Another do. Good Stitches Quilt

Our June quilt is done! Carla, from Modern Bias, designed and completed this one for the group!

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The combination of jewel tone and low volume works great in this triangle quilt!

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When we were first given the assignment, we were given the sketch above as an idea of what it was going to look like. I loved the sketch! It sounds like she got just enough different colors to make the rainbow, so she switched gears on the design. You can read more about it here. And I love the finished project as well!

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model picture via here.

She asked for scrappy jewel tones. So I googled jewel tones and some fantastic fashion images to inspire my blocks! I decided go with the orange and purple!

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We used this tutorial by Carla to get the right size for the 60 degree triangles. We also sent 2 low volume triangles that you can kinda see in the background.

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Look! One of my blocks got included in her photoshoot!

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And checkout the back! I love how she used a few extra of the jewel tone triangles on the back.

Kudos for Carla for designing this quilt and being chosen as a finalist for the do.Good Stitches Quilt Con Special Exhibit! Awesome!!

 

 

Happy Halloween!!

Happy Halloween!! Is everyone ready??

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We’re headed to the pumpkin patch today with the kiddos class at school! Then home for dinner and trick or treating in the neighborhood. I didn’t get all the costumes made, but I did get some more bats in….

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Unlike the quilt, I made these a lot more patch-worky!

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But in keeping with the quilt I did insert a few little pieces from the same fabrics that I used in the quilt! I’m pretty happy with them!

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Of course, I used my bat block pattern!

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And for the backs I used the fabrics in the quilt! The patchwork piece I got all the little pieces from and the ghosts I used for the quilt binding! Sorry for such a short and sweet post today, but we’re off for a trick or treat kinda day! Have fun!

My Halloween Quilt and A New Quilt Pattern

Halloween is so close and I”m sitting here on the computer instead of sewing! What??? But I’m so excited to share my Halloween Quilt!

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I bought this panel fabric years ago! I love it! I love the whole line by Sherri Berry. There are actually a few lines that use these characters, Trick or Treat Street, The Costume Club  and the Costume Clubhouse. Fortunately, I don’t know if any of these are still being made! Sorry!

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The panel has this spider web dotted in behind the tree and that is what inspired my quilting. I started in the center and just kept going around and around and around!

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As much as I love the panel and the front, I’m totally in love with the back, too! Next to the panel were these 5 masks. I think you can probably cut them out and make real masks, but I decided not to do that. They are perfect for the back!

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You might have noticed the little pieces pieced in… Another print in the series is this patchwork like fabric with these adorable little images. I decided to cut them out and piece them in throughout. There’s the scaredy cat on the front and the rest are on the back.  Which one’s your favorite? I think my favorite is the super-stitches one!

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And I used yet another print from the series for the binding. You might be able to make out what it is, but just in case, it’s the cute little ghost repeated over and over with fun colorful outlines.

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Part of the reason I stalled for so long was that I’m not really a panel person. I knew I wanted to use the whole panel, but I needed to add something. Then the bat thing came to me! You know my love for paper piecing and origami inspired animals… So I made a bat pattern!

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And I couldn’t add just 1! I also hand embroidered the little eyes on them inspired by the shape of the panel character eyes.

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And you can get the pattern in my craftsy shop, here! This isn’t the pattern for the whole quilt. Just the bat!

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I’m making some pillows now! I wonder if I”ll finish them before Halloween??? What would you make the Bat Block?

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OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Is it spookier in black and white??

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Spiders, Bats, Cats, Ghosts, Masks, Costumes! It’s Halloween! I’m keeping this one, which is a rare thing at this Bat Cave!

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I’m bringing home a post I did for Go To Sew last year. yes, it was last year, but we still love it, so I hope you do too!! I thought about making a treat bag! A treat bag in the shape of candy corn would be cute and easy, right? Yep! But then I realized we’d never use it…

Frankenzombie-ImFeelinCrafty-Title1And then came the FrankenZombie Treat Bag! The kiddo has a treat bag that he loves and doesn’t want to replace. We use it every year. And then I remembered the zombie birthday party invitation that he brought home the other day!  So why not make a zombie gift bag that can then be used as a treat bag??? Oh yeah!

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We got the whole family together for a design meeting! And then we got started!

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The materials we used were cute Halloween fabric for the inside of the bag, green felt for the outside, random fleece and felt and yarn scraps for the embellishments, felt glue, some ribbon and cutting utensils.

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Step 1- First I cut out the outside fabric. I made mine 14 inches tall by 11 inches wide.

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Step 2- I found a circular item to round off the corners. Draw the circle and then cut.

