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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Baymax Tie Dye Shirt on: Today at 08:37:05 AM

 My four-year-old and I did some tie-dye shirts for summer and I've discovered tie-dye isn't as straight forward as I expected. So after that, I went back and did a couple shirts on my own for him so he might have something a little more presentable to wear.   Anyway, he is a fan of Big Hero 6 and his favorite character is Baymax so I thought a Baymax tie dye would be fun.   First I freezer paper stenciled Baymax onto a white T-shirt with Tulip Cool Color Block,  which was supposed to act like a dye resist.   It really didn't work very well  as you can see in the picture below. Then I tie-dyed a swirl of colors that I thought my son would like .   This is how it turned out:

 Luckily, I had kept the template for Baymax so I reapplied the freezer paper stencil and used the bleach method this time .   Which resulted in this:

The bleach bled a little but he loves it.  Here is the Captain America shield shirt I also did for him, using a bleach freezer paper stencil for the star in the middle :

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Hexies Quilt on: July 29, 2014 01:34:41 PM
This is the quilt I made from squares I received through the QBS - Rd 5 swap.  There is a QBS - Rd 6 taking sign ups right now for anyone who might be interested btw.  Anyway...I asked for hexie blocks from an unusual color palette of chocolate brown, deep purple, magenta, lime green, and lemon yellow.  I received blocks from kbrison, carolmb, alwaysinmyroom, and Melladh.  Actually, alwaysinmyroom was nice enough to make me two sets since the white space was bigger than the others on her first set.

When I started putting it together, the only fabrics I could find that would draw it all together were mostly batiks lol.  I have no problem mixing batiks and non-batiks, so it turned into a pretty bright quilt. 

Here is a close up of one of the hexies:

I used alwaysinmyroom's first set of hexies on the back, and placed them off center.

Here is a close up:

I swear they are all straight, but I was trying to take pics by myself before it started raining.   Grin  The quilt is sized somewhere between a throw and a twin.  And I longarmed the whole thing with magenta squiggly lines.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Elephant crayon art collaboration on: July 18, 2014 07:21:19 PM
I don't know if I'm putting this on the right board, so feel free to relo, Mods.  We are working on making 3.5 yo DS a "big boy room."  So to go along with that, I thought it would be nice to make some art to personalize it.  I have seen lots of these crayon art pictures with umbrellas on Pinterest, so I thought it would be fun to do one with DS's favorite animal, an elephant. 

I did the gluing on the crayons and the umbrella & elephant, and DS did the blow drying.  Wink

He was pretty excited when the crayons started melting.  Smiley Thanks for looking.
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Wonky Log Cabin Throw Quilt on: May 08, 2014 11:59:46 AM
Its throwback Thursday ha ha!  I finally got this throw quilt put together from Round 1 of the Quilt Block Swap (circa early 2010).  I asked for wonky log cabin blocks that were in a color palette from a quilt I saw at Cabelas (I didnt like their quilt just the colors lol).  These blocks were made by MareMare, sloth003, EnginerdLisa, and green r my tear$I dont think I got everyone, so please PM me if I left you off.  I went back through the gallery & tried to match up blocks to people, but I didnt see all the blocks posted in the gallery. 

I framed each of the blocks with a strip of off white.  For the back, I used Amy Butlers Alchemy Queen Anns Butterflies in ruby (it says ruby but I think the color is more rust.  For the binding, I used Amy Butlers Wind Flowers in Stainless.  The long arming was done in a gold thread

Close up of front:


Close up of back:

5  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Summer PJs from Peekaboo Pattern Shop on: May 05, 2014 07:39:03 AM
I get tired of the very limited PJs out there for boys.  And the ones that are out there all seem to be made from flimsy polyester that pills if you so much as look at it.  So I saw some really cute knit & after my luck with the Alex & Anna Winter PJs pattern, I decided to give the Summer PJs pattern a shot.  We live in Texas & it is too hot for long sleeves & pants in the summer.  Smiley  The pattern is unisex and included sizes 6 months - 8 years.  I made the size 6 and I followed the pattern exactly, although I used ribbing instead of knit for the neck, arm, and leg binding (personal preference).  My son is a size 5, but I made a size 6 because I am anticipating not sewing for a while (so I was hoping to make them last longer).  

This pattern was super easy and although I did most of the sewing on my serger, you do not have to use a serger.  Like the Winter PJS, the front & back pieces (which had different necklines) were not two separate pieces so you had to cut the back out out & then cut the pattern piece to cut the front (alternately, I'd just print the top pieces twice so you have them ready to go).  I also wish that it came with a fabric layout to help with fabric conservation.  The pattern lines were nicely drafted (unlike some other patterns I have gotten on Etsy that were hand drawn).  I also LOVED that it came with measurements for the elastic waist (instead of "measure your child" instructions).  When you are making a gift for someone else or trying to make them a size ahead so your child can grow into them, this is great.   I will definitely be making more of these.  My son is big for his age, so I do wish it came in larger sizes.  And I wish it gave separate yardage requirements for making the top in a different coordinating fabric from the pants (you have to measure).  But other than that, I loved the pattern and I already have several more pairs in the works.

