Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Craft Book Sew-Along Post and Link-up!

How is it already April? The days are flying by here, we are four weeks away from closing on our new house, as long as we get some last minute seller issues out of the way. But, I was able to get some sewing done this month, and actually have my April post up on time! I hope to continue to see your projects every month, please remember to use a craft book or magazine for your project though! 

To continue along with the Craft-Along fun, here are a  few highlights from March's link-up

Rebecca Bag Take Two by Marci Girl Designs





Thank you to all of you who linked up your projects in March, I really love seeing all your creations! If you didn't get a chance to look through the projects, you can see them all here

The winner of the book Quilt Improv is #1 - Marci Girl! Congrats!



This month I wanted to make some spring clothes for my little girl. I recently received The Cottage Mama's new book Sew Classic Clothes for Girls from my parents for Christmas. 

Lindsay's book first caught my eye for the amazingly adorable jackets in it. 


I decided to make the Swing Smock Top and Frock from the book. This book includes a CD of all the patterns in the book, so you have to print out your pattern pieces, tape them together aligning the triangles on each page together, and then cut out your desired size. The patterns are for girls sizes 12 months - 10 years, only the even sizes are printed. My little one is between a 2T and 3T, so unfortunately a 3T wasn't an option. I had my hubby print out the pattern at work since we were out of ink (and it was 30 pages!). I initially had planned to draw my own pattern lines between the 2T and 4T size, but hubby printed the pages out a little small, my 2x2 inch print square measured about 1 7/8 x 1 7/8. So I figured that the small difference in print size was enough to cut out the 4T size, and it worked out well. 


Initially I was wondering why it looked so long on my little model. There was no way she was able to use the pockets at this length, so I went back to the pattern and discovered that there was a frock length and a top length, and you guessed it, I cut the wrong one out. The frock length is pretty cute too though.


After a little ripping and recutting I was able to shorten it and the little one loved being able to use pockets!




The pattern directions were very easy to follow, and at the beginning of the book Lindsay goes over some basic techniques used in sewing garments, like making your own bias tape and how to insert piping . Her instructions were a little different constructing the bodice than I was used to, but it turned out so adorable, I already have another top ready to go. This was my first attempt at piping, and although the "how to make piping" section was missing from the book, I was able to figure it out without any headaches. Lindsay was very quick to answer any questions I had too. 

I used fabric covered buttons for accents in the front and for closing the dress in the back. the little bit of teal popped just enough to make this top perfect. 


I do love how this top turned out and have fabric on order to make sweet little capris from this book too. The little one will be all decked out just in time for Easter.


This month, Stitch Craft Create has generously donated a copy of Crochet One Skein Wonders to one lucky Sew-Along participant! This book has 101 projects you can make from one skein of yarn. From baby booties to a stuffed alligator and pillow, this book has so many projects to choose from.

Giveaway Rules:

To be eligible to win you have all month to make a project from one of your craft books and link it up at the end of this post. You can use any craft book or craft magazine of your choice, this is not only open to sewists or quilters, feel free to link up your crocheted, knitted, or any other crafty project you make. Please read the following carefully, I will delete posts that do not follow the rules!
  • Make a project from a craft book or magazine and either write a blog post or post a picture of your project on Flickr. Then link your project to the link party at the end of this post. You can enter up to two different projects, just make sure to link them separately. If you are not sure how to link up a project, you can check out this tutorial I found from Bargain Hoot.
  • If you are making quilt blocks (or scrapbook pages) pleas make enough blocks/pages to fill a 12x24 inch space. 
  • This is open to everyone, but I am going to ask international participants to pay for shipping on the prize if they win. 
  • The link party will be open until 11:59 PM Central March 31st. 
  • You can read more find more information about the Sew-Along on this post


Please feel free to share this Sew-Along, grab the button below and be sure to join the Craft Book Sew-Along Flickr group!


Thank you so much to Stitch Craft Create for sponsoring this month's prize. You can find many free sewing and knitting related projects on their Stitch Craft Create Ideas blog.


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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Book Review - Cute Quilts for Kids

As part of my Craft Book Sew Along, I joined Martingale Publishing to review their most recent book releases. So over the next few days and weeks I will review the books I have been sent.

The first one I want to review is Cute Quilts for Kids by Kristin Roylance. I wish my kids were small enough for baby quilts, these are so adorable!

I especially love how Kristin incorporated texture into the quilts, making them visually stimulating to little ones, and also fun to touch and feel. As you can see in her quilt Butterfly Kisses below, all of the butterflies have raised wings to feel and play with.