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Step 3- Next, I used my felt outside as a template to cut the inside fabric.

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Step 4- The fun part is cutting out the scraps into zombie parts!

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Step 5- Deciding what to sew and what to glue was tricky! At first the kiddo wanted to glue everything. Then glue nothing and sew everything! So I decided to sew the eyeballs, scars and mouth yarn. So I sewed those pieces down.

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Step 6- Place the front and bag of the bag, right sides together. (I did add hair to the back, too!)

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Step 7- Sew the inside pieces together, right sides together. And don’t forget to leave a hole!

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Step 8- Turn the inside of the bag right sides out and insert into the outside of the bag.

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Step 9- Don’t forget to also pin in the ribbon strap. Put this in between the inside and outside of the bag!

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Step 10- Sew along the top of the bag! Then pull the bag right side out through the hole you left in the lining.

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Step 11- Now glue down the pieces you have decided to glue! I glued the teeth, the nose pieces and the eyeballs! I also inserted a piece of paper inside the bag, just in case any glue went through, it wouldn’t glue the bag together! Then take that paper out once everything is dry.

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Step 12- Sew the lining hole closed.

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Step 12- And topstitch!

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Step 14- Then get ready for some monster trick or treating!

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Or use it as a gift bag!  I love how the tissue paper looks like hair!

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I thought it was going to be kinda small, but once we added goodies, the size seemed to be just right! What kind of treat bags do your kids use? Do they have a special one? Happy Trick or Treating!!

 

Lion Mask Tutorial with My Own Fringemaker

There are all sorts of projects to do with the My Own Fringemaker, but in the spirit of Halloween I’m thinking of costumes! Like maybe a Lion costume…..

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I was going to make a lion stuffie. Maybe I still will, because our neighbors are having a baby any day now! Anyway, I’ll keep you posted on that! I’ve been wanting to do something lion since I found out about the My Own Fringemaker! Register to win a Fringemaker here!

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And if you’ve been around here for long, you know I like masks! Especially masks! We’ve done the Mr. Fox and the Arctic Fox and now it’s the Lion. Ready to make your own?

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You’ll need a fringemaker (register to win here, or buy it here), yarn, felt, 14,5″ elastic, the pattern, pipe cleaners, and cutting materials. For the felt I used four colors, cream, orange, yellow and a brownish yellow.

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Cut out all your pieces.

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Sew the elastic to the back piece of the mask.

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Make the mane! Start by tying off the yarn on the Fringmaker in a knot. Wind the yarn around and around and around! With this one I used 2 kinds of yarn, you don’t have to. Then sew down the middle. I just sewed down once since I knew the yarn would be sewn in the mask. And lastly, Remove the mane from the Fringemaker!

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Position the main on the back mask and pin it in place.

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Place the front of the mask in place and the chin/cheeks piece and the middle piece on top and sew around the edges. This part isn’t super easy, so go slow so that everything stays aligned.

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Embellish! Add the inside of the ear and the nose. These pieces could be glued on, but I sewed mine on. And sew down the chin and the middle pieces. Then add the wiskers. Cut a little slit in the cheeks, insert the whiskers and then sew down on top of the whiskers.

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Cut out the eyes and sew around the edges.

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And your done! Find a sweet kid for the mask!

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You’ve got a lion! What mask would you make with the My Own Fringemaker?

Don’t forget to register to win here!

I have been compensated with either payment or product for this post. All opinions are my own, honest opinions!

 

Our July do.Good Stitches Quilt

The  Nurture Group of do Good Stitches has done it again!

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This quilt was designed and quilted by Kat from Kat and Cat Quilts!  The block was designed based on the Fibonacci Sequence, AKA the Golden Spiral or the Golden Ratio. The  I’ve always had a thing for the Golden Spiral! Maybe it’s being an architect or something, I don’t know. Kat has a wonderful explanation of the mathematical equation and how it’s found in nature, here.

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The blocks were pretty easy to make. Of course, Kat, has a great tutorial here! When you make the block you end up with two opposite blocks.

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The first set I made ended up being a tad to small. Not sure what I did wrong…. Luckily I figured it out before I actually finished the blocks! I love the stripes, too. I ended up donating these blocks to our Seattle Modern Quilt Guild for our charity quilt. The charity quilt didn’t have a particular block, but particular colors. And luckily for me, teal and green just happened to be the colors!

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So I started again. Got it just right and mailed them off!

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Love how the quilt looks with the different solids and all the blocks put together! And as usual, Kat’s quilting isn’t too shabby either!

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And the back! You can read more about Kat’s finished work on her blog here.

