Posts tagged Sewing

knitting update: kage, cowl, hat, beanie, and dress

I’m almost done knitting my kage sweater! Well, I’m done knitting, but working on weaving in ends, seaming the pieces together and finishing edges. The linen is so soft and lovely, I can’t wait to wear this sweater once it’s complete. And you want to know what’s exciting about this knit piece? It can go in the washer and dryer … AND it comes out softer each time! Yay linen yarn! You may be unforgiving but you do have your huge merits.

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And isn’t this the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen? A box full of beautiful colors of yarn. Just wait and see what I’m going to do with it all.

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Here’s a little hint – I may be opening up my shop again for a good cause. More to come on that later (and these photos make me giggle because I was so excited, I couldn’t wait to take off the whitening strip on my teeth)…

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My friends are still having babies! And a good friend is having a little girl, so I crocheted up a familiar little hat and the sweetest dress.

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It may be one of my favorite things I have crocheted. I took some queues from this granny square crochet/fabric dress pattern but sized it down, added a shell stitch edge and changed the straps.

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Pretty excited to wrap this one up and see the mama-to-be open it up! 🙂

 

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Crafters Retreat 2013

Have I mentioned that I have some awesome friends? Friends that plan crafting/sewing retreats? Yeah, I do. And I got to go on a retreat this past weekend and it was GOOD. (Read about past retreats here, here, here and here)

And as always, on these retreats, I take a bit of time to complete the yearly felt ornament that I started when Jude was born. This year, sensing a growing theme, I choose Felt Hot Cocoa. Don’t judge my iffy stitching. He looks handmade and that’s part of the panache. Ornaments of years past? Pickle (2012), bacon (2011), owl (2010) ((he’s the only non-food item… I mean, can you eat an owl?)), gingerbread man (2009).

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The porch in this house is one of my favorites and I spent some time there listening to an audiobook, drinking coffee and knitting. With a fall candle. And my awesome socks.

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I whipped up two super simple quilts for two sweet little boys.

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Got to finish a skirt that I’ve had planned for two years… It’s a lined, gathered skirt, with pockets and exposed back zipper (free tute here). I took time to enjoy the process – hand finishing seams, taking things slow. And I love how it turned out. I’ll model it for y’all soon.

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And and FINALLY made some progress on the Macaron Dress that I have had planned for two years!

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Overall, a thrilling weekend of eating good food and getting some stuff done that I can’t seem to find time for at this current stage of life!

 

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A Diana Hobo Diaper Bag

I haven’t had much time to sit down in front of my sewing machine lately. At least, not as much as I would like. I have one project I would like to finish and two I would like to start. Sadly, I think they may have to wait until the next sewing retreat. Sewing machines just don’t transport to the playground the way a sock and knitting needles do.

But I did grab a moment to sew up one of my Diana Hobo bags as a diaper bag for a good friend expecting her first little one. The fabric is Amy Butler’s Nigella, Starflower Tiles in Spinach here. I hope she enjoys it!

Diana Hobo Diaper Bag

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WIP Wednesday: scallop quilt, done!

Finally finished the scallop quilt! Hooray! I’m pretty happy with the results. I had fun continuing the scallop motif across the rest of the quilt with the quilting. I think it turned out pretty good.

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I used a solid purple flannel for the back and it is so cozy and soft!

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Here you can see the quilting a little better – it’s not perfect, but I’m ok with that. The thread I used varied with the color on the front, so if you look very closely to the back, you can see what color is happening on the front.

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Not super obvious, but fun nonetheless.

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I hand sewed the binding on because I didn’t want a zigzag stitch showing and taking away from how graphic the design of this quilt turned out. I used Rendezvous by Khristian A. Howell for Anthology Fabrics for the binding. Love it.

This week’s stats:
Completed projects – 1
New projects – 0
Currently in progress – 0 (4 waiting on the sidelines – Macaron dress, purple dress, swimsuit, stripped bag), now I have to decide what to do next!

What’s on your WIP list this week? Head over to Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday to link up and see what everyone else is working on!

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WIP Wednesday: Bibs, Burps and a Quick Blankie

A mom’s group that I’m a part of is providing some items for Project Care Case – which gives foster children items to call their own. I decided to sign up for blanket since I already had some cute little boy fabric on hand. I whipped this up in the course of one nap time – that’s a huge success for me! The fabric is Shade Garden by Henry Glass and I just love it – it’s so sweet! I used my walking foot to quilt diagonal lines across the fabric.

