Pretty Potholders



I am SO in love with these new potholders I made. The main fabric is Metro Market Red Beaters from Kaufman. I bought it on clearance a long, long time ago and just couldn't cut into it. Then I saw this tutorial from Prudent Baby and knew it was just right. The binding is made from Paula Prass' Summer Soiree, Mints in Lime.


I knew that I wouldn't be able to line up the pattern on the pocket with the back exactly, so I turned it sideways. I also used quilting tape instead of double fold bias tape for the extra width since the dots were so spread apart.


My favorite part? Probably the loops for hanging. (smile) If you want to get your hands on some of this quilting tape, it's here in the store.

Knitting & Crochet Needle Roll



I whipped up a knitting needle roll for my friend Beth's birthday a few weeks ago. This was such an easy project! I used this tutorial with prints from Heather Bailey's Pop Garden, cream linen, and dark brown bias tape. The taller pockets are a great length for knitting needles, and the shorter pockets are perfect for crochet needles.


I used bias tape in place of the ribbon since I didn't have a good coordinating ribbon on hand. It worked perfectly! Happy Birthday, Beth!

Saturday Sewing



I'm so excited about this project! I decided to enter into Prudent Baby's table runner contest, so I put together a cute Christmas table runner this weekend. I only used fabrics that I already had (bought on clearance last Christmas), and I think it turned out really cute.


I quilted the runner and made my own bias tape for the binding. I think the bias tape is my favorite part. Who doesn't love pink and green polka dots? Now I just need a nice centerpiece for the table!

Wedding Quilt


Quilt Fabrics
Two good friends of mine are getting married today. Some girls and I conspired to make them a quilt as a surprise gift.

Quilt Front
We didn’t want it to be girly, plus the bride isn’t a fan of pink, so we picked the blues and greens from Patty Young’s Mezzanine line for the front…

Quilt Back
and Ta Dot in Sea for the backing. Their wedding is on a cruise, so these colors seemed very fitting. We quilted waves using our local long-arm quilting machine.

Quilt Embroidery
One of the girls who contributed does embroidery, so she whipped up this little panel that we appliquéd to the back of the quilt. Another girl picked out the Chinese saying, which is used frequently for weddings, and translates to “As we hold hands, we go through life together forever.”

Quilt Binding
The binding is Heather Bailey’s Sway from her Pop Garden line. So cute, and such a good match!

Quilt
Each girl contributed by designing, machine sewing, ironing, quilting, embroidering, or hand-sewing. This was such a fun gift to make!

Congratulations, Justin and Andrea. We’re so excited for you both!

Cupcakes for Cures

I love cupcakes. (Who doesn’t?) I think decorating them is my favorite part. I know I’ve told you how much I love Bake It Pretty before, but I’m going to tell you again. Because they’re awesome. Their adorable baking cups and frosting tips take cupcakes to a whole new level.

So when I read on their blog about the Cupcakes for Cures Cupcake Competition, at which they would auction off handmade aprons in support of The American Cancer Society, I couldn’t say no! Plus, Bake It Pretty’s offer to send donors a “little something special” for helping out was like… icing on the cake. (Sorry. Couldn’t help myself.)

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I whipped up a Marie Apron from some spare Amy Butler fabrics I had and put it in the mail. They got some really cute ones! And the cupcakes… oh my. I wish I could have been there!

Birthday Sewing

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Two of my best friends had birthdays a few days ago, so I decided to sew them each up a gift. I’ve been reading about some of my friend Tiana’s kitchen adventures on Facebook, so I decided that she needed a cute new apron. That way, if the food doesn’t turn out like she expected, she can at least say she looked cute making it. (At least that’s what I tell myself when I cook. Didn’t you and I set off the fire alarm at your house making breakfast in middle school? Sounds like something we would do….) Anyway, I made the Marie Apron out of some Erin Morrison’s Wildwood line, and I think it turned out super cute. Happy Birthday, Tiana!

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I asked Beth a while back what she would want for her birthday, and she said she loved my Apple-Picking Tote that I sewed a while back (but apparently didn’t post about… sorry!).

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Three months of sewing

Ho-lee-cow. I just checked my old posts and found that I haven’t written about anything crafty since September. Where have the last three months gone? I guess I’ve been busier than I thought. Looks like I need to sit myself down at my machine this weekend!

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I had the pleasure of attending my friend Denise’s baby shower at the end of October. She is having a little girl, so I took advantage of the opportunity to sew something girlie. I sewed up the Market Skirt with a fun fabric that isn’t super pink but is definitely feminine. This tutorial was really easy to follow and turned out super cute. The only thing that slowed me down was finishing all the edges with my machine. I wish I had a serger! I really love how it turned out. I hope little Contessa enjoys it when she gets big enough to wear it!

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I also sewed up my first Buttercup Bag for my friend Wren’s birthday. This pattern was so much fun! I did make the oval with buttons to attach, but they didn’t look right at all, so I didn’t put them on. It was so hard to part with this bag; I really wanted to keep it for myself! Happy Belated Birthday, Wren! I hope you like it!

More recently, Beth, Ellie, and I threw a baby shower for our wonderful friend Amanda, who is also having a little girl. We thought it would be fun to sew up a quilt for baby, so we hatched a plan, gathered our stashes, and spent an afternoon sewing up this baby.

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Ellie sewed the orange blocks, Beth sewed the pink blocks, and I sewed the green blocks.

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We backed it with this super-cute fabric from Joann’s that has an entire story about mother and baby and love written on it. We snatched it up the moment we saw it.

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We also used this fabric flower tutorial to make a bouquet to go in her nursery.

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My other gift to Amanda was a Market Skirt and a nursing cover. I can’t wait to meet all of these sweet babies that are on the way!

Zig-Zag Quilt

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I finally finished my quilt!

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I’m really happy with the result. I like how the back isn’t only a solid this time.

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It’s all crinkly after going in the wash.

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The binding took a while to get on, but it looks great, even up close.

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It’s nice and soft like the rest of the quilt. All in all, I’m not too sure if I’ll work with triangles again (they were a bit fussy), but this quilt is much fluffier since it has less quilting on it than my last one. I can’t wait for winter to get here so that I can use it.

Next up is a Christmas log cabin quilt for my mom for a combined birthday and Christmas present. We picked out fabrics from our stashes over the holiday weekend, and now I’m ready to cut into them and get started. Quilt Dad is running this quilt-along if you’re interested in joining.

My first quilt




I'm done! I finally finished hand-sewing the back of the binding last night (week 7 of the quilt-along).



It turns out I did half of the hand-sewing wrong. I saw this tutorial on the ladder stitch and actually yelled out loud, "Oh!"



It went a lot faster once I figured out how to do it correctly. And it looked a lot nicer, too.



I didn't want to part with it, but I threw it in the wash today (after sleeping with it last night). Now it's super wrinkly and comfy. If only it wasn't 100 degrees outside. I'm tempted to crank on the air conditioning to 60 degrees to get to use my quilt, but I don't think my husband would be too keen on that. Or our electricity bill.

I love, love, love my quilt! The whole process was a lot easier than I expected, especially the stippling. When I finished last night, my husband asked me what I was going to do now that my quilt was done. Apparently a lot of the participants in the quilt-along wondered the same thing... so now we're going to do another quilt! YAY! (I think I'm hooked on quilting.) Amy from Park City Girl is going to lead us in sewing a zig-zag quilt. I've ordered my fat quarters and now I need to buy some solids and thread to finish it out. Stay tuned!
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