Monday, September 17, 2012

Oh, and one more thing...

I love independent pattern makers, and I love giant stars. So I had to share a giveaway from May Chappell, who is giving away Amy Butler 5/8ths and her Designer Star quilt pattern to a lucky person.

Moda Bakeshop's new contest (or, finding new projects to make)

There is a new contest from Moda Bakeshop (as you may see above- I borrowed this jpeg from their site. I think that was the point of it.)

I love a lot of projects there and get a lot of precuts, so it is a double bonus. There are great projects on there, including many I bookmarked long ago (pre-Pinterest) to make. Then I saw this Isosceles Picnic Quilt by Penny from sewtakeahike. Love it! Here's my type-A list of whys:

  1. I love the colors, the bright punches of solids with the more toned-down prints from Pezzy
  2. I love the triangles. And there is a template included!
  3. I love the size. Nice and big. Who wants a tiny little quilt to picnic on? It's like you are not planning on napping too. Get real.
  4. I love the fact that it folds up and has handles to carry it. Now if it could just fold automatically. {sigh} I wish that for a lot of things.
  5. I love that this is a free pattern from a talented designer, and that Moda is making a fun game of checking them all out. No really, I do.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

New cutie booties, and some fabric treats!

 New cutie booties! With a great fish print (though I have no name for it- anyone know?)
 Special bottoms picked for their lack of slipperiness (that's a word, yes?) from a stash of architecture fabric samples.
 Nice velcro closures on the flaps, trimmed to ovals.
 The flounder on the side flap of one bootie.
 Check out that cute pair of booties.
Details you say? Of course. I have had these earmarked since my son was a baby (NB that was 2.5 years ago...) in the Little Stitches for Little Ones book from Amy Butler. Never got around to them, and my son needed some slippers for preschool.

I tried to adapt the pattern for him, size 8/9, but the pattern only goes from 0-3 months up to 9-12 months. Quite a bit smaller. So I eyeballed about twice as big as the 9-12 month size, and it looked about right.

But you never know until you sew it up right? Interfacing and 1/2" seams eat up a lot of size room. So they did not fit, Not even close. I think I may have managed to make an 18 month old size. Luckily I know some little ones who will grow into them nicely. 

And I found another pattern (also adapted) for my son's slippers, and this time they fit! Likely because I only had to enlarge a 7/8 pattern one size. Still- victory!

Linking up!
Craft Book Month at Craft Buds

And I got some lovely organic fabric from Monaluna, all wrapped up so cute with baker's twine. Adorable.
This is the Fox Hollow collection- I love the coordinating solids! I can't wait to make something with these cuties.
I got it from a giveaway via Meryl at My Bit of Earth (I need to get a header like hers- I love it! So simple and pretty).
This is my favorite, called Family Fox. The colors are so cool, and the graphic very cute. Silver foxes! Genius!