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Last month my oldest turned 10. TEN! Hard to believe ten years have passed since she was a little tiny sweet baby. She is a great girl and into style and trends and all things bright and beautiful (like most 10 year olds!). I made this Half Square Triangle quilt for her gift and it is a big hit. It is similar to this picnic blanket I made last year.
I used this technique to cut my HSTs and I used bella solds from Bloomerie fabrics. The fabric was wonderful and the colors were so bright and bold. It was exactly what I wanted. The fabric colors I used were zen grey, amelia orange, peacock, peony, purple and buttercup. I ordered a 1/2 a yard of each of the six fabrics and then cut the 1/2 yards into 18'' squares that were cut down into the 8 HSTs. I used the extra 6'' strips to make squares to mix in and fill empty spots.
Although I shopped and shopped online for the backing and binding, I ended up just going to Joann fabrics so that I could make sure that the colors matched. I knew that I wanted something with a bold print for the backing and this cute peacock fabric worked great. Also, the polkadot orange for the binding was fine. I would have preferred a stripe but I just couldn't find one I liked at Joann's so this had to work!
Below is my poor attempt at the classic outdoor photo of the quilt floating in the air~
The colors are wierd and the photo quality is poor since my fancy new camera still baffles me sometimes. But at least you can see how all the squares fit together. Although it was my intention to put it together randomly, I still paid attention to mixing colors and letting some triangles and squares block together. I really liked how modern it felt in the end.
Quilts are a challenge! The biggest challenge for me is how time consuming they are and also the actaully quilting. It's a pain to wrangle all that fabric on my machine. But this half square triangle type is a simple and fun construction and a twin size is not too hard on your regular home machine. Making a quilt always makes me admire quilters who create complicated tops and the even more complicated quilting patterns!
There is a love affair happening at our house. The relationship between a boy and his dog is powerful and adorable. Our puppy is now 7 months old and this is as close as Cal is getting to a brother...
That is a stalk from a brussel sprout plant from last year's garden they are playing with! See all those soccer balls in the yard? They even play soccer together. These photos also show how lush spring is here and although the winter was long and awful, this spring is glorious! Having a puppy at our house has been wonderful and terrible at the same time. Here, on this blog of happy times, we only share the wonderful becuase that is how we want to remember things, right?
Today is the last day of the Sew Fab Sale! Yes, your last chance to get this fantastic bundle of patterns for only $29.95. That means only about $1.50 per pattern! For today, I made the Big Tote Bag Pattern by Autumn Street Patterns. This is going to be so useful! I love it already.
It's no surprise that with 4 kids in age from 10 down to 18 months, I have to carry around a bunch of stuff. Espeically on weekends when I have to haul them all around to sports, piano, gymnastics, etc. This bag can hold a blanket to sit everyone on, snacks, water bottles, toys, money for the concession stand, suncreeen, baseball and glove, and there is still space!
All that functionality and it looks cute on your shoulder too! I even had to wash it since after I had it at the soccer field for about 2 seconds, coffee was spilt all over it. It still looks great after a quick wash, dry and iron. Awesome.
This fabric is from a table cloth my neighbor gave to me. I love how it looks like wedgewood china. So cool!
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I sewed up the Norah Dress by Welcome to the Mouse House for Miss Marion and she looks so so sweet! This pattern is another great one in the Sew Fab Bundle. I loved how easily it came together and how nice it looks on my girl.
The dress is lined only on the top which was really nice for the finish but kept it from being too heavy as fully lined dresses can sometime become. Also, the back closure is a simple button and loop which looked great! I can finally do a decent button hole but appreciate avoiding the process if possible!
I added 2 little white buttons under the collar fo some extra interest since my dress fabric was so simple. I love how sweet and nostalgic this turned out! The norah dress is a wonderful staple to have in your patterncollection. It doesn't use too much fabric, it's easy to assemble, and it produces a lovely dress. Hurrah!
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More sew fab bundle sewing over here! This one is actually for my mom for mother's day so I made it last week to get it in the mail in time. I think it will be a really useful gift for her. Have you checked out all the patterns in the sew fab bundle? It really is a great collection at an amazing value.
This pattern is the Leather Accent Fold Over Pouch by Vanessa of LBG studio. It's a great staple to have in your collection since it is both sylish and super simple. Love that! The pattern is easy to follow and well done. I like that she includes pattern pieces to print out but also has the measurements in case you don't want to print them out.
I used Dear Stella fabric from the Piper line. I love all the fabrics in that collection! For the lining I just used a fairly heavy cream duck cloth/ canvas. The leather accents are from a hand me down pair of suede maternity pants that I have had for years. Yes- I once wore some suede maternity pants because I am cool like that!
It's a nice size too- not too small or too big. Just right for your wallet, phone and some lip gloss. Perfect! You can easily make this as a gift or to match a special outfit in about an hour and 1/2.
Have you bought your bundle yet??? Head over to my original blog post for all the details and to enter the awesome sew fab giveaway! Or click below to get your bundle now.
Another adorable pattern that is part of the Sew Fab Bundle is this Doll, Carrier & Blankie from Patchwork Posse. This pattern called out to me and said "Gingercake must sew this!" and I loved it. I used some Get Together fabric by David Walker for the baby body and AnnKelle fabrics for the handles, blanket and carrier. It was really easy to add the pom poms and I think it made a really cute addition!
Little Miss Marion loves it too. She immediately picked up the baby and said "nigh nigh baby" and cuddled it to her shoulder. She is a baby doll lover already. Her oldest sister was the same way- all about the baby dolls. Her other sister is more into things like her new robot (but that is a whole other story!).
