I’m continuing my Kid’s Clothes Week theme of fall useful clothing with my Roller Skate Tunic Pattern Review.
Pattern: Oliver and S Roller Skate Tunic and Dress (digital version) This is a great pattern for the digital side, because there is not that much to print. It was a nice change from some of the huge patterns I have printed off lately.
Pattern Description (from designer): This cute and easy dress can also be made as a tunic, with two different styles for each length. All views include built-in cap sleeves, Empire-waist elastic casing, and keyhole-with-button opening at back.
Fabric Required: For 12-18 month size, 3/4 yard of both the lining and outer fabric. One button for the back closing… a lion button makes any kid’s shirt better!
Amount of fabric used: I’m pretty sure I could have cut it out of a half yard cut of fabric.
Sizing: My daughter’s chest size matched the 12-18 month size exactly, so I made the 12-18 width with 2T length.
Alterations: The only change I made was to add some length.
Instructions: This is a pretty simple shirt to construct, and the instructions are good (as always from Oliver and S). The marking of the line where the elastic casing goes was a bit tedious, but there are better tools that make it easier (I just don’t own them). The method to use carbon paper and a tracing wheel would be infinitely faster, easier, and more accurate.
Pattern Issues: I measured the elastic to be the exact width of her chest (plus the seam allowance) as directed, but I think it’s a little tight. Not uncomfortable tight, but when she lifts her arms, the shirt rides up and stays up. In my next version I will make the elastic a little bit looser so it hopefully won’t have that issue. You can see what I mean in the picture below…
Fabric Choice: I used quilting cotton for the outside and voile as the lining. The weight works well together.
Finished Product: Overall, I think it’s a cute shirt. I already have another one cut out, it just needs to be sewn up. I think with the cutout, the neckline is a little low on my daughter. Maybe for her size, it gets low proportion wise? I’ve seen a lot of other versions of this dress and never had thought before, but sometimes there is a little more food stuck in the top after a meal than is ideal. Until she gets into larger sizes I don’t plan on using the cutout again.
Husband’s opinion: He doesn’t like how it rides up, but hopefully loosening the elastic will take care of that.
Notes for future makes: As stated above, I will make the elastic a little bit looser in my next version and probably not use the cut out option until she is a little bit older.
Final Thoughts: The Roller skate tunic is a well designed pattern that creates a good looking dress. I like how it is lined, and think it is a very flattering and cute silhouette for a little girl.
Also, the pants are the Oliver and S Sandbox Pants that I made for the Winter 2014 KCW (last January).
Here in North Carolina, fall sewing looks a lot like summer sewing for a good reason. Last week, I think we had about 80 good reasons to wear short sleeves and still sew short sleeves this far into fall. Therefore, my latest project and review is the free Izzy Top from Climbing the Willow.
This is also the unofficial start of Kid’s Clothes Week for me! We have some family stuff next weekend, so in my personal version, KCW runs from 18-24 October instead of 20-26 October.
Pattern: Izzy Top from Climbing the Willow. Available for free in sizes 18 months – 12 years.
Pattern Description (from designer): The Izzy Top is a sweet, feminine curved yoke top pattern that closes with a button (or snap) tab in the back. It is a very simple pattern to make and only requires basic sewing skills.
Fabric Required: 1/2 yard of main print, 1/4 yard lining for 18 months and 2 years.
Amount of fabric used: every last bit of 1/2 yard of the main fabric. I had to actually reduce the width of the flared portion to fit in a half yard.
Sizing: The 18 month size is recommended for a 19.5 inch chest. The designer also mentions that she designed it to fit true ready to wear sizes. I think that is pretty accurate. My daughter’s chest is 18.75 inches right now, and I’m glad I have the little bit of ease because it makes it easier to get on and off. Also, my daughter has a huge head and needed every bit of the neckline to get it on and off.
Alterations: I added 1.5 inches to the length because my daughter is about a 2T in height. I used a snap for the back enclosure because I didn’t feel like doing button holes.
