Monday, October 27, 2014

heidi & finn color block tunic

I used the heidi & finn color block dress pattern to make my daughter this linen shirt.
I changed it up by making it a tunic length.  I also did not line it so I had to change the closure at the back too.  I installed a short zipper, which actually worked out quite well!
heidi & finn color block tunic
heidi & finn color block tunic
heidi & finn color block tunic
heidi & finn color block tunic
heidi & finn color block tunic

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

fireworks quilt top

My fireworks quilt top done is done!  I have been working on these blocks for a long time, doing a little here and a little there when I could find time.  I am happy to have those blocks done and all sewn together into a quilt top.  Now I have to decide on a backing fabric and then comes the job of quilting it.

Fabrics are mostly Happy-Go-Lucky by Bonnie and Camille with a few others thrown in.
Fireworks quilt top
Fireworks quilt top
Fireworks quilt top

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wildwood super tote

I was happy to be selected to participate in the Sew Mama Sew Cloud9 Wildwood challenge. I received this lovely fabric to make myself a super tote. I have used this pattern before and it works great as a diaper bag.  The last one I made is starting to look a little worn so I decided it was time to make another one.super tote cloud9 wildwood
super tote
For the bag exterior, I used Navy Deco Petal, the bag lining and pocket lining are Ivory Forest Floor, the straps are Coral Full Bloom and the interior pockets are Pretty Posie Coral.  All such pretty fabric!  The gray you see for the gusset and straps is gray linen I had on hand that went well with this Wildwood fabric.
super tote
super tote diaper bag
super tote diaper bag
super tote wildwood
super tote - wildwood
Thanks to Sew Mama Sew and Cloud9 Fabrics for letting me play with this beautiful fabric!

To see what the other challengers made with this fabric, visit their blogs listed below.   
 Kirsty Cleverly from Bonjour Quilts
Carolina Carero from Love, Lola
Elizabeth Singler from Mama Can Do It
Heidi Staples from fabric mutt
Ren Murphy from The Inspired Wren

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

every day top

Some of you may have seen this shirt already over on Instagram but here are a few more pictures.
I made this Every Day Top in a gray and cream polka dot fabric...the only back-to-school clothes that have been made so far.  I love how this turned out!  Such cute detailing with the cuffs and the piping.  I also ended up adding some gray binding along the bottom as I felt it would be too short if I hemmed it the normal way.  I used some mint-colored buttons on the back, and of course, I had to go out and find some mint-colored jeans to match.  Now she has a cute little outfit for this fall and winter.
every day top (tie dye diva pattern)
polka dot top
every day top buttons
polka dot shirt

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bella baby quilt #4

A baby quilt for a new little nephew.  I used scrap fabric left over from other baby quilts seen here and here.  I think this fabric is about gone now - it's amazing how far a fat quarter bundle can go!
patchwork baby blanket
baby blanket
baby quilt
baby quilt minky

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

summer skirts

Well this summer sure flew by!  I have been doing a bit of sewing but my blogging has been nonexistent.  Hopefully I'll be able to catch up here and show what I have been up to.  We attended my sister's lovely wedding in Saskatchewan at the beginning of this month. My girls wore some homemade skirts for the occasion.  Skirts are so simple and quick to make.  I made the first two at the beginning of the summer and then when I decided these would be their wedding clothes, I made my youngest girl one too.
skirts
summer skirts
Fabric from Sandi Henderson's Secret Garden collection. 

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

superhero capes

My daughters would tie blankets around their necks pretending they were superheroes until I finally decided it would probably work better if I just made them some.  So we headed to JoAnn's one day and the girls got to pick some fabric for their capes.  I steered them over to the novelty fabric since it was on sale.  Now we have a butterfly, kitty and owl superhero.  It's my hope that their powers include getting the house clean quickly and doing a good job of it!  :)
superhero capes
superhero capes
superhero capes
I used this free pattern for the neck.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

washi tape + googly eyes

My daughters love to craft and create.  My oldest daughter asked if she could use some googly eyes and washi tape.  I gave her the requested supplies and this is what she came up with.

washi tape
washi tape craft
washi tape people
I love when they use their imaginations to come up with their own crafts!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

sun dress

I bought this knit fabric from Pick Your Plum and decided to make a sun dress for my oldest daughter using this tutorial. I'm still not very confident sewing with knit fabric but I keep trying.  The nice thing about knits though is that I didn't need to hem this dress!
sun dress
sun dress
sun dress

Monday, June 23, 2014

busy board

My son turned one a couple months ago.  For his birthday, my husband made him a busy board.  I just thought I'd share some pictures here - he did such a great job!  The kids' favorite part is the PVC pipe - put a ball in the top and it comes out at one of the two bottom pipes.

busy board
busy board
busy board

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

fireworks quilt blocks

I have been working on a Fireworks quilt.  It's coming along slowly but that's okay.  I just do a block here and there when I find time.  I'm making this a queen-sized quilt so I have fabric cut for 30 blocks.
If you are interested in seeing more of this quilt as I work on it, you can follow along on instagram.

Pretty garbage from all that fabric cutting.  
pretty garbage

My first four blocks. I think I'm nearing the halfway mark now!
 (please ignore all the loose threads on my blocks-I took pictures before I trimmed them up)
fireworks blocks
fireworks block
fireworks block
fireworks quilt block
fireworks quilt block


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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

my favorite quilt

    I decided to join the fun over at Sew Mama Sew and add my favorite quilt.

    Although it is hard to choose a favorite, this one is special because I made it for my daughters.  I made this quilt back in 2011 using Hoo's in the Forest by Doohickey Designs with a few other coordinating fabrics added.  You can see more pictures on this post.  I used the pattern Small Plates in Elizabeth Hartman's book The Practical Guide to Patchwork.  This was the first bed-sized quilt I ever made.  (It is actually the only bed-sized quilt I have ever made although I am in the process of making one right now!)  Although I didn't do any fancy quilting, I did learn that I can quilt a large quilt on my small machine.  This quilt is on my daughters' bed and it feels good to tuck them in each night under something I made especially for them.

    quilt
    quilt


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    Monday, June 9, 2014

    quick baby gift

    A baby gift made for a sweet little baby boy.
    I've made so many of these baby slippers.  It's nice to get a lot of use from a pattern!
    I was able to use my new Kam snaps for this pacifier clip.  They are so easy to install....love them!

    baby gift baby boy crib shoes
    reversible baby shoes
    pacifier clip using Kam snap