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Back to School Sewing, Part II: Pattern Drafting FAIL!

When I saw this tutorial for a tunic dress on Sew Mama Sew back in August, I knew I had to make one.  It looked simple enough, right?  WRONG!!!  I followed the directions, found a shirt to base the pattern … Continue reading

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Back to School Sewing

Someone I know and love is starting Kindergarten tomorrow!  I’m mostly excited, but I have to admit I’m a little sad that he’s getting so big so fast.  He, on the other hand, is ALL excitement and was totally thrilled … Continue reading

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Blocks # 18 and 19: Hand Applique

I have tried to applique by machine just about every conceivable way there is.  I have even taken a class at my local sewing shop called “Invisible Machine Applique”.  I can do it and it doesn’t look half bad, but … Continue reading

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Block # 17: Spiderweb

This is my final string-pieced  block.  I love the look of the spiderweb and was easily able to figure it out. I had a hard time with the color selection.  This block was actually my second attempt at the spiderweb.  … Continue reading

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Blocks #14, #15 & #16: String Theory

I have long admired string quilts for their look and for their clever way at using up scraps.  I have long intended to make one, but have yet to get around to it.  So, I figured that this sampler quilt … Continue reading

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Blocks #12 and #13

Dear Blog, I apologize for neglecting you for so long.  You see I found out this past spring that I was pregnant, which was happy news indeed.  However, I felt so wretched and exhausted that I not only stopped blogging … Continue reading

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Block #11: Ziggy Zag

There are just not enough hours in the day. I have had to take a break from these rainbow blocks because Easter is coming up and I need to make Easter gifts – not to mention the various birthdays that … Continue reading

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Another Birthday Party Gift

This time the party was for a little girl who is newly two. Her Mommy told me that she could use some summery dresses in her wardrobe, so I obliged: The pattern is Butterick See&Sew B4701. I love it because … Continue reading

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Blocks #9 and #10: Wonkification

I had a lot of fun with these blocks. The first one was totally inspired by this picture on Flickr. The second is just an improvised and skewed version of a Bento Box Block.  What I love best about these … Continue reading

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Birthday Presents

This weekend I went to a three-year-old’s birthday party, and it was the perfect opportunity to bust out Wee Wonderfuls: 24 Dolls to Sew and Love.  I was super excited to get this book ever since before it came out.  … Continue reading

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