Quick Little Boy Blanket

I backed it with some cream colored fleece that I already had to make it nice and soft. That is probably the last time I do that – stretchy fleece + quilting cotton = not so much. I’ll stick to flannel the next time I want a soft backing! The binding is safari tots random dots in brown.

Quick Little Boy Blanket

I also finished up the bibs and burp rags in monaco by monaluna line. Love these fabrics. They are backed with terry cloth.

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I made some oversized burp rags to go with the bibs. Simple but so necessary.

Burp Rags

This week’s stats:
Completed projects – 2
New projects – 0
Currently in progress – 1 waiting to be quilted (4 waiting on the sidelines – Macaron dress, purple dress, swimsuit, stripped bag)

What’s on your WIP list this week? Head over to Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday to link up and see what everyone else is working on!

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WIP Wednesday: scallops, shorts and babies

Finished up the quilt top for the scallop quilt! I love it so very much. And I especially love how easy it would be to decrease or increase the size of this quilt. Turns out I didn’t need to pin to get precise curves. Very proud of myself!

Scallop Quilt Top

Now I’m contemplating what the back of the quilt will be. It’s for a baby so I might just get some soft flannel. . . Hoping to find some polka dots that are complementary to my color scheme. We will see. And then I will have to make a decision on how to quilt! Any suggestions? My current leaning is to quilt the scallop pattern across the whole quilt.

Scallop Quilt

Points, again, aren’t perfect, but they still make me quite happy. Progress, folks, this is big progress for me.

Scallop Quilt

And remember how I was telling you about the shorts I bought to shorten a bit? Well, they were a quick fix! Here are the before and after shots:

These shorts still had their original tags on them. And they may be my favorites (I am wearing them as I type right now)!

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And I couldn’t resist snatching up a pair of shorts in my favorite color! Ohh look at those sad, pale legs – the summer will be brutal to you!

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They look black but they are actually navy. . . So much less ‘mommy’ once they are a little shorter.

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And finally, some khaki shorts. I can’t remember the last time I’ve owned a pair of khaki shorts. . . but I do now!

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Whew. I have certainly made my peace with the necessity of shorts while staying home with a kiddo! Previous to this, I didn’t really own any shorts. And really, I have nothing against a good capri or bermuda short (I have 3 bermuda from my thrifting haul and several other pairs from last summer), but with the heat that is sure to come this year, fingertip length shorts will likely be what I’m reaching for during the day to day.

And finally, some new fabrics for my next project! These are some organics from the monaco by monaluna line – they will end up as some bibs and burp rags for a friend’s sis-in-law. I love getting to work with such pretty fabrics!

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This week’s stats:
Completed projects – 4
New projects – 1
Currently in progress – 2 (1 waiting to be quilted with 4 waiting on the sidelines – bibs/burps, Macaron dress, purple dress, swimsuit)

What’s on your WIP list this week? Head over to Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday to link up and see what everyone else is working on!

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WIP Wednesday: orange peel and scallops

Sounds like a fancy dish! Orange peels and scallops, mmmm.

I had a helper while I was sewing all the curves this time. My kitty, Malachi, decided he liked the ironing board as his perch. So cute.

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My orange peel block. Points aren’t perfect and I’m not totally in love with the colors, but overall I’m fairly proud of myself. I feel like this is one of the most precise things I’ve sewn and I am not a precision seamstress by any stretch of the imagination, so growth has happened! The purple fabric is Art Gallery Fabric – Maroon Teriyaki Medallions and the rest are a hodge podge from my scraps. I didn’t feel like taking this block all the way to a pillow as shown in the class, but someday it may end up as a pillow. . . or a tote bag, or something.

Orange Peel Block

I thought I would show you some of the projects that I won’t be starting on soon but I have planned to start sometime this year. This fabric below is for a swimsuit. Scary but I’m going to give it a go.

Swimsuit Fabrics

I couldn’t resist after seeing this photo of a playsuit. I thought it would be an adorable swimsuit! I found a free burda one piece swim suit pattern that I will modify to try and achieve my swimsuit silhouette.

 

And then I finally picked out some fabric to make Colette Pattern’s macaron dress (pockets!!). I’ve had my eye on that dress for quite some time and feel like it is a good first clothing pattern to try out. And now I have all this experience sewing curves. . . I’m going pretty bold with the colors but I love teal and tangerine together, so hopefully the results will be good! I might chicken out and swap the tangerine for a tan, but we will just have to wait and see.

