June Blogger Bundle with Paige Alexander

Here we are in the last half of June – this means it is time for the blogger bundle of the month! If you are reading about these bundles for the first time, I started this project in January.  Read about them here and here. The previous blogger bundles will be available in my shop through the end of 2018 – it is really fun to look at the variety of fabrics others have curated into collections.  Click here to see all of them!

The bundle for June was curated by Paige Alexander of Quilted Blooms.  I cannot remember exactly how I learned of Paige’s blog but I do know I have read her posts since the very first one.  I believe a blogger (maybe Cheryl Brickey?) introduced the me to Paige and suggested I check out her work.  I did so and never left!  Paige’s style is very modern and also relatable.  I am not sure if that is the correct word but I love her work because I understand it.  Her quilts are meticulous, clean and very effective.

Pieced and Quilted by Paige Alexander

Above is Paige’s Cursive quilt,   She made this about two years ago and it has been juried into several shows and won several ribbons.  It is one of my favorite quilts she has made.  Partly because she constructed the background, quilted it and then did the appliqué.  Look closely and you will see she quilted line after line of the alphabet in cursive.  This was a genius technique.  I really encourage you to check out her work if you are not yet familiar with it.

June Blogger Bundle

On to the bundle!  Paige selected a grouping of summery pieces that all hail from Windham Fabric. As we head into summer, this fresh palette of green, orange, yellow and pink are akin to a bouquet of flowers.  She chose pieces that are really cheerful and bright – I love each one of them!

I think this bundle would be excellent used together in a project or added to your stash to give it a bright pick-me-up!  Paige has been working on a piece with these fabrics and I am really excited to check it out – I had a sneak peek a few weeks ago and it is going to be really pretty! While the project is not yet finished, Paige is sharing her progress with us today.  Make sure to take a look!

June Blogger Bundle

As with prior blogger bundles, this one is now available as either a fat quarter or 1/2 yard bundle in my shop.  I have placed it on sale, 20% off, for the next couple of days.  Sale ends Friday.  Paige is hosting a giveaway for one lucky winner (US only due to postage expense). Be sure to go to her site to enter!!

I hope you are enjoying this Blogger Bundle series as much as I am.  I have learned so much about color choices through working with these talented quilters!

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New Shorts for Summer

Honestly, I cannot remember the last time I sewed a pair of shorts?  Its been a long time, like a really long time! Maybe sometime in the 1980’s or so?  Anyway, during one of my obsessive trips to a thrift store, I picked up a Simplicity easy-to-sew pattern for pants, shorts and a skirt made with woven fabric and a knit fold-over waistband.  I have a knit skirt like this and it is really comfortable.  I was a bit curious about making this combination of woven and knit fabric and decided to give it a try.

The first (and only) hurdle was deciding what size to cut.  I am sure I am not alone when I say I dislike measuring my hips and waist.  The number is never what I think it should be, which is to say I think I should be the same size as when I made that last pair of shorts.  Ha.  Guess what? I am not.  When I took measurements and looked at the pattern, it indicated I should make the shorts as a size 14.  The vanity running through me said, well that is clearly a mistake because I don’t wear that size.  Truth be told, I almost cut the pattern out as a 10 (which is my ready to wear size).  Vanity runs strong and deep my friends. At that point,  I had to have a very firm talk with myself. It went something like this:  What does it matter if you cut a size 14?  Well, of course it matters – it means I have gone from a size 10 to a 14.  No, no it doesn’t and if you cut these at a size ten, they won’t fit and you will be so irritated. On and on we went, the two of us inside my head.  Finally the pragmatist won and the vain side lost.  I cut them as a size 14 and here I am telling all the world about it – well, at least the portion of the world who reads my blog.

Shorts that actually fit!!

Guess what?  The shorts took maybe an hour to make and THEY FIT GREAT!!  Shout that to the world – in handmade shorts, I wear a 14 and I made a pair that fit!!!

Woven shorts with a knit waistband = comfortable!

