Apr 14 2018

Tula Pink Triangles Baby Quilt

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Tula Pink Triangles quilt

A recent finish for my friend’s little girl. I had these Tula Pink fat quarters for a really long time. Probably over 3 years, but just never had the right project for them. I think I may have used one of them at some point, but never got around to using the rest of them.

Well, fast forward and my good friend from college was having her second little girl and I wanted to make baby quilt. Going through my stash, I found these and knew they were just right.

Tula Pink triangles and sidekick ruler

I opted to go for a triangle quilt. I find triangles to be both interesting and not overwhelmingly complicated so they allow the fabrics to show through. I opted for large triangles which I cut using my Sidekick ruler. I like that ruler because it gives me guides to cut off the corners as well which makes piecing triangles so much easier.

I cut out my triangles by cutting strips and then chopping the strip into triangles. The small ones on the left in the photo above are the extras which I used in the sides.

Tula Pink Triangles quilt

I laid out my quilt and randomized as much as I could. Love a good random quilt. I was originally going to do 8 rows but I didn’t like the final shape. Too long and skinny. You can see in my next post what I did with the triangles for the extra 2 rows.

Tula Pink Triangles quilt

Here’s how the quilt top ended up looking. Really happy with how it turned out and I thought it was a great mix of colors and patterns. Feminine but not too girly.

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I quilted it on the long arm with some simple shapes that followed the triangles but didn’t overpower. I wanted to keep the quilting open so the quilt was soft and cuddly rather than super-quilted and stiff.

Tula Pink Triangles quilt

I backed it with flannel for more cuddle factor.

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And bound it with a simple coordinating solid color binding.

Tula Pink Triangles quilt

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Mar 07 2018

CREATE Mini-Quilt

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Create mini quilt

This was a “quick” mini-quilt I made using some Northcott charm squares that my mom won at Quiltcon 2017. She wasn’t going to use them so she gave them to me. I used this to try out a bunch of techniques on my sewing machine which I’ve only had a year. Some new, some I just need to work on. Here’s what they were:

  • Quarter square triangles (I mostly did okay, but they’re not all perfect)
  • Embroidery (the CREATE word obviously, but I did this very soon after getting my machine so when I did it, it was one of the first embroidery pieces I had done)
  • Stitch in the ditch using my edgestitch foot (this is along the black lines and binding)
  • Free motion stippling/wandering using my Bernina Stitch Regulator (you can see the close up of this down below. Pretty happy with how it worked out.

I guess I’ve been dragging it out over a year, but using it to try out different techniques the whole time. Although the total time spent on it was not that much so that’s why it’s a “quick” mini-quilt. Overall, very happy with how it turned out and looking forward to using more of these techniques again!

Create mini quilt

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Mar 04 2018

Blue and Gold Courthouse Steps quilt for Grace Circle

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Yeah, yeah, I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted. Work has been crazy and although I’ve been doing stuff, it’s been hard to find the time to take pictures, post, etc. If anyone has suggestions for ways to stream line the camera->flickr->blog pipeline, I’d be happy to know.

Anyways, this was the Grace Circle quilt for October. I asked for blue and gold courthouse steps.

Grace Circle October  17 Quilt

I did free motion longarm quilting and loaded the quilt in the wide direction so that I could go down the hourglass shapes. In the navy, I just did random cubes.

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Here you can see some of the border cubes. Overall, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. These group quilts area always cool to me because you have so many different things coming in, but they always seem to work out. Love that about quilting!

Grace Circle October  17 Quilt

And a shot of the back. I kinda wish I’d used a contrast thread because i think it would have been cool on the back, but you can still sorta see it 🙂

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Oct 16 2017

Pokemon Weepinbell Halloween Costume

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Weepinbell Costume

As we get closer to Halloween, I’ve got some costume related posts. The first is this Weepinbell Pokemon costume that I made for a group Pokemon costume at work. We decided on Pokemon because there was variety for people to pick something they liked and they could go as complicated as they wanted or just go with a t-shirt. No stress.

For those not familiar with Weepinbell, here’s a picture:


Photo from Bulbapedia and used without modification under the Creative Commons license.

Obviously, this is my take on Weepinbell in a way that worked for me.

Weepinbell Costume hood down

I needed something that was work-appropriate, something simple and something that wouldn’t break the bank since I probably wasn’t going to wear it again. It’s entirely made with blizzard fleece from JoAnn’s that was on sale for 2.99/yard at that time (well except the top of the hood since that was some scrap cotton fabric). I was a little worried about it being warm, but turns out the party was outside after the sun went down, so this was actually the best idea ever to make it out of fleece and I was super comfortable.

Weepinbell Costume back

The base pattern is Simplicity 1251. The pattern itself is decent and has some interesting lines. Actually pretty good as a base for other ideas. I would make it a again, but I’d size up if I’m making it out of something non-stretchy like fleece again. It grabbed me a little under the arms but that was fine for something like this where I wasn’t going to be wearing it that long or for long periods.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out and I think it’s a good interpretation of the character. The bottom “lip” is stuffed to give it poof.

