Sunday Morning Quilts Giveaway Winner!

3.31.2013



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!

Laurel Dress

3.28.2013


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!

Sunday Morning Quilts Book Giveaway! [closed]

3.26.2013

{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.



a gifty

3.21.2013



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!


over at Dear Stella

3.19.2013


Hey guys!  I'm over at the Dear Stella blog today talking about mixing things up with patterns! Of course I had to use my Divided Basket pattern. Stop over and say hi if you've got a sec.



ringo pie: quilt top

3.14.2013


Here's my Ringo Pie quilt bee quilt top, from round one (we're now on round 2).  I feel really lucky to have all these beautiful blocks to look at.  I took forever to put the quilt top together, I tried so many times with different layouts.  In my mind I just wanted to make sure everyone liked it, but in the end I knew it would never get done that way.  So I bit the bullet, did some trimming and adding and here's what I came up with.  I'm really glad to get these blocks out in the open and not stuck away in some plastic bin. I choose a 'dessert' theme!!

Bee members (round 1):
Penny - Sew Take a Hike
Ayumi - Pink Penguin
Kerry - Verry Kerry Berry
Amber - One Shabby Chick
Amy - Badskirt
Erica - Craftyblossom
Lynne - Lily's Quilts
Quilt It
Little Miss Shabby
Lisa - Vintage Modern Quilts

Thanks all!


I have the back together too, here's a little sneak peek of it.  It'll probably be a while before the quilt is done, as I plan to hand quilt it.  Wish me luck!  I'm excited to do it, just need to get myself a thimble now! ♥

ps, the cupcake  is a modified version of Sew- Ichigo's Button It Pattern! The heart was inspired by this quilt and these pillows.

another renfrew

3.12.2013


I made another Renfrew hat for my mom this time, pattern by Jane Richmond, from her collection: ISLAND.  I just loved knitting this, it was so fun and since I had already made one I felt pretty good about it.


I used Madelinetosh Vintage in Moss for this one, my other hat was Madelinetosh Vintage in Wicked, both purchased from Eat.Sleep.Knit (thanks Shannon for the recommendation!).


I've been having so much fun looking into the world of knitting.  Ravelry is super incredible, it's totally an amazing resource.  You can find me there @ noodleheadsews.  I love going through and picking out favorites, someday to hopefully knit a cardigan, I do love a cozy sweater!

I think next I'm going to make a pair of legwarmers, wohoo!


knit undies: take two

3.07.2013


My second round of making undies!  I first want to say that I made the original undies almost 2 years ago (pattern by That Darn Kat includes both boy and girl versions - Pink Chalk also carries the pattern).  They were amazing.  The fit is hands down the best part of making your own, they don't sag or stretch out.  They got worn constantly and held up extremely well.  I didn't have to make anymore until now, and that's only because they were just getting outgrown!


If you're looking for a great project to start sewing with knits, this is the one you should try!  It's small enough, that if you mess up it's not that big of a deal.  Plus when you finish a pair, and see your kids wearing them, it's the cutest thing ever, seriously.


Natalie is almost 7 now.  She definitely has her own opinion on things.  She said she didn't like the center panel on the smaller underwear I had finished for Emily.  So I modified the pattern a bit and made it to just have side seams, ta da!  Big girl underwear.  I'm proud of them!  I jump around and do a little dance every time I finish a pair!


And maybe I just need to make some for myself, have to you seen this tutorial over at Very Purple Person?  I quick made my own pattern from an existing pair and I'm excited to try it out!


I think it's good to note that both of the size 4 (smaller) underwear I made were the exact same, just chose a different binding fabric.  The pair that I made with the ribbed knit is much looser because that particular knit didn't have as much stretch recovery.  Good to know in the future!  I definitely recommend using a knit with a little spandex or lycra in it, they are nice and stretchy without being bulky like a ribbed knit would.


floating shelves: creative space

3.05.2013


 
I've been doing a little rearranging in the sewing room since this summer.  I don't know, I guess I'm a little restless, but I love the change. The girls seemed like they were outgrowing their Ikea table and stools, so I wanted to search out something that would work and grow with them.


We have this nook in the sewing room where I had my armoir with all my clothes in it, and I was tired of it not functioning like I needed it to.  It just took up too much room and didn't suit my needs.  So I sold it on craigslist, man, I do love selling things on there, it's fun!


It took forever to come up with a reasonably cost effective solution for the shelves.  Countertop pieces that length were crazy expensive and I didn't think I could pull off making floating shelves that size.  So of course I looked and found ikea floating shelves that were *almost* the right length, for cheap.  Yes please.

But that didn't solve the desktop issue.  We ended up making it!  Just sandwiched two pieces of plywood together, glued and screwed together, added a 1x2 for a facing and painted it.  It's great!  We just used some cleats on the sides and back of the desktop to support it.  Now I just need to get motivated to wax the darn thing so it can be protected.


Only problem is that the girls love it and use it all the time!  Good problem to have.  I had scored the little chairs at an estate sale over the summer, not sure if I'll paint them or leave them as is, but they're the perfect size and really sturdy.  There's another little goodie I just bought for the room,  I'm excited to share it!  Soon!
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