Monday, September 1, 2014

Couch Pillows

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I finally finished the new pillows for our couch.  You can see the first of my  new living room pillows here


I had the hardest time deciding on fabrics.  I wasn't sure if the two pillows should match exactly, or just sort of go together.  I decided to go in the middle, leaning more towards matching exactly.  I also decided to just use two fabrics.  The pillows on the couch will probably be used a lot longer than any quilt that might be hanging on the couch so I wanted the pillows to be neutral (ish) and simple(ish) in design so I won't get bored with them in two years and they'll go with whatever other design changes might happen in the living room.  I will never get bored with gray and turquoise!  Knock on wood.... 


Both pillows were created using half-square triangles with the same two fabrics.  I used this awesome tutorial to make multiple half-square triangles at once.  It really cut down on the time and helped with the accuracy of the blocks.  All the half-square triangles are the same size only arranged differently between the two pillows.  The pillows are 20" square.


I went a little crazy with the fabric on the back. They don't really go together, but for the back, who cares?  I love the craziness. 



The first pillow I made was the ducks-in-a-row triangle pillow.  I love how this turned out and did a pretty fantastic job with the quilting.


I pieced a whale onto the back to go with the wave quilt that is currently on the couch. 


 Also because I love the happy whales.


The second pillow I made was the off-center, bull's-eye one.  It is less than perfection.  I accidentally used a different batting for the second pillow than the first.  The second batting was flimsier and not very sturdy.  I didn't realize my mistake until the pillow was mostly done.  I also had major issues with shifting fabric while I was quilting.  You can definitely see the puckers.  It is cringe-worthy, but I was impatient so I just went with it.  From a distance it is not that bad.  Also for pillows that get thrown around, drooled on, and jumped on, I supposed it doesn't matter much.  


The back of the bull's-eye has more whales.  Love them!

Three pillows down, one to go!

Kenda

Friday, August 29, 2014

Black Bear

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Husband's brother and Husband's brother's wife recently had a baby.  It is their second boy and Little Man and Mini Man's third cousin on Husband's side.

I made Brother-in-law and Sister-in-law the Brown Bear quilt for the baby earlier in the summer.  To celebrate the arrival of the new babe I made him some clothing.  It is not exactly Brown Bear, but I think it works.


I started with the pants.  I made pants using this lovely black bear fabric.  I used turquoise rib-knit on the cuffs and waistband.  I did not use elastic.  


Instead of a matching bodysuit I made a little kimono shirt out of linen.  They live in Texas which is damn hot in the summer.  I thought the linen would keep baby cool and the shirt would be easy to get on and off.  I used this pattern by Purl Bee.  


The front of the shirt velcros.  This will help with the quick and frequent changes that newborns require.  



Lastly, I made a pair of booties using the rest of the Eric Carle fabric I had.  I used the Little London Loafers pattern by LivingDIYStyle.



And for Big Brother I made a crown to help remind his parents who is in charge.  I used the crown pattern from my Every Hero's Cape and Accessories pattern.


Kenda

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

State Fair Recap

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The Iowa State Fair is over and last week I picked up the items I submitted to the Fabric and Threads exhibit.  I received 4 ribbons and one Honorable Mention.  You can see the full list of items I submitted here.  The four ribbons I received were for children's clothing.  All were in categories with very little competition and were mostly second or third place out of two or three.  And based on the comments I received I wouldn't had placed at all if there was more competition.  That makes the ribbons a little less special.  Some of the judge's critiques I agreed with, others I did not.  

I received second place for my Batman hoodie (the Hulk pullover next to it did not place):  

Second place (of two) for Elephant shirt:

Third place (of three) for Shark Man costume and third place (of three) for Angry Bird Cargos:

What struck me as funny in the shorts/pants/skirts category there were four submissions. Two of the four were the same pattern.  Can you see the resemblance of the cargo pants?  The other cargo pants received first place.  

I did receive an honorable mention for the quilted pillow I made.  I'm pretty proud of that and am happy with the ribbon.  There were some awesome pillow submitted.  


My Dad did pretty well, too.  He submitted four photos to the photography exhibit and two of his were selected to be displayed.  Only something like 20% of submitted photos are selected.  That is much more impressive than my ribbons for participation.


Do you recognize that butt?

Overall, we had a pretty good time at the fair.



Crappie selfie


Have you been to the fair?
Kenda

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Super Hero T-shirt Pattern with Built-in Cape

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I recently released my second pattern.  The Super Hero T-shirt pattern is available on Etsy and Craftsy.

 

This pattern is a long-time coming, but I am happy to say it is finally to a point where I can say it is ready to share.  


The pattern includes pieces to help you create a t-shirt (long or short-sleeved) with a built-in cape.  The shirt body and waist may be made different colors to mimic the look of built-in underwear of many classic super hero costumes.  A belt completes the look.  

 

There are eight applique patterns that may be personalized.  They are inspired by Batman, Robin, Captain America, The Flash, and Superman.  

