Sunday, April 5, 2015

Etno Fabric Blog Tour
Hey everyone! I am so happy you are stopping by today for Pat Bravo's Etno Fabrics Blog Tour. For those new around here, my name is Hilary and I blog every now and then, here at Young Texan Mama, and you can also find me over on Facebook & Instagram.

It was on Pat's Instagram that I saw her post about needing people for the tour to showcase her new beautiful Etno fabric collection for Art Gallery Fabrics. So I emailed her right away and crossed my fingers that I would be chosen. I was so excited when I got the email saying I was 1 of 20 wonderful ladies that were selected!
As soon as I found out I was part of the tour I knew I wanted to make a dress. I have worked with Art Gallery Fabrics in the past and I knew that they have a wonderful drape and that makes the quilting cottons a magnificent weight for making garments.

 Pat sent me yardage of this gorgeous print Sauvage Sky North. The color is absolutely devine. You can see the other prints in the Etno Collection HERE.

The dress I made is the Kim Dress by By Hand London. I'm going to do a full review of the pattern this week. Here's a hint: it is pretty darn awesome!
I lined the bodice of the dress in the same print in Artic. The dress has an invisible zipper, and I was dreading sewing it in because I always have issues with them. But I purchased this invisible zipper foot for my machine, rather than using the generic plastic one from Joann's, and it made sewing in the invisible zipper a dream! Seriously the best looking invisible zipper I have ever done!

Anyone who knows me personally, knows that I am pretty darn goofy 99% of the time... I think it has something to do with my love of Disney and Theatre/Performing arts background. So quite a few of the pictures my mom took for me featured a lovely face like the one below :)
I seriously loved taking these pictures because I love this dress. The gathered skirt has so much fullness that was super fun to twirl and wear all day long. I tend to avoid making dresses with a gathered skirt because they tend to add extra bulk to the waistline, and no girl wants extra bulk at their waistline. But the weight of the Art Gallery Quilting Cotton is light enough that you really do not get that bulk.

We had gone out to Bellington Farms right outside of Houston to take some of these pictures and for my munchkin to enjoy their Easter weekend fun. He had a blast, except for when he realized that there wasn't any candy in the eggs he was hunting for. This little man is one of the main reasons I became so active with quilting and sewing, I honestly don't think I would be where I am today if it wasn't for my desire to make him a quilt when I was pregnant.

This dress is a wonderful addition to my handmade wardrobe. I am looking forward to being able to dress it up a bit and wear it to work, or throw on a pair of sandals and rock it on the weekend.

Like some other Art Gallery collections, Etno also has 4 prints that are knits and 2 that are voile. Which makes the entire collection perfect for other types of garment sewing, and the quilting cottons are of course perfect for quilting. Don't miss THIS free quilt pattern.

I had so much fun making this dress, and being a part of the Blog Tour! Be sure to stop by Lisa's blog and check out her post from yesterday, and then tomorrow check out Sharon's post over at Color Girl Quilts.

The entire Blog Tour Lineup can be found here at Pat's Blog. There have been so many gorgeous projects shared already, and I cannot wait to see what is next!

Thank you everyone who has stopped by today! I hope y'all have a wonderful Easter, and a fantastic week!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Life Lately - We Tied the Knot!

Some exciting things have happened recently! Jeff and I finally tied the knot on Pi Day, and it couldn't have been better! We had an intimate ceremony with just close family, and then a dinner afterwards. It was perfect and wonderful, and everything I wanted it to be. Plus now we have the best anniversary ever :) 3.14.15

I got the cake topper in this cute little Etsy shop called emilysteffen. It's glittery and adorable and exactly what I wanted. (do you see a trend lol) My mom surprised me the morning of the wedding with the adorable Mickey & Minnie art. It definitely made me cry! She knows me so well.

Jeff has been, and continues to be, such an amazing man and loving father to our little muchkin! I hit the jackpot with this one, and I am so so so happy to finally call him my husband. I am looking forward to seeing how our photographers pictures come out, and I can wait to share them with you guys!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

National Craft Month

*Update: Don't forget, today is the last day to get an amazing deal on some awesome Crafty classes!*

Did you know that this month is National Craft Month? I have been doing all I can to squeeze in some crafting time here and there. I have been watching a couple of my favorite Craftsy classes, and I've even started a project from one of them!


So, how are you celebrating National Craft Month? Craftsy is offering a BIG sale with all online classes up to 50% off so that you can spend this month (and beyond) doing more of what you love. Money-back guarantee. Sale ends Monday - shop now!

I have a handful of classes that I have been eyeballing that I am going to be getting during the sale. What classes are you most interested in?

Happy National Craft Month!

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Sew my Stash 2015

I have bought a lot of fabric recently...... A LOT OF Fabric, and it is getting to the point where I have more stash than finished projects. Now I know to many that might not seem like a bad thing, whoever dies with the biggest stash wins right lol, but I really want to up the number of completed projects I have.

So I have decided to go on a fabric diet. QuiltCon was especially detrimental to my pocketbook because I could see all the gorgeous fabrics I normally shop for online, up close and personal! I walked away with a fantastic haul of things, just a few are pictured below.

On top of all the goodies I purchased, I also should mention my super duper awesome wonderful, but very expensive new sewing machine! It was a fantastic deal off the regular price, but still hefty.

