Monday, June 27, 2016

Summer Sundress

I mentioned in my last post that I haven't been sewing much and it's true. 
 I had already started this dress a number of weeks ago and put it to the side because I didn't think I would like how it would turn out. I don't have a lot of experience in making clothes and so I tend to be intimidated by it. 
But with 4th of July coming up I really wanted her to have a cute dress for the holiday so I thought I would pull out the dress and actually finish it and I'm pretty happy I did because I love how it turned out!
To make this dress I followed a tutorial on the Lil Blue Boo blog.
It's a great tutorial and perfect for beginners!

The pattern didn't have pockets but I decided to add a couple to see how I like it.

Since it was my first time making this pattern, this first dress is like a trial run. 
It's far from perfect but now that I've done it once I know what adjustment and changes to make for the next dress!

I think the next time I make a dress I want one that doesn't have the tie straps.
The tie straps are great for beginners because they are simple and easy to do!
But Alaya didn't quite love me trying to tie them nor does she hold still very long!

But I still think they are cute! And since they tie, you can easily adjust the height of the dress which is nice.
Now that I have officially finished a dress for her I think I might have the itch to make another one! 

Maybe even try my hand at a little more challenging pattern...maybe!

 Until then, we will be outside enjoying these last few days of June and getting things ready to celebrate the Fourth of July! What fun holiday traditions do you do to celebrate The Fourth? 
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Life Lately

Can I have a redo of June please? 

This past month flew by with a whirlwind of fun.
Between celebrating Ashton's 4th birthday, a week of vacation, home renovations, and summer fun I already feel this glorious season slipping by fast.

I am currently 28 weeks pregnant with baby girl-yay we've reached third trimester!! I feel huge of course but feeling good other than that! I'm dealing with the heat quite well so far even though I know the humidity is just going to get worse as we move into July. Thankfully we have invested in a family pool pass so if you need me, you know where to find me!

As for baby prep, we are almost ready for her! I think?! I should probably start washing baby clothes and figuring out where to store them in our tiny house... instead I'm going to keep putting that off and get outside with my loves.
These kids are loving summer and all the fun that goes with it. Alaya would LIVE outside if I let her. 
Our days consist mostly of swim lessons, picnics at the park, bike rides, trips to the library, and swimming at the pool!
If only they knew how good they've got it...

If you've been wondering why the lack of sewing pictures lately it's because I haven't been sewing. 
My two rugrats keep me pretty busy and with the beautiful weather we spend most of our time outside. 
I used to sew when they napped or went to be but being pregnant (along with anemia) I normally find myself napping or sleeping when they do too. Which leaves little to no time to sew!
It's bitter-sweet. I know it's just a season of time and someday I'll be able to sew a lot more. For now I'm just happy mothering my babies...and sleep makes me happy too! Bring on the naps!
You won't find me giving up on sewing entirely of course!! I'd be crazy to do that. I have a few hand sewing projects going or sometimes when I get the *need to create I'll pull out the machine for a quick project like this pillow I made last week!
 But other than the hand-sewing and other small quick projects you may not see a lot of quilts popping out in the near future. I can imagine I'll be getting even less sewing done once a newborn is in the house. 
Oh gosh, THREE kiddos. 
I can't hardly believe it. 
I feel both a mix of terror and excitement!!
Mostly excitement, but I'm trying to mentally prepare myself for how crazy this coming fall is going to be.

So here's to one wild and crazy summer...which will actually be the calm before the storm.
Thanks to Alaya, we are quite used to wild and crazy around here so I think we will manage. 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Scrappy & Plush

Sometimes it seems I have so many quilt ideas and yet so little time. 
I definitely haven't been able to sew as much as I would like to lately. 
As you already know, we are expecting baby #3 and the biggest side effect to each of my pregnancies has been how much SLEEP my body requires! I'm so tired all the time it seems. Since I already have a 3 year old and a 1 year old who keep me pretty busy, I used to do most of my sewing while they napped or went to bed. Now that I am pregnant you can usually find me sleeping whenever they are sleeping as well. Yay for naps!! Boo for the lack of sewing time. 

