Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Nursing Cover {review}

Wow 4 kids is a lot of work.  But I wouldn't trade them for the World.  Crafting has been slow going.  I have completed 2 projects in the last 4 weeks.  One of them I am still waiting for pictures because I didn't take them.  But the other is done.
While at the hospital my nursing cover got left in the labor and delivery room and by the time I realized it, it was long gone.  So I made another one.  And now I am so glad because this one is so much cuter.
 I followed the tutorial over at TaDa Creations.  I love the contrasting fabric and the little ribbon detail.  It is a nice large size too.  I didn't add the pocket because I couldn't really think of a good reason to have one.  Although I since have. It would b a great spot to hold some extra nursing pads.  But other than that, I am stumped.
One thing I would change if I did it again.  I would cut the boning down to 14 inches, cause it feels a smidgen big to me right there.
Other than that I love this tutorial.  As always her stuff is super high quality.

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Quilt is Finished!

I am so happy to finally have this project done.  It has been long and hard for me.  But a good learning experience.  I am not sure I will ever at will be attempt another one.  If I do it will be a lot less piecing together.  So here it is.
 Back side:
 Close up:
I am overall very happy with it.  There are certainly lots of little mistakes throughout it so I don't want anyone inspecting it.  But for my first quilt I cannot complain.

Here is the pattern I followed.  This pattern assumes you have quilted before though so I had to go a few other places for help. 
These are a few of the other places I went for help.
Here is a quilt along series that was helpful.
Here is a good binding tutorial
A few tips I had to ask somebody about.  When I bought my batting I was unsure of a few things.  I didn't want a puffy quilt so I was told to buy cotton batting.  If you want it puffier go with the polyester.  Also do not prewash your batting.  I left my batting and back piece larger than the front whilst I quilted it and then I trimmed it down before binding. That way it left some room to stretch and pull while quilting.
I also planned on quilting around shapes.  I got a shape and a half in and decided that was ten times harder, so I unpicked them and just went free style.  Those two shapes and unpicking took as long as free hand quilting the rest.

So if I can make a quilt anyone can.  It was mostly fun.  I can honestly say blood sweet and tears went into it.  And I really love the result.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Baby Boy!

Just thought I would let you know that I had my baby this week.  He is healthy and beautiful and we are doing well.
He was 7 lbs 15 oz and 19 1/2 inches long.
I am almost done with his quilt.  I thought I would be able to finish the hand stitching in the hospital but it is taking a bit longer than expected.  So super soon.  In the mean time I am going to cuddling with this little boy and kissing his cheeks.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

I am not a quilter...

Wow I know I haven't been around these parts a lot recently.  I apologize if you have missed me.  And I will apologize again because for the next few months I cannot promise any consistency.  It has something to do with being about to have baby #4....
Anyways with baby #4 being my first boy I wanted to make him something special.  I didn't think a dress would cut it this time:)  So I have taken on my first ever quilt.  (Okay I take that back I tried one once, right after I graduated high school, but that thing is to never ever see the light of day...)
So here is how it has been going: It terrifies me, which means I procrastinate it.  I am not a perfectionist or by any means a precise person so when I do work on it the work is slow and often has to be re-done.  At this moment I don't believe I will ever quilt again.
Timeline: I bought material in Oct.  I washed material in November.  I started cutting out material 4 weeks ago.  3 weeks ago I was at this point. Figuring out the layout.
I have been working fairly diligently on it for the last 3 weeks and I am now at this point.
I am pretty happy with how it is turning out.  But man is it work.  Sewing a dress an 1/8th of an inch makes hardly makes any difference, this is a very different story.
So I do have a question for you.  What color of thread would you use to do the actual quilting?  I am going to trace some dinosaurs and then make them bigger on my copier, trace those onto freezer paper, cut them out and use those as my quilting shapes.  Should I switch the colors I use?  Should I just use black, or blue?  What would you do?  Thanks for the help.

ps. I am using this pattern from Moda Bake Shop.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Art Smock

So I got another opportunity to test a pattern for Nap Time Crafters/Peek-a-Boo Patterns.  I really enjoy these opportunities and I really wish I had time to test more of her patterns.
This time I got to test an Art Smock.  I tell you this is a super cute super quick pattern that just about every kids could use.  Here is how mine came out.
And here is my middle munchkin using it:
(I made one for my other girls as well but they both have birthdays coming up...)




Super cute.  The art smock is too:)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Treasure Chests

Now that it is almost a month after Christmas I guess I should do my final Christmas post.  So my oldest has always loved to keep treasures.  She finds shoe boxes to use, but alas they never last long.  She has passed her love for keeping treasures to her younger sister.  So with two of them it seems I can't keep enough shoe boxes on hand.  So I decided to get them a real treasure box for Christmas.  I wasn't planning on making one at first, but I never found one to buy that I liked or was willing to pay that much for.  So I ended up making them.  Here is how they turned out.
Here is the first one I made-
 And the side/back view
 And here is the 2nd one I made:

Didn't they turn out super cute! 
They were really easy to do too.  I bought the wood boxes from Jo-Ann's. Then I went to home depot to buy paint. (If you don't know this secret you can buy sample size paints for $3.  You get more paint for you buck and more variety.)  The color I bought was called whimsical white.  I love it! Depending on the lighting around us it can look lavender, pink or white.   At first as I was painting I tried to avoid the gold details, but that became to hard for me.  So I just painted then I took q-tips and rubbing alcohol and cleaned up the gold details.
After letting it dry I used modge podge and cute paper to really bring it to life.  I bought one of those small stacks of paper so I could have a large variety but not spend to much.  I measured the sizes I needed and got to cutting and modge podging.
I did both of them different and I was pleased with how they came out, but I wanted their names on them.  I don't have any fancy cutters to cut out and apply cute letters.  I don't have cute hand writing or a steady enough hand to write their names on and I couldn't find any sticker letters I liked.  So I had to turn to my mom for help.  She has beautiful hand writing.  So I brought them to her and she pulled out a fancy schmancy gold pen.  I then told her I was having a hard time deciding which one to give to which child because I had a definite favorite box.  She smiled grabbed the boxes, wrote the names on and then asked me which one was my favorite box.  I love how understanding my mom is:)
Well there they are.  My girls LOVE them.  And it is a miracle I was able to keep the whole project hidden from them.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Holiday Sewing

Okay I am sooooo sorry I disappeared.  Let's just say strep throat, coughing harder than I have ever coughed before and being too congested to get any sleep is what has consumed my life the past while.  And that isn't including my children.  So now that I am really late let me show you one of the presents I made my girls for Christmas.

I saw this skirt over at Prudent Baby and I thought it was simple and perfect.  So I decided to make it for all 3 of girls.  I adjusted it a little to fit all the girls, luckily the waist and width were just about the same.  My youngest had a waist or 21, my middle is 19 and my eldest was 22.  I am not sure if this says more about how skinny my middle child is or how round my youngest tummy is but that's what they were.

Here is how they turned out.




(wow sorry that last one needed to be ironed but....)
I also measured from waist to just under their knee and figured out seem allowances etc to get the right size cut out.  If you are new to this and want more details on how to adjust the size let me know.

I think they turned out really cute.  I also made the tights to go with each skirt which I think makes the outfit jump.
I used this tutorial over at Choose to Thrive.  When I told my mother this was what I was doing she thought I was crazy.  Then she sent shopping for girls fashion tights and told me I was a genius.  Amazing how that price tag changed her mind... 
So I made all three of these skirt and tight pairings for less than $20.  I love not spending a bunch of money!

I will be back soon to show you another super cute gift I made and then to show you the progress I am making on my very first quilt....