Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pocket Full of Posies

This is a vintage pattern that I bought because I liked it even though it was an in between size; too big for my 3 year old and too small for the twins.

The three year old will grow but not enough to be able to wear this dress for Easter.

So, its back to the drawing board to make another dress for my three year old and I am hoping  this dress won't be too short for Twin A.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Start

These were such fun blocks to make!

Someday I would like to make a whole quilt from wagon wheel blocks.  These are 8 1/2" square.

Tutorial for making this block can be found on the Bloomin' Workshop Blog.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Flashback Friday- Little Things Brightening my World This Week

Lollipop-loving happy toddlers,

silly sisters,

pretty flowers,

laughing teenagers,

lilac buds,

blooming bulbs. They always surprise me, they always make me smile.

These two are friends as much as they are cousins and love to tease each other. My kids are so blessed to have grown up with a lot of cousins who they are very close to. They had some competitive pool games when the family came over for dinner for Sam's birthday and I am not sure who the champion ended up being that night but they were making us laugh.
Blowing candles out is a team sport at our house.
Hope you have a fun weekend!!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Hippity Hop

Last week Jenny made a cute Valentine's mini and provided a free arrow pattern. You can see Jenny's cute mini and get a link for the download here. I liked the arrow but it was too late for Valentine's day so I had to come up with plan B since I wanted to try the pattern.  
As I was choosing fabric to use I was humming: Here comes Peter Cottontail hoppin' down the bunny trail. Hippity hop, hippity hop.... so I was thinking i might make a wall hanging or pillow cover using Kristy's Just My Type to make a word and arrows pointing to the bunny trail. As I was making the block I thought, "Maybe sweet bunnies and arrows don't belong together." Hmmm. I am not sure what this block will become but it was a quick block to make. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

WIP- The One Where Nothing Goes as Planned

I went to cut a dress out this fabric only to find out I didn't have enough yardage. This is my new favorite print for spring and I will be making my 3 year old her Easter dress out of this fabric. So I ordered some more fabric.
I cut what I had but kind of lost enthusiasm since I do not have all the pieces. I certainly have enough pieces that I can make a start but I thought I would put it aside and pull out my next quilting project.

These are the blocks I made last year during Jeni's half square triangle block of the month. So, my plan is to cut the sashing and borders and maybe do some sewing. It's Wednesday so I am linking up with Freshly Pieced. Hope your projects are going as planned!
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

14 at 14

Happy Birthday Super Sam! Here are fourteen things to document the beginning of your 14th year:

1. your favorite color is blue.

2. for most of your life you wanted to be a vet but now you aren't sure what you want to be when you "grow up".

3. favorite food is lasagne but pizza is a close second

4. you do not have a sweet tooth. Halloween and Valentine's candy usually ends up eaten by your brother or sisters (or me) or thrown in the garbage because it is old.

5. your friends are very important to you!!

6. You are self motivated and conscientious with your school work. I have never had to tell you to do your work; you always have your work done when I ask you about it. You have been a straight A student.

7. You are NOT self motivated when it comes to cleaning your room and bathroom.

8. Basketball is your favorite sport and right now you plan to play at the college level.

9. you are always the last one to get in the car when leaving for school in the morning.

10. You are 5' 8 1/2" tall

11. you can be pretty stubborn. Sometimes we like to call you Gina Jr.

12. You have a quiet personality.

13. You are a hero to your sisters. They love it when you chase them and AhAhAnnie always wants a hug from you.

14. You have a tremendous amount of patience and rarely get mad

love you!! :) xxoo mom

Monday, February 18, 2013

One For Each...Finally!

September 2012 I decided I wanted to make each of my kids a quilt for Christmas. I finished 4 by Christmas then made #5 in January then I lost steam. I picked the fabrics I wanted to use but the the stack sat there. And sat there. And sat there. I think it was September or October that I finally cut the strips of fabric. Then I did some Christmas sewing and the strips sat. By Christmas I think I had most of the blocks made but I didn't meet my goal of finishing the quilt for Christmas. I set a new goal of finishing it for my son's birthday in February and I am happy to say the quilt is finished!!
I cut strips 1 1/2- 3 1/2 wide and around 13 inches long. I sewed them into blocks that I trimmed to  12 1/2x12 1/2. These blocks came together quickly once I finally worked on them and I can see making another quilt using this method.

