Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Work....What Work?

The last few days might have been the most unproductive days, as far as sewing is concerned, in a long while.  And unfortunately, I think this is only the beginning, since the kid's sports are starting up again.  I guess the good thing about harsh winter weather is that you get to stay inside and sew....or break up fights between the kids!  Anyway, I don't have much to show that I haven't already talked about before, except for the mini Dwell that I started using scraps from my farmer's wife blocks.  I really like the Dwell pattern if you haven't already noticed from my Christmas and Valentine's versions.  Still debating on whether or not to make a Saint Patrick's Day version.   Anyway, Camille Roskelley somewhat recently released a mini version of the pattern.  I was trying to resist purchasing it since I don't really need to start anything new, but she has a 30% off coupon code this week for her pattern shop because of the Moda Spell It With Fabric Blog Hop.  So I caved. 
I haven't gotten far AT ALL! I just have three of the nine houses pieced, but it is tiny, so it shouldn't take long to finish.  And perhaps it will make me feel better about things not being so productive.  As I mentioned before, I am using my Hometown scraps (with a tiny bit of Reunion here and there) because I just can't get enough of it right now and I just purchased some Hometown labels from Sweetwater's Etsy shop that I as thinking of incorporating into the mini Dwell quilt somehow.  Perhaps as doors and windows...we will have to see!

This post is linked up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Friday, February 21, 2014

An Oliver + S Roller Skate Tunic Made With Palos Verdes Voile from Cloud 9

The only thing I was able to finish by today was the Goob's Roller Skate Tunic.  It turned out beautifully of course, as all Oliver + S patterns do.  This pattern only have two pieces and I love the constructions.  Plus it is fairly quick to put together.  I made the very basic version and even left the bow off of the front.  I made a 4T and then added an inch to the length, and it is perfect.  The Goob should be able to wear it for quite a while.  

I used the Malaga Cove print from the Palos Verdes voile collection by Cloud 9 Fabrics.  The Goob picked the print and I love how it turned out.  I think I should have payed a bit more attention to lining up the print at the seams but it isn't super noticeable.  She loves it though, so it's a score!
Thanks so much for stopping by.  This post is linked up with Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Palos Verdes Voile by A Creative Mint from Cloud 9 Fabrics: A WIP Wednesday Edition

The shop recently received some Palos Verdes voile from Cloud 9 and I am in love!  I just couldn't wait to make something with it, especially since I had been drooping over it months ago when I first saw a glimpse of it.  It has such beautiful colors and the fabric is so soft.
I decided to make a top for myself and then a top for the Goob.  For myself I am working on another Datura Blouse by Deer and Doe, but this time I am going to make the version with the Peter Pan-like collar.  I am pretty excited about this one.  My first Datura, had the triangle cutouts.  My favorite print from the Palos Verdes collection is the Abalone Cove, so I went with that one for my new Datura.
Then for the Goob's top I wanted to make the tunic version of the Oliver and S Roller Skate dress since I loved the construction of it so much when I made the Hello Petal version a couple of weeks ago.   I let her pick with of the four prints she wanted and she went with the Malaga Cove....she does LOVE pink!
I have also been trying to finish up a quilt I have literally been working on for around seven years!  Is that crazy?  I have nothing to compare it to really, but that is the longest for me.  It was the third quilt I started way back when Neptune by Tula Pink Honey Buns were on sale for around $18 on Ebay!  It will be such a relief and joy to finally get this one finished.  I just need to sew on the would think I would hop to it since I am so close, but perhaps I am subconsciously elongating it!  Who know?!?!  

