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.
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
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:
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.
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! download PDF here
but that neckline was too big.
so I tried this (with Zoe Ingram's Carried Away fabrics):
she loved it so much that every single picture of her in it is blurry as she dances around
here's another sample (made with Valori Wells' Blueprints Basics fabrics)
I got her to hold still by saying it was a ballet recital, so she's curtsey-ing here.
the pattern looks like this
and is super awesome. It's a speedy sew, perfect to make for birthday presents.
and here's the 12m made for a baby's first birthday:
I hope you love it as much as I do!!! click here to purchase the PDF pattern.
(if you're local, I'm teaching it as a class Saturday, June 21 at Sew Modern)
I *FINALLY* did it! I built a little store here on my site! I know it seems like a little thing, but OMG was it hard for me.
(the big coupon is all used up, but please use BLOGREADER for 20% off all the time! Thank you so much for your support!)
I'm the luckiest girl in the whole world, and my amazingly talented husband makes me occasional videos (theoretically every Xmas and birthday, but life often gets in the way). I just got the one for this year, and I LOVE IT.
So I'm sharing it here, so y'all can see it too. (click here to view it on Vimeo, if it doesn't show up below)
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.
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"
sew together, press, and you're done.
IF you want to get fancy, you can make a corner piece.
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.
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!
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.
I'm knitting up some pants (budgie bloomers, my fave pants pattern), and noticed that they match my cat.
I was sewing all afternoon (maternity pants and the valentine bags), so the Bean sat at her machine and sewed, and C took a bunch of photos.
more on the baby blog (which is invitation only, but email me if you want an invite. I just like to know who's looking at my kiddos)...
We did a scrap swap again this year. I am lucky enough to have Latifah make me a sewing machine cover (it's not done yet, but I got a peek tonight, and I cannot WAIT to see it in my bedroom!)My swap partner asked for placemats for her dogs, so here they are
and the other one:
She gave me all the fabric scraps, and separated out the color schemes for each...
C, wonderful husband that he is, took some artsy shots for me:
I did a lot of FMQ on the background of this one, and then I did different straight line designs on the circles... just for fun.
Here they are together....
and, since I doubt the dogs will appreciate the time/effort put into these placemats, I added some eau de chat; I hope the dogs will enjoy that.
C just sent me the pictures he took of it, all hanging and flat and well lit at his office... (it doesn't live there, I just made him take it there to photograph it for me, as we don't have the space to do so here) I love how ombre it is. LOVE LOVE LOVE this quilt.
Thank you, Aneela, for such a GREAT tutorial/QAL. thank you thank you thank you!