Since these quilts for the kids were for me to practice or learn new to me techniques I decided to machine sew the binding using Rachel's tutorial for zig zag binding. I had used my machine to sew the binding on 2 quilts prior to this one and was not completely happy with the end results. It was faster than stitching the binding on by hand but I felt the hand stitched binding looked better than the machine binding. I did a little of a feather stitch on this quilt and some zig zag and I love it! It turned out great on the front and the back and it was really quick.

I didn't have quite enough of a fleece print so I added some Minky in for the backing and didn't use any batting. The fleece quilts up nicely but the Minky has a bit of stretch and is more difficult to work with but it's softness can't be beat. It sure feels good to move this to the "Done" list and I am happy to give it to my son for his birthday. Happy Monday!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Flashback Friday- Spring is on it's Way

It seems I have a bad case of spring fever and I am afraid that allergy season is also on it's way.
Photo taken Feb. 2007
Have a fun weekend!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Madrona Road

I have been doing a fair share of sewing projects but garment sewing  has been going to the bottom of the list since the fall. With the arrival of spring it is time to make my girls some new dresses and I have accumulated a little designated stack of fabric and patterns to work with.

I love to sew using vintage patterns although  the A line dress is a classic that is still used a lot. I usually prefer a simple, classic style that isn't too fussy that the girls can be comfortable in for school, play, or church. This dress has a single button closure at the neck line and I found a yellow flower button that is almost an exact match to the floral pattern on the fabric.

I put the all important pockets on the front since the girls like to collect little bits and pieces through out their day. I lined them with a contrasting fabric for a fun peek when they stash their treasure. The fabric is a print from the Madrona Road line by Violet Craft. When I saw this print I thought it would work well for my girls who aren't so little any more but at the same time they are not grown up.

This was a very fun, gratifying sew because 1.)  my girl loves it and  2.) it  was a pleasant distraction from another project that I was stuck on and needed a break from.
As I took these photos I could not believe my little 8 year old is more of a young lady than a little girl. It has happened to my older kids and it will happen to my younger ones but some how it is always a bit shocking. I am so happy to link up with Make It Wear It Thursday at The Train to Crazy and to Project Run and Play for the last week of competition. I am happy to have sewn along for one week of this season. Maybe next season I will get to sew along for more than one week.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Bella Clutch

I made a lot of progress on Sam's quilt last week. By last Friday I had completed the quilt top and  did the basting. Then I made a dress and a clutch purse because I am nervous about quilting this quilt.

The quilt is 60x72 which is big for my tiny little machine. I am worried it is going to get stuck in the throat of my machine or I won't be able to maneuver it. I do not have any more unfinished projects so tomorrow I will start on the quilting.
While I was stalling on the quilting I made the Bella Clutch, a pattern by Jennie and Clara, a mother and daughter, who blog at Clover and Violet. i love their blog! It is a happy space full of colorful, sweet projects. They have a lot of different tutorials along with an Embroidery 101, Sewing 101, and Zippers 101. It is easy to spend a lot of time  reading up/brushing up over at their blog. Jennie and Clara also have a shop where they have all kinds of patterns to make bags: from mini bags and clutches to travel bags, shoulder bags, clutches, and many more.

Fairly recently they released a free pattern PDF (which I love and appreciate!! It is so nice to print the directions) called the Bella clutch. You can find the directions here. This past weekend I made one of my girls a dress and the pattern included a shoulder bag pattern too. Instead of making the shoulder bag I decided to make the Bella Clutch since I had been wanting to make it since I saw it. 

