Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Wee Wonder Play Mat in Action

Good news: We went to Kauai on spring break last week. We just returned on Easter in the very wee hours. Bad news: I lost my dslr camera between the airport and home so all these pictures are taken with our little point and shoot. Double good news: TSA at the airport in Lihue has my camera and are sending it back to me! I am sooo thankful! I use my camera most every day and it is my most prized and loved material possession. How could I possibly leave my most prized possession at a TSA checkpoint you ask? I was too busy keeping track of my 5 kids {college boy didn't get to come as his spring break didn't line up with the other school kids :( }, husband, and the 60 pounds of other necessary things I was carrying like blankets, ipads, coloring books, crayons, reading books, hand sewing project, and sippy cups, etc

My twins are into fairies right now so as soon as they saw this girl in the tree they immediately said she was a fairy. The scale of her to the barn makes this very believable!!
It is always fun to include a bit of selvedge in a project!

I had hoped the interfacing would make the mat strong enough to stand on its own but this did not come to pass.

The pockets in action.



I made some felt critters to go along with the play mat. The fawn was made from a QuikCutz die and the raccoon was a pattern in Mollie Makes. I backed the lightening bugs with fusible fleece and cut them out so they would "stick" to the Fabric and can be moved around and counted. I need to make a fabric mason jar to place them in too.

The puppets are very popular and so fun to make! I got the patterns here. (She has lots of cute printables too).

Fairy doll pattern found here. One of the twins has started making these dolls so I am sure we will have a whole collection soon :)

Sarah Jane Blog Hop 2014: Wee Wander Play Mat

Today, as a part of Sarah Jane's Wee Wander blog hop I have a Wee Wander Play Mat tutorial for you. I have been reading Sarah's blog for about 5 years which was before she started designing fabric. It has been a dream come true to have her illustrations on fabric! I have sewn with all of her lines and all my girls have Sarah's prints on their bedroom and bathroom walls. My youngest has her room decorated with Children at Play and that line as always been my favorite... but Wee Wander is my new favorite. Sarah's illustrations always bring back my best childhood memories and make me so happy while I am creating things with them! Thank you Sarah Jane and Michael Miller Fabrics for such a fun D.I.Y Blog Hop!! On with the tutorial...


*1 yard of Summer Night Lights in pink (Front of center panel)
*1 yd of Summer Night Lights in blue (back of center panel)
*1 yd. of fabric for inside lining (back of barn doors. I used Wander Woods in pink)
*Linen piece: 20 1/2"x 35"
*1/3 yd roof fabric (i used green feather print): Cut to 12 1/2"x 35"
*1/3 yd fabric for pockets
*2 yds fusible batting (goes on barn doors and pink center panel)
*4 yds fusible ultra firm stabilizer (fuses to each inside lining and blue center panel). I had hoped this would allow the play mat to stand upright. It didn't work though so a medium weight interfacing would probably be adequate.
*fabric scraps and wool felt for applique
*1 package single fold extra wide white bias tape for barn doors
*2 packages double fold brown bias tape for fence on the pockets (optional)
*26" lace or ribbon for the closure
*3 strips 5"x width of fabric (WOF) of linen to make binding for roof, edges where barn doors meet, and the bottom of mat. Due to the angle changes of the roof I highly recommend that you join the binding strips on the bias
*2 strips 7"x WOF linen to make extra wide binding (for edges that join the center and barn doors)
*sewing machine, pins, thread, rotary cutter and cutting mat, scissors, iron
*Please read all instructions before starting
This tutorial is intermediate and requires knowledge of applique and how to do quilt binding. I have tried to simplify so the tutorial is not too long so feel free to email me if you need any help.












I hope you have fun making a play mat for yourself and I would love to see it if you do! A post will follow this one of the Play Mat in action.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Finishes

Midge had a birthday this past week so I made her a little something. Her favorite color is coral so I used some Art Gallery Reminence. I was in the mood for making hexies... so I did!

I was using fat quarters so the back was pieced with two different prints.  I "kitchened" up the fabric by adding in some measuring spoons. Midge loves text prints so I added a few of those and the "6" is the number of people in her family.



