Make a List Monday's

Make a List Monday

Let’s start off with what I got accomplished from last weeks list. It doesn’t feel like much or look like much when checked off on a list – however, there was alot accomplished that wasn’t “important” enough to make it on the list. You know, the kind of things that you just know have to be done and don’t bother listing. Yea… Anyhow, let’s take a peek at last weeks list and how I did:

  1. Move fabric onto my new shelf
    DONE!!! The shelf came on Wednesday afternoon and by that night I had it assembled, everything moved, sorted and lots more space to move! It really made my day. I may or may not have 4 tall bookshelves already that are overflowing with fabric… It’s hard when you enjoying making things with all different types of fabric! It’s not like I’m just hoarding quilting cottons. There’s muslin, satins, stretchy fabrics, squishy fabrics, felt, tulle, organza, more types of blended fabrics than I can think of, brocade, silks, linens, faux leather, real leather, the list is endless.
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  2. Sew up blocks 11-20 for the 100 days 100 blocks 2018
    DONE! I actually ended up sewing together blocks 11-21 I’m really liking the way they are all looking together. Two things to note – (1) there will be more of the mustard yellow because I’m sashing the blocks and (2) the odd-looking blue-ish color is actually a green color but for some reason, I can NEVER get it to look accurate in the photos…
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  3. Cut fabric for blocks 21-50 for 100 Days 100 Blocks 2018
    Nope, hasn’t happened. What I did do though, was manage to make a cut list for the fabrics up to block 70. I’ll need to cut these out this week since block 22 is supposed to be posted on Saturday.
  4. Round 3 & Border 4 of Camp Oda May
    Nope, haven’t even touched the quilt. However, I did get which path I want planned out. 🙂 That counts for something right?
  5. Dresses for my little girl
    This hasn’t happened either much to her dismay. 😦
  6. The Farmer’s Wife 1920 FPP patterns
    I did manage to finish some more of them. Currently I’ve turned 81 of the 111 blocks into FPP patterns. WHOOP WHOOP!!!

So I think that was a great accomplishment even if I didn’t get it all done! Specially considering I’ve been crunching to get everything ready for our year of kindergarten homeschooling.

Now onto this weeks list.

  1. Cut fabric for blocks 22-70 for 100 Days 100 Blocks 2018
    Since I didn’t get to it last week I HAVE to get to it this week since I’ll be needing block 22 done for THIS SATURDAY!!! YIKES!!!
  2. Sew up at least blocks 22-30 but preferably more.
  3. Since I’ve not done much for the Camp Oda May #chooseyourownadventrue and they’ve added onto it considerably, I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. This is one of the items on my 2018 Q3 FAL list.
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  4. A dress for my little girl
    She’s a smart little girl and she knows I “fix” things. She picked out a bunch of tee-shirts at the store and asked me to “fix them and sew skirts on them for dresses” so that’s my plan. I’m hoping to make at least 1 of these this week. Do you notice a theme? LOLOL Yea, she kinda really likes pink in case you can’t tell. 😉
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  5. A leotard for my little girl
    She’s due to start “real” dance classes around the middle of August and I’m hoping to have 4 finished by the time she starts. This week though I’m just aiming for one. These are also on my 2018 Q3 FAL list. I managed to score these 2 spandex fabrics off the Walmart clearance rack for $0.50 per yard so of course I bought all that was left on the bolts of both. 🙂 There was about 4 yards of the pink and just under 3 yards of the silver/black.
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  6. Secret Sewing & Planning
    I’m planning a sampler style qal for the start of the 2019. It’s going to be a big one – 99 blocks. The design is drafted and I’m currently working on the block patterns and sewing up the blocks myself. I’m thinking of releasing the individual block patterns in 3 different sizes, but I’m not sure yet.
  7. Not sewing related YET – but I need to harass hubby enough to go get our silver bullet camper home this week!
    It was given to him in exchange for some work that he did in place of cash payment. It needs to be fixed somewhat on the inside so there will be sewing involved once it gets home. 🙂 I’ve never seen the inside of it… and I’m unsure what theme I’m going to do with it. I’m just going to wait until it’s sitting in the backyard and speaks to me.

So that’s what my sewing week is looking like. What do you have planned for this week?

2018 Finish Along Q3

Proposed List for Q3 Finish Along 2018

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I’m going to try this again for Q3. 😉 I stumbled across an awesome FREE project tracker sheet that Sandra of Sew of Course made and I’m loving it! Typically I have a haphazard list of the various projects I have in the works, but I’m thinking that this tracker is going to replace my previous way of attempting to keeping track.

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As soon as I seen it, I printed it out and started filling it in. Love it! The best part is that it’s not specific to quilting which is great for those of us who do all kinds of crafts like I do.

There’s currently 28 items on my list. However, I’m using it to keep track of everything that I’m working on and planning which is why the numbers below are wonky. It’s just my way of thinking / planning.