The clutch came together easily and quickly. I think I have made 3 zip pouches in my life so not much experience in the bag making department. I found the instructions for the zip tabs to be especially useful. What I thought might be a tricky part of the pattern turned out to be simple and straight forward. The inside has some cute pockets that can be customized to hold credit cards, keys, tissue, or lip gloss. I liked working with the D-ring and swivel clip and thought the hardware were fun little touches. Most importantly my daughter loves it. When I finished making it, it went from my hands to her hands and she hasn't put it down yet. Now the other three girls want one too, so I may end up being a clutch making pro by the time all is said and done. It is Wednesday so I am linking up with the new and improved linky party at Freshly Pieced. There is so much inspiration there every week!!                                                                
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Long Weekend #1

My kids had a three day week end this past weekend and will enjoy another one this coming weekend.  It came at a good time. We have all had a bit of the respiratory bug/sore throat. Our 3 year old, who is our Dennis the Menace, Energizer Bunny, Always-on-the-go girl laid on the couch all day Saturday. You know she is sick when all she wants to do is sit on the couch. She even fell asleep sitting up. She rested and today she is almost back to full speed. I am so glad she is feeling better! Speaking of things that make me happy, I have been enjoying a new ironing board cover. This will probably be the only shot of it I will ever show. I iron a lot and the cover never looks very good for very long.
We have been to so many basketball games the past couple of weeks. This particular gym was all white which was good light for picture taking.

We have had cooler temperatures but lots of sunshine. The girls made a "house" in the back of the motorcycle trailer one day. It is the best.Day.ever when they play together nicely!! Jessica and Nicole have started building a tree house that they are very excited about but we need to get more wood. We also built a fun fort inside this weekend that the girls enjoyed hanging out in.

We read every day usually several times a day whether it is me reading to the little girls or the twins reading to me.

I did some sewing and Nicole brought out her sewing machine, too.  The baby likes to sneak into our sewing stuff when we aren't looking.
I love fresh flowers. I had to stop at the grocery store for a few things and couldn't resist this bunch. I hope your week is off to a great start!!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Flashback Friday- Double Trouble

From 2006. This photos is one of those that is technically imperfect but I still love. It makes me laugh every time I see it. Life with twins is never dull! Actually,  getting them through the toddler years was much easier than my two who are 20 months apart! Have a fun weekend!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

WIP Wednesday- The Dangling Carrot

This is the block I made for Kristy's "And Sew On..." Block of the Month for February. It was a fun block to make; the ol' seam ripper is definitely one of my best friends. You can get this pattern in her Craftsy shop for free during the month of February. I put a little bit of me in this block: my initial is in there, I love strawberries and some text and flowers as well. I threw in some scissors since it is a sewing theme block.

 Back on the ironing board is a dress I cut out a while back. It keeps getting pushed down on the priority list but I want to finish it up so my daughter can wear it. I made the pockets today. It is a simple dress and will come together quickly if I dedicate a little time to it, but it is February and February at my house means lots of basketball and a little bit of sewing.

This is the project that I am going to finish this month before my son's birthday. It has been hanging around too long. It took forever to cut the fabric. Then it took another forever to make the blocks. I started sewing the blocks together today and I am feeling motivated and exciting about completing the quilt! I laid out 2 rows at a time and did some pinning. If I were to lay the whole quilt out my little girls would have it tossed all over the house!
This is the project I really want to work on so I am using it as a carrot in front of me to finish my son's quilt. I won't let myself cut into this stack until Sam's quilt is done. It is Wednesday so I am linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced.
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Fontastically Wordy

These little words were about 3 weeks of my sewing life. Dear Kristy created a new paper piecing  alphabet font which I am crazy about!! She came up with enough words that would cover the alphabet, both uppercase and lowercase, then sent them out to be tested. You can read about it here. All of the testers are sending the words back to Kristy who will turn them into a quilt to be given to a charity. Good stuff!! As with all Kristy's patterns the blocks came together easily. Each letter is a 5 1/4- 5 1/2" block. I am a word loving/ font loving person and a typewriter font is always one of my favorites. I have quite a few words on display in my home like "family", "Laugh", and "Bless this Home" to name a few. Making a word quilt for my family is definitely on my to do list. I believe her pattern will also come with instructions on how to decrease or increase the block size and will available in her Craftsy shop once all of the testing is done.  p.s. the name of her alphabet is Fontastic!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Sowing While You Sew

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Happy Monday!! I am guest posting today over at Daisy Chain Creations with Sally. I hope you will come visit. She has a fun series on "Sowing While You Sew" which is all about passing on the love of sewing to others, something near and dear to my heart.