Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Jacob's Quilt

It is FINISHED!!! I am so excited that I finally finished Jacob's quilt. Over the past week I wondered if I would even get it done before he got here...I'm 38wks. This was my first offical quilt. I have sewing a few rag quilts but this was my first cotton quilt with basting and binding. I figuared out too late that I probably should of stuck with a cotton backing for my first time instead of minky but I couldn't resist the feel. I went from quilting every inch to sewing every 5 inches in the ditch. However, all the info I read about sewing minky said to sew with the minky against the feed dog and that DID NOT work. It kept pulling. I had to take it apart 3 times:0. So, I had to sew a basting stitch on the minky side, then stitch on the other and of course remove my basting after that. Now I can say it is was worth it but there were a few moments, I wondered. Next quilt I will just do free motion quilting when sewing minky. But enough gripping, my lastest master piece;)

The fabric is Alphabet Soup by Riley Blake and I used 6 fat quarters that I purchased in a bundle on Etsy from Quilts and Jewels. I LOVE the colors and the cute little animals. I can't wait to wrap up my little man in and watch him play around on it!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

My First Handbag

I am so excited to finally share my first handbag!!! I wanted to make a handbag for myself for a while but always felt like there were more pressing projects. Such as clothes for my kids or a gift for someone or even maternity clothes for myself. But, after winning an awesome giveaway from The Polkadot Chair, I could not put it off any longer. The giveaway include this wonderful and extremely resourceful book by Bari J. Ackerman called "Inspired to Sew" along with an online class taught by Bari and a discount to During the online class Bari walks you through the handbag pattern step by step. One of her focuses is to help you overcome your zipper phobea, which I had. Not anymore!!! After watching the video a few times and using the instructions in the book...I'm very confident I could sew a zipper in anything!! So enough jabber, here is my first handbag!!!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Boy Shorts

I love making clothes for my daughter and really wanted to try to make something for my son. I tried a few of blog tutorials for boy short by using an existing pair of shorts and mine came out a little wonky. So, I found this Simplcity(2907) pattern for $1.99 and thought I would give it a try.
For the first pair I followed the pattern step by step. It was super easy to understand and took around two hour from cut to complete. I was a little worried about the cargo pocket but it was on the the easiest parts.
The parts I will do different in the future, of course there will be more:), is leave off the cargo pocket. The length of the shorts were too long for my little guy, so I will shorten them too. Due to the size of the side pocket, I couldn't move the cargo pocket up more and after shorting them it would be too close together. Overall, Love the shorts and love making them. What do you think????

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Sneak Peek

So, I have been kind of lucky lately!! I have won two blog giveaways in the past two months!! Both were for a sewing book and the last one also included an online sewing class for a fun handbag. I am also going to learn how to sew a zipper which is one of the reasons I signed up for the giveaway. The book is "Inspired to Sew" by Bari J. Akerman. Oh yeah, I also got a 15% discount to with the giveaway too!!! I will taking the class the 3rd week on August and here is a peek at the fabric I will be using.
Impressions Collection for Ty Pennington