 

The pattern is unisex and available in 9 sizes (12M, 18M, 2T, 3T, 4T, 5, 6, 7, 8).

 

The shirt is great for Halloween, birthday parties, photo shoots, play dates, trips to the park, running errands, and every day pretend play!  With this pattern you can help your little one become whatever superhero you can dream of!


Pick up yours today!

 

Kenda

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Off to the Fair

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The Iowa State Fair starts tomorrow and this year I submitted ten items (to be judged) to the Fabric and Threads Exhibit.  I dropped them off a couple weeks ago and we'll go next week to see how I did (and enjoy the fair, of course).  

The items I submitted (in no particular order):

Category - Children's Garments (3-12): Play Clothes
Mini Man's shirt is sized 18 months.  I submitted it into the children's sizes because it didn't fit into any of the categories for toddler clothes.  As a result, a lot of Little Man's clothes were submitted while Mini Man's had to be left out.  The categories for kids' clothes in general are pretty lacking.  


Category - Hand Knitting; Cap or Hat (multiple yarns)
I wanted to submit Little Man's knit dragon hat, but it was looking a bit worn.  I decided to try my chicken hat. 


Category - Children's Garments (3-12); Coat or Jacket
I originally had this in the Play Clothes category.  Only one item can be submitted per category so I had to find another category for this so I could submit the Hulk Pullover. 


 Category- Sewn and Other Items for the Home: Tote or Utility Bag


Category - Toys and Dolls: Stuffed Toy, Other Than Bear, Non-jointed


Category - Quilting: Pillow


Category - Quilting: Pieced (with perimeter of 144-300 inches)


Category - Children's Garments (3-12): Pants, Skirt, or Shorts


Category - Infant/Toddler Garments (0-2): Sleepwear
An oldie but goodie.  It isn't really sleepwear, but is the only category that it really fit into.


Category - Children's Garments (3-12): Costume
When I brought my items I only brought the jacket which I was going to submit to the Coat or Jacket category.  After consulting with the ladies working there I moved some of my items into more relevant categories and was left with the jacket.  I could have submitted just the jacket to the costume category, but decided to run home and grab the rest of the costume to display.  I'm not sure if everyone will get it, but I'm pretty proud of that costume.


I'm looking forward to the fair and seeing my items on display.  I would love, of course, to get a few ribbons, but I'm just proud to show-off my work.  

Do you go to your state fair?
Kenda

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Double Rainbow Quilt

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My sister-in-law recently graduated from college.  To congratulate her I made her this lap-sized quilt that I'm calling the Double Rainbow quilt after this rather hilarious viral video.  We saw a double rainbow out our back window once when Sister-in-law visited us a couple years ago.  None of us and seen a double rainbow before and were all awed.  Sister-in-law was especially excited about the rainbow without knowledge of the video.  This quilt is my tribute to that hilarious moment.


I made this quilt using string scraps.  My scrap bin runneth over so it was nice to thin it out.  I organize my scraps by color so working on each row was pretty easy.  


I started with a square of muslin for the foundation.  I added the black stripe to the middle of each block then began to add stripes to each side. This tutorial explains the process.  I used the black in the middle to create a chevron effect.   


My black stripes didn't meet up perfectly so I appliqued a gray triangle over each point.  It helps emphasize the zig-zag while also hiding my sloppiness.  I left the edges of the triangles raw so they would fray.  I think it adds to the scrappiness of the quilt.  


With each block having a muslin foundation the whole quilt was pretty heavy before basting.  I decided to forgo the batting and used sweatshirt fleece as the backing.  The fleece is the perfect weight to act as thin batting and the backing.  I managed to find fleece that had no stretch.  I"m not sure of the purpose of fleece without stretch, but it was great for quilting.  I didn't have to worry about distortion while quilting.


The quilting is pretty simple.  I didn't want to quilt too densely because there is so much going on and I thought it would be a pain to sew through.  I quilted in the middle of each black zig-zag line and then between each line.  I matched threads for each color.  I hoped it would show up more on the back, but it faded into the gray pretty well.  


The binding is a black-and-white print I had in my stash.  I had a rainbow striped print cut and ready to use, but when I started sewing it on I changed my mind.  It was waaaaay too busy.  I ripped it off and picked a different fabric.  The black looks much nicer.  


I have a lot of blue scraps.  In order to use more blue I created two rows of blue.  The bottom one is supposed to be closer to indigo (ROY G BIV).  I tried to keep lighter blues at the top and darken as I went down.  I think I was moderately successful.  


This quilt was pretty fun to make and rather quick and easy.  I enjoyed looking through my scraps and thinning out the pile.  

I've decided to submit this to the state fair.  I have no delusions that this will win any ribbons.  It is not the most technically challenging and the quilting is nothing special.  But I think the colors are nice, the corners are square and the sides the same length, all the points match, and I did a great job on the binding.  I'm proud of it even though it most likely won't be a winner.

Kenda