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Mendocino…..finally

I am finally cutting into my Mendocino fabric!  I have all the prints from the line, I have been hoarding them for a few years.  I saw Rita and Faith make the most gorgeous modern looking paper pieced star and I knew what I wanted to do with my Mendocino :)  I found the book 50 Fabulous Paper Pieced Stars at my local library, but I do want to get a copy for myself soon.  This first block is called Virginia Star.

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I had a lot of fun with this one.  Love those swimming sisters :)

The second one is called Wyoming Star.

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This one is my favorite so far :)  I love the colors and love fussy cuts of the mermaids and animals.

I plan on just making lots of these until I have a nice sized top.  Doing these blocks doesn’t take much out of the beloved stash either since they are fussy cut.  You really only need a few pieces per block to showcase them.  It’s going to be a great scrap stash buster too.  Yay!

 

Wish.Do.GOOD.Stitches April

The blocks for April for the Wish.Do.GOOD.stitches were chosen to be modern disappearing nine patch.  They wanted two blocks this month.  These were fun to make.  I can’t wait to see them all together and be able to see the whole picture.  I love the color selection for these.

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PDX Bee

I have two months worth of PDX Bee blocks to show :)  The first one is for Ale was requested to be a star, any size and use all the fabrics at least once.  I decided to make a paper pieced star.  I got the free pattern from here.  She wanted a low volume background.  I love it.  Low volume is my new obsession.  It makes my heart swoon.

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The second block is for Megan.  She wanted an improv block using up her scrap stash.  She wanted any size, non square blocks using all the fabrics she gave us at least once.  This one worked my comfort zone a bunch.  I love improv but I have not done very much of it.  It is hard to not plan anything ahead of time and just go for it.

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I am loving this bee!  So fun to do something totally different every month.

Little Layette

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This is a little layette set I made for a friend.  She had a sweet baby boy about six months ago.  Yeah, I am super quick at things…….

The sweater pattern is called Sock Yarn Sweater and  the yarn is Malabrigo sock in colorway Cordovan.  You can see my project here.

The boots and bib are my own patterns.  The elephant fabric is from the Tim and Beck Bungle Jungle line for Moda. Other fabric is a generic stripe from Joann and Joel Dewberry now OOP.  The bib pattern is a freebie here on my blog. The boots are a pattern in my Etsy shop.  I really love how everything turned out.

Happy Saturday! :)

do.Good stitches

I made a quilting block for the first time in……forever.  I joined a waiting list for a charity quilting bee called do.Good stitches about a year ago and was just invited to join the WISH group this month :)  I am really excited, it is both my first quilting bee and also the first time I have ever paper pieced.

My good friends Jen and Amber helped me out in the fabric scraps and knowledge department.  It was so much fun to sew this block together!  The block comes from Freshly Pieced and is called Arkansas Traveler.

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Fabrics are Kona and various scraps.  It’s a great scrap buster block!  Doing this simple block has sparked my interest in sewing again.  I am dreaming of more blocks to come.  Happy weekend.

Seattle, you are the bomb….

Last month my friend Heather (House of A La Mode) invited me to tag along with her to Seattle to meet some dear online friends.  We took the trip last weekend and it was so much fun!  It was unreal to finally meet these wonderful girls who have been friends for so many years but never got to meet face to face.  It was a bit trippy to hear their voices!

Here is Heather and I when we finally made it to Seattle.  We were very happy to get out of the car and get coffee with Amber and her best friend Kelly  :)

Here are the ever lovely Katie (Sew Katie Did) and Amber (One Shabby Chick).  Amber came all the way from Hawaii on her way to Sewing Summit.  We went to an amazing place for dinner called Revel.  It was some of the best food I have ever had.  Ever.  So good.  Also, we were hooked up with Megan’s (Lucy and Norman) own husband’s wine!  It was incredibly delicious!

Here is Megan!  Hi Heather :)

After dinner we got to go to a little private partay over at Dry Goods with Keli.  It was hands down the cutest fabric store I have ever been in.  Such amazing selection there too.  Here are my goodies.

There is a lot of Liberty in there, some Anna Maria Horner, some Michael Miller, Alexander Henry and I wish I knew who made the fabulous linen diamonds.  While there I got to know the other girls I had never met before and couldn’t talk to at dinner.  I met Charise  who is totally hilarious and also majorly amazing at paper piecing.  I also met Krista.  She was cracking me up big time.  She is completely and totally amazing at both patchwork AND quilting.  Oh my gosh her quilting.  I also met Sandi who is beyond nice and also a talented quilter.

We stayed out much later than I am used to and I think I am still paying for it, but it was so much fun!  I hope we get to do it again real soon, girls.  Maybe next you guys can come to Portland ;)

Happy Wednesday!

Just Keep Sewing…..

Sewing, sewing.  That is my life when my life isn’t kid central.  The craft show is quickly approaching and I am making some progress!  Tonight I worked on some vintage sheet bias binding after going out for a delicious meal with my hubby :)  I bought one of those nifty bias tape maker doodads and it has made things go so much more quickly!  Imagine that ;)

I ordered the lovely vintage spool on Etsy and the vintage buttons were a thrifty craft store find.  Happy Monday! :)

What are you working on this week?

