Friday, March 27, 2015

ALYOF: March Finish


Hey yall!! Hope everyone's March has gone well - this month has just flown by for me.... Not surprisingly, with baby Alex coming next month!

So, at the beginning of the month, I linked up (link #37) to Fiber of All Sorts and Bittersweet Design's linky party called "A Lovely Year of Finishes". This year, they are challenging us to have one goal per month to work on. My goal this month was to finish my Farmers Wife Quilt! And guess what, after two years, I finally did it!! WOHOO!!!   
I quilted this using a soft pink in Aurifil 40 wt thread. I kept the quilting simple, using an overall grid pattern, and I really feel that it complements the sampler quilt. If I was better at free motion quilting (which I am NOT), I probably would have stipple quilted this ... but since I am not, a simple grid would have to do. 
When my mom and I started out working on our Farmers Wife quilts, we choose Jeni Baker's first fabric line "Color Me Retro" to be our primary fabric choices. While I absolutely adore the fabrics in this line, they probably were not necessarily the best choice for this project. When we started, we were both literally just learning how to quilt and didn't know any better! In retrospect, I wish we had picked different fabric, but I do love the overall cohesiveness of using fabric from the same line. 
Obviously, I am a bit of a rebel when it comes to the layout of my Farmers Wife quilt. The directions call for the blocks to be placed on an angle and all blocks on the front with cornerstones and sashing. However, I wanted mine to be straight lines and used a bunch of blocks on the back too. The backing fabric is from Ikea - the famous Bitten numbers fabric. I used a Michael Miller polka dot in black for the binding, and the sashing is from Timeless Treasures, the black hatch print.
Honestly, I finished this up really early this month, and have really enjoyed having it out and about in our home. It doesn't really match anywhere in the house, so it will probably end up staying up in the frog where I sew but for now, I have had it out in the family room. My mom just finished quilting her Farmers Wife, and I can't wait to see the finished product - I'll be sure to share that with yall too!! :)

Go here to see what else everyone else finished up this month!

I'm also linking up with:

Sew Cute Tuesday

and

Thursday, March 26, 2015

4 Years of Wedded Bliss

Today, hubby and I have been married for four years!
It has certainly been a busy four years for us - in that time, we've lived in three different homes, bought our first house,  and (almost) two children. We've had several job transitions between the two of us. We have certainly grown and changed a lot over the past four years... and realizing that we have actually been together for the last seven years - it makes seeing how we have grown and changed even more substantial.
Through it all, it has been a fun and crazy wild ride. Here's a fun look back at us through the last seven years!
I am so blessed to have this man to do life with!
Happy Anniversary babe! I love you!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Fantasia & Class Picnic Tunic

Today, I'm sharing with yall a fun dress that I made for my little peanut!! I'm super excited about this dress and how it turned out - and I think Reagan was just as excited!
The lovely Sara of Sew Sweetness sent me several fat quarters of her newest fabric line for Art Gallery Fabrics called Fantasia. I personally adore these fabrics - and the totally suit my wild child Reagan! They are the prettiest combination of unicorns and whimsical forest drawings in a lovely teal, pinks, oranges, and yellows. 
I have been wanting to mix my two sewing loves - garment sewing & patchwork  - for a while... and this fabric line turned out to be the perfect way to go. 
I used Rita's (from Red Pepper Quilts) tutorial for checkerboard quilt blocks to make the top front bodice piece. I had such a blast playing around with these checkerboard blocks. I made one of the smaller sizes (the 1.5 inch finished squares) that Rita shares at the end of her tutorial. I paired the Fantasia fabric with a teal swiss dot voile from my stash for both the patchwork and for the rest of the tunic. 

The dress is an Oliver + S pattern that I have had in my stash for.... oh, about three years. I bought it from a quilt shop near my mom that had paper patterns on sale for $5 each! That's a great bargain. Of course, it's been sitting on the shelf for some time waiting to be sewn up. Reagan is wearing a 3T these days, and so I am in a hurry to sew up all of the patterns that I have that end at a 4T. 
It's the Class Picnic Blouse pattern in a size 3T. I extended the length on the blouse by about two inches so it would be more of a tunic length on Reagan. Since she prefers leggings all the time, I like her shirts and dresses to be a bit longer so they are more modest. For the most part, the pattern was fairly easy to follow. I like Oliver + S patterns because they always teach me something but with this one, I really did not care for the insertion of the elastic at the top of the sleeves. Otherwise, it was a super easy sew!
Reagan was really excited when I showed her the tunic. She insisted on putting it on right away - and wanted her picture taken! I guess she is *finally* starting to get used to me taking her picture! I love when she likes garments that I make for her. 

Congratulations to Sara on a beautiful fabric line! I cannot wait to see what the sewing and quilting community make with it! I personally am looking forward to ordering more of this gorgeous line!

I'm linking up with Sew + Show!

Monday, March 23, 2015

36 Weeks

Hey yall!! Guess what? Today, I am 36 weeks pregnant! WOHOO!!!  I am so excited to be this far along with baby Alex.... we are in the home stretch of this pregnancy. With only a month to go, I think we are mostly ready for baby Alex.... My grade partners at school are throwing me a little shower at the end of the month, so we may still have a few things left to pick up. Otherwise, I think we are fairly ready.

His nursery is done.
A new carseat has been ordered.
The diaper bag is packed.
My hospital bag is (mostly) packed.
We have emergency plans for Reagan in place.

What more do we need, right?!
This pregnancy has - from the beginning - been very different from my pregnancy with Reagan. For the most part, it has been smooth sailing, although, not without some difficulties. At 30 weeks, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. So much fun. Luckily though, I have been able to control it by watching how many carbohydrates I eat a day and eating from a very strict diet. Of course, this has also meant that all those fun pregnancy cravings have gone... unfilled. Bummer. On the plus side, I have only gained 13 pounds total (to date) with baby Alex... and some parts of my body actually look skinnier than they did before I got pregnant.

I'm so excited for this last month of my pregnancy with Alex - I'm hoping we'll make it close to my due date but in reality, any time that he comes after Easter will be a huge blessing! The closer we get, the more excited and anxious I become to meet my little man!

Go here, here, here, and here to read other posts about baby Alex!
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