I used Amy's tutorial to make the potholder. I have made a few of these and they are fun to make.  For the front pocket I paper pieced the hexies, stitched them together, then cut the panel to the needed size.  I didn't want to cut off the hexies on the bottom of the hotpad holder so I only rounded the top corners and made my bias binding from a coral solid. The ribbon across the bottom of the towel and on the potholder is by Anna Maria Horner and is so soft!

One of Sam's friends had a birthday this week, too, so I made her a wide open zip. It was the first time I had made this and it was fun to put together. Hannah's favorite colors are soft pink, white, and turquoise so I used that for my color scheme. I used a vinyl on the bottom but it feels like leather ( thats why I bought it). I wasn't sure if it would work out but it did. It was a little tricky to not iron.

We filled it with some lip gloss, nail polish, and candy. I will definitely be making some more of these.

I made the little tag on the side using Larisa's tutorial. I stamped a butterfly on one side and Hannah's initials on the other.
I like to add a tag to the things I make but I usually forget. I made a couple of extras to have on hand and had fun making these. I am going to try and be better about remembering to add these.

For our Cheer Circle at do.Good Stitches the quilter asked for saturated greens. She wanted one part of the block to be low volume, whether it was the plus, or the X, or the background. This block has been on my to make list so I was happy to have the chance to make it. We used this tutorial which was very easy to follow. Have a fun weekend!! Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Friday!


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Birthday Central

I know a lot of people with birthdays that fall the last 2 weeks of March- midApril. I have shown some peaks but now that some have received their gifts I can show all. For Marieka, who loves dandelions and hexies, I made a dandelion hot pad holder and a travel sewing kit. I made myself one of the sewing kits 2 or 3 years back and use it a lot. Hopefully Marieka will find it handy since she is addicted to making hexies at the moment. Her favorite color is blue so the back of the hot pad features a blue dandelion print. I have a niece who turned 13 who shares Marieka's birthday but my niece got a gift card.
For Jane I made a hot pad holder and a tea towel. I debated over color for her since she likes red and rainbows and in the end went with red. The back of the tea towel features a Cloud 9 print with garden cats since Jane loves cats. For the hot pad I used a pattern from Charise Creates for the paper pieced apple.

I had seen quilts with a self binding edge and thought I would try it out on a tea towel. It was fun for something different and i liked the color it adds around the edges.


The back of the hot pad is a pocket and one of my favorite Alexander Henry prints.

My friend Monika shares a birthday with Jane and another niece of mine. Three birthdays on the same day...I think that is a record! Monika celebrated a decade birthday (as did Jane but it was a different decade) so I was thinking retro when I made Monika's gift :). I made her and Jane's gift at the same time so they ended up being the same but different.  

I used one of Kristy's fun patterns for the hot pad holder  and some Riley Blake fabric.


I backed both the tea towel and the hot pad in the same retro kitchen print from JoAnn's. Monika's favorite color is red, too. So let's see, that is 5 birthdays down and 5 to go but I only need to make for 3 of the 5. Whew, but I do enjoy coming up with something to suit the intended recipient.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Flashback Friday: In the Beginning..There Were Wonky Blocks (but not on Purpose)


I wanted to learn how to quilt so I started making some blocks. Itty, bitty Farmer's Wife blocks with a billion pieces in a six inch space may not have been the best choice, but hey, I didn't know anything. I just started. They were kind of crooked and a bit wonky and some of my color choices were kind of crazy.

I learned something with every block and I was having fun. Then baby #6 was born and there were newborn feedings, etc and I set those blocks aside.

 After a month or so I thought I would try and make some larger blocks. I read about a new technique  (to me) that I wanted to try. I made half square triangles by sewing around two squares together then cutting them in half. It was a fun way to make HST's.
Then later that summer Sarah Jane released her first fabric line, Children at Play, and there were so many things I wanted to make. I made some dresses for the girls, craft items,  and this stroller quilt for the baby. I was inspired by a hopscotch print in the line and made a hopscotch in the center using the prints and a sidewalk mimicked with different shades of gray. The embroidery says, "Your dreams are just a hop, skip, and a jump away." The embroidered flower was a part of an embroidery pattern Sarah released too. I also decided to make the baby a quilt and bumper pads with Children at Play.
So I did. This was the first crib size quilt I ever made and am proud to say it is still in use today.


I still have a lot to learn and many areas to improve in. I do not have much time to designate to hobby play but I sure definitely enjoy the moments spent making quilts or crafting things for family, friends, or others. Have a great weekend!!