Anyhow, here’s the line up of things I’m hoping to finish in 2018 Q3 which runs from July 10th thru October 9th.

  1. Choose Your Own Adventure QAL
    I have all my fabrics and I’m currently working on the 2nd round. Since the last border for this QAL will be posted on July 29th, I’m hoping that I can get this all finished during this quarter.
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  2. Kingfisher QAL Kitty version
    I’m dreadfully behind in this combination of EPP, applique, and traditional piecing QAL but that’s life. I have 3 diamonds all completed and have numerous other EPP flowers awaiting applique onto diamonds. I’ve altered the pattern a bit to make the diamonds a bit bigger and to add sashing to the diamonds to break up the scrappiness and give it a bit of uniformity.
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  3. Halloween costume for myself
    This upcycle project was started during the Upcycling Challenge 2018 hosted by Candice Ayala, however, I was unable to complete it in time. Cutting denim with a scissor really takes a toll on my thumb and hand. However, I did manage to finish 4 other things – 1 2 3 4 – that I entered into the contest. 🙂
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  4. Mini Quilt using Tea Bag dyed fabric
    This project was also going to be an entry into the Upcycling Challenge but I was unable to finish it. I really like the direction it is heading and hope to finish this during this quarter.
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  5. Genesis Kimono
    A crochet project that I’m making to give as a gift to my bestie. Nuff said. 😉
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  6. n/a
  7.  Halloween themed dress for my little girl
    I have the fabric now I just have to pick out the “perfect” pattern. We live in a small rural town and the majority of the girls wear holiday / season themed dresses. For Halloween, they start wearing Halloween themed clothing at the beginning of October. Last year, right before Halloween, my little girl started to notice and said she wanted a Halloween dress. This year, she’s going to have one.
  8. London dress # 1 – fall themed
  9. London dress # 2
  10. Catherine dress # 1
  11. Catherine dress # 2
  12. Matilda dress # 1 – Halloween themed
  13. Matilda dress #2
    These 6 dress names above are the pattern names from Violette Field Threads that I’m planning on making for my girl. There’s another Halloween dress planned, along with a fall themed dress. The rest will be in fabrics she picked out – I just have to figure out which fabrics I’m actually going to use out of the numerous kitty, unicorn, horse, My Little Pony, rainbow, florals, and various pink fabrics that she’s picked out. LOL
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  14. n/a
  15. n/a
  16. Halloween Costume for my little girl
    I’m super excited to make her costume this year. She’s agreed to be a fairy only after I found some amazing iridescent pink fabric to use for the wings. 😀
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  17. Lotus Drawstring Bag
    This combination of crochet and sewn bag will be a Christmas gift for a relative. As soon as I seen it, I knew I had to make it for my mother-in-law who is dainty and elegant. I’m going to change it up a bit I think and not make it as the typical drawstring bag, but rather have it with a zipper closer and a shoulder strap. Here’s to hoping that it turns out the way I envision it.
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  18. Midori style notbook and cover
    Using the remenants of pants and Michael Miller Dick and Jane fat quarter from the Upcycle Apron I made, I’m making a Midori style notebook cover to match the apron. I’m also making the custom inserts for the notebook. This notebook will be used as for a Nature Journal for her kindergarten year.
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  19. Candy Cane Santa Hat # 1
  20. Candy Cane Santa Hat # 2
    I found this cute crochet pattern and want to make 2 for my little girl and I to wear during Christmas time. You can find the pattern here.
  21. Plush Poinsettia Pillow
    This will be a Christmas gift for a family member. You can find the pattern here.
  22. Crochet Bowl
    As soon as I seen this cute little yarn bowl, I knew I had to make at least one for myself. You can find the pattern here.
    This is the yarn I’m planning on using for items 19, 20, 21, & 22.
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  23. n/a
  24. Ballet Basics leotard pattern on Etsy
  25. Ballet Basics skirt pattern on Etsyballet basics
  26. Olivia leotard with attached skirt #1 pattern on Etsy
  27. Olivia leotard with attached skirt #2 pattern on Etsy
  28. Olivia leotard pattern on Etsy
    olivia dance outfitsMy little girl is going to be starting dance in about a month. The options for dance outfits in our rural area is slim to none so I’ve decided that we’ll just make her some outfits. I’m starting with 4 different outfits since she’ll be going once a week she could wear a different outfit each week of the month.

You probably noticed the several n/a items above. That’s because those are things on my list, however, I know that they will not be finished in Q3. They include:

6.   100 Days 100 Blocks 2018
This is not due to be finished until sometime after mid-October so it will be on my Q4 list. If you go check out #mustardbugquilt on Instagram you’ll see all my pics of these.

