I am a member of the Stash Bee. This is my second year with that group, and I like it because it gets me to try new color combinations and new blocks and new techniques without the commitment of having to do an entire quilt! I’m trying to avoid starting new WiPs, so anytime I get to try something new without have to make a whole quilts worth, it’s a win in my book.
We’ll go in reverse order… March was the month for flying geese! Carolyn from Sweet Boater Chick asked for these large blocks with many flying geese, so I won’t be making any flying geese soon, but I do love her color scheme and can’t wait to see it finished.
February was for Bonnie . She asked for a relaxed strip block – made up of strips of brown. I’m not so good at not sewing in straight lines, so even without pins and telling myself to sew crooked, mine is not very wonky.
January’s block was for Ruth from Charly & Ben’s Crafty Corner. It was kind of cool to send a block away to Ireland since my family background is 1/2 Irish. She asked for book blocks, and is going to make a quilt that looks like a bookshelf from the blocks.
April is my month, so I can’t wait to see what I get! I’m trying to finished up my “Real World Red & White” sampler, and getting these blocks will really help me along my way.
Linking to: Scraptastic Tuesday @ She Can Quilt, WiP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced, Let’s Bee Social Wednesday @ SewFreshQuilts, Whoop Whoop Fridays @ Confessions of a Quilt Addict and Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Ft. Worth Fabric
Quilt your favorite fabrics to create a statement piece by following the instructions for this quilted footstool tutorial.
I just finished my favorite non-quilt item I’ve made.
My daughter is two, and we play a lot in her room – and most of that playing is at floor level. Sitting in the nice comfortable adult size chair that is in her room is not acceptable, but my body just can’t handle sitting on the floor for hours a day.
That is where this quilted footstool comes in. We recently purchased new foam to go in the seat cushions of the couch. We kept the old foam for a little while to see if it would fit in a different couch that is even worse (but of course it didn’t fit – that would have been too convenient!). One day as I was sitting on the floor, I realized that this old foam could be the solution to my problem.
We (royal we = my husband) cut the foam in half and I stacked it, and I made the quilted cover for it. I have a tutorial on how I made it over at Fort Worth Fabric Studio if you would like to make your own.
I used some fabric from the Petal & Plume line by Bari J – seriously gorgeous! That peacock fabric is amazing in person.
Initially, I had planned to do more subdued quilting on the fabric. I was going to use purple Bottom Line – which is a really thin thread that you would barely have seen. The texture from the quilting would have been all that was visible.
Then, as I was looking through my thread I found this amazing pink variegated Fantastico thread and I knew it was meant to be for this fabric. The design on this fabric is strong enough that it stands up to (and I think is complimented) by a shiny visible thread. I used a peacock feather panto for the peacock fabric.
For the feather fabric, the lines are pretty thick and it the design is fairly dense so I knew that whatever quilting I did was probably not going to show very much. I continued to use the pink thread, but switched to a loose feather panto to mix it up a little bit.
You can’t really see the quilting on the top, but you can see the pattern against the backing. With two different quilting designs, using the same thread for both fabrics gives a little bit of continuity to the quilting.
I know most people leave their quilting on quilts, but I love bringing it into other parts of my house and life. This footstool/cushion now sits in my daughter’s room, and I love how much color it brings into her room.
She may end up claiming this from me, based on how many times she has sat and climbed on it already, but hopefully I will also get to enjoy using it. Worst case, I have one old couch cushion left, so I may have to make a second one for me.
If you want to bring some of your favorite fabrics into your everyday life, contact me and I can quilt fabric for you.
Linking up to some of the following: Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story, Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts, Tips and Tutorials Tuesdays @ Late Night Quilter, Let’s Bee Social Wednesday @ SewFreshQuilts, Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, Finish it up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts, Whoop Whoop Fridays @ Confessions of a Quilt Addict, TGIFF, Show off Saturday at Sew Can She, and Threading your way @ Threading my Way
My first Fairy Tale Dress was almost a year ago, and I adjusted it to make my daughter’s baptismal gown. At that time, I was still pretty new to garment sewing. I think it was my third dress ever. I chose to go from the Made by Rae Itty Bitty Dress, to the Made by Rae Geranium Dress, to the Oliver & S Fairy Tale Dress. It was a pretty big learning curve. Now that I have actually sewn the pattern as written, I feel better about writing a Fairy Tale Dress pattern review.
