Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Hedgie Sleeping Bag & Vintage Sheet Swap

On my last post, I noted three tutorials I'd like to try someday soon. Well, I started the Three Bears Sleeping Bag tutorial and now I'm addicted!  They are so darling, fun to make and relatively quick. Once you sew one, it's smooth sailing. I've made one for my daughter's friend as a birthday present and now I am making one for my daughter. I've complicated the pattern a bit by adding a paper pieced hedgehog in the center of the sleeping bag. My youngest daughter has loved Hedgehogs ever since preschool when she was introduced to Jan Brett's book The Mitten.  She is in second grade now and still loves them - hedgehogs and Jan Brett. If you have never read a Jan Brett book, go to your library and look her up.  Her stories are adorable and her illustrations are amazing! Now, presenting my WIP (work in progress) that I'm posting over at Freshly Pieced

 Here is the hedgie paper pieced pattern by Artisania if  you would like to give it a try!

 I am going back and forth between making a green or a pink pillow. What do you think?

Here is a completed sleeping bag for my daughter's friend! I think monkey is very happy in her new bed. The other great aspect of this pattern is having fun quilting the top bed sheet. You can play around with different ideas or practice your freehand motion quilting. 
This week I received some great vintage sheet fat quarters from the vintage sheet patchwork swap

They are so lovely! I have so many ideas on what to do with them and not enough time. For now, I will add them to my vintage sheet collection and admire them. If you have never done a fabric swap before, try one. It's a great way to add variety to a collection without spending a lot of money. And it's fun to receive fabrics from all over the country. I actually received one from someone in my own town! What are the chances? This swap and many others can be found on flickr. 

Happy Leap Day!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tutorials and Sarah's Quilt

This month I am busy sewing Sarah's quilt blocks. I've decided to do I Spy a Square blocks because they are simple and fun to look at. For a child's quilt, I love to use many different fabrics with lots of colors and patterns. I think it stimulates a child's imagination and introduces color theory at an early age. And think of those sick in bed days and feeling lousy - a quilt with visual appeal becomes a comfort. Here is a sneak peek...
While I'm sewing Sarah's quilt, I'm crazily thinking of three different tutorials that I can hardly wait to try. It's these "next" projects that keep me motivated and focused so I finish what I'm currently working on. Here's what's next in line...

This Gathered Clutch Tuorial by Noodlehead is a must try! Wouldn't it be great for teachers with a gift card inside? I'm thinking end of the school year gifts.

How about this sleeping bag pattern for stuffed animals and dolls by Flossie TeaCakes? The pattern comes in three different sizes. I know a lot of stuffed animals that would appreciate these.

Last but not least is this bike bucket tutorial also by Noodlehead. My girls would love to have one for their bikes this summer.  It would be a fun project to do together. I can see it now - stuffed animals, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and money for the ice cream truck jammed into their bike buckets. Ahhhh, summer can't get here fast enough!

And don't forget the Modern Mini Challenge.  Enter to win some great give aways by making a mini quilt or two. Don't have time to make the deadline? Check out all the blogs that featured mini quilts to kick off the challenge. What talent and inspiration! I hope you enjoyed my to-do list. Now, I need to start sewing!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Mug Rugs for Valentines Day

For Valentines Day last year, I made mug rugs! It was the same year I discovered mug rugs too. If you've never made one try it. But beware: they are addicting! I love being able to use scraps from my insurmountable scrap pile. Also, I love being able to start and finish a project in one day. Actually, you can make several in one day! Yeah! Here is a picture of what I made for my children's teachers...

I loosely roll up each one and put it in a red or pink mug with lots of heart candy and a hot cocoa mix or fancy tea bags.  Also, I pin a little tag to the mug rug that says "mug rug." I think for someone who has never seen or heard about these, there might be some confusion on what it actually is! So, do you see how fun these can be? Think of all those blocks you want to try or quilting designs you want to play around with. This is the perfect project to experiment and have fun.
 Here is my latest vintage bed sheet find! I love the pinks and greens! I have this same one in the blue colorway but I prefer pinks and greens - my two favorite colors.

Happy sewing!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Sewing and Cooking

I've started making a quilt for my youngest daughter, Sarah, using Moda's Dream On fabric line.  I have a 5" square charm pack that is just waiting to be turned into something fabulous. The line came out in 2010 (I think) so it's hard to find the coordinating prints. I have a couple of them but found more prints and solids at my local fabric store that complement the line nicely. I started making simple blocks - I Spy a Square - and so far am pleased with the results.
 This fabric was destined to be because as I was thrifting today I found the coordinating pillowcase! It is the yellow print with the butterfly in the picture. I believe this pillowcase is much older by the look of the tag which says "Springmaid Wondercale." Maybe it was the original fabric line from which Moda designed their retro fabric line Dream On. Regardless, what a great find and now I have a pillowcase for Sarah to go along with the quilt!
Now...whose hungry?
This is a Jamie Oliver dish that is one of my new favorites. It's in his book Jamie's Food Revolution under the stir fry section. A super easy dish for a Friday night and the whole house smells wonderful! My local butcher sells what they call beef tips so I use 1-1/2 pounds of beef tips and stir fry it in a mix of peanut oil, bean sauce, ginger, scallions, garlic, cilantro, and soy sauce. Serve it over rice in your favorite  dish and smile! Yummy goodness in just half-an-hour.
Now...back to fabric!
This is my latest  vintage bed sheet find. I am loving yellow these days. I think I am missing the sun during our Chicago winter but as far as winters go, this has been a very mild one. Anyway, I found this beauty a couple days ago and listed it on my etsy shop - Bed Sheet in the Kitchen. So now I have quite a collection of vintage bed sheets and decided to join my first fabric swap.  It is a vintage bed sheet fat quarter swap that I found out about on flickr. If you would like to join here is the link. I would love to make a quilt using vintage bed sheets by showcasing one bed sheet per block. This swap will help me add to my collection quickly and with minimal expense. Here is a quilt on Moda Bake Shop called Summer Dreamin' that I am thinking of  making with my swap collection. I can't wait to see what I get in the mail!

May your sewing ideas flow with ease and your time to sew be plentiful!
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