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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?

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

New Quilt - Meredith Style

I have to show off this quilt made by Meredith, the pattern is Confectionery in a book titled

It all started with the fabric, Meredith fell in love with V and Company's Color Me Happy

Meredith selected "perfect circles" for the quilting design and it is perfect for this quilt.
Just check out those circles.

Here is the quilt in its full glory.  I love this quilt and when she heads to college, I might sneak it into my room.

I have been encouraging Meredith to start a blog but she didn't feel comfortable with that.  I told her to check out Kollabora and meet my Meredith Rae.  I love how she described herself

An everyday quilter, student, sister, and daughter with plenty of projects and dreams! "

Meredith's love of quilting and quilts is infectious.  I have made more quilts and purchased more quilting fabric than I ever have.  We have had a very fun summer of sewing, planning and shopping.  I  She just finished a quilt for her twin, Kaitlyn, out of this same line of fabric.  This quilt is headed to the long arm quilter.  She has several more projects planned but in one more week she heads back to college.  There is always Christmas break!

One more thing, Meredith helped Kaitlyn make a quilt for her college apartment bed.  Kaitlyn had so much fun making the quilt she is working on another one.  The last couple of weeks, I have been in my sewing room with both these girls and it has been so much fun!

Don't forget to sign up for my 8 year blogging anniversary giveaway

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Giveaway #6 - Marks 8 years of Blogging

For the last 6 months I have been having a giveaway to commemorate the
8 years
I have been blogging.  On August 26, 2006, I entered the blogging world.  Since that very first post, blogging and the sewing community has been such an amazing adventure.  I have made new friends, had new opportunities and just enjoyed every minute of blogging.

These giveaways have been a way for me to say thanks to all of you.  Thanks for your comments, encouragement, knowledge and  above all your friendship.  I have had the opportunity to meet several other bloggers and it has been so exciting.  Even though I have not met many of you in person, I feel such kinship and friendship with you.

For this final giveaway, I am giving away another  gift card to Mood Fabrics.

Just leave a comment on this post to be entered into the drawing.  What type of comment?  How about if you are still sewing for this season or looking forward to the new season.. 

I will close the drawing on August 15th and announce the winner on August 16th

Disclosure - the gift card will be purchased by me and emailed to you in the amount of $50

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Butterick 5610

One thing I like to do is use up the rest of the fabric after I make the original garment.  This statement is especially true when I have such great fabric, as in my Staple dress,

Butterick 5610 using Mood Fabrics cotton and ponte

In my patterns, I have Butterick 5610 and went with the lower left version minus the elastic

I was so happy to have an opportunity to make this pattern.  The pleats in the front are so interesting, you sew 5 pleats  and then the next pleat is a large one and makes that very large crossover in the front.

Butterick 5610 using Mood Fabrics cotton and ponte

I used a bit of black ponte for the yoke, which if you were using a woven is lined.  I just turned in the neckline edge and hemmed the sleeves instead of using a facing.

Butterick 5610 using Mood Fabrics cotton and ponte

The neckline is a bit wide, so check that out when you make this pattern.  I think I am going to add some strap holders on the inside to keep the top in place.

Butterick 5610 using Mood Fabrics cotton and ponte

You can see my bra straps a bit in some of the pictures.  I do like this top and it is just right for the fabric.

I told you I would post a picture of a good corn field.   Here it is in all of its green and tall glory.  We do need another rain.

Butterick 5610 using Mood Fabrics cotton and ponte

A quick picture of the back to show off the fabric and my top.
Butterick 5610 using Mood Fabrics cotton and ponte

I don't have any of the cotton or the ponte left, so this was a perfect choice of pattern.