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Popp’n Posies

I get by with a little help from my friends

Bloom & Grow Quilt

Check out this quilt that Elena made! Isn’t it fantastic? It’s the Popp’n Posies Quilt Pattern by Izzy & Ivy. We used Bloom & Grow for the fabric. Throw in fantabulous turquoise Jumbo Ric Rac, 3 delightful colours o velvet ric rac and you’re got yourself one adorable quilt! (Yes, I make up words, and sometimes I pretend I’m British…espcially when I’m listening to the Beatles and so I have to spell accordingly.)  Anyway….I’m very very glad I have a friend who loves to quilt!  And she is SO good at it too!  Wouldn’t you agree?!?!?   :-)

Bloom & Grow Quilt

Bloom & Grow Quilt
Bloom & Grow Quilt

The kit is availalbe here. It’s also available in the Just Dreamy fabrics (also by Riley Blake)

By the way, I’m considering starting every single post with lyrics from songs.  Wouldn’t it be fun to play a little game. Like you had to guess the artist? But it couldn’t be super easy like the Beatles and Google would probably ruin the game. I’d have to work hard to be sneaky.  Hmmm….maybe next time because

If I listen close I can hear them singers
Voices in your body coming through on the radio

Where the Wild….

Girls Live?

Pink Fig Sweatshirt pattern

Yeah, I don’t know.  I have the book, Where the Wild Things Are (and the movie) on my brain.  I haven’t actually seen the movie.  And based on one of my friend’s review – I won’t see it until it comes out on DVD.   But the fabric I used is from a collection called Wildwood, so it seems fitting.

Maybe.

And I am actually a little dizzy in the head.  I fear I might be catching something.

Okay forget my craziness….back to the cute little outfit Haley is wearing!  

It’s from the new Pink Fig pattern Scrapbook Jeans & a Sweatshirt.  I still need to add a big button to the front – or a fabric flower like my friend Anna.  But it wasn’t done – and the temperature was below 70 degrees (I am raising an Arizona girl!) so Haley wanted to wear it today.     :-) 

 walking to the picture place

I used fabric from Erin McMorris’ Wildwood collection (oh I already told you that, didn’t I?) and instead of a sweatshirt (we are in AZ afterall) I used a raglan shirt I had on hand.  (Pssst – they are also listed in my store in the new Notions section at a great price!) 

And the hood!  The hood is lined with minky fabric.  

Minky hood

The minky will be available in my store  soon- in smaller cuts (in other words, more afforable!)  I’ll be sure to let you know when it’s up.

As usual – I opted to size up when making this for Haley.  That way, I figure it’ll last her longer.  I realize, however, that I need to stop doing that because I make her so many things – she needs to outgrow them!  If that makes any sense.     ;-)   

Oh – I almost forgot to share – I got many of the prints from Erin’s Park Slope collection in the shop now!  They are no longer being printed so I got a great deal on them!  And I’m passing it on to you guys.  Plus this week if you use the code ERIN when you check out, you’ll get an additional 20% off (good on both her Park Slope and her Wildwood collections!)

Now my head is really spinning.  I’ve got to go find some medicine.  Talk at you again soon!

 

PS.  There is still time to enter the grandest giveaway ever!  And remember – someone has to win. (Actually 5 people will win! ) Yes, international entries are accepted and yes, I know I’m crazy to give away this awesome fabric and the patterns too.  I might have to have my head checked.  Thank you very much.  Plus your chances are way better with me than with, say, Ree.

 

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Quilt Market – The Giveaway (Part 5)

I started to compile a detailed list of what I ordered.  Then I got bored.   So instead let’s just do these giveaways.  You’ll want to win them ALL!  They are so great.

1. Craft Apple Patterns: (estimated retail value $36)

Craft Apple Patterns

I really enjoy spending time with Linda  – but more importanly – I love her patterns.  They are so well written.  Every detail is covered.  You don’t have to guess or wonder what you’re supposed to do next.

 

2. Sidewinder and other goodies from Quilt Market: (estimated retail value $30) 

Bobbin Winder and other goodies

The bobbin winder is super handy – I’m told.  It doesn’t work with Viking bobbins tho.   :-(    Also included are a Moda quilt puzzle, a ModKid tape measure, free pattern and picture brochure from Amy Butler, notepad and more pretty things from Anna Maria Horner, Jenean Morrison’s postcards with her California Dreamin’ designs, and a cute little token from Sweetwater.

