Baby Crockett at the Circus

image I really really love the fabrics Marie Perkins of Print and Pattern does for Robert Kaufman.  LOVE.

As soon as I saw the mock-ups for The Circus, I got inspired. I got the fabrics, and cut them up in July? June? no clue. OMG it was tedious cutting. I totally lost steam.

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But when I went on the LAMQG retreat last month, I was reinspired, and whipped out this top in an hour or so (hence the imperfect points. oh well).

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the back is just as fun as the front!

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and he likes it a LOT. it makes him extra wiggly!

(finished quilt measures about 44x60?)

Scrappy Radiance for the Bean

sooo, remember that Radiance baby blanket? here's a bigger one, traditionally pieced (ie, not "quilted as I went"), basted, and quilted. image

i made it using a 1/2 yard bundle of 7 (i think) shades of pink/wine.

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I purposefully was a little sloppy/scrappy making this, sewing some pieces wrong side up, not perfectly squaring up the pieced blocks, etc, because I wanted to see if the quilting and washing would cover any flaws that beginners might make working with such silky fabrics.

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I quilted a different "flower" design in each block, per my daughter's instructions, except for the blocks in which I quilted her name... (below, you can see Fiona quilted in the bright pink block)

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it does fray more than regular cotton, so raw edges on a garment or something need to be well finished, but I'm not too worried since it's quilted down....

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it's backed with corduroy, and SO very lucious and soft, and the mistakes are ALL INVISIBLE.

I LOOOOOVE Radiance and can't wait to work with it more!!!

For an adorable architect

My friend Erik is an architect/urban planner. (he's also one of my daughter's godfathers). when I got this amazing new fabric (Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander), with blueprint-y prints, I knew I needed to make him something. He'd once commented on a crayon roll of the Bean's, saying it'd be great to have something like that for his pens and pencils. Perfect. I asked him how many slots, and then whipped this puppy out: image

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he's on a 2 month trip to Japan, Spain (and maybe England? I can't remember), so hopefully this is helping him in his travels...

Traveling Pic-Stitch bloghop

This post is part of the Travellin' Pic Stitch Blog Hop.  From 1st October - 30th November we are hopping all over the world EPP-ing in some fantastic locations.  Check out the full list here and be sure to check out the other participants. Life is crazy 'round here these days! I'm drowning in fabric to be sewn into samples for Quilt Market (luckily it's awesome fabric), and my WONDERFUL husband surprised me with a last minute ticket to Sewing Summit! Excited does NOT adequately express my feelings right now. totally worth the all-nighters I'm going to have to pull to get stuff done before and after.  In the mean time, I've been working on hand sewing every chance I can get! I have a bunch of pics to post, at some point, including (finally) my finished Tangerine Tango quilt!

But on to the bloghop!

 

we live about 2 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, and my kiddos have a favorite playground on the bluffs, so we went down at sunset last week, and I made the hubs get involved... he took these pictures:the ocean and the sky at sunset

sunset and ocean

I took the yellow, pink, and purply-blues, and made this piece:

and, since The Bean is already worrying about me leaving, last night I quilted it up into a pillow for her. I like to pretend that I'm Angela Walters when I FMQ, so I totally copied her and did these super tight lines on the blue feathers.

I quilted big petals everywhere. I added in The Bean's name, just because I felt like it.

and that's my finished project! hopefully she feels loved even though I'm gone (it's a whopping 4 day (3 night) trip, but she's only 3, after all). And isn't it pretty?

I think I put her name on it so I couldn't keep it myself. ;)

Sponsored by Paperpieces.comFabricwormPink Castle Fabrics  Marmalade Fabrics, the Fat Quarter ShopWantItNeedItQuilt, and Aurifil.

Full details for competition entry can be found here.

On 30th November it's over to you to link up for a chance to win these fabulous prizes!

Thanks for visiting, be sure to check out the other sites!

the next few days of the hop are here:

11 Jessica @ Life Under Quilts
13 Catherine @KnottedCotton
14 Amanda @ AmandaMillar
15 Rachel @ Stitched In Colour
but if you go here, you'll see the whole line up. COOL stuff.

LAMQG scrap swap

Our October (or maybe september) LAMQG swap was a scrap swap. I was lucky enough to get scraps from my friend Nicole, and one day, while looking at the scraps, I noticed that they all went well with this peachy-pink Essex Linen that I had. so I sewed up the pieces into little bits of patchy-goodness, and made all three sizes of Open-Wide pouches by Noodlehead. image

I love that they nest

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each is slightly different, but still awesome.

