Friday, February 28, 2014

Flashback Friday: Missing my College Boy

I am counting the days until my college boy comes home for a visit. 
Photo taken in February 2004 in Monterey, CA. Erik was in 4th grade and  had to choose a California Mission to do a report on. School was out for a week in February so we were on a mission to see as many of the Missions as possible. He chose a kind of obscure Mission that was close to Monterey so he was able to gather some first hand knowledge about the Mission as well as squeezing in a trip to Monterey Bay Aquarium and Disneyland :)

Have a fun weekend!!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

WIP Wednesday: WIP's Times 3

Hi!! Happy Wednesday. Life has been very busy leaving only a few minutes here and there to sew a few stitches. I sewed up my do.Good Stitches blocks for February. We made Pyramid Scheme blocks with a pretty aqua and white color scheme. Wendi was kind enough to draw up a paper pieced version of the pattern for me so these blocks fit right in with my few minutes for sewing time frame. Paper piecing is my favorite way to put blocks together. 

I haven't worked on my LaLa Salama quilt for 2 weeks but i have half of the blocks made. I am looking forward to finishing them up. Originally I had planned to make it a Disappearing 9 Patch but at this point I think I will leave them 9 patches.

Lastly is my Wombat Stew bee block. This month Gemma asked for a star or New York Beauty block.  I have had this block downloaded for about a year and a half so I thought this the perfect opportunity to try it. The piecing is easy!!

 Sewing curves, however, is not so easy. I have watched videos that make it look like those curves go together by themselves but mine haven't. The large outside curves go together nicely but the small inside ones are hard. It seems a leap of faith to believe that these curves will turn into squares.

After spending about 7 hours on the first quadrant with sewing and ripping and sewing and ripping I decided to make all my pieces and then go back to sewing the curves together. I have a love-hate relationship going on with this block; if the pieces match up, I will love it and if they don't match up... well, let's not even consider that. Good thing I have plenty of faith!! Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced.
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced 
also linking up with Fabric Frenzy Friday  Fort Worth Fabric Studio Blog    

Friday, February 14, 2014

Flashback Friday: My Little Valentines

February 2011. Only the girls because the boys never want to be in pictures.
Happy Valentine's Day! Have a fun weekend!! 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Create Kid's Couture: Bianca's Tween Reversible Bolero Jacket

One of my girls likes to accessorize her outfits with a cardigan or a little jacket so when I saw the Bianca's Tween Reversible Bolero Jacket from Create Kid's Couture I knew she would like it. As it turned out, both of the twins wanted me to make them one, so I started with the older one's first.

Create Kid's Couture has recently added tween patterns and some boys patterns to their shop along with their girls and doll clothing patterns. Tween patterns are kind of scarce so it is always fun to find a tween pattern to sew up! My girl loves denim so that is what she chose. I wasn't sure if the denim would be too bulky for this pattern but it worked perfectly with a cotton for the inside. The pattern has 2 sleeve options and she chose the 3/4" style. {as you can see :)}

My pink girl chose a little pink polka dot for the inside. Although the jacket is reversible she is pretty set on it being worn as a denim jacket.
I have bought a few pdf patterns but have never sewn one up before now as the printing and taping and tracing seems like a lot of work to do before you can even get to the sewing. This pattern did not require any taping or tracing and I had it made in about 3 hours. The instructions were easy to follow with lots of great pictures; it was a fun, easy sew! I am reconsidering pdf patterns and thinking they are not as labor intensive as I had them chalked up to be!! As well as having their pattern shop, Create Kids Couture also has a blog and tutorials for all kinds of things from a peasant dress, to pajama pants, skirts, apron, and many more. I am looking forward to sewing up one of their peasant dresses for the girls for spring. 

Friday, February 7, 2014

Flashback Friday: A Boy and his Dog

Sam loved dogs so much when he was little and dreamed of being a vet.
May 2005
Have a good weekend!!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

For Fiona

My dear Wombat friend, Fiona , is having a birthday so I wanted to send her a little something. Her favorite color is storm blue so I started with these fabrics to make her birthday gift.

I went with my go to gift of a tea towel and hot pad holder. I used Amy's tutorial for the hot pad holder and it came together nicely. Quilting the layers was the longest part of the process.

Fiona has some chickens that she had to nurse to health a while back so I went with a chicken design. I tried to make a modern chicken but when I see chickens "modern" is not the first word that pops into my head.

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Fiona!!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014