Friday, April 27, 2012

Finish it Friday Vintage Fun Day

I have a couple fun projects to show for Finish it Friday. The first one is another Three Bears Sleeping Bag using vintage bed sheets. When I started making these sleeping bags I knew I had to make some with my vintage bed sheet collection.  After all, it's a sleeping bag! This is for a friend's daughter celebrating her 10th birthday.

I added the blankie last minute. The color of this vintage 
bed sheet scrap complements Teddy's eyes :)

I used this tutorial  for the sleeping bag. 

Good Night!

For the next project, I have always wanted to try a Japanese Knot Bag.  I followed this tutorial but changed the size a bit. I wanted mine a little smaller to hold knitting projects. I always like to have one with me in case I have a few minutes to knit.  I usually carry a large handbag wherein my yarn and needles get lost in the mess of keys, receipts, wallet, pens, etc. This seemed like a good solution so I found a vintage bed sheet from my fat quarter fabric swap collection and started sewing my first Japanese Knot Bag.

Other side of bag. 
This is the same bed sheet I used to make Teddy's blankie :)

Lastly, since I'm in a yellow, vintage mood today, "show and tell" is a vintage Pyrex bowl set called Shenandoah. It is a Pyrex bake, serve, store set from 1982. The pattern, Shenandoah, is a butter yellow color with green sweet pea type flowers and vines, one of the last American-made patterns. The set contained 3 bowls and 3 lids that can be stacked on top of one another. Pictured are the 2 smaller bowls. Maybe I will find the last bowl someday and complete the set. It is a darling pattern.

Happy sewing!

Note on April 30th: today I found the same exact vintage bed sheet used in my Japanese Knot Bag! Now I have a whole double sized sheet of that lovely fabric :)  I will be listing it on my etsy shop this weekend, if you are interested, as fat quarters and custom orders. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

More Granny Squares and Vintage Bed Sheets

This week for WIP Wednesday, I have been sewing more granny square quilt blocks. I am seriously addicted to this charming block. I'm making several blocks using 30s reproduction fabric for what will turn into a wall quilt for my youngest daughter's new bedroom. This summer, the girls who are currently sharing a room will get their own bedrooms. Painting, redecorating, new bed quilts and wall quilts will be our big summer projects. Here are a couple more blocks:

When this wall quilt is done, I'm starting another one for my other daughter using modern fabric lines. It's so fun to be able to use different colors for each daughter. I get to buy more fabric and they get their own bedrooms that reflect their individual creativity and style.

I had such a great thrift find this week! I found this great twin size flat sheet and fitted sheet! Love it so much I'm keeping them for my youngest daughter's room. The colors are so great for her!

I had a little bit of stardom this week when our local paper, The Naperville Sun, did an article about me and my blog. I was really beside myself considering I've only been doing this blog since last October. I was all the way on page 37 but apparently people read the paper front to back because I've had many friends and locals contact me about the article. It's been a lot of fun!

I'll finish this post with a new etsy listing. Love this one too but I can't keep everything. I'm sure one of you can do something fabulous with this - reuse and repurpose!

Happy sewing!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Granny Square Quilt Blocks

This past week, I jumped on the bandwagon and started making granny square quilt blocks. Come on! Everyone's doing it! There is a great tutorial at Blue Elephant Stitches with detailed instructions. I've made a few and am seriously addicted to this block. Need a way to use up your scraps? It's the Granny Square Quilt Block! Need a fast and easy block? It's the Granny Square Quilt Block! Without further ado, here are a few of my new favorite blocks:

I'm mostly using leftover 20's and 30's reproduction fabrics from another project. I'm linking this up to WIP Wednesday link-up party.

I had to make a pink and green one with a touch of yellow!

Anyone love Trader Joes? I went there this week for my usual stuff and found a new baking recipe - Dumb Cake. Some workers were giving out samples of it and I had to ask.  Dumb Cake, really? Basically, it's a really simple crumb cake from the 70s. You pour a can of fruit in a rectangular baking dish (I used the cherries that were being promoted), add a box of vanilla cake mix on top of the fruit, and add a stick of butter cut up into small bits. Optional: add brown sugar on top and/or chopped walnuts. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. If you really like to follow a recipe with pictures, I pinned a recipe for Dumb Cake on my Pinterest pinboard called Food Fancy

I couldn't get the picture before everyone had a piece or two!

