Monday, January 5, 2015

Diamond Quilt finish

I got in another finish in 2014 that I never got a chance to blog about. This one will be hard to talk about because honestly, it took me so long, I don't remember much about it! I started this quilt in 2013 after I started back to work. This quilt was planned to match the colors at work so I could hang it in my office.

When I pulled this out of my WIP pile this year, I had labeled the backing with Fall 2013.  Whoops! It sat in my sewing room for a year finished, back constructed, but un quilted!

I also don't remember the pattern I used. I know this was a really old pattern and it was paper piecing. I remember struggling with this because when I made copies of the one block, it must not have been laying flat on the machine. I think there were some slight bends because it got a little fiddly as I was putting it together. As a result, it is not the most flat wall hanging. But only you and I know that! ;)

I did have a lot of fun with the quilting on this one. I practiced my fmq on this in the green parts and then did a pattern I got from Angela Walters latest book Shape by Shape. Side note - fantastic book, highly recommend it!

As always you can see the quilting much better on the back. My straight lines need a little more work, but I was pretty happy with my stippling!

So there you have it!  Sorry for the lack of information. It's now been taken to work and hangs in my office.

Quilt stats:
Size: 50"x50"
Pattern: Unknown
Fabrics: Mix of scraps and stash
Quilted by: Myself
Finished: 12/2014

Friday, January 2, 2015

Christmas Clothing

I normally don't like sewing clothing for the kids. Neither really seems to appreciate it (my daughter is NOT a girly girl) and it's not my favorite type of sewing. However, I got bit by the bug when I saw this cute London pattern by Mod Kid Boutique. We don't do a super dressy Christmas so when I saw the styling ideas in corduroy, I was sold! I made this cute little dress out of snowman and black corduroy with red accent fabric.

Then, as I was making this dress, I had the snowmen laid out and my son came in and announces, "I want one!". I'm sure he had no idea what he was asking for, but I had enough fabric to make something else. So back to ModKid's website and I found the Keagan pattern. I mean how cool is that for a little boy. I love all the different styles. I decided on the bowling shirt for Evan and it came out so sweet!

And here are my little munchkins in action. (Of course they don't like posing together so this was the best I could do!)

The outfits were perfect! The short sleeves were great for how warm it is at grandmas and the snowmen were a hit! And I would highly recommend ModKid's patterns. I don't do a lot of sewing, but they were easily understood by me so I'd say most with a basic garment sewing knowledge could do them!

And I have to give a shout out to my mom who used to make matching dresses for me and my sister.
Check out those pinafores!! I'm the little one - you know the one who looks exactly like my son! haha! The clothing tradition continues.


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