14. Farmer’s Wife 1920
I’m joining in with Gnome Angel for her QAL that starts in August for this and it’s set to last thru most of 2019. Here’s to hoping that it’ll be a 2019 Q4 finish. All I have so far is a partial fabric pull that I’m basing the quilt on. Yes, it’s going to be a Halloween themed quilt. 🙂
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15. Kingfisher QAL Christmas themed
Yes, I have another one of these that I’m hoping to finish this quarter, but I don’t think I’ll get them both done this quarter. This will be on my Q4 list. I’ve finished several of these hexi flowers so far.
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23. Alchemy Cardigan CAL
I adore the look of this crochet cardigan and started making one for myself. But like most things that I want to make for myself, it’s fallen to the wayside. I would really like to finish this before the cool weather moves in this year but I’ve been having a hard time finding more of the yarn I started it with. Fingers crossed!
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So, that’s what’s on my list. What’s on your to do list? Are you joining up for the Finish A Long?

Make a List Monday's

Make a List Monday

Unless I make a list, things seem to get forgotten. Here’s to hoping that my list of all things fiber and craft related posted here will help me to not forget things anymore.

  1. Move fabric onto my new shelf
    Yes, I know this is not actually anything crafting, however, it’ll greatly organize my crafting space so I can quit stepping over piles of fabric, or having fabric literally shoved everywhere. I finally convinced hubby that I need, and can fit, another bookshelf in my crafting space. As soon as he said yes, I ordered it online. 😉 I wasn’t taking any chances of him changing his mind. LOL It’s due to be delivered on Wednesday via FedEx.
  2. Sew up blocks 11-20 for the 100 days 100 blocks 2018
    I’m cutting this a bit close since today is day 10… This is one of those things I kept forgetting. Luckily, I already have the fabric for them cut and in my binder.
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  3. Cut fabric for blocks 21-50 for 100 Days 100 Blocks 2018
    One thing that greatly helped me was to set aside time to just focus on cutting fabric for a large number of blocks. Plus, I believe it saved fabric since I took the time to figure out how many of each size / shape I needed before I just started cutting.
  4. Round 3 & Border 4 of Camp Oda May
    I’m behind on the Choose Your Own Adventure QAL with Moda Bake Shop. They just put out Path A for Round 3 but I still have to do Round 2 and Border 3 yet. I’ve done Border 2, but I’ve just not taken a picture of it yet.
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  5. Dresses for my little girl
    I’m not sure if I’ll get to these or not, but there here just in case I have a free moment. She’s come to understand that her momma can “fix” things. At Walmart the other day they had all those cute character tee-shirts on clearance. She picked out 4 and asked me to turn them into dresses for her. I knew I had fabric for 2 of them, but the other 2 I wasn’t sure I could match them from my stash. We took the shirts to the fabric department and picked out a slub cotton for one and a satin for the other.
  6. The Farmer’s Wife 1920
    If by chance I have any extra time, I’ll work more on the FPP templates for these. I’m wanting to join in the QAL hosted by Gnome Angel that’s starting on August 24th. They are going to be doing these using EPP – but I’m not sure I’m going to have time to do 2 EPP blocks a week considering we’re homeschooling kindergarten. I cannot find any sources to purchase the FPP block templates, so I’m making them myself for myself. Here’s the initial pull that my quilt will be built on.
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Honestly, I don’t think I’ll get to all of that, but here’s to hoping! 😉 What’s on your to-do list this week?

Upcycle

Princess Dress

Look! A smile! Why? Maybe because it’s a “princess dress” this time instead of shorts. ROFLMAO!!! If you’re totally lost, go read my last post and you’ll understand. 😉

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Anyhow, this is the 4th and final item I made for entry into Candice Alaya’s Upcycle Challenge 2018. In case you haven’t yet, you really should go look at all 78 of the entries!

This “princess dress” started life as an eyelet shower curtain (more on that in a minute) and a piece of organza fabric.

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I purchased what I thought was a white eyelet flat sheet from the flea market a while back for $1.50. I never actually took it out of the ziplock bag it was sold in until this challenge. It was then I realized it was not a sheet (as the tag said). However I really wasn’t sure at first what it was with button holes along the top! Come to find out that it was a decorative shower curtain. Talk about a duh moment. 😉

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I knew I wanted to use the eyelet shower curtain to make my little girl a dress but didn’t have a pattern in mind or an idea. However, not long after the challenge started, I went to Walmart and seen the blue organza fabric with tiny white polka dots on the clearance rack for $1 per yard so I bought what was left on the bolt – 2.5 yards. I knew I wanted to use it as a skirt overlay. With fabric in hand and a very vague idea, I started scouring the various patterns I have in my stash. I decided on a variation of the Catherine Dress by Violette Field Threads.

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The pattern itself was easy to follow even with the slight alterations I made to custom fit it to my little. I adore Violette Field Threads patterns! Not only do they make typical baby and kids sizes, but they also make the elusive “tween” size patterns!!! Which is awesome since my little girl wears something between a 14-16. The problem I have with most patterns in that size is that they are designed for kids who are that age – not a 5 year old. So, typically most tween size patterns are styled too old for my little girl.

