Sunday, June 30, 2013

Yes, this happened...

So my oldest, who turns 3 in September, decided that she was going to put "lofin" on her sissy. Well, that was NOT lotion....it was Vaseline. Everywhere. Five minutes before we leave for preschool.


I first just tried washing in the sink. That wasn't happening. Then I ran upstairs threw baby relish in the tub and washed her hair. It seemed like it was out so I dried her, got her dressed and went to comb her hair. Guess what?!? It was still in there.


So I said, forget it and ill worry about it after I got the culprit to school. In the meantime I reached out to my Facebook friends for some sympathy and advice. Most said dish soap but one said corn starch. Ahhhh hah!
Not even the baby was safe.

I sprinkled the cornstarch baby powder all over baby relish and let it marinate. Right before nap I threw her back in the tub and washed 3 more times.


It worked!!!! She was spent and pissed and I didn't blame her.


Happy Sunday!

Melissa

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Zakka 2.0 - Poka-Dot Cafe Apron

It's the 4th week of the Zakka 2.0 and this weeks Zakka 2.0 sew-a-long is a cute little café apron. I almost didn't make this weeks because I really don't need an apron, but I really wanted to try out the cute blocks. So, I made the three little blocks and then went to bed to think about what I wanted to do with them. Right before bed, I declared to my husband, "I will make a sewing machine cover!" --because it was eating at him too...NOT!-- As you can see, I did not make a sewing machine cover...hahaha! I decided to make the apron to wear during my sewing class I teach once a month. I am moving around the room a lot and am always running back to my station to grab something. I can now wear this and keep it all with me! bam!



I pulled all the fabrics from my scrap bucket and most of these fabrics were used to make the relishes some dresses. I got the twill fabric from Hobby Lobby. Got 1/2 yard at 9.99 a yard then used my 40% off coupon...so $3. I might use the rest for making some quilt labels. I've been meaning to try out the print to freezer paper method.



Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check out LRStitched's blog about this sew along and the Flickr group, too!


Melissa

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Reversible Chevron Baby Quilt with Pattern

Hi y'all! I was commissioned (by my mother...haha) to make a baby quilt for her co-worker's daughter, who is due in July, and so excited to share it with you. My mom loved the fabric I used for my niece's quilt from Christmas (Coquette by Chez Moi for Moda) and lucky for her I still had another layer cake just sitting pretty in my lovely stash. So I stewed on it for about a month (ok, two) trying to decide what I wanted to do with it. I wanted it to be simple but hip to a young mom. I decided to go with my easy peasy chevron on the front and then a 5 inch square patchwork on the back. This quilt only takes one layer cake, 12-10" squares for the white (less than 1/2 yard), and then less than 1/2 yard for the binding. I just took my white squares from my bella solid - white layer cake because I was too lazy to cut up the 10" squares.





I decided to make a little cheat sheet/pattern for y'all! If you would like the cheat sheet pattern, you can download it here.

Note: The 5" patchwork side (back) is a tad bit smaller than the chevron side. I recommend treating this as the front when you are basting but be sure to line up the front and back as straight as possible and in the center. You will have to trim off about an inch on each side of the chevron side. Make sense?

My flower applique came from another pattern; therefore, I can't share that with you. Bummer and I'm sorry. However, you can easily replicate the image or just leave it off. I did a quick Google image search of flower color pages and got tons of hits like this one for example here! You can then print a letter in any font from your computer and trace both the flower and letter using freezer paper method to transfer. I just machine appliqued it on using a zigzag stitch. Pretty straight forward.

I followed the chevron pattern for my quilting and then stitched-in-the-ditch for the vertical lines.

Finished size (make sure you make note on the cheat sheet since I forgot to put it on there...oops) is 37" x 50"!

And what is a photo shoot without my relishes bombing it!



Bailey loves giving kisses to baby relish. Baby relish thinks it's funny.



Hope you enjoy and please let me know if you make one!

Melissa

Linking up with all the great parties found on the right, crazy mom quilts, and Lily's Quilts.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Zakka 2.0 - Tea Bag Pouch

This weeks Zakka 2.0 sew-a-long is a lovely tea pot cozy and a tea bag pouch. Well, since I like my tea iced I don't have a need for either of these, but I can't stand to be left out. So..... I decided to make just the pouch this week. I figured it would be great to hold my earrings and necklaces for traveling or maybe my presser feet for my sewing machine.



I used some scraps from My Virtual Quilting Bee fabrics (gypsy Girl).



Can you think of any other spectator ideas I can use this pouch for?