Instructions: The instructions were good. There are pictures for every step. The only change I made was to baste the bodice to the skirt portion prior to serging them together. I basted one one top, and did not on the other and the one I basted first turned out nicer. Most shirts/dresses I have made in this style have the seam mid-chest enclosed, and at first I was annoyed that it was not, but the seam doesn’t seem to bother my daughter and it was faster a little bit easier to serge the seam. If you don’t have a serger, you would probably want to lengthen the lining piece about half an inch to be able to enclose the seam. Or you could do a french seam, or a flat felled seam there as well without issue.
Pattern Issues: None. This is a free tutorial, and I think for it being free, she did a great job! The pattern fit as advertised, there are photos for every step, and it is a cute shirt.
Fabric Choice: One shirt was a Lisette voile from a year or two ago. The other shirt I made from chambray dots. I purchased it in person at Mulberry Silks in Carborro, NC, but I’m pretty sure this burgundy chambray dot is the same one. It’s a heavier weight than the voile, but still works well for this shirt.
Finished Product: This is an adorable shirt for a toddler. The shirt is a little wide for my taste. I prefer the blue one that I didn’t have enough fabric to make the full width, so I will probably reduce the width again when I make this in the future.
Husband’s opinion: Likes it, but agrees that the full width is a little too full.
Final Thoughts: This is a well put together tutorial in a wide range of sizes that I will most likely make again as she grows out of the current versions. I even like it as it gets colder because I can either layer it over a long sleeve shirt, or put a cardigan over it. I think in the spring I would like to try it with a knit for the bottom portion.
Notes for future makes: Reduce the width of the bottom portion. I think in the spring I would like to try it with a knit for the bottom portion.
I am part of the Round Trip Quilts group that formed from the New Blogger Group that Plum and June does every year. We are 8 ladies from the US and Canada that will be making round robin quilts over the next year. We just finished up the first round of the round robin.
I had the fortune to start on Kim’s quilt. Kim blogs at Ties That Bind Quilting. Kim explains the start of her quilt in this blog post, Introducing Round Trip Quilts. Her inspiration is a color story, and she sent quite a few bright, saturated, and (in my opinion) pretty awesome blocks blocks to start her more modern round robin. You can see what I received below:
It was such a bright, cheery palette that I just stared at it for awhile. I had a hard time trying to decide what to add to it that would make sense and be appropriate for her quilt. Adding on to someone else’s quilt is a big responsibility! I’d never felt quite this challenged when making my own work, but I was nervous to do something Kim wouldn’t like.
I kept going back and forth about what to add, and then I would second guess all my ideas. So, I decided to start by pulling fabric and move on from there.
When I asked Kim’s opinion on Instagram (she is tiesthatbindquilting), she said she liked the blue streamers that are second from the bottom and the top purple and pink AMH the best.
I moved on to more research, stalking her pinterest account and researching tons of blocks.
Then, one afternoon I was going through my quilting books trying to decide which ones to keep and which ones to find new homes for, and saw the cover of “Fresh Quilting” by Malka Dubrawsky*. That sewing machine cover on the top right just seemed like the perfect fit for what I was looking for!
I started chopping up my chosen fabrics into squares, and adding the sashing. Once I started, it was like I couldn’t stop! It was such a relief to figure out what I wanted to do.
I debated assembling the blocks. I would have sewn together the sections on the left side of my block, to my block, but the sizing didn’t quite work out and I didn’t want to cut any blocks yet because someone later might make something that fits better.
Mostly, I was just excited that my block looks like it fits in when Elizabeth from Green Cheese Quilting pulls it out of the envelope!
If you want to see more, Round Trip Quilts has a Flickr group and you can follow us on Instagram using #RoundTripQuilts!
