My first post is how to seam rip regular, serger and coverstitch seams and it includes detailed photos and step by step directions to quickly remove these three types of seams. I hope you will check it out.
Popping in today for a quick share. I'm now a Blog Contributor for Peek-A-Boo Pages! My first blog post went live last week (I was out of town, hence why I'm sharing late) and can be found HERE. I'll share here whenever I have a blog post published, it will be worth a read for you guys as they will be sewing tips, general sewing information and tutorials.
My first post is how to seam rip regular, serger and coverstitch seams and it includes detailed photos and step by step directions to quickly remove these three types of seams. I hope you will check it out.
I'm breaking one of my own personal rules here today and showing off my child, I felt these photos just turned out too cute not to and she was the perfect model. This being said, what is going on here you ask? Well I stumbled across a competition on the Michael Miller Instagram page that was being hosted by Candice Ayala. The challenge was to recycle/upcycle an existing garment into a new wearable item and to use a new piece of fabric also. The above photo of my three year old is her standing in a pair of size 14 ladies pants that were given to me by my Sister-In-Law as she no longer wanted them. Draped around her neck was a 1/3 yard cut of new grey knit fabric that I had in my stash.
I actually have a bucket of clothing items that are my future "recycle" projects each with a different idea in mind. These pants weren't really on my radar, but when digging through the bucket an idea popped into my head that just couldn't be quieted down and I ran with it.
I made my little girl her first pair of bibs! Starting with a Vintage Simplicity overall pattern that was two sizes too big, I created a pattern based on the vintage pattern and on the overall design of the Burnside Bibs by Sew House Seven Sewing Patterns, just a miniaturized version.
Look at that sass! I was able to use the original front pockets of the pants as functional pockets on the bibs. I used the original waist band as the waist band here and the bib and straps were cut from the legs of the pants. I reused all of the belt loops from the original pants onto the back to create the look like the Burnside Bibs.
The new grey knit fabric became a top made from the Melanie Maxi Dress and More Pattern by Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop. I made the top with the flutter sleeves and lengthened the top by 2 inches, making it just a shirt and not a dress. Using the leftover scraps from the knit I created this big bow headband to make my little girl look a little more girly. (It's hard to look girly when you have so little hair!)
Once I was finished I started picking up my scraps from the pants and realized I still had a pretty good chunk of the legs left and decided to make my little one her own tote bag, perfect for some books and small toys. I used the back welt pockets on both the front and back of the bag, making two usable outside pockets. I then lined the tote with Peacock Lane by Violet Craft for Michael Miller Fabrics (an older fabric line that I've been hoarding.)
What do you think? Successful? I'm thrilled. They turned out exactly as I had envisioned and the fit is spot on. The best part of bibs like this is since the waist is so adjustable she will be able to wear these for a few years and there is nothing better than that. I can pair them with lots of different tops and this color scheme is something we have very little of as my little girl is very girly and very into all things princess. It's nice to have something so sophisticated.
I could not get over how "into" modeling she really was. Quite the personality this little girl has.
This last photo shows the interior of the bibs. I reused as much as I could from the original pants. The waist lining was the back waist lining from the original pants. label and all. You can see the pocket linings as well. The thing about this upcycling challenge that was really surprising to me is how fast it all came together because I was using elements that were already created. Didn't have to make pockets, waistbands, waistband linings, belt loops, none of that, recycled it all. i now have upcycling fever and want to upcycle all the things!!!!
Now I have the fun task of narrowing down these photos so I can enter just FIVE into the challenge. Wish me luck!
Today we are celebrating 533 (!!) finished projects in Quarter 1 of the 2018 Finish-A-Long. So many of you are joining in and getting their UFOs or WIPs out of that dark corner, and into the limelight to be shown off as a finish. If you are in need of inspiration go on over and have a look, there were so many great makes. And of course, thanks to our many generous sponsors, we are finishing off the quarter by announcing the lucky winners!!
