Sunday, May 12, 2013

Bike Basket Liner Pattern Anyone?

So, I'm thinking about creating a pattern for this. What do you think? Would you buy it? If so, what format would you like?

It would be for this basket. I've tried others, and the Sunlite is the one for me. My local bike shop carries them, and there are such great colors (scroll down and look at the mesh bottomed ones). Plus, it's really much easier to create a liner for something rectangular. I won't show my non-rectangular basket liner, it's not pretty.

So, let's talk about it. Really.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Oliver and S Croquet Dress

It's been awhile since I've blogged. But this dress pattern is so great, I feel I owe it to Liesl at Oliver and S to talk about how fantastic it is. I'm not surprised, all of her patterns are wonderful. Each time I sew something of her's I'm impressed with the creativity, ingenuity and near perfection enclosed in each envelope.
A couple of years ago I mentioned that I "swear less" while sewing her patterns. That's not to say I never swear (have you ever dropped a pin in the carpet, only to find it with your foot?), but her patterns have definitely made me less of a potty mouth.
Pattern: Oliver and S Croquet Dress. By way of a "heads up" I felt that the fabric requirements were very generous. The size 6 called for 2 yards of fabric and I used just over 1 yard. I've never really followed the suggesting cutting layout on any pattern. I usually look at it and then do my own thing. I live dangerously like that. Fabric: Riley Blake Fabric, "Song Bird" by Carina Gardner and orange accent drawstring waist is Henry Glass Fabric, Barbara Jones of Quilt Soup "Pajama Party"

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Oliver and S After School Shirt

*I need to preface this by saying she dressed herself for this picture*
Sewing has really been on the back burner lately. I started this top in August. Yup, August. And it was such an easy top to sew, that it really shouldn't have taken me so long. I'll blame it on the Halloween costume fiasco.
Pattern: Oliver and S After School Shirt and Pants. Love the pattern. I made a size 5, and added 2" in length. I should have made the 4, but I'm happy with the length.
I haven't made the pants yet, but will have to soon. Miss A told me (as she was dressing this morning) that she didn't have any gray bottoms. You see, a coordinated outfit (in a 4 year old mind) means all the elements are the same color....The things I'm learning.
Fabric: Liberty of London, "Thorpe" in sage.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Rapunzel, let down your hair.

Someone was very pleased with their Halloween costume.
And it's about stinkin' time!
This costume was, well, much more involved than I had anticipated. It was the dress that I worked on, cried over, ran to the store for even more supplies and never seemed to get any closer to being complete.
The pattern was okay. The fabric could have been worse. But man, I put so many hours in at the machine on this one. At one point, late one night (or early one morning) I found myself weeping into a wad of violet satin and wondering just what I had gotten myself into. Not quite in the fetal position, but almost. Nothing is worse than feeling like you're not making progress.
So, yes, it's over. It did get finished. And I feel like a new woman.
Someone call me around September of 2012 and warn me to not make another costume, EVER.
The construction details can be found here.
*She loves it though. When people said, "Wow, you look pretty," she would say, "I know." If only we were all that confident!

Monday, October 3, 2011

My Newest Quilt


Super fast, no pattern, thrown together and I love it. Perfect for cuddling on the couch. Enough said.
Fabric: Riley Blake "Sugar and Spice" layer cakes. I still have extra squares and yardage in the pink and green colorway.
Quilting done by: Just Sew in Highland, UT
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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Two years is all it takes

Let me preface this by saying, I'm not much of a quilter.
Two years is how long it takes for me to make a twin sized quilt. Unless, of course, you know about the "I Spy" quilt I started once for S, then it takes significantly longer. Yah, I don't think my almost 12 year old son will be enthused with a, "can you find a kitty cat, candy cane and choo-choo train?" type quilt anymore. Sigh. Pathetic me.
I started this quilt in the summer of 2009. We had just sold our house, moved into a rental house (and back out of it 30 days later) and then into an apartment (for 3 months) while waiting to find the home we are now in. I really love this fabric because it is so bright and cheerful in contrast to our living situation at the time. And I love it because it reminds me of a dear (and patient) friend who took me to a great little quilt store where I bought this fabric. But mostly I love it because it is finished. Out of the "half finished, what was I thinking when I started this" bin and onto Miss A's bed.
Miss A, however, was not so thrilled to find it on her bed tonight. She much prefers the hand me down, frayed at the binding, cowboy quilt that she's been using since getting a big girl bed. I must admit, it is really soft, but hopefully she'll feel differently by morning.
Pattern: Yellow Brick Road
Fabric: Barbara Jones "Bubble Gum Basics" (I really loved this line, remember this dress?) and white Kona cotton for the backing. I'm not loving the feel of the Kona cotton though, which is too bad considering it comes in such great colors.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Some Summertime Sewing (and Blogging!)

We're having a great summer around here. We've done some much needed straightening and organizing of the house. We've swam, stayed up much too late, slept in even later, picnicked and roasted marshmallows in the canyon, visited cousins and played with friends until the mosquitoes drive us inside. S now has his own room. G is sporting braces on his teeth (and has since become a meticulous brusher). Miss A has managed to continually wear a bruise on her forehead and a smile on her face. Somehow I've managed to squeeze in some sewing.
An Oliver + S bubble dress in size 4, with 2 inches in length added. Made with the ever popular Heather Ross double gauze.
A drawstring bag made from Little Things to Sew. Made with left over Riley Blake scraps. Not a single trip to the store for this project, which makes me feel so thrifty- until I remember how little fabric this bag takes. I'd better have the yardage for one of these, the truth is I could probably make a million more and still have fabric in my stash. Sigh, I've become a fabric hoarder......