Transformation

May 22, 2016 § 1 Comment

So. I found this quilt at a local antique shop. I’m not sure if it was the pattern or the pink cotton ball fabric but I was immediately in love. I also saw possibilities and wanted to transform the quilt into something current.


An obvious way would be to make the quilt in new fabric, maybe changing the scale of the blocks or sashing but that said boring and uncreative to me. I knew I could do better so I started drawing the blocks back as if they had no sashing. The resulting pattern was fantastic! Seriously. It had swoon factor in a pencil sketch. 

I decided to template piece the top because, while paper piecing would definitely work, I didn’t want to have diamond blocks with seams in them. I wanted a sleek pieces.

I’ve been on a huge pink kick lately so decided to raid my stash of pink and green. Lots of Kaffe Fassett and some of my other designers in the top. I love it! 

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Inspiration Everywhere

June 9, 2015 § Leave a comment

I’m a firm believer that inspiration is everywhere – you just have to look. Well, ten or so years ago I bought a quilt at a sale. It’s not fancy but I love it! Always have. When we aren’t using the quilt I keep it folded on the sofa.

Yesterday it hit me that I needed to make an updated version of this quilt. My mind has been racing with thoughts of it for the last 30 or so hours. You know, figuring out exactly how you want it to look takes some time.

I don’t want to show you the quilt yet so here’s a peek:

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Check out the quilting on the back. It’s incredible! The stitches are so tiny!

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Something Old

February 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

My sister-in-law is getting married in July. The last time K was home, she dug through her Mom’s closet and came across  her Mom’s wedding dress.

Vintage is beautiful, and incorporating vintage into your wedding is super cool. I can’t say what I’m doing, exactly (check back in late July/early August) and I can’t show you. I can give you a sneak peak, though, and tell you it’s her something old, and will be WAY cool!

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Two For Tee Pee

March 23, 2012 § 1 Comment

I love any reason to sew – especially when children and fundraisers are involved. The boys’ school has an auction every spring and each class makes a class project. They are always so adorable!  Last year I made this and it’s still a favorite. Sadly, my friend Barb is the happy owner. Guess I should make a new one. But, I digress.

This year I thought it would be fun to make a tee pee. My friend, Julia, found a pattern a few years ago then decided to make her own. Of course. Her tee pee was adorable and she was kind enough to let me use her pattern.

Putting the tee pee together was SO quick and easy. I did modify it a bit, though. Julia used French seams for the openings. I serged all the parts of mine together.

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Julia used grommets and leather cording to close the tee pee. I reinforced the back of the opening with woven fusible then used large eyelets and 5/8″ ribbon to close.

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I used acrylic paint and had each child put their handprints and footprints on the tee pee.

Close up of the footprints.

Little Mister told me that I was not to come home without the tee pee in hand. He was THRILLED when I told him that it was his. So far it’s been a good investment – Sean loves to play with it and buying the darn thing benefited the boys’ school.

Warm Hands

February 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

I was standing outside in the carpool line one of the few very cold mornings this year and my hands were really cold! I immediately came home and made these little rice filled hand warmers.

So cute and awesome and I couldn’t wait to use them!

The next morning I put the hand warmers into the microwave and promptly burned them. But, if you want to make some for yourself cut four 2 3/4″ squares from 100% cotton fabric. Fill them with rice – not too full so you can stitch them together, and pop them into the microwave. Ten seconds is all you need. Trust me. I learned the hard way. And if you want to be really cautious, warm them in 5 second increments.

Happy hand warming!

I’ve Got it Covered

February 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

My best friend’s daughter goes to a private school here in town. In the first grade the children are presented with a prayer book. Now, my Marnie is pretty fabulous and can do a lot of things. Sewing is not one of them. She called me and asked if I’d make the cover. She sent all the information and here’s what happened.

Marnies’s daughter is a girly girl that loves purple and BFF loves hearts so I incorporated those onto the back. Two of the hearts have photos of the twins.  The candle pattern was sent in the info packet as were the Hebrew letters. Other than trying to put the letters on backwards putting the cover together was fun.

I added handles to the sides of the cover so the book could be carried easily. I also added ribbons to use as markers in the prayer book.

The inside has a fun Kaffe Fasset fabric. I appliqued a dedication from her parents inside the front cover and a small note from me on the back cover.

The best part of making this was seeing the HUGE smile on a sweet girl’s face when she saw her cover.

Oh, and Marnie liked it, too.

Dressing Up

October 14, 2011 § 2 Comments

I needed to take a break from the seven commission quilts I’m making (more on that later) and decided to make a skirt. The pattern is from my from my friend Mary’s book, Little Girls, Big Style. This book is a must have for anyone that wants to make a boutique wardrobe for little girls. It’s amazing beyond words. I’m possibly a bit biased, but really, it’s just awesome.

Anyhow, one of my favorite little girl turns 4 at the end of the month. She’s beautiful, and fun, and a free spirit. We adore her! I love to sew for her and was feeling particularly motivated today.  Little Mister helped me pick out the fabric. The spiders on the purple fabric glow in the dark. How cool is that? So cool.

We gave the skirt to her a little early (today) and what a big hit! She loves it! Yes, I left the bottom edge unfinished with just a serge…it works for her, I swear!

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