Wednesday, July 23, 2014

a bow tie baby quilt

Hello and a lovely day to you!
It's been a fun week finishing up a couple custom orders, and working on a new project! For the #handsewpatchwork sew-a-long with zakkaArt we learned how to make a cute bow tie, which I made the sweet yellow one above. 
Well, I was so excited to learn how because awhile back I was reading through the May 1951 Workbasket magazine and came across this darling baby necktie quilt. Such perfect timing! They each measure about 5 1/2 inches, so I am not sure how many I will be making for the baby quilt. There block is little smaller and they suggest 749 bow ties! Well, I don't think I will be doing that many! ;) I think I will be sticking with maybe 50, plus the solid in between each one. And, each solid you hand quilt a bow tie, which will be sweet.
And, these are the ones I have made so far. These two have a vintage fabric bow tie, as I thought it would be fun to do a mix of vintage and new fabrics.
Some of my favorite Japanese reproduction fabrics!
 The purple one is a vintage fabric, which I just love! I don't have a lot of purple in my stash, but have recently started collecting more! I look forward to sharing my progress on the quilt with you! It's such a relaxing and enjoyable process to hand sew each bow tie block and it will be a quilt of love!
I finished this pretty tote bag for my mom yesterday for a very late birthday present. I made it in some of her favorite colors, and some of my favorite prints. ;) It's all sweetly packaged and ready to be mailed out to her. Hope she likes it!!

Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting with me today! Wishing you a most lovely and crafty week!! xo

Monday, July 14, 2014

patchwork and hand sewing

 Hello Sweet Friends!
Hope that you are all doing wonderful and enjoying these summer days! I have been busy working on projects and custom orders, which I have been loving! I have also become quite fond of Instagram, and you can peak over there as I usually post daily on what I am working on! :)
I finished this fruity patchwork place mat for a dear friend's sweet little girl. I really love all these cute fabrics together.
 I hand quilted it with perle cotton which I thought gave it a sweet touch. I am eager to try hand quilting with hand quilting thread on my next project! I am getting better with my stitches each time I do it!
 I made my first Dutch pinwheel for the Sew Sweet Bee for Kerri of Lovely Little Handmades.I had to fix a couple points after I took this photo before I sent it off to her, but I'm improving with my quilting skills and starting to get better at those corners to match up nicely. It isn't easy!:) And, I am happy that she likes how it turned out!! Love those colors together!!
 And, the newest project/sew-a-long that I am doing is learning how to hand sew/quilt a mini patchwork quilt with the sweetest and talented Wynn of ZakkaArt! I am so loving the process of drawing each shape, cutting with scissors, and hand sewing the pieces together with some of my favorite vintage needles! The 9-patch block was our first one, and...
 the Evening Star was our second. For this one I need to make another one where the star points stand out more, which I probably should have paid more attention to in the beginning, but it was a fun practice one to make! Maybe I will use this one on the backing of the quilt.;)
This sweet vintage cabinet was a recent find at the thrift store. I had actually had my eye on it for a month but didn't want to pay the price, so I was lucky it was still there and half off! A new place for all my fabrics in my sewing room!

Thank you for stopping by and visiting with me! I look forward to catching up this week with all your sweet blogs, and seeing what you have been up to this summer! Wishing you a most lovely week!! xo


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

my shoppe is now open!
My shoppe is now open with lots of new summery and patriotic pretties!! xo


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

new items coming to the shoppe

Hello Sweet Friends!
 Hope that you are all doing wonderful and enjoying the warm summer days! I have been busily working away finishing up some new sweet items for my shoppe, which will be reopening tomorrow, July 2nd at 11 a.m. PST! I will be back to blogging after the 4th of July weekend, and look forward to catching up with you then!! 
Wishing you a most lovely week! xo