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I did have a problem when stitching the bodice to the skirt. It wasn’t because of the pattern itself, but rather my design changes and fabric choices. You see, I used the full 2.5 yards of the organza, but only used the pattern amount for the underskirt. This meant I couldn’t gather them together since they were different amounts… For the bodice lining I used part of a white tee-shirt I had in my upcycle pile. So that meant I had four lengths of fabric to sew together – the gathered eyelet skirt, the gathered organza skirt overlay, the eyelet bodice, and the stretchy bodice lining… Yea…… Never again! LOL

It was a lesson for the next one I make because there will be more dresses from this pattern. (1) If making an overlay skirt, baste it to the skirt BEFORE trying to attach them to the bodice, and (2) make sure the bodice and the bodice lining fabrics (if different) have the same amount of give.

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The best part of this upcycle? That she LOVES it! That alone makes it worth every bit of frustration it caused me. 🙂

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Upcycled Shorts Set

Shorts: a word I’m not sure you’ll ever hear again on here when it pertains to my little girl. She’s told me numerous times that girls wear skirts and dresses (and fyi – it’s not a religious thing for us – that’s just the way she feels). She’s my little girly girl princess. And boy was she mad at me for making her wear this! Can you tell? LOL

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This was another of my 4 entries into Candice Alaya’s Upcycling Challenge 2018. There were a total of 78 awesome entries. We’re still waiting for the winners to be announced on the 14th. *sitting on pins and needles* It would be amazing to win 1st prize, which includes a brand new serger, to replace my 20+ year old, single stitch serger that I have now. However, there were so many great entries I’d be ecstatic if I win any of the prizes.

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I had a yard of this Michael Miller medallion print in my stash for a while now unsure what to do with it. After hearing about the upcycle challenge, with Michael Miller as a sponsor, and digging thru my fabric to see what I had by Michael Miller. I brought this fabric with me to the flea market. First I found the solid turquoise ladies tee-shirt that matched perfectly. Then I stumbled onto a ladies sheer blouse in a print with colors that exactly matched! I’m not one for mixing prints, but thought these looked good together and figured why not. 😉

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Since I didn’t want a big round circle print on my little girl’s belly, I decided to use the fabric for the shorts. I mashed the two ladies tops together into one. It did pose a bit of a challenge since I was working with two different kinds of fabric – one stretch and one organza. I really liked the detailing on the sleeves of the organza top – the cute split cuffs with pretty buttons and the gathered bit right above the cuffs – so I wanted to use the sleeves as they were. Which meant making dolman sleeves. However, this posed a bit of a problem because the shirt was a ladies size petite small and there really wasn’t enough fabric to work with. Plus, after removing the neckline of the turquoise tee-shirt (which was also a petite small), there wasn’t much left there either… I decided to make an elastic neckline like you typically see on girls peasant dresses. There was some definite fudging and smooshing going on, which thankfully is hidden by the elastic gathered neckline.

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After going thru all of that, I had a heart-sinking moment… There was a decent sized stain on the front of the top! Now, typically, I go over everything used before I buy it to ensure no stains, but this girl was being more work than usual that day and I completely missed it. Plus, it appears to be a cooking oil stain – just enough to make the color a bit off in those spots – so you’d have to look at it in good lighting to see it.

In order to hide those, I fussy cut some of the edging from the Michael Miller fabric and made those two little fabric flowers to cover them up. 😉 I found those cute, matching heart buttons in my stash so I didn’t have to worry about making the flower centers neat.

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Overall, I think it came out cute and I’m happy with the design. However, since it is something that she will NOT wear – ever – (so she told me) this outfit is hanging on my to-be-upcycled rack… 😦

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Upcycled Apron

Here we have an apron that I made for my little girl. This is another item I made for Candice Alaya’s Upcycling Challenge 2018. You really should go check out the 78 entries (4 of which are mine). The creativity on some of them is really outstanding!

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This apron started life as a pair of heavyweight cotton pants that looked like new and paid $0.50 for at a flea market, 12 plastic grocery bags, and bits that I fussy cut from an out-of-print Dick and Jane Michael Miller fat quarter that I’ve had in my stash for a number of years now.

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Plastic shopping bags?!? Yeppers! 😉 I cut them open and then into rectangles. I layered them 3-4 bags thick and fused them together using my iron. There’s plenty of how-to’s online for doing this so I’m not going to get into that. Why did I do this? I sandwiched this layer of plastic “fabric” in between the red fabric to give it a water-proof barrier. This way, whatever she stains the apron with, will not soak thru and ruin her clothes.

 

I did not use a pattern for this. I simply opened up one seam on each pant leg, held it up to my little girl, and marked where I generally wanted the cuts to be.

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Instead of ties that she would fiddle with herself and aggravate her, I decided on this style. This way she can simply slip it on and off over her head. Nothing to tie! Nothing to annoy her.

