Sunday, March 29, 2015

My favorite sewing hack

I recently learned from the Bobbin Doctor that I could use my blind-hem foot as an edge-stitching foot. Just move the needle a couple positions to the left. This goes in the "Doh! Why didn't I think of that?" category.



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Perfect edge stitching, every time! This made the drool bandanas for Ethan even easier. I've been using this hack for cloth napkins and top-stitching pockets, too.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Baby clothes

Ethan has been sporting a few handmade garments lately. I'll start by playing catch-up.

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A pair of Quick Change Trousers, 3 month size, from Handmade Beginnings by Anna Marie Horner. He outgrew these pants about a month ago.

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A slightly modified Tummy Warmer vest, size 3-6 month, knit using S. R. Kertzer Down To Earth Cotton. This still fits but it's getting short and snug.



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A sunbonnet by Purl Soho, size 0-3 months. This is too small for him, but I made him wear it for a walk last week because all his other hats are too big. 





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Ethan is sporting drool bandanas most days now. He is teething and drooling like crazy, and these are much easier to make than bibs. I used this tutorial by How Does She. I started with a 12.5" square, because I have a 12.5" square ruler.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Two Carat Quilt Pattern

I'm thrilled to release a new quilt pattern today - the Two Carat quilt. It's a clean geometric design that works equally well with solids and prints. The pattern includes directions for two sizes - baby (36" x 48") and throw (60" x 72") - along with templates and detailed cutting diagrams. Fabric is used efficiently and there are minimal leftovers. You will not have a pile of half-diamonds left over from this project!

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This is the baby size quilt in girly-girl pinks and blues. The quilt top requires (2) 1/2 yard cuts and (5) 1/4 yard cuts - so a total of only 2 1/4 yards.

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I finished the quilt with simple straight-line quilting 1/4" from the seams so it is extra crinkly and cuddly. I think this quilt would also look sharp with a baby's name or birth year free-motion quilted in one of the large diamonds.

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Here's a second baby quilt with Elk Grove fabrics by Jay-Cyn. This fabric is gorgeous and so, so soft - perfect for a baby quilt! I used 8 different prints for this variation: 2 half-yard cuts of solids and 6 fat quarters in different prints.

The throw quilt uses the same size templates, just more pieces. The layout for the throw quilt includes 2 sets of large diamonds.

You'll invest more time in the cutting than you will in the piecing. Cutting diamonds and triangles using templates takes a little more time (I think) than cutting rectangles with a ruler, but piecing the quilt top goes quickly. The pattern includes tips for accuracy in cutting and piecing. This pattern is suitable for intermediate or adventurous advanced beginners.

You can find the Two Carat quilt pattern on Etsy and Craftsy.