Friday, May 25, 2012

Friday Finishes and One in Progress

I have two projects finished for Finish it Friday & Sew and Tell. The first project is a baby bunting called Hushabye Baby by Favorite Little Things. I made this for a fabric store I am working at part-time called Gentler Times. I think it turned out really lovely.
 The fabric is by Jessica Swift at Blend Fabrics. The collection is called Preeti and is 100% cotton. The inside fabric is a minkee. This size is for 6-9 months. Overall, it was easy to make and the instructions were good. The zipper part was a little fiddley but I haven't had much experience with zippers. Once all the cutting is done, the project sews together relatively quickly. For the inside fabric, I saved some time by constructing the outside fabric pieces first and then used those pieces to cut the inside fabric pieces. The pattern has you piecing together the inside fabric the same way you do the outside but it doesn't seem necessary to me, just extra work.

I finally got around to making some of those darling gathered clutches by Noodlehead. I've seen many pictures of finished ones around blogosphere which kept reminding me to try one! The end of the school year is coming up (next week - yikes!), so I immediately thought - teacher gifts! Usually I give Starbucks gift cards and make something to put them in. In the past, I have made tissue huggers and mug rugs. How about gathered clutches? I found some pretty floral fabric and some cream colored fabric with coffee names printed on it - perfect! This is what I came up with:

The inside has a couple pockets for the gift card and I think a piece of costume jewelry would be fun too!

Lastly, I have finished some paper pieced tumbler blocks by Ayumi at Pink Penguin. These blocks remind me of summer fun which is just around the corner. Not sure what I am going to make with them yet... any ideas? They are for my girls - maybe notebook covers or shoulder bags?
They are super easy and fun to make. Whenever I get tired or frustrated with a long or complicated sewing project, I paper piece something. It's so much fun to use up scraps and it's quick!

Happy sewing!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Doll, Baby and Washcloths

This week, I am working on a few small to medium-sized projects. This first one is of a doll dress that was made using one of my favorite McCall patterns. This dress is for my daughters' friend's birthday. The friend was recently given an American Girl Doll so of course, I had to make her a dress!
The floral fabric is from a vintage bed sheet I received from a vintage bed sheet fabric swap. I need to make a matching headband with the leftover scraps.

My next project is a WIP that I will be linking up to Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday. I am very excited to have the chance to work part-time at a fabric and yarn store down the street from me. My final "test" is to make this darling baby bunting called Hushabye Baby designed by Favorite Little Things. I was given the pattern and supplies, then sent home to play around. I was a bit nervous about the teeny-tiny trim as I have not had much, if any, experience with this kind of trim.  I used my zipper foot and it turned out fine. The same goes with the zipper - not much experience! I hope that goes as well as the trim!
Love the fabric given to me! The colors are great! If all goes well, I might make a couple more for friends having babies.

Lastly, I have been knitting here and there when the mood strikes. I found some organic cotton by Lion Brand called Nature's Choice that is so super soft. I bought it in three colors - pink, blue, and green - and have been making washcloths for the kids. Knitting with cotton yarn can be difficult because there is very little stretch but this cotton yarn is a delight to work with!
I found the pattern on Ravelry called Garter Dishcloth with Pointy Corners by Marlene Wood.

I hope you enjoyed viewing these projects. I love the blogging community for its ideas, inspiration, and community. Everyone has been so kind and encouraging.

Happy sewing...and knitting!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Granny Squares, Thrift Find, and Columbine

I am working on Granny Square quilt blocks...still... and loving them. I finished one quilt top that will end up in my youngest daughter's room this summer. I think I'll add a border but not sure if I want to stick with the Kona White or add a soft printed fabric. Maybe I'll do both!

I'm playing around with quilting ideas too. I've seen a lot of these granny square quilts being stippled but I have not had much experience with this kind of quilting. I will need to stick to my comfort level, for now, and try something with straight lines. Thoughts? The quilting part makes me nervous because it can really make or break a quilt top. I know from previous disasters :)

I've been working with these lovely colors for a few weeks now. They make me happy. While on my weekly thrift search, this darling crochet blanket cried out to me. It said, "Take me home. I'll look so wonderful on a chair in your youngest daughter's room!" So I took it home and put it in storage with the other things I am collecting until my girls move into their own rooms this summer. Now, I need to find a chair to put the blanket on!

At the same thrift store, I found this white bowl pictured with the crochet blanket. I thought it was so neat because it's shaped like a flower. This will be great on a shelf or a dresser. The girls have so many little treasures that need places to stay.

I'm posting this to WIP over at Freshly Pieced where there is a fun link-up party every Wednesday! Come join us! It's fun to see what other modern quilters and sewists are doing these days.

I'll leave you today with a picture of my Columbine blooming in the front garden. Mr. Gnome takes good care of them making sure the Columbine reseeds at the end of spring to provide more flowers for next year. But I think he is lonely and needs a Mrs. Gnome this summer :)

Happy sewing!

p.s.  I'm offering a special discount in my etsy store this week celebrating my 100th sale!

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