Without further ado, the winners picked by the Random Number Generator of the 2018 Q1 FAL prizes are:
The Q1 Winner of the $50 Gift Certificate from Fat Quarter Shop goes to Lynette who blogs at What a Hoot Quilts and she made this stunning wall hanging row quilt for her husband:
The Q1 Winner of the 3 PDF Patterns from During Quiet Time goes to Helen on IG @archiewonderdog and she finished her "Not Too Big, Not Too Small" bag and isn't it lovely:
The Q1 Winner of the $25 Gift Certificate from Sew Sisters Quilt Shop goes to Beth on IG @blue_dragonfly5 and she finished this patriotic quilt that will be donated to a veteran:
The Q1 Winner of the 2 PDF Patterns from Quilting Jet Girl goes to Sophie who blogs at Luna Lovequilts and she made this beautiful quilt she named "Retro":
The Q1 Winner of the $20 Gift Certificate from Sew Me a Song goes to Kathryn on IG @kathrynjonesquilts and she finished this truly stunning (and very large) quilt:
The Q1 Winner of the 3 PDF Patterns from Happy Quilting goes to Kristina who blogs at Krissies Kollections and she finished this lovely quilt as you go quilt that taught her a lot of new techniques:
The Q1 Winner of the 2 PDF Patterns from Charm About You goes to Cath on IG @cumbrianlongarmer and she finished this rainbow Morocco Quilt:
The Q1 Winners (3) of the 6 Month Subscription to Make Modern Magazine goes to:
1. Crystal who blogs at Crystal's Creations and she finished this adorable memory bear:
2. Jennet on IG @featherednextstudio and she made this lovely You Are My Sunshine quilt (with minky backing) for her son:
3. Sarah who blogs at Sarah Goer Quilts and she finished this lovely mini that represents her home town San Jose, California:
The Q1 Winner of the $25 Gift Certificate from Studio 39 Fabrics goes to Jen who blogs at Branch and Vine Handmade and she finished this beautiful Cosmo bag (pattern by Amy Butler):
The Q1 Winner of the $25 Gift Certificate from Tartan Kiwi goes to Amber on IG @amberleighcrafts and she finished this whole cloth, minky backed baby quilt:
The Q1 Winner of the Minikins bundle from Sew Sweetness goes to Christine who blogs at Cat in the Grass and she finished these two lovely pillowcases:
The Q1 Winner of the $50 Gift Certificate from Mad About Patchwork goes to Terry who blogs at On Going Projects and she finished this extremely useful ID badge:
The Q1 Winner of the 2 PDF Patterns from Blossom Heart Quilts is Heather and she blogs at Quilting and Beyond and she finished this quilt that showcases the "license plates" she collected from 2015-2017:
The Q1 Winner of the $30 Gift Certificate from Clover & Violet is Charlene on Flickr (cyanh2o) and she finished these pretty felted mittens:
The Q1 Winner of the $40 Gift Certificate from Bunny's Designs is Brandy on IG @thirteenquilts and she finished this pretty quilt that had been an UFO for quite a while:
Congratulations to all the winners! Thank you for playing along with us in the first quarter, and we hope you continue joining in for the rest of the year. We love to encourage you to finish up all those WIPs and UFOs, and to see what great makes will be finished next time.
Yikes! I've waited until the last minute to make my list, what was I waiting for? Just busy that's all. Anyways, here we go, once again I've decided to only list 7 projects, though my list is really probably 30, but honestly I'm not even going to touch most of them, so lucky 7 it is.
1. Bonnie & Camille Log Cabin - Something about this quilt just has me wanting to work on it, so it will remain on my Q2 list. I have ALL of the supplies needed for it.
2. Bee Sewcial Flower Quilt - I'm planning on starting this one soon, even if it just starts with adding more hand stitching in car rider line. Can't wait.
3. Once Upon A Time Cross Stitch - You can't tell from this photo but all my stitching is actually finished. I just need to frame it and get it up on the wall, because it isn't finished until I do so. This should be done real soon.
4. Bee Sewcial Triangle Quilt - Yep dragging over from Q1, I just need to do it. The top is done, need to work on the backing.
5. Waterfall Raglan Woman's Shirt - I totally lied in my last blog post and said I wasn't carrying this one over, but then I got on Instagram and saw lots of gals wearing this totally cute style, so I'm totally doing it! I also really checked out this photo and discovered the pattern here is the child's size, so maybe I never printed the adult version. Well problem solved, I sent it to the printer this morning!
6. Mother/Daughter Espadrilles - I have all the supplies finally and I need to make these pronto before my daughter's foot grows AGAIN. I'm hoping this will be a fun quick project.
7. Boys Pajamas - My oldest is in desperate need of more pajamas (growth spurt) and he still loves all his handmade ones, so I'm riding that train as long as it lasts. Here are the fabrics, the black is cut out and I'm using my favorite PJ pattern the Sweetheart Pajamas from the book Sewing for Boys.
I thought I would share a scene from my sewing room, I bought one of these letter boards on clearance from Target and thought it would be perfect to keep in eye sight as a daily reminder to get to work!
