Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Shabby Chic Quilt & Smocked Gown

Next month my sister is having a baby girl. For every niece and nephew I make a quilt.  Because of her name, Bellarose, I knew that her quilt needed to have some floral and I wanted the fabric to be vintage looking.  I went with the Treasures by Shabby Chic Rachel Ashwell Collection.  I had a hard time deciding which color to go with but since pink was the obvious choice I went with lilac.  This fabric is beautiful and so soft to work with.

I am not the biggest perfectionist so a little tuck on the back of a quilt doesn't bother me.  I've made 7 quilts and each one of them has some sort of flaw, lets just call it "extra love".  But this is the first quilt I've made that is square and no tucks on the back!!  The binding on the back isn't perfect, but it is the back of the quilt.

Since she is a sweet little thing, I also smocked Bellarose a pink daygown.  I didn't make the gown, ordered it ready to smock off of ebay from the seller sewlovessmocking.  I've smocked this pattern on 3 different outfits this is the first time I didn't make any mistakes.  3rd times a charm ;)

 So those are my latest sewing creations.  I've bought the fabric to make a quilt for me and Eric so I hope to get started on that soon.  It is a zig zag quilt out of Heather Bailey's Nicey Jane and it is going to be so beautiful!!!!!!  I'm sure I will finish in 2057 when the fabric is considered vintage.

Wasn't her shower cake so pretty with all of the little roses!  They saved the top layer for Bellarose's 1st birthday.

Another reason we went home was for my nephew's 5th birthday party.
My nephew had a space party because he is so into space right now.  It was cute and we had a lot of fun going down the jumpy slide.  Baron is such a sweet kid and when he talks to you he ends everything by saying "my friend or my Sissy" (they call me sissy).  Like come sit by me my friend or can I have some water my friend.  Hilarious.  He also has a big heart and is raising money for a well.  One day he wants to fly his rocket to the other side of the world and give kids clean water.  If you want to help him reach his goal you can make a donation HERE

Let's all pile on Uncle E!

Friday, August 24, 2012


I've had requests to update this little space, hopefully next week I will have a chance to do a proper post.  Today during lunch I have to wash my car, get gas, go to the bank and eat so next week it will be. 
In the mean time I have to share this recipe for Ice Cubes.  If you are bored or feeling a little off and grumpy like I have been this week you have to read some of these sarcastic comments for the recipe, it will make you feel better-for realzz.  Hilarious!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Pocket Patch Tshirt DIY

This little project may go down as the fasted pinned ---> completion ever! I pinned this pin on Pinterest Wednesday

and that night I finished my first tshirt! 

Basically all you do is buy a tshirt, I chose one with a pocket to make it easier.  Then make a little template for your pocket patch.  I found the easiest way was to use wax paper because you could still see the pocket and know you were tracing correctly.  On my first shirt (above) I used regular paper and you can see it is a little smaller than the pocket.  It wasn't noticeable enough for me to change it and if you are getting that close to my chest to inspect the pocket patch then we've got problems.  Get your heat and bond, adhere it to the pocket patch fabric and then use your template to cut out the patch.  Iron on and sew around the patch. If you don't want to sew I am sure you could just use extra heavy heat and bond.  Eric thought I needed some big stitches on the pocket since I didn't do my monogram so I used some embroidery thread to make the X. 
Super easy and super fast but if you need more direction, check out the pin.  The hardest part was choosing a fabric because I have a ton of choices. 

I was going to do my monogram but I was too distracted by the Olympics.  I went to Occasions Engraving and typed my initials into the circle monogram.  Printed off the page and enlarged my monogram 230%.  It was just going to be a lot of cutting and I had just cut out a quilt earlier, so I nixed the idea.  Maybe I will actually get my embroidery machine out and learn how to do my own monograms.  Probably not that was my 2010 goal and it is about to be 2013. 
Anyway now you have something fun to do this weekend and we will just pretend that the original idea didn't come from a company named The Frat Collection. 
But I do live in a college town so I am around frat guys often so I'll call this "The 30 Year Old That Lives In A College Town That Loves Nothing More Than To Be Seated Next To College Students In A Restaurant And Overhear Their Conversations So I Can Roll My Eyes And Say What Are Kids Thinking These Days?! Collection". 
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