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April 14, 2014

Sno-Ball Pillowcase Dress



So I finally made my first outfit for the Plaid Baby! I've made baby clothes before, just none for her (despite my best laid plans). I wanted a cute 'n' quick summer project I could whip up while she was napping, so I figured I couldn't go wrong with a pillowcase dress with sparkly sno-ball appliqué ;)


Sno-balls are a HUGE summer staple here in New Orleans - so much so that the iconic, high end New Orleans jeweler Mignon Faget has a series of sno-ball pendants in her stores. And true to the decadent nature of the city, they even dress them up with sweetened condensed milk poured on top. Dairy poured over flavored ice sounds crazy, I know, but after a couple years I finally tried it and they're DELISH!


Can't wait to post pics of the Plaid Baby in her new summer finery! And I even ordered an ADORABLE customized headband from Bubba and Vi on etsy to match. Her shop's brand new and she's a super sweet gal, so you should definitely check her out (no, she's not paying me to do any of this - just tryin' to help a fellow etsy mama out!) If you're a Heather Ross fan, she has a Goldfish in a Bag headband/clip that is TO.DIE.FOR. And bonus, if you start following her on Instagram she has a code for 15% off any purchase (COUNTRY), plus another coupon for 20% off a $40 purchase (SPRING14). Whatcha waiting' for!

April 10, 2014

Cirque d'Elephant Quilt

Now that I have the Plaid Baby, I feel strongly that she needs to "test out" all present and future baby quilts ;). It only seems right...can't send people defective baby quilts, now can I?

I ain't gonna lie....I'm one of those horribly, horribly Type B people that Type A people either want to a) strangle, or b) hang out with to relax them (I think that's why Angela and I are friends...she helps me organize my crazy, and I bring her rhubarb pies and random (hilarious) stories about perverts in New Orleans...or at least I used to before she moved. I like to think of us as the quilting version of Ron and Hermione, except I'm a girl and I do my own homework)


Anyway...as you can see my mad scientist brain is already getting off track. The point is, it often takes me forever to do stuff, mostly because I forget, get distracted, over-commit myself because I've forgotten about all the other things I already committed to, or get sucked into an awesome new show on Netflix and lose 3 days in a time warp where I barely eat, sleep or shower. That's kind of what happened with this quilt, except instead of one of those reasons, it was a combination of all of them + having a baby. So here I am, 5 1/2 months after my friend Sharon's baby is born, finishing her shower present...*sheepish grin*


My friend picked out the pattern, and I supplied the labor and zig zag stitching. The pattern is called Cirque d'Elephant and was purchased from Sew Much Ado on Etsy. She's very sweet and gracious...I would know because there might have been an incident where I messaged her about an error in the pattern before I realized I'm an idiot that can't read diagrams. And she was nice enough to point out the pattern was right in a way that didn't make me feel like a complete boob (in defense of my sewing honor, I was operating on about 4 hours of sleep/day at that point).


I used a mishmash of prints for the front, my favorite baby boy backing by DS Quilts for Joann's (even though the bolt was printed seriously crooked and is a huge pain in my can to line up straight), and a Michael Miller print from one of their nautical themed collections that I can't remember the name of because I stole it from my friend Heather at our last quilt guild meeting...


And just for good measure, here's a picture I took of the Plaid Baby that I couldn't help but caption and send to my friend Sharon.



April 9, 2014

Spring Has Sprung!


Spring has officially arrived in New Orleans and we've been enjoying temperates in the 70's for the past few weeks (don't be too jealous, because the humidity will arrive soon and I'll spend the next 6 months sweating like a beast, trying (and failing) to keep my pants from creeping up my butt, and getting 3rd degree burns from my seatbelt). There are always a precious few weeks immediately before and after summer where we can enjoy the heat without the sweltering, suffocating humidity, and now is that time. I'm enjoying it while it lasts!


In celebration of spring and beautiful weather, I've been outside a lot (read: not sewing) planting our herb and veggie patch, and trying to convince the hubby to help me transport the prickly blackberry bushes I planted last year that are now big enough to be moved from the raised bed to the ground. No luck on that front yet...did I mention they're VERY prickly?


Merida even has her own little gardening hat now, courtesy of my sweet Aunt Brenda. She sent it last week, and those little knitted flowers and buttons are KILLING.ME.

The boat pattern is from 318 Patchwork Patterns, enlarged to 10.5"

I did manage to squeeze in a little sewing when we had a few rainy days this weekend, and finished two blocks for a new beach themed quilt for Merida. Ray's aunt and uncle recently purchased a house in Biloxi that's on a small, private inlet of the ocean, complete with dock, covered gazebo, and fish cleaning station...so I figure we'll be going out there a lot this summer because Ray and his brother looooove to fish. I want a cute play blanket we can leave there for Merida, hence the water/beach theme :)

Hopefully I can get it finished before the summer's actually over...


