Finishing.

I'm trying to knock stuff off my to-do list (so that I can justify adding to it!) first up was this found quilt top...

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I used leftovers from the new Lazy Daisy Baskets line, by Darlene Zimmerman, with this cute Mother Goose panel... I like the back better than the front....

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...probably because the front has this CREEPY naked baby print. Not sure what I was thinking (actually, I'm pretty sure I was just trying to use it up)

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It's quilted with a square spiral radiating from the center, and it's bound in leftovers from the back, and even the batting was 3 pieces zig-zagged together. and it's done. so that's off the list.

Next up, using the Modify Tradition blocks I made however many years ago.

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I kept the ones with mistakes, and figured out how to piece them together (with lots of Kona white), even though blocks varied in size from 6" to 16" (intentionally)...

I quilted in the white with red perle cotton, and stitched in the ditch in the blocks with white-on-top, red-on-the-bottom, because that's what was loaded in my industrial.

 

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the Bean liked the biggest block best....

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every block has this red print that I also used for the back, (which I STILL have lots of left. trying so hard to use it up!).

The binding is a cute picnic/clambake newsprint fabric (bought yesterday from Sew Modern).

it's intended for picnics, since it's full of mistakes and is very mismatched, but I like it. as do the kiddos, so we'll use it.

so that's 2 things off my WIP list. yay! I'm off to work on the hand quilting of my windmill quilt....

Seat belt strap cover thingys

I don't know what these are called.... But I made 3 of them last night in well under an hour. They sell them at target (UGLY) for $11/pair. I like mine better, (and so do the kiddos) image

I just grabbed scraps out of my scrap bin for the squares, and the binding from binding scraps.... (wish I knew where that yellow dot was from. LOVE it. and only had 1 little strip of it.)

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this grey Kona coal is left over from a table runner I made last week....

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helicopter fabric matches pants they each have....

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she approved... she was the one who wanted them, so I'm glad she approves.

the straps velcro on.... I couldn't find a tutorial for them anywhere (only for the baby-car-seat/bike trailer ones, which are skinnier), but maybe because I don't know what they're called?

I can make a tute if anyone else out there wants to make them, but they're so easy and obvious that a tute might not be necessary...

A day in the life of a sample seamstress...

I was looking through my phone this morning, and realized I have a bunch of pics of market stuff that I can't share yet, but I also have a bunch of random stuff that I *can* share.... so here's a random collection of photos from 1 day last week: image

my cutting table, 2 days after I cleaned it off... (all scraps, some shared, many kept for future projects)

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pretty cushions (to be tied on a different chair, obvi)

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table skirts and banners

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bags

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and more bags (5. same pattern, different fabrics)

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inside out banners as snakes....

 

Scrap/vintage sewing

I made this sunsuit from one of those vintage patterns I bought last month... it's a size 1, and I mostly wanted to see the construction and assembly... I think it came out cute enough that I'll draft a larger version for the Bean later this summer... image

I used leftover Essex Linen in awesome Hot Pink, (and my snap press instead of buttons)...

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I would imagine this would be even cuter with the bulk of diapers underneath....

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the fit was actually ok, except that she's WAY taller than the wearer is supposed to be... the straps would NOT reach.

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but it's still pretty cute. and the pattern as written was pretty neat. I'm thinking if I just took off the bib, and made the straps way longer, it'd be a super cute, vintage-esque shorts pattern for her to wear this summer.... I have some Essex in medium aqua left over... I might need to make a pair like this for Baby Crockett...

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not sure why she needed to stand on her toes for every shot, but it was so cute....

Another Ottobre shirt

This shirt honestly takes longer to cut than to sew, (the whole thing takes well under an hour), but the finished product is AWESOME. (it's an Ottobre pattern). I used scraps from my market sewing to whip this out last night... image

IMO, it would look nicer with some solid colored pants or a skirt, but she insisted on wearing it with the helicopters. (because they have pockets).

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the Remix heart print is a new knit by RK, and it's a great weight. light enough to wear in the summer, but thick enough to sew easily....

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I've made a size 92 again, but I didn't lettuce-edge the sleeves, and they're definitely too short, even though the fit of the rest of it is perfect....

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I use snaps instead of the buttons on the pattern, but that's the only mod. and it's just because I'm lazy and have a snap press.