I debated whether to actually take a photo of the waistband but decided I should because I am being all mature and accepting of whatever size I am and the waistband is the cool part of the shorts. (If that isn’t a run-on sentence, I don’t know what is.). I love the fabric I used – it is from Alison Glass’ Handcrafted line of batiks and is called Artifact in Navy. (Click the link if you want to check it out in the shop.). Overall, I love these and will wear them a lot.  My only disappointment is I didn’t put pockets on them.  I like having a pocket for my phone and car or house key if I go for a walk.  I think I can put a patch pocket on the back side still and that will fix things right up!  The next pair are going to be in knit fabric for top and bottom.  I want to see how that changes things up.  I suppose my take away from this project has to be that the numbers are just numbers.  My hips are what they are and if you want something to work, just follow the size and measurements as laid out on the pattern.  They didn’t put those numbers there to make me mad, rather they put them there so I could be successful with the project.

Community Service Quilt, Pine Tree Quilt Guild

One other quick sewing project I did last week was to bind a quilt that someone in my guild made for Community Service.  This project was pieced and quilted, it just needed someone to bind it.  I happen to enjoy binding so that was an easy one to help with. When I got it home, I saw the binding was made and was quite narrow.  The maker cut a two inch strip where I usually cut 2 1/4 and sometimes 2 1/2″ strips.  I decided to machine stitch it to both front and back sides so it would be really durable.

As I came to the end of the binding strip, I realized it wasn’t going to be long enough.  I should have checked it before I started but I made the assumption that the maker had done that.  Looked like it was going to be a scrappy binding.  I found a little print that seemed to work with the polka dot binding provided with the quilt.  It all looks fine.

Pieced binding for the win!

I especially like the backing for the quilt.  It is a nice denim with a printed pattern.  This quilt will last for a long time.  It is earmarked for the local foster youth program.  When the kids age out of the system at 18 years old, our guild gives them a quilt to add to their belongings. This one will work for a guy or girl.

Delicious boysenberries, or are they?

Last story of the day…..  on Saturday, over the weekend, I was picking berries early in the morning.  It was gorgeous out and there are a zillion berries right now.  I popped one in my mouth and guess what?  There was a beetle on the underside of the berry.  Ugh!  It was horrible.  There I was having my zen moment picking berries all alone and all of a sudden, I was spitting beetle out of my mouth.  Yuk!!!  I will be a little more careful before tossing another berry in my mouth.  🙂

Reminder – I will be back on Wednesday this week with the June Blogger Bundle.  It was curated by Paige Alexander of Quilted Blooms and I am really excited to see what she has made with the fabrics!  See you there!!

Linking to Cooking Up Quilts, Lets Bee Social, and TGIFF.  Info is at the top of the page, under Link Ups.

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Weekend Fun

How was the weekend??  Mine included almost zero time in the sewing room.  But that is fine – it was a really nice weekend filled with little projects and lots of family time.  We were fortunate to have unseasonably cool weather over the weekend.  As I get older (which in and of itself is a mystery) I have become much less tolerant of the heat.  Anyway, it is going to be up into the low 90’s this week so we chose to spend the weekend outside.

I hung two baskets of flowers (which I purchased – rather than plant myself) in the trees along our front lawn.  They look really pretty and appreciate being in a mostly shaded spot.

As long as I can remember to water them, we will be in good shape!

Our property includes a portion of a large (6 acre) pond.  Technically it is called Pine Lake but it feels more like a pond to me.  😉 Ray and I had coffee out there early Saturday morning and he did a little fishing.  There are a lot of bass in the pond though he tossed them back this time.  It is so peaceful up there in the mornings and we forget to go and use that space.

olive

Now that finals are done and summer is here, Julia spent a lot of time training and working with Olive.  She discovered that walking Olive in the evenings is a frustrating experience because Olive is really ornery.  She does much better in the mornings.  These photos from Friday night are so funny. Olive wasn’t having any of it.

olive

She is a really sweet animal though.  Her personality is just precious.

