanket?!  I love that they’re so durable.  I simply rounded the corners and serged the edges to finish them.  We’ve had a similar handmade fleece blanket for about 7 years now, my kids still it drag around the house and love it.

I also had to make mommy a divided diaper basket.  I looked in my stash the other day and pulled out these three fabrics, a match made in heaven if I do say so myself.  Melody Miller + Lizzy House + Jay McCarroll = true love always.  :)  I couldn’t resist the deep purples.

I know they’ll really enjoy this little package!

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