Teaser

I’ve finally finished a runner that had been sitting around for a while. All it needed was some hand stitching to finish the binding, but I just kept ignoring it. But it’s finally done!

I haven’t been able to get any good full-length pictures yet, but I couldn’t wait to post a couple close-ups. This is a reversible autumn/Christmas runner with a chevron design.

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The front uses Kate & Birdie Paper Company’s Autumn Woods fabric collection in 2 rows of chevrons with white in between and a border of patterned brown. (This might sound familiar because I used fabric from the same collection for this skirt.) This was my second attempt at chevrons, the first of which ended  disastrously. This time, I was much better about matching up all my squares, and it turned out beautifully.

I quilted on the colored chevrons so it makes a great subtle pattern on the back, which is made of a bunch of Christmas fabric strips of varying widths.

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I love how this one turned out. Once I manage to get some good pictures, it’ll be up in the shop.

Elves at Work

I realize it’s not even Halloween yet, but, yes, I’m already looking towards the holidays.

I wanted to make some items for the shop, first of which is a stocking in wool felt – just simple and classic. A friend gave me tons of Christmas fabrics to work with, and I whipped up a prototype.

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I used 20% wool felt, which is softer than the 100% acrylic kind, yet still affordable. The stocking has a fold over cuff with hanger, and stitched fabric accents on the heel and toe. The body is sewn together with a decorative overedge stitch in contrasting thread.

I plan to add the option for a big initial on the body too. With Christmas items I want them to be ready to ship, so I’ve started making up a few, but you know how life goes – with sewing just as a side hobby, there are always plenty of other things that come first. Hopefully, I’ll have some stockings up in the shop soon.

But speaking of Halloween, what are you dressing up as this year? Hubs and I haven’t really decided yet, but it might just be a repeat of a year past. I guess it just depends on how much time I have to work on costumes.

Do you have any cheap and easy costume ideas to share? Are you already looking forward to the holidays?

Anticipation

We’re past the unofficial start of fall, and just weeks away from the official start. I am ready for pumpkin spice, chili, bonfires and boots. To welcome the change of weather I’m adding a few seasonal items to the shop this month. The first is a girl’s skirt featuring a lovely fabric in persimmon pink with an off-white forest silhouette from Moda’s Autumn Woods collection by Kate & Birdie Paper Co.

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The skirt has a 2″ enclosed elastic waistband with an attached sash, and will fit a young girl, sizes 4 to 6.

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Up close you can see the cute details of the forest life. This sweet little skirt will transition well from summer to fall – just add tights or leggings. Though the days are growing shorter and darker, this delightful skirt will keep your fall cheery and bright .

Rainbow Inspiration

There’s been a lull with new items in the shop because I’ve been working on a baby quilt. I had put my quilting aside to work on the little girl outfits, but now I’ve decided to finish up this quilt top that had been sitting partway done for a while.

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I used the Sunnyside by Kate Spain charm squares that feature lots of cute clouds, raindrops, and flowers, along with some colorful abstract designs. With the theme of rain and it’s produce, I thought a display of the squares in a rainbow pattern just made sense, and ties the whole piece together.

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It turned out with a nice design from afar, and lots of interesting detail to be seen in each square up close.

It’s always fun to get the quilt sandwich put together – now that it has some body and fullness it’s like the quilt has life. I’m in the middle of binding, which is why it looks uneven – half of it isn’t sewn down. It takes a while because I do the binding by hand, but I like the change from working on my machine. I can sit and talk with hubs, and take it anywhere with me. It’ll be off to the shop soon.

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Don’t forget about the giveaway! There’s still time to enter

Celebration Giveaway

Giveaway is now closed. Keep an eye out for more to come.

I’ve made my first Etsy sale! So to celebrate, let me give you something.

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The lucky winner gets these 2 fat quarters. At first I talked myself out of buying these, but had to go back because they’re just too cute to pass up, especially the little blue birds. And don’t worry if you’re not a sewer – there are plenty of other ways to use these.

If you need some ideas, check out these websites:

There are tons of tutorials and projects out there to get you started. I especially like the box bag and, for you non-sewers, the fabric covered cork board.

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Want to collect these for your own stash? Just leave a comment saying what you would make with them. A winner will be randomly selected and announced here on July 18. Giveaway closes July 17 at midnight.

Give a Little Twirl

As I’ve been working on my baby/toddler skirts, I decided I wanted to tweak my pattern and add a little something to make it more interesting. And what’s better than a sweet little twirly skirt?

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I don’t often change patterns, but I got the itch to experiment. I took my basic elastic waistband skirt and added a flounce to the bottom half. This design keeps the top portion straight and simple, and gives the bottom just a touch of body and fullness. I was so delighted with how this turned out I might need to make an adult version for myself.

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I’ve paired the skirt with a big bow headband for another lovely little outfit.

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Just that one little tweak to the skirt really makes a difference. This will be perfect for your girly-girls. This outfit is now in the shop, and is available in any of the other skirt fabrics.

Flying Bunnies Fabric

 

 

I love finding whimsical fabrics to work with, like this adorable one.photo
One reason I enjoy making kids clothing and quilting is you can use unique, cutesy fabrics, like this one, that you wouldn’t use in adult items.

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Anything with bunnies is a winner.

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And here’s a big, sturdy bow to top it off. Available in multiple sizes, and pick your elastic color, now at the shop.