Thanks so much for stopping by and this post is linked up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day Dwell and Moda Candy: A Finish It Up Friday Edition

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  It's funny because I do love the idea of Valentine's Day, the colors, and lets not forget the chocolate.  I mentioned on Wednesday that I was working on it and showed it to you, so I apologize for the repetition.  I did finished quilting and binding it though.  I went with some meandering lines with hearts on the background and then some other various free motion quilting on the houses.  The quilting isn't great but that is what I get for being in a hurry.  I went pretty minimal on the center house because I did not want to take away from the fabric, plus I might have been a little lazy as well!  
I also went scrappy on the binding because I thought it would look cute and I had some strips left over from piecing the houses that I wanted to use up.  I like how it turned out and I know I said it before but I am seriously loving my pieced heart on the middle house.
The only other holiday Dwell I have made for our wall is the Christmas version.  If you don't remember it, here it is.
Now I just need to make one for the next holiday, I guess that would be St. Patrick's Day.  That would be fun because my favorite color is green and I just got this fabulous green print from the Ruby collection by Bonnie and Camille.  Ah, the possibilities!
Lastly, I wanted to mention that we are giving away free Moda candy (mini charm pack) with each order $25 or more in our Etsy shop today for Valentine's Day!  
You can use the link at top of the right side of this post to take you to the Etsy shop and no coupon code is necessary.  Thanks for checking out my post today and I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day today and a wonderful weekend.

This post is linked up with Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Valentine's Day Wall Hanging: A WIP Wednesday Edition

For Christmas I made a wall hanging using the Dwell pattern from Camille Roskelley's book, Simply Retro. The plan was to then make one for every holiday/time of the year, so that there would always be one on the wall.  That said, I hadn't made any progress with them until now!  I made a Valentine themed one, but I still have to quilt it.
Considering Friday is Valentine's Day, I really probably should have made this sooner, but hey at least it is almost finished!
I did modify one of the blocks a little and added a heart instead of the pinwheel.  I love it!  Plus, the red Mochi dot and the ruby floral definitely help.
This post is linked up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress Using Hello Petal: A Finish It Up Friday Edition

For Kid's Clothing Week last week I managed to finish two dresses.  The first was the Fairy Tale Dress and the other was this Roller Skate Dress.

For the dress, I used the basic pink dot print from Aneela Hoey's new Hello Petal line.  I love this new line!  I especially love the dark navy prints.  Since the Goob is a REALLY big fan of pink, we went for the pink dot print for the dress and then I added one of the navy floral prints as the bow accents.  I did make the 4T for my new three year old.  It is a bit large on her, but I like to do that so that she can wear it much longer.
As for the pattern, it was great as usual, as Oliver and S patterns usually are.  I particularly liked the construction of this dress and the shape is so cute.  The directions were easy to follow and there were good diagrams for most of the steps.   The dress is lined which is also great so a sheer voile would work wonderfully with this pattern.  I am super excited to try some of the the new Palos Verdes voile from Cloud 9, which should be up in the shop sometime next week....yay!  I do love this dress so much and you can make a tunic version as well and I so want to make 10 more....but I must stay on track.
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you come back again soon!
This post is linked up with Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Beginning of My Farmer's Wife Quilt...'Bout Time!

I need another project like a hole in the head, however I have been planning this one ever since I saw Camille Roskelley's version over a year ago.  I originally wanted to make one using similar colors and fabric as Camille, but then I recently got my hands on some more Hometown fabric by Sweetwater and decided that it would be perfect! 
So, I want to make a king size version of the farmer's wife quilt which means that I would need 145 blocks, with 34 repeated.  Since I have so many other projects that I need to finish, I  decided I would make 12 block a month so that I should have all that I need by the end of the year.  They are pretty addictive though, which means I have already made 21 so I am doing pretty well so far at staying on track.  These blocks are great because they are small, 6" x 6," and I can cut the pieces while sitting at my three year old's table in the living room with her while she colors/plays.  I have been cutting a few at a time, laying them out on a piece of printer paper and then stacking them.  That way, I can take my stack up and sew them later.  Not really sure why this makes me so happy, but it does!
That was the first set of 12 for January, and below is the first nine of my February bunch.
I was going to include individual pictures of each of the blocks with the corresponding pages in the book, but then realized that would most likely be overkill.  So, I will just include a few below.

I just want to apologize for my photos.  I didn't get any taken when it was light out and my camera is very sick, so they are really bad.  Anyway, thanks for checking them out and I am hoping to stay on track and post at least once a month on the progress.

This post is linked up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.