Weepinbell Costume sleeve leaf detail

I’m probably most proud of the arms/leaves on to which I sewed a leafy pattern.

Weepinbell Costume skirt detail

I attached the little dots using heat & bond. They’re a nod to dots on Weepinbell’s forehead.

Weepinbell Costume hood detail

And of course some giant googly eyes to top it off.

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Sep 22 2017

Town Playmat Quilt

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Town Playmat

The company that makes the print patterns for Jack’s quilt from my last post also makes these coordinating panels. I couldn’t resist. They fit together so I bought one of each and put them together into a large (88” x 45”) playmate for the little guy.

Town Playmat

Not too much to say about this one. I did a stipple pattern quilting for most of it, leaving out the train tracks so they stand out a little and doing more of a wave pattern in the harbor part of the print. You can see that in the photo below. I used a gray-green thread and I think it does a good job of blending with the grass, concrete, details and water.

Town Playmat

Binding was basic black since the focus is on the town. For this quilt, since the back was black I actually did the method where I leave an inch all around after cutting the top and batting to size and then fold over twice to self bind. I don’t think it saves time necessarily because the cutting takes longer, but it’s certainly more efficient with use of fabric.

And a picture of the back for good measure. No label on this one, just my little personal label.

Town Playmat back

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Sep 19 2017

Cars and Trucks and Trains and Roads Quilt

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Cars & Trucks Baby Boy quilt

This was a quilt I made for my cousin’s little boy Jack. I wasn’t sure what he’d like so I decided to go with trains and cars and road motif. The print patterns were all coordinating, and then I picked out solids and added in the checks for some interest. I was really particular about the checks and you’d be surprised how hard it was to find just some basic black white check! Most of the ones had variation or wavy, but I finally found some at JoAnn’s.

Cars & Trucks Baby Boy quilt

The back is Minkee, my go-to for baby quilts. I used my embroidery machine to make a quilt label for this one as well. That’s definitely my new thing. I love how I can make them personalized and the “kid” font on my machine is perfect for it.

Cars & Trucks Baby Boy quilt

Binding was a basic black since it was already a pretty busy quilt and offered a nice contrast. I did an all over loopy pattern since, again, already pretty busy. I used a gray thread which blended nicely with the the different colors and prints.

And that’s about it.

Cars & Trucks Baby Boy quilt

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Sep 16 2017

Another Geranium Dress

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Polka Dot Geranium Dress and Buttercup Bag

I was sending some quilts for my cousin’s baby boy (post coming soon) but I didn’t want to send them along without sending something for his older sister. She’s quite the little fashionista so dresses are always a good bet for her 🙂

So I made her another Geranium Dress (patter by Made by Rae). This one was using one of my favorite prints, rainbow polka dots by Northcott Fabrics. I added some pink piping accents and used turquoise buttons. I love how it turned out and really kinda want something similar in an adult version. We’ll have to see 😉

Polka Dot Geranium Dress back

But I couldn’t just send her a dress. I wanted a little something extra so I made a matching Buttercup Bag. This is a free pattern, also by Made by Rae (although I didn’t actually notice that until I was posting on Instagram).

I shrunk the pattern to 80% so that it would be a better match for my little lady size-wise. I also added the same pink piping and interfaced it. I’ve made this bag a few times (here and here). It’s a great pattern and goes together quickly, but I like the look of the bag much better when the outside fabric has a little heft. I also interfaced the handle. It’s lined with some nice bright yellow and has a little coordinating pocket.

Both projects together took a yard of the polka dots and then I used other pieces for the lining of the dress and bag. Everything was from my stash (buttons, interfacing, fabric, piping, even the magnetic closure) — another win for de-stashing!

Polka Dot Buttercup Bag inside

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Sep 03 2017

A baby quilt for Patrick

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Baby Boy Nighttime Quilt

My cousin is having a little boy in the very near future (like any minute now — she may have even had him by the time this is posted). So I wanted to welcome him to the world with a little gift.

Baby Boy Nighttime Quilt

I used this starry night print to do a whole cloth quilt for him because it made me think of bedtime and snuggles.

Baby Boy Nighttime Quilt

For the quilting, I did a swirly design, like wind or clouds in the night sky. Of course it’s backed with minkee for maximum snuggle potential.

You can also see the quilt label I made for him using the embroidery function on my Bernina. Have I mentioned how awesome this machine is? Embroidery is so much easier it with it than my Husqvarna.

Baby Boy Nighttime Quilt

Close up of the swirls. The moons have a greenish tinge to them like there are celestial gases flowing over them and I found this green that matched perfectly and totally made the quilt pop. I love a contrasting binding! The quilting is also done in a bright green that blended nicely with the blue but still provided enough contrast to show the design.

Baby Boy Nighttime Quilt

Mom and Dad say they love it and I hope little Patrick does, too!