You still have today to link up, so get cracking! You can link up via a blog, Instagram, Flickr, no excuses people, link up those WIPs! The Q2 link up can be found HERE. For all of you who have already linked up, thanks for playing along.
I started the first quarter of the year with six items on my list, I have a TON more than six, but I only put down those that I think I might actually work on. Though I didn't even touch 4/6 I'm still thrilled with what I accomplished. Here is how I did:
1. City Sampler - Complete! This big 102" x 104" king sized quilt is finished and on my bed This is the last time it will appear on my FAL list and I couldn't be more thrilled. You can read about it HERE.
2. Once Upon A Time Cross Stitch - I diligently worked on this the entire quarter. I'm happy to say that all of the stitching is finished and it just needs framing. I plan for this to be my first finish of the second quarter.
3. Ladies Waterfall Raglan - I planned to work on this top for myself, and after literally moving all of my sewing stuff into my new sewing space I never ran across the pattern that I had printed and taped together. This frustrates me immensely, totally not putting it on my list next quarter. I'm not printing it again, I just don't even want to.
4. Bonnie & Camille Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt - Didn't get touched.
5. Bee Sewcial Flowers Quilt - Didn't get touched.
6. Bee Sewcial Triangle Quilt - Didn't get touched
There we have it, one big finish, one almost finish and four that I didn't work on. Now I just have to figure out what I'm putting on my Q2 list. I'll figure that out and blog soon, but in the meantime you still have plenty of time to make your list and link-up. The link up closes on Wednesday, 4/18/18 at 11 pm EST. So you have almost a whole week to get it done. I certainly hope you decide to join us. You can find the Q2 Finish-A-Long Linky HERE.
The 2018 FAL is hosted by a community of bloggers across the world. Our hosts are:
For those of you who are new to the FAL, it is a place to find motivation and encouragement to complete those unfinished projects that are hanging around. At the start of the quarter you post and link up a list of projects you hope to finish in the next three months, and then at the end of the quarter you link up each successful finish from your original list.
Each linked up finish is an entry into the draw for wonderful prizes from our sponsors. There is no penalty for not finishing a listed project, so feel free to make your list as long or short as you wish. The 2018 Schedule and Rules for the FAL are on my permanent 2018 FAL page, let me know if you have any questions.
Here are the fantastic and generous sponsors for Q2 of the Finish-A-Long. you can see each of their prizes listed under their logo. Please think about visiting them and saying thank you for their support of the FAL.
So now it is time to round up those projects that you want to finish over the next three months! Take a photo of each one and make your list. Please ensure that you have at least started your projects - pulled fabric with a pattern is considered a UFO - and remember it is only finished projects that will get you an entry toward the above listed prizes. So while we love to see your bee blocks, the "finish" is when they are a completed, usable project.
If posting on social media (Flickr, Facebook & Instagram), it will be very helpful if you tag your list with #2018FALQ2yourname (where yourname is unique to you). Using the same hashtag over the quarter when sharing project progress or finishes helps the host to make the connection to your original list quickly and easily.
IMPORTANT: Don't forget to link up your finishes when the quarter closes!
The 2018 Q2 list for your list of proposed finishes is now open, below, on my blog and each of the hosting blogs. You need only link your list once, on one host blog and the link will show up on all the host blogs. If you are using Facebook, Flickr or Instagram, post a mosaic of your projects and put your list in the description. Don't forget to include your unique hashtag. Katy of The Littlest Thistle has a great tutorial on how to link up if you need it.
We also ask that you become part of the FAL community. Please check out the links of others - visit and comment on their lists. We all need encouragement to get those finishes done, so please share some of your own too.
If you want you can follow us on Facebook, Finish-A-Long and/or on Instagram, @finishalong, too. We'll post encouragement during the quarter and reminders when the finishes link up opens at the end of the quarter.
When creating your list there is one thing to remember - No deductions for not completing something so - Aim High! Nothing to lose!! Well now, get those list together and get linked up.
Feel free to use and share the FAL button above and this one too:
Remember: you only need to link up at ONE hosting blog and it will automatically show up on all hosting blogs.
FINALLY, FINALLY we are here today with a finish. It took a bit of digging on the blog, but I found out that I started this project mid-June 2013, you can see that first post HERE. Four years and nine months to be exact. That is a long time to work on a project, but I'm happy to report it is finished and on my bed!
