Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

I finished gifts for Megan's teachers Tuesday, Santa finished putting together Megan's play kitchen Wednesday.... all that's left is baking some Christmas cookies.

Of course I'm not anywhere close to being ready for Megan's birthday :-)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

We're Ready for Disney!!

I finished sewing Megan's Disney World outfits with 4 days to spare... yeah me!! (I really thought I'd be sewing through the night right before we left). So here it is:

Megan will wear this over her clothes at meals.
Pattern: Child's No Tie Apron from YCMT
Fabric: Mickey = Wal-Mart, Red Mickey Head = Hobby Lobby

Animal Kingdom
Pattern: Top = Bowling Shirt by CarlaC from YCMT; Pants = Easy Fit Pants by CarlaC from YCMT
Fabric: JoAnn
Embroidery: HeatherSue at

Magic Kingdom
Pattern: Pants = Easy Fit Pants by CarlaC from YCMT (top purchased)
Fabric = JoAnn (pink) and Alexander Henry (kids)

1900 Park Fare
Pattern: Top = Molly Peasant Top by CarlaC from YCMT; Pants = Easy Fit Pants by CarlaC from YCMT
Fabric: JoAnn

Pattern: Top = Faith Double Layer Top from YCMT; Pants = Easy Fit Pants by CarlaC from YCMT
Fabric: JoAnn

Crystal Palace
Pattern: Under Shirt = Molly Peasant Top by CarlaC from YCMT; Over Top = Apron Jumper from YCMT
Fabric: Blue = JoAnn; Winnie The Pooh = Wal-Mart

Princess Dinner @ Norway
Pattern: Top = Emma Swing Top from YCMT; Pants = Easy Fit Pants by CarlaC from YCMT
Fabric: JoAnn
Embroidery: DivaDoodles

Pattern: Uptown Girl Jacket by Make It Perfect Patterns
Fabric: JoAnn

And a couple more items I couldn't get pictures of on the dress form (becuase I left them in Megan's room and didn't realize it until she was already in bed.)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

New Fabrics

No new sewing to show... 1 week until Megan's Disney trip and I'm still finishing up a few things.

So in the mean time I'll show off some new fabrics in my shop:

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Crayon Aprons & Burp Cloths

I'm knee deep in sewing clothes for Megan's trip to Disney World. So I haven't really had much to show off lately. (I'll save all of the Disney clothes for one GIANT post before our trip - if I'm not sewing the night before we leave - or when we get back.)

I did manage to finish 2 more crayon aprons a week or so ago. One of our local quilt shops - Sunflower Quilts - hosts a monthly Show-N-Tell and I'm going to be showing the crayon apron for November. I already had the cupcake one in Little Sis size, but I wanted to make another one in fabrics from Jill's shop, so I made the Big Sis size in barnyard fabrics.

And you know the saying... in for a penny, in for a pound... well I decided to make one more in the Mommy size so I can show all three sizes in the pattern.

And look at my little ham...

I was trying to distract her one evening while dinner was cooking so I asked her to try the apron on. Well as soon as I had it tied on, she pointed to my camera and ran over to our "picture spot".

And even though I really should be sewing for our Disney trip, I couldn't resist playing with some of the Riley Blake Wanna Be A Cowboy fabrics that came into the shop recently. I made 2 sets of these burp cloths for some soon-to-be-arriving baby boys. I can't wait till I have time to play with the pink colorway and the new Flower Bucket fabrics!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Nie Nie Skirt

As soon as I saw this skirt at Quilt Market I KNEW the Apple collection from Timeless Treasures would be perfect for this pattern.

The pattern came together easily... you just have to have a good method for creating ruffles! The only change I'll make next time is to gather the longer strips in sections - I never did break a gathering thread but I kept living in fear that one would break and I'd be back to the starting point.

In case you're looking for the pattern and/or the fabrics, you can find them in my etsy shop!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Lack of Focus

I just can't seem to focus lately. Looking at my sewing table I realized that I have 5 "current" projects in some state of completion... a Nie Nie skirt cut out and partially sewn; a 2-piece top set cut out; and 2 crayon aprons cut out and partially sewn. I don't think it is a matter of tiring of a project before it ends, but rather I'm just too excited about the next project to keep from starting it before the previous project is complete. I think I have a whole week without any evening meetings so maybe I'll be able to focus on finishing at least a couple of these!!

I did finish Megan's Halloween outfit last week. We aren't going to do a costume this year... I know... bad mommy... but we aren't going to trick-or-treat in the neighborhood, and I really don't want to deal with the crowds at the city Halloween event, so I just couldn't see adding it to my ever growing list of projects

Monday, October 12, 2009

Pattern Review - A Thumbs-Up and A Thumbs-Down

After months of having JCasa's crayon wallet in my etsy favorite list I finally purchased it. A few days later I was shopping at WalMart and found a remnant piece of Mickey fabric for a couple of bucks - perfect for the crayon wallet! So as my early-rising child (and I do mean early - like 4:30am) was watching cartoons on a Saturday morning I put this adorable crayon wallet together. What a great pattern! All of the steps are clear and there are pictures for each step. I love this pattern so much that I'm thinking about making them a party gifts for Megan's 2nd birthday party.

I loved the pictures on YCMT of the Weekender Tote so I decided to make it for myself to take to Quilt Market. Maybe this wasn't the best pattern for my first time making a bag, but I don't think I'll try this one again... I found the directions were not 100% clear for all steps (I ended up cutting excess fabric that I didn't need due to some confusion I had in the directions), and I thought my machine was going to revolt with all of the fabric and batting (I ended up not top-stitching the top of the bag becuase I didn't think my machine could handle all that bulk). I do like how the finished bag looks, but it didn't stand up to everything I needed it to do (putting my DSLR in the bag was too much weight for the straps to handle without showing some strain.)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Fall Quilt Festival

I've been working on clothes more than quilts lately, so for the Fall Quilt Festival I'm going back to a quilt I completed earlier this year.