Another adorable one for a girl I found was You Are My Sunshine. Here Kristin adds ruffle strips to the quilt and around the flowers. 


But let's not forget the boys, Kristin also has some adorable boy quilts in this book. The title quilt is called Are We There Yet and features a stop sign pocket to store toy cars in. 


She also has an adorable dinosaur quilt and a few more ideas for boys. 



Cute Quilts for Kids  has a great beginner section if you are new to quilting. Kristin goes over what you will need to make the quilt and includes instructions on how to finish and bind the quilt. But it is also great for veteran quilters who want to learn some new techniques, especially if you want to learn how to incorporate texture into your quilt or other projects. 

You can buy Cute Quilts for Kids on Martingale's website.

Star Crossed Pattern Blog Hop and GIVEAWAY!

Hello and welcome to the final day of Krista's Star Crossed blog hop! I am excited to share with you her new pattern, Star Crossed. 
I love the how Krista mixed traditional blocks to come up with this gorgeous layout and I can see so many variations of the pattern you can make with just a few fabric changes. The pattern comes in four different sizes Baby, Crib, Throw and Queen.




Be sure to check out Krista's upcoming patterns on her website Four Robbins Designs.

Krista has generously provided me with one PDF pattern to giveaway! Leave a comment and let me know what your favorite quilt block or pattern – traditional or modern. And you can visit some other friends' blogs for more chances to win:


GIVEAWAY CLOSED~ winner is #2 Suze


Tuesday 3/25  – Kyndra at Sewlio Designs
Wednesday 3/26 – Melissa at Missouri Mel
Thursday 3/27 – Kristy at St. Louis Folk Victorian
Friday 3/28 – Casey at The Studiolo
Saturday 3/29 – Cindy at Hyacinth Quilt Designs
TODAY– Kelly at Live Love Create
And, in case you don't win, you can head on over to Craftsy where Star Crossed is also available for purchase. Best of luck to you all! I will draw one winner next Sunday, April 6th. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

March Craft-Along Post and Link-up!

Welcome to March, my Craft Book Sew-Along friends! I have to ask... when will Spring be starting? After another snow storm and no school today, this mommy is in desperate need of some warm weather! I realize I am late posting this again. I am going to apologize now since I may be late again in the next few months. We found a house and have a contract on it, so the last week has been full of stress and scheduling inspections, and packing. And what did I decide to start packing first? My craft room, so all my books are currently in boxes. I wasn't thinking too straight there!

To continue along with the Craft-Along fun, here are a  few highlights from February's link-up

SimpleSew's Vintage Quilt Revival block (I may have to steal this when I work on a quilt for my girl)







Thank you to all of you who linked up your projects in February, they were beautiful! If you didn't get a chance to look through the projects, you can see them all here

The winner of the book Quilting Modern is #7 - Lisa Marie! Congrats!



For March I dug out a book that was in the easiest box to open, remind me again what I was thinking when I packed these away!?  Anyway, I found Sweetwater's Simple Home and found a cute and FAST market tote pattern. At least I thought it would be fast. 



I opted to use a pretty printed linen from Joanns for the bag, rather than burlap like the book called for. I'm not one for scratchy things rubbing against my skin, so the burlap was nixed!

I had no problems constructing the outer bag and the lining, although it might have been easier to sew it with Y-seams on the corners like the pincushion I did in January. But when it came to the handles I was completely confused... maybe it is because I was trying to sew at 10Pm after a stressful week? 

The directions state to turn your outer bag right side out and your lining bag inside out. Insert the outer bag into the lining and baste. Then it went on to constructing the handles. I could not understand how to sew the handles to the bag and then attach the facing strip by following the directions. So... I just sandwiched the handles between the outer and liner layers (luckily I had not basted these together) and skipped the facing fabric since I used the same fabric for my handles and lining anyway. 

Note: now that I read my post over again, and after my morning cup of caffeine I may have figured out how to add the handles with the facing. I plan on making another one of these anyway so I will try it on the second one and let you know how it goes. 

Tip: Make sure you leave a hole to turn the bag right side out, the book skipped that step too.

I added side pockets to the ends which was easy to do, I just cut another outer bag piece that was 2 inches shorter than the end pieces. I think I use a 0.75 inch hem, but the pockets on the ends are pretty narrow (3.5 inches) and I'm not sure I will use them much. I will let you know, maybe I can fit a loaf of French bread or something in them. At least it is cute, functional, and helps save the planet from one more plastic bag. 



