Bouquet of Geraniums

After sewing up a Geranium dress for my adorable niece, I got it in my mind to sew up four more for three friends who have little girls.

First, a pair of Geraniums for a pair of sisters. I wanted to use fabric from the same collection and really liked the florals from Beyond the Backyard by Jane Farnham for Camelot Cottons.

Sisters Geraniums

Big Sister got a tunic-length Geranium with cap sleeves and a pleated skirt with pockets and little sister got a sleeveless dress with a gathered skirt. I lined each dress with the opposite fabric for a little pop of coordination and both dresses had a U-notch neckline.

Big Sister Geranium

Little Sister Geranium

I also made another toddler size for my grad school roommate’s daughter. One of the first things I learned about Sarah was that she knew how to forage for fruit and mushrooms, so the woodsy print from Helen’s Garden by Tamara Kate was a perfect fit. This dress also has little yellow flower buttons.

Foraging Geranium

Foraging Geranium back

The last dress was for a friend from high school and college’s new baby girl. She had peonies in her wedding bouquet, so I thought this Pat Bravo Poetica print was spot-on.

Peony Geranium

Peony Geranium back

I hope these dresses are worn and enjoyed by my small friends! Finishing these was one of my Q4 Finish Along goals!

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Space Baby Dress

In addition to pulling together my projects and post for the QCR Blog Hop (tune in on Thursday!), I also whipped up a little Geranium Dress from a Made by Rae pattern for my sweet niece. You may recall that she has a space-themed nursery, and this fabric, Riley Blake Rocket Age in Rocket Blast, begged me to turn it into a dress. A Space Baby dress.

Geranium Dress rocket ship detail

The Geranium pattern came together really quickly, even though I felled the skirt seams and had to break out my old Kenmore sewing machine to do the zigzag around the flutter sleeves and skirt gathers.

Tiny felled seam!

I love that all seams, except for the flutter sleeves, are enclosed, which means that hopefully the dress will wear and wash well. Key when sewing for a baby.

Dress lining

I broke out the Kenmore again for buttonholes and let me tell you: the automatic buttonhole feature is MAGICAL. I want to sew another garment just to sew more buttons. And the buttons themselves are pretty rad; I do love a good pop of alternate color.

Orange buttons say hooray

Here’s hoping it fits for at least a little while! If not, the pattern was so quick and charming that I may have to make another in the next size up!

Geranium in Space

Crepe Dress

Remember how I mentioned that was getting together with old friends for a sewing day to sew the Colette Crepe dress? Well, the dress is finished and I wore it out to the theater last weekend!

Crepe dress

I met at Anna‘s early a couple of Saturdays ago, and before long, there were three sewing machines humming and fabric and patterns spread across the apartment. I opted to fit a muslin before cutting into my main fabric, which was wise, as the shoulders had to be taken down by about an inch.

The main fabric is Wish cotton voile by Valori Wells in the print Treasure and the contrast is FreeSpirit cotton voile in Red, both of which I purchased from bargains4sewists on eBay. I’m not being paid or reimbursed in any way to say this but seriously: bargains.

Crepe dress

The dress is interlined with cotton lawn, which gave the garment a nice weight, while still allowing the voile to be flowy. I followed Gertie’s Crepe Sew-Along. The pattern directions are very clear, but at times I needed an extra tutorial or visual on how to proceed. The armhole facings and hand finishing work were especially fiddly, and I’m glad that Gertie provided some videos.

Crepe dress

I like the details of this dress a lot, especially the wrap and the pockets. At the same time, I’m still not convinced that it is the most flattering dress on me – something seems a bit off with the little cap sleeves and the neckline does gape when I sit down, but it is done and wearable!

To Finish In March

I’ve been wanting to participate in A Lovely Year of Finishes at Fiber of All Sorts for a couple of months now, but my ducks just haven’t seemed to get neatly in a row. January was a month of alternating travel and sickness, February was All Olympics and knitting (tune in this weekend to see a sock FO!), but March will be the month I finish my Quilt of Poseidon. If I end up calling it that. It’s a mashup of 12″ squares from the 2013 Sugar Block Club, Vintage Quilt Revival, and I think a couple of other sources, laid out using the Sampler Quilt On-Point pattern from Vintage Quilt Revival.

So that’s the plan. Here’s a small, dark, blurry phone shot of the progress:

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According to the running document I keep of my projects, I’ve completed 19/20 blocks. I have fabric and paper piecing templates cut for that last block (the pesky February Block from the Sugar Block Club, for those of you keeping a running tally) and I have the fabric for the simple repeating blocks, the binding, and the back, which will be the delicious Kitty Dreams and Butterflies prints from Lizzy House’s Catnap.

Catnap fabric!

Delicious. Also, my husband picked it out all by himself, and who am I to argue with that level of fabric selecting genius?

I will finish this in March. I will, I will, I will. I want this on our bed by the time the snow melts!

Linking up with the March Goal Setting Party!
A Lovely Year of Finishes

Triangle Constellations

You guys, Triangle Constellations is finished! And sweet sister in law, avert your eyes again! I sewed on the binding this morning and then got my husband to hold the quilt (in the snow).

Triangle Constellations quilt

I’m so, so pleased with this. I used a full FQ bundle of Lizzy House’s Constellations fabric, plus Pearl Bracelets in Grape Jelly and Juniper. The triangles were originally 7″ and the finished quilt is 68″ by 56.”

