Thursday, December 29, 2011

Baby Fashion Show, Part 2!

A number of months ago, I made a bunch of baby clothes for my adorable niece (you can see the original "Baby Fashion Show" post HERE).  She just came to visit again, so it's time for another baby fashion show!

1.  Doll Quilt
Okay, this isn't exactly clothing, but it's fun.  I used 16 charm squares (1930s reproduction feedsack fabrics) and some white fabric to make a mini quilt.  It's excess from my work-in-progress 1930s hexagon quilt.  I backed and bound it with some green calico that I bought on sale ages ago.  It measures 20 inches square.

The reason?  I bought a doll for my niece as a birthday present.  The "Stella" doll is adorable and features a magnetic pacifier...I highly recommend it.  You can find the doll on Amazon HERE (she also comes in dark haired versions).  You can't have a doll without a doll quilt!

Here is the Stella doll relaxing under the doll quilt.

2.  Pretty Pinafore
This pattern came from the new Fabric By Fabric:  One Yard Wonders book!  Yes, this is the same book that I blogged about as part of my giveaway the other week...I couldn't wait to make something from it!  You can see the designer's blog HERE.

The pattern is amazingly easy because it is made out of just one piece.  Really!  I had some adorable strawberry fabric and some prepackaged red binding tape in my closet, so it was a good stash-buster.  I made French seams on the shoulder seams.

The only problem I came across was that I was short of binding tape by about six frustrating!  I don't know if my pre-packaged tape was shorter than usual, but you may want to buy two packages just to be on the safe side.  Alternatively, you can make your own binding tape for the last few inches and add a cool detail.


Back.  Love the scallops!

Here is the little lady in the pinafore.  She's rather big for her age, so in retrospect I should have made the 24month version or just enlarged the armholes or neckline.  But it looks amazing and is a perfect length for an almost-walking toddler!

Crawling around!


3:  Toddler Pinafore Smock Top
This pinafore pattern can be found in the original One Yard Wonders book.  I always thought it was adorable and a perfect way to dress up everything.  You can see the designer's blog HERE.

The original pattern.

The pinafore was easy to make, and I used more of the green calico that I used in the doll quilt.  The bodice is lined, and the gathered skirt is adorable (I used French seams on the sides).  I used some pink grosgrain ribbon on the back for the tie.  It is simple and elegant, and it would make a perfect gift for a birthday party.


The pinafore fit perfectly, and it was as adorable as expected!  It has a Little House on the Prairie vibe to it, which is super-cute for children's clothing.  It also even managed to dress up a pair of green footie pajamas (sorry for the not-so-perfect's hard photographing a squirmy toddler)!



Hope you enjoyed the fashion show!  Stay tuned to my blog in the next few days as I show off one or two more projects from One Yard Wonders!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

One Yard Wonders Giveaway - Winner!

Wow, I had 100 comments for the One Yard Wonders book giveaway!  I really want to thank everyone who entered.  I read all of your comments and am so happy that people are excited by this book.  I made two projects from it already (photos to come in some upcoming posts), and it's an amazing book.

The winner (thanks to is:  #35!  "SewLindaAnn said...Hey there and Happy Thursday! I have the first book, love it and would be thrilled to win the 2nd one. Congrats on your submission, and being sent that amazing fabric to work with must have been so fun. I'm guessing you had a wonderful time in Italy. I'm looking forward to checking out your blog, this is my first time here."

LindaAnn, I will be emailing you shortly with the information.   Everyone else, check out the other bloggers on the blog tour for more chances to win free books!

I have a lot of fun posts coming up in the next few days (my sewing mojo is definitely back).  Here are a few mysterious previews:

What does this mini quilt have to do with the wrapped package?  Find out soon!
What's with all of the citrus fabrics?

The fabrics are multiplying!  Find out more in future posts.  :)

To all of those who celebrate Christmas, have a wonderful holiday tomorrow.  I hope Santa brings quilt-y presents for everyone.  :) 

For those who celebrate Hanukkah, enjoy the Chinese food (yes, it's a real tradition, and they even have a song about it).  :)  Looking forward to some General Tso chicken!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Ryan Gosling "Hey Girl..." Meme for Quilters!

There's been an internet meme going around for a while now, featuring photos of Ryan Gosling accompanied by swoon-worthy captions.

