Monday, March 30, 2009

Making a dress

I thought you should know why I've been so quiet on the blog lately. I hope this video explains it all.

I'll give you more details in a bit.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Napkin update

I only need a few more fabrics to complete the collection for my wedding napkins. I keep pulling these out and looking at them sitting all in a row. Ah, happiness.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

New Look 6807

The inspiration (from this post):

My version:

A light, swingy top made from some stash jersey and New Look 6807. After reading the reviews of this top on Pattern Review, I raised the neckline a bit before cutting. I'm glad I did, otherwise I think this top would be too low cut for my comfort. I also lengthened and narrowed the sleeves.

I omitted the tie in the back neckline. I like the tie detail on the pattern, but I didn't want to add any more fuss to this busy print.

Pattern: New Look 6807
Fabric: Jersey from my stash (and I still have enough to make another top)
Modifications: Raised neckline, narrowed and lengthened sleeves, omitted back neck tie
Result: I really like this top and will probably make it again in a solid color.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Piece together quilting bee

When Katie announced the Pieced Together Quilting Bee, I jumped at the chance to join. Katie had the first month and requested an improv block that primarily used reds and blues and whatever else went. It was more challenging than I thought it would be to make, but I really enjoyed the process. I hope she likes it.

Get better soon soup

We've spent the better part of the last week trying to help Peter get over the flu. The lesson in all of this: get a flu shot. Thankfully I got mine in the fall so I've managed to avoid the bug so far. But poor Peter, it's not been an easy week for him. Making a huge batch of chicken soup was the least I could do to help him feel a little better. I used this simple soup recipe by Robin Miller, which I'm calling "Get Better Soon Soup" from now on. Of course I hope you don't ever have to use the recipe, but it might be nice to have on hand just in case.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Um, yes please

Check out Grosgrain's latest giveaway, the Sunday Laundry Shirt Dress GIVEAWAY!!!! Her stuff looks like it walked right out of an Anthropologie catalog. Oh, how I aspire to sew more beautiful clothes!

Monday, March 02, 2009

Elissa's Quilt

I wanted a simple project to take my mind off of wedding things, and this fit the bill perfectly. I didn't even think too hard about the fabric choices, I let a Joann's fabric kit make the decision for me. Though a small part of me feels like I cheated a little bit, the fabric combination was too cute to pass up. Plus, the cutting line was ridiculously long that day. I used my own pattern inspired by the turning twenty quilt pattern and added a few extra fabrics such as those adorable houses.

The finished size of the quilt is 48" x 64". I quilted it using a diamond pattern to compliment the geometrical shapes of the piecing. I'm happy with how it turned out.

I made a little tag for the back using the alphabet stitches on my Bernina. I hope Elissa gets a lot of snuggles out of this quilt. I think it has a lifetime of snuggles to give.