Tuesday, January 29, 2013

valentine's banner

Every Tuesday morning I get a reminder on my phone to download my free shape of the week from Silhouette. Isn't that so generous of them! And although most weeks I am not in love with the free shape, sometimes I am pleasantly surprised and last week I was! I have a love-hate relationship with my Silhouette. It takes a lot of time to edit the shapes, then cut, peel and scrape, then glue, yada yada, BUT when I'm finished I am so happy that I forget all the work and the huge MESS! haha!

Last week's free shape was a valentine's banner with cute little scallop circles...eeek! I was so in love and thought about how I was going to make mine all week. I decided on vintage print cardstocks and used regular cotton twine. I made a set for me and then I am going to split the other set and give one to my little relish's teacher and then the other to my good friend for her new home.






Here is the link to Silhouette's blog, which has tons of great ideas and inspiration and here is the link for the free shape of the week in their online store (hurry, it still says it's FREE) and remember to set your reminder for every Tuesday to download the new shape! You can also download a shape from your smart phone and then the next time you log on into your Silhouette software, you just have to sync it and it will upload all your purchases.

Thanks for stopping by!

Melissa






Peasant Dress Pattern - Tried and True

I recently made little relish #1 some fun little dresses using the same tried and true peasant dress pattern that I shared on the the peasant princess post. I wanted to show how versatile this one little pattern can be!


I love the way these turned out. I am loving the bright colors with a black&white print. I just picked up the fabrics from my local Hobby Lobby and these were just a quick afternoon project!





And I would like to thank my husband, Mr. Relish, for my fabulous Brother 1034D Serger for Christmas! It really makes my sewing life easier and fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

Melissa

Saturday, January 26, 2013

feeding my addiction...

Look at the new fabrics that just came in the door from Pink Door Fabrics
or Etsy Shop! Eeek! This was my first order from them and they came very quick and nicely packaged! Great prices too! Not sure what I am going to do with them yet, but it will probably be some cute clothes or maybe a quilted bag... STAY TUNED!

-Kaleidoscope in Navy
-Medium Chevron in Aqua by Riley Blake
-Chain Link in Pink - Spring Promise by Blend
-Medium Chevron in Navy by Riley Blake

-Cherry on Top Owls and Cupcakes in Blueberry/Pistachio
-Riley Blake Medium Chevron in Pastel Girl
-Hello Sunshine Dots by Riley Blake in Multi
-Ta Dot in Candy by Michael Miller

Melissa

Friday, January 25, 2013

a wedding quilt

I recently made a quilt as a wedding gift for a dear friend; a friend that I wish I met sooner than I did. We both went to the same university and had very similar majors and graduated at the same time, but didn't meet until about a year after we graduated. We also met at a bar...ha! From the moment we met, we were inseparable until she moved to Austin (I'm in Dallas) for a new fabulous job. She was the first friend I introduced my future husband and got her approval! She was also there the night Mr. Relish proposed to me. --Well, actually, she was eating dinner with us because I invited her and didn't realize Mr. Relish had a special plan up his sleeve. The entire dinner Beth kept pestering Mr. Relish on when he was going to propose and he should do it before he left for Russia the next day. She even called him several times after we left to ask him really, when was he going to do it! Don't worry, he did it when we got home.-- Anyway, fast forward several years and now Beth has found her Mr. Relish and back to the quilt....

I wanted something more traditional and also a bit masculine since it was a gift for both of them. I found a great tutorial for an easy lattice quilt, tutorial, using a layer cake and started there...

The fabrics are by Basic Grey's Curio collection from Moda. I machine quilted along the criss-crosses and then free motioned four leaf flowers within each of the triangle squares.

I went with a smaller lap-size version and was able to use the other 1/2 layer cake pieces for another quilt for my mother-in-law. I just had to cut a few extra squares from my yardage pieces.

Hint: I cut my white sashing fabric about an inch longer than she did (so 16 x 2 1/2 inches instead of 15 x 2 /1/2 inches); otherwise, I was too short on one end to finish of the square.

Thanks for checking out my quilt and blog!

