A Smallish Project Coming Up

Here is some fabric that I am using for a new project.  Kind of thinking of a purse.

Winged

It is Winged by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics. We are going to be part of a blog hop highlighting this fabric. We chose 4 fat quarters from this color way in the line, it’s called Northern Migration!!

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I love the vintagey look of it. It is really very soft and pretty. So here goes, wish me luck that it turns into something cute.

Have a great weekend and Happy Halloween!!

 

Playing with Color :: Lydia’s Quilt

Lydia-Stack

With things settling down for fall, it is high time I got to work and made Lydia a quilt {she is one year old now!}. As you may have guessed, I really love purple {Clover & Violet}, but I feel like the options for purple in the fabric world are minimal and not always pretty {why is that? Do we as a collective quilt community dislike purple?}. So, over time, I’ve scouted out a few favorite purples and stashed them. I chose this stack {plus some more that I added later} for the quilt.

Photoshop-Elements

Then, I remembered seeing that Alyssa at Pile O’ Fabric made a Kona® Color Swatch for Adobe Illustrator. I went over to download it, did some internet searches, and discovered that, yes, I can use this in Photoshop Elements 12 too! So, now I am able to use her virtual Kona® card to make some pretty neat fabric photos too, for inspiration and for saving {and, of course, fabric shopping!}. Now, I just hope she adds the new colors so all 303 are there {and, I need a new Kona card too, since two of the colors I chose weren’t even on my color card, it is that old!}.

Lydia Quilt Small

So, here’s my stack for Lydia’s quilt with the Kona® colors next to it. Now I’ve just got to get the quilt sewn up!

Do you have a favorite color combo you’d love to see in fabric?

Turn your little artists drawing into a softie

This contributor post is written by Susi of Lilla Luise.


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Hello dearest readers!

This is Susi from Lilla Luise again! Today I have something slightly different from what you are used to when it´s my turn to blog here. This isn’t a tutorial that will give you a specific template but rather a guide to talk you through making a softie from your kid´s drawing. It is probably the one tutorial that is as close to my heart as it could be – it will melt your heart too when you see the glow of excitement in your kid´s face when they realize that you animated one of their drawings.

Speaking from experience, let me tell you the most important part of this process – don´t try to make your kid´s drawing perfect in your eyes. To them it is already perfect just as they doodled it, if there is a wonky body this is exactly how they want it to be. We are grown up and sometimes forget to see the magical touch in imperfection. So let´s just abandon our perfect sewing theories for a little while and create something truly enchanting, okay?!!

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Some tips on how to work your magic and turn your little one´s doodle into a softie.

Body:

Keep the shape as simple as your child has drawn it. If it is wonky don’t try to straighten it out…your little artist apparently wanted it to be wonky…that´s the beauty about kids, they see the magic in things that aren’t perfectly well-balanced and designed, so as an adult try to get a bit of that magic back by forgetting about perfect round circles and straight lines for a moment – it´s worth it, believe me :) I usually try to trace the shape exactly as it is and then add 1/4 inch seam allowance to my template. Dont forget to clip curves and corners to make sure it will finish nicely.

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Try to stick as close to the doodle as you can.
If the eyes are dots only I like to embroider them with a simple French knot for each eye. If they happen to be larger you can appliqué them with wool felt in matching colors.
If the mouth/nose is drawn like a thin line already I like to use my sewing machine to carefully stitch it on, if it is a thicker line I would recommend to embroider it with a running stitch.

Arms/Legs:

If the arms and legs are drawn like sticks I think it´s a really cute option to use baker´s twine. Simply tie a knot or two on one end and then sandwich it in between the softie front and back.
For thicker arms you could either go the “normal” way and sew a front and back piece of fabric together, turn it and stuff it or you could use some bias tape and tie a knot in again to represent the hand/foot.
Baker´s twine or bias tape would also work very well for a tail.
I tend to sew over the arms and legs on the seam allowance several times before I turn the softie right side out as it will certainly be well-loved by your little one and we don’t want the arms/legs to rip out easily!