Accessorize – Baby Felt Bow Headband Tutorial

Whew!  It has been such a fun and full week!  My lovely parents came to visit all the way from Utah and left today, many tears were shed :(  While they were here I worked with my Mom pumping out tons of goodies for my only sister who is due with her first baby girl this winter.  One thing that is a must in my book is little bows :)  Really helps with the “Oh my, what a darling little boy” comments.  It also helps to dress up any outfit!  I love the look and feel of felt for these headbands.  I decided to write up a tutorial on the process!  Enjoy!  **Tutorial is for personal use only.  If blogged about, I would appreciate a shout out and possibly a link back here to the tutorial.  Thanks!

*If you don’t have the resources or time to make your own bows but need to get your hot little hands on a sweet everyday set, I have listed a classic colors set of 6 in my shop.

Supplies:

-felt (wool blend used) *Joann fabrics carries basic colors and Etsy is another great place to find wool blend and pure wool felts

-waxed beading thread.  This thread is thick like dental floss (you could use dental floss in a bind).  It is very strong and ideal for making bows and hair accessories.  I found mine at Walmart in the beading aisle. Linked up to Amazon.

-printable template PDF (please do not redistribute or copy, my own personal design)

-fabric scissors

-needle

-elastic (double fold used).  Find it here or here.

 

Step 1.

Cut felt pieces according to template.  Cut elastic.  Typically newborn babies head’s measure approx. 12.5″-13″, so cut elastic at 13.5″.  If making for older baby or child, measure their head first.  Add 1″ to the measurement to account for overlap.  Now is a good time to thread your needle.  Cut a long piece of beading thread and double it up knotting the ends together.

 

Step 2.

Fold 5″ piece of felt overlapping ends by about 1/2″ on each end as pictured.

Step 3.

Place folded felt piece on top of 3″ felt piece, centering it.  Set aside.

Step 4.

Making sure elastic isn’t twisted, overlap ends about 1/2″ on each end and hold in place.

Step 5.

Place felt pieces directly over the folded portion of the elastic, center the elastic in back of felt.  Hold with one hand in place.

Step 6.

With the knot starting on the top edge of the bow, make a running stitch (large stitch) and end with the thread on the upper side.

Step 7.

Pulling on thread, bunch up felt so that it creases along stitches.  Hold tight and begin wrapping thread around bow center tightly about 5-6 times (7a).  Turn over bow to back and run needle underneath wrapped thread.  This will create a loop with thread.  Send needle through the loop 3 times.  Pull needle slowly and create a tight knot at the base of bow. (7b)

Step 8.

Place a dab of glue (hot glue used) in front center of bow.  Adhere 1/2″ piece of felt to the glue, centered.

Step 9.

Glue down each end of the 1/2″ piece of felt around the back of the bow.  Trim ends if necessary if they are too long.

Step 10.

Trim the bottom 1″ layer of felt ends into v-shapes.  Try to keep them further out than the bow for the best look.

Step 11.

Use fray check on elastic ends to keep them from fraying or unraveling.  You are done!  YAY!

Now that’s a cute baby head! :)

I would love to see bows you make!  Come and enter them into the Flickr group!   

P.S. The boots my baby are modeling are made using my Ruffled Boots Pattern available in my shop!

 

 

 

 

 

To my dearest sister…..

Mom and I are very busy making lovely things for your little bundle while she is here visiting  :)  I can’t wait until she comes!  You will be such a fabulous Mommy.  I love you and miss you.  I am so excited that we get to share Mommyhood together.

Love,

Your sister Jaime

p.s. blog readers, I have a pattern in the works for the bib and I am planning to list the bib/shoe pattern bundle in my shop very soon :)

A Few Pattern Testers Needed!

I have gotten loads of requests for the pattern to the baby boots I made for Eleanor.  I have learned a lot of things trying to make this pattern.  Mainly, that pattern writing is hard!  Really hard.  I have also learned that these booties are really best for small babies.  I had dreams of making the pattern all the way up to 18-24 months, but the way they are designed is best for little wee ones.  So, I have a pattern for 0-3 and 3-6 months done.  I think that is all I am going to attempt.

I need some pattern testers!  I have tested them on Eleanor, but she is just one baby and before I list a pattern for sale I want to ensure that I have made it easy to understand and that the shoes are totally wearable and comfy for lots of different babies :)

I still need to work out a few kinks and make a final draft, this week should be plenty of time.  If you are interested in receiving the pattern for free in return of your mad sewing skills (you can be a beginner sewer too!  I want to make sure it is easy enough to follow for a beginner) and feedback, please contact me at sewshesews [at] gmail dot {com}.  I will be taking the first 5 people that contact me.  I really want testers that have a baby or know someone with a baby that can try them out for me.  I also need people who are able to sew the shoes within 2 weeks of receiving the pattern.  Thanks! :)

Have a great night!

 


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