Monday, April 25, 2011

Amazing Locals!

 I decided to make Sara's Easter dress this year.  I was nervous about doing it but I found a great tutorial and thought; I can do it!  I was really concerned that I wasn't going to be able to finish the dress by Easter.  My sewing machine was SERIOUSLY on the Fritz!  After taking it to my Amazing Local Sewing Machine Man I learned that the spring in my bobbin case was broken, WTH~!  My Amazing Local Sewing Machine Man fixed it at no cost to me because it is still under warranty!  Yay!!!
Once it was fixed it was a sewing marathon at my house...  I have to say I was impressed with my mad skills.  She loves it and it now is in the washer because after the madness of Easter Sunday I found strawberry juice on it...

On another note... After seeing Amber's post about her sewing table it got my wheels to spinning...  My Amazing Local Husband Man succumbed to my not so subtle hints and constant planning/talking and built me a new sewing table all in one night!  
 I wanted a BIG table... check
I wanted it to look a bit vintage... check
I want it to be painted white and distressed... not checked YET!
I love my Amazing Local Husband Man!  He is amazing with power tools and is a pretty good kisser too! ;)

DS Success!

Blog land was all in a frenzy when this story broke...
And I have to be honest... I was a bit frantic too. Just a tiny bit.
After a few trips to JoAnns in two different cities, I am pleased to announce I am the proud owner of the whole thing... But I have to say I am dying to get my hands on the last ten... ?? Colorway (AU) please make a showing sometime soon!  I must have you!  Anyone know when and if it is going to show up?

p.s.  My sewing machine and camera have had a really hard week.  Both were seriously on the fritz!  I am happy to say both are fixed and have been used.  I will be back later today with proof!

Monday, April 18, 2011

hank!

My son is always a huge helper!  He loves to get under my feet when I am at my sewing table.
He loves chewing on the freezer paper box.  He crawled around the chair, grabbed the box, and commenced to eat the end off of it.  Atta Boy!
I wonder if it is because he is lacking fiber in his diet...

Saturday, April 9, 2011

To: Eric ♥: your auntie nicke

 I started with these two blocks.
I added a few more,
and then did a little random straight line quilting...
my new fave!
 I hope he loves it.
 miss s did...
 and a little pouch for his diapies... 
I can't wait to meet him in real life!
Now to start Cole's quilt!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Ultimate Burp Cloth... a tutorial!

I hope this is helpful to you faithful readers... My kids were both Barfers!  Serious Barfers and the many many burp cloth tutorials/patterns I found on-line were waaaaaaaaayyyy too small.  I needed more fabric for the barf that was happening at my house... The gerber burp cloths were my very favorite.  They were BIGGER!  With my daughter I whipped up a few and loved them.  I did the same when my son was born.  My amazing sister is having her first bambino and per her request here is a tutorial for the best Burp Cloth (barf rag) EVER!

Before you begin, or even think about beginning, wash your fabric.  I used flannel because it has some serious wiping up power, but flannel has a tendency to shrink.  Wash and dry it first. You will be glad you did!

Now that you have a freshly laundered piece of fabric you will cut it to measure 29.5" x 19".  It is very important that you cut 29.5".  You can vary the 19" if you would like it to be longer or shorter but 29.5" is the magic number... don't mess with it. ;)
Then take your piece of fabric and on the side that measures 19" fold the edge over 1" (one inch) and iron it flat.  This measurement is important too.  Iron it One Inch!  (Please don't barf when you see my disgusting ironing board cover. Or at least wait until you have made one of these barf rags... I haven't gotten around to recovering it yet.) 
Move your piece of fabric to your cutting mat, you are going to need the grid pattern to measure as we fold and pin. Make sure you have the ironed side on the left and the raw edge side on the right.  Take the right side and fold it over 8 1/4 inches.  This is also very important.  If you count the boxes in the picture below you can see it folded it over 8 and 1/4 boxes...
Do the exact same thing for the left side.  Fold it over 8 1/4 inches.  
At this point I flipped my cutting mat around so that it was easier to pin... Pin away...
I used my walking foot for this because I had been quilting my sisters baby quilt and was too lazy to change it back to the regular ankle and foot. But I was pleasantly surprised at how well it worked.  I liked how it gripped and fed it through so easily and uniformly.  If you have a walking foot it is worth the trouble if not no worries... Sew it with a 1/4 inch seam.
Ta da!
Take your ruler and line your sewn line up with the 4" line on your ruler.  
Then take your handy dandy fabric pen and draw a line along the edge of your ruler.
You will be glad that you did...
Sew right down your drawn line. 
Trim the top and bottom so that you have a crisp clean line.
Then zig-zag or Serge the top and bottom.
Voila!
Perfecto!
Now go make seven or eight of them!


please, if you use this tutorial and post the finished products on your blog or use them in any other way... give credit where credit is due! :)