 

3. Pink Fig Patterns: (estimated retail value $72.50) 

Pink Fig Patterns

5 patterns from Pink Fig (including her new Nie Nie skirt) and her embelishment book!  Super fun patterns for little girls.  I use them often!

 

And the GRAND FINALE!  

These aren’t even available in the store yet! But you can get a fat quarter set of Sandi Henderson‘s newest collection right now!  Right here! 

4. Fat Quarter set of Meadowsweet – Peach Colorway (estimated retail value $42.50)

Meadowsweet by Sandi Henderson Peach Collection  The peach colorway has 17 prints.  Henna Garden appears again in new colors.  Other prints include Vintage Paisley, Poppy Parade, Chain Flower and more.  Here are a couple more pictures.

Meadowsweet by Sandi Henderson Peach CollectionMeadowsweet by Sandi Henderson Peach Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Fat Quarter set of Meadowsweet – Pear Colorway (estimated retail value $32.50)

Meadowsweet by Sandi Henderson Pear Collection

The Pear colorway has 13 prints.  Peony Plaid, Splashy Rose, Daisy Path, Paper Snowflake and more.  Yummy!

Meadowsweet by Sandi Henderson Pear CollectionMeadowsweet by Sandi Henderson Pear Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SO HOW DO YOU WIN?

Leave a comment.  Easy peasy.
There will be 3 winners from my blog.

AND I will choose 2 lucky winners from my Facebook Fan Page.
So become a Fan and have another couple chances to win.

 

The first name I pick with get to choose which gift they want, and so on and so forth. I’m making a lot of work for myself. The entries will close on FRIDAY OCTOBER 23rd and announced shortly after that!  Okay!  I’ve closed the comments – Will draw the winners soon!

 

 

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Quilt Market – Patterns (Part 4)

I’m very close to wrapping up the Quilt Market recap. (Until next year!) I wanted to show you some wonderful new patterns that will be in the shop. And the last quilt market post, but certainly not least, will be What’s Coming AND  super fab giveaways. You’ll want to check back for that. I promise!

First up – Pink Fig! We’re a fan of Pink Fig patterns. Chelsea’s patterns are designed to make you fall in love with sewing!

And how can you not fall in love with the Julie Top. Or the Nie Nie skirt?

Pink Fig

And of course, there are the ever so fabulous ModKid patterns. Patty has a sense of not only what looks fashionable (does saying that make me sound old?) but also what kids will actually wear!

The wonderful Kyoko

And I’m happy to have added patterns from Sweetwater to my site.   (Just tonight!)

I currently only have one of each….but I’ve ordered more. I’m not sure exactly when they’ll arrive – it might not be until the fabric is released. *sigh* I’m loving them all.  And I’m loving the prices too!!!!



There is another new pattern company that I fell in love with. Izzy & Ivy Designs. This was their first time at market – and let me tell you, these ladies have been busy!

When their patterns arrive, I’ll be sure to let you know!!!

This weekend I’ll be sewing some patterns for my boys from Hot Scott. Another new company – but all BOY patterns! I should have them in store before too long.

BOYS BOYS BOYS!

Whew – I think that is all I’ll go over for now. There are other patterns on the way (from the likes of Sandi Henderson, Paula Prass, Art Gallery, etc.) – but I feel like I’ve taken too much time as it is.     :-)   

 

Most of the patterns are available right now.  So run (I mean click) over to the shop and check them all out….and buy a few.     ;-)       

Quilt Market – Michael Miller (Part 1)

I don’t know how I should organize the posts.  So it might be mishmash craziness that will span over a couple days.

Here we go!

First – the Michael Miller booths!

Camp Michael Miller

Camp Michael Miller pretty much sets the tone.  The prints I love are fun and playful, just like their booth.

The Michael Miller girls – Patty Young, Sandi Henderson, Paula Prass and Pillow & Maxfield.  It’s hard for me to point out every little detail.  These women have made sure every little detail is perfect.  It is amazing!  Hopefully you’ll be able to see a little bit of that in the pictures. (Check out my quilt market flickr album to see even more pictures!)  