C's office quilt

My poor husband often pulls all-nighters at his office, witha quick 3-am power nap.... I decided he needed a small (throw?) quilt to cuddle into when he was too exhausted to drive home.... so here it is:

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it's like 60x70 ish, maybe (I haven't measured), and made from all fabric on hand (except the green, which is Kona Avocado)

The centers are from a charm pack of Silent Cinema that I won, and couldn't figure out how to use, and the Kona Turquoise is left over from various RK projects.

I wanted to use Kona Coal for the binding, but didn't have any, so I used the last little bit of black stippled Greenfield Hill for that, making the binding the only print.

I quilted it in straight lines with the walking foot C just got me, sorta randomly following the edges of the blocks... It's got wool batting, my favorite, and I quilted it with grey thread....

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I can't think of any other pertinent details, but I love it, and hope he loves it too. I really can't wait to see it after we wash it....

KCWC day 1: a red froggie dress

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I spent all day on a quilt for C, (for his office), and then realized that it was the first day of the challenge, (and the Ottobre Kids magazines I ordered haven't come yet), so I grabbed some Kona Tomato (left over from the bunting quilt), and some scraps of this frog print that the Bean totally loves, and whipped out this dress...

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It's just a simple raglan, with shirred neck, and 2 pockets, (her favorite aspect of ANY dress).

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she's not posing cutely because she was distracted by the lollipop in her mouth, but at least the dress is cute.

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I love dresses like this, because I can whip them out in under an hour, and she LOVES them.

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I'm not sure how many more of these she's gonna get this week, but I have a LOT of fabric to use up....

A boy doll for the Bean's boy...

My daughter's love is a little boy called Pickle (fate, right?). For his birthday she and I decided he needed a boy doll so he didn't always have to play with the girl dolls. She chose the Eddie doll from Wee Wonderfuls, and we made it yesterday and today. I used the scraps from the t-shirt I made for D to make Eddie's shirt. The Bean chose everything else. image

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A bag.

image as part of passing on a board position at the kiddos' preschool, I made a bag to hold the 1st VP binder....

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I used some stash gaberdine, some lovely circa 1934 dots (won during the White Elephant at the LAMQG retreat), and some Quilters Linen (LOOOOOVE)

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I put pockets inside for pens, keys, etc, and embroidered the outside pocket with a simple flower, just for fun....

it wound up being a really handy size, I might need to make more...

I started with rectangles, 17x19", and I think the bottom triangles were 2"...

Crockett pants

Im preparation for the new arrival.... image

a pair of wool longies (hopefully a long size 3-6m)...

just because, I knitted the Fibonacci sequence in on one leg.... (starting on the left, with the orange: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, and then the cuff...)

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I also drafted out a pair of 3-6m pants, with extra roominess for the cloth diapers, made with flannel Dr Seuss scraps from the back of the pennant quilt.

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I think they'll be cute with a dark blue shirt....

Pre-wash

image Here's the quilt for our baby boy, as designed by me and the Bean.

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C bought me an early birthday present, a walking foot, so this was my first time using it. LOVE.

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here's the back, pieced with scraps.

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here's the oops on the back. just so I don't get a swelled head.

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here's the folded pretty sitting on the porch...

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and the original idea behind both quilts: I cut all these little triangles off as waste from the roof tops when I made this quilt, (Obvi I'm greedier than Angela, as I kept every little bit of these scraps!) and so I sewed them all together, and thought it would make a fun baby quilt, so I ran with it, and now we have 2 matching boy quilts in the house. perfect.

This one measures 50x50 (ish, i'm totally guestimating) and will be for the baby, NOT D.

also for the baby:

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these soon-to-be pants. hopefully done by the end of the week.

 

Baby boy quilt-in-progress, take 2

First, she sorted...

(Well, first I sewed, THEN she sorted)

Then we played.

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This one is much smaller, probably 45x55, so it'll actually be for the baby. But it's the same fabric line as D's quilt, so they'll coordinate. Cause clearly my house is all about coordination (not!) C just ordered me an early birthday present, a walking foot, so I think this quilt will be my test drive, when it arrives...

Finished quilt...

image D requested the black sashing with yellow (perle cotton) stitching to simulate roads....

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I pieced the back with the leftover big pieces....

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It's not super noticeable, because I switched thread color A LOT, but each block is FMQ'ed differently... sort of a practice sampler for me...

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the different quilting is most noticeable from the back, but I think I like it....

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It definitely works on D's bed....

 

 

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even the kitties approve!