November 21, 2014
I made some design boards this week! Actually, in my case, they’re more like project boards because I’m using them to keep my projects sorted and stacked.
I’m currently in migratory sewing mode – I have no dedicated sewing space as Marcus has taken over my sewing table with his computer. I suppose the one downside of working from home is that we have to always have access to our computers. Since we converted the study into a temporary bedroom for the Grub, the computers had to be moved out, and my sewing table was the obvious place to move them.
It’s only a temporary move, but in the meantime, my projects have to be cleaned up every night and put away. I’ve just been piling them in stacks on top of the dryer in the laundry room, and it was getting messy in there. I set aside a few nights last week to make myself these design boards to put my projects on.
I used this adorable (and easy!) tutorial from Bee in my Bonnet.
I took two standard sized foam core board (20″ x 30″) and cut them in half with an exacto knife to make four 20″ x 15″ boards. I used batting I got on sale at Joann, and for the trim, I used a bit of fabric from the stash I put aside to make Christmas bags.
I was able to get my hands on a 30″ x 40″ board at my local Office Depot which I turned into one giant design board. I plan to use this one as an actual design board for laying out quilt blocks… eventually.
So here are my current projects on my pretty new design (or project) boards. I’ve got a stack of cute fabrics to turn into bags for the Larva’s teachers. Next to that is an in-progress Amy Butler Sophia bag that was started months ago. I’ll get around to finishing that some day.
In the back, I’ve got a lone quilt block hanging out until I figure what I want to use it for, and next to that is the Larva’s Dickens Fair costume that I started working on a few nights ago.
The laundry room doesn’t make for very beautiful photos but hey, my project boards look great!
More Bangle Bags
November 12, 2014
After my bangle bags were posted to the jade forum by my jade sisters, I got some requests to make more. I had some free time after Halloween, so I whipped up a few. It would have gone fairly quickly except that my maternity leave ended and I went back to work 2 weeks ago. I’ve been completely swamped trying to catch up. I’m actually really enjoying being back at work, but it’s left very little time for sewing, sadly.
Here are photos of the bags I just finished. I used fabric from Slipper Roses by Tanya Whelan.
Here’s bag design #1.
And bag design #2. The 4 bangle pouches are the same on both bags, but the outside patchwork fabric is slightly different as is the fabric used on the inside.
Next up: Dickens Fair costume for the Larva!
Linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday.
Avatar Halloween Costumes for the Family
October 29, 2014
As I mentioned in my last Halloween costume post, I decided that we needed to do something as a family and this year’s costume set would be from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
For the Toph dress, I used McCalls 6529 which is a shirred dress. I really like this pattern because you can do a number of alterations to it and make it look like a completely different dress each time. This is the same pattern I used for the Anna from Frozen dress.
I altered the length and took out the gathers in the skirt. I used a bolero jacket pattern for the top that goes under the dress and added a zipper to the back. For the flower applique, I drew up the design, machine embroidered it on 2 layers of fine net tulle, and sewed the applique to the front of the dress. I also Scotchguard-ed the dress. I’m hoping that will help keep the dress clean, but I’m sure the Larva will find a way to get dirt on it like she does with all her other clothes.
We went out in the costume over the weekend to snap some photos. Look, she even managed a pose with the Toph attitude!
For the Grub’s costume, I took a generic jumpsuit pattern and added on bits to mimic the airbender uniform. The blue arrow is a temporary tattoo that I printed on tattoo paper. She didn’t seem to be bothered by it which is good!
I guess the Grub could also be costuming as Aang, but I meant it to be just a generic airbender kid.
I would like to state that we did not shave the Grub’s head for this costume. We shaved her head for a Chinese tradition and I figured if she was going to go around looking like a little monk, I might was well take advantage of it!
I hope to get photos of the entire family at the parade the Larva’s daycare is having on Friday.
Story Book Baby Quilt
October 24, 2014
I completely fell in love with Storybook by Kate & Birdie when it was released, and then I came across the adorable Storybook Star Baby Quilt pattern on Moda Bakeshop. Shortly after that, my dear friend Lorelai found out she was pregnant which gave me the perfect excuse to buy the fabric!
(I try not to buy fabric unless I know what I’m going to be using it for. Well, that’s the theory at least… doesn’t always work in practice. No one is surprised by that right? =D )
I made a small alteration to the pattern and bought an extra charm pack so that I could add prairie points around the edge. I like putting “taggies” on baby quilts for baby to play with.
In the future, I will be putting prairie points on the quilt somewhere that is not on the edge ’cause wow, finishing that edge was a pain in the butt. It is also not the prettiest job ever, so hopefully Lorelai won’t look at it too closely.
I had some fun with the quilting using my walking foot. It’s still pretty simple as quilting goes, but I like how it came out.
For the back, I used an owl print flannel because Lorelai loves owls and her nursery is owl themed.
I’m still getting more puckering than I would like after washing the quilt. I’m pretty sure it’s not a problem with how I made my quilt sandwich as I did a pretty good job of stretching my layers out over the kitchen table. I think it’s a shrinkage issue, so I’m going to try a cotton/poly blend batting next time, or pre-wash my batting to pre-shrink it.
I hope Lorelai (and the new baby) like the quilt!