6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Wonky Baby Quilt on: May 04, 2014 07:45:19 PM
This is a baby quilt I made for a good friend of mine, who is expecting a month before me.  Smiley  She is expecting a boy & into more modern style than me, so I picked out the Moda Bake Shop Wonky Baby Quilt pattern.  I used charm packs from Modas Mixed Bag line and a textured gray fabric for the front.  The backing is the Mixed Bag blue origami print and the binding is one of the Mixed Bag polka dot fabrics.  The longarming is done in white thread and instead of my usual wandering quilting, I did squared off shapes for a more modern look.

Front of quilt:

Close up of front:

Back of quilt:

Close up of back:

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Locally Grown Garden Fence Baby Quilt on: May 04, 2014 06:03:01 PM
This is a baby quilt I made for the son Im expecting this September.  Smiley  I really liked the Garden Fence pattern (Hyacinth Quilt Designs) a few people have used on the Quilt Block Swaps and when I came across Creative Thursdays Locally Grown line, I knew I wanted to use them together to make a baby quilt.  It has little chickens, strawberries, sheep, eggs, etc. on it.  For the white fences, I used a white on white print.  The backing is the Locally Grown Meadow in green (with sheep and goats) and the binding is Locally Grown Peeps and Eggs in Teal.


Close up of front:


Close up of back:

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Nautical Plus Quilt on: April 21, 2014 06:02:49 PM
This is another learning quilt for me!  (See the Wee Scotties if you wonder what Im talking about).  Wink   This was another quilt that ended up somewhat crooked due to my laying the backing out lengthwise on the longarm instead of leading with the selvage edge, although it isnt nearly as obvious as the scotties.  On the white border, I made it by sewing strips together (like I would binding) and then sewing them around the quilt (2 lengths and then 2 widths).  Apparently, I should have measured and eased the strips to fit instead.  I ended up with a longer border on one side that made the longarming really tricky, since I had to ease the extra fabric in as I went.  I also ran out of binding 6 inches from the end, despite my using a binding calculator on a quilting site.  I think maybe if I had eased it more, though, I might have made it.  Oh well mistakes are how you learn, right?

This is a quilt I made for my son, who is 3.  I think he will really like it since he got excited naming the different objects on it when he saw mommy laying it out on the floor.  I hope it isnt too girly with the coral & pink colors in it, but Im not really one to be pinned down to a blue and brown are for boys color scheme because it gets so boring.  I went with a nautical/beachy theme and I used a line of nautical FQs I couldnt name now as well as some other fabrics I cherry picked (like the bicycles and the text that has names of different beaches and the madras print).  I used a blue sailboat print on the back and the binding is a rigging print in "clementine."  I basically followed the Modern Plus Quilt Tutorial from the In Color Order blog, although my quilt is bigger (twin sized) and framed with a white border and my backing is different.  I thought the border would help break up the loud pattern from the binding a bitbut I dont know if that is really possible with my fabric choices LOL!

Close up of some of the front:


Back of the quilt:

Close up of the print on the back:

9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Wee Scotties Quilt on: April 15, 2014 06:24:28 PM

I finished!  This quilt was the bane of my existence a learning experience for the past month & it was my own faultI miscalculated the backing fabric and I could not find more by the time I realized I did it.  And then like the glutton for punishment that I am, I chose a plaid to make up the difference.  I will never quilt with plaid again.  Well not until the frustration about this one has disappeared from my memory.  Cheesy  And then when I took it to the longarm place, I had sewed the backing to another backing (to make longarming two quilts quicker) and found out I should have done it bias to bias rather than lengthwise, which is why youll notice the plaid on the back is somewhat crooked (groan!).  But since it is a young kids quilt and going to a non-sewing family, Im hoping they wont notice.  And I will not make those mistakes again.
This quilt is for my friends daughter, who is turning three next month.  I have no idea if she likes scotties, but I know she likes dogs & I remember scotties being a thing when I was a little girl.  This is a twin size quilt, so that she can use it for years to come.

The pattern is a McCalls freebie (Google McCalls Wee Scottie).  The scottie squares themselves were from Quilt Block Swap Round 4 and were made by sloth003, FoxyMama, Melladh, and EnginerdLisa.  I asked for Wee Scottie blocks with a white background, black dog, and a tie made with plaid, houndstooth, checks or the like.  It is hard to tell from the pics, but the sashing on the front is a red & black houndstooth.  The binding is black with white polka dots.  The backing is a red fabric with scotties all over it, and then my favorite window pane plaid.  At the bottom to Chiara and a heart with Jennifer are quilted on top of a couple of the scottie white spaces.

10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Patchwork Chevron Quilt on: February 14, 2014 08:26:18 PM
This is a quilt I started a few years ago, and then got sidetracked finishing.  I finally made it to the longarm place last month & just put the binding on tonight.

It is the Patchwork Chevron Quilt pattern from Moda Bake Shop.  The patchwork is from the Moda Love Letters line.  Here is a close up of some of the stitching.

I'm giving it to my sister for her birthday & the longarm lady helped me "write" "to Julie from Jennifer 2014" on it.

I chose the large brown floral for the back.

I hate to part with it, but my sister has been begging me for a quilt & she can't sew.   Wink
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