Wednesday, May 23, 2012

WIP Wednesday: Garment week

After missing out last week (nothing sewn at all, no mojo, nada, rien), I've been back in front of my machine. I did not sew anything even remotely quilting related though. Instead, I managed to finish three pieces of clothing.

Since my niece did not get a dress because I had to make myself a Tova tunic instead, I had to make her something else. So I whipped up this little raglan shirt for her. The pattern is the same I used for my son's (pattern #25 from OTTOBRE 4/2011), so it came together really quickly - this morning, to be precise.

The fabric is a jersey knit that I had picked up at Joann's ages ago, along with the hot pink rib knit for the collar and cuffs.

Here's a closer look at the fabric:

I like that this is very girly but not actually pink all over. I'm not a very pink person... But I think that the lady bugs and flowers will be a hit with my niece.

I also made a dress for myself, the Passport dress from Lisette, that turned out beautifully but does not fit. Kind of sad, to not be able to tailor yourself a dress that fits, no? Well, it deserves it's own post, so more on that at the end of the week.

I hope to get back into the quilting saddle now. If only all the fabric I ordered from the Fat Quarter Shop three weeks ago would finally arrive!

Oh well, while I wait for the mailman, I'll check out all the other fantastic stuff over at freshly pieced!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Tova # 3, the fun one

What happens when you buy fabric to sew a dress for your 2-year old niece, but then you like that fabric so much that you want to make something for yourself out of it? Another Tova tunic, of course!

I really, really tried, but I just could not resist. To me, that fabric just screams "good mood" and "summer".  It's actually made of two complimenting fabrics. Since I had only a yard each, I had to get a little creative. The back, the insert and the collar are made in the smaller scale print, the front and the sleeves are made with the tree print.

I am a lover of velvet ribbon, and luckily, that works out well for this blouse.

So go ahead, laugh at me and feel free to call this the "Toddler Tova". I'll be making some daisy chains in the meantime...

Friday, May 18, 2012

Invasion of the dinosaurs

Who says they are extinct? I say they are alive and kicking, at least on this baby quilt.

It's pretty bold, I guess the baby playing on this quilt will have no problem with visual stimulation...
I really liked the dinosaur fabric when I first saw it, but it's a bit overwhelming. So I fussy cut the dinos, paired them with Kona Cotton and some small scale prints. And voila, this came out. I constructed the blocks like courthouse step blocks. Super fast if you chain piece.

For the back, I used the leftover dino fabric and paired it with some Kona turquoise.

I bound it in striped fabric I got ages ago at Joann's. It was a perfect fit since it has nearly all the colors that I used on the front:

This will be my entry for Blogger's Quilt Festival over on Amy's Creative Side.

Amy's Creative Side
It's not really what I had planned. I was hoping to finish my Little Folks String quilt in time, but at some point last week I realized that I can either rush through the whole thing, possibly screw it up in the process or enter a different quilt. And this little beauty is not such a bad alternative, is it?

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

WIP Wednesday: Dinosaur week

Happy WIP Wednesday everyone! This week just flew by, and I spent the majority of it in bed or flat on the floor. Turns out, it's not such a good idea to pick up your child while running! The little rascal was trying to make his escape, I ran after him, picked him up and felt a stabbing pain in my lower back. That was Wednesday last week. I even managed to sit him in his seat on the bike, cycle home and cook lunch. When he wanted to be carried up the stairs, I realized I could not stand up straight again. Thankfully, after a trip to the doctor, some muscle relaxing pills and lots of rest, I felt almost back to normal by Sunday.
So of course sewing was almost out of question this past week. Well, almost. I managed to finish my dinosaur quilt top.

After the majority of commenters last week voted no sashing, I decided to go with that option. It's pretty bold now, I guess the baby will have lots of stimulation on that blanket!
However, I haven't given up on the sashing option yet. And since I have a lot of dinosaurs left, I decided to make another quilt with sashing. But for now, this one is ready to be basted. I pieced the back yesterday and hope to get this done by the end of the week.

I think this little guy might be my favourite:

or maybe this one:

Thank you everyone who was kind enough to leave a comment last week and offer his opinion. I really appreciated it. I guess that's one of the reasons why I think WIP Wednesday is such a great idea, to get help from other amazing quilters out there!

Thanks to Lee for hosting us every week!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

WIP Wednesday: To sash or not to sash?

Happy WIP Wednesday everyone! We had a holiday yesterday, so I kind of feel like Monday today. But in a good way, like 'fresh start of the week' way. It's 8 am now, the kids are already off to pre-school, so I'm looking forward to a lot of sewing this morning.
But let's take a look back first, shall we? I did not do so much quilt related sewing last week, I mainly concentrated on clothes for my boys. I did manage to make a few more blocks for my Little Folks string quilt though. I am still so, so excited about this one. The voile is so soft, I can't wait to snuggle under that quilt.

The blocks are 11 inch squares, and I'm paper piecing them. I think this really helps with sewing the voile, since the fabric is a little bit slippery.

I also started another baby quilt. This one is for one of the teachers at my son's pre-school. She just had a baby boy and I was asked to make a quilt for her and the baby. I could not say no to that, could I? I had this dinosaur fabric in my stash that I thought would be good. So I fussy cut the dinosaurs, paired them with some Kona Cotton and a few more small prints from my stash and set to work.

But now I have a question: I was planning on putting some white sashing in between the blocks. But I also like the close together without the sashing. What do you think? To sash or not to sash?

Linking up with Lee from freshly pieced!

Fresh Sewing Day

Sometimes, I think I live behind the moon. There are so many great sewing blogs out there, and I feel I have only scratched the surface of what there is to discover. That said, I only found out about Fresh Sewing Day today.

And since I have a few finished this month, I decided to join in the fun.

Hm, I only finished on quilt... . But four shirts is not such a bad number, right? I have to say, the kids clothes week challenge really got me going this past month. And it felt great. I realized I sew not nearly enough for my boys. They are at an age right now where they find it great that Mommy makes them shirts. So I have to make the best of it 'til it lasts!

The quilt was a first for me, my first hand quilted one. I really, really love how it turned out. I have a king sized quilt planned for our bed, but I was a bit afraid of the quilting on my little machine. But hand quilting seems the way to go. Wish me luck!