January 23, 2015

doll beds and quilts finished . . .

For this past Christmas, my husband and I put in a combined effort for the girls' gifts. He made doll beds for the three of them, and I made the mattresses and mini twister quilts. The girls love them, and they each got to paint them in their choice of color.

The fabric for the mattresses is a heavier weight cotton from my local quilt shop. I used a layer of batting and a thick cardboard, used a spray adhesive to put all the layers together, and wrapped the fabric around the back and used a pretty duct tape to conceal all the edges.

The quilts were made from some charm packs from Fabric Editions, and the backing is scraps of minky from my stash. The pattern uses the Lil' Twister ruler, you can read more about it in this post here.

January 13, 2015

a new year . . .

Well the new year has begun, and with it a return to this space. Over the past month, we've enjoyed the kids off of school for a few weeks, made lots of memories, fought some illnesses, and fallen back into the work and school routine. I hope to continue to visit here this year to share some sewing and quilting, and continue to connect with other bloggers, shops, and fabric designers.

The pics here are some sewing done for my girls. The Bible/Psalter cases are my own design and made from my stash. The yoga pants are from Sewing Modkid Style and fabrics are from Girl Charlee (their boxing day sale was a-MAZ-ing!). Happy to say that these have all been getting lots of use. It's so fun to have three girls with such unique taste to sew for.


December 08, 2014

SMS Giveaway Day

Today is the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day! I have a charm pack of Moda's Bartholo-meow's Reef and four coordinating fat quarters to give away. 

This giveaway is open internationally, and all you have to do is leave a comment below (please leave an email address if it's not linked to your profile). If you need a topic to comment on, I'd love some new craft links or ideas for my GEMS girls club, but any comment will do. I'll randomly select a winner at the end of the week. 
Good luck!

Congratulations Nita - enjoy your prize!

December 05, 2014

doll twister quilts...

My three girls each have an 18" doll that they love. My youngest does a lot of pretend play with hers, and the older two like posing them, dressing them up, and doing their hair. For Christmas this year, my hubby has been busy making doll beds for the three of them, and I've been working on doll quilts.

Now I know that I'm a little late getting on the Twister Quilt train, but I thought that these minis would be a perfect project for it. I had a bunch of charm packs laying around, so I just split them up into three color sets, pieced them, and then used the Twister ruler to cut and re-piece them.

And all those little scraps - I cut them up into squares and used them as side borders to widen the quilt a bit.

Now one is done, just two more to go!

November 28, 2014

Black Friday sales...

Here are a few Black Friday sales worth checking out from some of my sponsors...

Bear Creek Quilting Company
Black Friday Sale!


November 25, 2014

matching girl and doll outfits...

My middle daughter and a friend from school wanted to be dressed up from the Little House on the Prairie era for book character day this week. I had a copy of Miss Madeline in my sewing patterns, as well as enough fabric on hand to make two girls dresses, matching doll dresses, and bonnets.

For the doll dresses, I used the bodice piece from another pattern I had, lengthened it, and added the apron. The bonnets were from a free online tutorial and I decreased the measurements for the doll version. My daughter is pretty pleased with them, and I hope to make some more matching modern sets for my girls in the new year.

November 21, 2014

quick knight costume with Tombow Xtreme...

Book character day is coming up at my kids' school, and this is the first of the four costumes for it. My little man already had a hat and pants for a knight, so I just had to make the top for him. I used a piece of grey fleece from my stash, and a couple solid charm squares for the crest on the front.

For the crest, I copied a picture of a dragon, cut it out, and then using Tombow's new Xtreme adhesive, I glued the dragon to the crest, and then glued the crest to the top.

This was a great and quick way to finish up the top, and I'm happy to say that after a week of wearing it almost every day, it has been holding up just fine.

I'll be back next week with my girls' outfits which spent a fair bit of time on my sewing machine.

November 14, 2014

playing with fabric...

I have been pulling fabric lately for a queen-sized quilt for my middle daughter. Since she's my 'neat' one, we gave her the larger bed and a room that turns into a guest room when company arrives. But since the move, her twin sized quilt is looking pretty small on that big bed. This fabric pull started with a bundle of Joel Dewberry's Botanique line that I won on Joel & Laurie's blog a little while back and since then I've added in more prints from my stash.

Just yesterday, I received an email that I won this gorgeous bundle from Pile O' Fabric, and am excited that several of the prints will work with it...

But before I get started on that project, I have one more set of Christmas prints to work with, Mistletoe Lane from the Bear Creek Quilting Company. Looking forward to sharing it with you soon!

November 07, 2014

Winner and JOY circle update...

My turn as quilter has come up again in our JOY circle for Do Good Stitches. It was a good reminder to get my quilt top done from the last time I hosted now that the blocks have finished trickling in. I chose the Fairground Quilt tutorial from the Moda Bake Shop, which ended up in an assortment of different flag blocks. For the 'string' for the blocks, I used a rickrack. I just need to pick up a backing for this, or piece something together so I can get it quilted.

And the randomly selected winner of the Roots & Wings fat quarter bundle from the Fat Quarter Shop is Kim V. Congratulations! I've sent you an email.

October 31, 2014

GIVEAWAY from Fat Quarter Shop!

Today I have the pleasure of sharing a giveaway of a fat quarter bundle of Roots & Wings from the Fat Quarter Shop! This bundle has 15 fat quarters, and one of my lucky readers is going to win it!

But before we get to how to enter, I want to tell you about the Wishes Quilt Along and how it's helping raise funds for the Make a Wish Foundation. This event is being hosted by Fat Quarter Shop and Moda. Each month a new block is released, and these downloads are available for free on the Wishes Quilt Along page. The finished quilt that was made for this is going to be auctioned off with 100% of proceeds going to the Make a Wish foundation, helping to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. You can help by making a donation to this worthy cause, by making a pledge here or bidding on the auction quilt.

But back to the giveaway - wouldn't this bundle work great with the Wishes quilt pattern?! Just use the rafflecopter below for your chance to win!

October 29, 2014

sewing up some quick baby gifts...

There were three sweet babes in our congregation in need of a baby shower this week, one of them being a new nephew for me. So instead of shopping, I dug through my fabric stash and used up some scraps and flannels to make a receiving blanket, some burp cloths, and soother straps.

I used this tutorial to make the receiving blanket with a self-binding edge...

and the soother straps are a mix of a couple different styles, the ones with the piece of elastic are for soothers that don't have handles.

Now back to some quilting projects on my machine. And I'll be back on Friday with a sponsored giveaway from the Fat Quarter Shop - check back then!

October 27, 2014

Fabri-Quilt Winner...

With the help of random.org, a winner was chosen for the fat quarter bundle of Season's Greetings prints from Fabri-Quilt...

Congratulations Joyce! Your fabrics will be out to you shortly.

And if you'd like to follow me along on Bloglovin', Feedly, or another reader, I have some more pattern reviews and fabric giveaways in the works.