Saturday, November 26, 2011

Russian Punchneedle Igolochkoy

A few weeks ago my mom and I went to the International Quilt Festival in Houston.  While there we met Gail Bird at her booth and she introduced us to Russian Punchneedle Igolochkoy.  It is an embroidery technique that creates a loop on the right side of the fabric.  If you would like more instructions or information check out Gail Bird's website.

I plan on creating a few holiday items in the next week to applique onto Claire's clothing and I can't wait to  start sharing.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Turkey Shirt!

I love this turkey shirt made from Claire's hands.  From start to finish it took 20 minutes to complete and Claire loves it.  If you would like instructions head on over to Treasures for Tots blog. If you are looking for a last minute project, I highly recommend this project.  I had everything on hand, which meant it cost nothing but a little time.

I made a few minor changes.  I had sew on goggly eyes, so I sewed on the eyes instead of glueing them.  I also made a tiny bow and sewed it on.

Now on to another project on my long list.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Work in Progress Wednesday

This year I am making quite a few Christmas gifts for my family and I need to get started if I want to get them all done.  Here is my list of on going projects and my progress:


T-Shirt Quilt in progress
       I need to finish the t-shirt quilt I started for Father's Day.  I have a long way to go. I still need to piece about 60% of the quilt.

Mom, Mother-in-Law, and a tester for me:

      A travel jewelry roll. I have picked out fabrics from my stash and then I need to design and create a pattern.

     A christmas quilt, turkey shirt, and christmas dress. For the Christmas quilt I have a Moda jelly roll and backing.  After much deliberation I have chosen a pattern and will begin cutting this week.  I have brown fabric for the turkey shirt and I need to settle on a design soon.  And I have nothing for the dress.


     Two roll up tool holders.  My mom and I picked up some cute fabric and I have the tool dimensions.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

This year Claire was Princess Pea from Super Why! for Halloween.  Claire is obsessed with princess dresses, so I picked out a princess from her favorite show.  The dress was fairly simple, I began with The Party Dress from The Cottage Home.  Then I started to adjust it to make it more like Princess Pea.

The first thing I did was make it longer. The original pattern hits Claire just below the knee, I extended it a few inches to hit her lower calf.  If I had to do it again, I would shorten it just a bit more to make it easier to walk in.

Then I added a second layer of gathered chiffon. I used the same dimensions as the satin skirt to make it nice and full.    

The final addition to the skirt was to make the satin slip on top.  I draped the fabric over one side of the dress and cut two.  Instead of hemming the slip I folded the green satin in half and sewed it to the edge.

I also made bias tape out of the green satin and edged the arm holes and neck hole. Then I added a felt star to the front and a cape to the back.

The costume turned out great and we had a great time trick or treating in the neighborhood with her dad, the monkey.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Recent Projects

I am going to be playing catch up for a few days to post all of my recent projects including items for a Cabbage Patch newborn doll and a Halloween costume.

So for project number one this fall:

I started to use up scraps and make some clothes for Claire's baby. I found a great and versatile pattern at Art Threads.  I used the nightgown pattern to create a shirt and paired it with a simple gathered skirt.

Also pictured is the new quilt and pillow I made for the doll to match the bassinet I made earlier this year.

It is officially my first completed quilt. It was nice to practice on something so small and I made some ugly mistakes. I am glad I made my mistakes on a small scale and now I am ready to take on my larger projects.


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