Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WIP



In the deep dark recesses of the corner box pile, I have projects languishing from neglect...so I started a quick new project!  I saw a video that Missouri Star Quilt Company shared and I really wanted to try it, so this baby quilt uses only 1/2 a charm pack for the blades of the pinwheels and some gray yardage for the background.  My plans are to make as many finished tops as I can, if I can get a backing together as well that will be bonus.  Then when I am able to get batting it will just be a matter of squaring away the top stitching.  For this top, I just have a couple half-rows to assemble & add.


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Shanna


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Daddy's Shirt Transformation

I went from this:
1 X-LG Daddy's Shirt

To this:


I was on the team of people who pattern-tested the Gabriella Fae dress last month for Sis Boom/The Scientific Seamstress, and I am frankly in love with this dress.  The original dress I made in the testing you can see HERE.  I was inspired while making that dress and folding laundry one day that I should transform a shirt my husband never wears into a something for our daughter!

The dress is a size 5 non-runched bodice, sleeveless version that is fully lined.  In fact my absolute favorite part of the dress you will never see while my daughter has it on.  The skirt portion of the lining is finished separately at the bottom to give the dress more volume and it has the tiniest little lace that stays under the dress hem. sort of like a secret feminine touch to the dress.

The dress was simply too big to have my daughter model right now, afterall, I am working on her future wardrobe right now, thus most of the clothes I will show you will be in larger sizes than she is currently in.

I am most excited that I finally have a project to cross off my First Quarter Finish-a-long listing, which was #31 on the list HERE!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Shanna



Friday, February 13, 2015

The Classic Elegance Jacket


[Warning: Photo-heavy post!]

I have to gush over this jacket pattern by Lilac Lane Patterns as it's absolutely darling! It was easy to put together, the instructions seemed clear and I sincerely cannot wait to make some more, perhaps next time I might do the short-sleeved option to go with some of Ziona's summer dresses that I am working on right now.  I made a longer version of Lilac Lane's Sunny Days top and added in a row of pleat-ruffles to add to the ruffling goodness of this jacket.  My favorite part about this jacket is that it is reversible(see pictures below)!

The best part is that their Valentines sale goes through tomorrow! You get 25% off with coupon:  VALENTINE2015  You can find the Classic Elegance Jacket pattern HERE, but look around, there are so many other adorable patterns for girls and dolls!

And now we start the photo-heavy portion of this post







Thanks so much for stopping by!

I am linking up this week to:

Thank Goodness It's Finished Fridays with M-R@Quilt Matters
WHOOP, WHOOP Fridays @Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Link A Finish Friday @ Richard & Tanya Quilt
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Needle & Thread Thursday @My Quilt Infatuation

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Shanna


Z Moments: Growing Up

Hello Friday!  My alarm chirped its little sounds trying to get me rise this morning.  The husband tried the shoulder shake, but to no avail.  He got up himself, starting to get ready for his busy day, when he came up with an idea.  He laid down a waterproof pad under the sheets on his side, then he left to obtain something sure to get me out of bed...our daughter.  He laid her sleeping form next to me, tapped my shoulder a little bit and said "I put our daughter next to you and she really needs to go to the bathroom!"  I launched out of bed like it was on fire!

Last Sunday, I finally threw my hands up in the air about potty training and had this desperate idea that I would just simply take all the diapers & pull-ups away from her.  Everyone had told me just have her go naked under her dress at home and she would be sure to go to the bathroom, instead she snuck off and slipped on a pull-up when I wasn't looking.  I thought when she was born I would have her potty-trained by 18 months, but she turns 3 years old next week!  It is what happens in life and you have to be flexible and roll with it!

Needless to say, though I have been doing a little sewing, even finishing off several garments, I haven't had the time to write about them. I will get them written up one by one, hopefully I can share one later today!  I am having fun making beautiful garments for Ziona, having her help me pick out the fabrics.


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Shanna

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Another Super Pattern Give Away!



SewSheCan is having a super-duper PDF sewing pattern giveaway!  To Enter the drawing please go HERE

I will be back tomorrow to share with you some projects I finished up last week.  We have been in major potty-training mode which has taken most of my time.  I also have been testing a delightful new pattern, which I cannot wait to show you!!!

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Shanna


Monday, February 2, 2015

Lilac Lane Pattern Giveaway!


Head over to Lilac Lane Patterns's site everyday this week, they are giving away all 50 of their patterns to a lucky winner!!  From bags to twirling skirted dresses, beautiful garments come forth from these great patterns!