We were up at my mom and dad’s on Sunday morning and I brought home plants.  They have a gorgeous yard and it is like shopping at a nursery.  There are always starts of something or other and my father digs them up for me to plant.  I came home with Bells of Ireland and a large succulent of some sort.  Julia came home with small succulents to pot for her room.

house

Our lower patio project is really coming along.  The contractor and his team were here all last week working.  It is a big project and will be another couple of weeks before it is done.

shop

In need of more shelf space for my shop downstairs, I gave a desk to a friend which freed up some room.  Then I tore apart the room and rearranged things and added a long shelf.  I will show you a picture when I get it put back together. My husband was really helpful with this and gave up several hours to work on it with me.  It is going to be more spacious and perfect timing since I have quite a bit of fabric arriving this week.

Hannah

Finally, I want to share this picture of my sweet grand baby.  She spent the morning “gardening” with her mama and found a strawberry.  She couldn’t believe her good fortune!!  Julia and I are taking off for Vermont at the end of the month and we are giddy at the prospect.

This week I have lots to do!  All fat quarter bundles were on sale over the weekend so I have orders to pack and ship today.  I have a set of Chemex and French Press cozies in process and want to get those finished up and listed in the shop. I am meeting with a rep for Free Spirit on Tuesday afternoon.  I have been debating adding a new manufacturer to my list of accounts and Free Spirit would be great as it would enable me to carry some Tula Pink, Anna Maria Horner and Denyse Schmidt (to name only a few).  Also I have a twin size quilt from our guild’s Community Service group to bind as well as my Twisted quilt to layer and baste.  What are your plans?  Monday is a great day to set a plan for the week. Hope you had a great weekend and this is even a better week than the last.

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Florals for the Win

Thanks everyone for playing along and for all of the sweet notes on my 4th Anniversary giveaway.  I loved reading all of the comments.  If you have a minute go back and read them.  What a fun group of people you all are!  Can you believe I didn’t mention anything sewing or quilting related when I was talking about the significance of the number 4??  Fat quarters, four patch blocks, four sides to a square?  How did I skip over that??

Anyway, winners have been picked.  Congrats to Susan S, Jinger, Cedarfork Sarah, and Janna.  I have emailed each of you so if you haven’t already, please send me your mailing info.  Bundles will go out next week.

Flash Sale!!

Also wanted to let you all know that all fat quarter and 1/2 yard bundles in the shop are on sale today and tomorrow only, for 20% off!  Woohoo!!  Organic bundles are included and bargain/clearance bundles are excluded.  If by chance you want one of the floral bundles, shown in the giveaway post, email me or leave a comment and I am happy to cut you one – I don’t have them listed individually in the shop.

Have a great weekend everyone.  You’re the best!

 

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Twisted Quilt Top

I have made progress on my Twisted quilt — I have a finished quilt top!  Do you remember this project? I started it a long while back when my local quilt guild hosted a class taught by the pattern designer, Dorie Javier. It was in June of last year that I began the quilt.  I pulled it out once or twice since then and made a few more blocks for it.  Then it would sit.  Here we are, a year later, and I had hardly made any progress on it.twistedAbout two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sewing with my friend, Sophia.  I decided this was the project to work on.  Making the rest of the blocks went quickly.  Playing with the layout took a little bit of time.  At first I was sewing the four blocks together and then laying out the 12″ blocks but I realized I needed to play with colors and sprinkle the darker values out across the quilt. It worked better to layout some of the six inch blocks so I had more flexibility.  I unpicked the seams on a number of the 12″ blocks to allow for this.

twisted

After settling on the layout and getting the design sewn together, I played with fabrics for the border. My first thought was to use a dark purple and a narrow strip of green.  I posted the picture above on Instagram and asked for opinions.  I love hearing from others because it often spurs me into another direction.

