Monday, January 26, 2015

Swiss Dot Dress

Hey yall! A while back, I blogged over at Clover and Violet about a series of dresses that I made for Reagan this past summer. At the time, I had every intention of doing a full series about each dress but, well, new school and first trimester (and let's be honest, second too!) of my pregnancy meant I got a bit behind.

However, I wanted to share some pictures that I took back in .... umm... August? ... of Reagan in one of the dresses! They are so cute - and pretty simple - but I just love how she looks in them.

And yes, she insisted on wearing her minnie mouse sandals to church with her dress! Got to pick your battles, right?!

This dress is a size 3T, with a bit of extended length. I made the sleeveless version, and added a row of piping a couple inches off the bottom hem. My mother in law did the monogramming on the bodice for me, and we added a simple shiny ribbon for the sash. I also added piping to the collar.
In some ways, it's strange to see these pictures of her after five months because she has grown so much in that time frame. It's difficult to see how much your toddlers grow, sometimes, until you look back and see just how much they actually did change. She really has transitioned and lost that baby look to her face - and with her hair up, she looks even older!
I love how sweet and timeless this dress is - and even though its winter, Reagan still wants to wear it!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Christmas Economy Pillow

Hey yall! Can you believe Christmas is already gone??? I can't either! I was a very busy little elf the last few weeks trying to get a bunch of things finished up and sent on their merry little way before the holidays.
However, one of my thoughts when measuring sewing for others versus sewing for myself (and Reagan and our home and fun projects), is that I need to have balance between the two. So, I have 'work' sewing and 'fun' sewing. Recently, I finished a fun project for our home for the holidays.

I love making different pillow covers - much to my husband's consternation!
My mom gave me a charm pack of some fun red and white Christmas prints, and I used those as my starting off point in making an economy block pillow. I ended up adding in a few other pieces of fabric here and there but I tried to stick only with fabrics that were red and white.

I used Rita of Red Pepper Quilts Economy Block tutorial - and it was a great tutorial to follow. So very clear. These little blocks came together quick and easy.
This pillow is quilted using Aurifil Snow White in 50 Wt. I just followed the lines of the block - going 1/4 inch on either side of the seams. I used two different Christmas fat quarters for the envelope style back - neither had any selvage information and I just can't remember where they are from.
I alternated having 'red' blocks and 'white' blocks, and I love how it creates a secondary pattern on the pillow. The final pillow cover measures about 20 inches square which fits a bit more loosely than I typically prefer for my pillow covers, but I just love this pillow! It's so classic for the holidays!
Take care yall!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Handmade Christmas Cradle Quilt

Hey yall!! Today, I wanted to share with yall one of the gifts that we gave Miss Reagan for Christmas this year. She has been super into baby dolls the past few months, and is forever putting them to bed anywhere. When we moved her into her big girl room, my dad reminded me of my old doll cradle that he had made me when I was little. My dad built all of my bedroom furniture as a girl, and he made this cradle to match my bed (now Reagan's bed).
We decided that this year at Christmas, it was the right time to give it to her. Hubby painted the cradle white to match the rest of her furniture, and I went to work on the linens for the cradle.
My mom and dad had saved the linens from when I was a girl. I gave the pillow and mattress some more stuffing and love. I washed up the knitted and crocheted blankets that my great aunt made for it. Then, I made a little quilt.
I made hourglass blocks using various Anna Maria Horner prints and low volume prints. They are itty bitty, with each block measuring three inches.  The little quilt measures 36 inches square, so it's a bit bigger than most mini quilts .
I quilted it in a soft gray Aurifil 50 wt thread, just over the hourglass design. I didn't want to take away from the play of the fabrics. I backed it in an Anna Maria Horner Loulouthi print from my stash, and bound it with a black and white binding that was leftover from another project.
Honestly, the little quilt is just adorable. I'm wishing for a bigger version. I love it that much! I think Reagan loves it too! She has loved playing with the cradle, and putting her babies to sleep. It means so much to me to see her play with a toy that I loved very much. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

{Lucky} Christmas Stars Quilt

I hope yall had a wonderful Christmas! It was our first Christmas in our new home, and as always, Christmas remains my favorite time of the year - I just love the hustle and bustle of the season. I think one of the reasons why I love Christmas is just how joyful everyone seems to be - there's this general feeling of good will towards other people.
I'm especially excited this year because I finally finished my 2013 Lucky Stars BOM quilt by Don't Call Me Betsy.  I've only had all of these blocks finished since last December - but ya know, in true procrastinator form, I literally finished it this past weekend. Whoops.
In any event - I LOVE this quilt. It's not a big quilt, just a throw quilt size.
It measures about 40 inches by 54 inches.
I added two inch sashing to each of the blocks to increase the size a little bit.

I had a major oops when making these blocks because I used two different (and very close) shades of red. It ended up working out okay for the final quilt.
Looking back on some of the blocks, I would do some of them differently. But making a sampler quilt was a lot of fun! My paper piecing skills really improved doing this BOM series. I didn't sign up last year for it... and I haven't heard whether or not there will be another BOM by Elizabeth this year or not.

For the back, I used a print that was on sale for very very cheap at my local quilt shop. My mom gave me the Christmas stripe for the binding - I cut it on the bias, and I love how it looks with front and back.
My Christmas Stars quilt wasn't out for very long this year, but that's okay. I am already looking forward to pulling it out next year for the holidays.
To see read my previous posts about this BOM, go here.
Yall take care!
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