Monday, January 9, 2017

Pretty Pink Baby Girl Quilt

Around the time some of the craziness of moving was winding down we found out that my husband's cousin was adopting a baby girl which seemed like the perfect reason to try out my new sewing room.
Pretty pink baby quilt
As you can see, the scenery is a little different than our house in San Diego. Taking photos is a little colder!
Pretty Pink Baby Quilt
I kept it simple with some soft pinks and low volumes fabrics.  The backing is a wonderfully soft Cotton + Steel double gauze with cute little cats on it.  
pink baby girl quilt
Finished size: 36" x 42"
Batting: Quilter's Dream Orient

Monday, January 2, 2017

See ya, 2016!

I know I'm not alone in this sentiment, but I am so glad to be done with 2016.  I have been planning to sit down and write a year-in-review post, but I just can't do it.  This past year has been a what-doesn't-kill-you-makes-you-stronger year, and while I may be stronger and it didn't kill me, I am tired and it's going to take me some time to recover.

During 2016 I made some stuff, and if you want to look back through the archives you can find most of the quilts here.

I also wrote some patterns and you can find them all here.

We moved from San Diego to Oregon and in the near future I will hopefully be sharing some photos of my new sewing room and possibly a few of the other rooms that I have been working on.

As always, I wouldn't be writing here if it wasn't for you. Thank you for your kind words and your support during the past year, you really buoyed me up during this crazy time.

I hope you all had a happy holiday season and I hope that 2017 is a better year for all of us!
This photo felt like an appropriate representation of the year.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Prepping for Christmas: Kids Ikea Poang Slipcover

Since we left a lot of our furniture behind when we moved away from San Diego, we made the obligatory trip up to Ikea a couple weeks ago.  While we were there we decided to get a kids Poang Chair for our play room.  Unlike the adult Poang chairs, these only come with a plain, off-white slipcover so I knew I wanted to recover it.

As soon as I got my sewing machine set up, I found down this tutorial because why would I want to figure it out for myself when someone else has already done it.  I followed the measurements in the tutorial but I would probably cut my cover 1" longer if I were to do it again.  It was a tight fit.
Kids Poang Chair Slipcover
The tutorial did not have directions for covering the pillow, but that was easy enough.  I cut the front piece 9" x 16" and 2 pieces 7.5" x 16" and did an envelope closure.
Kids Poang Chair Slipcover
Then I stitched it to the top of the main slipcover with a 1/4 inch-ish seam allowance.  It seemed to do the trick.
I really love this fabric and wish I had more info about it.  All I know is that it is a Japanese cotton/linen blend.  I used Essex linen in black for the back of the slipcover and pillow since I didn't have enough of the print.

There will probably be lots of photos taken in this room in the future; it has a giant window and it turns out that it really does rain a lot in Oregon.  

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Last Minutes Gifts for Quilters

The last few weeks in our house has been crazy.  I have painted 4 rooms, put together at least a dozen pieces of furniture, and lived through 3 snow days with cancelled school (and another one tomorrow!).  Despite all of that, I started a quilt yesterday.  It is going to be slow going, but it was good to turn on my machine.

I have also been shopping for my family for Christmas and in the process, came across a few things that you might need in your lives.

1.  Patchwork Board Game - Did you know that there is a quilting board game? And it is well reviewed and is supposed to be fun for quilters and non-quilters?  This one is going under our tree this year.
2.  Blanket Ladder
3.  An "investment" ruler - These are one of those things that are too expensive to justify buying on a normal day, but they are super useful so they make a great gift.  This is one of my favorites and I use it All. The. Time.
4.  A Nice Ironing Board - I have given up on expensive irons because it seems like all irons break, no matter how expensive they are.  But an ironing board that I don't easily knock over and that I don't mind ironing on is worth some money.  

5.  An Instant Pot - Technically this doesn't have anything to do with sewing, but if you are spending less time making dinner, you have more time to sew.  I got one of these on Black Friday and have already used it a few times a week.  

I hope you all have a happy holiday!  Hopefully I will have at least one project to share before the end of the year and I should have my sewing room ready to share soon too.  Thanks for all of your support and kind words over this last crazy year.  I would have never guessed at the beginning of 2016 that I would be living in Oregon by the end of the year, but we are so happy to be here.
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