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I make 3 pockets from bits I fussy cut from the Michael Miller fat quarter. This way she has a place to store things while she’s busy playing. Plus, you never know when you’ll need a pocket to put a pretty rock you picked up or an extra pink crayon because you can never have too many of those! 😉

While I like the little extra the decorative stitch gives to the finished apron, I wasn’t crazy about having to refill my bobbin 5 times!!! Yikes! Talk about eating up some thread.

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Overall I’m very happy with the way it turned out. It was a very cheap make that will hopefully last a good while because of the thick fabric. Here’s to hoping that it will last for her kindergarten school year.

On a side note, from the remaining bits of the red pants and a few more fussy cut bits from the Michael Miller fabric, I’ve cut out pieces to make her a Midori style notebook cover. We’ll be using this for her Nature Journal this year. More on this to come.

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Kitty Dress

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So, you’re probably wondering why this is called the Kitty dress. Am I right? I fussy cut the bodice so the kitty was right in the center front. Plus, from the leftover bits, I fussy a kitty for one of the pockets. Why? because my little girl is kitty crazy. 😉

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This dress was an upcycle project that was made from a ladies tunic and 2 pieces of fabric. The tunic I made for myself from a piece of lightweight denim fabric I bought and dip dyed. However, I did not care for the way it draped once I put it on. 😦 So, I never actually wore it. While looking thru my fabric stash to see what Michael Miller fabric I have, I pulled out this fat eighth of Our Yard main print by Sarah Campbell for Michael Miller and happened to notice that it went with the me-made-tunic that was hanging on my to-be-upcycled rack.

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Not sure what I was going to be able to do with just a single fat eighth of the focal fabric, I started going thru my patterns. I came across the free Lola Top pdf pattern by Violette Field Threads and thought it would be perfect! Since it currently only comes in sizes 2T-10 I had to alter it to fit my girl. I was just barely able to squeak out the bodice.

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If you look closely at my pattern piece, you’ll notice how I left the straps as they were but added a bit to the middle and to the sides. I split up the added inches this way instead of taking the easy way out and putting it all in the middle because even though she’s a big girl, she’s still shaped like a little girl. If I had added all the needed inches in the middle then the shoulder straps would’ve been too far apart and probably wouldn’t have stayed up. If I added all the needed inches to the sides, the sides of her chest would not have been covered up. It took a bit of playing with math to determine where to add the extra inches, but it was well worth it in the end.

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After I paired up the tunic top with the fat eighth of Michael Miller fabric, I went and purchased a yard of the hot pink to match. Leftover from this project is the top of the original tunic and the sleeves, little scraps of the Michael Miller fabric, and a piece of the hot pink that’s approximately 12×16″.

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Overall, I am very happy at the way this turned out! This dress was one of my entries into Candice Alaya’s Upcycling Challenge 2018. You should really go check it out! There was 78 entries, many of which are really amazing!

Till next time, remember to pause, take a deep breath, and enjoy the world around you.

Crazy Quilting, Mini Quilts

2020 Crazy Quilt

After much internal debate, I’ve decided to accept the challenge and do this! The idea is to make a crazy quilt with at least 2,020 different items by the year 2020. You can read more about it at Pintangle.com.

 

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Photo by Pintangle.com – a lovely example of a piece of one of her crazy quilts

 

I’ve already decided that while it will be a “crazy” quilt, there will be a bit of order, or uniformity, to it. The quilt itself will be made with paper pieced hexagon’s (not traditional English paper piecing, but regular paper piecing) and the individual hexagons will be easy to define by a singular neutral fabric that I will use as a way of sashing.

Once I get the kinks worked out of the paper piecing pattern itself, I’ll be releasing it for sale on Craftsy.

2017 Finish Along Q4

Proposed List for Finish Along Q4

I’m late to the game as usual but I thought, why not? Motivation to finish and the possibility to win prizes for finishing something on my to-do list – yes please! If you’re new to the Finish-A-Long and want to know more about it, check out this post by Cut & Alter – one of the numerous hosts.

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Q4 closes on January 6, 2018 so this list will include all the various presents I want to make for gifts this year. Which, I’m warning you, is LOTS! Not to mention my daughter’s cool weather wardrobe. If you remove those two groups of things there’s not much left. Here’s to my 2018 Q1 list being MUCH smaller. Do I think I’ll get all of this done? Heck no! But here’s to being optimistic.

And now, onto the list!
* I really didn’t want to number them because then it would seem all the more daunting to myself, but I realized that it will help to keep me organized if I do. So… Yea… I’ve seen lots of lists that have many quilts on them and I applaud those makers! The vast majority of items on my list are ***much*** easier and quicker than quilts thank goodness. Plus, I try to make multiples of things so that I only have to do the planning once for multiple items.

1) I started this crochet pumpkin for my table back in the beginning of September. For some reason I’ve just not finished it… Maybe it’ll be done before I put away the fall decor.