I have to say I was much more confident this time than I was last time. Although, last time I had the advantage of ignorance – I didn’t know enough to know that I had chosen a challenging pattern with silk and “scary” invisible zippers. If I had realized what I was doing was supposed to be harder, I don’t know if I would have finished it so quickly.
Pattern: Oliver & S Fairy Tale Dress
Fabric Required: From pattern (44-45″ wide): 1 3/4 yards of main fabric, and 1 yard of lining fabric.
Amount of fabric used: A little under 1 yard of main fabric (52″ wide), and a little under 1 yard of lining fabric. If anyone has a use for just over a yard of silver silk dupioni, please let me know!
Sizing: I used the 12-18 month size for width, 18-24 month size for bodice length, and I added 2 inches to the 18-24 month skirt length to make it mid-calf instead of knee length.
Alterations: I had to lengthen the front of the bodice by 1/2″. I just added the 1/2″ to the middle and tapered it to the normal length at the sides. It was a small change, but helped fit over the toddler belly a little bit better. I also tacked the collar down because it was flipping up too much for my taste when she tried it on pre-wedding.
- Sash: I didn’t want to use either version of the sash as published in the pattern. I was hoping to have my daughter wear this for Christmas so I didn’t want to sew the sash to the dress. I liked the wide sash in the back, but sometimes the super wide sashes on the front of a dress overwhelms little girls. I decided to use the pattern pieces for the back, but sew it to a narrower portion for the front of the dress.
Instructions: As expected with Oliver & S, these were good instructions. I did use couple additional tutorials shown below.
- How to hand stitch a hem – I used the slipstitch to hem the outer dress. I don’t hand sew many things, but it felt right for this dress.
Pattern Issues: The only step that I had any issues with was attaching the zipper to the dress exterior. In some of the diagrams it showed the seam finished, in others it wasn’t, and it didn’t mention in the directions the right time to finish the seam. I was using a serger to finish the seams and chose poorly, because I should have finished that back seam before attaching the zipper. I ended up serging from the bottom as close as I could to the zipper. The rest of it gets encased in the lining. This dress won’t be going through a washing machine, so it will probably be fine.
Although, I do have to add – why is there not a table with the width of the skirts for each size? I hated having to print out 8 extra pieces of paper for the three skirt pieces when I knew I was just going to cut the skirt as one continuous piece. This skirt doesn’t need side seams. It makes it slightly easier to line stuff up, but as long as you mark where the side seams would have been there is not issue lining up the skirt to the bodice.
– Outer: I used silk dupioni from NY Fashion Center Fabrics in 137 – Silver. I was fortunate that they had a Labor Day sale that lowered the price point when I needed to order it.
– Tulle: I also ordered the gray tulle from NY Fashion Center Fabrics in the same sale.
– Lining The lining was a cheap voile from Fabric Mart that appears to be out of stock now. I was too cheap, and should have used a better quality voile (even though it would have cost more). It looks fine in the finished garment, but it was so thin that it was horrendous to sew and I was fighting it the whole time. I think Tim Gunn has a quote that a successful garment starts at Mood, and he is so right. I thought I had learned my lesson on cheap vs. good value fabric, but I’m still learning it over and over.
Finished Product: I love this dress as a party dress for a little girl. The color isn’t the best color for my daughter’s complexion, but she was the flower girl for a wedding whose colors were grey and blue. I only had 1/2 yard of the matching blue fabric, so I used that to make the sash.
Husband’s opinion: He loves this dress.
Final Thoughts: This is my second time making this dress, and I will probably make it again if another fancy occasion comes up. I may have to use a different collar or something next time so people don’t realize I keep using the same pattern over and over!
Linking up to: Sew + Show Wednesday @ Straight Grain, Show off Saturday at Sew Can She, Threading your way @ Threading my Way
I just finished up my addition for Mary from See Mary Quilt. We are now over halfway through on the Round Trip Quilts, stop 4.
This was Mary’s original center.
Chelsea from Patch the Giraffe was next, and added these awesome arrows to the quilt.
Christina from WiPs and Tuts went absolutely crazy and made what probably felt like a million tiny log cabins.
Kim from Ties that Bind Quilting added some needed breathing room while keeping the rainbow theme.
Then it was my turn… I started making half square triangles.
And kept making more half square triangles.
Until I was done. Then I sewed, and sewed, and sewed, and ended up with this awesome herringbone border.
This project has made me want to make a medallion quilt, and to not want to mail this on. It can stay with me, right?
Linking up to some of the following:
Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story, Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts, WiP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced, 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