twisted

After looking at others’ feedback, I thought I would introduce a floral into the border. I looked at two from my shop.  One was the High Meadow Floral from Amy Gibson’s Meriwether line and the other was Cat in the Flowers from Paint the Town.

twisted

It was a tough choice and I actually think either would work, but I went with Cat in the Flowers and a narrow purple border.  I liked the deeper color of the High Meadow floral but I didn’t like the red tones in some of the flowers. Cat in the Flowers has a softer palette and it seemed to work a little bit better. Because it is directional, with the kitties all oriented in the same direction, I decided to attach the borders so that the cats were all looking out and away from the quilt’s center.

twisted

What do you think? I am so happy with the colors and the feminine, flowery vibe of the quilt top.  We had some breezy weather and a comical quilt holder when trying to take pictures.

twisted

Now that the whole top is assembled, I am moving on to the next phase – time to decide how to quilt it!  Like many of you, this is always a tough decision for me. At this point, I am thinking I will separate the quilting into three logical sections.  The center of each set of four blocks, the lattice-like pattern created by the florals, and , of course, the borders.

Once I figure out how to quilt it, I will do it at home.  Also, I have not yet decided on a backing for the quilt.  I don’t have tons of yardage in my stash (well, if we don’t consider the shop fabric my stash!!). But it would be nice if I could use some stash up.  Maybe I will piece a backing together or I could use a vintage sheet if I have one in a good color.  Decisions, decisions

If you are interested in the Twisted quilt pattern, I carry it in my shop. There are also some of Dorie’s other patterns available too.

Feels good to have the quilt top done, some twelve months after starting it.  How about you?  Lots of UFO’s languishing?  Do you have many quilt tops needing to be finished?  Hopefully I will get this top basted over the weekend.  It is supposed to be quite warm out so planning for an indoor project is a good idea.  Have a great weekend everyone!  I am linking up with the Friday favorites.  Check them out at the top of the page, under Link Ups.

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Fourth Blogiversary Celebration!

Today marks four years since I began this blog. I remember starting it and wondering if anyone would find it, read it, enjoy it.  It was akin to that feeling of having a party and thinking ‘what if no one shows up’.  But people did find it, you guys do read it and it is so much fun!

A bundle of four pretty florals!

I thought about the number four and looked at the significance of it in my life. Turns out it is a pretty cool number.

Florals in pink, orange, and blue. So pretty!

For me personally, I thought of the following:

  • I have four children.
  • I am the fourth daughter out of six.
  • My mother is the fourth daughter in as many children.  She was given the name Bernardine (the Italian feminine for Bernard, her father’s name).  I am the fourth daughter too and she gave me the name Bernardine.

In nature:

  • There are four seasons.
  • There are four cardinal directions or points on a compass.

Culturally:

  • Four mathematical rules; addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
  • Wizard of Oz – the foursome including Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion.
  • Commonly used 4:4 time in music.
  • Everyone knows the Fab Four!
  • There are four suits in a deck of cards.
  • How many Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?  Yep, 4!
  • How many houses in Hogwarts??  You got it – 4!
  • The Four Corners in the United States is where four states join at a single point; Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
  • For those who look for meaning in their dreams four is significant.  Four is important in that it indicates stability and success.  A pattern of fours would say your work and efforts are likely to pay off with success. Whether I believe in dream analysis or not, I like this because I feel like my work to develop my blog and my shop has been really successful and, more importantly, so satisfying!
  • When celebrating wedding anniversaries, the traditional gift for the fourth anniversary is fruits or flowers.

Love this palette of green, tank, coral and pink.

OK, here is where it gets interesting.  This being the fourth anniversary of my blog, I want to give my readers a gift.  It seems rather impractical to send you fruit so I want to give flowers.  In keeping with the theme of four, I have created four fat quarter bundles, containing four pieces each.  The fabrics are all florals. So to mark this fourth blogiversary, I will select four winners, each of whom will win a bundle of four florals!

Soft and feminine florals in pinks, blues and lavender.

