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kat dress

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I had planned for at least a couple months to make a dress for a friend’s upcoming wedding.  Of course I waited until the day before to start cutting pieces and then put off actually sewing the dress until the day of the wedding.  Good thing it was a late afternoon wedding! And yes, it was me who was hemming the dress as my family was walking out the door to go.

I had picked out my favorite print from Julia Rothman’s Miscellany collection for Cloud 9 a long time ago to someday make into a dress or top.  I had also bought the Kat Dress Pattern from Grainline a long time ago just for kicks.  Sensing a theme?  I knew this would probably be one of my only opportunities to make a fancy dress for myself.  Boning? Check! Never tried it before, sounded intimidating, but it was so fun – no sweat!

I did make a couple muslins of the top, I was pretty worried about getting the fit right, but it’s great.  I also knew I’d never feel totally comfortable with a strapless dress, so I added some thin straps as I was sewing, and just ended up tying them behind my neck.

[looks like someone needs to buy some hook + eye closures]

And, in my typical fashion, I somehow took a wrong turn and ended up with a finished dress but with a couple exposed seams on the inside.  I didn’t care though, but if I make the dress again I have to figure out where I went wrong.  The dress was still super comfy to wear.

I also made a tie for my husband.  It was kind of fun, nothing too difficult, lots of hand sewing.  He liked it, wore it, even spilled on it. Good thing it’s cotton.

Pattern:  Kat Dress by Grainline
Size: 8, some bust adjustments, added straps, skipped the colorblocking
Fabric: Candy Trees by Julia Rothman for Cloud 9 Fabrics
Tie: Purl Bee Father’s Day Tie Tutorial

quilting

her briar rose quilt

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So I had a sweet pack of charm squares of Heather Ross‘ newest collection Briar Rose for Windham Fabrics.  I was so happy to flip through the tiny stack, the colors are just happy.  I really had wanted to start this quilt weeks ago, but of course other things always pop up!  I let the design ideas float through my brain.  Even considered making some patchwork boxes or a tote with these, but in the end a quilt for my new niece (born in July!) kept coming to mind.

I used almost the entire charm pack and made half square triangles for the middle section.  I played around with different design options and liked the layout with solids together and prints together.  So I sewed them up and decided to add the Essex Yarn Dyed for a little breathing room.

[Natalie modeling the quilt, very huggable.]

And I did spiral quilting!!!  I’ve been wanting to try it since I saw one from A Quilt is Nice, who I guess was inspired by this quilt from Handmade by Alissa, who in turn was inspired from this quilt from Denyse Schmidt.  Isn’t that crazy how design ideas trickle down?!  I really love the effect it gives and I think it unifies the quilt, at least I hope.

Pretty pink and a little bit of piecing for the binding complete it.  And I had gotten some yardage of Briar Rose just a few days ago and featured that on the backing.

Of course I have some plans for using up a few leftover HST’s, hopefully I’ll finish that little project tonight. ♥

Fabrics: charm pack Briar Rose by Heather Ross for Windham, Essex Yarn Dyed  in Flax, various solids (I wish I could tell you which ones I used, but I didn’t have any labeled – I had been in a monthly Solids Club from Pink Chalk Fabrics from a few years ago.), binding is Pure Elements by Art Gallery, quilted with Aurifil’s Simply Color in 28wt, loved it!

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pillow love

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Okay, so I have this obsession with hand printed fabrics.  And with Skinny laMinx.  I’ve been waiting and eyeing up her fabrics for way too long.  So she had a sale a little while ago and I snagged some fat quarters to make into pillows.  A splurge maybe, but I am in love! (ps, she also has her second line with Cloud 9 Fabrics coming up soon!)

A couple invisible zips and a little Yarn Dyed Essex and we’re in business.  I lined both the front and back pieces.  The back I ended up lining with just some white flannel I had laying around, I think it’s going to be great!  I can’t stand when feather pillows have feathers poking through, so hopefully this’ll help.  Just serge your lining fabric to your pillow fronts and backs!  (You could also just zig zag or pink your edges, serging just gives that extra durability you’ll need for pillows that get a lot of abuse and many washings).

If you’re looking for a great tutorial for installing invisible zips in pillows be sure to check out Sew Katie Did‘s tutorial.  It’s how I first learned and I don’t even look at instructions anymore.  I actually own an invisible zipper foot but I don’t even use it for pillows, I can get in there and sew it with just my regular foot, so don’t be scared – just try!

Also, the winner of the Zakka Handmades: 24 Projects Sewn from Natural Fabrics to Help Organize, Adorn, and Simplify Your Life book is:

Tracy who said: “Love that fabric bucket! Have been eyeing that book and would like to try some or all the projects if I were so lucky :)”

Thanks everyone who entered!  It sounds like many of you really are excited about the book.