• hand sewing,  Pieced,  Quilt Guild,  Quilts

    Improv Star Quilt Return

    I previously posted about this quilt here, but at the time I was not excited about blogging, and the post only has two pictures – and you can’t even see the whole quilt! So I decided to blog about it again with the motivation of entering the quilt in the Hand Quilted sewing category of Amy’s Creative Side Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  I have another quilt in the scrappy section, my Mad Farmer’s Medallion. This is a great place to check out other amazing quilts. I am not under any illusion that the quilting on my quilt compares to any of the masterpieces that are also entered in this section! But it’s…

  • Applique,  Baby,  Quilts

    Monkey Applique Baby Quilt

    Here is a cute little thing! I made this quilt as gift for my sweet nephew – who is about to turn 1! I am entering it into The Sewing Loft Blogs September Sewing Month Gift Category.  This challenge has been a fun motivation for me to finish up a bunch of projects that have been lingering – I’ve been sick for the last few months, and I really miss sewing! Now that I’m feeling better I am ready to get some quilts out the door!

  • Other Stuff I Made,  Process Pledge,  Product Placement/Reviews,  Sewing Clothes

    Hemming with Maxi-Lock Stretch Thread and Another New Dress

    I am incredibly excited about a very wonky sewing thing. Where to start? Let’s see, for years I sewed on an older sewing machine that did everything from knits to quilting to embroidery until it broke. Sad face. I decided to get a more sturdy, more metal, straight stitch only Brother 1500  which I love, but is no good for sewing knits, because you can’t do any special stretch stitches. Then two years ago, I ran across a Brother Serger for $60 (which is an amazing deal) So now I have a serger, and can sew knits, but I CAN’T HEM THEM or do any top stitching unless I buy a fourth…

  • hand sewing,  la passacaglia,  Pieced,  Quilts,  Tutorials

    How to Get Started On Your La Passacaglia Quilt

    When I told my brother we wanted to have kids but didn’t feel quite ready, he said, “You’ll never be ready, you just have to be brave.” I think the same advice applies to starting a La Passacaglia quilt. Normally I think it’s a bit of an exaggeration when people compare a sewing project to having a child, but with the amount of time (and money!) I’ve put into this quilt, I’m starting to feel like that’s pretty accurate!  Though this quilt has fewer temper tantrums 🙂 This gorgeous quilt pattern has been very popular and I’ve admired it for several years – HOWEVER I also thought that everyone doing it…

  • Pieced,  Quilts,  scrap

    Mad Farmer’s Medallion – Complete!

    One of my favorite Wendell Berry quotes is this one, from his famous poem “Manifesto, Mad Farmer Liberation Front“: Expect the end of the world. Laugh. Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful though you have considered all the facts. And another, from another well know Berry poem “The Contrariness of the Mad Farmer“: I am done with apologies. If contrariness is my inheritance and destiny, so be it. If it is my mission to go in at exits and come out at entrances, so be it. I love both poems and they kept coming to mind as I embarked on this ridiculous medallion quilt about three years ago. Here is a post…

  • Pieced,  Quilt Guild,  Quilts,  Uncategorized

    #QuiltsforPulse #OHCraft

    The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild put out a call for local guilds to make blocks and quilts for the survivors and families of the horrible Pulse Nightclub shooting earlier this year. The response has been astounding – over 1,000 quilts! Here is one more to add to the mix. The Group #OHCraft is a crafting community that includes people from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.  Volunteers from the group made the blocks, Lorna put them together, and I quilted the finished project.

  • Sewing Clothes,  Tutorials,  Uncategorized

    P4P Sunshine Dress Lined Bodice Tutorial

    I have a favorite hiking dress made by Eddie Bauer, which I have outlined my quest to re-create here (using the Colette Wren) and here (using the Patterns for Pirates Sunshine Dress) I loved the Sunshine Dress but wanted to have the bodice lined, so I experimented a bit and came up with the method below. My first two dresses I made using this pattern are really low cut – due to some bad adjustments I made, but I am happy to layer them I know I’ll wear them all the time. Adding the lining takes a while longer, especially the first time, but I am really happy with the…

  • Sewing Clothes,  Uncategorized

    My Quest for the Perfect Wrap Dress Part 2: P4P Sunshine Dress

    I have detailed the first part of my quest for the Perfect wrap dress using Colette Wren Pattern – which I liked but didn’t love – especially the neckline which wasn’t what I was looking for. For reference, this is my favorite dress that I was trying to copy. So when the Patterns for Pirates Sunshine dress came out I bought it immediately! I then immediately made a dress in the wrong size. Ooopsies! Measure twice cut once, right? Patterns for Pirates patterns always have a lot of options and they make a lot of special adjustments to make their patterns more user-friendly for pdf printing. I highly recommend them for beginner sewists! About…

  • Sewing Clothes,  Uncategorized

    My Quest for the Perfect Wrap Dress Part 1: Colette Wren

    I have a favorite dress, which I call my hiking dress. I got it at an Eddie Bauer warehouse sale about 4 years ago for $4.  How do I love it? Let me count the ways! It’s easy, flattering, doesn’t wrinkle, and you can nurse in it. I wear it hiking, to weddings, and chase toddlers in 90 degree heat at the zoo. Though I have been gifted the perfect dress, perfection is never enough. I want more. I have been on a quest to copy the dress ever since I had a vision of it made with this fabric from Peek a Boo Fabric Shop. I immediately ordered the fabric (it…

  • Baby,  Sewing Clothes,  Uncategorized

    Toddler Party Dresses! Playgroup, Snapdragon, and Bonny Leggings!

    I have been making some little party dresses for my animal loving toddler. First up, the Fox dress! The pattern is the Playgroup Dress by Fresh Stitch Patterns. I like this simple pattern, which uses woven fabrics (like quilting cottons) with a fully lined bodice and an option for a cute decorative panel. My only complaint is it doesn’t come with a print guide (that I saw – I have been known to miss things) so I had to manually go through the pattern pages to see which I needed to print. Either that or print out the larger sizes which go all the way up to 10 years – and…