There are some other cute projects I want to do from this book too, like everything listed in the Family Room section (that pillow almost made it this month, but I would need to make three to save the family from endless fighting)



And the Guest Room quilt (now that we may have a guest room in the new house!)


Sweetwater's Simple Home can be found on Amazon.com and Banes and Noble, and probably other brick and morter quilt/sewing stores. 

This month, Stitch Craft Create has generously donated a copy of Quilt Improv to one lucky Sew-Along participant! This book by Lucie Summers features 12 contemporary quilt blocks and shows you how to use color, prints, and shapes to create modern, one-of-a-kind quilts. Here is a little video from Stitch Craft Create with more projects from the book to entice you:




Giveaway Rules:

To be eligible to win you have all month to make a project from one of your craft books and link it up at the end of this post. You can use any craft book or craft magazine of your choice, this is not only open to sewists or quilters, feel free to link up your crocheted, knitted, or any other crafty project you make. Please read the following carefully, I will delete posts that do not follow the rules!


  • Make a project from a craft book or magazine and either write a blog post or post a picture of your project on Flickr. Then link your project to the link party at the end of this post. You can enter up to two different projects, just make sure to link them separately. If you are not sure how to link up a project, you can check out this tutorial I found from Bargain Hoot.

  • If you are making quilt blocks (or scrapbook pages) pleas make enough blocks/pages to fill a 12x24 inch space. 
  • This is open to everyone, but I am going to ask international participants to pay for shipping on the prize if they win. 
  • The link party will be open until 11:59 PM Central March 31st. 
  • You can read more find more information about the Sew-Along on this post

Please feel free to share this Sew-Along, grab the button below and be sure to join the Craft Book Sew-Along Flickr group!


Thank you so much to Stitch Craft Create for sponsoring this month's prize. You can find many free sewing and knitting related projects on their Stitch Craft Create Ideas blog.


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Monday, February 17, 2014

Sunday, February 2, 2014

February Craft Book Sew-Along Link Up

Welcome to the second month of my Craft Book Sew-Along! I am so sorry this is a little late, I have a sick kiddo and we have been house hunting all weekend. It's a little crazy around here!

A few highlights from January's link-up are Jessica's Bluebird Park Baby Quilt


And Wendy's Spiral Rope bead necklace


Thank you to all of you who linked up your projects in January, they were beautiful! If you didn't get a chance to look through the projects, you can see them all here

The winner of the Patchwork Please! book is #6 - Judy of Stoney Lonesome Sew Works. I will be sending you an email soon Judy! Congrats!


For February I used a book I found at the library, but now fully intend to add to my stash. Stitch Savvy by Deborah Moebes, is a great beginner to intermediate sewist book, with 25 different projects in it ranging from kids' clothes, to purses and bags and even women's clothing. I love how she has each project grouped into tiers based on their difficulty. And after each project she gives you suggestions on which project you can try next based on techniques you learned from the previous project. 

I made the Classy Lady Elbow Bag as a gift for my fellow bee mate Hannah. The pattern was well written, although I found a few issues with the pattern pieces. If you make this bag, you want to make sure to cut the gusset piece on the fold of the fabric with the widest part on the fold, the "Fold" was not printed on the pattern piece of the gusset. Also the placement of the buttons were not on the pattern piece, as the instructions said, but that was easy to figure out. 


What I love about this bag is the cover pattern that comes along with it. So you can make one bag with unlimited covers to change up depending on your mood. I hope Hannah loved her bag, and I think I will definitely be making myself one too. It's too cute!


This month, Stitch Craft Create has generously donated a copy of Quilting Modern to one lucky participant. To be eligible to win you have all month to make a project from one of your craft books and link it up at the end of this post. You can use any craft book of your choice, this is not only open to sewists or quilters, feel free to link up your crocheted, knitted, or any other crafty project you make.

Giveaway Rules:
  • Make a project from a craft book or magazine and either write a blog post or post a picture of your project on Flickr. Then link your project to the link party at the end of this post. You can enter up to two different projects, just make sure to link them separately.If you are not sure how to link up a project, you can check out this tutorial I found from Bargain Hoot.
  • If you are making quilt blocks (or scrapbook pages) pleas make enough blocks/pages to fill a 12x24 inch space. 
  • This is open to everyone, but I am going to ask international participants to pay for shipping on the prize if they win. 
  • The link party will be open until 11:59 PM Central February 28th. 
  • You can read more find more information about the Sew-Along on this post

Thank you so much to Stitch Craft Create for sponsoring this month's prize. You can find many free sewing and knitting related projects on their Stitch Craft Create Ideas blog.