Thankfully I have been able to finish my 2nd quilt finish for this year and it's probably my most favorite finish yet!! Not because of it's design or look, but it's my favorite because of how it feels!!  But if you know me, you also know I love a scrappy quilt with lots of little pieces and this my friend was made from A LOT of little squares.

The reason this quilt stands out from my other quilts is because of the batting. I know you can't see the batting-that's why I wish so badly you could feel this quilt!
There are so many types of batting to choose from and a majority of my quilts are made from cotton batting since it's a higher quality of batting and I love the way quilts wrinkle up after a wash with cotton. But I love the puffiness polyester batting gives a quilt but it's a little harder to work with and is slightly lower quality. I seemed to have found the best of both worlds in this new batting I found! On this quilt, I tried a new batting called Warm & Plush and I'm absolutely smitten!!!!!
Can you see how plush and cozy it is?!!

 It's a cotton batting so it's great to work with as far as quilting goes, but it's a thicker cotton so it gives the quilt a bit more of puffiness than regular cotton batting. Since it's thicker, it also adds a little weight to the quilt which I LOVE!!! 

I love a nice warm quilt to snuggle under on the couch. And yet, it's not too heavy to the point you can't hardly move around it or take it to a football game or picnic. It's the perfect mid-weight quilt and feels so great. I wish you could feel it through these pictures!! 

The patchwork finished makes around a 2.5" square. I'd hate to know how many hours I have invested in this quilt, but every minute was worth it. Is there anything better than a scrappy patchwork quilt? My sister calls it a "grandma quilt" because it has that old traditional mis-matched patchwork quilt look that maybe a grandmother might have made. 

This probably sounds rude that she would say that, but I take it as a huge compliment! I love scrappy vintage quilts so to think my quilt looks like something a grandmother quilter would have made is a compliment. The only difference in my quilt versus your grandmother's quilt is mine is made with new high quality premium fabrics, cotton batting, and is brand new just waiting for a new home and for someone to love on it.
(If you're interested in purchasing & giving this quilt a loving home then feel free to message me on facebook!) 

Do you recognize some of the Cotton & Steel fabrics from my past Moonlit Quilt??

The size ended up being bigger than I expected as well! I had about 40 fat quarters of Cotton & Steel fabric and I used every single piece of it! In fact, i used them for the backing of the quilt as well...

So not only is the front patchwork and pieced, so is the back!! 
The perfect addition to a scrappy quilt!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Vintage Pink Baby Quilt

I'm excited to share with you today the newest baby quilt I recently finished for a friend of mine having a baby girl. She asked that the quilt be pink & vintage!
I'm a vintage-loving girl myself so I had a fun time piecing this beauty together! 
I feel like the pictures just don't do justice for this quilt. The sun wasn't cooperating with me but these will at least give you a glimpse of it. 
I feel like pictures just don't do justice for how pretty this quilt really is!
The sun wasn't cooperating with me but these will at least give you a glimpse of it. 
I decided to do half square triangles for the design because triangles are awesome in any quilt. It really gives it a more scrappy look like you see in most vintage quilts.

And for a little special touch, I embroidered the baby girl's name at the bottom of the quilt.
Truly a keepsake.
I don't personally have an embroidery machine but my best friend Rachel at Stitches N Snippets recently got one for Christmas so when I traveled up to visit her she let me borrow it for few projects! It was so much FUN! I want one now! 
If only they were cheaper... 
Oh well, perk to having a cool best friend who also loves to sew.

If you ask Rachel, she could attest to how nervous I was about this quilt!!!
When I took the order I was asked to do swirls and designs in the quilt pattern rather than my typical straight-line quilting. I don't claim to be a professional free motion quilter, and in fact, this was my first quilt to do entirely of FMQ but I'm SO glad I went out of my comfort zone and did it. It's far from perfect, but for my first entire quilt of fmq, I'm pretty darn proud of it and think it turned out great!
I'm pleased with how it turned out and glad she asked me to do it because it went with the character of the quilt. With fmq, it wrinkled up ever so perfectly giving it that perfect vintage wrinkly quilt look. 
I mean doesn't it look so cuddly ?!
I hope the new Momma & baby love it and all of the special touches I added to it to make it a truly one of a kind quilt.