Melissa

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Charming Dresden

Did you know that the Dresden plate quilt was a very popular pattern from the 20s and 30s? It's also sometimes called Grandmother's Sunburst, Sunflower, Dalia and that's just to name a few. The quilt pattern was first published in the 20s and is easy to identify because most of the fabrics used were from feed sacks which dated that period of time. Isn't it funny how we now desire those same feed sack prints and even buy the reproductions? Even though the Dresden plate gained popularity in quilting during the 20s and 30s, it actually first appeared during the Victorian Era (most of the 1800s during Queen Victorian's reign). The name Dresden originates from beautifully ornate plates and tableware in Dresden, Germany.*



I also read that the "Dresden" symbol was and still can be found in many churches and cathedrals. In fact, I recently watched Snow White and the Huntsman and in the final scene when Snow White (Kristen Stewart) is crowned the queen there is a 20 petal Dresden plate window located on the wall of the cathedral directly above her. I made Mr. Relish rewind and pause just so I could count the petals....he probably thinks I'm batty.


Ok, the mini history lesson is over. Sorry to bore you to sleep. The reason I am writing about Dresden plates is because I made a few this past week and wanted to share them with you. They are seriously fun, easy, and addicting to whip up. I was only planning on making one and then one turned into 4. Funny how that happens!

(Fabrics PB&J by Basic Grey for Moda)
(Fabrics are Curio also by Basic Grey for Moda)

It only took one charm pack to make two Dresden pillows. You could actually make two more plates if you wished! I used my handy-dandy Dresden template to cut two petals from 20 different charm squares (so 40 total petals per charm pack). I used the rest of the charm squares for the center or to add the border and triangles to corners.

The smaller, Curio, pillows might look familiar since I made a wedding quilt for my dear friend, Beth. She has been waiting patiently all week knowing that I was working on a surprise and it would be ready this week. She has even admitted to stalking my blog in hopes of seeing what her surprise might be....Well, SURPRISE! I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it for you.


I also came across some vintage unfinished Dresden fans that I would like to finish. I plan on hand stitching the four squares together and maybe adding some muslin to the back before I baste it to my batting since the original muslin is very sheer. I also hope to hand quilt the top and finish it as a pillow. So stay tuned...


(picture of the back to see all those details)

Here is a the best video I found for making Dresden plates - Missouri Quilt Co Dresden Plate Tutorial. I pretty much did mine exactly like she did.

Thanks for reading about my Dresden pillows!

Melissa


*source for some of the fantastic history - http://www.patternsfromhistory.com/colonial_revival/dresden-plate.htm

Linking up with all the lovely blogs found on the side bar and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Zakka 2.0 - Patchwork Pincushion and the Paper Piecing Lowdown

I told y'all about the book sew along that I'm doing called Zakka 2.0. Well, if you missed that you can read about it here. Anyways, on the cover of the book there are some adorable pin cushions and I could NOT wait to make one, or two, or three...


See, isn't it adorable? And it was totally fun to do! I've been itching to get back to making a few more and even maybe have a giveaway later. This was my first time paper piecing, and I don't know what the heck I was waiting for. Granted this was a very simple paper piecing project, it still opened a whole new world of quilting and piecing for me.

Anyway, I thought I would show you how I did the paper piecing part in case anyone else is a little timid to try or plans on doing this project in the book.

1. Supplies: paper, small acrylic ruler, rotary cutter, fabric glue stick, iron, and a really dirty pressing board (mandatory...haha).

2. Place wrong sides together and make sure the center piece covers what it needs to cover. *I failed at this part but fixed it later, you'll see.* I used a little fabric glue to keep the fabric in place. I like to put it up to a light or window to see.

3. Place your second piece on top right sides together. Then look under a light source to make sure it has at least a 1/4 inch seam allowance and goes to the end of the square. *I realized here my red center fabric was not covering the entire center square and repositioned it. I know you were worried since the last picture. Nothing to fret anymore. Whew!*
-- even the monkeys see my error...dang them!--

4. Take to machine and sew a little more than 1/4 inch from where the actual seam starts. Use a 1.0 stich length so the paper tears away easily.


5. Press to set seam, then peal back the paper and leave the fabric as is (see picture). Trim off at 1/4 inch. Lay the fabric and paper flat again and then press back the seam.

6. Repeat for the three other sides going either counter or clockwise.

7. Trim up the edges. Keep 1/4 inch seam allowance per instructions in book.

TaDa! Isn't that a pretty looking back? Now make three more!