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Shanna

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Pattern Testing: Treasured For Dolls

Lilac Lanes is a sweet pattern company that I have purchased several patterns and their book.  I probably looked ridiculous in real land when I saw a call for pattern testers.  I might have been decked out in PJ's, I definitely squealed and I might have done a dance (I can't really confirm).

Treasured is the name of a Little girl dress pattern, this is it's Dollie version for 18" & 15" Dolls like the American Girl Doll.  My version is made from one fabric with a white sash, which is attached to the dress in the front, so no need to hunt it down later (you can also use ribbon for the sash).

The Front:

The Side Shot:


The Back:

I love this little dress!  There are so many little options with colors, trims, closures and sashes.  I chose to use ksnaps for closures because they are easier than velcro for my daughter.  One of my favorite items on this dress is something that you cannot see!  On the inside of the dress, I used tiny bias tape that has been passed down to me by my great-grandmother.  In her cache of Raggedy Ann & Andy patterns, clothes and supplies, I found a card of tiny bias tape almost exactly the color of the fabric I chose!

It was my opinion that this is an intermediate level pattern.  I don't think it's for a beginning sewer, but if you have some experience sewing then you will enjoy this treat!  You can find it HERE @ Lilac Lane

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I am linking up this week to:

Thank Goodness It's Finished Fridays @TGIFF
WHOOP, WHOOP Fridays @Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Link A Finish Friday @ Richard & Tanya Quilt
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Fabric Tuesdays @ Quilt Story
Needle & Thread Thursday @My Quilt Infatuation

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Shanna

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Pattern Testing: Gabriella Fae Dress

The day has finally arrived; I can now show you the dress!  I have been pattern testing for Sis Boom and the Scientific Seamstress on the Gabriella Fae Dress.  The best part about this dress is that it has so many options: Short sleeves, long sleeves, 3/4 sleeves, or no sleeves with a regular bodice or a gathered bodice.

4T no-sleeves, non gathered bodice:




I started with a size 5 girls gathered bodice version because that is what my daughter seems to be sporting these days with long sleeves because it was Winter for a couple weeks here in Texas!  Once I tried it on her however , I realized that it's probably best not to measure one's child for garments while they are laying down (while she was sleeping, lol).  I wanted you to be able to see the pretty gathers.  This one should be done this week if I can get the rest of my list completed.


While I was going through the closet, I saw a shirt my husband had never worn that looked like this:


and I turned it in this:

Front

The back

It just needs a little hemming and then this fully lined version will be ready to wear this coming summer (Size 5 girls).  It's a really easy dress to put together, even the zipper instructions seem like an easier task than I thought they would.  If you are interested in purchasing the Gabriella Fae you can find it on the Bundle-Up from January 23-February 2nd.  When it is released for single sale you can visit the Scientific Seamstress Shop HERE.  If you want to see the adult women's version called the Carolina Mae, stop by HERE, they currently have it on sale for the intro price of $8!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Shanna

Monday, January 19, 2015

Modern Building Blocks of the Month-December



I am rather unhappy about this block, I haven't summoned enough energy to make a counterpart in my own fabrics.  I am teetering on the edge of giving up on this BOM; if the blocks were not free upon completing the previous month's block I might have walked away all together.

October's Block HERE
November's Block HERE

I am linking up to:
BOM's Away with LynWhat a Hoot Quilts


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Shanna


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What Am I Working On?


I have been working on a mini-version of Grand Illusion Mystery by Bonnie Hunter.  When I say mini, I really do mean mini! I took the measurements she gave subtracted 1/2" then divided the number in half and then added back in the 1/2" for the seams.

There is a part of me that wanted to stop the process completely BUT once I calmed down the design has grown on me and I am not freaking out too much at my color choices.  I should admit to you that my original intention had not been to do a reduced sized Quilt, but to make a reduced AMOUNT of blocks.  So I will confess when I was in the process of making the gazillion HST's I simply made the wrong size so I cut them down to mini-version.  AND trust me, it doesn't take less work just because the block sizes are smaller.


Where I am at:
Week 1-Half the blocks completed
Week 2-Quarter of the Blocks completed
Week 3-Half the blocks completed
Week 4-HST & Squares are cut, ready to assemble all blocks
Week 5-All the blocks are completed

I need to go check the mail box this afternoon because I ran out of my two solids and I am waiting to get my box!  In the meantime, I plan to throw a couple of blocks together with the parts I have here.

If I am able to I will try to post an update tonight!!


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Shanna