Hair:

Everything goes, really…baker´s twine, embroidery floss, yarn, wool felt, fur, fabric scraps.

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I hope these tips are helpful to create the most perfect imperfect softie in the world!!!

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Ruffle Girl Tote Bag – Lovebirds Fabric

Ruffle-Girl-Tote-BagIt’s that time of year again, Fall Quilt Market is this weekend! We had the privilage of sewing with one of RJR Fabrics new lines, Lovebirds by Patrick Lose! We have a new pattern and a free pattern in the works, but for today, I wanted to share a ruffly version of our patchwork book bag!

Fabric requirements:

  • 6 – 10″ x 2 1/2″ strips for flat strips
  • 2 – 14″ x 2 1/2″ strips for ruffle strips
  • 1 – 10″ x 5″ strip for back
  • 2 – 10″ x 11″ rectangles for lining
  • 2 – 4″ x 16″ strips for handles
  • 1 – 2 1/2″ x 25″ strip for binding

Batting & Supplies:

  • 2 – 11″ x 12″ rectangles flannel
  • Coordinating thread for quilting
  • Ruffler foot (optional)

Read all directions before beginning. All seam allowances 1/4″ unless otherwise stated.

Ruffle-Girl-Tote-Bag-1Gather the two 14″ x 2 1/2″ strips until they are 10″ wide.  The strips can be gathered by setting your sewing machine to a long stitch and then sewing 1/8″ from each long edge. Then, select one thread (top or bottom) and pull gently to gather the fabrics.

Ruffle-Girl-Tote-Bag-2Sew the two ruffle rows lengthwise between three of the 10″ x 2 1/2″ strips to make the front. Place the patchwork panel on the 11″ x 12″ piece of flannel and quilt in place (we stitched 1/8″ from each seam. Trim the flannel to the size of the patchwork.

Ruffle-Girl-Tote-Bag-3Sew the remaining 10″ wide strips together to form the back. Place on flannel and quilt as for front.

Ruffle-Girl-Tote-Bag-4Place the front and back right sides together and sew side and bottom together. Clip corners. Repeat with two lining pieces, but use a 3/8″ seam allowance so the lining will not be loose.

Ruffle-Girl-Tote-Bag-5Place the lining inside the bag body, line up side seams, and pin in place.

Ruffle-Girl-Tote-Bag-6Make handles by folding the 16″ x 4″ strips in half lengthwise, wrong sides together and pressing. Unfold and then fold the outer edges toward the center. Fold in half along crease, then top stitch 1/8″ from each edge. Position the handles 2 1/2″ from each edge.

Ruffle-Girl-Tote-Bag-7Fold binding strip in half, lengthwise, and press. Sew to the top edge of the bag with the folded edge down. Use your favorite method to join binding (I love this tutorial – scroll to “Joining Your Binding”!).

Ruffle-Girl-Tote-Bag-8Fold the binding around to the inside of the bag and top stitch close to the edge of the binding, stitching the binding in place on the back. When you come to a handle, fold the handle up and stitch through the handle and binding.

Ruffle-Girl-Tote-Bag-9Top stitch handle 1/8″ from top edge too, and you’re done!

Ruffle-Girl-Tote-Bag-BackWe’re not at quilt market this time around, instead we’re celebrating a cute little girl’s first birthday (how has it gone so fast!). Hope you have a great weekend!

Modern Stitching Bee Blocks

I have been making a little progress on my blocks for the Modern Stitching Bee. I was thinking these blocks were going to be difficult, but they are just fun!

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It is fun going through scraps and putting them together in a fun way! I love seeing all the mixes of fabrics in each of these blocks.

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I have been sewing many other things lately, but I am glad to be making bee blocks again.

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These are all for now. I have a couple of more blocks for this bee and then several more for the Sew Sweet Bee.