And if you haven't made covered buttons before, then get to it! It's so simple and cheap and addicting! Seriously, the hardest part was stopping! I got my kit at JoAnn's for less than $5 or you can get one at Amazon here.


Here is the youtube video I used to learn a little about paper piecing and recommend it for newbies like me.... The Paper Gemini Paper Piecing Tutorial!

Also, want to try out a kaleidoscope paper piecing quilt that's fairly simple like above? Check out Rita's over at Red Pepper Quilts! She has a printable template for FREE, too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Melissa

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Zakka 2.0


I am participating in Zakka 2.0. What's Zakka 2.0 you ask? Well, it is a sew along from a fun quilt book in which each week you make a new item from the book and then share it with each other. I missed the first week, but have jumped in for the second week. I got this book for Mother's Day and just needed a little nudge to start creating from it.

I decided not to do it exactly like the book, because kitchen towels would not make it a day in my house and I really don't have a cute place to display them either. Soooooo.....I decided to make a pillow for our dinning room! I also decided to scratch the breakfast, lunch and dinner part and went with just plain old "EAT" and then the salt and pepper appliques. I used natural linen for the pillow and installed a zipper at the bottom. I'm not entirely in love with this pillow. Not sure what I am unhappy about. So it can just sit pretty on the chair until I figure it out. Maybe I should have used contrasting thread for the applique?...hmmm.


Anyway, I don't plan on doing all the projects in the book, but will jump in for the ones that strike my fancy. For example, I wont be making the tea cozies since I don't drink hot tea. That's just insane here in Texas. I like all my drinks iced cold, even my coffee. I've learned that with kids you are likely going to have lots of cold cups of coffee so, why not do it on purpose!


Here is our formal dining area and "library" where no one ever sits and read or eat for that matter...ha!

If you would like to get a copy of the book, you can find them on Amazon.

Be sure to check out LRStitched's blog about this sew along and the Flickr group, too!

After not feeling so thrilled about my pillow, I went upstairs at naptime to make the adorable pincushion that you see on the cover and totally got my mojo back. There was no way I was going to wait to make that pincushion till the last week of the sew along It's just too freaking cute! So check back soon to see how my paper piecing experience went (it was my first time)!

Melissa

Quilt Bliss Utah!

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EEEEKKKKKK! This is how I will spend my 32nd birthday! Thanks Mr. Relish!!!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

vintage modern challenge

Oh, wait...isn't that an oxymoron? Vintage and modern. It seems that the quilting universe (yes, I said universe because you never know) has an opinion on what is modern quilting. You can find many articles about it and it's worth a Google. I really don't have a strong stance on what modern quilting is but I think if you were to categorize my quilts they would lean towards modern. I'm not even sure if I would join my local quilting guild or the modern quilting guild. Yes, there are two separate guilds. So tricky, right? However, with that said, I love the look of anything bright, vintage and with lots of floral. I also love some of the geometrical solid print quilts. Not all of them, but some of them. I do have to say, I'm not a lover of batiks. I guess I just don't get them, although, I have seen some beautifully pieced quilts made with batiks. So, with ALL that said, aren't most quilts today considered modern since it's 2013?

Back to why I started this blog post....I recently learned of a Modern Mini Quilt Challenge 2013 by Ellison Lane Quilts and lately I've been trying to challenge myself to think outside the box. To not try and make a fast, easy quilt, but something that might take me an afternoon to make a block or two and frustrate the hell out of me. I'm also trying to think outside the box when buying fabrics or pulling fabrics from my stash and pairing them and reminding myself that collections and be split up and go on their merry separate ways. So this challenge couldn't have come at a more perfect time. Challenge accepted.


Fabrics are from Anna Maria Horner's Field Study and Noteworthy and Mama Said Sew by Sweetwater for Moda. Block is 16 x16 inches and I got the inspiration from Scrap Basket Beauties by Kim Brackett. I did a free motion spiral quilting (first time) and that was quick and easy. My circles aren't perfect but that's just charm, right? I decided to make mine into a pillow because I am more likely to keep this on my bed or the couch than to hang it up.



So, I am going to be honest and tell you my first block ended up looking like a swastika. I think it was how I placed the fabrics, but I was so disappointed. I spent my entire "nap-time" break to make this one block. I sent my husband a picture of it just to make sure it wasn't just me and his first response was "are you making a swastika quilt?" His sense of humor is charming, huh? So, I scraped that block with the most perfect points that I have ever made in my life and started over with the star block above.

Melissa


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