Sandi Henderson's booth

The wonderful Kyoko

Paula and her daughter Jennifer

Whimsy in the new colorway

In addition to new fabric lines, they all have new patterns too!  I have Patty’s newest patterns in the store now.  Sandi is expecting hers to be ready in November and Paula says around the new year. Also Valerie Pillow and Anne Maxfield said their website, blog and such should be up before too long!

I have some goodies for you guys… you’ll definately want to check back. But right now I am falling alseep on my computer desk – so it’s time for me to get some much needed sleep!

See you again soon with more quilt market fun!

A Quickie from Quilt Market

Just wanted to pop on and say hello from Quilt Market in Houston.  I hate to assume, cuz you know what “they” say, so just incase you don’t know – Quilt Market is a trade show for the fabric industry.  We are NOT sewing quilts all weekend!  So please don’t ask to see my newest project.   ;-)   

I’ve uploaded a few pictures to twitter and just added a few on flickr too.  Tomorrow I will work on more/better pictures with my real camera – not my phone! 

YOU WILLL DIE when you feel this new fabric

 Right now I can’t stop thinking about the new Anna Maria Horner voile fabric!  It is so supple and soft.  And it’s wider than quilting cotton too.  It is going to be absolutely perfect for clothing – but in schoolhouse, Anna showed it clearly can be use for many many applications (yes, even quilting!)

 

Later Alligator
       or
Over and Out
       or
Wham Bam, thank you ma’am.


Ah man – I’m sleep deprived.

Feliz means Happy

I am going to carry some patterns by Fledge / Studio Tantrum. They are European patterns – which means that you have to trace off the pattern pieces and add seam allowances. (Most people I know choose to trace boutique patterns anyway so that they can use all the sizes over and over again!) The patterns are kid friendly with a great sense of style.

What really drew me to them was how customizable they are. The pattern instructions are a quite general, so it helps if you have some sewing under your belt and understand basic construction. On the Farbenmix site, they have tons of design examples, and I’m also only including patterns that have instruction sheets in English and  Sew-A-Longs in English. I’ve linked those in the listings on my website. I decided to pick out a few patterns that I have been wanting to try and we’ll go from there.

Downtown Tucson

This weekend I was able to sew my very first Feliz….and it won’t be my last!  Feliz means happy in Spanish,  so I wanted the Feliz dress to have a Spanish vibe.  I envisioned something that you could wear to a party.  (The parties are always grand and always fun!)  I needed bright festive colors and patterns.  This fabric immediately came to mind.  

It is called Beatrice Dream and is by Michael Miller fabrics.  I used it for the overdress.  The under dress is Fuschia Ta Dot.

And the bustle on the back of the underdress are other Ta Dots from the Jewel Tones line.  I used Bubblegum, Celery, Lagoon and Tangerine.

Water feature

I added a bottom tier to the underdress that I gathered only in the back with the rest of the ruffles. And since my serger is still getting fixed, I decided to use the premade Bias Trim from Michael Miller. I love the result!  (But I can’t wait to get my serger back to my seams don’t have to be zig zagged!) 

Christmas is just around the corner, (really!) so I plan to make her Christmas dress from this pattern.  I think I’ll leave off the ruffles on the back and the extra bottom tier.  I’ll also possibly applique something on the over dress.  It will have a completely different feel!  I can hardly wait!  And I’ve picked out the fabrics I want to use for the Redondo and Laguna patterns too.  I doubt I’ll have time before I leave for Quilt Market.

The patterns are listed here.  I really do hope you will love them as much I already do!  Just thinking about all the possibilities makes me happy – so use the code Happy for 15% off all patterns this week.   :-)

Haley wanted to wear pants

This is something you should probably mark on your calendars.  

Tree Climbing
Haley
– my daughter -
the dress wearing queen 
wanted to wear pants.

 

I have wanted to make her these cute pants for a while now.
I was afraid my efforts would sit in the drawer.
Untouched.
Unloved.
Unworn.
( I’ll make up words as I see fit)
My husband said, “Just make her some.  She’ll wear them.”

 

Noah's Ark

He was right.  
She loved them!
She wanted to wear them!

