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

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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Sew.Quilt.Give June blocks: Roundtrip

  Directions for making 8x8" unfinished blocks

If desired, start by improving some side panels. Side panels will be 8 x 3.75, so make something bigger than that that can be trimmed down.

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cut the pieces

2 green side panels that measure 8 x 3.75, and one black or dark grey Road strip that measures 2 x 8"

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sew together, press, and you're done.

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IF you want to get fancy, you can make a corner piece.

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to make a corner piece, you'll need

Road: 2 x 5" and 2 x 3.75" and a strip of green that's 2 x 3.75"

Green side: 3.75 x 8"

Green corners: 3.75" squares.

Sew the squares on either side of the 2 x 3.75" road panel to make a side panel with a horizontal line

Sew the 2 x 3.75" green strip to the top of the 2 x 5" road

Sew the center strip to the pieced side so that the black roads intersect neatly.

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square up the corner piece so you can attach the remaining side piece (pressed fabric is easier to square up, but i was rushing)

sew on the last side piece (which can be pieced, or just a whole plain fabric), press, and you're done!

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I'll be sewing them together to make a maze... corners and even T's are welcome, but straight pieces are totally useful (and easier to do with lots of patchwork), so you can decide what you'd like to do.  2 blocks each, please, as simple or complicated as you like.

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thanks everyone!

 

 

 

Built like a ROCK.

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Cleaning: Excitement! TADA!!!!

Once I pieced the block (as a test of the motor/power supply), I sat down at the computer, and tried to find out when/who made this powerhouse of a machine.
So far, my research shows (according to the label on the motor) that even though she is "badged" World's Rotary," she's  really just a White sewing machine, which is not rare or anything, (but still SUPER awesome!). The motor also says that it was "patented October 25, 1927," which gave me a time frame at least!
After searching and googling for an hour, I finally found this image, so, based on my machine's serial, I'm going with 1931. So today, we're celebrating her 80th birthday! CRAZY!
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Physical toll.

252 petals have been traced onto "steam-a-seam 2 lite." My hands are blue. I can't wash the Sharpie off. But then I look at my quilt, with the kids played with today, and C snuggled under tonight, and radiator is now attacking, and blue hands are SO not a big deal.