Monday, July 6, 2015

Love Bird Dress Pattern Review

This morning I'm glad to announce that Amanda Kaufman of Mandy K Designs has sewn up one of my patterns and written a review.  It's posted on the Betties Blog today.  I hope that you will stop over and check it out. I don't want to spill the beans too much, but Amanda put her own unique twist on her finished dress and I love the results!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Scrap Attack Quilt Progress And A Bit Of Randomness

I finished up the last of the 36 blocks needed for this little quilt last weekend.  Now it's paper peeling time.  Picking the paper off of the back of paper pieced blocks is not my favorite activity. Hopefully it will be tempered by some TV watching at the same time.  

I feel as though I hardly even made a dent in my scraps, though.  How is it even possible that I still have this many strings left over?  Just for reference, the drawer that they are in is approximately  18 inches by 22 inches by about 6 inches deep.  I told you all that I have a huge task in front of me to tame these scraps by the end of summer.  Here's the proof.

I'm considering joining my friend Amanda over at Crazy Mom Quilts for her Scrap Vortex quilt along.  Her use of scraps is really phenomenal and always inspires me to try something new.  I have used her slab piecing method before with tiny scraps and it really turns out awesome.

I used that method on a pillow I made for my niece's birthday a couple of years ago.  I took an "anything goes" approach to it and I was really pleased with the results.

Monday, June 1, 2015

"The Summer of Scraps"- Using it All Up

Above is a new - old scrap project that I have been working on.  I made just three of these blocks about a year ago and then got busy with other projects and kind of just set it aside.  Last weekend I was feeling inspired to sew, but didn't know what to work on so I started going through the UFO's in my sewing room, of which there are no lack, and remembered this little gem.  I have a friend expecting a baby in the fall and the gender is unknown, so I thought maybe this might be a good project for a gift for her new little one.   Each block is taking me about an hour to sew up, so this is not going to be a big quilt because I just don't have that kind of patience.  Thirty six blocks for a 36X36 baby quilt is probably all I'm going to be able to deal with.  I am LOVING it so far, so it has made the fact that it is so time consuming more bearable.  That, and the fact that I don't have any other really pressing projects at the moment begging for my sewing time.  I still have 12 more blocks to go which will probably take another weekend or two for me to complete.  I don't have a lot of sewing time during the week, I might catch an evening here or there, but my sewing happens primarily on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

As I have been working on this project I have come to realize that my scrap situation is really out of control and I REALLY need to do something about it. What you see above is only a small fraction of what lurks in my sewing room.  In response, I have declared this "The Summer of Scraps".  I'm going to really try, this summer, to make a dent in these scraps and I thought maybe my readers might like to join along.  I know I'm not the only one out there with lots of scraps.

If you'd be interested in joining a link party once a week, comment below and I will get it set up.  I'd love to see what you are all working on!  Maybe we can encourage each other to get creative and use up what we have hiding in drawers and boxes and bins.

Until next time, Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Aspiring Desginer's Challenge

Hello all!
I'm excited to be participating in the Swhetty Betties' Aspiring Designer Challenge this week.
Please check out the posts at Pattern Revolution and the Betties' Blog.

I'm also excited to not only be launching the Trumpet Flower Dress today, but also my new website!  Stop by and check both out as well as my other patterns.

The Trumpet Flower dress pattern for girls 2-6 will be on sale for $4.00 US through Memorial Day, Monday May 25.

I'll leave you with lots of pictures.

Photos by Pawinee Dodson

Photos by Jen Balliff
Photo by Laura Manning

 Photos by Linda Lehn and Phoebe Garrett

 Photos by Alyssa Carrion

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Busy, Busy, Busy...

I'll bet you were wondering where I have been.  I apologize for the lack of posts as of late.  I have been working on a new pattern that is due to be released soon.  I've been ironing out fit issues and redrafting and redrafting... but... here's a little sneak peek.  We are still working on a fit issue in the neck... but I'm loving this skirt!

I give you "The Trumpet Flower Dress".

The dress is inspired by one of my childhood memories.  I remember playing with trumpet flowers in my cousin's back yard in Alabama one summer.  Turning them upside down and pretending that they were ballerinas.  I wanted to create a skirt that was reminiscent of that.  This pattern is due to be released before the end of the month.  More on that later.

I've also been working on a new website.  I have a bit more work to do there before it is ready to go, but it is inching along.  Once it is up and running I will be closing my Big Cartel shop.  I just won't need both and the new site will be more full featured.

I'd love to know what has been keeping you busy!
Until next time, Happy Sewing!

Monday, May 4, 2015

How To Tie the Perfect Sash Bow

Have you ever worked hard on a dress for your little princess only to struggle with the sash bow in the back?  Does it ALWAYS turn sideways no matter what you do?  Well struggle no more.... Here's how to do it.

While working at the department store that I worked in 20+ years ago in Illinois, I often had to re-tie sashes on dresses that came untied for whatever reason.  I learned that tying a sash bow is a little different than tying your shoes.  At first it felt all backward and upside down, but I soon got the hang of it.

1.  Place the right hand side of the tie over the left.

2.  Take it under the left hand side and back over the top again.

3. With the left hand side, make a loop with the end of the sash toward you and the loop bent back toward the left side.

4.  Place the right hand side over the loop.

5.  Pull a loop of the right hand side up behind the left hand loop.

6. Tighten it up and there you have it.

Pretty simple really.