 

Pattern: Sophie by ModKid 
View C with View A Pockets
Fabric: Carnival Bloom Corduroy

The pattern was easy and fun to make.  I LOVE the detail of the twin needle on the pockets and leg slits.  I’ll have to get a close-up picture of that.  The only change I am thinking about for next time is adding a light weight interfacing on the front waist band.  She won’t wear jeans just yet – so I’m going to make another pair  but this time in lightweight cotton.  I have to say though, that the corduroy fabric (by Michael Miller) is da bomb diggity.

That’s right I just said bomb diggity.

And with that, I’ll say goodnight.

 

You Made It (Part 4)

The last Monday of September….and therefore the last of our celebration of National Sewing Month. And I’d have to say….

 

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!

 

Seriously you guys!  Totally awesome stuff you’re making!!!!  I hope you will all go look at the pictures, and I wish that I could share them all here! Please keep adding more pictures as you finish projects.  Who knows, I might surprise a lucky person now and again with a little blog feature.   ;-) 

Many people I know start sewing (again) when they have children.  It’s just fun to make them stuff.  So I figured that I HAD to do a feature on children’s clothing. 

Amanda sent me these photos of little lounge sets.  LOVE them!  And love that they are for little boys – because how often do our little men get left out of the sewing fun?  Too often!  She sent me several pictures – so be sure to look at them all in the Flickr pool.  The Cowboy print is from Alexander Henry and the Monkey print is from Moda!  Thanks, Amanda for emailing them to me!  

Totally adorable little boy set

Totally adorable little boy set

 

And Ericka shared with me these adorable outfits she has made for her daughter.  

skirt and shirt

This was made by sewing together Soiree charm squares and cutting the Little Hip Skirts pattern out of the pieced fabric. Way cute appliqued shirt too!

cuppycake

And this Cuppy Cake dress is soooooo cute! She used the Riley Blake Just Dreamy Fabric. Love it! Great job, Ericka!

Okay so I just have to include one more this time as well. I was so excited when Rebecca added this picture

DSC_7494

It is one of Patty Young’s new patterns that will be released at Quilt Market next weekend! Rebecca was one of Patty’s pattern testers. She use fabric from the Mezzanine collection to make this adorable skirt and appliqued shirt. I love it! Can’t wait to get my hands on the new patterns!!!!

Thanks everyone for playing along!  You’ve been great!

Patchwork Camera Strap Cover – a Tutorial

Patchwork Camera Strap Cover

I could have actually worked on my “to-do” list today. It is long. It is growing. It would have been the responsible thing to do.

But I had to visit the dentist. (Follow up work, nothing new or unexpected.) Paying him even more money kinda put me in a bit of a mood. For me, sewing helps right that mood. So instead of being responsible, I made something pretty.  This not totally irresponsible now that I now get to share it with you!   :-)    

Here’s how: I determined I needed my cover to end up 2 inches wide by 20 inches long (I wish now I had made it 2 inches x 22 or 23 inches so it’d go onto the leather strap area.)  I used a charm pack as my starting point. That along with a scrap of fabric for the back and some fusible fleece was all I needed to make this quick project!  (and the fleece is optional!)

3 inch squares
I used 9 – 3 inch squares from the charms and sewed them together.
(If I made it again, I’d use  11 or 12 squares instead so it’d be longer.)  

Sew together

Then sewed the patchwork piece and the solid piece together.

fusible fleece

Iron fusible fleece on the wrong side.

top stitch

Top stitch the patchwork squares.

Fold ends

Fold over the ends and stitch in place.
(I did 4 rows of stitching because I though it looked cooler.)

Right sides together

Sew right sides together.

Trim excess

Trim the excess so the seam is not bulky.
(if I had used 2.5 inch squares this wouldn’t be necessary)

Turn and iron

Turn right side out and iron.

Camera Strap

Slide it onto your strap and you’re done!

 

****** BONUS ******
I have an extra one laying right here. It measures about 2 inches by 20 inches.
Would you like it? Just leave me a comment. I’ll draw a name in the next couple of days.

 

PS. The FABULOUS fabric is Momo’s new line for Moda.  It is called Odyssea and I am so in love with it.  The pre-cuts are here now.  The yardage will be here sometime this month!

Off to be “for real” productive……


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