Thursday, June 30, 2011

SummerTime Rag

This one of the funnest summer prints!  It is SummerTime By Barabra Jones for Henry Glass

It has the cutest little baskets and flowers.
The quilt shop had it in a quilt pack.  I didn't like the quilt pattern they had picked so I decided that it would be a perfect picnic blanket.  I used the rag quilt method using old levis for the back..Oh I forgot to take a picture of the back.:(

The blanket consist of 9" blocks in three variations.  Then I ran out of the strip and had to move some colors around.  I think it turned out cute dispite the unexpected changes.

We took it to the church to be put in an auction.  The girls are headed to summer camp and need funds so tonight we had spaghetti dinner for $15/family and bid on cakes for dessert.  I came home with two plates full of cupcakes.  The blanket went to a new home for the price of $150 Yeah!!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Pixie Girl

This is the Pixie Girl by Ellie Inspired 

I just love how it turned out.  I had this fabric from last summer.  It is so light weight I just knew when I saw this pattern that this was the perfect fabric to use from my stash. It was a generous 60" wide so plenty of room to cut all those flounces.

I am just loving the gathered little bodice. I only wish that the binding along the top was not on the bias. I want those dots to go straight. That is just the weird side of me I guess.

The pattern is made to be worn alone. But, you know us we have to be modest. I prefer to settle that now rather than fight a change when they get older.

Cute twirl factor!
Check it out it is a pretty quick sew!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Strawberry Days Carnival

We can't go to the carnival without something strawberry can we?  I have wanted to since we moved here three years ago.  Finally I did it!  I wasn't able to get any fabulous Photos.  Little Libby just doesn't want to pose for me.  CeCe tried on V's since she was out of town.

I went with a Lil Blue Boo inspiration to make dresses out of knit with the seams exposed.  I used Simplicity 3899 because it had raglan type sleeves.  It worked great but then came the problem: what to do with the neckline.  I opted to roll hem it and then add shirring.  I think they turned out pretty darn cute!

Did I mention we needed hair bows too?  The strawberry is a free design from Mystic Threads.
These were so simple and fast I really have no excuse for the pounds of knit sitting around here.  Not to mention that I found a super fun t-shirt at the thrift store for a $1 and another for $2...just wait until you see it.
And as per Nichole's suggestion I found the cutest knit sheet at the thrift store too!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Buried in Ruffles

Lately I have been consumed with polka dots and ruffles.
Minnie Mouse style aprons to be exact.

 I had the fortune of being asked to make aprons for a convention.  Did I know what I said yes to?  I did a test one to see what my time would be like to make one.  I don't think it calculated to the same as when I did them assembly style.  Which I thought would be faster!  It probably still was it just seemed to take foooorrrreeevvverrrrr!

I really wanted to gather these ruffles right on to the aprons but I just couldn't get it to gather as tight as I needed it to.  That was a real bummer to have to add the extra step in there.
It started with hemmed 3" strips. Thank heavens for the rolled hem foot!
Then ruffle that stuff up.  120" per apron.
That is 126 yards of ruffled goodness people!
(picture only shows about half of them)
It seemed to go on and on from there...pockets, ties, top band.  I had planned to put on my label on with the waist band, well that was totally over looked as I got to the last step.  Must have been tired of thinking by then.  Bummer!

note to self: anything times 40 will take forever!