To enter to win, tell me what the number four means to you. Does it have any significance?  If not, that’s fine too.  How long does the giveaway remain open?  WellI, four days of course!  I will pull names on the 8th of June!  Thanks to everyone who reads my blog, sews along with me, shops at Needle & Foot, and extends their friendship and community to me.  It’s been a fun four years!!

 

 

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The Latest Updates at Needle & Foot

Hi Everyone!  I want to share a change I am implementing at my shop.  I have had so many issues with trying to properly list my products and use the shipping tools provided by Etsy.  I think the tools are great for sellers who usually receive orders for one item at a time. With an order for just one item, the postage is calculated based on the region the item is being shipped to and the weight of the item.  This means if I receive an order for a yard of fabric, the shipping is calculated accurately for my customer.

The problem occurs when a customer orders a list of different things.  If an order is made for 2 yards of one fabric, a yard of another fabric, and a bundle of fat quarters, the shipping is invariably over-charged (by quite a bit).  Many of you have been very loyal customers since I started stocking the shop with quilting fabrics (which I am oh so grateful for!!) Those of you who have ordered a number of items on one order know about this issue and also know that I refund the shipping overages to you.  As time has gone on, the shop has grown and my order rate has become nice and steady. At this point, I find I am spending a bit of time refunding shipping overages and sending notes to customers explaining why they were overcharged for shipping. It has become tedious and time consuming.

Flat Rate Shipping, Only $6.99!

After thinking about this for a while, I have found a solution! All orders at the shop will now be charged a flat rate of $6.99 for shipping.  Any order, no matter how many items – one fee, $6.99.  This means customers ordering a number of items, regardless of the weight of the items will only pay $6.99.  I will happily cover the rest of the shipping expense.  Coming to this decision was difficult. I have been looking at the order rate and the number of orders I had to refund shipping on.  As that number grew, it just made sense to streamline things.

Another factor that drove this decision is that I realized I was losing sales because of the mis-quoted shipping charges.  If a customer shopped and put a number of items in her cart, the shipping quote would be for $14 or $15.  In fact, just two weeks ago, a customer wrote to me asking if this was the correct shipping charge.  I explained the situation and reassured the person I would refund the overage once I packed their order for shipping.  However, the person ended up shopping elsewhere.  I understand that.  She isn’t familiar with me and has no reason to trust I will actually refund the extra $9.00 she was going to have to pay at checkout.

Over the past months I have tried to work with the tools Etsy provides.  Don’t get me wrong. I am a very happy Etsy seller.  Etsy provides a great way for me to own and run my business. I believe the problem lies with the variety of items that are combined on any one order I receive.  With flat rate shipping the transactions will happen smoothly and for my shoppers who need to order a number of things at one time, it will actually make shipping less expensive.  Any order of two and one-half yards or more will usually weigh over one pound.  This means it needs to be sent flat rate for the best shipping cost.  At this point, shipping is charged at $7.10 for the padded flat rate envelopes I use to ship orders.

What if I Only Need a 1/2 Yard Cut?

I realize this flat rate shipping charge isn’t the best option for the person who chooses to order a 1/2 yard of fabric or a couple of fat quarters. Don’t worry!  I have figured out a solution for this too.  I will have two listings available for purchase.  There will be a listing for a generic fat quarter.  On that item, you will be able to leave a note telling me which fat quarter(s) you need.  That listing will use the regular shipping calculation and my customer won’t have to pay $6.99 for shipping one or two fat quarters.  Similarly, I have a listing for a generic 1/2 yard cut.  Again, the customer will tell me which fabric they need a 1/2 yard of and the shipping will be charged accordingly. To find these listings, you can type “fat quarter listing” or “1/2 yard listing” in the search box and they will come up for you.

It is my hope I have considered the variety of needs you, my customers, might have.  But as always, I want to hear your thoughts!  Please let me know what you think of this policy change. Did I explain it clearly?  If you have questions, feel free to ask.  When one reader has a question, it is highly likely others are wondering the same thing.  Please ask!

