Monday, July 13, 2015

Monday Mini Madness

Three of the swaps I recently participated in wrapped up a few weeks ago, and I finally have been able to get this post put together about them! They all turned out super awesome and I am so tempted to make myself copies of each of them!

The first one is the mini I made for the #alisonglassminiquiltswap.

First project of the #hmqgretreat is my #alisonglassminiquiltswap. Let's do this!

I used Elizabeth Hartman's Atrix Medallion pattern and made the center star. Oh so many diamonds! Thankfully her directions in the pattern avoid tricky Y-seams, but I did have a heck of a time getting all those points to line up... don't look too closely :)

I really want to make the entire quilt out of Alison glass prints now. I think it would look stunning! 

The nighttime lighting isn't the best but I've finished my quilt top for the #alisonglassminiquiltswap #agteamsunprint

For the quilting, I quilted organic straight lines through each of the star points, then I echoed the star all the way to the edge. I think it gave it a great texture, and I am glad I did it this way.

The next Mini I made was for the #cottonandsteelminiquiltswap. This one I struggled with the most because I wasn't sure what I should make for my partner. I finally decided on making various blocks from the book Patchwork City

The blocks in the book are all on the small side, so there is some tiny piecing that went into these babies. The top block finished at 8" and those navy lines were only 1/2" wide. The one below is all 1" finished squares! They were so much fun to piece, but it took a long time because I sewed really slow.

Here is the finished mini. I was so happy when my partner received it and loved it! 

Last is the mini I made for the #lizzyhouseminiquiltswap. This was one of my favorites, and I wish I had enough of each of the fabrics to make an entire quilt out of these blocks!

I used my friend Becca's book Modern Rainbow, and made a block from her Bubble's pattern. It turned out so much better than I had imagined, and I am glad I used my hoarded white Constellations stars for the background. 

I have a few more swaps going on right now and I am looking forward to getting them worked on and sent off to my partners! 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Avengers Quilt for Logan

At the end of March, my friend Brandon had a son but after 24 hours, he and his wife Hillary discovered that their little Logan had Tetralogy of Fallot. This congenital heart defect statistically only happens in 1 out of every 2518 babies born in the US and happens when a baby’s heart does not form correctly as the baby grows and develops during pregnancy.

My friend and his wife were incredibly strong through the past 2 months of staying in the NICU, surgeries, and the uncertainty of what would happen. Thankfully this past week little Logan was discharged from the hospital and is home. You can read more about their journey HERE.

When I found out that my friend and his wife called Logan their Little Iron Man I just knew I wanted to make him a super hero quilt. 

I used one of my favorite Cluck Cluck Sew patterns, and made the baby size version of it. It is bright and definitely perfect for a little boy.

I used Marvel Avengers fabrics from Camelot Cottons, and various other basics in the same color family as the main fabrics. The solid yellow is a shot cotton and it is so soft!

For the quilting I just echoed the seam lines with a yellow variegated thread from Gutermann that I had already. I've been bad recently with my fabric/thread spending, so I am trying to get back to not purchasing more than I am using.

I am embarrassed to say that this is actually the first quilt that I have labeled! I always either forget or I'm too excited to give something away that I just haven't done it in the past. For this label I used one of the leftover blocks, and I lucked out that it was one with the yellow solid for the center square.

I used Steam a Seam light to adhere it to the backing, and I also hand stitched the edges down just to make sure that it doesn't come off.

I love baby quilts that do not need the backing to be pieced. This is my favorite print from this collection from Camelot Cottons. My one worry was that the fabric was going to bleed since there is so much red, but to my surprise it didn't! I used 4 color catchers when I washed the quilt, and they all came out mostly white. Normally when I use color catchers with red fabric, they come out mostly pink to red.

This quilt is on it's way to Brandon, Hillary, and little Logan right now. I really hope they love it as much as I loved making it.

You can read more about their journey and Logan's recovery on the Go Fund Me page. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Dress Up Party - Pattern Review

**This is my post from the Sew Sweetness Dress Up Party Blog Hop. You can see it and the complete schedule of other posts HERE**

Hello everyone! My name is Hilary and I blog over at Young Texan Mama. I am excited to be here today to share my pattern review for Simplicity/New Look 6048. I have a strange love for big box store patterns because they are where I began my sewing journey.

I got my very first sewing machine as a Christmas gift when I was a freshman is high school. I didn't know how to sew at all, but I knew I wanted to sew and my parents indulged my desire. So I read the manual, bought a pattern and fabric from Walmart, and started sewing. I made some reallllyyy ugly things in the beginning, but I think I have finally gotten the hang of it after what is approaching 10 years of sewing.