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2) My little girl picked out the fabrics for this Halloween pillow cover for our couch and I designed it. I’ve pieced it, quilted it, buried the threads and promptly got tired of looking at it. Here’s to squaring it up, adding a backing and putting it on my couch – soon!

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3, 4, 5, & 6) Using these mini charm packs (plus another one of Tole Christmas not shown) I’m making four pillowcovers of my own design, three of which are going to be Christmas gifts.

7-11) I’m ashamed to say that I don’t yet have handmade Christmas stockings and I’m planning on fixing that situation this year! Up on my to do list includes a stocking from my own design for my hubby (7), my youngest (8), my oldest (9), my grandbaby (10), and myself (11). I’ve already cut out the fabric for two. I’m just debating on if I want to line them or just use some interfacing to stiffen them up a smidge.

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12) I loved the texture in the Embossed Leaves Reversible Shawl (which is the Furls free September CAL) so much that I started one for myself! Here’s hoping I’ll finish it.

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13, 14, 15) I’m going to be crocheting up three sets of the Clamshell Facial Scrubbie Gift Set for Christmas gifts. I’ve already started one set in pink and making the other two in white.

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16) Back about a month ago I started on the Simple Statement Wreath by Goodknits and for some reason I’ve yet to finish it. I would like to get it done and up asap. It’s not like there much left to do! Heck, I’m using a bulky yarn! LOLOL

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17-22) A couple of weeks ago I made these Off Set Econ Blocks to test the paper pieced pattern for @justasmiplestitch on IG. I’m going to turn the small ones into 4 cup cozies and/or mug rugs (17, 18, 19, 20), the middle size into a wall hanging for my daughter (21), and the large blocks into the front of a tote bag for myself (22). So that’s, what, 6 items to make from these blocks.

23) I also just started a new crochet sweater / cardigan / vest thing for myself this past Saturday. I’ll be making the Mountain Ridge Cardi by Be A Crafter using some Mary Maxim Prism Sparkle in Ember colorway that I’ve been hoarding now for close to a year.

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Those were all the things that I have individual photos of already. The ones below, well, not so much. Instead of taking the time to photograph all the various fabric pulls for them, here’s a photo of the fabrics pulled and on my to do shelf (yes, I have a specific shelf that I use for projects that I’ve started or at least pulled fabrics for). Plus, see the binder? I print out all the various patterns and instructions and put them in there. They’re sorted by type of project so I can easily flip through them to work on something I feel like because once it starts to feel like work and that I need to do it, I stop! LOLOL The categories I have them broken down into include: quilts, crochet, sewn items (not including clothes), clothing, and general crafting (basically anything that doesn’t fall into one of the other categories).

24, 25) First up is Halloween costumes for my little girl and myself. She wants to be Rapunzel (her all time favorite princess) and so that means I’m going to be a princess also since I always try to coordinate our costumes. These are going to be made with upcycled clothing mixed with some new fabric.

26) Since I’m also going with a new to me theme this year for Christmas decorating, I’m going to need a new tree skirt. It will be just a simple flat circle skirt with a ruffled edge since the fabric itself will be a red buffalo plaid.

27) For a Christmas gift, I’m going to be making one of the Cosmetics Bag and Brush Roll pattern by So Sew Easy using some laminated Tula Pink fabric I’ve been holding onto.

28, 29) Using the Zipper Pouch Tutorial from The Sewing Chick I’ll be making two of these little bags for Christmas gifts.

30) When I went to QuiltCon  2017 in Savanna, GA I snagged a panel of Mermaid Days by Cori Dantini because my little girl loves mermaids (yea, I know, what little girl doesn’t?) and I’ve yet to do anything with it. However, I would like to turn the panel into a quilt for her for Christmas. I’m planning on making some large blocks using solids along with some extra wide sashing to turn these 3 images into a quilt that’s at least 60″ square. Here’s to a quick quilting project.

31) Also, my little girl has been going crazy for one of those DreamTents for her bed, however, they only come in twin size and she has a queen size bed… Gotta put on the DIY thinking cap and figure out something for her. So far I’m debating between using preprinted fabric (there’s some beautiful ones out there!) or painting some lightweight nylon. There’s going to be some PVC used for the frame (I’m think along the idea of garden hoop houses). Add in a string of white Christmas twinkle lights for the “stars” and I’m hoping to make something she’ll go crazy over!

32, 33) Using the Honeycomb Cabled Beanie pattern by The Unraveled Mitten I’ll be making two of these for Christmas gifts; one in dark gray and the other in a blue to match the Georgia Southern University blue.

34) Crochet a Unicorn scoodie for my youngest for a Christmas gift. I’m going to base it off of the Cuddly Cat Crochet Scoodie with Pockets over on Moogly.

35) Finish the mini quilt for the QuiltCon Michael Miller Fabric Challenge. I’m still on the planning stages for the pattern but I have a general idea of what I want to make and my fabrics are all ready.

36, 37) Finish my Circle of Life and another unnamed mini quilts for the QuiltCon Flying Geese Challenge. The fabrics are picked out, the ideas are solid, I’m just ironing out the details of the patterns.