Macaron Dress Fabric

I also picked up this beautiful dusty purple jersey. I haven’t decided what it’s going to be yet, maybe a maxi skirt, maxi dress or just a regular dress. These free patterns have me pretty inspired. Anyone have a favorites?

Maxi Dress or shirt fabric

And on to the project for my curves class I have been so excited about this whole time. I will be cutting into these today! The scallop quilt! You guys are going to love this one.

Scallop Quilt Fabric

This week’s stats:
Completed projects – 1
New projects – 1
Currently in progress – 1 (with 3 waiting on the sidelines)

What’s on your WIP list this week? Head over to Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday to link up and see what everyone else is working on!

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WIP Wednesday

Finished my drunkard path blocks. Not too bad for my first ever precise curves. It ended up being a mug rug instead of a pot holder because I didn’t feel like going and buying the fabric to make it heat resistant.

Drunkard Path Mug Rug

The curves class taught me a great method for trimming up the blocks – I kinda love it. It make my no so precise curves look much sharper. I love polka dots, can you tell? And grey and yellow. It’s getting a bit repetitive, isn’t it? The zigzag binding method worked much better this time. Still have some learning to do, but progress is good!

Drunkard Path Mug Rug

I’m working on selecting some fabrics for a more difficult precise curves project – the orange peel block. I’m a little nervous, but I’m just going to jump in! The background will be the purple fabric, and each segment will have a grey slice and a colored slice. The border will be white. I need to pick up some fuchsia to finish off my color selections. Wish me luck!

Orange Peel Pillow Fabrics?

I am also buying some solids for a precise curves scallop baby quilt that I am so ridiculously excited about! I think seeing photos of that quilt is what put me over the edge to take the curves class.

My stats are totally boring because I can’t handle having multiple projects going at the same time.

This week’s stats:
Completed projects – 1
New projects – 2
Currently in progress – 1

What’s on your WIP list this week? Head over to Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday to link up and see what everyone else is working on!

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WIP Wednesday

On to precise curves starting with a block that is incredibly versatile, the drunkards path block. I first learned about this block from Jenn and Amanda at one of our sewing retreats.

I wasn’t feeling super inspired when I was picking out the fabrics, so eh, they’re just ok. But it’s a big learning project more than something I would use a bunch. The class showed us two ways to complete this block, one with pins (left four) and one without (right four):

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Sadly, my results were much more consistent and less warped using the pin method. I think I have a tendency to tug and stretch if I don’t use pins but it’s so much slower! Oh well, sacrifice time for precision, I guess. Hopefully this is one of those things that I’ll improve on over time.

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These will be pot holders in the end, but I couldn’t resist playing around with some different formats. I love all of the different things you can do with this block. Like this, oh my!

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I’m certainly feeling better about these precise curves and can’t wait for the next couple of projects – they are so cute!

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This week’s stats:
Completed projects – 1 (rainbow road quilt)
New projects – 1 (drunkard’s path blocks)
Currently in progress – 1

What’s on your WIP list this week? Head over to Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday to link up and see what everyone else is working on!

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WIP Wednesday

Alright, I’m jumping on the WIP Wednesday train! I finished up the Christmas mini quilt I’ve been working on for my curves class. I bound it with some binding I had left over because I was feeling lazy. I think it works. Although I wish I had originally cut that binding on the bias – the dots would look a lot nicer. Sewing lessons learned.

Haha, you can totally see how wonky I sewing the binding on in this photo. Oh my, this project was full of learning experience! I did include two loops for hanging this mini quilt. And oh my goodness, that fabric is so stinking loud. Glad it’s finally finding a use somewhere. It’s a bit much for me, I don’t know how I ended up with so much of it!

Here you can see the quilting coming out from the star – this was my first experience with my new walking foot! Hooray, I finally bought one!

And I got a little fabric in the mail yesterday. Always a good way to brighten a day. Love those yummy stripes and dots. And have you guys ever used shot cotton before? Oh my goodness, fourth fabric from the left in this photo – it is soft and gorgeous with subtle tone changes. Don’t know what I am going to do with it, but right now, I’m going to use it as a shawl. So soft.

New fabric

Got another project started for my curves class. Love these color so much.

Rainbow road quilt pieces

Here’s the progress I’ve made so far! It’s like a quilting party in my sewing room! Can’t wait to see this project come together – it’s going to be a rainbow road table runner!

Temporary rainbow road bunting

This week’s stats:
Completed projects – 1
New projects – 1
Currently in progress – 1

What’s on your WIP list this week? Head over to Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday to link up and see what everyone else is working on!<

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