Saturday, July 31, 2010

Time flies

This is what I was doing six years ago today. Happy happy day!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Pillowcase Dress

I was a little late to the party, but now that I've started collecting vintage/thrifted sheets and linens I'm smitten. My friend Jill recently gave me this great strawberry and flower vine pillowcase. Since it came with it's adorable little ruffle intact, I kept hesitating about cutting into it. Instead, I made this sweet little summer dress for Miss Bailey.

She loves it!

Perfect for running through the yard or watching bugs in the grass.

I added a second ruffle from a sheet that I had already riped into fat quarters. Loving the double ruffle!

Very easy. Very quick. And since my little tomboy loved it enough to wear all day AND do some twirling, I'm calling it a success.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Hexagon madness!

Here are the hexies I made for the Handsome Hexies swap over on flickr. It's all Amy Butler from the Midwest Modern collection. I loved making these and am always a little bit surprised at how much more I like certain fabrics when I only see a tiny amount at once. It's almost like looking at the fabric through a microscope.

And here they are all stacked and ready to go in their little drawstring pouch.

And on a completely unrelated note: I had some help in the kitchen making a blackberry/blueberry crisp.

Excited, are we? We picked the blackberries around our house and the blueberries on Sauvie Island.

I made the aprons from bandanas and some black twill tape. Bailey chose pink ric rack trim for hers (sweet) and Owen chose a pretty awesome black and purple zebra trim for his. You can just barely see it around the waist.

Now I'm off to start on more hexagons for the PMQG hexie swap!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Linen Love

A little something I worked up last night. I was sort of obsessed with doing something with some of my new hexies so I put them on this cute little linen pouch.

And here's the back.
I made this tiny twill tape tag (say that three times fast!) with my first initial. It serves no purpose other than I thought it was a cute detail.

And here's a peek at the lining, along with a completely useless teeny tiny pocket. I thought it would be big enough to hold my driver's license but I clearly measured wrong, or sewed wrong, or something because it's about an eighth of an inch too small. Oops.

And there you have it. I wish I was better at putting in zippers. Maybe I need to make about a gazillion more little pouches for practice.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Hooked on hexies

Our "theme" at last night's PMQG meeting was HEXAGONS! There was lots of fun show and tell and a lovely presentation about some of the different ways to make hexies and then we broke up into smaller groups to work on making our own little six-sided pieces of fabric yumminess.

I kind of have a little crush on this guy with the flowers. So cute.

One of my favorite things was seeing what Christina could do with just one hexie and a minimal but magical bit of embroidery. She turned a single hexagon into different animals or a tree or some such cuteness. I think I have to steal, I mean borrow this idea and make a couple of softie books for my kiddos to play with.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

More fun in the sun

Went to Oaks Park and rode all the kiddie rides in the 90 degree heat last weekend. Kids had a GREAT time but Mommy was worn out.

Bailey likes the carousel and the airplanes that go up and down. The Frog Hopper is Owen's hands-down favorite. He rode it three times in a row.

Not much sewing being done in these parts, but we are trying to enjoy the beautiful weather and spend a lot of time outside. Looking forward to the PMQG meeting this week to try my hand at hexies!

Friday, July 9, 2010


We have been thoroughly enjoying the summer weather and all that the sunshine brings with it.

Garden snakes. Briefly captured and then let go to slither away in the grass.

Lots of splashing. And sunscreen. And beach balls.

And yummy popsicles to end the day. What could be better?