Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Sew Americana!

Hey guys!
I'm so thrilled to join in on the fun for the Sew Americana Blog Tour hosted by my adorable friend, Katy, of Wild and Wanderful.

I signed up weeks ago, because I was working on this adorable American Flag quilt and I wanted a reason to kick it into high gear and get it done for Independence Day.


I absolutely LOVE how it turned out. It is based off of this Missouri Star Quilt company tutorial and I did use their tumbler template to cut out all the shapes. All 260 of them!!!

I've been planning this quilt for a long while now. It took me several months to collect that many different red/white fabrics. I didn't mind having some of them repeated, but I really wanted it to be scrappy looking. The problem is, I'm so new to quilting, I have to purchase all my scrap fabrics. lol
I've been much better about adding labels to my quilts lately. The trick for me is just not getting too fancy. For this one, I used a cute little pre-printed label that my Mom shared with me and wrote on it with one of those pigma pens.  It doesn't look as cute as my hand embroidery, but it's done and tells a story.


I had it machine quilted in town at Jana's Quilting. I haven't started trying to machine quilt yet. I'm still scared.

Originally I chose stars, but had been considering the baseballs and stars. When I told the Mr. that, he said, "I wish you would have picked the baseballs." So, the next day I called Jana up and asked her to change it. I'm so glad I did. The boys really love this quilt and most of the ones I make are pretty girly.


I picked one of those large backing fabrics from Connecting Threads from their Patriotic Mini's collection. It looks so cute and I was happy not to have to piece the back. I'm lazy like that. ;)


I don't know, once I've pieced the top, I'm  just really impatient to get it quilted. When I have to piece the back, too, (which I've had to do a LOT), it feels like I'm making two quilt tops.
This is the first quilt I've purchased a backing fabric for, but I love the ease of it. I chose this simple blue and white star for the binding. All done by machine (if you're wondering). I'm way too in a hurry to hand sew the binding.


It was so hot the day we took pictures of this quilt and it's actually the biggest quilt I've made to date, so the kids weren't really having fun helping me with the photo shoot, but Ella is so good about it. That's why she's my go-to. Plus, she looks so adorable wrapped up in my quilt. You can't even tell it was blazing heat. She's such a trooper!



I'm absolutely thrilled with this quilt. I see it getting lots of use over the years and hopefully passed down for many generations. Also... it's the FIRST quilt I have actually finished in time for the holiday it was made for... YAY!


I'm not sure we'll be snuggling up with it on the 4th of July, but it sure will look great draped over the living room couch!

It looks pretty cute with these feet poking out from the bottom, too. :) They had to reach up really tall to keep it from hitting the ground.


 And some outtakes of Ella's hair messing up and William helping her.
I wish I had a video of it. William is so soft hearted and sweet. He's such a good big brother.




Lucy was helping, too. She was the quilt holder. We had 5 to photograph that day!



Check out this amazing line-up for the Sew Americana Tour!
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 (All created by your tour guide, Katy, from Wild & Wanderful.)
   
 




Friday, March 25, 2016

Sabrina Skinny Pants Sew-a-long Day 3!

It is the last day of sewing!!! 
How have you enjoyed the sew-a-long so far? 
Leave a comment with something you learned or enjoyed from/about the sew-a-long in the comments!


Today I want you to get your waistband piece. Fold it an half and iron.



Now open it back up and put the short sides together and sew.



You will want to mark the waistband in quarters now. I used simple pins.



Align the raw edges of the waistband and pants and pin in quarters.



Sew the waistband on leaving a one inch ish space to thread your elastic through



Put the elastic through the waistband of the pants.



I always pin both ends of the elastic together once through so nothing gets twisted before I get the sewn... and then sew the ends together.



Now sew the space you left open closed and finish the edges of the waistband/pants seam.



ALL DONE!!! Time to try them on the kiddo!





We adore the comfort of these pants and the fit is spot on! I hope you all enjoyed this sew-a-long as much as I did!