The ever-talented QuiltDad just did a post about the new version of the meme...for crafters!  He created some hysterical ones specifically for quilters...which you can read HERE.

I thought I'd join in the fun (as a Happy Hanukkah gift to my readers!) and create a few of my own:

::Swoon!::  (Sorry I don't have the photographer's names to give proper credit to the beautiful pictures).  Here are a few others that I didn't insert into photos:

Hey girl, I don’t need all this space…you can store your fabric stash in my closet. 

Hey girl, I don’t mind jumping over your rotary cutters and scissors on the floor.  It’s like the sewing Olympics.

Hey girl, the more fat quarters you have, the skinnier you look.

Hey girl, did Moda name charm packs after you?  ‘Cause you’re so charming.

Hey girl, let’s plan a trip to Houston.  I’ve always wanted to spend a romantic vacation at Quilt Market.

Hey girl, let me pin baste that quilt top for you.  You can relax and finish reading The Hunger Games.

Hey girl, I'd love a quilt with 1930s feedsack prints.  Of course it will look masculine.

Hey girl, your argument against prewashing totally makes sense.  Those fabric manufacturers don’t know what they’re talking about.

Hey girl, of course the Internet needs more pincushion tutorials.  

Have any other ideas for a quilter's take on the Gosling meme?  Feel free to comment!

PS:  there's still time to enter my One Yard Wonders book giveaway!  Entries close on December 23rd.

Monday, December 19, 2011

December NYC Bee - Hanukkah Quilt Block

For December's NYC Mod Bee, Helen asked us to make holiday quilt blocks (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc).  She also each sent us some beautiful gold fabric to use for the block.

I decided to go for a Hanukkah/Chanukah/Hanukah themed block.  I paper-pieced a dreidel (similar to THIS Hanukkah mug rug I made a while ago) and then framed it with a wonky log cabin.  I also added some small flying geese (tiny to piece, but fun!).  Here is the finished block:

"It's beginning to look a lot like Hanukkah..."
I hope Helen enjoys it, and I can't wait to see the other blocks!

PS:  There's still time to enter my giveaway to win the new One Yard Wonders book!  Entries close on December 23rd!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

One Yard Wonders: Blog Tour Info

Quick update:  I have a photo of my project from the Fabric by Fabric:  One Yard Wonders book!  Here it is on page 129, called "The Jet Set:"

Don't forget to enter my book giveaway, which ends December 23rd.  If you want to see the other great folks hosting the bloggy book tour, check out their info below.  Enjoy, and happy sewing!.  :)

12/13/2011 Craft Buds
12/15/2011 Nifty Kidstuff
12/16/2011 Nom Nom Nom Nom
12/16/2011 Quaint and Quirky
12/17/2011 ikatbag
12/17/2011 Two Brown Birds
12/18/2011 Sharon Sews
12/19/2011 LBG Studio
12/19/2011 Under Construction
12/21/2011 Craftzine
12/21/2011 Neuroses Galore
12/21/2011 Emily Steffen
12/23/2011 Spincushion
12/27/2011 One Inch World
12/28/2011 Sew Sew Etc.
January ‘12 Lu Lu Carter
January ’12 Fiberosity
January ’12 Zuhause
January ’12 Obsessively Stitching

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

One Yard Wonders - Book Giveaway!

Welcome!  I am so excited to have you stop by my blog and celebrate the launch of Fabric by Fabric:  One Yard Wonders.

About me:  My name is Nicole, and I'm a full-time professional who loves sewing as a way to relax and unwind.  I just turned thirty (eek!), and my husband and I moved from Manhattan to South Florida last month.  I recently started the local chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild (we're calling it South Florida Mod), and it's been a blast getting to know other quilting folks online and in person.  I recently had a pattern published in the new Modern Blocks book, and I am so honored to be a part of the new One Yard Wonders book.

Book backstory:  In Spring of 2010, I saw a request for pattern submissions.  I tried to create a project that would be fun, easy and functional.  My husband and I were about to take our official honeymoon to Italy, so a travel-related project was perfect!