Please feel free to share this Sew-Along, grab the button below and be sure to join the Craft Book Sew-Along Flickr group!

Craft Book Sew Along at Live. Love. Create.




Wednesday, January 22, 2014

W.I.P. Wednesday

Yay! I am finally on time for an edition of WIP Wednesday! I have a lot going on here in my sewing world, as do most of the sewists I know. My guild is starting up a new WOW (War on WIPs) this year so I am trying to get some of my longest WIPs geared up to get done. Like maybe my boys' quilts from 2012? But in order to get those done, I have to get a few, BIG projects out of the way. 

My first WIP is a semi-secret. I have a spot on Moda Bakeshop next month and I get to work with the gorgeous Sphere by Zen Chic. I was almost done with my project and then I decided to make it bigger... because, I needed the stress I think. 



I did get my February project done for my Craft Book Sew-Along. It was for a quilt/quilt bee friend and I loved how it turned out. I will have many more pictures plus a review of the book it came from on my February Craft Book Sew-Along post. But here's a least a sneak peak. And there is still time to get something finished for my January link-up! You may win the book Patchwork Please!


And lastly I started stitching along with Little Miss Shabby's Quilty Stitches Sampler Along. I grabbed my embroidery floss and dug out my embroidery hoops and have been working on the sash, which is a little boring, but necessary. I do love my colors I grabbed, and I can't wait to start on some blocks. Maybe I will skip to a few blocks now to keep my interest going. 


So what have you been working on? I am linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced, maybe... it looks like WIP Wednesday isn't up yet though.  

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Craft Book Sew-Along Kick Off! January Link-Up

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you are as excited as I am to start this Sew-Along!

For my first project I chose the Prettified Pincushion from Patchwork Please!

Patchwork Please! is a sewing book with projects ranging from aprons to quilts to coasters and tea cozies. I have been following the author, Ayumi Takahashi's blog for a while and love her style. Some of my favorite projects from the book are the following projects:

Polka-Dot Cafe Apron


My Scrappy Box


and the Sweet Trips Embroidery Pouch


For the Prettified Pincushion I used my hoarded Central Park scraps and Osnaburg muslin. I love the Osnaburg, it has a look of linen, but is so much cheaper! It does feel like it has a looser weave, but it is also so soft. You can find it at Joann's, it is with the muslin fabrics at my store.



I did find that the size of scraps the author has you cut for the patchwork top were a little too small for my comfort, and I am going to add at least 1/4 of an inch to each measurement for my next pincushion, and go with a larger button, maybe an inch next time. Yes, I did say next pincushion, this project comes together so quickly, I am definitely making myself at least one more! Do note that the author has you construct the pincushion using inset, or Y-seams. They may not be necessary, but I have never had more perfect corners, and this was my first attempt at Y-seams! They were a lot easier than I imagined.

You can find more projects from Patchwork Please! from a recent sew-along hosted by A Quilter's Table and LRStitched. You can see all the sew-along projects in their Flickr group.

This month, Stitch Craft Create has generously donated a copy of Patchwork Please! to one lucky participant. To be eligible to win you have all month to make a project from one of your craft books and link it up at the end of this post. You can use any craft book of your choice, this is not only open to sewists or quilters, feel free to link up your crocheted, knitted, or any other crafty project you make.

Giveaway Rules:

  • Make a project from a craft book and either write a blog post or post a picture of your project on Flickr. Then link your project to the link party at the end of this post. You can enter up to two different projects, just make sure to link them separately. If you are not sure how to link up a project, you can check out this tutorial I found from Bargain Hoot.
  • If you are making quilt blocks (or scrapbook pages) pleas make enough blocks/pages to fill a 12x24 inch space. 
  • This is open to everyone, but I am going to ask international participants to pay for shipping on the prize if they win. 
  • The link party will be open until 11:59 PM Central January 31st. 
  • You can read more find more information about the Sew-Along on this post

Thank you so much to Stitch Craft Create for sponsoring this month's prize. You can find many free sewing and knitting related projects on their Stitch Craft Create Ideas blog.

Please feel free to share this Sew-Along, grab the button below and be sure to join the Craft Book Sew-Along Flickr group!


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