Joyful Chaos, a work in progress

Scrappy string bin

Scrappy string bin

My string bin overfloweth, so I need to use some up.

I decided to play with big triangles, and my only rule is that I try to alternate value, so there will be high contrast for a baby. (High contrast helps stimulate baby brains.) (Not my baby, I'm making this for a friend😌) 

First block half. High contrast. Solid center.  

First block half. High contrast. Solid center.  

I lied. The other rule is that each octagon has a solid-ish colored center.  

4 blocks fo far. I think I need 9 for this quilt though.  

4 blocks fo far. I think I need 9 for this quilt though.  

Crockett being himself, as soon as I made a few blocks and laid them out on the floor for viewing, he ran to photobomb me.  

My favorite babycrockett picture yet

My favorite babycrockett picture yet

Good thing he's cute, right?

Farmer's Wife ON MY BED!

I made my first block in July of 2011, the color scheme was inspired by the descriptions of Aunt Em in the Wizard of Oz. ooooodles of different fabrics, and a mix of rotary cutting, template cutting, and paper piecing. It's got wool batting from Sew Modern, and I thread basted it on the Sew Modern long arm frame, but quilted it on my Juki at home.   (It's my favorite all over FMQ design, 3E) 

Farmers wife quilt

Farmers wife quilt

Close up for quilting texture.  

Close up for quilting texture.  

Story Collection

ok, we all know I'm all RK all the way, but I DO make one exception, and that's for anything by Carrie Bloomston, of Such Designs. I love her. She's so kind and caring and wonderfully talented.

I got to play with her new line, and she was sweet enough to send enough fabric for my kids to choose what they wanted.

I made fishy pajamas for Crockett (patterns: I used the Made by Rae Charlie Tunic for the top, and Made by Rae Parsley Pants for the bottom (I added the contrast cuff))

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He LOVED them, and can't wait to wear them (I made them a little big, so he can wear them after market)

I also made a dress for my Beanie, using this very vibrant and beautiful hot pink polka dot

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hopefully I'll finish writing the pattern for this dress soon. It's the state fair dress I started a million years ago, but the old laptop is long dead, and the pattern files gone, so I've had to start over. :(

but it's really pretty, look:

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My Beanie girl loves this fabric so much, she's started a doll quilt with some of the fabric. She's got the moons on the backside, and she's quilting around all of her favorite motifs on this novelty print. She's been telling us all about what all the different images mean to her. It's so perfect. 

Carrie is giving away a fat quarter pack of STORY and a copy of her book to three lucky winners! Comment on this post on her website for a chance to win, and be sure to visit all the other amazing makers who got a sneak peek of STORY.

free printable stationary

I joined a creative pen pal swap, so I can write more (and hopefully encourage my children to enjoy writing too!).Anyway, I looked at 3 stores, and on Amazon, and can't find any lined stationary, like for writing letters. Didn't that exist when we were younger, or am I imagining it? so this morning I got fed up and used an old flourish I designed last year to make some for myself. feel free to download and use (for non-commercial purposes) if you'd like. It should print nicely on standard 8.5" x 11" paper. And if you want to write to me, I promise to write back! flourish-stationary download PDF here

How I spin multi-points.

Hey Lindsey, this is how I spin my triangle points. 1. I figure out how to sew 1/2 the block (so I have a straight 180 line.) (sample quickly made with leftover bunting triangles, so they're not perfect, but they were already cut and near my machine).

Finger press (or iron press, but I'm too lazy) all the seams the same direction (here, to the right side of the points).

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2. Make the other half, and again, press all the seams the same way. (to the right of the points, in the example, but left works too!)

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3. Sew the 2 halves together, locking the center lumps as you sew so the points stay sharp. Note the lump in the middle.

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4. Use your seam ripper to gently separate your little dog ears in the middle, so that all the seams are going the same way. you might have to unpick a stitch or two , but it's easy.

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see how now, all the seams are going the same way?

5. press with your regular iron. you'll have perfect points. (this picture does NOT show a pressed block, just the right side of the block. press if you actually want perfect points).

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Sewing with leather: success!

  I dream of leather bag making, but something always to go wrong. Skipped stitches, broken thread, etc.

I think this time, since I stayed SUPER simple, I actually achieved success!

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I used Isocord (Isacord?) machine embroidery polyester thread for all the sewing. it's super fine, but WAY strong.

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I put in a metal zipper from Momen+. They have the bestest zips in the whole world.  The leather is SUPER soft and supple, I bought it as a scrap in downtown LA.

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It's lined with a print of London Calling II lawn by Robert Kaufman.

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inside, with the fabric only, I put in a simple divided pocket on one side. Since the fabric is lawn, it's super fine and easy to sew multiple layers.

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so here it is, all done. And it totally looks awesome. so I think I might be brave enough to try something more complicated. we'll see...

 

 

Dress for my butterfly

  I had some pretty lawn, and an idea, so late Sunday night, I drafted a quick pattern, and whipped this out. She loved how light and cool it was. I'll hem it before she wears it again, and next time, I'll put some piping to accentuate the curved top. Or use contrasting fabrics, or something...

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