So onto the pattern! Simplicity/New Look pattern 6048 is one that I bought on a whim because I liked the silhouette, little did I know that $4 pattern would become one of my favorite makes. I have made this same pattern 3 times, which is the most I have ever made a single pattern.
 I have only ever made View A of this pattern because I worry that the ruffle on the bottom of the skirt might read as juvenile, but I am interested in making a View A with the View B halter strap. I am thinking that will make a super cute dress for summer. 

I'm not the most adventurous when it comes to altering patterns, but I am a rebel and I cut the pattern in the size I need vs. tracing it to save for later.

If this is something you are going to do, make sure you check the finished garment measurements as well as your body measurements because there can be some discontinuity between the two.

For this dress I cut and 8 because the finished garment had a bust measurement of 34 which is my bust measurement. If I went off of just my measurements I would have needed a size 12 and that would have had a finished bust measurement of 36.5inches.

Below are my first and 3rd versions of the pattern. This top one is actually my wearable muslin that I made out of some inexpensive Hobby Lobby fabric. I have worn this dress so many times, and I am actually really surprised at how well the fabric has held up after several washes. 

Below is my 3rd version of the dress made with Alison Glass Handcrafted. For this version I cut the skirt differently than called for in the pattern so that I could make sure and utilize the border on the fabric. I love the finished look of it, and it didn't take too much extra fabric.

My favorite version of this pattern is my second one I made with my friends fabric collection Emma's Garden. I was able to get some great shots of me in this dress because my sister was nice enough to come and help me take pictures with her fancy DSLR camera.

The great thing about this pattern is that it works well with several different scales of fabrics. Often times you need to really pay attention to the scale of the pattern on your fabric when it comes to choosing what pattern to use, but (so far) I haven't found that to be an issue with this pattern. It can really work with any scale fabric.

Overall, this is a very beginner friendly pattern. This pattern was the first time I inserted an invisible zipper into a dress. The directions are very clear and walk you through every step, plus you can't beat a great pattern for only around $5!

After writing this post I am itching to go and make another version of this dress because I just love it so much, plus I can almost sew it without consulting the directions.Thank you so much for having me today Sara!


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Friday, May 8, 2015

Me Made May - Week 1

I have to be honest and say that I am kinda shocked that I was able to make it an entire week wearing something that I made! So here are the garments/outfits I wore for the past week.

*Waring: there are some pretty terrible selfies here lol*

Friday 5/1/2015
Saturday 5/2/2015
A photo posted by Hilary Smith (@youngtexanmama) on

Sunday 5/3/2015

Monday May the Fourth Be With You aka Star Wars Day

Tuesday 5/5/2015

Wednesday 5/6/2015

Thursday 5/7/2015

This past week has been so much fun and I am loving wearing the things that I have made. It is such an amazing feeling when someone compliments my outfit and I can say (probably too excitedly) that I made it! 

Before starting Me Made May I didn't have any intention of actually wearing something me made every day because I didn't think I had that many things to wear but I am so stoked about it that I seriously want to make all of the things! 

So what do you love most about wearing your handmade garments? 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Friday Finish - Dear Watson Bag

Today I am excited to share with you my most recent finish. It is the Dear Watson Bag by my real life friend Felice Regina! We're HMQG peeps, and I cannot even explain how crazy talented this girl is! When she asked for pattern testers on her Instagram, I emailed her right away.

I knew I didn't want to purchase any fabric for this, since I am trying to work through what I already have. So after a few days of pulling random big cuts of fabric out of my stash, I finally found a winning combination. My Avengers comic book fabric and an amazing champagne colored leather.

The thing that I love the most about this pattern is the versatility that it has. The pattern comes with the options to make either the more challenging view A, or the more beginner friendly view B. I started out with view A, but as the bag progressed I decided to change up the straps to better accommodate the leather I was using.

I really love how the straps turned out, and the changes I made worked well with the pattern over all. I like the option of having the shorter strap for daily use (I've already been using this for the past week as my daily purse and it is perfect!). I haven't used the longer strap that much yet, but I am planning on using this bag when we go to Disney and I know the cross-body strap is going to be super useful!

I didn't add interior pockets because I simply wanted to finish the bag, but Felice walks you through a fantastic method for putting in a zippered pocket and a slip pocket for the interior. When I make another bag like this for my sister, I am going to include the extra pockets in the interior.

As you can see, there is plenty of space for all your goodies. For me this is a good "mom" purse because it has plenty of room for when William decides he needs me to carry something for him.

Speaking of William, he took this last picture (hints the excessive blurriness) but I like that the picture gives you an idea of where the cross-body strap lets the purse hit when worn that way. I cannot say enough times how much I like this purse and this pattern.

Felice is releasing the pattern on May 2nd, so be sure to head over to her shop and get yourself a copy!