A brief history - This quilt is from the book, Tula Pink's City Sampler, 100 Modern Quilt Blocks. It was started in 2013 as part of a Sew Sweetness quilt along, if I remember correctly, I finished all the blocks in time to link up at the end of the quilt along. I used Lizzy House's fabric line Constellations and matching solids to construct the blocks. I believe the blocks sat for quite some time while I decided on layout and ordered fabric. I chose one of the finishes from the book and the two gray solids are Hawthorne Threads solids line, Hawthorne Hues. I constructed the quilt top and ordered backing (a Riley Blake wide back) as I didn't want to have to piece it. My mom helped me baste this monster on my kitchen floor and then the quilt sat for quite some time. In 2016 Gnome Angel hosted an Instagram event, #100days100blocks and instead of making the blocks I decided to quilt the blocks in the same manner in which they were quilted in the book in the 100 day time frame. I met that deadline and quilted each of the individual blocks. Then the quilt sat again until the beginning of this year when I decided it was time to get this monster finished (and my husband said he was tired of seeing it folded and full of safety pins.)
The quilting story - All 100 blocks were quilted using free motion quilting and based on how they were quilted in the book. The blocks in the book were quilted by Angela Walters and I thought it would be a great learning experience to duplicate how she had quilted each block. Boy was it a great learning experience and I highly recommend it! By the time I had finished quilting all 100 blocks I really felt that I had a great grasp on free motion quilting. This was the easy part, the hard part was deciding on how I was going to quilt the stripes or background and why the project sat for so long. I was so hung up on the idea that it had to be free motion quilted and I kept circling around some kind of "star or celestial" theme. In the end I just couldn't figure out a way to make it work and I just picked up the quilt. Fast forward to January of this year, Debbie at A Quilter's Table was working on a table runner for her mom and talked about the book Walk by Jacquie Gering, which I already owned but had yet to read. I started reading the book and it just hit me! Why not straight line quilt it using the techniques/designs from this book? I was overthinking it as usual. I pulled out the quilt and using the blocks and stripes as a connect the dots of sorts was able to use the Point-To-Point Lines technique in the book and created this really cool diamond pattern seen below.
I started with the dark stripes and marked the centers between each block and the centers of each block that extend into the stripe. Then using my hera marker I "connected" the dots creating large and small diamonds. I quilted all the dark stripes in this manner. When that was complete I went back and added in the smaller diamonds that are in the center, once again, marking centers and using my hera marker. Once all the dark gray lines were complete (half of the quilt finished) I switched to the light stripes. I had to mark considerably less since I was matching up to the dark stripes. You can see this below where the diamond points meet from the dark to the light stripes. I used matching 40 weight Aurifil 100% cotton thread and had no issues from the start. No breaking, no tension issues, it worked perfectly. The quilting took me roughly 3 weeks to finish, working a few lines every day until it was done. I quilted it on my Juki 2010, using a size 14 stretch needle, and I wrestled the hell out of it as it is really heavy.
The binding is a Lizzy House asterisk print that I bought specifically to use for this and thank goodness I bought a yard as I used almost all of it. I decided to machine stitch every bit of the binding as everything else on this quilt was done by machine, so why not. I did try a new to me technique when binding this quilt and from now on I'll do nothing else as it worked so wonderfully. I stitched the binding to the front as I normally would and then i took the time to iron the binding to the back and iron the mitered corners. Then using Elmer's washable school glue, I ran a small bead underneath the binding and ironed it again (to dry the glue almost instantly) thus holding it exactly where I needed it and I used no pins or binding clips. From the front of the quilt I stitched in the ditch right beside the binding and you can see below exactly how it turned out. Using this method I didn't have any mess-ups or spots where the binding didn't get stitched, it worked perfectly! Ta-da! I was finished.
I finished the quilt mid-March and on Easter Sunday with the help of my husband and brother-in-law was able to get photos. The finished quilt measures 102" x 104" and they are both standing on ladders in order to hold it high enough to get the whole thing off the ground. You have no idea how thrilled I was to get these photos and this quilt finished. It really and truly made my Easter day.
This quilt has been on my Finish-A-Long list, on and off for years so I am delighted to say that in the first quarter of 2018 it is officially linked up and off of my list! The quilt is now on my queen sized bed in our new master bedroom in the addition that we have been working on for the past year. This quilt is really a king-sized quilt so it hangs generously off the sides and gives us plenty to cover our pillows which is fantastic.
I had to include this outtake of my husband cutting up after we finished taking photos. It really is like pulling teeth to get help for 5 minutes to take these photos, but he was a big help and without him I wouldn't have been able to get it done.