38) Come to find out that even though my youngest has not yet seen the Trolls movie she absolutely LOVES them! So I’m hoping to crochet a beanie for my youngest to look like Poppy the Troll. I have all my yarn, I just have to get busy.

39-42) As I mentioned earlier, I’m completely switching up my Christmas decorations this year so I’m hoping to make a buffalo plaid pillowcover with a deer silhouette similar to this one (39) and another buffalo plaid pillowcover similar to this one (40). Plus, I’m wanting to make two buffalo plaid buntings (41, 42) to hang up in my living room.

43, 44) While I’m at it I’m thinking a set of 4 buffalo plaid quilted placemats with various silhouette appliques would look really good on my dining room table. 😉 Not to mention the buffalo plaid Christmas themed mantle scarf for my TV stand something like this.

45) New pieced and quilted planner cover for my 2018 planner. I can’t make it a day without my planner and for some reason I’ve never made a cover for my planner! GASP! I’m hoping to fix this asap.

46) My youngest is like me and loves school supplies, bags, and organization things. I’m wanting to make a carry bag for her crafting supplies made from fabric and clear plastic. I’ve looked at numerous patterns but none of them are what I really want so I’ll be improving it.

47, 48, 49) Using the Zippy Pouch pattern by Designs by Fee I’ll be making two of them for Christmas gifts to hold crochet hooks (47, 48). I’m also hoping to make the Clear View Crochet Hook Case by The Inspired Wren (49) for myself.

50) Make a pouch for an iPad using the Dakota Tablet Clutch pattern from Swoon Sewing Patterns for a Christmas gift.

51, 52) Make two 123 Book Bag pattern by Imazzpatterns to hold the two recipients Bibles for Christmas gifts.

53) Roll-up Necklace Case pattern by Peggysew as a Christmas gift for a female friend who loves jewelry and travels frequently.

54-58) I really like the idea of using the Origami Lotus Bag pattern by Exchanging Fire as project bags. I’ll be making three to give as Christmas gifts (54, 55, 56) and two more for myself (57, 58) for a total of five of these cute bags.

59, 60, 61) I’ll be using the Bella Clutch pattern by Clover and Violet to make three different Christmas gifts.

62, 63) Make the Pearl Wallet Clutch by Swoon Sewing Patterns as a Christmas gift and another for myself.

64) Set of 2 Christmas themed placemats for a Christmas gift.

65) Make a crochet bucket and set of snowballs for a Christmas gift for my youngest.

66) A couple of weeks ago I stumbled across a destash sale on Instagram and seen the Indygo Junction Trench Topperand fell in love with it! I’m hoping to make one for myself before we get cold weather. Fingers crossed.

67-69) I’ve also agreed to make THREE deer antler beanies with flowers for a friend – 1 toddler and 2 adult sizes asap.

70) I’m not one to switch out my purse frequently but I found a pattern I love and want to make for myself. It’s McCalls M6532 and I’m not sure which view I want to make yet. I’ve ordered some fabric specific for it and I’m waiting for it to arrive then I see how the fabric print lines up with the different pattern pieces.

71-74) A few more things that’s been on my to do list is: the back seat organizer for my little girl using Simplicity pattern 1128 (71); a sewing machine organizer pad using this pattern by So Sew Easy (72); a sewing machine cover (73); and some sort of bag book thingy to hold all of my sewing machine feet (I’m designing the pattern for this since I can’t find one I like) (74).

75-77) My youngest keeps seeing the commercials for those Snuggy Tails on TV, however, she wants one they don’t make so it looks like there’s another thing added to my list – a rainbow-colored mermaid tail blanket. Yep. This will be easy enough for me to do without a pattern. It’s going to be two layers – an inner soft, warm and snuggly fabric and the outside will be the “pretty” layer. The inside will be one piece which I’ll cut to shape. The outside will be strips of various “rainbow” colors sewn together then cut to shape. Stitch it all together and it’ll be good to give. Plus I’ll have to make 2 matching ones – the first for her favorite stuffed kitty and the second for her favorite baby doll.

78) Hubby falls asleep frequently on the couch and when he does our little girl gets one of her blankets to cover him up with since he don’t have a “couch quilt” of his own. After digging through my stash I came across a funny hunters comic panel and two coordinating fabrics that I’ll be using. I’m going to get our daughter to help me and this will be her gift for her daddy this year.

79-87) I’m planning on making some clothes for myself for a change. Using a tunic top that I love, I’ll be drafting a pattern from that and making 5 more (79, 80, 81, 82, 83). Plus, I’m hoping to make at least 4 pair of pants (84, 85, 86, 87).

