Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Scrappy Stars Coming Home

Hey yall! Today, I'm bringing home my guest post that I shared for my friend, Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts.
My daughter, Reagan, recently started at preschool! This, of course, meant that a new quilt was needed! I had so much fun making a scrappy quilt for her, relying on a simple star block and colorful prints for visual impact.
I made this quilt entirely from fabrics in my stash - and mostly from charm squares. There are a ton of Lizzy House Pearl Bracelets because I had a ton of the bricks (5 inch by 10 inch) from a swap a while back. I used various low volume prints for the star backgrounds, and bound it in a black and white stripe that I had in my stash. For the backing, I used Lotta Jansdotta's Mormor Whirl in Rubine - my mom had ordered it and didn't really like it, so we traded fabrics! It worked perfectly for the backing on this. Especially paired with Sarah Jane's Pretend border print.
It's a HST star block that measures about 10 inches. I say about because I wasn't perfectly exact on this one. I didn't use a tutorial or anything for this block - I just put together my charm squares and used the trick of sewing all the way around the edges to yield four HSTs, and set to work. It actually came together very quickly!
I quilted this in straight line grids using the squares as my guide. I used a soft pink Aurifil thread, and it just sank into the quilt. You can hardly tell that it's pink - but if you look really really closely, you can. Its one of my favorite ways to quilt.
Reagan thought it was great fun that daddy was holding up her school quilt!! She kept wanting to play peek a boo with him!!
I love how scrappy this quilt is and how playful it is! Reagan already seems to be enjoying it, and I love that she has something special from Mommy at school with her!

To me, this quilt is all about the patchwork. The play on colors combined with the simple block design makes for a comfortable, vibrant quilt. I could stare at it for hours - and each time I think I have a favorite block, I change my mind again! I guess that's the beautiful of patchwork.
I'd love to have yall come stop by Sew Happily sometime! :) Thanks again, Jennifer, for having me!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Sewing Studio & Inspiration

Hey yall!! We bought our first home recently, and with that comes all sorts of fun things! One part of the new house that I am especially excited about is the frog- because it's my sewing room!! Hubby was kind enough to let me have as much of it as I want - with the thought that it'll probably have a small sofa and sitting / playing space with it.

So, that means I'm trying to figure out what I'd like my sewing space to look like. I've been looking at Pinterest and different sewing bloggers to get some ideas. I've also been thinking hard about some of the features I'd like to have in my space.

Here's my wishlist so far -
Can yall think of anything I'm missing from my wishlist?

Here's a few photos of some spaces that really WOW me and which I plan to utilize in planning my space.
I've been pinning photos to my Sewing Studio board! There are so many amazing sewing studios out there. How many of you have sewing studios or a dedicated sewing room? How did you decide to decorate it?
Follow Rachel Booth's board Sewing Studio on Pinterest.

So many choices! Good thing I'm not in a huge rush to settle on something. :) Take care, yall!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Desert Rose Dress in Blue

Hey yall! Today, I wanted to share with yall another Desert Rose Dress by Caila Made. I'm definitely one of those sewists that makes up multiple versions of the same pattern, usually all at the same time.

Today's dress is again made using a combination of fabric types. I've used a mint seersucker for the bodice, Bonnie and Camille polka dots in quilting cotton, and a voile by Lisel of Oliver + S for Joann Fabrics. I LOVE blue and mint on Reagan - they are perfect colors on her.
I've made two different versions of the Desert Rose Dress- my first version of the dress which was sewn as written in the pattern - and today's version.  I mostly made this one the same as the purple one but did a few things different. I added pockets to the front, used two buttons instead of one, and made the ruffle LINED.
Reagan has worn this dress so much this summer - I honestly think that its one of her favorites because it's so soft and she totally loves the pockets!! Take care yall!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Desert Rose Dress Pattern Release

Hey yall! I know I shared with yall that I was selected to pattern test for the very sweet Caila of Caila Made! I knew that Caila was super sweet through a friend of a friend, Vanessa at Designs by Sessa. I was THRILLED when Caila picked me to help pattern test for her first girls' pattern - the Desert Rose Dress.
I cannot say enough great things about this dress pattern!

First of all, I'm a fan of PDF patterns because they are super easy to work with. You print the pages you need, keep the rest on your tablet, and you are good to go! Caila wrote this pattern so that it is really easy to read on a tablet. There are large photos with very clear, simple directions. This makes is easy on the eyes!

Secondly, she thinks of all the little extras in this pattern. Right from the get go, there's a personal touch to start off the pattern... and along every step of the way, Caila adds tips and tricks to help you achieve that polished look.
Third, the design on this dress is so modern and sweet. I love that it's utterly perfect for summertime, and yet, I can see this layered up in the fall and wintertime too.
I used three different fabrics to make this dress-  the purple linen looking fabric is actually a polyester fabric that I purchased in the remnant bin at Joanns, the white is Kona white cotton, and the funky triangles is actually from a handtowel from Anthropologie.
This was my first go at the pattern and I adore how it turned out! Be sure to go check out Caila's first pattern! Take care yall!

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