Happy quilting and baking!
Julie B.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday Projects!

Happy Friday! Here is a paper pieced block called Barbara's Block. The pattern is from the book 40 Bright and Bold Paper Pieced Blocks by Carol Doak. I found this great book at my library but I might have to find a copy for myself. It's so wonderful! I plan to make several more of these blocks in different shades of red, green and yellow. The background fabric is Kona's Bone solid. I'm hoping this will be ready for my family room soon!

For Finish it Friday link-up party, I have two projects to showcase! The first project is by Kathy Mack of Pink Chalk Fabrics called Colored Pencil Roll. I discovered the project in the book Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson but you can find the single pattern at Pink Chalk Fabric too. I have made many of these for birthday gifts. I add an art book or sketch book, a toy or stuffed animal, and it's a great gift set!

I adapted part of the pattern by changing the way the ribbon or twill tape is attached to the pencil roll. Instead of sewing the ribbon onto the roll and tying the roll closed, I used D rings to keep the ribbon secure, neat, and flat when not in use. 

This week we celebrated Emma's 10th birthday! I made this cake from scratch using a recipe called Grandmothers Chocolate Cake by Emily Luchetti. A couple years ago I found this book at the library called Birthday Cakes - Recipes and Memories from Celebrated Bakers. I've made several cakes from this book, including 1-2-3-4 Cake by Alice Waters and Easiest Hot Fudge Pudding Cake by editors of Cooks Illustrated. There is one called The Elvis Cake that was inspired by Elvis' favorite sandwich made with peanut butter and bananas! I'll have to make that for hubbie one day.
Happy 10th Birthday, Emma!

Here is my second project for Finish it Friday - Emma's pajamas with matching American Girl pajamas. The flannel is 100% cotton and has a sheep print. Emma's favorite stuffed animal is a sheep called "Sheepy" or "Fluff-Fluff"who she has had every since I can remember and goes to bed with her every night. Sheepy is very honored to have pajamas made from fabric in his image. 
I'm really happy with how the pajamas turned out. I adapted a McCall pattern - basically I used the pattern pieces but changed the way I pieced it together.

Bleeding Hearts - one of my favorite spring flowers. 

Happy spring from my garden to yours!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

WIP Wednesday

This Wednesday, I am busy working on a 100% cotton flannel bed sheet found on a recent Savers trip. The bed sheet is in great condition and so super soft and cuddly.  I instantly thought pajamas! It is so hard to find pajamas these days that are not 100% polyester.  It's really frustrating. Polyester is a synthetic material that is not porous and anything but natural.  I'd rather have my kids sleeping comfortably in breathable cotton that won't give them night sweats. Also, I just feel better that they are breathing in natural material all night, every night - even though there is no scientific evidence of polyester being harmful to your health. Or is there? I'll get off my soapbox now... This afternoon I have been cutting and sewing into a frenzy getting these pajamas ready for my daughter.  Of course, I have to make matching pajamas for her American Girl doll too!  I am using an Avery Lane pattern for the doll pajamas. You can find the pattern on etsy here.  I'm altering and playing around with a McCall's pattern for my daughter's pajamas.

I hope these pajamas bring many restful nights counting sheep.

This week I brought up some of my spring decorations to brighten up the house and get into the spring spirit. It's so much fun unpacking things forgotten about over the cold, winter months. It's like opening presents. One of my delightful surprises was some fabric eggs I made a couple years ago. I had so much fun making them that I wanted to share them with you. The tutorial is by Retro Mama.  She has a lovely website - check it out! I am dying to make some more eggs in different colors (no pun intended) when I get a chance. 

Lastly, I want to share this darling fabric I listed on my etsy shop. It is a Sunbonnet Sue fabric that is waiting to be turned into something wonderful and adorable for someone special.
Happy sewing!
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