Plus, it’s time to make some clothes for fall and winter for my little girl. She’s gone through a growth spurt – she’s grown 1.25″ in the past 30 days alone and all of the bigger cool/cold weather clothes I had starting buying and stockpiled will not be fitting her.
88-127) Things I have planned include:
* 3 Sugarplum Capris by Living With Punks (88, 89, 90)
* 3 Pleat by Pleast skirts by Bellamie Boo’s Pattern Store (91, 92, 93)
* 3 Bloom & Grow Skirts by Skirt Fixation Shop (94, 95, 96)
* 5 self-drafted legging pattern (97, 98, 99, 100, 101)
* 3 Vitaminic Bubble Nightgown by Serger Pepper (102, 103, 104)
* 3 Girls Maxi Skirt by Modest Eve Sewing Studio (105, 106, 107)
* 3 Peasant Dress Tops by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom (108, 109, 110)
* 3 Bell Sleeve T-Shirt Dress by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom (111, 112, 113)
* 3 Flat Front Panel Skirts by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom (114, 115, 116)
* 3 Princess Peasant Tops by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom (117, 118, 119)
* 5 Urban Princess Dresses by Domestic Bliss Squared – I’ll probably end up making           more of these to get another use out of her now too short long-sleeved tops. (120, 121, 122, 123, 124)
* 3 Girl’s Knit Tunics by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom (125, 126, 127)
That includes: * 12 skirts * 3 capris * 5 leggins/pants * 3 nightgowns * 8 dresses * 9 tops.
In case you can’t tell, I adore the patterns from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom. Not only are they cute and easy but most of them can be layered with turtle neck shirts and leggings underneath for those colder days.

Instead of make one of these, one of those, and so on, I find it’s much easier to use versatile patterns to make things assembly line style and just switch up the fabrics and/or detailing. Plus, if I keep everything in the girly pinks and purples that she loves and toss in a smidge of a single neutral color, her entire wardrobe can be interchangeable and I don’t have to worry about her not matching or her dad putting on a cringe-worthy-did-he-dress-her-in-the-dark-outfit.

Thinking about making things assembly line style, as you’ll notice in my entire list, the majority of the sewn items will be made in multiples for that same reason. It really cuts back on time to make things like that. Instead of making one of this – taking the time to print the pattern, read and understand the directions, cut the fabric, sew it up and tweak it to the individuals preferences then start all over again from go, you only have to print and cut out the pattern once, only have to understand one set of instructions, and can chain piece the various fabric pieces. Win win in my opinion!

Well, the instructions said to make the list as long as we want. This is everything that I have on my list that I’d LIKE to accomplish… There’s a 0.01% chance I’ll finish it all, but this way I can remember everything I had planned on and pick and choose as I have time and energy.

~Melody

 

 

Mini Quilts

Thinly Veiled – a Mini Quilt Finish

I’ve had an idea floating around in my mind for over 6 months now but I’ve not been able to pin down how I wanted to execute it. Nothing felt right to me so I just let it be.

Until I joined Instagram and came across someone’s entry for a call for entries so I went exploring the #curatedquilts hashtag and came across this from Curated Quilts.

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I was inspired! It came to me how I was going to execute the various random concepts that were floating around in my mind.

First up I pulled out a bolt of dark grey wool that I was given because the moths had gotten to it and there are holes speckled throughout. I chopped off a bit and started brushing on a mixture of dark grey and black acrylic paint (I did cut the paint with about 1/2 water to make it thinner and easier to apply).

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Once it was dry, I pulled out the rotary cutter and just started cutting random width strips without a ruler.

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Then I just started making improv log cabin blocks. Once they were done I fit them together the best I could. Here you can see the moth holes.

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Then I took the same yellow as the strips and did a bit of reverse applique with the yellow behind the grey showing through where the moth holes are. The stitching was done using either 6 or 12 strands of dark grey embroidery floss.

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I like it at this point, however, it wasn’t done. I cut 10 pieces of fine tulle, grabbed a candle and lit it. That caught my little girl’s attention and she had to come see what I was doing. Between her and I, we ended up burning 6 pieces of tulle to get 2 pieces that I thought were “just right” for the piece.

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Once I figure out which way I wanted them, it was time to quilt it. Well, after a 10+ minute phone call with hubby while he was standing in front of the thread rack attempting to find the transparent thread I wanted to quilt this with. LOL

Anyhow, here it is – Thinly Veiled

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I’ve had mixed response to this mini, you see, Thinly Veiled is about living with depression.

The dark grey moth bitten fabric is daily life – drab and dreary. However, there are bright spots – that’s the yellow fabric showing through the moth holes and the 2 thin strips. However, those bright spots are random, few and far between, and the depression takes over once the happiness is realized. That’s why all the bits of yellow are completely surrounded by heavy hand embroidery – so the yellow doesn’t seep over into the grey.

The 2 layers of fine pink tulle is the smile I put on my face when I’m out of my house or around others. There are holes in my facade, however, most of them are still protected by my backup defense so others don’t see the darkness within. However, if you care to look close enough, you can see the spots where both of my layers of protection fail and I’m vulnerable.

So there it is. Now you know.