The full list of members is below:
Heather at QA Creations
Leanne at Devoted Quilter
Kim at Ties That Bind Quilting
Liz at Green Cheese Quilting
Mary at See Mary Quilt
Christina at WIPs and Tuts
Jennifer at Never Just Jennifer
Chelsea Huckins at Patch the Giraffe
Linking up to: Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Ft. Worth Fabric, Whoop Whoop Fridays @ Confessions of a Quilt Addict, TGIFF, Anything Goes Monday, Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story, WiP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced, Let’s Bee Social Wednesday @ SewFreshQuilts
* I’ve signed up to be an Amazon Affiliate. I won’t get rich anytime soon because it gives me less than $0.50 if you buy a book that I link to (within the 24 hour window that you click on it), but I’m hoping that it may help at least offset my web hosting fees. It doesn’t change your price to purchase, so if you do decide to buy any books I link to, thanks for the support!
I kept up with my summer bee blocks, but not with sharing them! Hive 12 of the Stash Bee has had some great blocks since March (the last time I shared), so enjoy
April was Michele’s month, and she wanted bright dresden plates with dotty fabric. Her April Hive 12 tutorial is here. She found a video that gave instructions to make the blades from charm squares! It is a good way to use up those charm squares that everyone has laying around. I would like to try this block again with a traditional ruler someday to see the difference in how it turns out. She has put her quilt top together, and you can see “A Wee Bit Dotty” here.
May was for me, and I have the quilt top put together, but need to make a backing so I can quilt it. My Square Dance Tutorial is here. Below are the blocks I received from the group, and then I made what seemed like a million more (but was really somewhere in the 30’s) to make this a decent sized lap quilt. Lesson learned: This block should be make in groups of 10, but no more than 12. I think I did one round of 16 at a time, and that was too many for me.
June was for Kristel from Work in Progress Girl. Her June Hive 12 Tutorial is here. She wanted brightly colored solid churn dash blocks to help finish up a WiP.
July was for Laura from SewFrouFrou Quilter. Her July Hive 12 Tutorial is here. She called her block ROYGB Geese. This is going to be a colorful quilt!
August was for Toni. She wanted a double pinwheel variation, as shown below. Her August Hive 12 Tutorial is here. I can’t wait to see this top put together, I think the patterns created when these are assembled are going to be fantastic.
September was for Genevieve. She wanted any style block that went with a variety of blocks she already had made to turn into a sampler quilt. I saw a lot of orange, turquoise, some blue and green, and some pink, so I tried to make a block that hit those color ways. I used the Corner Star tutorial from Modify Tradition. Her block has the star centers as white, but when I laid the block out, that just looked like too much white for what Genevieve already had done so I changed the centers to be colored.
Thanks for the fun ladies!
Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story, Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts, Let’s Bee Social Wednesday @ SewFreshQuilts, Whoop Whoop Fridays @ Confessions of a Quilt Addict, Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Ft. Worth Fabric
Round 2 of the Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap finished up awhile ago, but I never shared my project until now. I was checking the draft section and realized this post never got published, so here’s to catching up!
My partner likes bright rainbow colors and the simplicity of Alissa Haight Carlton, the colors of AMH and Allison Glass, and Tula Pink’s quilt designs. I hope this lives up to all of that!
I was very inspired by “Every Color” by Alissa Haight Carlton.
I also included a little pouch made from the Open Wide Zippered Pouch Tutorial by Noodlehead and some bits of True Colors by Anna Maria Horner.
From my “stalking” I discovered my partner’s favorite colors are aqua and pink, so I included that on the back. I also tried printing on fabric for the first time for the label, and it was so easy! I used this tutorial for printing on fabric using an inkjet printer. I am not sure how this works for labels that need to be washed, but for a mini that will hang on a wall, I think this method works great!
I hope you liked this partner!
In return, I received this sweet heart mini with some treats from Pure Joy Creative. That aqua fabric was used up with a week or two, so never fear that it is sitting unloved in a stash somewhere! Thanks for the wonderful mini quilt swap!
Linking to: Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story, Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts, Let’s Bee Social Wednesday @ SewFreshQuilts, Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, Whoop Whoop Fridays @ Confessions of a Quilt Addict, Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Ft. Worth Fabric, and Sewjo Saturday at My Go-Go Life.
