Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Breeze Top: A Pattern Tour

Today I am happy to be a part of the Breeze Top Pattern Tour. When Shannon sent me an email to see if I wanted to be a part of the pattern tour for her Breeze Top I did not have to think twice. On the graphic above you can see the other blogs that are participating. Shannon's pattern is stylish yet classic, fun, and not only did I love it but my girls loved it too! It is perfect for our hot summers here in Northern California. Shannon has 7 kids and I think she has a good handle on styles kids like! I had never sewn a razorback design before and looked forward to learning a new to me sewing technique as well. Shannon has her pattern on sale for 25% off this week and is having a give away for 3 patterns and 3 Ribbon Retreat certificates. You can enter the give away through the Rafflecopter at the end of this post.
Since both of my twins liked the Breeze top I had to make two.

When I first saw the pattern I was thinking of making it in eyelet but Nicole found a white cotton with  small flowers kind of appliqued/embroidered on it. I had bought the fabric when my now 4 year old was a newborn to make her a dress. That dress never came to be but now my tween has a new top. Jess chose a pink cotton that I bought a long time ago thinking it would make a cute, fun doll quilt. A great feature of the Breeze Top pattern is it comes with a pattern and instructions for making it with a woven or with a knit, whichever you prefer to sew. 

 One of the things I do not care for with PDF patterns is that some patterns have so many sizes going this way and that way making it difficult to find the size you need. This pattern was well organized and it was easy to find and cut the size I needed. The diagrams were very professional and easy to follow which I appreciate. The pattern includes size 8-16 making it perfect for tweens and teens. I think the style of the top suits a wide range of body types and would look great on all of them.

To customize the top N's got a vintage lace trim with some sequins that did not photograph very well.

The button closure can be put on either shoulder so I put one on the right...

...and one on the left. I also added a bit of lace at the buttons for a special touch on J's top

The girls both said their tops were very comfortable and I think they will see a lot of wear this summer!! The top is a fun sew and I will probably make a couple more before the summer is done. I would like to make the knit option next.

The razorback was fun to make and a little more special than an ordinary back. It is always fun to try something new!!! Thanks so much for including me in your tour Shannon!!  The Breeze Top pattern is 25% off this week with the code "BREEZETOUR" on Shannon's  Etsy site. (EXP. June 27th 11:59pm). Shannon is also having a Rafflecopter giveaway for 3 patterns and (3) $25 certificates to the Ribbon Retreat. Enter for your chance to win!


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Friday, June 20, 2014

Photo Friday: I am Back to the State of Piles in Progres

Back in the days when I had 2 little boys the summer was a welcome reprieve to a slower pace. These days the summer is just as busy as the school year and I have yet to have a day to not have to be somewhere. Sewing time has been scarce but I do have some piles in progress more than works in progress :)

I am the Queen this month in my Wombat Stew group. I asked for feathers, geese, or arrows  using coral, pale pink, aqua, and a splash of golden yellow with a low volume background. The girls have made some beautiful blocks and I am looking forward to putting this quilt together.

I finished up my Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap project which needs to be mailed the first week of June. I will blog more about this once the recipient receives it and I have received mine.

I have chosen quite a few blocks to make for my Unnamed quilt . I do not have an exact plan for putting it together but will figure it out as I go.

The ironing board is home to a half finished dress and a dress  that needs to be cut out. I need to get going on the dress that is not cut out as my four year old needs to wear it next Friday.

I made each of the twins a new summer blouse and will blog about them next week during a patern tour.

This bag is home to a little Christmas project (there's no other space for it) I need to have done in a week and a half. It is a mix of embroidery and hand stitching, and felt.

All of my brain cells this week are working towards engraining principles of photography, specifically, focusing, into my brain. My brain felt like it was tied in knots earlier this week.  I signed up to be in a group where we evaluate each others photos that are taken according to an assignment. I did not read the assignment before I signed up for the group thinking it would be a great learning experience. How hard could it be to take a few photos and evaluate photos for others?!?! While I read the assignment I was having heart palpitations and sweaty palms wondering why I didn't read the assignment before committing to a group. The assignment includes doing things like front and back focus testing your lens, back button focusing, learning how to magnify pictures to 100%, A1 Servo, and all kinds of vocabulary that sends my mind into a tail spin. After reading things over and over and over again and participating in the  forum that is part of the class things might be sinking in a little.  I shot some photos today to practice learning all the new stuff from the class and I think my focus was better than it has ever been in the past. Practice really does make perfect and I am learning all kinds of new stuff. Karen is an excellent teacher and I can not say enough good things about her classes. Have a great weekend!!!!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

WIP Wednesday: SWap Project

I am participating in the Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap and it has been a lot of fun!! My partner was very vague and didn't give me much information to go on.

I pulled a couple of fabric stacks and ended up going with my Sandi Henderson collections: Ginger Blossom, Farmer's Market, Meadowsweet, Meadowsweet II, and Secret Garden. I threw in a few other bits to bring the count to 72 fabrics. I hope she likes scrappy.

I think she might like more traditional patterns so I went with a Dresden plate.

I stitched a light weight interfacing to the Dresden to turn the edges under and am using a linen background.

Next up is a little hand quilting and making a mini Dresden for the back.
I am going to also make her a pin cushion and needle book and have made a start on the pin cushion. Happy Wednesday! Linking up with Freshly Pieced. You should check out all the fun projects!!!

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