We are spring cleaning at the shop! All of these adorable baby shoes are store displays that we are retiring and offering for sale. Aren’t they adorable! They are a tiny treasure! They are all size newborn to 3 months and will become a baby heirloom, and all are being sold for 30$(a steal as the of the kits to make your own are $24!). If you would like to give a pair a good home, stop by the shop. If you are far away, I am happy to ship! Send me an e-mail, let me know which pair you would like and I will send you a paypal invoice.
I am working on some scrappy blocks today. I am really not sure the how they are going to end up, but am loving how bright and cherry they are! Weirdly, Yellow is probably my least favorite color, but for some reason I decided to make it my main color as I was experimenting. Now, it is the only part of my blocks that I am sure of. What do you think?
The one sewing and quilting tool that I use the most is an awl. Surprisingly,I find that most quilters don’t have one or use one. I recommend you get one and give it a whirl. You may even find some new uses for it. Here are just a few ways that I use mine.
1. “No more flipped seam allowances”. How many times has your seam been flipped by your sewing machine foot and sewn down in the wrong direction? This happens really easily and can cause you some trouble while stitching your quilt. If you use the point of your awl to guide the seam under the foot in the right direction this will never happen. Any time you have tricky seams, whip out your awl. So simple! (As shown above)
2. When easing 2 pieces of fabric together, use the awl to pull or push the fabric where you need it to be and hold it in place while stitching.
3. I use my awl as my un-picker, I like it better than any other I have tried.
4. It is a fantastic way to tease, push and pull a project that is sewn inside out and than reversed. For example an animal softie. When you turn it inside out, the awl is the best tool in the world to get all on the legs and hands to turn inside out to exactly the correct shape.
5. We also use the awl to easily turn under the seam allowance edges for our machine Applique method.
This is only the start! There are 101 other uses , I will share more in further posts. Give it a try!
This is my not so little guy in his Easter finery. I can’t believe how big he is getting! We had a wonderful day with our little family, I hope it was the same for you. I sure hope I have a few more years left of dressing him up like my own little doll, but I am sure he will be objecting in no time at all. So I will have to make the best of it while I can!
These sweet little Flea Market Friends are melting my heart today. I am in love! Aren’t they adorable? We have put together a set of 1 yard each of the main print and the pink polka dot that you can purchase through this link here: Flea Market Friends Set
What would you like to make with it?
I just finished this Baby Chevron Quilt.I had so much fun making it and actually it is the 2nd chevron quilt I have made in the last few weeks, the other one is a bit larger and it is not quilted yet.
One of the reasons I had such a blast making these is I tried out a new way of making half square triangles. This method makes them four at a time!! I have made a lot of half square triangles in my day, and have used a million different methods. I am loving this new method! With that said, I love it for larger sizes, and still prefer Thangles for smaller sizes. Anytime I am making a 4″ or smaller I will stick with the Thangles, but anything larger and this is my new favorite method. Give it a try and see what you think!
First you will need to cut your squares, you will need one each of the two fabrics that you would like to make up your half square triangle. For mine, I used a cream and a yellow polka dot. I started out with 8″ squares, that will yield (4) 5″ ish half square triangles. Since I am using all half square triangles in my quilt, I don’t mind if they are not exactly 5″. If you need an exact size, or another size, here is the mat for this method:
Half Square Triangle Size divided by 0.64= the square size you will need to start with
Place your 2 squares right sides together and pin. Using a 1/4″ seam, stitch around all four sides.
Now cut the square in half on the diagonal in both both directions.
It will look like this. Now you just need to press them open! Make sure you are pressing, not ironing! You are on bias and if you iron back and forth instead of up and down pressing, you will get stretch and distortion.
TA DA! Wasn’t that crazy easy and crazy fast!!! I a made a chevron, but you can do pinwheels or a million other blocks with these half square triangles. What do you think!?
Check out these adorable little Bitty Baby shoes! They are easy to knit and come in a kit! There are lots of colors to choose from for boys and girls. I am so sad that my Ronan is too big for these now. These little shoes are making my ovaries palpitate!
You can order kits here: Bitty Bootie Kits
Check out the picture of the kit below, it is nearly as cute as the booties!