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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Projects, Projects and Projects

Okay, it has been a good week so far in the sewing room, several projects have been worked on and some even completed.  Included in that mix a couple of garments, bet you all thought I forgot how to do that!   LOL.

Just wanting to blog about what I have been doing, get it down to share with you and to keep myself motivated.

Let's start with my latest garment
New Look 6212, view B (upper right hand)

I am using a cotton voile from Mood, which was purchased at the beginning of summer and is sold out.  This one is going together quickly, I started it last night and hope to have it completed on Thursday evening.

Since the temperatures around here are wavering between 90 and 100 degrees, I am staying with summer sewing for a few more weeks.

I also made McCall's 6964, which was purchased after seeing Erica's shirt

I wanted to find a navy and white stripe knit to recreate this look I found on pinterest

I did not find the navy and white and went with this Mood Fabric Jersey knit

This top is finished and I love it, perfect fabric for the pattern and I made a FBA which really made the fit better.  Now to get some pictures.  I had planned on making a navy blazer but I found one at JCrew for 75% off, making it $50.  I felt that was a great price, so I will try to recreate the above look.

Lately, I have had several projects for others and I tested a pattern for Sew Sweetness and that will be shown in the about 10 days on her blog.

Here is one project I did for hire.  This quilt is 80 years old and was never finished.  I had to find some sashing which would  blend with the original sashing.  I added a row to the top and bottom, created a block for two corners.  The quilt was nice when I sent it to the long arm quilter but when I came back I was amazed.  This quilt was so gorgeous in every way and what a heirloom for my friend to have, blocks that were her grandmother's.  I sewed on the binding this weekend and the quilt is at her house now

Progress on other projects

  1. Two t-shirt quilts for my nieces, one has all the t-shirts cut.
  2. I have been binding a couple of quilts, one was Kaitlyn's first quilt and it is on her college apartment bed, I need her to send me a picture
  3. I helped a friend on a quilt, her first one and now she is hooked!
  4. Working on a quilt for our quilt club
  5. When Kaitlyn is home for college, we have been working on finishing up another quilt she started mid-summer, this one is a beauty.
  6. Finally a secret project is complete and I will tell you all about it soon.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Graphic Mixx Quilt

Remember back in this post how Meredith's love for quilting has been infectious?  Well, between her, Kaitlyn's quilting and the quilt club I attend once a month, my quilting has been increasing.  I like to quilt, more of my local friends quilt so it is wonderful to have that group of friends.  My first love is garment sewing and now that my quilting is getting caught up, more garments will be back in my future.

Girls in the Garden - Graphic Mixx quilt using shades of green

About 8 months ago, the quilt club started a Block of the Month (BOM) using this book

My local quilt shop had kits but I selected  fabric.  I made this one queen size for the guest room, replacing a quilt my mom had made which was just too small.  With these pillow top mattresses, the older queen size quilts just are not big enough.

This quilt makes all the difference in the guest room, brightens it up and makes it just a bit more fun.

Girls in the Garden - Graphic Mixx quilt using shades of green

These pictures were taken on a very cloudy day but I was so anxious to get this on the bed, I just went for it.
Girls in the Garden - Graphic Mixx quilt using shades of green
 The blocks are each set of geometric shapes and most went together quickly.  I did do  a block each month so the project was not overwhelming at all.

Girls in the Garden - Graphic Mixx quilt using shades of green

One thing I love about quilts with all the white background, the quilting just pops.  Isn't this beautiful texture on the quilt?

Girls in the Garden - Graphic Mixx quilt using shades of green

I try to space my quilts (between the 3 of us) to the longarm quilter on a monthly basis, one per month.  It is much better on the budget.

This is another thing off my to-do list
Graphic Mixx quilt - sew binding

Friday, August 22, 2014

Foral Curtains

Home dec sewing, it maybe isn’t my first love or second love but most of the time mine is pretty simple and what a difference fabric can make.  Julie at Mood asked if we wanted to do a home dec project in honor of Mood’s new home dec showroom, I did a bit of thinking.  Yes, I wanted new curtains for the master bedroom for the new two-color quilt I made, so the decision was easy.
Our master bedroom has been blue and brown for several years, I was trying to keep it more neutral for my husband.  Well, I am over that and ready for some color and a few changes.  Each month, I am doing a little something, like new knobs for our older furniture.  Yes, that changed made a world of difference.  To get started with the step in the changes, I ordered several samples to see which would look the best in our bedroom.  The arrived so quickly and really it was an easy decision.  The Graceful Garden Floral Print won hands down.

