Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The American Girl Collection

As I've been sewing for my babies, and seeing what patterns ya'll are loving in The Pattern Shop, I've noticed that 4 of my favorite patterns could really make a year-round wardrobe for a little girl.
So I created the American Girl Collection!

This pattern bundle contains
The Aprile Knot Dress and Top
The Laura Jane Dress
The Abigail Tunic
The Meghan Ruffle Pants
With pants, dresses, sleeveless, 3/4 sleeves and long sleeves, you can truly go from season to season with these darling patterns.
Best of all, the pattern bundle saves you $8 rather than buying them separately. Now that's a deal! And with sizes ranging from 6 months to girls 12 (individual patterns vary) you can use these for years to come.
Buy your American Girl Bundle HERE

Monday, April 14, 2014

Quilting for the Wall

Hubby and I, as well as the rest of our family are members of the United Methodist Church. I have been my whole life, and Hubby joined our church family before we got married (which his family has declared will send us both to Hell)....but I digress. I love our church and have enjoyed being a member for 28 years.

While doing my ever-growing pile of scrapbusting projects, I decided I wanted to make something "church related". I wasn't quite sure what that meant, but after some sketching, I had an idea.

I wanted to make a mini-quilt, or wall hanging of our United Methodist symbol. 

I love love love how it turned out. Quilt math can be tricky, but a couple of nights with some graph paper and a calculator and I had a reasonable plan.

The piecing was easy, and I quilted it with an all over meandering line. It has great texture. I didn't want the quilting to show up as a contrast to the colored blocks, so I quilted each color separately, red, black, and white.

The backing of the quilt is a fabric that I have been wanting to use for years! I just never had the project for it. Both of my parents, as well as my uncle are the musicians at our church, so I thought it was very fitting for the backing to be this sweet sheet music print. 

I love seeing it hang in our house, but I think I have other plans for it. It may end up living elsewhere soon.

Friday, April 11, 2014

{FREE} Pattern- The Carolina Breeze Bag

Just because sharing is caring....
I've decided to make the Carolina Breeze Bag pattern a

This was my very FIRST pattern I created, and I still love it.
I haven't made one in a while, but it's probably because my closet is full of them already.

The Carolina Breeze bag is a slouchy, purse sized bag, with a pleated top. The PDF pattern includes options for adding a sweet and girly bow to the outside and functional pockets to the inside.
The bag is also fully lined.
This is an easy-to-sew pattern for a person with beginner to intermediate sewing skills.
Click Here to go to the pattern shop for the instant download.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Scrapbusting for the Kitchen

My never-ending pile of scrapbusting projects is starting to actually make a dent in my scrap bin(s). I've been on a quilting kick lately, but wanted to tackle a smaller project. I started cutting out some small squares and decided they would make adorable kitchen accessories!

I made two sets of oven mitts and hot pads.

One set was a rainbow of colors from all of my favorite scraps.

The second set I wanted to cool down a bit, and used blues, greens, grays and some black. These are definitely my favorite.

All of them received a black and white striped binding for fun contrast. The rainbow set was quilted with a meandering pattern.

The blue set was quilted with straight lines outlining the seams of the patchwork piece. They all are layered with batting and Insulbrite to keep hands safe from heat while using them.

I would love to hang on to these because they're OH so pretty, but they may have another home soon. I'll just have to make some more I guess! This was a quick and fun project to knock out.

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