During the Plum and June New Blogger Hop, several bees were started all over the world. I’m taking part in a US/Canada based round robin bee called Round Trip Quilts. We are starting this long journey this week as we mail the start of our quilts to the first person.
I went through many ideas for what I wanted this quilt to be. I considered an ode to North Carolina (where we’ve lived for 5 years now – amazing for an Army family!), a sewing themed quilt for me, but landed on a quilt for my daughter.
While preparing for a different idea, I decided I wanted to paper piece the phrase “be strong”. Once my husband and I saw how great it looked, we started coming up with tons of other ideas for these phrases to include in the quilt. Then, I realized that instead of just one of these phrases in my quilt, I wanted the theme of my quilt to be based on this.
While trying to come up with some more possibilities, I googled the phrase “wishes for my daughter“. That’s when I knew what this quilt was going to be. This quilt is going to be called “Wishes for my daughter.”
I have provided paper pieced phrases to be scattered throughout the quilt. I want the other members of the bee to create blocks or sections to separate the phrases.
This isn’t really the traditional “center” that usually start a round robin, but I really loved this idea and hope everyone else enjoys working on it as well. I don’t have a preference for how they separate the phrases – it can be pieced blocks, paper pieced designs, row by row style blocks, or anything else I can’t even dream of! I think this will turn out really cool. Then at the end, I will hopefully be able to size this up to a twin size quilt by adding some of the longer phrases that I did not have time to paper piece before the first mailing.
I suggested filling in the spaces with things a little girl would like… such as animals (red fox is currently a hit in our household), flowers, fruit, flying objects (birds, butterflies, airplanes), deer, dogs, outdoors, and traditional pieced blocks. To include Mom and Dad, I mentioned that I like sewing and Dad likes fly fishing.
In case anyone wants the details of these phrases, I used the “Just my type” alphabet pattern from Quiet Play. It looks great, but takes quite a bit of time! I printed the pieces at 120%, which makes them 6 inches tall. I wanted the letters inside of the words closer together so I cut the edges off 3/4″ from the edge of the letter. I usually used the full width of the pattern for letters that started or ended words.
My contribution to the “center” is this sailboat. I was fortunate enough to sail quite a bit growing up (although on nothing near as fancy as this boat!), and so counted it as something I like to fit in with the phrases. This pattern is from Daisy at Ants to Sugar, and she will be releasing this pattern on Craftsy soon.
I’m super excited to see what everyone comes up with. There are already some amazing things floating around on instagram and flickr. Round Trip Quilts now has a Flickr group and you can follow us on Instagram using #roundtripquilts! You can also find a summary of all of our posts on Never Just Jennifer’s Round Trip Quilts page! Eventually, I’ll get this on my blog too – but for now check out how organized she is and marvel
The full list of members is below:
Linking up to: Anything Goes Monday, Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story, Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts, WiP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced, Whoop Whoop Fridays @ Confessions of a Quilt Addict, Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Ft. Worth Fabric
Today, my new Jewel Puzzle paper pieced block pattern was featured on Sew Mama Sew! Head over to Sew Mama Sew for the Jewel Puzzle Tutorial.
This paper pieced pattern is probably a solid intermediate level… not too hard because there aren’t a lot of intersections to match up, but a lot of pieces for a true beginner.
I made this block to use a pillow in my daughter’s new room. I wanted something bright and cheerful, and I think this block does just that.
I also made a version of this block for my Red & White Sampler. It amazes me how different these blocks look with some different fabric and different fabric placements.
If you make this block, please let me know because I would love to see your work! I’ve started an Instagram tag for #jewelpuzzle block, or you can email me a picture.
Also linking up to:
WiP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced, Let’s Bee Social Wednesday @ SewFreshQuilts, Whoop Whoop Fridays @ Confessions of a Quilt Addict, Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Ft. Worth Fabric, Show off Saturday at Sew Can She, Sewing Saturday at Simple Simon & Co, Anything Goes Monday, Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story, Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts
Last week I was invited by Sarah of Berry Barn Designs to participate in the Around the World Blog Hop. As a fellow military spouse, it seems appropriate to share in the tour because of all the places we’ve been and could end up. I’m so happy she thought of me, and now it’s my turn to answer the interview questions and to pass the torch
What am I working on?
