Sunday, January 12, 2014

New-ish quilts in the shop

Well, there went November and December. In November I added a couple new quilts to the shop that I wanted to share with you. Both use fabrics from Cloud 9, an organic fabric company. I love to use their fabrics because they are so soft and the designs from their artists are gorgeous.

This peach baby quilt features fabrics from their Maman and Nursery Basics collections and the binding is from their Beyond the Sea line. I love the pretty illustrations of flowers and the little girls. It's so sweet. The co-founder of Cloud 9, Michelle Engel Bencshko, used her grandmother's artwork as the basis for the collection, which is why it's so beautifully and timelessly vintage.

It's in my shop now.

I first saw this triple helix quilt design from Deanna at Zuzuberry. She made her quilt for the birthmother of a child they were hoping to adopt. Hers is beautiful and I'm sure the birthmother loved it.

Another one of these will definitely be on my sewing table soon. I'd love to try it with my Briar Rose layer cake but I need to sort it by hue to make sure it will work. With this one I didn't have enough brown fabrics so I had to use some white prints with brown prints. It works ok but doesn't flow quite as well as the original.

Since I pinned Deanna's quilt on Pinterest it's been repinned nearly 1000 times! I can see why- it was so easy to put together and is visually striking. This one is also available in my shop here.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Halloween 2013 Costumes

Did you guys have a great Halloween? My feet are killing me! We trick-or-treated until Adam asked to go home. Probably didn't help that I forgot about dinner beforehand; oops! We all dressed up as parts of a fairy tale this year; it was Adam's idea. He picked what everyone would be and I sewed the costumes. Would you like to see?

For my dress I used New Look pattern 6156 (which I have sewn before) and simply added 14" of length onto the skirt. Then I sewed two 44" diameter half circles of blue satin together, leaving a hole, flipped it right side out, stuffed it with some netting, and sewed the top, with some pleats for fullness, to a "belt" I'd made using the same blue satin and some ribbon with snaps in the front.

Jonathan's dragon costume was a thrift find since he did not want to wear the dragon cape I made him. In fact, I can't get Adam to wear it either so you may find it in my shop soon. The cape was really easy to make and, I think, really cute. I used this tutorial with some minor alterations. I added a seam down the back that I sewed dragon spines and a little pair of wings into. The finish the edges I used bias tape and left a some dangling in the front to tie at the neck.

Tom and Adam wore the same tunic just different colors and sizes. There is a 6" slit in the back neck for ease of getting it on and off. You can create it by tracing the sleeves and torso of a shirt that fits your subject a little loosely. Sew the front and back pieces together at the shoulders, then sew the sleeves to the shirt, and lastly, sew up the side of the shirt and down the sleeve. Et voila: a shirt! Or you can pick up a simple shirt pattern at JoAnn's. They have 99 cent pattern sales every so often. Probably easier that way.

The double-headed eagle is, apparently, the family crest of the Brown family. I used Heat N' Bond iron on adhesive- my first time! Transferring the cutout was really easy but you can't sew through it and I was going to do a contrasting border. Not a big deal, though.

Adam's shield was his goodie bag for candies. It was not big enough. But it functioned well enough and he's been playing with it today so I will count it a good use of nap time sewing. Bonus point- I got to use one of the decorative stitches on my machine for the silver embroidery!

Tom's and my crowns I based off of King Stefan's and Queen Leah's from Disney's Sleeping Beauty. I used this tutorial for instructions, with the minor change of using one piece of thicker foam instead of a few thinner pieces glued together. And I also only used hot glue to put everything together. I tried Gorilla Glue, but the foam wouldn't stay together during the drying time. I bought the larger crystals for my crown and the colored ones for Tom's from the same chandelier parts website she references in her post and then sparkled up my tiara with a bunch of rhinestones and jewels I bought in a package at JoAnn's.

Lots of little girls last night were giving my tiara googly eyes last night; it's probably my favorite thing I made for Halloween. I could definitely be into making these for party favors for a Princess birthday. It is so sparkly; I would have loved to have it when I was little.

Adam has already started planning next year's costumes. He is going to be a pirate and I, apparently, am going to be a flashlight. We will see...

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Heather Ross Far Far Away Baby Quilt

This is one of those projects I have been working on forever. Seriously, I started it over a year ago! I was waiting to build up my stash of Heather Ross' Far Far Away prints so that I had some from each collection. I've finally finished it and it's sitting pretty in my shop (check it out).

My new love is doing patchwork bindings. I just adore the way it pops against a solid color background, especially in a quilt like this where there are so many little vignettes. I made the prints and turquoise frames out of kilter just to make it a little bit more modern.

There is more of these fabrics in my closet and the new collection, Briar Rose, waiting just in case we have another baby and she happens to be a girl. I can dream, can't I?

Meanwhile, hopefully this one will find a good home!

Thursday, October 24, 2013


One of my favorite colors is peach. I love sewing with it. Unfortunately, I don't have a whole lot of need for peach in my house, being the sole source of estrogen, but that doesn't stop me from sewing perfectly peachy quilts for other people.

Here's a quilt I just finished in peach and coral tones. I used this tutorial from Don't Call Me Betsy. It went together quickly and with some easy wavy line quilting the finished product looks pretty darn cute.

If you're looking for a basic, beginner quilting pattern I recommend this one in the baby/crib size. I'll be mailing this quilt to a baby girl who was born last Tuesday!

And here is a top I put together in the past couple of days. The prints are from Cloud9. They make beautiful organic fabrics and sell scrap packs on their site. I only used a third of the fabrics from my Maman/Nursery Basics scrap pack for this quilt, plus the Kona cotton in white.

 This one will be available in my shop when it's done.

Sunday, November 25, 2012


We went up to NH for Thanksgiving and I had an opportunity to snap a photo to add to this series in front of the boys' great-grandfather's house. I love that Adam is laughing at JoJo crying. He's such a lovable jerk.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Ornaments and a baby quilt

 I embroidered these ornaments for the grandmothers this Christmas but I'm going to send them out before Thanksgiving since both our families put up their trees soon after the holiday. They were really easy to make; I even made one for myself so I can always remember how tiny their hands are right now. I used this method for finishing the backs; can't believe I didn't think of doing it that way before.

This may be one of my favorite quilts I've made. The two designers whose fabric I used (Heather Ross & Denyse Schmidt) are a couple of my favorites. I'm still trying to decide how to quilt it. It's 42" square so I can do it easily on my machine. Maybe stitching 1/4" off each seam? That always gives a really cool look.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sept. 23

Jonathan has reached the ridiculously cute age of four months and I cannot stop taking pictures of him. I'm convinced this is the cutest age for babies, still so chubby and slightly infantile, but their personal features are starting to bud in their face and you can get glimpses and guesses of what they'll look like when they're older.

I don't want to keep posting pics on facebook because I know, although some of my friends have asked for more pictures of the boys, there are probably a lot of people who roll their eyes and are all "Ugh, more photos of your kids? Really?!" To those people I say- you can unfriend me, it won't hurt my feelings. In fact, I've probably been wanting to unfriend you so I don't have to look at your drunken duck face pics after every weekend. We'll call it even. I'm going to be posting a majority of pictures on here for a while. I had a photo blog but as you can tell I don't really even have time to keep up one blog, much less two.


That middle one, it gets me. I think it's a strong contender for Jonathan's baby portrait. Remember Adam's? He was sleeping on a quilt Tom's grandmother made him.