Melissa

The beautiful bride and me at her wedding:





Wednesday, January 23, 2013

more peasant princess

Here are the newest additions to the peasant princess collection for my little princess...Rapunzel from Tangled and Merida from Brave. I just browsed the local JoAnn's for these fabrics. You can't see in the picture, but there is actually gold glitter embedded in the teal/green fabric on the Merida dress....FUN!

Check out my original post about these fun dresses here.



Next on the list is Tiana from The Frog Prince!

Thanks for stopping by!

Melissa



Tuesday, January 22, 2013

my next quilt...

I just started on my next quilt and wanted to share a quick preview....

The pattern is from Moda's Bake Shop and called The Candy Box by Julia Herman.

I am using "Puttin' on the Ritz" by Bunny Hill for Moda.

Monday, January 21, 2013

it's a race quilt

Have you heard of the 1600 Jelly Roll race quilt? I have to say this is a fun one and the quilt top can be finished in about an hour! You can do it at home just for fun or get with some quilting friends and make it a race. I actually did mine at home all alone and didn't have a Jelly Roll(don't I sound pitiful?), but had this great bundle of fabric so I started cutting out 2 1/2 in strips. I wish I added about two more fabrics to the mix but am so happy with how it turned out.
Eggplant-Oval Elements
Olive Queen Anne's Lace-pick A Bunch
Rose Bouquet in Sky-Heirloom
Fancy Buttons in Purple-Bespoken
Berry Vintage Ironwork-Secret Garden
Empire Weave in Dandelion-Heirloom
Woven Passion-Besoken

After the quilt top was finished, I raw-edge appliqued three elephants to the bottom right corner. One mamma and two babies (I was pregnant with Little Relish #2 and this quilt was for me so I thought it was perfect)and also, purple and elephants are my favorite!
Instructions on how to do a 1600 Jelly Roll quilt can be found here, but there are also lots of step-by-step tutorials out there...here is one just to get started at happier than a bird quilts!

Thanks for stopping by!

Melissa

Sunday, January 20, 2013

short, sweet and fast

Hi Y'all! I was at Hobby Lobby the other day and found this pack of 3 burlap zipper pouches that came in three sizes. The pack was only $5.99 and with a 40% off coupon it was only $3.60. I forgot to take a picture of the pack but they are easy to find. I've had this typewriter fabric by Kokka Fabrics hiding away in my stash for several months and decided it was time to take the fabric shears to it. I hand appliqued the fabric on using embroidery floss and it literally took me less than 5 minutes!




Thanks again for stopping by and please leave me comment if you like!

Melissa

Friday, January 18, 2013

toddler towel bib tutorital

Toddler Towel Bib Tutorial

Supplies:
Dish or Hand Towel
1/4 yard of knit fabric
Coordinating thread

1. You will need to make a circle pattern. Mine is 2.5 inches radius.

2. Place your pattern where you would like the hold for the head and cut using a rotary cutter or you can outline with chalk or invisible fabric marker and then cut with scissors. I think using the small rotary is much quicker.


3. Next measure the circumference of the hole and then you will need about 15% less of that for the knit in length. You want less because you need the knit to stretch a bit in order to lay flat.
---My circumference was 17 inches... 17x.15=2.55; 17-2.55=14.45; inches then include 1/2 inch for seam allowance (1/4 inch each end)---

4. Cut your knit with grain going length wise 3x15 inches. You want it to stretch side to side. ----The 15 inches comes from the number we calculated above---

5. Press your knit in half. Sew the ends together using a zigzag stitch or on the serger. I've shown two different ways to do this. The red knit shows the seam hidden and the grey has it exposed on the underside.

or

6. Now pin your knit ring to the towel. Place right sides with raw edges together. I would start your pin where your seam is at the top. We will call that NORTH. Find the half way on the knit ring and pin it directly across from the NORTH...which will be south. Then do the same for EAST AND WEST, the all SE, SW, NE, and NW. This will help you from not stretching your knit too much at the beginning or the end.
(if you do the exposed seam version, make sure you have it facing out when you sew...made that mistake :)

7. Now you will need to sew around the neck using a zigzag stitch or serger. Make sure you are stretching the knit as you go but not the towel material. You want the stretch to keep even all around.

Now you are finished.



