3/19/2017

Shiny Lamé Essential Oils Cases










I am digging these lamé oils cases I whipped up yesterday! I've never been adventurous with using apparel fabric for purses, but now my eyes have opened. The trick was to apply two layers of Pellon SF101 to the back side of the lamé, carefully, and then proceed as normal.

I used my pattern (available here). So fast, so handy to have, and if they don't sell in my shop they make great gifts for Teachers, Friends, Family, and the stranger in the grocery store too.  LOL






















I also made a Stash N Dash  Coin Purse with the gold lamé, pattern available here.







Who can say no to gold Unicorns? Nobody. 










In other sewing news, Rae is hosting a photo challenge for her Geranium Dress pattern







I've made a couple Geraniums for Ruby and she loves them. They are easy to sew up and comfortable to wear.  The dresses I've made close with snaps rather than buttons- just because I like to be extra fast. There are several different style options and you could easily color block it or mix and match elements to create your Little's favorite dress or top.


Rae's photo:
made by rae geranium dress sewing pattern



The details are easily found on her Instagram here.
Remember to tag the photo with:










I'm sure if you sew you've stumbled upon Gretchen Hirsch aka Gertie.  I'm joining in the sew-along with her newest pattern Butterick 6453 so that I can PROPERLY fit a bodice. (Finally.)  

So far I've made my muslin and learned new things already- I've never done Princess seams before, so it's been fun learning about where they are supposed to hit for a flattering look, and how to move elements of the pattern to make it fit on my body. Instead of my usual "guess and try it" mode. 


From her blog:







I'm still undecided on my fabric, but I am prepared with a real crinoline. YES. A real crinoline / petticoat for View A because I want that baby to be bouncing! Whooooo hooo. If you're gonna do it, do it all the way right?!  I  bought my crinoline on eBay here.
Butterick Misses' Princess Seam Dresses with Straight or Gathered Skirt 6453
Oh, and there is a Facebook Group for support on this sew along. It's super helpful because a lot of the people on there are obviously very skilled at seamstress work- my questions last night were answered in minutes. The link is on Gertie's blog.  You have to request to join, to keep the riff raff out.




Speaking of Riff Raff, I seriously want this jacket:


boogie daze bomber jacket:
You understand, right?  So I might be searching for a jacket sewing pattern, in case you know of a good bomber jacket pattern. I'll be searching for rainbow rib knit also, FYI.   (LOL)










My Pinterest Shizzle lately:



ice cream paper pieced pattern for quilt:









Quick and Easy Donut Soap in 10 Minutes:







Arnaud Bauville:
  Especially good when it portrays my favorite Rebel.









My goal in 2017 is to read at least one book a month entirely. It's too often that I fall asleep the minute I open a book, so I'm setting goals and sticking to them. 


So far this is what I've read:

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Image result for jeremy ironsI also listened to Jeremy Irons read Lolita (I've read it before in my late teens)--and all I can say is Jeremy is a god.He is astounding,-his pronunciation, accentuation, fluidity, speed, everything. Stunning.  Even his French is perfection. Listen to it, you will hear what I mean.
Availableon Audible. 

...Also, HumbertHumbert terrifies me more than before, just saying....







Ok that's it for now. I've got to finish hand binding this blasted quilt so it's ready for Sun Prairie Quilt Show this week. Hope to see you there if you're local! 










3/07/2017

Women's Equality Mini Quilt pattern free PDF download



Here is a free PDF for a mini quilt I based on my Love is Love quilt. It features Neon Pink equal signs as a reminder that Women's Rights are Human Rights. 



"Rights that promote a position of legal and social equality 
of women with men" per definition.




 Too often I hear people remarking that "we are equal, what's the problem?"..... I am happy to share my experiences while stationed in countries across the world when I served in the Army, if you need examples of inequality I've witnessed and experienced. A conversation is always welcome. 


I encourage you to read and question everything- get your information from multiple sources including sources outside the US such as the BBC news. Biased information is rampant, and we have to be smart enough to discern truth from propaganda. This is not a lecture, it's a reminder, myself included. xoxo





The back is a vinyl cutout file I made in Silhouette software with the guidance of my friend Leslie R.  I'm happy to share this file if you'd like it.






The fist represents the Power of Women. When united and standing together, we can create change and make the world a better place, just as so many before us have done. 

