August 24, 2011

For myself

I wanted to make some sort of cute basket or something to store my pearl cottons in, and I had a bunch of Loulouthi scraps leftover from this, so I sewed them up and made another basket. Unfortunately, it didn't quite turn out how I imagined, and I may not use it for what I originally wanted, but I still think it turned out cute!

See, a little deep for a cute way to store and also display those yummy colors, but it'll work for now!

August 22, 2011

Mail day

Is it wrong that I just wanted to roll around, clothing optional, when I opened my mail and saw THIS(!!)? I've been eagerly awaiting a couple of packages, but none more than that one from Pink Chalk Fabrics with my Kona Color Card. Something about seeing all those colors lined up, neat and orderly, and LABELED for all eternity, now in my possession. Great day, I'm just sayin'.

Also, I finished lilSGT's bean bag chair! I used the tutorial at Making It Fun, and the fabric is Michael Miller Kids: Honk Honk (aqua), Plaidsportation (black), and Lunch Box Plaid (yellow). I love how it turned out, and so does the kid (though no decent photos have happened yet with him playing/sitting on it!)!

August 16, 2011


Well, she did it, she tied the knot! Which means I can finally show what I made for my friend and her husband! So far, it's my favorite quilt I've made (though my brain thinks I've got this great idea, even though I have no idea how to make it come into fruition, so we'll just see), and she claims to like it, so yay! She didn't, however, say how her husband felt about it, and this after I tried so hard to include enough masculine color in it to appeal to them both. But alas.

The Front, Amy Smart's Chrysalis Lattice Quilt, using Joel Dewberry's Aviary 2 instead of Chrysalis

The Back. My absolute favorite.

The pillow covers. I didn't want to ship them stuffed, so Mom got some forms and did it for me! Thanks, Mom!

And that's it! It is a very simple and straightforward quilt top, nothing fancy, but great for showcasing your favorite fabrics! I used straight line quilting, about a quarter inch on either side of the seams. I added the strip of purple at the top to make it big enough to fit a queen bed, in case my friend decides to use it that way. It isn't necessarily meant for such, but I wanted her to have the option. I just wish I could have been there to give it to her in person!

August 15, 2011

Repurposing Rocks!

Well, after some not-so subtle hinting that I was making things for everyone else but not for him, I finally whipped up SSGT's computer bag. I am pretty sure I put it off because he wanted me to use his old uniforms as the fabric (hello, obsess with ACU much?) and I totally didn't want to deal with taking out seams. But, I figured for this project I'd not worry about saving every scrap of fabric I could, and just find a patch big enough for my needs. And I did, though it took two uniform tops, and the main pocket of a pair of pants to do it! I'm very pleased with how it turned out, and I love that I didn't have to sew a pocket. It came together SO fast, and the most challenging part was the zipper (isn't it always?!), though even that was my best zipper installation ever! While it ended up fitting his laptop, it is pretty snug, so when he gets a new laptop I'm going to make sure it is small enough to fit perfectly (so as to avoid having to find another set of uniforms in good enough shape to save fabric from!).

So, again, the pattern was Sew Spoiled Laptop Sleeve, and the fabric was government issued uniforms (I hope I'm not setting myself up for some federal lawsuit about destruction of government property).

Roller coaster

Well, our second attempt at taking lilSGT on a kiddie ride at a fest wasn't as successful as we'd hoped. Our logic was that if one of us was on the ride with him, then he'd be more OK with it. Poor guy. And what awesome parents to document his terror, right?!

I'm not seeing EuroDisney in our near future!

P.S. Thanks to Rachel for pointing out the (very) obvious to me, and for not even making fun of me! The pictures still aren't what I was expecting, but at least you can make them out now.

August 5, 2011

A finished project

I made some cute little storage baskets for lilSGT's toys. The pattern/tutorial is in the sidebar at Making it Fun, one of my favorite new places for amazing tutorials. Seriously, check out the list on that page of tutorials - I couldn't even tell you how many of those I've downloaded already, but it's a LOT.

Fabric is Dan Stiles Marine for Birch.

On a side note, does anybody know why my pictures are so small now? Before I lost my way from here, pictures were fine, but now they are so small and I don't know how to fix it! So, help! Thanks!