Well, maybe hubby wasn’t too thrilled with the floral but I told him no more blues and browns!   Maybe I actually said, how about if we try something different and we can always but the blue and browns back up.

These curtains were easy to sew, just hemming the sides, top and bottom.  My windows face south, which makes it very difficult to photograph these curtains.  I could not find a time of day when the light wasn’t coming in the window and back lighting the photos.  I really don’t mind this sunlight at all and really is nice sunshine for the room.

 I have my curtains hung on curtain clips and I hang one panel on each window.   It just frames the windows but lets so much light come into the room.  We live in a very rural area, so the curtains very rarely have to close but with the clips, closing is easily done. I couldn’t believe what a difference the curtains made in the room.  Bye-bye browns and blues, hello warm and fun colors.  I don’t think the husband minds at all, or possibly hasn’t noticed at all.  No, I am joking, he has noticed and says they are nice.  Which I think is guy code for the curtains are good and they make my wife happy. These floral curtains  will make such a great difference in the winter, color in a room always brightens my day.  I am so happy I embraced the home dec sewing and brightened a room with fabric.

Now let's talk about all my samples and why the floral one:

This was the second runner up - I loved the fabric and it had nice texture but it was very pink.  Not to say the floral is masculine at all but the pink might have been too much.  I really think this would be pretty for a fabric covered headboard.  Which I just might have to do!

This check I liked and if I used it then I would have put the wrong side out.  The right side has little bows.  My twins couldn't see past the bows and eliminated this swatch right away.  I think their exact words were, "Mom, there is no way we are letting you but fabric with bows in your bedroom!"

Pretty fabric, just too orange and I didn't love it all.

This was what I thought would be the winner when I ordered the swatches.   But with the Ikat and the quilt, it was just a conflicting look.  I love Ikat looks in magazines but I don't know, this one just was working.

So there you have it, how the floral curtains came to be.

The pretty artwork is still in the house, just moved to another room.  It came from Pier One.  Now I am looking for a great piece for above the bed but that will be after I purchase or make a covered headboard.  I need to see how high the headboard comes up.
 That will have to wait for another month.....

Please note …..we were provided a special allowance which I put toward this project and covered the rest myself

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bedroom Curtains - Revealed

Well, not here but on
Mood Sewing Network today

Five of you who commented were correct....

I just loved how it looked with my quilt, the
 blue-ish color in the leaves matched the walls perfectly and the fabric reminded me of barkcloth and I love that look.  Plus it looks fabulous with the quilt

So go take a look at the curtains.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Patchwork Bibs and Finding Direction

This has been me in the sewing room lately

Running in circles with no good direction!  I felt like I needed some focus and my projects were coming at my faster than I could blink.

I made a list of garments, bags, quilts and home dec I needed to get to.     One thing for sure, my fabric in far exceeded my garments and projects out.

This past week I have finished several items, no clothing but other projects that just needed to get off my cutting table.

I wanted to make some cute bibs for a baby gift and this Simple Simon & Co Tutorial was perfect.  I made 5 very quickly, using up some cotton scraps and batting.

I read this on a blog referring to our projects:

PhDs (Projects Half Done)
WiPs (Work in Progress)
UFOs (UnFinished Objects)
PIGS (Projects in a Grocery Sack)

Oh, my gosh, that last one gave me a good laugh  and I am happy to say I have upgraded my PIGS to PIBs (projects in boxes - plastic storage boxes to be specific)

Being very aware of my lengthy to-do list.  I went with the easiest item, patchwork bibs.  It was so relaxing to make these 5 little bibs. Playing with cute fabric, simple straight stitching and before I knew it all of these were complete.  

So if you have a some time and want a  cute baby gifts, these patchwork bibs are just the ticket.  I love how they turned out and guess what?

Patchwork Bibs   are now crossed off my list.

What else is off my list?
Curtains (Mood Post on Thursday)
Purse/tote for class sample
2 pair of pants hemmed for daughter #2
Pattern testing item finished an hour ago
Binding on quilts

I do think I am feeling better, oh, wait, I just looked at my list again!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Winner of August's Giveaway

I know I said the winner would be announced Saturday but I forgot it was the weekend of the big move back to colleges.  Mike, Meredith and I went to a Cardinals game on Saturday and then we moved Meredith back to the dorm on Sunday.  We had moved Kaitlyn in Thursday.

