Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Halloween 2013: Superhero Sewing

So, alas, Maggie's Halloween costume is done and it turned out fabulous!  She really wanted a store bought costume (let's face it, it's pretty thrilling for kids to pick out and come home with their own costume) and she had very little faith that my handmade costume could match the expensive online version she picked out. 


Boy, I showed her! ;-)  She is one happy girl.  She is Wonder Woman by the way.  Some folks seem a little confused by this and I can only guess it's because she's quite a bit more clothed than the real Wonder Woman (no star-studded undies for my 6 year old).  She's also missing the magic lasso which Maggie made very clear she did not need.     

Shirt Details and Cuffs

I used Made By Rae's Flashback Skinny Tee pattern for the shirt.  Such a great pattern and so fast and easy.  The shirt is a very stretchy, sparkly red knit, like dance fabric.  I cut the emblem out of some shiny gold fabric (maybe crepe?) and drew the black line details with a Sharpie.  

I kind of drafted the skirt pattern myself (once again, should've used a pattern), and it's not perfect, but totally acceptable for Halloween.  I had a LOT of layers of tulle and must've lined them all up and basted them together three times...I still kept loosing layers....ugh.  It has a flat front waistband and a wide elastic on the back.   I also sprayed the skirt with some gold glitter spray I happen to have, so it's super sparkly.  

Superhero Moves

I totally just winged it on the crown and the arm cuffs - they're my favorite pieces.  She looks too sweet to be such a tough chick, don't you think? 


So, apparently, it's a superhero year in our house.  Joe is going as Ironman.  Thank goodness we found that one in his size in the store.  Whew! 

Awesome Kiddos


I definitely don't love Halloween sewing, but I can't help but think that there are only so many years that my kiddos will want to dress up.  So, I'm so glad I took the time to make her something she loves.  Now to take these kiddos out on the town so I can raid their candy bags! 


Friday, October 25, 2013

October, Outside and In

Bits of Nature



Inside Quilt-making

A New Quilt?

Well, after a long cloudy and rainy start to Fall, Mother Nature finally decided to show up with the real deal.  Sunshine, dry crunchy leaves, cool crisp air.  There are certain times of the year when I truly love and appreciate our home and the property we have, and this is one of them.  So, I'm politely encouraging, ahem,  my kids to get outside as much as possible.  Lyla absolutely loves to be outdoors, scratching in the dirt, checking out all of the little bits of nature...everything new and prickly and colorful.  I think she is thankful for the room to move and explore and I am equally thankful that there is enough for her to pause and ponder that I can sit and swing on the hammock a bit.

Life is still so busy with everyone going in different directions, but I'm finding enough time to sew a little most days.  Sometimes I can sew a little when Lyla is napping, but almost every night I find my way to my studio for an hour or two after the kids go to bed.  Oh, I love, love, love my new space.  It's just awesome!  I turn on some music or put a show on my Kindle Fire.  Currrent obsessions?  The Avett Brother's new album and The Walking Dead (so not me, but I love it).  I kind of laugh at myself when it's mid-morning, my little one is sleeping upstairs, and I'm home alone watching zombie shows and sewing quilts.  Good stuff.  I still don't have a table to sew on so I've been mostly sewing standing up at my cutting table.  I have to say I strangely like it...it's quite convenient.

My latest Arrowtail Quilt, a commissioned quilt, is coming along so great.  I'm obsessed with the selection of fabrics I picked for this one.  It's going to be a twin size and I'm putting it together in a non-traditional manner, sort of a quilt-as-you-go method, since I just don't think my machine is big enough to manage a twin size quilt.  I'll have to share how I'm doing it as I think it makes big quilts far more manageable.  Stay tuned! 

I'm also trying to finish up a Halloween costume for Maggie.  I really loathe sewing Halloween costumes but Maggie had her heart set on a particular costume and we just couldn't find it anywhere for a reasonable price in her size.  So, I'm making it....ugh.  And it involves tulle...ugh.  I've finished a majority of the costume but have been procrastinating all week on two last little accessories.  

So, yeah, I can hardly wait until Halloween is over to start a new quilt.  That pile is my latest obsession.  It started with a fat quarter stack of Tula Pink's Acacia line in the Canyon colorway from Sew Love Fabrics.  I love the olive and pink combo and those racoons!  I've been slowly adding some teals and neutrals to the pile.  Now to decide what quilt to make.  I think I might jump on the Modern Maples bandwagon or maybe a churn dash quilt.  Who else out there is planning a new quilt?  Do share!  

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Autumn Table Runner

Autumn Runner

Autumn Bright

Left Block

Center Block

Right Block


Guess what? I'm making another Arrow Tail Quilt!  This time for a friend who would like to potentially use it as a photography prop.  I had so much fun choosing a palette of prints for her and was so excited to dive in and get going.  After cutting it all out, I had a pile of pretty scraps on my cutting table plus a few from another project and decided that those scraps needed to become something right away.   

So, I started just cutting and sewing and trimming and repeating in a fun improv fashion until I had a block.  I loved that block, so I made two more, bordered each of them with some natural linen to make each block about 15" square, and finally sewed them together to make this fun little Autumn table runner  (I call it an Autumn runner, but I think it could work all the time).  I quilted the runner with dense straight lines and machine stitched the binding on using this method.

Now I'm trying to decide whether I can bear to part with this lovely little quilt and put it in my Etsy shop.  It sure has brought some life to our kitchen table!  And, I have so many more scraps remaining so I could always just make another, right?

::  Quilt Notes ::

Fabrics used include various prints from Field Study and Hand Drawn Garden by Anna Maria Horner, Chicopee and Shelburne Falls by Denyse Schmidt.  The borders are Kauffman Essex linen in Natural.  The backing and binding is this print from Chicoppee.

Measures approx 14.5" x 42"   

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


Fall Flowers

Warm Chai

Outside my Studio

New Arrow Tail Quilt

Oh, October, I'm so happy you're here.  I'm going to thank you in advance for the cool crisp nights, the warm soups and bread and cups of chai tea, for the warm glow you'll bring, for pumpkins and campfires, for crunchy leaves, for hours spent sewing, and fun times with friends and family.