Or, is the better question what am I not working on?
– I owe my August Block to Toni for Stash Bee Hive 12. I have some black solid fabric now, so I better get started.
– I am starting a round robin bee with some amazing ladies from the Plum and June New Blogger Hop 2014. I think I finally decided on the design, so now I need to sew it because I’m supposed to mail it off September 1st.
– I entered 4 items in the Sandhills Quilt Guild 2014 show. Three are quilts and need hanging sleeves attached. One of the quilts needs the binding finished. The bag I’m entering needs the lining sewn in. All this has to be done so I can drop them off by September 12th.
– I started the Spell it with Moda quilt about 6 months after everyone else finished theirs. We finally made a room for my daughter, and it will look perfect on the wall. I am halfway done with B and C so far.
– I need to make my guild name tag now that I have the embroidered part.
– I also started a shirt today. I have too many quilty deadlines, so I needed to sew something for me! It’s Sewaholic’s Belcarra Blouse, part 3. One of these days I’ll get around to showing off part 2, and now this one I made today.
How does my work differ from others?
That is a hard question in quilting because everyone’s work is already so varied. I think it’s hard to truly have such a unique style that someone looks at your quilt and immediately knows that it was yours. There are a few quilters that I can think of that pull it off, but most of us are not that way. I think my style is still developing. I started out very traditional, but am moving more toward the modern side. I love bright, modern fabrics. But I also love the detailed traditional quilt blocks. I think my style is still developing. I love all the different styles out there too much to stick to just one!
Why do I create?
I love to sew. I don’t know why or where it came from, but I love the satisfaction that comes from sewing. I love picturing what I want it to look like, and then making it. I’m also very picky, so I like that I have control over what I’m making. Then, there is also sanity. Sewing calms me, it’s my version of zen. If I haven’t sewn in awhile, I feel almost antsy. It’s my refuge in my stay at home mom life.
How does my process work?
I get inspiration from everywhere. The roofline on an old mansion, a tile floor, instagram, blogs, pinterest, antique quilts, fabric. I have a million ideas in my head waiting for the time to come out through my hands into my sewing machine. I decide what to actually make based on more practical concerns. What do I actually need? I need a quilt for my queen sized bed – I’m working on the Real World Red & White Quilt to fill that need. If my daughter needs leggings, I make leggings. If I’m tired of my current clothes situation, I will make a shirt. I have so many projects in the queue that I just adjust the order for what actually makes sense to create.
On a more practical level, once I get an idea for a quilt into my head, I will generally sketch it on paper. If I plan to turn it into a tutorial or pattern, I will put it into the computer. I generally leave it black and white. I do color tests with the actual fabric by arranging them so that they touch in as close a manner to the pattern as possible. At that point, I usually am happy with the arrangement and proceed to cutting and sewing. I like to chain stitch and do multiple blocks at the same time. However, I find that if I cut out an entire quilt at once, I am generally too bored with it by the time I’m done cutting to actually sew it. I work best by sewing about 10 blocks at a time (depending on size or intricacy, bigger or more intricate blocks will be fewer than that). Once I have the top done, I am generally tired of it so I often leave off the border and wait months to piece together a back. Quilted tops have sat waiting for binding for as long as a year. I’m really good at finishing the top, but the back and binding can and will linger for awhile.
Please check out the others Sarah linked to today: Heidi from Fabric Mutt and Mara from Secretly Stitching.
And now I am going to pass the torch to the ladies of my new round robin bee. Once I see who wants to play, I will update with their info. Thanks for stopping by!
