Bee Block Catch Up from June

Bee-Block-2I think I’m having one of those days weeks months summers where I bit off more than I can chew. Not to complain too much, but I feel like life has sort of snowballed on top of me and I’m digging my way out with a teaspoon! So, in the midst of having three crazy kids, I’m slowly working on getting unburied from projects that are long overdue. These bee blocks are one example!

Bee-Block-1They were the June block from the Modern Stitching Bee and I just finished them and sent them out a couple weeks ago. While they’re very pretty, they took a lot of time, so I’m glad to have them finally on their way. Hopefully I can find some time to finish the rest of my behind blocks soon. I’m doing my very best to avoid joining anything else until all my swapping, bee, and pattern writing commitments come to a close, with all the swaps out there, that is a hard thing to stick to!

In the meantime, we have some new patterns underway, which always takes longer than I think it will, but I hope they’re worth the wait! Thanks for sticking with us, even though we haven’t had much to show. I do have a couple kids waiting on some Banana Ice Cream, so I should probably head that way!

Spell It With Moda ‘S’ Pouch

S-BagI did a little last minute sewing yesterday, making my special little boy a snack pouch before he headed off to an afternoon activity. I used the Spell It With Moda letter ‘S’ {find the pattern here}. But when I first made it, the ‘S’ was way too big. So, I used Electric Quilt 7 to scale it down from an 8″ x 10″ block to a 6″ x 7 1/2″ block, and it was perfect!

Letter S Two SizesHere are both blocks side by side {I have yet to decide what to do with the larger one!}. I did add a 1 1/4″ border to the top and sides, and a 2″ border to the bottom.

S-Bag-Sidemade a little gusset on the side too, so it will hold his snacks nicely.

Bag-with-HeartAnd I sewed a little red heart to the inside. Lately he’s been wanting to stay with me instead of going to nursery or children’s church on Sundays, so I wanted him to feel a little extra love while we’re apart! He was pretty excited to pack this up and take it with him, so hopefully it will do the trick!

I’m so happy with the smaller size block, it is so usable! Maybe I’ll scale a few more down for a quilt with some words…in all my free time!

Felt Animal Cookies {Sewing with Children}

This contributor post is written by Susi from Lilla Luise.


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Hello everyone!!!

This is Susi from Lilla Luise again :) As we were sewing some pasta for our outdoor play kitchen last month I thought we totally should have something for our sweet tooth too, right? So what about making some super easy but oh so cute felt animal cookies? Summer is still in full swing so I am sure most of you can still do a lot of outdoor playing and hopefully “play-cooking”!

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To make your very own felt animal cookies you need to find some favorite animal cookie cutters (or any other shape, really, but we thought animals were the cutest choice).

We will also need scraps of felt, some beads and sequins, embroidery floss and a sewing machine.

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First of all place your animal cookie cutters on your scrap of felt and trace around it – we will need one cookie shape cut out and another piece of felt that is slightly larger than the cookie shape you just cut out.  Stitch on beads and sequins – you can skip this, but it really makes them look super cute – sprinkle-style, you know?! Make sure you don’t get too close to the edge otherwise you will have a hard time to sew around the cookie (been there, done it, learned from my mistake ;)).

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Once you are done with the embroidery part place your decorated cookie shape on top of the larger bit of felt and sew all the way around it with a sewing machine, pretty close to the edge.

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Last thing to do is cutting carefully around it and tadaa, you are done!

Here is our selection of cookies…camels, turtles, elephants and swans.

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Here is my little Miss in deep concentration, stitching on her little “sprinkles beads”.

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And here she is proudly presenting her new felt animals cookies.

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I hope this little tutorial is fun for you and inspires you to make your own felt animal cookies!

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Island Batiks Bags

lucy-hobo-smallWe have some lovely new bags to show you today! Sandie of Crazy ‘Bout Quilts sewed these amazing bags for us to send to Island Batiks to show off their fall collections. Above is the Lucy hobo, one of our most popular patterns {and my favorite of the Island Batiks bags!}.

anne-handbag-smallHere’s the Anne handbag, another of our popular patterns. Of course, I love how the light lavender looks in the gathered detail.

louisa-bag-smallThe Louisa bag is my personal favorite of all our patterns, I feel like it is just the right size for every day. I also like that it uses slightly larger cuts of fabric to really show off the prints.

Jane-bag-smallAnd finally, the Jane bag, our very first pattern {printed patterns should arrive this week or next!}.

As always, Sandie did amazing work on these bags! With the severe time restraint of having small children, and my mom traveling this summer, there is no way we could have sewn these bags and keep up with anything else. We cannot thank her enough for helping us keep our business moving forward.

Additionally, Island Batiks will be distributing our patterns along with these fabrics, so, if your local quilt shop carries Island Batiks, you may find some of our patterns on their shelves soon. And if you own a quilt shop {or know someone who does}, and would like to carry our printed patterns, please check out our wholesale page for more information on carrying our printed patterns, we’d love to work with you.

Tiny Tots : Pattern Play

Hey yall!! This is Rachel from Sew Happily, here agin to chat with yall about children’s sewing!

Rachel from Sew HappilyOne of my favorite things to do is to sew the same pattern over and over again. I know, I know – it sounds kind of boring at first. In fact, it might not even be your cup of tea. But, I personally think there are some great reasons to do this.

First of all, you become a better seamstress. Practice makes perfect, right?!
Secondly, you get your money’s worth out of a pattern.
Third, it’s fun!

To make it not boring, there are some fun ways to personalize and change up patterns. Today, I’m sharing with you a basic dress pattern that I’ve used for my daughter, Reagan.  I made four different versions to show you how the same pattern can be extended into different versions. The pattern that I used is from Collars and Company – it’s called “The Bodice Dress”. I paid $13.99 for this pattern at my local quilt shop so you can be sure I wanted to use this pattern a great deal.

The Bodice Dress

Version 1: The bodice is made from a pale peach/ pink linen while the skirt is made from a quilting cotton from Wee Wander by Sarah Jane. I used a simple contrast peter pan collar and buttons down the back. The sleeves are puffy sleeves with a contrast band. My daughter LOVES this dress. She calls it her horsey dress.

Dress 1 Back

Dress 1 Front

Version 2: This one is so pretty, and will be a great transitional dress for the fall. The top is made from black swiss dot fabric, and the skirt is an anchor print chambray. I used flutter sleeves and omitted the collar. For the back, I added metallic buttons that are fairly small. It’s a little bit more of a sophisticated look for a 2 year old, but it’s fun (and I have a matching blouse!!!).

Dress 2 Front

Dress 2 Back

Version 3: For this one, I used quilting cotton entirely for the dress. The lining is a contrast fabric from the same fabric line by Bonnie and Camille (Happy Go Lucky). I used simple cap sleeves. The underside of the peter pan collar is made with the contrast fabric. This was the first one I actually made in this pattern, and I love how simple and perfect for play it is.

Dress 3 Front

Dress 3 Back

Version 4: This version is so classicly Southern!! My mother-in-law did the embroidery on the bodice for me. I used a pink / white swiss dot fabric, and self lined the bodice. For the collar, I added contrast piping around the edges. I also inserted some piping about 2 inches up from the hem. Then, the perfect finishing touch was the grosgrain ribbon.

Dress 4 Front

Dress 4 Back

1 pattern, 4 dresses!!  Do you ever sew the same pattern over and over again? Do you change it up or stick to the basics?

Be sure to stop by Sew Happily next week, as I’ll be highlight each dress in more detail – and modeled by my sweet girl!! Take care yall!