August 01, 2014

Tara Tank top . . .

This is my second time sewing Kay Whitt's Tara Tank pattern; this time I did a tunic length. I love how light and Summery this one turned out, and have been getting lots of wear out of it.

You can see my knee-length version here. And the pattern can be found here.

July 30, 2014

Pinwheel Baby Quilt...

A close friend asked for a baby quilt for when she has family come to visit.

I had a stack of pinwheel blocks that had been given to me a couple years ago, added some sashing, and the quickest baby quilt ever was made.

The backing and sashing are a print from a fabric line called Paintbox.

I'm loving the fun and bright prints in the blocks, and happy to have put those pinwheel blocks into a quilt that will get used.

July 25, 2014

Seamingly Smitten pattern tour...

Seamingly Smitten is an Etsy shop with simple modern patterns for women. This past week, I sewed up a couple of their Magazine Maxi Dress pattern. And I'm LOVING how easy these came together, and how comfortable they are to wear!

 For a limited time, get 50% off any pattern in their shop with the coupon code below:

July 23, 2014

Town Square dress/top pattern...

Last week, I was in the testing group for Terra's Treasures new pattern and sewed up a couple dresses for my girls. These were a super-quick sew, and use knit fabrics.

For my oldest daughter, I used a thinner knit that drapes really nicely - purchased at my local fabric store. The polka dot print was a scrap in my stash.

For my youngest daughter, the fabrics are mostly from Patty Young, and were left over pieces from other tops I had made for my girls.

Hoping to sew up a couple more of these in tunic length - perfect for back-to-school with leggings for my youngest daughter that doesn't like to wear jeans.

The Town Square Dress/Top Pattern was just released and is on sale for a limited time.

July 14, 2014

Laptop Bag Tutorial...

SO excited that I get to share this now!  I was asked to do a tutorial for the Bear Creek Quilting Company blog, and they just posted it!

This laptop bag has a top zipper that opens up nice and wide, a zippered front pocket for your charger, back slip pocket with a hidden bottom zipper which allows it to be slipped onto the handle of your luggage, an interior slip pocket that can fit papers and files, a one-piece handle which makes it extra strong and secure and extra padding to protect your laptop.

The fabrics I used are from the Sweet Harmony and Joyful Blooms lines - and can be found in their shop.  If you'd like to check out the tutorial, you can find it here.

July 07, 2014

Auditioning for Sewvivor

The Family Ever After blog just opened up auditions for Sewvivor 3, the Quilting Edition. I've decided to link up these pillow covers I made as my entry.  Although I've done a lot of full-size quilts over the years, I consider these covers all one project; because just like a quilt is made up of different blocks, these are blocks that all go together (and I made sure to check with the contest host, and she said they qualify as one entry).

The fabrics are from Moda Daydreams, left over from this wall hanging that hangs in my front entry. The diamond cover has strips ranging from 1/2" to 1 3/4". The design is various width strips echoing a center diamond.

The squares in the rectangle cover are 2" squares with 1" sashing.

The 'Inspire' pillow is done with a panel, borders, and small squares for the outer scrappy border.

The quilting in these covers is a mix of straight-lines echoing seams, and there is some stippling in borders as well as the main panel of the Inspire pillow.  These covers were made by my own design.

July 04, 2014

new bag for me...

ChrisW Designs had a pattern sale a little while back as an incentive to enter their photography contest. I couldn't resist and made myself this bag the last day of the deadline.

The pattern is called Sugar & Spice and the fabrics are mostly from Pat Bravo's Bazaar Style collection.

Although I didn't win anything in the contest, I am loving the new bag. It was a great push to get it completed and sew up something for myself.

July 03, 2014

Summer Holidays...

We are in full Summer holiday mode over here.... already got our first camping trip with my sisters and their kids done, spent time in the pool, had some playdates, and one daughter even went off to Summer-camp.  I find it hard to keep my kids fed with all their grazing throughout the day, and requests for snacks. We made sure to keep some Kinder® treats on hand for them - a little bit healthier than most chocolate out there, and no chance of being contaminated with peanuts for me. And the Kinder® eggs also work great for smores since they're thinner than most chocolate bars and melt quickly.

We're looking forward to many more adventures this Summer including more camping, a big family reunion, my parents 40th wedding anniversary celebration, and lots of local day trips with friends and families.  Thoroughly enjoying having to call my kids inside when it's bedtime!

Disclosure: I’m part of theKinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation withthis group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

June 20, 2014

little bird applique...

For Mother's Day this year, my hubby told me to order some fabric that makes me happy. I took advantage of the Pat Bravo prints for sale at Sew Sisters, and received five yards of beautiful fabric in the mail. Two of these got cut into for a bag for a birthday girl.

I used my own tutorial found here. And added a sweet little bird appliqué using my new die cut from Accuquilt. I'll have to come up with some more ideas using birds, because they are so cute!

Back to wrapping up school around here, working at my new job (!), and look out for a tutorial of mine being published on the Bear Creek Quilting blog soon!

June 06, 2014

Life this week and doll sewing...

Things have been busy with the end of the school year approaching - Sports Day, fieldtrips, my baby going to kindergarten day, and lots of sunshine to enjoy. I did sew up a quick raincoat for one of my girls' 18" dolls and need to order some more laminate prints to make some for my other girls still.

I've also been working on a sewing tutorial for the Bear Creek Quilting Company blog with these two beautiful fabric collections, can't wait to share it!

May 28, 2014

Serendipity Studio Tara Tank Dress...

A few weeks ago, I came across a post from Kay Whitt announcing the first dress in her new Spring sewing patterns collection, the Tara Tank Dress. It really appealed to me, and Kay generously sent me a copy of the pattern to sew one up for myself!

All of her patterns are hard copies, which I prefer when it comes to sewing clothing. She does a great job with detail in her explanations, and the pattern was easy to follow. This dress in particular is a really quick sew because there are no buttons or zippers, just a drawstring tie in the waistband that cinches up. There are a bunch of different length and hem options included in the pattern, a pleated bodice, high waist, and you can choose to go with a full skirt or narrow (I chose narrow).
The fabric I used is a cotton blend from my local fabric store. It appealed to me because of the border print, and it's super light, but not thin enough that it needed lining. I'm looking forward to our rain being replaced with some sunshine so I can sew up a few more of these for the Summer months.

If you'd like to purchase this pattern, you can find it here.