Hello, and welcome if you are new and stopping by from Plum & June’s New Blogger Hop! If you’re a regular, then thanks for sticking around
Pandora’s Box, Spinnaker Quilt, Geranium Dress, Daisy Chain Quilt
Welcome to QA Creations! I’m Heather, and this is my little corner for sanity sewing. I started with quilting back in 2010, but when I was pregnant with my daughter I sewed my first dress. With complete ignorance of the fact that garment sewing is supposed to be difficult, I just followed the directions and made some garments that I am still proud of today (even with a little more experience). Now I still make quilts, but sew for my daughter and even myself (still learning on the women’s clothing front!).
Let’s start with a few random facts:
– I adore chocolate, but don’t like doughnuts.
– I now love to sew and cook, but pretty much refused to do either before almost age 25. I ate a lot of boxed macaroni and cheese and lean pockets.
– I was chastised by a tailor when I was in college because I took a shirt there to get a button sewn on. Now, I sew clothing for myself and my daughter though I still rarely do buttons.
– Dream Vacations: Machu Pichu, Galapagos Islands, Northern Italy, New Zealand, driving tour of the National Parks in the western United States (I have a lot more dream vacations than time or money!)
– Favorite TV Show: NCIS
– Favorite Book: Anything by Bill Bryson
– Favorite Movie: McLintock, almost anything with Audrey Hepburn
– Born: Wisconsin
– Grew up in: Oregon
– Lived in: New York, Alabama, Texas, Missouri, North Carolina, Iraq and Afghanistan (Yes, I used to be in the Army in case the last 2 didn’t give it away)
I used to blog as Bobbins and Bullets, but switched to QA Creations because it represents who I am now as opposed to what my job used to be. The post announcing the name change explains it a little more. Now, I am momma to a 16 month old little girl that loves doggies and her family (and yes, probably in that order!). The name QA Creations is a combination of Quilts Actually, my long arm business and the stuff I create and document here.
Blogging Tip: Don’t choose a name that scares people! No seriously, it’s better to choose something that has some room for you to grow and develop without boxing you into a corner or making people think you are some type of nut.
Quilting Tip: Label your solids and interfacing. I learned this lesson the hard way because none of mine are labeled and when I go back to look at a fabric I bought years ago I don’t even remember what brand it was, much less which exact shade of the 30 possible greens there are that it is. And just which white is it? Why are there so many whites?!?
Thanks for stopping by, and please check out the other bloggers on the tour today:
Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs
Liz @ Green Cheese Quilting
Janet @ Simply Pieced
Ruth @ Charly & Ben’s Crafty Corner
Kristyn @ Melon Patch Quilts
Jo @ Riddle and Whimsy
Linh @ Calling All Stitchers
Alida @ Tweety Loves Quilting
Rachel @ Quiltineering
It’s been a little busy so far this summer, but I have managed to get some summer sewing in. June was Made for Kid’s Month, after all.
I love a little girl in bonnets, and hers was getting a little small. I made the 7th and 8th versions of the Little Betty Bonnet pattern. It comes in only three sizes, but I play with the seam allowances to get a better fit. The one that is getting small was the straight 18-24 month size, with a 3/8 inch seam as the pattern calls for. It fit her head fine, but the bill wasn’t covering her face. The one I made last fall with the 1/4 inch seam throughout is still too big.
Therefore, I used the 3/8 inch seam on the top of the bonnet, and the 1/4 inch seam in the back and on the bill. That gave the extra length to cover her face, but didn’t make the whole bonnet so huge that it would be unwearable.
You can also push the brim back and show off the coordinating fabric because the whole bonnet is reversible.
I also made a little skirt for her, no pattern.
I used the measurements off a skirt she already has, but some time lapsed between taking the measurements and making the skirt, so I forgot to add seam allowances. It would have been a little short, but I added a separate waist which saved the skirt. I love her in a skirt, and it’s a great use for leftover fabric.
I also love clean inside seams!
Linking up to: Anything Goes Monday, Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story, Finish it up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts, Whoop Whoop Fridays @ Confessions of a Quilt Addict, TGIFF , Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Ft. Worth Fabric, Show off Saturday at Sew Can She, and Sewing Saturday at Simple Simon & Co
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