Having this shop over the past 18 months has been a blast.  You are all the greatest and I am so appreciative of you.  Thanks so much.  Hard to believe but the fourth anniversary of my blog is June 4th. That seems reason enough to celebrate, doesn’t it?  Come back in a few days and we will have a party!

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Boatneck T-shirt Finish

Today is the last day of May, which means it is also the last day of Me Made May for this year. I had hopes of making one new garment each week.  While I didn’t quite get there, I am close!  I made a mauve t-shirt, a black and white t-shirt dress, a boatneck tank top and almost finished a pair of pants.  Not too bad!  I also cut out a pair of shorts but didn’t get farther than that. It was really a fun series of projects and I feel like my rusty garment sewing skills are improving.

Let’s take a look at the simple tank top I made.  In actuality, it wasn’t as simple as I had hoped!  Combining a McCall’s pattern (M7322) with a great piece of knit fabric called Morse Dot Blue, I cut out a boatneck tank top. The knit is from Art Gallery Fabric (it is available in my shop) and is just lovely – great quality and feels so comfy.  I chose to make a size large because I thought it would be easier to size down than up and my measurements showed me to be between a medium and a large. I also skipped cutting out neck and armhole facing pieces as I don’t like having that extra fabric to tuck into place. It is a cleaner, simpler, finish to bind the arms and neckline with bias tape.

It became apparent right away that the shirt was going to be too boxy in shape.  I decided to cut in the armholes to give it more shape at the shoulders.

Yikes, the armholes look terrible!

When I did this, it made the armhole openings too big.  Look at the photo above and you’ll see they are cut too deeply.  Somehow I didn’t notice how far off the fit was until taking photos! The camera doesn’t lie.  🙂

Ugh, at this point, the armholes and shoulder seams were sewn with a stretch stitch and then a zig zag beyond that. Determined to fix this, I decided I would need to take a wider seam at the shoulders to lift the shirt and then tighten up the underarms. This photo is a close up and you can see how tiny the seams of the stretch stitch are.  I couldn’t unpick these without damaging the fabric, plus it was taking forever to rip out the seams.  Instead, I decided to cut the shoulder seam off completely and restitch it.  The seam binding finish wasn’t as clean but it worked.  For the underarm, I cut a narrow strip out of the first three inches of the seam and sewed it back together on an angle.  Not pretty but at least it was served the purpose of closing up that armhole a bit.

boatneck t-shirt

Looking back, I should have taken a picture with my hand on my hip again so you could compare, but it does fit much better.

boatneck tank

The fit is so much better with those two alterations. The shape of the armhole is what I was going for in the first place.  Side note, looking at the pictures, one has to wonder how on earth did my hair get so gray!? When Julia took the photos for me, I specifically asked her to make me appear taller, less gray and about 35 years old.  She promised to do her best but I am pretty sure I look at least 57 and barely 5’4″ in all of these shots.  (It is so weird to post pics of myself – Sigh…)

As I made these changes to the shirt, I pondered why I was willing to spend the money and more importantly, the time, to make such a simple shirt.  I can pop into Target or Ross and pick up a tank top for not a lot of money and no time at all.  Sewing something for myself is satisfying and I enjoy the challenge.  It makes me so happy to see a resurgence of interest in sewing, both in quilting and garment sewing.  Seems like the high school Home Ec classes I took are a thing of the past (unfortunately) so it is nice to see the hobbies being taken up.  Hopefully this means they will be taught to others and passed along to new generations of kids and grandkids.

The pants I made are pretty cute.  Once I hem them, I will share them with you.  The shorts will be set aside but not for too long.  I want to have them to wear this summer.

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Playing Catch Up

Well, I did great for the first three months of the year. My two RSC18 projects were worked on each month and one was finished in time for the next.  Somehow April and most of May slipped by and I didn’t work on either of them. Knowing myself, I figured I had better get caught up.  Once I am too far behind, it becomes very easy to talk myself into skipping it altogether. We know what happens next don’t we?  The blocks I did make end up in orphan block land, a very sad place to be.