Thanks to the Nurture Circle for another fun quilt!!

Sew Ready to Play Recap

Wow! Another season of Sew Ready to Play has come to an end. I can’t believe it! I just have to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone that played along this season. Everything was so fantastic! And so creative! I love just seeing how everyone interprets the games.

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And in case you missed any here’s the recap…

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Alpha Bandits by Jenn from A Jennuine Life

Balderdash by Karly from Paisley Roots

Chutes and Ladders by Jacqueline from Begin with B

Dominos  by  liZ from Simple Simon and Co

Puzzles by Melanie from Filles a Maman

Name That Tune by Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty

Cash Cab by Al from  Shaffer Sisters

Picnic Party by Irene from Froo and Boo

Queen of Hearts by Narelle from Cook, Clean, Craft

Hungry Hungry Hippos by Ashley and Emily from Frances Suzanne

UNO by Vicki from Sew Inspired

Thanks again for a such great tutorials, inspirations and fun!

 

Uno by Sew Inspired

I can’t believe that the series is already coming to an end!!! How did September fly by? AHHH! Today’s guest is a real life in person friend of mine from our local quilting guild! Vicki blogs over at Sew Inspired and makes amazing pieces. I’m in love with her new moths project! And you’ve got to see her rhino quilt. One day she’s going to teach me how to do free motion quilting beciase she’s a PRO at it! Until then, let’s check out her project!

Welcome Vicki!
Thanks, Louise, for inviting me to participate in Sew Ready to Play! I enjoyed looking through all the past years’ projects while I was brainstorming what I wanted to make. I ended up deciding to make a case for our new Uno cards. My dad bought a few games to play with my kids when he and my mom visited us this summer, and the Uno card box isn’t holding up that well. So I put together an easy fabric card case that can hold our Uno cards without tearing, complete with a pocket on the back to hold the instruction sheet. Here’s how you can make your own.
Materials needed:
1 fat quarter of fabric (do you like my corndog fabric??)
9″ x 18″ of moderately heavy interfacing (I prefer sew-in interfacing, but you can use fusible if you want)
1.5″ of hook and loop fasteners
Thread

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Step 1: Cutting. From the fabric, cut two 7.5″ x 12″ rectangles for the main pouch, and one 5 ¼” x 8 ½” rectangle for the pocket. From interfacing, cut one 7.5″ x 12″ rectangle and one 5 ¼” x 4 1/8″ rectangle.
Step 2: To make the pocket, fold the 5 ¼” x 8 ½” rectangle in half with right sides together, then place the interfacing on top of the folded fabric rectangle. Pin. Using a ¼” seam allowance, sew the three sides of the rectangle, leaving an opening so you can turn the pocket right side out.
Step 3: Trim the corners on the pocket piece.
Step 4: Turn right side out. Poke corners out and press, with the edges of the opening folded in. Edgestitch close to the fold edge of the pocket.
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Step 5: Layer the two large fabric rectangles right sides together and place interfacing on top. Pin and sew ½” from edge, leaving an opening so you can turn it right side out.
Step 6: Trim corners. Trim interfacing to about ¼” wide.
Step 7: Turn right side out, poke out the corners, press. Make sure the edges of the opening are folded in.
Step 8: The opening with edges folded in is at the bottom. Place pocket (hemmed edge on top) on main pouch piece 4″ up from the bottom edge. Pin in place.
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Step 9: Edgestitch pocket in place, about 1/8″ from edge of pocket. Backstitch at both top corners to reinforce the pocket. Make sure your instruction sheet fits in pocket.
Step 10: Pin hook part of hook and loop tape to the main pouch piece, centered and about 1 ¼” up from the bottom edge. Also, sew 1/8″ from bottom edge to close the opening left from turning.
Step 11: Zigzag hook tape in place, backstitch to secure.
Step 12: Fold bottom edge of pouch up 4″ and stitch sides in place. Backstitch at top corners. My seams are about 3/16″ here. Topstitch around edges of the top flap.
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Step 13: Pin the loop part of the hook and loop tape to the top edge of the pouch so it will fasten correctly. Also, make sure the cards fit in the pouch.
Step 14: Zigzag loop tape in place.
All done, congratulations! I’d love to see pictures if you make a card pouch with this tutorial!

Queen of Hearts by Cook Clean Craft

Today, my quest needs no real introduction because she’s one of the founding Sew Ready to Play participants! She’s Narelle from Cook Clean Craft. She’s always up for playing and has had fun games every year! One thing I love about blogging is getting to know people all over. I remember when her ‘Queen of Hearts’ was born! Crazy!! Narelle blogs about all sorts of things on her blog, hence the name! Ha! She’s got some of my favorite recipes and great sewing projects! One of my favorite tutorials she’s done recently is her stuffed snail. Totally cute!