Triangle Constellations

The binding is Pearl Bracelet in Meyer Lemon – I think it gives it a little zip!

Triangle Constellations - back side

The back is the Bouquet print from Flea Market Fancy in turquoise edged with Pearl Bracelet in Hiho Silver. I’ve used FMF in a couple projects and the fabric has such a nice hand to it.

Triangle Constellations - back side

Triangle Constellations was sewn and quilted entirely on my new Juki and the finished product is so nice! I’m proud that this is my first finished quilt of 2014. I hope my SIL likes it!

Triangle Constellations

Actual Quilting!

If you are my sweet sister-in-law, stop reading this now. Or close your eyes. Or prepare yourself for SPOILERS.

Having a date when things need to be done usually spurs me to action, and finishing the Triangle Constellations quilt has been no different. Once I learned the date of the shower for my sweet SIL and future niece , and realized that it was nearly halfway through the month, I turned on the Olympics and leaped into action. I finished the back and cut binding, basted, embroidered a little (secret) monogram, and then it was time to quilt.

Quilting Constellations

I may have been a bit hesitant about the actual quilting but Juki. Oh my goodness, it quilts like a dream. I got set up, screwed in the FMQ foot, installed a heftier needle, and just dove right in.

Quilting Constellations

I’m still getting used to where to place my hands on the quilt to steer it and how fast to sew, but the finished product is looking so nice. I’m doing a large meandering stipple with a few loopdeloops and I’m about a quarter done.

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced !

Blue Cross Block

I’ve finished one more Poseidon block! This is Red Cross (well, Blue Cross) from Vintage Quilt Revival. It’s paper pieced, and while the component blocks went together easily, putting the block together was more difficult for me. I repicked it several times trying to get the points to match closer, and finally decided that it was Just Fine.

Red Cross Block

With this one done, I only have three more blocks to finish! And one of those, Geometric Star, is half pieced. I need to cut fabric for the other two (Dakota Star and the February Sugar Block I’m going to remake) and cut fabric for the alternating plain blocks, but this is coming along! I want to have it done by spring to freshen up our bedroom.

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced!

Finish: QAYG Stockings

Over the weekend, I finished our QAYG Christmas Stockings!

QAYG Christmas Stockings Complete

I followed the Imagine Gnats Falling Flakes Stocking Tutorial fairly closely. The only change was that I cut strips instead of wedges of the fabric for more freedom in improvisation.

Fancy QAYG

The stockings also have a little fancy QAYG stitching, instead of only straight lines.

L's Stocking

C picked which color (green vs. blue) he like better, and I stitched our initials on with felt.

C's Stocking

I took these pictures by pinning the stockings to the fence in the back of our parking lot. While I was snapping away, a guy who lives in my building came out to his car, and hollered out that he liked the stockings. I hollered a thanks back, and he drove off. It made me smile – I don’t know that many of my neighbors that well yet.

WordPress alerted me to the fact that today is my 2 year blogoversary! I can’t really believe that it has been two years since I started writing in this space. I’m really thankful for the community of crafty people I’m getting to know!

More Fortunate Granny

Woosh! Quick drive-by WIP Wednesday post to show off some more Fortunate Granny squares! I sewed up five more and trimmed them all down to 9 1/4″ square.

More Fortunate Granny squares

I think the very top square is my favorite so far.

And woosh! Just like that, I’m off to class. Happy Wednesday!

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Petite Pachyderm Pals

My latest two petite pachyderms are finished! My lovely husband helped compress the stuffing on Saturday (while getting caught up on Agents of SHIELD, which inspired him to dub one of the characters “The Punching Solution”) and I did the hand sewing earlier this week. They’re plump and squeezable and I hope the children they’re going to like them.

Pachyderm friends

If you choose to sew this pattern, you should be comfortable sewing curves. The pattern pieces fit together really nicely with a lot of pinning, but you’re still sewing fairly tight curves in some places. There are a few fiddly bits including sewing the belly + feet piece to the animal side piece and then attaching the bottom of the feet to the legs.

Rhino

The pattern is well written with plenty of diagrams to show how to pin and sew things and goes together fairly quickly – I cut in one night, sewed over two, and stuffing/hand sewing took another couple hours.

Little Elephant

Little Elephant

Fabric is Tula Pink Prince Charming for the Rhino and Birds and Bees for the Elephant. They may have even elicited a squee from Manly Bearded Husband.

I feel like I’m in a lull with sewing projects, but I still have a list of WIPs.  In order from most to least pressing:

  • Change the batting in he Christmas stockings from fluffy Joann’s Cheapo to denser Warm and Natural and finish those up.
  • October Sugar Block for Quilt of Neptune
  • Cut more 2.5″ squares for Fortunate Granny and sew up the rest of the blocks
  • Figure out a back for my Fraternal Stripes top and quilt and bind
  • Set remaining Llama blocks on point and figure out a back, quilt, and bind

Once all that is done, I have a lot of ideas for future quilts:

  •  Equilateral triangle quilt in Lizzy House Constellations
  • Scrappy Trellis Crossroads from Modern Bee
  • Ring Toss by SewCraftyJess
  • Diamond Tread by Freshly Pieced

I should plug away at my WIP list but really, I have startitis and may just jump in and begin one of the above! How do you ever decide what to work on next?

Happy WIP Wednesday!
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