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Jul 24 2017

Truly Victorian 441 – 1861 Garibaldi Blouse

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Truly Vicorian 441 - 1861 Garibaldi Blouse

The next item which I made for the Victorian ensemble for the Dickens Fair was the Truly Victorian 441 – 1861 Garibaldi Blouse. This was probably the easiest and most straight forward piece of the ensemble that I made. I was fortunate that Jill had already made hers (technically twice, since she made a muslin that was too big and then had to make a second one that was the correct size). Since I knew her measurements and I knew mine, no muslin was needed. Which was a good thing because at this point, I was getting a bit tight on time and really wasn’t relishing making two of these. That being said, it’s a good pattern and I will definitely make another one.

Truly Vicorian 441 - 1861 Garibaldi Blouse collar detail

I used a cream colored cotton sateen from JoAnn’s. It was actually pretty perfect. Easy to work with, soft, natural fiber but looked clean. Sewed up quite nicely.

I had just gotten my new Bernini 770 which has all these fun stitches on it that I decided to take it for a run. I was using an eggplant colored thread since my skirt was eggplant colored. I used the roses on the color and had to go for a simple on down the placket since otherwise it would have been too much.

Truly Vicorian 441 - 1861 Garibaldi Blouse pig cuff detail

But on the cuffs and hem, I took the opportunity to use the PIG STITCH. Yes, you read that correctly. THERE IS A PIG STITCH ON MY MACHINE. If I hadn’t already thought this was the world’s awesomest machine, this would have clinched the victory.

Truly Vicorian 441 - 1861 Garibaldi Blouse cuff button detail

As mentioned, the skirt and thread were eggplant and I was fortunate to have two lovely eggplant buttons (actually left over from another project that has since been abandoned because it was started so long ago that the fabric and style aren’t even in fashion any more. Sigh.).

Truly Vicorian 441 - 1861 Garibaldi Blouse cuff and collar detail

Here’s how it looks together. I love having the roses on both the cuffs and collar to tie it together.

Truly Vicorian 441 - 1861 Garibaldi Blouse pig hem detail

And of course, I needed to hem the shirt. Why not use the straight “ground” of the pig stitch to tack it down and give me another excuse to hide some piggies on my shirt. There is a distinct possibility that I will be using this stitch A LOT.

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Jul 16 2017

Victorian Petticoat based on Truly Victorian free pattern

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Victorian Petticoat front

When you’ve got a hoop skirt, you’ve got to have a petticoat to go on top of it. Otherwise you can see all the hoops through it.

I made my petticoat based off the Truly Victorian Free Petticoat Pattern. They’ve got all the yardage listed there although I ended up buying an entire bolt of muslin because I figured I could always use it for actual muslins but I needed up using most of it.

Victorian Petticoat mess

I couldn’t find fabric with eyelet on one side and I wanted more ruffles so I bought separate pre-ruffled eyelet lace to use on the bottom of the top layer. It turned out to be a decent compromise.

Victorian Petticoat ruffle attachment

Attaching the eyelet ruffles to the bottom of the skirt. I think I bought the whole “bolt” of the ruffle lace which was 10 yards. 

Victorian Petticoat wedge piece

I also had some serious issues with the bottom layer of my skirt. The bottom layer of the pattern isn’t gathered as much as the top layer although I did add a plain fabric ruffle to it as well for extra “poof.” Somehow when I gathered it, it ended up shorter than expected and didn’t quite fit over my hoop skirt. I thought my calculations for the amount of ruffling were good . . . but apparently I was off. So I had to add some wedges in at the sides and back.

Victorian Petticoat wedge piece

I did this by cutting out wedge pieces (here I’m cutting 2 at once) that matched the bottom skirt. I had some leftover as you can see in the picture above (which should have been the first sign that something was wrong :P)

Victorian Petticoat wedge addition

Then I cut a slit into the bottom layer of the skirt at the sides and back and stitched in my wedge along the sides. You can’t see this layer anyways so no harm done as you can see below:

Victorian Petticoat not enough layers

This is the petticoat as the free pattern says to make it. Clearly you can still see the hoops through the top layers. The bottom part has 2 layers as described above so that part was fine. But this was not going to cut it.

Victorian Petticoat

So I added not one, but two extra layers because I was pretty sure one wouldn’t be enough to hide those hoops. And I’m glad I did.

Victorian Petticoat layer seam closeup

Each layer, including the bottom two, was gathered using my serger. This is actually the first time I’ve gathered using my serger and it was pretty cool how well it worked! I will definitely be using this for the next petticoat because I really want a pale pink petticoat next so we’ll have to make another. My understanding is that back in the day ladies would wear 5 or more petticoats as needed to hide the hoops!

Victorian Petticoat back

And here’s a back view. I need to fix the tie. It doesn’t quite get tight enough and then the petticoat sags a bit, but should be an easy fix . . . but probably won’t get done until absolutely necessary of course.

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