Tuesday, March 31, 2015

tuesday takeover

Later this morning, I'm taking over the Moda Bake Shop on Instagram! I've got some sneaky peeks to share, as well as some other fun stuff. Hope you'll follow along @modabakeshop !


Sunday, March 22, 2015

dreaming big!

Spring break has flown by, with all my kids home (and a few extras at times!) and running them from place to place. I have been trying to sneak in a few minutes here and there to work on a new project - The Dream Big Applique Quilt by Jennifer Jangles!



It's a super fast and completely adorable applique pattern. And I do mean fast! OK, tracing out the pieces takes a little time, but it's one of those things you can do while doing something else, like watching a movie with your kids. That's what I did. (We watched Night at the Museum 3, and loved it!)

photo courtesy of Jennifer Jangles blog
Here's the pattern version - isn't it adorable!?! I love the fabrics she used (and designed!) called Bugapalooza, especially the wood grain for Daisy the Hedgehog. It's pretty much exactly the colors and prints I lean towards!

I thought about making a very girly version, with pinks and greys, but I decided to go with navy, red, grey, and aqua. No specifically girly or floral prints, so I think the end result is appropriate for a girl or a boy.


These prints are all from my stash and are a variety of designers and brands. Can you tell I love polka dots?! Chicken wire and gingham are also faves, I collect them in every color I find! I used Kona Ash for the background.



The stars need some accent stitching to make it pop, I think. I will probably hand stitch around each star with red thread to help them stand out. And I still need to stitch on Daisy the Hedgehog's smile :) I may play around with some of the decorative stitches on my machine when I stitch the edges of the letters.



I am kind of at a loss for quilting ideas. I want to do this one myself, but I am basically a straight line quilter. I'm thinking about trying echo quilting around the letters? Will that look ok on the backside? I haven't chosen a backing fabric yet, but I'm leaning towards the red gingham for binding. How would you quilt it?

I hope you like my version! I rarely make the same quilt twice, but I am already thinking about making a 2nd one of these! I think the hedgehog would make a fun pillow too. If you want to make your own, the pattern is available over at Jennifer Jangles!

You should also check out her bunny applique pattern - so cute for spring!
Thanks for stopping by! Now, go sew something!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

more bitty blocks

 

Have you been sewing along with the Quiltmaker's Bitty Blocks? March's block is this sweet little 3" house! Super fast and easy, and a great use for leftover jelly roll strips!



February's Bitty Blocks were tiny baskets! 1.5" HST - don't be scared, hey, if I did it so can you! They actually went together easily, although I made my HST blocks slightly bigger and trimmed them to size. Ain't nobody got time for 7/8" nonsense. lol I have several more of these to make.

They also shared some layout ideas for us, in case you're one of those quilters who likes to see the big picture! There are several sizes to choose from, or get creative and design your own!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Spring Break Sewing!


I am excited to have another kids class coming up! The pillowcase classes we did last summer were a lot of fun, and I have had several people ask when we'll do another one. It is hard to find (free) space and enough machines to allow us to have very many children in a class. (And I don't like to charge a fee, figuring that the kids already have to buy their fabric.)

We are going to make drawstring backpacks, and I am still working out the details (also known as experimenting on my own kids!) I have to make sure they can complete the project in 3 hours or less, and that the instructions are pretty simple to follow. And decide if I want to tackle grommets with these kiddos, or opt for simple tabs. That is today's task, after I go to work for a bit. We've got a school group coming in to choose fabrics for their class. I get to take my son Sawyer along, just another reason why I love my (very part time) job!

It kind of makes me laugh that I cut off my star points in my sign. Not that I EVER do that in my quilt blocks! haha!


If you're local, call right away to reserve your child's spot. I checked on Friday and the class only had 3 spots left! Happy sewing!

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