Friday, April 10, 2015

Zip Zip Zippers

Hey yall!! Does anyone else ever have just a short amount of time at their sewing machine - and you just want to finish something? Some days, I only have a few minutes to sew and create.... and I find it harder to pull out those bigger projects on those days.

With a couple of swaps coming up, I have been wanting to practice making some fun zipper pouches to send along with my main swap items. I used this tutorial by See Kate Sew as my starting point for both of these pouches.
For the first pouch, I used the same measurements that Kate suggests - even though I had to trim up my pretty patchwork blocks. While I LOVE how it looks, its pretty lightweight and I am not sure how long it will hold up. I'm using it in my purse to hold all my lip glosses, etc. that I seem to collect.
The patchwork blocks are only on one side - I used the Raspberry Kiss block from Wooden Spoons Quilts. I adore this block and will probably end up using it several more times!
When I made the second pouch, I made a few modifications to it, and I am really pleased with how this one turned out. It's much sturdier and I think it will probably be better suited for daily use.
I used the Simple Heart block by Cluck Cluck Sew for both the front and back of this pouch. I choose to keep the pouch the same size as the block - although I did end up trimming it down just a smidge. I love how this block has a frame for the heart - and around Valentine's Day, I saw several really cute projects using this block. I have a few ideas in mind that I'm adding to my "someday sew" list!
The biggest change I made to the zipper pouch (aside from changing the size) was that I added interfacing to my pouch. I used Pellon SF 101 and interfaced each outer panel as well as each lining panel. It really makes this little pouch sturdy! I think when I make some for my upcoming swaps, I will probably only interface the outer panels.... that might be a happy medium.
This might be my new favorite thing to sew! They are a quick sew and such a fun way to play around with fabric!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Easter Memories

We really enjoyed celebrating Easter with our Reagan this year! It was her first time dying Easter eggs - and she had such a blast! We kept it pretty simple with her, and I'm glad we did. It was just right! 

We did a kit for the dye, and just used the pastel level (where you dissolve the tablets with water instead of vinegar). She loved putting the eggs into the dye.... I think she had the most fun watching the eggs spin in the colored water. Her first color pick was the orange!
On Sunday, we did our Easter egg hunt after church - and she had so much fun! My brother hid the eggs out back, and she was really quick to find most of the 11 eggs. She only needed some pointing for a couple of the eggs. After she found them all, Reagan wanted to hide them again so she could find them! It was so adorable!

We are so blessed by this vivacious little girl! 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter Joy Dress

Happy Easter to all of you!! I hope that you had a wonderful holiday celebration with family - and with a focus on the real reason for this special day.... the resurrection and hope of our Lord Jesus Christ!  We were fortunate enough to celebrate with both of our families with an Easter dinner on Saturday night! While we didn't get a lot of pictures with both families, we did get some great pictures of Reagan in her new Easter dress!
When Violette Field Threads put out one of their new 2015 spring patterns, I couldn't resist! I absolutely LOVE this dress pattern! Reagan's Easter dress is fittingly from the JOY pattern. I made a 3T straight from the pattern - and didn't make any modifications. Next time, I will probably add some additional button holes on the back strap to make it a little easier to get on and off for Reagan.

I used a combination of four different fabrics for this dress:
a purple linen from my stash
Cotton and Steel basics for the straps
Heather Ross Far and Away Unicorn in the purple print
V and Co Simply Style yellow and white print
She loved her new dress - she has been wanting to wear it for quite some time. I love that she is so into looking girly and wearing dresses! She had so much fun twirling in it!
Happy Easter!

Friday, April 3, 2015

ALYOF: April Goal

A Lovely Year of Finishes 
Hey yall! I'm back again to link up to A Fiber of All Sorts and Bittersweet Designs fun linky party called "A Lovely Year of Finishes". Each month, you start out at the beginning of the month listing a project (or projects) that you hope to complete prior to the end of the month. Then, at the end of the month, you share that (ideally) completed project. It sounds like a great way to be kept aiccountable!

This month, since baby Alex will be joining us, I think that my only goal will be to finish up my Allison Glass mini for the AG Mini Quilt Swap that I am participating in.
Right now, I have 1 of my 9 blocks completed with all of the fabrics cut for the rest of the blocks. These blocks are 6 inch blocks - I'm using Don't Call Me Betsy's Icicle Star paper pieced pattern for this mini quilt.
It's a lot of fun to paper piece but definitely a little more time consuming!
Go here to see what everyone else is sewing up this month!
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