Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Urban Scandinavian Sewing Bloggers Book Tour

Today is my stop on the Urban Scandinavian Sewing Bloggers Book Tour! The book tour runs for two weeks through Monday, August 31, and I, along with several other talented sewing bloggers, are going to share Kirstyn Cogan’s new book, Urban Scandinavian Sewing, available for purchase at C&T publishing and Amazon.

I was very excited when I was asked to share my thoughts on Kirstyn's book Urban Scandinavian Sewing. The book is divided into 2 sections, Winter and Midsummer, with each section having distinct recipes and projects for that time of year. On my first flip through the book I was very pleasantly surprised to find recipes along with the various sewing projects! I love food, so recipes are always a plus in my mind!

When the weather cools down, sometime in Mid-December here in Texas, I am going to make some of this delicious looking Swedish Christmas Porridge.

Since I have been on the go the past few weeks, I haven't had time to make anything from the book yet, but I have definitely started planning out what I want to make when I get back to my sewing machine. I fell in love with this little Swedish Tomte Softie. Can't you just see an adorable little family of these guys sitting on your mantle during the holidays?

Overall I absolutely love this book and I am looking forward to making several of the projects and recipes! Be sure to check out all the other lovely bloggers that are a part of the book tour!

Here’s the schedule for the next two weeks:

WEEK OF AUGUST 17
Nicole from Modern Handcraft
Hilary from Young Texan Mama
Nicole from Snips Snippets

WEEK OF AUGUST 24
Jennie from Clover & Violet
Tessa from The Sewing Chick
Alli from More Please Thank You

Be sure to also visit Kirstyn’s blog, http://www.kirstyncogan.com/blog/ over the next two weeks, as she’ll be sharing round-ups of all the stops each week so you’ll be sure not to miss a thing!

Enter to Win A Copy of Urban Scandinavian Sewing!

As part of the book tour, Kirstyn is giving away copy of her book and a FQ bundle of her new fabric line, Urban Scandinavian, that is shipping to fabric stores near you next month, to two lucky winners!

Click the link below to Enter the rafflecopter giveaway, open through midnight, August 30.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Less Than Two Months and Counting

I am very excited because our upcoming Disney Vacation is 2 months away! We have been planning this trip for what feels like forever, and the fact that it is so close makes me insanely happy!

The last time we went to Disney the 3 of us was November of 2012, William and I have been back twice since then but Jeff couldn't come because of school. I'm really looking froward to this trip because it will probably be the last big family vacation we go on as a family of 3.
A picture form our first trip in November of 2012

Airline tickets are purchased, park tickets are being purchased, Fastpass+ has been planned, and dinner reservations have been made! Next is packing, well making a packing list. Over the past few weeks I have been thinking about how much fun it would be to DisneyBound some of my outfits while we are there.
Mary Blair skirt

A few weeks ago, I put in a custom oreder for a skirts from Daily Sparkle. You can check out her instagram to see some of the amazing applique skirts she has made. The one I am having her make for me is going to have a Jungle Cruise Boat and a hippo on it! I think I might make a knit top to go with it.

I also got a skirt that has an amazing Mary Blair print from Pinup Girl Clothing. It is one of my favorite things to wear to work because it is so bright and cheery, which is a great contrast from my drab office. Jeff and I are going to go on a dinner date while we are at Disney (thank you grandparents!) and I will probably wear it that night.

I know most wouldn't consider a dress or a skirt an outfit suitable for a Disney trip, but I honestly am way more comfortable when wearing a dress or skirt. Comfort + cute = perfect combo :)

There are a couple of items that I am hoping to have the time to make before the trip. Number one on that list would be a dress polka-dot dress or skirt so that I can channel my inner Minnie Mouse. And I also bought a couple of shorts patterns when Indie Sew was having a sale. I recently went back to staying home full-time, so I should be able to get some of these things done before the big trip!

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!

--Hilary

Tuesday, May 12, 2015