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"Equality for women isn't a women's issue. When women fulfill their potential, everyone benefits. Equality means better politics, a more vibrant economy, a workforce that draws on the talents of the whole population and a society at ease with itself."    (WomensEquality.Uk.Org)

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Just for a fun refresher:

Here is a list of famous feminists in history.

Here is a history of the Women's Rights Movement from 1848.

Here is a great book  from Adichie, a New York Times bestseller—a personal, eloquently-argued essay, adapted from the much-admired TED talk of the same name.



















Pattern based on my previous equality mini: 
Here is the link for Love is Love.











Happy Sewing Friends 


Please share and tag me if you make one- I will send you lots of virtual lovin'!! :D





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3/05/2017

Quilt Con 2017 reflections






Before we talk Quilt Con, I'm sharing pics of this quilt I made for my Mom. 


It's a mash up of the Snapshots QAL and the Crossroads QAL

I took all the blocks that have meaning for my Mom (and things I remember from childhood) and worked them into this quilt. I added Lori Holt's hand mixer in the upper left corner too, because my Mom always let me sneak cookie dough during baking time. 






One of my favorite Jennifer Paganelli prints is on the back- I wanted to be selfish and keep it, but it was perfect for this quilt. So there it is. Pink!











It was my first time at QC and and I will definitely be back! It's beyond what words allow me to convey. I was totally overwhelmed the first day, I really couldn't believe it. The main floor is huge with all these quilts displayed that are just-- beyond.  Go.  You'll be inspired in some way, even if you're not a "quilter" it's still relevant to you.  

Truly.



GORGEOUS.
MODERN.
FRESH.

John Cusack had no idea what he started.
Her quilt will be touring as "Best of Quilt Con" this year. 
Refer to Lysa's blog for more information (linked above).









Best in Show:

bling

Pieced and quilted by Katherine Jones
Chigwell, Tasmania, Australia
Tasmanian Modern Quilt Guild




A HUGE quilt that was so stunning in person. 
I could hardly look away.









Madonna
Pieced by Brittany Bowen Burton

Quilted by Natalia Bonner
Millcreek, UT, United States
Individual MQG Member
@brittanybowenburton











Current Wave by Sylvia Sutters of Washington D.C.











Fireworks
Pieced and quilted by Jeannie Jenkins
Willowdale, Ontario, Canada
Toronto Modern Quilt Guild










Small Quilts: 1st Place

Whatever
Pieced and quilted by Katie Larson
Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild













Moonie McMoonface by Melissa Averinos









Go North
Pieced and quilted by Maritza Soto
Cambridge, MA, United States
Cambridge Modern Quilt Guild
69 x 70 inches
Modern Traditionalism









I regret I lost the information for these two quilts above and below----- please comment if you know the artists.  I love these designs!





I took a lot more photos but the crediting information didn't come through clearly, so I'll stop here.


To see more of the quilts, click here.









Savannah is a gorgeous city. It's on my list to revisit with my family in tow. I took some historical tours of downtown and the famous cemetery where the statue from "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" once stood- "birdgirl". Now it's in a museum, but still, really worth it to go out there. 


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I had chocolate chip coffee ice cream that was "orgasmic" - as my friend Treelotta said,  at Leopold's. Totally worth a $5 cone.




We also took a haunted house tour that was amusing if not actually scary.  It was the famous Sorrel Weed House. 

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The shopping district is fab, with the cutest fabric shop ever called Fabrika. I bought a Kitty Cat clock there, that's normal right?





Here is a link with 75 things to do in Savannah.



As always, I learned a lot from listening to the tour drivers. It has sparked so many more questions, and has made me curious about the history behind Savannah. So much to learn! One of the cottages we drove by was dated on the outside as 1733. There are burial grounds upon burial grounds in the city. They say this is why it's so haunted.  


Anyway, I had a great time and wish everyone could go. 

Next year it's in Pasadena, California. 

I'll save my pennies till then. You should come with me!

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I'll leave you with this project from Hello Creative Family:

How sweet our these little DIY Sock Sloths? This would be the cutest handmade gift idea for a child or baby. Their hands have snaps so they can hang! Cut up a pair of socks and make one! DIY Sock Sloth Sewing Project on Hello Creative Family.






Happy Making Friends.