I drew up a few patterns and originally made the project in oilcloth, which was waterproof and colorful.  Here are the photos from my submission packet:

The editors accepted my submission!  They sent me beautiful Echino helicopter fabric and added a few related items from other contributors.  The project is great for making quick gifts for family/friends who like to travel or are going on vacation.  The finished project is on page 127 of the book and is called "The Jet Set."  I hope to get photos of the actual book page in the next few days.  :)  Here is the fabric, in the meantime:

To celebrate the release of the book, Storey Publishers has generously offered to give a free book to one of my lucky readers! 

Prize:  One hardcover book of "Fabric by Fabric:  One Yard Wonders."

Entry Deadline:  Friday, December 23rd at 9:00pm (Eastern time).

How to Enter:  Leave a comment at the bottom of this post!  If you sign up to follow my blog (or you already follow it), leave another comment and you'll get a second chance to win!  If you blog about the giveaway, leave a comment (with a trackback), and you'll get a third chance to win!

Notes:  U.S. addresses only.   Please include your email address or another way to reach you.  If a winner does not respond within 3 days, I will choose another winner.

Good luck, and happy sewing!  If you use my pattern, please send me a photo!  I will be happy to post it on my blog.  :)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Adventures in Decorating - Bedding

A few more photos from my adventures in decorating with our new house.  I mentioned in a previous post that I found amazing Amy Butler bedding for the guest bedroom, called Sari Bloom.  I also found a great headboard on Pottery Barn.  Here is the bed all set up!

The walls are still pretty blank, so I found a great vintage Florida scarf from the 1950s (check out eBay and Etsy for fun vintage touristy items)!  I can't find the actual photo, but here is a similar one:

It's kitschy and fun, and will add a real Florida feel to the guest bedroom.  Vintage scarves look beautiful framed, as this photo and THIS website post shows:

Almost done I have to get back to quilting!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Easy Modern Ninepatch Block - Tutorial

For this month's meeting of the South Florida Modern Quilt Guild, we are making "holiday" ninepatch blocks for a swap.  They can be any size and represent any holiday (not just Christmas and Hanukkah). 

At our meeting, a few folks mentioned the great site 15 Minutes Play, and the concept of "making" fabric from scraps.  It is a great way to use up your scrap bin and add a modern, freeform element to your quilts.  HERE is the basic tutorial.  I decided to use up a bunch of my red scraps and make a basic Valentine's Day ninepatch block!

Step one:  find lots of fabric scraps!

Step two:  sew scraps together to make larger pieces.

Step three:  slice and dice into smaller segments!

Step four:  sew into larger pieces.  You've just "made" fabric!

Step five:  cut the "made" fabric into 4.5 inch squares.  I got a bunch of squares out of the scraps (you only need five for the ninepatch block).

Step six:  add four 4.5 inch squares of other fabric (plain or patterned).

Done!  Measures 12.5 inches square.
You can use this technique for any type of patchwork block.  I had a few "made" fabric blocks left over, so I decided to make a July 4th themed block as well.  I just added some 4.5 inch Half-Square Triangles in blue and white:

Another block done!
I posted this on the South Florida Mod website as an inspiration to the other members.  I can't wait to see their beautiful blocks at the meeting next week!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Decorating: Bathroom Vinyl Wall Decals

We are finally done with the finishing touches on our new house!  We are renting, so it's been  a challenge figuring out how to decorate while keeping it fairly "temporary."  Case in point:  the bathrooms are nice, clean and spacious, but very plain.  Our solution:  wall decals!

Guest Powder Room:
I wanted to do something really whimsical, so I found a great seller on Etsy that offered large decals.  I decided to use a tree and bird theme, which reminded me of the amazing skit from the IFC show called Portlandia that made fun of Etsy-style products:

Put A Bird On It!


Nice but very plain.
All of the vinyl pieces.

In progress.


Fun and forest-y!

Branches curve around the walls.

This decal took a few hours to complete, mainly because it had dozens of individual branches and leaves.  It was a lot of fun figuring out where to place everything, and I added a few falling leaves for interest.  The tree wraps around the corner, which looks better than I had hoped.  Now I just have to add some green hand towels and a coordinating soap dispenser, and it's all finished!

Master Bathroom:
We had a large blank space next to the bathtub, and I didn't want to hang a picture in the space (too much humidity).  We found a great dandelion decal that coordinated with our towels!

This was really easy to do, and I liked the mod feel of the design.  Has anyone else used wall decals?  Enjoy!
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