Long Time and a Big Move

Saturday, August 22, 2015

So once again it's been a while.  We just moved across the country to Southern California which would be the reason for my silence.  So far we are liking it here, so much different here though.  I've been able to sew a few things since we have gotten pretty much settled here.  Ill try and get some photos and posts going soon.  I just wanted to pop in and update though.  Lots more to come :)

Bonnie Christine Ribbon Tour

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

I am so excited to be a part of the Bonnie Christine ribbon tour! Bonnie Christine is a surface pattern designer, mother hen of the Roost Tribe and author of Going Home to Roost - a blog dedicated to living an extraordinarily creative life. She is inspired by the great outdoors and is passionate about sharing what she knows and creating community around creativity.

This line of ribbons was inspired by a love for nature and sunshine. They represent working in the garden, growing flowers and watching the bees, birds and butterflies take flight. Bonnie most enjoys using the ribbons to add cheer to everyday objects like notebooks, bags, key chains and clothing. Her goal has always been to create patterns that are organic and natural, joyful and lovely. She believes patterns are one of the ways we can express ourselves and make our spaces beautiful.

I was so lucky to be able to make a few things from Bonnie's lovely fabric and these equally lovely ribbons.  We had a lovely Easter this Sunday and my family and I were able to get out to our local arboretum to take photos of everything.

First up, I made the double pocket pouch by Aneela Hoey.  She released the pattern last week and when I saw it I just knew I had to make it.  I used Bonnie Christine Sweet as honey fabrics paired with her ribbon in Pink & Yellow Sweet Floral.  It's really a great sized pouch for carrying small stitching projects and all the fun notions that go along.


Next up (and probably my all time favorite), is a pair of mini Hudson pants by True Bias.  I used the Winged knit fabric for these and added the Pale Pink Butterflies ribbon as kind of a tuxedo stripe detail along the side.  I left the drawstring out of these.  I really can't say enough about the Art Gallery Fabrics knits they are just perfect, very soft with great stretch and recovery.  If you haven't tried them you should.  The pants are paired with a Figgy's Celestial tee I made last summer.

Last, is this pinafore made from a vintage pattern. The pattern is Simplicity 2822 from the late 1940s.  I modified this pattern a bit from the original.  I cut the sleeve flutters down a lot.  Changed the back so the buttons only went to the waist and altered the length.  I used the winged fabric and the Pale Pink Butterflies ribbon again as a waist detail.

Of course we needed a photo by the butterfly bench!

You can check out these gorgeous ribbons here and they can be purchased through Renaissance Ribbons or A Stitch in Time).

This is the last stop in the tour but be sure to take a peek at yesterday's blogger, Kitty Wilkin of Night Quilter and the full line up here.

Thanks so much Bonnie Christine for including me in this tour. It has been so much fun working with these ribbons!

Finished January Quilt

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Good Afternoon all!  I wanted to share the finished January quilt I had been working on.  The baby its intended for is coming a little earlier than expected (today!) so I rushed to finish it up for her.  The patten is the January block by Lady Harvatine you can find it here.  It was a really fun pattern to sew up.  My first time piecing curves!  I used mostly Anna Maria Horner's line folk song with a few of the Cotton + Steel basics mixed in.  Its backed in folk song as well (sorry I didn't get a photo of the back).  The binding is moda dottie leftover from backing of a quilt I did a while ago.  It was 108" backing fabric I think a poplin.  

 Have a great day!!

Selfish Sewing Week

Sunday, March 22, 2015

My daughter and I just returned from a few days away visiting some dear friends in Kansas.  It was such a lovely time!  Before we left though I did participate in selfish sewing week.  Selfish sewing week is a challenge hosted by Indie Sew, Kollabora, and Imagine Gnats.  

Here are 3 of the 4 pieces I made for myself.

The first here is a pair of Hudson Pants made out of a Hello Bear knit.  First of all this pattern is pretty amazing.  They come together in a flash.  I used my serger for almost the whole pair.  I did leave off the drawstring.  These pants have been perfect for pjs and lounging around the house.  The only modification I made was to make the ankle band just a touch smaller (I have really small bony ankles).  There is definitely a mini pair of these in the works for my daughter!

Next I made two Sailor Tops by Fancy Tiger Crafts.  I used two fabrics that I have had stashed for a while now.  A Cotton + Steel lawn and Nani Iro double gauze.  The lawn was intended for an Emery Dress but when I pre-washed my fabric I must've had something in there that bled. I was able to cut around and get this top though.

Thanks for stopping by!! And have a great weekend!

Beginnings of a baby quilt

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hello there!  I am happy to report that my dance costume order is complete!!  What a great feeling that is.  My mom took on 2 for me thankfully but I did still make 17 in less than 2 weeks.  I'm a little tired and my house is a mess (hahaha!).

My husband has a couple of coworkers that are expecting shortly so this week I'm planning on making a quilt for one and a divided basket for the other (at least thats what I'm planning so far).  I took a teensy break from getting my house back in order to start the quilt.

It's the January block from Lady Harvatine.  I first saw it on instagram and fell in love.  Now back to tidying ;)

Long Time/I'm Back/Schnitzel and boo mini quilt swap (round 2)

Sunday, February 1, 2015

So once again it's been far far too long!  I find myself over-comitting and taking on huge giant projects which takes me away from this space.  I'm currently working on one of those said huge projects now.  19 dance outfits due in less than a month.  Thankfully my mom is going to help with a few of them.  After this biggie though I am done taking on huge stuff (famous last words right).

Anyway here is my mini received in the Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap (round 2).  I love love love what I received!  Below that is the mini I made for my partner and some of the extras sent.  My partner though never acknowledged it on any social media platform and I found out after that she was not responding to moderators etc. so basically flaked out.  That is the part of swaps that I hate.  And I hate that what I made went to someone who flaked out.  Yuck! But that happens I guess.