Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

So, in the move I realized the girls pumpkins for trick-or-treating is in storage, somewhere.  Since I am still slightly traumatized over the move AND I despise the storage unit, I decided I wasn't about to go over there digging through stuff in hopes to find the $1.00 pumpkins.  Nor was I about to buy another TWO MORE! So, Robot Husband suggested making them bags.  Well duh.  Of course!  They take up much less space than those stupid pumpkins AND I don't have to go to the storage unit. Score!  That man of mine is a genius. ;)

So, I just ran to JoAnn's and bought some Halloween fabric.  I don't ever buy fabric from JoAnn's, but since these are just for bags, and they did have some cute selections, I caved.  Oh, and I had like 3 50% off coupons.  I'm a sucker for a coupon people.

The lady in front of me had a cart full of pretty much all of the Halloween fabric, but I managed to grab these before she got her mitts on all of them.  Robot Child #2 wanted the bats on hers, Robot Child #1 was less demanding.  The bats are also inside.  These will work nicely tonight for some trick-or-treating fun!  And yah, this is the extent of my holiday sewing.  Wink.

Well, I'm off to the Kindergarten parade.  :)

Hope you all have a Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Feeling Accomplished

Yesterday I whipped up these paper dolls (Fabric Dolls as Robot Child #1 insists upon calling them).   Honestly friends, it wasn't difficult.  Probably the easiest thing I've ever made.  NO sewing required!  These come as a fabric print, by Windham fabrics, the Cowboy collection.  A lot of cutting and ironing, but pretty easy!

You iron the dolls and the horses onto that thick Pellon stuff, that's bumpy.  Iron both sides, stick another piece of fabric on the back to sandwich them.  This makes them sturdy.


Daisy Meadows and her pony Charlotte
Then, take the clothes and painstakingly patiently cut them out, iron them onto double sided fusing paper of your choice and then stick on some flannel on the backside.
I cut the tags off because they honestly didn't make sense to me.  Once ironed and 'flannelized' (made up my own word there), they don't fold over and just look dumb sticking up.  The flannel sticks them to the dolls anyway-so what's the point?
I did learn a few things along the way on these that helped in making them.  If anyone is interested in making these and you'd like a tutorial, let me know!

Voila!  You have a happy little set of Cowgirls and boys and their ponies, ready to take over the Wild West!
My girls have played with them all day today.  It was very fun listening to the drama that ensued in the Western desert.   There was a lot of  'Hoe Downs' and wardrobe changes. ;)

Pretty in Patchwork
Up next, I finished binding this quilt last week and finally popped it in to the wash for that lovely vintage crinkly quilty feel I covet.

Quilt on a Staircase anyone?

How was your weekend?
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Monday, October 7, 2013

Posy Park

Oh, that Aneela Hoey has done it to me again.  I am not sure why, but when Posy came out, I glanced at it and walked away.  Then I had the chance to see it and play with it up front and personal.  Hello, this is adorable fabric.  I'm not sure why it didn't catch my eye the first time I saw it.

I didn't know what to do with it though.  I got a FQ bundle and just stared at it.  Waiting for inspiration to strike.  Lately I've just been making up patterns as I go...this is one of those examples.

Then I ran out of the cream print with the little girls reading.   I nearly cried.  I couldn't find anywhere online that had it and certainly none of my LQS had it....until I drove way past my boundaries of where I normally shop, and found some, in the back tucked away, patiently waiting for me.  I snatched it up and ran as some ladies were hovering over it.  Too bad ladies!  ;)

 I also snatched up the mint green print.  ♥  I think it's my favorite.

Gratuitous binding shot

I love how it turned out and I am also glad my LQS had the prints, waiting just for me.  ♥

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Mine, all mine

I jumped on board the selfish sewing train and made this quilt, (oh and another one) for me.  All me! Muwahahahaha.  I missed the deadline to join in the fun, but I'm still posting it.  It's all about me, right?

Baby Jane Churn

Made entirely out of Baby Jane and a coordinating mint green solid (Aqua, Bella Solid by Moda).  I used the Missouri Star churn dash tutorial on using a layer cake.  I still have 1/2 a cake left!!  Woohoo!  This is throw size, perfect for me.  This was super easy, and no waste!  Even better.

I mixed it up a little, using a solid background on two of the blocks.  It fits my 'modern-traditional' style to a T.  A little bit of old and a little splash of new. :)

It's no surprise that I ♥ a good text print, but this one had me at the little quotes...I especially love this one. 'Live the life you love, love the life you live'. ♥
Yup.  Enough said.


Yummy binding

You can find me here....relaxing in the cool evenings with my very own quilt.  ♥  Oh, and um, my other 'very own' quilt, is coming soon...I have two quilts stacked and ready for you might find me snuggled up under those.  ;)

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