I'm linking this finish up with the 2018 Finish-A-Long, even though I'm not eligible for prizes since I'm a host, but that is ok as the ultimate prize is this finish! My Q1 list can be found HERE.
Though the link-up is closing in a few hours, you do still have time to link-up so go and do it, you can find the Q1 Finishes link-up HERE. If you didn't join us for Q1, feel free to join Q2, anyone with sewing/quilting/stitching/yarn work projects are welcome to join us and we would love to have you!
Popping in today for a quick reminder that the Quarter 1 Link Up for all your finishes closes on Monday, April 9, 2018, 11 pm EST. So you still have a few more days to finish a project or two and link them up to be eligible for prizes. The link up can be found HERE or on the blog of any of our current hosts.
A few reminders for linking up:
If you didn't have a chance to visit the tutorials that were posted as part of Finish-A-Long Tutorials Week, here is the schedule once more:
Finally, we hope you will be joining us for Quarter 2 to do it all over again!! So get your List ready, the link up for Q2 Lists will open on April 10, 2018.
Hello and thank you for joining us today, Sandra and Marci here to share with you a ton of really good resources from last year. The 2017 Finish-A-Long produced a lot of fantastic tutorials and we thought it would be a great idea to highlight them this year in one feature post. They are categorized by subject below and all you have to do is click through to get some really great patterns, tips and techniques.
Quilts and Quilt Blocks
Sewing Projects and Techniques
This tutorial is part of the 2018 Finish-A-Long Tutorial Week. The Quarter 1 Finishes Link-Up is currently open and you can find it HERE. It will remain open until April 9, 11pm EST, hope you have some finishes this quarter to link up and if not, join us April 10 for Quarter 2!
The tutorial I have here today is a step-by-step photo tutorial on how to link up your Instagram photos to an Inlinkz link-up via your home computer. Personally, I find this the easiest and quickest way to link-up Instagram photos, and maybe I'm in the minority, but it honestly only takes a minute to do this. You do need to know how to copy (Ctrl C) and paste (Ctrl V) website addresses (or URL) in order to use this method.
A quick note - I know this tutorial seems really simple, but every single quarter I (and the other global hosts) receive questions on how to link-up Instagram photos, so hopefully this will make it easier for everyone.
Step One - Using your home computer, open your favorite internet browser. I'm using Firefox here but it really doesn't matter. In the spot where you type in website addresses, seen above circled in pink you will need to go to your Instagram account. Instagram's website is https://www.instagram.com/ and behind that you will enter your user name minus the @ symbol. For example my user name is @Marci_Girl, so I would type in
https://www.instagram.com/marci_girl/ and ending with a forward slash.
Step Two - Now that your Instagram page is pulled up, scroll down until you see the image that you want to link-up. My chosen image is circled above in pink. Click on the image.
Step Three - Once you have clicked on your image it will open up and look like the screen above. You will see your photo with the description and comments next to it. The individualized website address attached to this image is seen up top circled in pink. You need to copy this URL. Highlight it and hit Ctrl C. This URL is what you will use to link up.
Step Four - Now go to the Inlinkz link-up that you are wanting to participate in. In my case it is the Finish-A-Long Quarter 1 link up found on my blog. You scroll all the way to the bottom of the link-up until you see the blue button on the left that says "Add Your Link" circled above in pink. Click on that blue button.
Step Five - Now the Inlinkz link up tool has opened and looks like the screenshot above. There are three sections you need to fill out. The first spot is for that URL that you copied, so paste it there with Ctrl V. The second spot is for your title, you can put whatever you choose there or use what auto populates. The third spot is for your email address. This is how the Inlinkz host can contact you should you win a prize, use an email address that is something you actually check on a regular basis. The image will also auto populate and you can crop it if you choose but normally it is good as is. Once you are happy with everything, click on the blue DONE! button on the bottom towards the right side.
Step Six - You are officially linked-up! I always like to go back to the link-up and double check that my image is there and sometimes I will click on it to make sure it actually works, it usually does, but if not, refresh your page and check again. If for some reason it still isn't working, just repeat all the above steps because sometimes it will glitch, but I've only had this happen once or twice in the past 10 years.
Helpful Hint - In the above screenshot, in the pink box at the bottom it says "Collection Closes ..." this is the amount of time you have left before the Inlinkz collection closes for good, aka your deadline to finish up those projects and get them linked up!
I hope this was straight forward and helps at least someone out there, but if at any time you are still struggling to link up, don't hesitate to contact me here on my blog or via Instagram.
A feisty mom designing, sewing and blogging her way through everyday life!