I added a quick little flower applique using my embroidery machine. This is
little relish #2 modeling her new bib. I made a set of these for my two year old and my 8 month old...which both girls have very large heads. I found these kitchen towels at my local TJMaxx for $7.99. I also found some super cute and cheap (2 for $1) valentine waffle towels in the Target $1 bin. --Keep in mind that waffle towels shrink considerably when washed in dried...I just couldn't pass up the bargain and wanted to practice knit collars a little more.--


Hope you found my tutorial useful and please leave a comment...I love reading them!
Have a super weekend!

Melissa

PS - Please do not pass this tutorial off as your own and give credit where credit is due...thank you :)

easy peasy chevron quilt

My chevron quilt is on the blog today and I cant wait to make another one! This one was done with Christmas fabrics and need a new one now Christmas is over...whomp whomp. These were super easy to make and I was able to make two lap size quilts out of 2 layer cakes (you can also cut your own squares and make them any size you like).

Supplies-
2 layer cakes (will make two lap quilts) - one white or any other solid color and another for the printed portion of the chevron
4 yards - backing
3/4 yard - binding

Size: Approximately 50 x 60 inches (after washed and dried).

--I used Cherry Christmas by Aneela Hoey for Moda and Bella Solid in white also by Moda. --

How to make the chevron pattern:

1. Cut each square diagonally.

2. Match one of the 1/2 squares with the color 1/2 square and sew a 1/4 inch seam. Do this for all your squares.
(sorry the text is so small, but the first square is the white square and the second is the colored/patterned square, which both are cut on the diagonal. The third is the two halves of the block one and two sewn together...make sense?)

3. Arrange the squares to form the chevron pattern.

4.Peice together then quilt and bind :) I just used a grey print quilting cotton from JoAnn's that was on sale for the back and an aqua for the binding.



So the best part about making two of the same quilt is to be able to give one away without feeling like you are losing your new best friend. This quilt's twin was sold in a silent auction where the proceeds went to a local women's shelter and my good friend, Kat, was the winner...yay! So I know the quilt is in a good loving home (now I sound completely cheesy...lol).

Thanks for stopping by!

Melissa









sewing class homework

I taught my first sewing class last night and although we ran out of time, it was a success! Some of the gals that came were 100% new to sewing and I wanted to give them some "homework" to do when they got home or after they bought their first machine. While I was looking for a good tutorial for each the Singer side loading bobbin and the Brother drop-in bobbin machines, I found this FREE class that Craftsy has. If you are new to sewing or need a refresher, check it out! It covers everything and you can do it sitting next to your machine at home.

You have to sign up to use Craftsy, which is free and you can do it through your Facebook account.

Sewing Machine 911 by Craftsy.com


Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to leave a comment and tell me what you think!

Melissa

the peasant princess

A few months ago, while on Pintrest (shocker), I came across a pin of these adorable princess dresses that were made from the exact same peasant dress pattern but with different color fabrics and prints. After some research, I found out that this gal sells these dresses on Facebook under My Kids Drawers. Adorable, right?! She has quite a waiting list to buy, but you could easily try your own hand at it if you know how to use a sewing machine. The peasant dress is about as easy as a pillowcase dress!

I have been working on my own princess collection for my little relish #1 and so far I have completed Cinderella, Snow White, Belle, and Minnie. These are easy enough to hash out in an afternoon. I found the peasant dress pattern on Etsy. There are bunches of them to pick from, but this is the one I used.... http://www.etsy.com/listing/83674729/jewels-stripwork-dress-pdf-pattern-now I had to do a little extra math since I didn't do the patchwork on the skirt part and just used one piece of fabric. This pattern is super easy to follow :)

I could not get her to put her tongue back in her mouth....stinker!

...and she's out, peace!

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Here are the Minnie, Belle, and Cinderella dresses.

The trick is to find fabrics in a similar color to the princess dress. It doesn't have to be exact. You would be surprise at how easily it starts to become the princess by just having the right colors paired together. For instance, on the sleeve on Snow White I just looked for a red and blue-ish fabric, which I had in my stash already....I believe it's one of Michael Miller's dot collection. I found lots of red and white dot fabrics to pick from at JoAnn's for the Minne dress and same with the yellow for Belle and blues for Cinderella.

Next to do is Merida and Rapunzel.

Make sure to check out My Kids Drawers facebook page and thanks for reading my blog!

Melissa



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