Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Contract

Next project:  sleeping bags for the kiddos. 

The contract: 


Please note the signature at the bottom.  The first block took me about 2 hours to piece.  It's going much faster now that I understand it though.....  Hopefully this will turn out great and be loved!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

A Birthday skirt for an adorable friend

A friend from the neighborhood is turning 5 and though we couldn't make it to her party, I wanted to give her something special to mark the big event!   She's almost done with princesses and skirts w/ pom poms on them, so I had to go all out!

There's even a little bit of glitter in the fabric, on the crowns and tiaras.  

I LOVE making stuff for little girls!!!

And it's reversible!!!  
Couldn't help myself!!!  The fabric is from Kokka, bought at Superbuzzy.  

And the look on her face when she opened it was priceless!


241 tote for ME ME ME!!!

Not sure what took me so long, but I finally bought the 241 tote pattern and made a new purse!  Love it!!!  I did only one slash pocket on the outside, and added a zippered pocket on the inside to keep things secure.

Love this bag!  Perfect way to use the Melody Miller fabric I've been too afraid to cut into, also!!!  I love the crazy colors and retro feel of the ladies, transistor radios, and view finder reels!

I'm ready to start a 2nd one!!!  Lots of ideas for different fabrics to use.

Monday, April 21, 2014

March 2014:  just finished and sent off my 3rd quilt ever to a friend for Xmas 2013!  Began this one in June 2013 and only a few months late.  Luckily it's still cold in Minne, so it'll be put to good use! 

It's an improv style quilt where no two blocks are alike, with a row of flying geese on one side.  I've been wanting to try doing some triangles and this was a perfect chance.  There are lots of quirky black/white and gray/white prints in here.  Plus I included a few custom printed fabrics with an airplane drawing that Jack made, some scientific diagrams, and a quote from a favorite book.  

I used a quilt as you go method that I learned about here.
It was great because I was able to keep the blocks small and piece/quilt them individually, before finalizing their placement and sewing them together.  Then I just stitched in the ditch in various spots around the quilt to attach the backing - which is a charcoal gray polar fleece.  Super soft! 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Teacher Totes

Made some patchwork reversible tote bags for each of Jack and Lainey's teachers, plus a couple of other important people in their lives.  8 tote bags doesn't sound like THAT many, right?  It was 32 rectangles and 16 straps, and it took a little longer than I expected!!! 

But I love how they came out... and it was fun for the kids to give them away to the teachers.  They wrote a little note to go along with each one.

And why not hanging from the tree?!!  Here are a few closeups!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A little gift for a brand new baby niece we can't wait to meet!!!  Lainey and I were so sad we couldn't make it to the official baby shower, but hopefully we'll make the trip to see them all soon!

Some of the first sewing projects I ever made were appliqued changing table covers, with little scenes on them, like a bear holding balloons, an island with palm trees, etc...  and I wanted to get back to sewing "pictures" again. 

So, a house quilt, for baby Kayla...

Hopefully she'll have fun finding the animals and playing with the ribbon loop!  The backing is soft minky polkadots, in a purple/lavendar print. 

Then I made her a little dress and some monkey pants.  Because evey baby girl needs some monkey pants, right?!  And they should be reversible too... just in case!

This is a "Little Geranium" dress - designed by "Made by Rae."  I saw so many cute versions I had to try one.  It is cute, especially the little patch pockets.

Love these pants with the heart on the bum! 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A gift for a friend

I made this gift for a dear friend a while back - she loves scarfs, and always wants them to be big and long and wrap around a couple of times.  I wanted to make some unique ones that were oversized and cozy... 

First I just used a navy flannel with a periwinkle satin backing and turquoise pom pom trim, to make a fun one... 

And then I tried to make some log cabin blocks using some floral prints in blues, greens and pinks.  Turns out I love simple log cabins where the prints on all 4 sides are the same, to make "frames."  The innermost square in each case is from the lovely Anna Marie Horner Little Folks voile panels, and I can't remember the name of the florals, and my selvedges are long gone. 

The back on this one is navy flannel too.  So the funny thing is, my friend thought that they were table runners!!!  And I guess she was right - they look great on her table!!!