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the tiniest squares are 1". the biggest are 2"

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Another nursing-dress muslin

I had the sick 6 y/o take these pics, so my apologies for the quality (but yay him for being my photographer!) image

I made this dress up last night, based sorta on the schoolhouse tunic I wore yesterday. it's another wearable muslin (this fabric is by Darlene Zimmerman for Robert Kaufman, and is a 1930's floral ditsy print. tiny red flowers on white. LOVE it), while I try to figure out a flattering and functional fit. It felt really shapeless (despite bust darts). I think the back is still too big, but adding a "belt" (aka a strip of batik selvage tied in the back) helped a lot, I think...

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or at least it did in the mirror/my head... I need to hem the sleeves and skirt, but I think this could totally work. I'm loving the pockets and the easy nursing, and it's the perfect amount of clothing for the mid-80's weather we're having.

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I put a zipper in the back (an invisible one, obvi), but because of the giant slit in the front, it's totally unnecessary, so I think I'll take it out and just sew it shut.

I love this fabric enough that I think I'll keep this dress and wear it a bunch, and now I think I'm ready to start sewing "real" dresses...

Oh, and I used Built-By-Wendy Dresses as my jumping off point. the shift dress, size L.

 

Schoolhouse tunic

I need more nursing-friendly clothing. I emailed Meg at Sew Liberated, and she was super helpful about how to use her patterns for nursing.

So I bought the Schoolhouse Tunic, and last night I made a muslin (a wearable muslin, oxymoronical as it may be).

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I think I need to take it in in a variety of places to give it a more flattering fit.

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(can you tell I'm tired? Last night we had a very sick kiddo)

I made a size 14/16, based solely on my bust measurements, but I think I could easily fit into a 10/12.

But it was pretty easy to make, and works like a DREAM for nursing with a nursing tank underneath,

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I added pockets in the side seams, just because I like pockets.

The fabric is red Cambridge Lawn, and I have no words to describe how awesome it is. SO soft, but still densely woven enough to be durable. Here in LA, wearing 2 layers is often too much, but a tank and a lawn tunic is JUST bearable. and it will be perfect for the colder days. I think I'll add some trim or something to the front, but as it stands, baggy and all, it's totally wearable, I LOVE the fabric and the color, and look forward to making more (smaller) Schoolhouse Tunics in the very near future.

Changing pad

I needed a simple changing pad that would easily fit in my bag image

so I made one (pencil for scale), using this awesome red/white print (Pop Posies by Nancy Mims for Robert Kaufman, coming soon).

I love this print. It looked like plus signs to me until I used it, and now it looks like a cool latice to me.

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it has simple velcro on the non-baby side

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and cute Cat in the Hat laminate (also RK scraps) on the baby side.

with thin bias tape to finish the edges.

so simple and awesome.

 

Double -ended zippered bag

D needed a pencil bag, and was told to put pencils, erasers, and markers in them. I had this idea to make a bag that's double ended, but searching on the internet for "double-ended bag" or pouch or anything double-ended only produces boxing results.... I'm not sure if I just don't know the right search terms, or what, but I couldn't find any tutorials or patterns or images of what I wanted, so I took a deep breath, grabbed some scrap fabric, and tried out my idea....  

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it worked! (this is the second one, of nice fabrics. the proportions were off on the first one)

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I used scraps from the sample quilt of Don't Be Crabby by Laurie Wisbrun for RK (in stores in December)

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see, zippers on either end.

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D approved, and filled it with his pencils and markers quite happily

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catch up.

Sooo, it was really hot, and I was knitting a lot, and I wound up having to take my knitting to the hospital, and finishing it there, while holding this little dude.

and then I came home, and made a quilt,

but totally forgot to take better pics of it before giving it away.... but I used Angela's brilliant book, and tried lots of different quilting on it...

(this is after it's been through the washer and dryer to make it cuddly)

I tested out my sleep sack size

made a couple more, in these lovely new fabrics...

My sleep sack in VROOM and Bonny Bloom Flannel

finally finished the top of my summer sampler

using Kona colors: White, Coral, Cerise, Crocus, Curry, and Aqua (say that 10 times fast!)

I'm MADLY in love with my micro-sashing. MADLY.

now I'm trying to figure out how to quilt the behemoth I made for my dad, and to decide on the quilt back for the above quilt, and to catch up on my Handstitched quilt, etc....

and Fall Market prep starts next week...