Marion immediatley took the blanket off and pushed it back on and held the baby and then put the baby back in the carrier again. And round and round like all 18 month olds, right? I had to gently sneak it away from her though because this baby was actually a gift to a super sweet 1 year old cousin. I will happily make my baby another one though!
My favorite part of making this was sewing that sweet face. The sew fab sale is still going strong! Check out my original blog post with the info on all the patterns and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post.
This simple and sweet pattern is part of the Sew fab pattern bundle that I am promoting this week. Read all about the bundle details here. I really loved making this fun (I learned some new tricks too!) and easy pattern. I made it during a naptime with extra time to spare...
TooSweets did a great job designing this pattern. It is simple and straightforward and I love Miss Marion's new top!
This is just one of the several things I sewed from the bundle that I will be sharing this week! I used Leah Duncan's Tule line from Art Gallery fabrics. Art Gallery fabrics are wonderful for garmet clothing since they are lighter and softer than many of the quilting cottons out there.
It was really fun to make this fully lined garmet that involved not one bit of hand sewing! Well, with the exception of the button, but you could do a snap and completely avoid getting out your needle and thread. That is one problem with lined garmets for me- having to handsew in that lining to get a nice finish is always a drag, right?
And, she's running out the door! Obviously the end of our photo shoot :) Get your sew fab bundles while they last!
AND- don't miss out on those amazing giveaways!
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It's that time of year again… time for the original pattern bundle sale, The Sew Fab Pattern Sale! I'm so excited to announce this season's pattern bundle to you today. The excitement has been building over the last few weeks, and today it's finally available. Nineteen incredibly talented pattern designers, some who are very well known in their field and some who are quickly making a name for themselves, have come together to bring you a great bundle of patterns that will take you through the spring and summer. For one week only, you can have nineteen patterns (plus a fun bonus pattern), chosen specifically for this sale, for only $29.95! That's over 80% off the retail value of the bundle! Plus you can enter to win one of two amazing sewing themed giveaways!
For less than $30 you get a library of sewing resources that
you can use over and over again.
If you’ve never sewn with a PDF pattern before, let me tell you how great it is! After downloading your pattern, you will print out the pattern itself, creating pattern tiles, if you will. Simply tape the tiles together to create the full pattern! At that point you can cut out the size that you need and pin the paper pattern directly to your fabric, or you can trace the pattern size that you need onto sewing paper or tracing paper and cut it out, saving the paper pattern for later when you need to sew another size. PDF patterns are so convenient because you can print them out as many times as you need!
A collection of 19 PDF Patterns from 19 well-known and up and coming designers are instantly accessible to you by PDF download upon purchase of the Sew Fab Pattern Bundle. Imagine all of the combinations that you can put together with this bundle of patterns, with many transitioning to fall and winter as well! Here are the patterns that you will receive (click on the links below the collage for more information about each pattern.):
New this year is the Sew Fab Pattern Tour! Some of our favorite sewing bloggers will be sharing their versions of the Sew Fab patterns on their blogs this week, so be sure to check in with them throughout the week of the sale to see how versatile these patterns are! Here are the stops on the pattern tour…
This Sew Fab Pattern Bundle is only available for one week and will never be available again! You can purchase the bundle from May 5th at 8 a.m. EST through May 13th at 11:59 p.m. EST and there will be no late sales offered. Due to the nature of the sale there are no refunds. The pattern bundle expires six months from the end of the sale, so please download and save your patterns upon receiving them.
This spring there are two prize packages up for grabs, and both will inspire you in your sewing! I’m so excited about these giveaways! Can’t buy the pattern bundle? It’s okay… purchase is not required to enter. There are lots of chances to win and each entry applies to both of the giveaway packages. Just use the Rafflecopter widget below the prize descriptions to enter as many times as you want, no purchase necessary.
The Lane Raglan Pattern from Hey June, an organic fat quarter bundle of the yet unreleased Everyday Party Collection by Emily Isabella, from Fabricworm, The Washi Dress Pattern from Made by Rae, a $50 gift certificate to The Delhi Store, a free class from Craftsy.com, a fun gift package from Sew You Studio, a custom made Geranium Dress from Nest Creations, a Sew Happy print from Pen+Paint, and a $15 gift certificate to GYCT Designs!
The #ISEW necklace from Hello Cheeseburger, created especially for the Sew Fab giveaway, a collection of vintage buttons and 20% off your purchase at Anna Mia Clothing, the Playdate Bag pattern from Fishsticks Designs, The Kensington Dress and Tee Pattern from Hey June Handmade, a $30 gift certificate to Casa Crafty, a $40 gift certificate to Girl Charlee, 3 yards of laminate fabric from Anne Kelle, The Essential Sewing Reference Tool by Carla Crim, a "Happiness is Handmade" print from Pen+Paint! a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Coming soon, for one week only, nineteen pattern designers will be joining together to combine their best PDF sewing patterns and selling them to you for the incredible price of $29.95! That’s over 80% off of the combined retail value!
The Sew Fab Pattern Sale is the original pattern bundle sale! Grab the bundle when it goes on sale next week and you’ll be all set for the spring and summer seasons! You have to wait until next week to see which patterns are included in this spring’s bundle, but take a look below to see which designers you'll find!
I think you will be as excited as I am to see some previous favorites as well as several amazing designers that are new to the Sew Fab Sale. Greenstyle Creations, Handmade Therapy, MODKID, Everything Your Mama Made, The Scientific Seamstress, Figgy's Patterns, Two Sweets Patterns, Things for Boys, Patchwork Posse, Betz White, LBG Studio, Mouse House Creations, Gingercake, Heidi & Finn, Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Terra's Treasures, Paisley Roots, Molly Blossom Designs, Sewing Mama RaeAnna. Sale sponsored by The Southern Institute.
See you right here, bright and early on Monday morning!