Saturday, January 28, 2017

Flag Quilt Block Tutorial

I'm participating in the #tripleblockbee this year over on Instagram and I'm the Queen Bee in February!  

Last summer I was really liking all the Stars and Stripes quilts  I kept seeing but then I saw Sweet Littles Handmade version (shown above) and I totally fell in love!  I'm using the image above as my inspiration photo for my blocks.  

Now, I'm sure that the Thimble Blossom pattern (linked above) is amazing but there were several things that stopped me from buying it.  First and foremost, if I wanted to use it for my bee block I would have had to buy it 12 times so everyone could have a legal copy!  That was a bit too expensive for my blood.  Secondly, the finished blocks are something like 10x14 and for our Triple Block Bee we're supposed to have 12x12 blocks so I didn't feel like I could ask people to make ones that were bigger.  All that said, I decided to just figure out my own measurements for a block that would fit my purposes.  

 So, Triple Block Bee ladies, you're going to see two different prints and a solid white (true white.  I used Kona White on mine) for each block.  Be creative and have fun with the prints you use!  Use the inspiration photo and the two blocks I've made already to see where to go.  I'd prefer if you didn't use any novelty prints and no royal blue or RED RED either please.  Think fun colors in the red or blue families.

You're going to need:

"Stars" - 1 block that is 5.25"x4.25"
White Stripes - 1 strip that is 7.75"x1.75"
                          - 2 strips that are 12.5"x1.75"
"Red" Stripes - 2 strips that are 7.75"x1.75"
                       - 2 strips that are 12.5"x1.75"

You can obviously cut each "red" strip individually if you want to or you can cut a rectangle that is 12.5"x7".  Then cut that rectangle lengthwise at 1.75", 3.5", and 5.25".  

Now remove two of the strips and set aside.  Cut the remaining two strips down from 12.5" to 7.75".  

Now you'll need to cut your white rectangle to 12.5"x5.25" and then cut it into 1.75" strips (that will be cutting at 1.75" and 3.5" again.)  Remove two of the strips and cut the third down to 7.75" in length. 

You now have all your pieces cut!  

Now sew your three 7.75" strips together.  


Press the seams away from the white and then sew this section onto your "stars" block.  

Press the seam toward the "stars". 

Almost done!  Sew the bottom four strips together.  I chain pieced these (if you can call doing it with just two sections chain piecing!  lol).  If you had all three of your blocks cut you could easily chain piece all of the strips.  

Press away from the white again and then sew the bottom stripes onto the top section.  

You're done!  This is actually a really quick and easy block.  It should finish at 12.5"x9.5".  Because I'm never quite precise enough I'm squaring them up at 12.25"x9.25".  Thanks ladies!!!  :)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Hedgey Christmas

I had two Sweetwater jelly rolls that were Christmas themed and I decided I wanted to make a quilt with them before Christmas.  I couldn't find anything I really loved made from jelly rolls though so I started sketching out ideas and sewing.  

I had some leftover Varsity fabrics (also by Sweetwater!) that I decided to use to make some Hazel Hedgehog blocks...because they're just too cute!!  

Zeke asked me to add glasses to one of them and he's since claimed it as his own (the hedgehog that is.  He tells everyone that the red hedgehog is him.  lol)  

This little tree on the left side of the quilt is a bit wonky and I embrace it but it wasn't planned...I found a missing strip that I forgot to sew in after I was done with it!  lol!!!  Oops.  Good thing I'm not a perfectionist!  ;) 

Stripey binding makes me swoon.  *heart eyes*

 The kids were a little excited that it was done and washed and ready for cuddles!!  (Zeke asked me last night when he was going to bed if I would finish binding it.  lol) oh!  I almost forgot.  It's backed with a fleece flat sheet so it's soooo cozy!!!!  

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Spirit Jacket for Wellie Wishers!

If you've been around for a (LONG) time you might remember the Spirit Jacket I tested for Cole's Corner a few years ago.  I made Zeke a really cute jacket that he never wore (also, click that link up there to see the jacket.  How little does Zeke look?!?!) and I didn't think about it again for a couple years.  

Now I'm on the prowl for all things Wellie Wisher sized since Kessa got one for her birthday so I was thrilled when Nicole said she was going to make the Spirit Jacket in that size.  

How cute does Camille look in her jacket?!?!  It's a raglan style and can be made with sooo many different fabrics!  (I actually misplaced that bottom snap.  That was my bad, not the pattern.)  

This jacket is also the perfect canvas for adding fun embellishments to!  I just slapped initials on Kessa and Camille's with some Under Wonder and then did a quick stitch around them.  

The doll pattern is on sale through Sunday for just $3!  

and if you don't already have the kid's pattern (it's great for girls AND boys!!) be sure and grab it too.  

The kids pattern even has pockets and it's a super easy, beginner friendly pattern!  

see?  Adorable!!!

and if you don't have any bottoms check out these leggings!  Lots of lengths and a SUPER fast sew.  

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Dublin Dolman

Terra from New Horizons has done it again!!!  This time it's a Girls Dublin Dolman that has sooo many options you'll have a different one for every day of the week and then some!  Plus...we talked her into making a matching 18" doll one that includes ALL the same options!  

This first one is the banded shirt length with short sleeves.  There are also options for a tall gathered band and bands for the sleeves, long sleeves, 3/4 sleeves, tunics, high low, gathered waist (shirt and tunic lengths) and it comes in sizes 6-12 months all the way through size 16!  

Marie Grace is sporting a simple tunic length version.

 (the sleeves were lengthened in the pattern after I made this one) 
 Grace was feeling a little crazy when we took pictures....

This version I think will be a huge part of Grace's fall/winter wardrobe.  (She prefers "dresses" to shirts and pants.)

This is the gathered waist tunic length version with a slight high low hem.  It's so cute and easy to make and because the bodice is so small you can use scraps or fabric you spend big bucks on and want to use sparingly for it!  

So, there you have a picture overload of my crazy kid and mini me!!  Go buy the Girls Dublin Dolman from New Horizons!!!  

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Perfect Layering Tee

Have you seen the little adorable new Wellie Wisher Dolls from American Girl?  Kessa got one from my husband's family for her birthday and her first request was for me to make the doll more clothes.  When Nicole said she was making some patterns the Wellie Wishers I was all over it!  The Perfect Layering tee for girls and dolls was first up on the list.  It comes in tank, short, 3/4, and long sleeves, has regular and tunic lengths with options for hems or bands and it looks great!  

This shirt is tight fitting and perfect for laying under things...or wearing alone if that floats your boat!  The black one is the tunic length with 3/4 length sleeves (and I added some fun heat transfer of course!)

There are also two different options for finishing the neck.  You can do a traditional neck band (as I did on the black tunic) or you can do a binding like I did on the aztec print shirt.  

This is the hemmed length with short sleeves.  It's very easy to mash sizes too!  Since it's such a tight fitting shirt I made sure to take new measurements of Kessa and make the shirt accordingly.  I did a 7 chest graded out to an 8 hips and an 8 length (for my 10 year old.  :p )

and how about some bottoms???  Cole's Corner also released a basic bottom pattern for Wellie Wishers that included pant, capri, short, and shorty short lengths.  They're SUUUUPer fast to make too.  I cut and sewed 4 pairs (one in each length) in probably 30 minutes the other day.

So, what are you waiting for???  Go buy them!  :p  I'm ready to make the girls more of these in waffle knit to wear under their t-shirts this winter.