Friday, May 24

pouches pouches pouches

I've gone a little crazy with the Noodlehead tutorial.
I had so much fun with them I went ahead and bought the pattern so I can add a few more details and learn some of her tricks.
I tried different techniques of my own, adding piping or double layering the band across the front.

I love this ruffled ribbon!

I tried to mix it up a little too by sometimes including a divider or pockets on each side.
I quilted the top band.
It was a lot of fun mixing and matching patterns and trims and zippers.  I had to stop because I ran out of interfacing!

Friday, May 17

more knit dresses

I love Spoonflower.  It's a great concept, and although I've only used it once - I plan to use it again for another special project.  I bought this rainbow fabric in the organic knit and used Patty Young's Morgan pattern.
Morgan rainbow

I used an old tshirt for the yellow, and some scrap knits for the green and the turquoise.  I cut the fabric carefully to get a nice zigzag effect at the shoulder and neckbands.
I love the pockets peeking out a bit of yellow!

This version was made for one of my nieces using Patty Young fabric and some other solids from my stash.
Morgan Sanctuary

Here's another peek at the pocket.
The tuck at the neckline is a cute detail.

I've made many of Patty Young's Abigail dresses before.  This is my latest version.
Abigail Sanctuary dress

It comes together so easily now, especially with my serger.  Easy breezy!

Wednesday, May 15

matching purses and pouches

I decided to try my hand at a couple Noodlehead patterns, the 241 Tote and the Gathered Clutch.
Noodlehead 241 - pink

My son's teacher loves pink, so I wanted to give her something she'd like without going over the bubble-gum top!
Pink pouch

One of my daughter's teachers loves flowers in her yard, and the color red.
Noodlehead 241 - red floral

The polka dots on the red are actually kind of a shiny silver.
red floral pouch

Her other teacher loves purple - so she got a purple/silver dot & floral mix.
Noodlehead 241 - purple floral

It was fun mixing and matching different fabrics.  I've made a few clutches before, so they came together pretty easily.  The 241 tote has a lot more steps and pieces, but is still pretty easy to put together.  I haven't tried it yet with the inset pocket.  I'm saving that project for another day!
purple floral pouch

Monday, May 13


This is the bloom dress from Patty Young's book Sewing Modkid Style.  It came together very easily, and is light and comfy.
Bloom dress

I thought the print was a perfect one to use with this dress that already called for a five-petal flower applique.

Friday, May 10

halter top

This halter top pattern is from Patty Young's book Sewing Modkid Style
Halter top

I used some of her fabric as well as a matching light turquoise ribbed knit for the facing and hem band.

She loves how open the back feels!

Thursday, May 2

pinwheel quilt

Today I welcomed niece #5 into the family. R gets a little bit larger quilt, mostly because I didn't bother with really counting stuff out until it was already cut.  When I realized how big it would be, I just went for it because I had everything already.  The pattern is Patty Young's Houndstooth quilt.
Houndstooth Rainbow

In each of the gray pinwheels, I free motion stitched a heart with an R inside of it.  In the corner, I signed my name.  Otherwise, all quilting is stitch in the ditch around the pinwheels.

The pictures don't do it justice.  It is a beautiful, bright colorful quilt.  I used a dark gray for the binding, and bright "firework" print for the pinwheels that aren't as solid.