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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Happy Birthday to ME! (and to Baby Crockett!)

ok. grab a box of tissues. in 2010, my WONDERFUL amazing husband made this video for me for my birthday (I turned 30 that year)

Happy Birthday 2010 from Christopher Burke on Vimeo.

I don't remember why I didn't get one in 2011, but that's all I wanted for my birthday in 2012, so, from 2000 miles away (thanks to WIFI!), my husband sent me this to watch in the hospital room a few hours after giving birth to Baby Crockett

Ramona's Birthday video: 2012 from Christopher Burke on Vimeo.

(even if you've seen them before, feel free to watch them again. they'll make you cry.)

WELL

GUESS WHAT!

C has been crazy busy this year, and has promised me a video, but I won't get it til later this summer.

SO, D took it upon himself to make me a video!

Mama Bday 2013 from Ramona Burke on Vimeo.

he just turned 7 last month, so his camera work is a little shaky, but OMG, it's the best present I've ever gotten!

C added the subtitles, and credits, and did a little editing, but D says he told C exactly what to do.  D is VERY proud of his EP credit at the end.

Birthday/camp sewing

image This boy turned 7 this week. he requested a full Luke Skywalker/Jedi costume. Pants (pegged so they bunch up), Tunic (over a white t-shirt, and with the flappy vest-y bits sewn on to a simple shirt), and, of course, the jedi robe.

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he also "needed" (I.e. has been hinting since Xmas that he would really like) a smaller amineko that is easier to take places. Here they are doing yoga at a mall fountain.  I used sock yarn and a "C" crochet hook. 2 days of constant hooking, finished in the parking lot with 2 minutes to spare!  His name is Pierre la Vert. (I also made that stripy green shirt for his birthday)

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LUCKILY for me, his birthday was wednesday, and today is Hollywood Dress Up Day at their camp.  So, obvi, D wore his new costume, but the Bean was desperate for a new costume too.

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last night at bedtime she finally decided on Cinderella's fancy dress, so here it is.

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It does twirl, but I've decided that I HATE gathering knits. Also I'm not a huge fan of dirndl skirts in general, SO much bulk at the waist! I might actually remake this one, if she's going to wear it a lot, with a nicer (read: circle/a-line) skirt.

now back to work!

(all jedi fabrics from Joanns, Green t-shirt fabric from the -by-the-pound section at Michael Levine's, and the princess dress is the dreamy Laguna Cotton Jersey from Robert Kaufman in Aqua and Cloud)

 

I drafted all the patterns myself, but if people want them, I can scan them in, so let me know!

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!

 

 

 

Snow White (aka: My Crowning Achievement as a Mother)

I dunno if I'll ever be able to top this. I'm bouncing off the walls with self-pride and anticipation of The Bean's excitement in the morning. image

 

Look at the perfect pointy waist bit!!!

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I put a big red ribbon bow in the back, because.... why not?

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it's a little long, at her request.... I sorta want to get it above the knee, but she can have it long for a few days, and then I'll hem it for good... right now it will probably hit mid-calf.

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It's all cotton knit. The bodice is navy interlock, the sleeves are blue t-shirt jersey and red tissue jersey, and the gold skirt is cotton/poly interlock from JoAnn.

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I'm seriously SO proud of myself I could BURST. It came out so much better than I had hoped.

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(Here's a work in progress shot, after I hand-stitched the tear-drops, as I started cutting away the blue to show the red...

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I always get nervous when I start cutting, but SQUEE isn't it cute?!?!?!

 

Another Robot Dress

  I'm working on getting another dress pattern up and running, and so I have been testing my pattern frantically.

One of The Bean's friends recently had a birthday, and since they're the same size, I decided to make a dress for her.

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Since they're besties, I thought they might like to have similar dresses, so I used Funbots again.

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I love that it's got the pinks, etc, that girls seem to love, but it's not princesses. Robots and science are COOL!

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and here's her Robot pose. I'm still not sure what a Robot does with arms like that. ;)

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I know it's a hit, because she did NOT want to take it off to give to her friend.

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But she did, and they were SO excited to have coordinating dresses at preschool yesterday!

 

 

Dress testing

Last week we were at Disneyland, and TheBean asked for one of the (overly-priced, nasty-polyester) dresses in the BibbityBobbityBoutique. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Disneyland. But... ICK. She's never seen any of the princess movies (her choice! Darren has, and I'm fine with them)... But the dresses.. I see these kids at D-lamd, tottering around in uncomfortable plastic shoes, soaked in sweat in these dresses, unable to run and play and climb, and I just CAN'T DO IT.

SO. I remembered reading some blog some time ago about making the dresses from T-shirt fabrics... I searched, and couldn't find the one I remember, but it seems that it's such a smart idea that LOTS of moms have done it.

The key is to start with a simple dress, and then embellish it with enough details that it resembles the princess but is still washable and comfortable...

So this morning I re-drafted a simple bodice with puffed sleeves and a full A-line skirt.

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it passed the spin test

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the sleeve band was too big

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the bodice was too short, and the neck too high...

that's why it's just a muslin. But it was comfy, and she's sleeping in it right now, so I can't fix it.

After looking at LOTS of pictures of Snow White (who knew there were SO many versions!?!), I'm starting with the sleeves. I'm going to reverse applique the red bits of her sleeves a la Alabama Chanin at bedtime tonight.

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I'm already plotting the next dress!

(the blue is from an old t-shirt of mine, and the red is a scrap of silky jersey remnant from JoAnn)

 

Funbot Dress!

  I had a little bit of Funbot fabric left over after making all the stuffed robots, so I decided my Bean needed a dress. She LOVES robots.

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she couldn't hold still, she was so excited.

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I used my HennyPenny dress pattern, modified a little bit to have a back opening and a facing. (and, as always, I put pockets on the dress. This girl LOVES pockets as much as she loves robots)

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I love this pattern because a) it's quick and easy, and b) the large pieces allow a special fabric to really shine. No fussy cutting or chopped off robots or anything.

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she's a perfect size 4 (and she's 4.5 right now).  Below is a picture of her "being a robot:"

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I'm not sure what kind of robot she is.

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but she's SUPER CUTE!

 

Trading Funbots

  It's Quilt Market prep time around here, hence the radio silence.

I was asked to design some stuffed robots based on Ann Kelle's new Funbots... (click over to see the line, then check out D and my robot:

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pipe-cleaners for hands means he can hold things!

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this 6 year old boy is VERY happy with my test-robot.

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He didn't like my suggestion that it be a pincushion/seam-ripper holder. He disappeared for a few minutes, and came back with this:

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it's a Seam ripper & pin Holder *Made by Darren*

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I don't think I will use it to store loose pins, but it IS possibly the most thoughtful gift he's ever given me, so it will be kept for EVAH.

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but I might need to make another little bot as a sewing machine mascot. SO CUTE, right?

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I made the same robot in 5 sizes, from teeny, (shown above, measuring 4" ) to GIANT:

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pattern coming soon!

 

 

Funbots!

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I'm making some robot toys for the Robert Kaufman spring quilt market booth. They're completely inspired by Ann Kelle's Funbot fabric. And BOY ARE THEY FUN!

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This boy gets bonkers everything he gets to help play with them as I make them.

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They completely bring out his inner silly.

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(His #amineko, Green, is in for the fun too)

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He thinks we need to make another one that's even BIGGER.

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So that's what i'll be doing tonight.: )

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With his "help" stuffing. Of course.