April 8, 2014

Quilt Journey

Pattern is from Malka Dubrawsky's Fresh Quilting, enlarged to 120%

I'm getting ready to embark on a self-entitled "Quilt Journey" with a group of my closest quilty friends, and I'm so excited to share my inspiration block with y'all today! I finished this in the wee hours of the night after the baby was in bed (and the hubby was asleep on the couch, ha!). 

A few months ago we decided it had been too long since our last crafty exchange, and instead of doing the same ol' same ol' secret partner swap, we decided to do a traveling quilt of sorts. Each person chooses the color palette and makes an inspiration block, strip, etc. for their quilt, but after that it's in the hands of the group. It's like improv quilting meets round robin swap. 


And to make it even more fun, we're including a journal in each package with whatever we want - more inspiration pictures, big picture ideas of the kind of quilt we'd like, uplifting words for our fellow quilters....you get the idea :)


I'm getting ready to mail mine off today, and after seeing everyone else's starter blocks, I'm practically chomping at the bit to see the beauty of creation at work as each quilt moves along! Especially since my inspiration block is a departure from my normal style. Usually I like bright, bold, and sassy...but this time I wanted a "mama only" quilt with a more romantic and soothing palette. Something I can snuggle under after a long day of being a mama, and all that entails ;)


Can't wait to share the journey with you all! :)

March 20, 2014

Molly Market Tote

I pattern tested my friend Michelle / I Like Orange Too's new Molly Market Tote pattern and it's FABULOUS and soooo easy to make! I finished this last night around 1 a.m. because I had to wait out my family first...once they all fell asleep I was able to sneak off and sew in a semi-lit room like Gollum, lol.


I used a bee print from Echino's new spring line, a teal Echino dot, and a yellow dash print from Michael Miller than reminded me of bees flying :)  I am absolutely in love with the main Echino print...easily my favorite since the other bee print they released back in 2006. Back then I didn't realize fabric had a short shelf life, so I thought I had all the time in the world to buy the yardage I wanted. WRONG. Trust me, not making that mistake this time around!



Can't wait for her to finalize the pattern and share it with the world :)

OH...and here's a picture of our favorite furry friend laying on it this morning. *sigh* I had it sitting on the back of the couch so I could switch out my purse contents, walked away for 2 seconds to grab something for the baby, and when I came back he was laying on it. I get no respect....lol! When I tried to shoo him off he just turned around and looked at me like "ummm...excuse me...but were you actually attempting to take something out of the house without some of my fur on it? I.don't.think.so"




March 10, 2014

Mommy Bag


I've been so bogged down with Etsy orders the past few months (they've been keeping us afloat since Plaid Baby's arrival), that I can't remember the last time I made a project purely for pleasure...even longer if I try to think of one that was for pleasure and myself (that sounds a bit dirty, doesn't it?)


So when I stumbled across Denyse Schmidt's new Piccadilly line in Joann's last week, I just HAD to sit down immediately and sew something for myself with it. I didn't recreate the wheel here since it had to be something I could finish within Plaid Baby's 2 hour afternoon nap, so I went with a fold over zip clutch. It's nice having something that isn't meant for shlepping around 2 tons of baby accoutrement. And bonus, we have a Parent's Night Out coming up at our church this Friday, so I'll actually get to use it soon!




I haven't purchased any of her fabric since Hope Valley because I just haven't been feelin' it, but I knew when I saw pictures of Piccadilly on her website that I NEEDED that dainty navy floral. Of course I promptly forgot all about it 30 minutes later (mommy brain...), so I nearly peed myself when I spotted the bolt on the shelf a few days ago. It's such a cute print and reminds me of the glory days of Flea Market Fancy and Katie Jump Rope :)

February 12, 2014

CREATE Pillow

Just finished up this pillow for a friend, and it will be on its way to its intended just as soon as I can get the Plaid Baby all strapped up and ready for the post office.


I used a text print from Art Gallery's new line Littlest for the background, and an old Denyse Scmidt print from one of her Joann's lines for the appliqué. Photos really don't do it justice, but I really love the background color on the Littlest print. It's not white, but has almost an antiqued/yellowed look to it like a page in an old book.


I echo quilted the scissors for texture, since the pillow itself is very simple and I felt it needed a little more "oomph"


Normally I don't quilt the back, but I did for two reasons. One, this fabric is very thin - think original Heather Ross lines - which makes it perfect for clothes and light summer quilts, but not so hot for home decor sewing. I was worried about how well it would hold up with repeated sofa lounging and abuse, so I decided to give it some stability and quilt the back as well.


The second reason I decided to quilt the back is because I wanted to do an inset zipper, and it would look all uneven and weird if one side was quilted, and the other was plain ol' fabric.

Isn't that zipper adorbs? I bought it from ZipIt on Etsy - they only have one size (12") with two color options (aqua and purple), but I couldn't help myself and got a few of each :)


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