While I am not totally caught up yet, I feel much better with the progress I made. To remind you, I am sewing along with Angela and Mari’s Squared Away BOM and I am making nine patch blocks for a separate project.  April’s color was yellow with a touch of gold. The block tutorial for the month was the 4X Star, also known as the Carrie Hall block.  These made for super easy piecing  as only squares and a handful of HST’s were required for each one.  I love both of these blocks – note that I used the same golden fabric for the four squares in the center but it looks quite different on each one. I was having a really tough time finding scraps of yellow for April because I only had such a small amount of yellow.  Mentioning this to Mari, she sent off a huge packet of yellow scraps. Though her idea of scraps might be different then mine because she generously sent a number of fat quarters. So, Mari’s tutorial, Mari’s fabric….. I wonder what it would take to get her to come to California to cut my pieces and stitch them up? Thank you Mari!

May’s color is pink and rose.  This was easier for me as I have plenty of pink scraps in my stash.  I don’t know if I really went with rose but I like the combinations I came up with thus far.  The block for this month is by Nancy Cabot, called Baton Rouge Square.  Mari describes it as a package with ribbons tied at the top.  I like that! Again, these are easy blocks to construct as long as you watch the direction of each HST.   At this point, I still need to make one more of each block for both April and May, and I will be good to go.  June’s block will pop up on Saturday so I better get these done!

Here is a shot with all of my Squared Away blocks to date.  Looking good, with the exception of the missing pink and yellow blocks!  I am thinking of placing them on point and sashing them with a gray that is a tad darker than the background color I am using. But there is plenty of time to figure out those details.

Finally I did make a few nine patch blocks.  I haven’t made the wonky stars in pink yet, but these are quick and simple to put together.

Now I am off to the sewing room to make a custom Chemex Cozy for a customer in Virginia. Time to get busy.  Also, come back on the first of June as I have some updates about my shop to share with you.  Until then, happy sewing!

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T-Shirt Dress Finished!

Inspired by all of the wonderful makes being shared on Instagram this month for the Me Made May event, I made a simple t-shirt dress last week.  Three weeks ago or more, I spied this black and white knit fabric at Ben Franklin’s.  It was 20% off which made it a good deal.  When I first saw it, I thought it would be a cute t-shirt.  However, once I got ready to cut it out, I realized I had more than enough for a dress.

t-shirt dress

Because I liked the fit of the Blanc t-shirt I made with that mauve fabric, it seemed reasonable to just extend the length of the pattern and create a dress. I figured if it didn’t look right, I could trim the length and wear it as a shirt.  Once I had the pattern pieces and fabric laid out, I took an old t-shirt dress I have worn for the last couple of summers and put it on top to determine the length and width of the lower part of the dress.

After cutting it out, it is just a couple of seams to put it together.  The neckline is finished with bias tape and each seam is finished with a wide zig zag stitch. (I know, I should have used the serger but it is in the shop.  A story for another post!)

Once I had the shoulder seams together, I slipped it on and saw the length was a bit shorter than I wanted.  I debated adding a block of solid black to the bottom for length but honestly, I didn’t feel like driving to the store.  (Living where we do, a run to Ben Franklin is about a 20 mile round trip.) Instead, I finished the hemline with the same black bias tape.  That way I didn’t lose any length to turning under the fabric for a hem.  It worked really well and made it just long enough to wear.

Overall, I like the dress.  The fit isn’t perfect but I will enjoy wearing it. I have really been enjoying making things to wear lately. Me Made May was a great way to jump back into garment sewing.  How about you?  Do you have the itch to make something too? I have a pair of pants in process that I am unsure about.  The seem like they are going to fit well but the fabric is very soft and I fear they are going to look like pajama pants.  If this is the case, well I guess I will have a new pair of pj pants! We shall see.

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