Friday, April 20, 2012

Carry Along Quilt

I realize I haven't posted about our Crafting Hope group in a while.
Despite my lack of posting, we do still continue to meet every two months or so to make projects for local charities.
At our last meeting we made these cute Carry Along Quilts for our local CAPS to distribute to kids in need.
Our hope is that they will be of comfort to perhaps a foster child or someone in need of comfort.
They are small quilts that roll up and button with this cute little strap, making them easy to carry.
My friend, Kim, and I made this one together.
It's a fairly simple pattern. Just nine fat quarters sewn together in rows so it came together fairly quickly.
I found the fat quarters and binding fabric at Wal-Mart.  I wasn't optimistic about what their options would be but I'm glad I checked.  I think these kitties are adorable.
And I like that the quilt could work for a boy or a girl.
Next time, Lindsay, clip your threads.
For goodness sake.

I really like this blanket stitch on the binding. I've hand sewn some bindings before that came loose after the first wash. Obviously, I have much to learn when it comes to binding a quilt by hand. But there is no way this machine sewing binding is coming loose.  And it looks cute too.

Well it would be cuter if I'd have snipped my threads.
Is anyone else bad about that or am I the only one?
The back is a sunny yellow flannel.
We tied each block in the center. The instructions for this quilt in the Craft Hope book didn't include any quilting instructions, nor did they mention the need to tie it.
But I was afraid that without a little something the batting would all ball up and not stay put, right?
I wonder if that was just an oversight in the instructions?

This was a really fun project. It was kind of neat to work with someone else on it since so much of what we've done is kind of Lone Ranger-ish.
No way would I have finished this as quickly without Kim's help.

Anyone have any ideas for our next project?
We meet again in May. . .


Friday, April 13, 2012

Micah 6:8

Not sewing related, but I thought I'd share a quick, Pinterest inspired project.

Micah 6:8

New International Version 1984

8 He has showed you, O man, what is good. 
   And what does the LORD require of you? 
To act justly and to love mercy 
   and to walk humbly with your God.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Happy Easter!

I did it!
I finished the Bug's Easter dress and got it photographed before Easter.
There were times I didn't think it would ever get done. But it did!
The dress is a remix of the free Party Dress pattern from The Cottage Home.
I love this pattern because it's so lovely as is but also lends itself to re-interpretation.
One of the big changes I made was my biggest headache. . . a zipper rather than the covered buttons in the pattern.  It was rough.
I found this fun chiffon print on clearance at JoAnn's.  I stalked it for a long time before I bit the bullet and bought a few yards.  I knew it would be difficult to sew.  
The shearness of it required me to make two dresses, the chiffon layer and the lining.
The skirt is super full.
It makes for a spectacular special occasion dress.
It also twirls quite nicely.
The original patter has a contrasting band of fabric around the hem too.
I knew from the beginning that I didn't want to do that.
What I didn't think of was that it would mean I had to hem, not one, but two very full skirts. 
And one of them a light weight, kind of stretchy, delicate one.
Another adaptation was the bodice.
I started out with the chiffon layer flat over the lining but felt like it was kind of boring.
So I cut a second bodice, a good deal larger than the pattern and I gathered it.
I absolutely love the texture the gathering adds.
And, excuse me as I freak out at how old my little girl looks here.
The sash gave me the most pause.  I couldn't figure out if I wanted more of the same fabric or if I wanted some accent fabric.  I tried a bunch of different colors from my stash before I unearthed this sunny yellow.
As soon as I held it against the dress I knew for sure.
It was a lot of work.
But it was well worth it.
She loves it. I love it.
I apologize for the photo heavy post.
My girl was in an unusually compliant mood for our photo shoot and we had a gorgeous day for it.
We had so many good photos to choose from.

Hopefully Easter Sunday is as nice!

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Screen Cover

Another simple project here. . .
This one is a dust cover for the new computer monitor we bought after Christmas.
This cover serves a dual purpose.
First, it keeps dust off the screen and protects it.
Second, it makes an ugly screen a more attractive addition to our living room.

I love this fabric don't you? It's called Dagmar Plaid by Alexander Henry.  It fits our living room color scheme quite nicely.

For this quick and easy project, I draped the fabric wrong side out over the monitor and pinned where I wanted the seams to be--snug but not too tight. Then I pulled it off and cut it out around where my pins were, leaving just enough extra for the seam allowance.  
I cut a piece the same size from a nice heavy neutral flannel for the lining.
I sewed two seams on each piece and then put the lining inside of the outer piece (wrong sides together) and finished off the bottom edge with some bias tape I had on hand.

Could not have been a simpler fix and I love looking at it.
Since the lines on the fabric look painted it makes the monitor almost look like a painting.
Problem solved!
I wish they all were this quick and easy!