For probably 10 years I collected cat fabrics whenever I found them. I had no idea what I was going to do with them. But once Megan came along I decided to make a baby charm quilt with them. At first I was going to use 90 different prints for the quilt (yes - I really have over 90 different prints in my "cat" stash) but then my aunt suggested I use 45 different fabrics so that the quilt can also be a matching game for Megan.

Megan really LOVES this quilt! Almost daily she will pull it out, lay it on floor, grab a pillow from the sofa and rest with her favorite stuffed animals.

Saturday, September 26, 2009


Late last Sunday I got a wild hair and thought I'd look into the Creative Arts contest at the Ft. Bend County Fair. I knew the fair was starting Friday, so I figured I'd be too late for this year, but at least I'd have an idea of timing for next year. Well to my surprise they hadn't started taking entries yet... entries were scheduled for all day Wednesday and Thursday morning.

I told Chris that I was thinking about entering and he immediately said I should enter the dog outfit I made Megan this summer. Ok - entry #1 taken care of.

And then I thought about the crayon apron I made a couple of weeks ago. Everyone I've shown the apron to (or pictures of it) has loved it. Except that would mean I'd have to make one... before Wednesday. No problem! I had more of the same fabrics, and Chris would be studying Monday and Tuesday night...

I got everything made, pressed, and dropped off Wednesday evening. And Thursday afternoon the call came... I won an Outstanding Rosette for the crayon apron. And guess what?!? When we got to the fair Saturday, I realized that the crayon apron also won a first place ribbon, and the dog outfit won a first place ribbon. Not bad for my first time! I'm already excited about next year's fair. Maybe I'll even give the Texas State Fair a try...

Monday, September 14, 2009

Look What Showed Up On My Doorstep...

... 6 bolts from the Apple line by Alice Kennedy and 1 bolt of Pirate Map from Timeless Treasures.

I've opened an etsy shop with this and a few other fabrics... and more fabrics are on the way. Stop by and take a look around.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

I Love!!!

Not only have I been able to make some super cute outfits for Megan from the patterns on YouCanMakeThis...

...but yesterday they solved a last-minute gift need!

Hubby called me at work about 2:30 Friday afternoon to let me know Megan had a birthday party to go to Saturday morning. So I was trying to figure out not only what to get a 5 year-old girl, but when I could fit in shopping, when inspiration struck.... check out what's available on YCMT. And there I found the Crayon Apron pattern. I was able to purchase the pattern, print it out, read over all the instructions, and plan out my fabrics all before I left the office for the day (ok - I really should have been working on a Bankruptcy, but it will still be there Monday!) Then after Megan went to bed I put together the apron while watching Eureka and Psych, and still made it to bed on time.

I think the birthday girl liked it! And one of the other moms wanted to know where I had found the apron - guess that's a good sign that someone else thought it was as cute as I did!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

A Couple New Things

The last couple of weeks have been a little crazy around here, but I have been able to complete a couple of things.

Dinner Napkins
A few weeks ago Megan started wanting a placemat and napkin at the table just like Mommy and Daddy. Well I had some dog fabrics that I didn't know what to do with, so I used them for napkins for each of us. So much cuter than the plain blue ones we had been using! I really liked the pattern I used, but boy did it use a lot of fabric - 3/4 yard of three different fabrics made 3 napkins.

Another New Look Top
We took a family road trip to Central Texas last weekend to visit the Cabela store in Buda. Wow - that's one big store! And for the trip I made Megan a pink camo top from one of my go-to patterns.

I know things are not going to slow down around here this fall/winter. So I've tried to come up with a bit of a game plan...
September = finish up some in-process projects
October = play around with embroidery machine and test out Embird
November = sew for Disney trip

Friday, August 21, 2009

Catch Up

As promissed, here's a little catch up post of some items I've completed recently...

I showed this outfit earlier, but here's a shot of Megan in the outfit she wore to the Dog Show:
(Patterns: CarlaC's A-Line, Easy Fit Pants, and Patchwork Bucket Hat from

I found a 1/2 yard of this fabric stashed away and was going to use it for more burp cloths, but thought I'd see if there was enough for a top. And there was!
(Pattern: New Look 6906)

This top was made for a trip to the Downtown Aquarium:
And Megan and Daddy looking at the fish:
(Patterns: Emma Swing Top and CarlaC's Patchwork Bucket Hat from

I love finding remnants at Hobby Lobby! This one was almost a full yard and was just perfect for trying out a new pattern.

(Pattern: CarlaC's Molly Peasant from

Felt Letters - I plan to make a travel felt board that Megan can take in the car.

Disappearing 9-Patch - finally finished the top! Now to find time to quilt it.

And finally... here's a peek at the 60+ yards of fabric that came into the house during July. Now to be completly fair, a few pieces were probably bought in June and a couple are from August. I finally got around to folding everything and thought I'd snap a quick picture when done. Wow - the stack looks like it could topple over!

I have plans for some of the fabrics... the 4 Jelly Rolls will be quilts; the FQ stack along with 2 1-yard pieces from the same line (Heather Peterson) will be a quilt of some sorts; the Patty Young (green) will probably be a bag for me and an outfit for Megan; the Amy Butler Lotus and Full Moon Dot (along with a couple of other pieces) will be an outfit for Megan; the Jennifer Paganelli (green and white) may be a top for me; and some of the Heather Bailey will be a bag for me and some an outfit for Megan.

Any ideas for the rest of the fabrics?