So! These are the rules that I am going to be giving myself, and I'm posting it here so you guys can hold me accountable! Call me out if I fall off the wagon please!
  1. Do not buy fabric simply because I want it. (even though that is the best reason to buy it)
  2. Use at least 1/2 of my stash by July/August. 
    • This is going to be my check point for the year.
  3. Purchasing white/grey/linen etc. is allowed for background fabrics, but only if I do not have enough of something on hand.
    • & As long as it is for a specific project.
  4. The purchase of backing fabric is allowed so that projects can be finished.
    • I'll try to piece backing from stash if possible.
I am giving myself one freebie and that is I am going to pre-order the Lizzy House Natural History line and the Tula Pink True Colors line next week when I get paid.

Is anyone else going on a fabric diet this year?

Sunday, March 1, 2015

From Bump to Baby Giveaway Winner

Thank you so much to everyone that stopped by and commented in the From Bump to Baby Blog Hop! Y'alls comments are so sweet, and I loved reading about the various things that everyone would make!

And now for the exciting part.... the winner of the giveaway is!

Congrats Sarah! I'll be emailing you about your prize! Thank you again to everyone :)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

From Bump to Baby Blog Hop + Giveaway

Today I am so excited to be a part of Gina Martin's From Bump to Baby blog hop. Even though Jeff and I are not planning on having another baby until later this year, I was super excited when these adorable fabrics came in the mail. They are bright and vibrant, and perfect for making special items for the baby or babies in your life.

I'm going to be showing you a fast and simple way to make an adorable patchwork baby quilt, plus there is a giveaway for 4 Charm Packs of Gina's line From Bump to Baby! I chose this project because it is something that you can make from the prize that you are winning. Hooray!

I love the three colorways Gina has created because you can get three distinct looks from one collection. Boy with the blues, Girl with the pinks, and Gender neutral with the yellows and greens. I also love that there are so many basic geometric prints, they mix and match so well and make fantastic stash builders! Because we all need more fabric in our stash!

For the quilt I am sharing with you today, I chose the bundle of pink fabrics to make a quilt for a co-worker of mine who just had a baby girl. Since I currently have a house full of boys, I don't often make girly things, so I jump at the chance when I can! 

  • 10 Fat Quarters or 100 - 4.5"x4.5" Squares
  • 1 1/2 yards Backing
  • 1FQ to 1/2 yard Binding*
  • Crib Size Batting
  • Basic quilting essentials: 
    • Thread
    • Sewing Machine
    • Rotary Cutter & Mat
    • etc.
1. Take your fat quarters, and cut them into 4.5" wide strips. Not all FQ are created equal, so there isn't an exact number to strips that you'll end up with. You just need to make sure you get at least 10 4.5" squares from each fat quarter (there will be extra fabric). If using Charm Squares, trim down to 4.5" square.

2. Then cross-cut your strips into 4.5"x4.5" squares. You'll need at least 100 because our layout is 10 by 10, and I always like to have extras so I can switch out blocks here and there. This can go really quickly if you cut in batches, I like to stack 3 strips on top of each other, then stack them 3 deep on my mat.

3. Take a picture of your adorable helper because he loves having his picture taken :)

4. Next, layout your squares on your design board, or in my case, design floor until you have a layout you are happy with. This is where having a few extra squares comes in handy because you can swap out pieces. I try to not have the same fabrics touching side by side. Since I do most of my sewing at night I've adjusted the color/contrast of this picture so you can get a better feel for the colors.

4. Once you have finalized the layout of your blocks, sew them together in rows. Alternate the direction you press the seams for each row. You will have 10 rows of 10 squares.

So, I tried a new chain piecing method and it went lightening fast! And of course I didn't take any good pictures of it, but I will explain as best as I can.
I pieced the squares across and down each row, chain piecing as I went. So I pieced the 1st and 2nd sqaure of row 1, then pieced the 1st and 2nd sqaure of row 2, then continued down until the bottom row, cutting the threads at the end. Then WITHOUT snipping them apart, I went back to the top row and sewed the 2nd and 3rd squares together, continuing down as before. *I did not press my blocks between each addition*

5. Next piece your rows together, making sure you line up your seams well. Press row seams in one direction. You now have a completed quilt top!

6. Baste and quilt as desired. I am waiting on my brand new Janome 8900 that I bought at QuiltCon before I quilt mine. It is supposed to be delivered this evening and I am soooo excited!

One last thing for if you want rounded corners. After you quilt everything and before binding, take a bowl (any size you want) and line it up on the edges of each corner. The quilt under the bowl should make a tangent from the side. Then either rotary cut from there, or draw a line and cut with scissors.

If you are rounding the corners, like i did with this quilt, I would recommend that you make bias binding instead of straight grain binding. It is much easier to work with when sewing around the rounded edges. I like this tutorial, it is super helpful for figuring out how much yardage you'll need etc.

I know that was a lot of information, so if you have any question don't hesitate to ask!

So.... after all of that, now it's time for the giveaway! Gina has generously offered up all these goodies as prizes, be sure to visit the other bloggers posting for multiple chances to win!

I am giving away 4 charm packs of From Bump to Baby! To enter simply leave a comment telling me what you would make with this adorable line!

*For a bonus entry, head over to Instagram to follow me and leave a second comment here saying you did so :) I can't always write an entire blog post, but I do frequently update my Instagram with current projects, and of course my adorable son!

**Giveaway closes this Sunday & I will draw a random winner**

**Giveaway is now closed, thank you to everyone who entered!**

I have had so much fun working with this line and I am really looking forward to making quilts out of the other 2 colorways as well! Be sure to go see all the other amazing projects, and enter for more chances to win some pre-cuts!