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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Sabrina Skinny Pants Sew-a-long Day 2


Today we are going to get the majority of the pants together. Now, I'm going to warn you I will stray a little bit from the pattern today... Show you another way to do things - and this will mean tomorrow you get to skip page 20 entirely. It is a little more work today, but I like the finish and tomorrow it means less work. You can of course follow the pattern completely though! 


Get a front and back pant piece and line up the smooth sides and sew with a stretch stitch and then finish edges. Do this for both pieces.  and then press those seams to the back. Learn to love your iron!



As you can see on the left I also topstitched those seams to the back after pressing using the stretch stitch... I just like the look and the finish it gives the pants.

Get out your wonder tape or regular glue stick and fold up the hem of each pant leg (as seen on the right)and tack into place.




Now sew along the hem with a stretch stitch. 

AND HERE is where I differ from the pattern, I make sure to leave 2 inches unsewn at each end of the hem. Keep ready and you'll see why!



Now place the two leg pieces together. line up the curve edges as those are what you will be sewing together. Use a stretch stitch and finish the edges.

Now turn your pants about and line up your newly sewn front and back crotch seams. I like to give a little tack stitch at this point so they stay lined up.  



Now you will sew from one side to the other - when you do be sure to unfold those 2inches of unsewn leg hem and sew to the end.



Now fold the leg hem pieces back into place



Turn pants right side out, and sew the final 4 inches of hem on both pant legs. 



All done the main pant sewing!



and look how tidy the leg hem is!



Next up - the waistband! (and if you didn't do my way with the leg hems you will be doing page 20)
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Sabrina Skinny Pants Sew-a-long Day 1!

I have Jeanine helping me with the sew-a-long today! She's sewing the regular patch pockets, so if you chose one of the new add-ons, just follow along the add on tutorial until it's time to attach them to the backs.

Here's Jeanine!

Who is excited to start sewing??!!! These awesome skinnies go together fast and are such a great fit! By today you should have your fabric cut and ready to go! I'm using some jegging fabric that is great stretch in one direction and maybe 10% in the other, but it works fab for these pants!

What I did to make it easy for myself to know where to fold was I folded the pattern piece on the fold line



Then I placed my fabric over top of it - right side up. and just folded over and made sure the top edges were in line with the pattern piece! Isn't that easy! a little press and you don't even need to pin!



With the top folded down finish the edges all around (like shown on the right) and then turn the folded bit over and use a pencil end or paintbrush end to push the corners fully out. Then press the edges under all the way around as shown in the left picture. Now topstitch along the bottom of the folded over flap.



To get perfect placement on the pants  I lined up my back pant pattern piece on the pants and then folded the top over along the pocket placement line so I can easily align the pocket in place. 



Pin in place (like on the left pic) and sew around the 3 sides (as seen in the right pic)



Day one - complete! and it doesn't get any harder than this!
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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Sabrina Skinny Pants Sew-a-long Pocket Options

You're going to love all the new pocket options I have for you today!

Changing the look of the pockets is really fun, easy, and makes your pants one of a kind. I, seriously, can not decide which ones I like the best. 



We've added a front hip pocket option and a few different options for the back patch pockets.
We've added all the pattern pieces and tutorials into the files section of our group and make sure to check out the Sew-a-long Event page and to add your photos in there to be eligible to win our everyday prize!


Front Hip Pockets

These Front Hip Pockets are SO, so cute. They really up the style factor of the Sabrina Skinny Pants. My daughters love them!



Bow Patch Pockets

I mean... how cute are those? You know I'm a sucker for a bow. :)
Love them!





Applique Detail Patch Pockets

These pockets are so fun and easy and the result is professional and polished. 





Embroidered Patch Pockets

These pockets are so fun. You can use machine embroidery or machine stitching to make your pockets one of a kind. 




So... now the hard part: decide which pockets you will add, if any, and go ahead and cut them out. Tomorrow we'll sew them up!


Don't forget to add a photo to the event page or on instagram to win prizes! Use #cccsabrinasal on instagram!