First off 96 entries!!!!  
Wow, that is the most comments I have ever received, thank you so much.  Also, thanks for the kind words about my blog, I appreciate it so much.  From the comments, it is a split group of trying to get a few more things sewn up for this season and the other half are moving on.  Whichever you are doing, enjoy your projects.

Now to what you really want to know

And that is

FUN! Congrats on 8 years! I only found you recently (last year or so) You were in a sewing competition I think? and you made a little girls dress that I thought was excellent. I'd love to make for one of my nieces someday. I also LOVE the quilts! and when you had the personal stylist. Those were a lot of great memories, and just from the past year or so...

Congratulations, please email me  and I will get that gift certificate to you.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Spirit Jacket

I was asked by Beth to test out the new Cole's Corner and Creations Pattern - Spirit Jacket and available on Craftsy.  I am a little late to the party, went to Nashville for several days a couple of weeks ago and then Iowa last week.  This week has been catch up but I did squeeze a night in for sewing.

This is such a great jacket pattern and a quick sew.  I went with a size 3 for my little guy (aka grandson) who is almost 18 months and wearing 2T.   I think this is the perfect size for him with room to grow.  Plus it is great for running!

The fabric is a performance knit from Joann's, I so impressed with this fabric.  I went with the fleece side to the wrong side and the wind resistant side on the right side.  The collar, wrist bands and waist band is a rib knit from Joann's also.

I added the little patch in the front, the all black front needed something.  I do think his mom might want me to take that off and embroidery our school name and mascot.  I think this would be so cute for the home football games.

He loved his jacket so much after the photo shoot, he would not take it off!  After all, you can dig in the grass with the Spirit Jacket and stay cozy warm

The look and fit of the jacket makes it a winner, add to the great size range 6 mos to 16.  It will fit many little people in your family or one person for years to come.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mood Fabric's Ikat Jersey Dress - McCall's 6069

It is August and summer is winding down but I still have a few summer things to sew.  One thing I needed was a nice dress for weddings, parties and night outs.  I purchased Mood Fabrics' Ikat Cotton Jersey, which is almost sold out.  This is a super nice jersey so don't hesitate to purchase it or you can pick any of Mood Fabrics' jersey fabrics.

    My original plan was Colette Pattern's Myrtle dress but I had 2 yards of fabric and this pattern requires 3 yards.  I took a look through my patterns and found a great pattern for this fabric, McCall's 6069.  I really liked the front drape and the back drape, too.

    I added 1 inch  to the bodice and 2 inches to the skirt length.  The bodice alteration is normal, I am long waisted and the skirt length was added due to the pattern envelope, the dress looked pretty short.  The pattern envelope states this is a 1 hour dress, it is quick but wasn't quite that quick.  The fabric is wonderful, easy to sew and so easy to match the side seams, it is one of the straightest jerseys I have worked with.

     I noticed the front and back look so similar which made it a bit of challenge.  I sewed a small piece of ribbon to the back drape, a perfect solution.  I love my new dress and it is just right for the last few weeks of summer.  I do think the dress would be cute with a belt, too.  I don't own a navy belt, so will have to put that on my shopping list.

   Good luck to everyone finishing up those last summer projects and have fun planning for the next season.  

This post first appeared on the Mood Sewing Network  and I used my allowance to purchase this fabric.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Curtain Project

Mood Fabrics has opened up a whole new street level in their retail store in New York City, this level is dedicated to home dec fabric.  To celebrate this new dedicated area, Mood Fabrics gave the MSN bloggers an opportunity to sew a home dec project.

At first I turned this down but thought it through a bit.  I have been trying to do a bit of updating in our master bedroom which is very nice but very monochromatic - blues and browns.  Lately, I have just been craving color

 Each month I budget a small amount to do some updating.  Last month, I purchased glass pulls for the furniture (actually they are acrylic) and this was a great update.

Remember my two-color quilt?  Well, that is in the bedroom now and really looks good with the blue walls.

So the offer from Mood came at a perfect time, I did have to put money with the allowance and it was more than what I wanted to spend but the fabric is so worth the over-budget, I will just skip next month.

I had the girls help my look for fabric on Mood Fabrics' home dec section of the website and here are the swatches I ordered

1. Coral Herringbone

2.  Pink Checkered Cotton Canvas

3.  Graceful Garden Floral

 I am going to make 4 curtain panels, easy sewing but it will have big impact.

So my question to you, which one did I pick?  Did I go with the floral, one of the geometric ones?