Welcome Narelle!!!

Hi all, it’s Narelle here, from Cook Clean Craft, ready to have some fun playing along with Sew Ready to Play. I’ve had so much fun in past years, and always had a clear idea what I wanted to make. This time around, I was all out of inspiration. I’ve lost my sew-jo lately, and couldn’t even think of a game that inspired me. So I procrastinated.

And procrastinated.

Then finally inspiration hit. A simple deck of playing cards was my inspiration, and before I knew it, the Queen of Hearts dress was made:

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As a redhead who blushes like a tomato, I’ve never been able to wear red, but my blonde kids look great in it. When I bought the fabric, I was worried that red and black are a bit grown up for a 4 year old. So I went with a simple dress with very cutesy hearts. I searched for fabric with red hearts and couldn’t find any (what?), but found some perfect iron on appliques at my local fabric store.

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Queen of Hearts playing cards tend to have gold trim around the next. I found some sequin trim that was just perfect for my sparkly little girl.

It’s shirred in the back – much easier than buttons or a zip for an independent girl to dress herself!

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My model wasn’t in the mood, so most of my photos turned out like this:

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This Queen’s got attitude! But believe it or not, she loves the dress.

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Here’s how I made it:

The fabric I used was poplin, basically because it’s cheap and I’m supposed to be on a fabric diet!

I started with a basic bodice pattern (this was from the 5 and 10 Designs eBook). I drew a line where I wanted the seam between the red and white sections and added seam allowances.

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For the back bodice, I added a couple of extra inches to the back to allow for the shirring. I should have made it a bit bigger since it only just fits over her head – oops!

For the skirt, I cut out a rectangle of fabric for the red section and then cut off corners to create the angled look, and matched up the same for the white section, making the top the same width at the bottom of the bodice.

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I also cut strips of 1 1/4” strips of black fabric for faux piping.

I sewed the bodice front centre panel to the skirt centre panel.

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Then I sewed the side and shoulder seams of the bodice (I actually should have sewn the sleeves before I did the side seam, but no making things easy for myself here!

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Then I gathered the red skirt section (I prefer to machine gather, by using a long stitch length and high tension):

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Adjust the gathers to that the skirt width matches the bodice width, and sew, right sides together:

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Fold the black strips in half, lengthwise and press. Pin to the right side of the front seams, lining up the raw edges, and sew a basting stitch inside the seam allowance:

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With right sides together, sew the centre panel to the red section of the dress:

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The black piping should create faux piping like this (press it to one side for a crisp look):

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Sew the underarm seam of the sleeves, and then sew into the armhole:

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To finish the neckline, sew bias tape right sides together to the neck hole:

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Turn the bias tape to the inside, press and then stitch in place (don’t worry about the contrasting thread for the front panel – we’ll cover that with trim):

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Press and sew a double-fold seam for the sleeve and bottom hems:

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Draw two lines across the back bodice down from the shoulder with chalk or disappearing pen:

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Sew shirring elastic across the back panel between the two lines (or you can shirr the whole back bodice, if you prefer:

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I jumped across between the rows rather than stopping at each row end. I didn’t pull the elastic enough, so the shirring pulls up a bit at the back. It annoys me, but not enough to fix it!

Finally, I added some gold sequin trim across the neckline (covering the contrasting thread), and added iron on appliques to the bodice from panel.

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I also added one heart to the skirt section and more sequin trim along the bottom hem stitching.

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And there is my cute Queen of Hearts!

Come over to Cook Clean Craft for more fun sewing projects, plus family-friendly recipes, household cleaning and organization tips and other craft ideas. Thanks for having me again, Louise!

Picnic Party with Froo & Boo

I can’t believe this month has totally flown by! Behind the scenes I have been busy as a bee and one thing I’ve been working on is a 6th birthday party…  And our next guest has also been party planning for a 6th birthday, but was still able to put together an adorable project for us! Irene is the blogger behind an adorable blog, Froo and Boo, where she sews fantastic clothes for her also adorable kids! You’ve got to check out her amazing wedding outfits she just made! And yes, you probably remember her from Project Run and Play as well! Super talented!

Welcome Irene!!

I’m excited to be here today! My project is based on a “game” that my kids, aka Froo & Boo, play all the time. Picnics. Tea parties. Picnic tea parties. Any combination or variation of the two. Anywhere, anytime. Just the other day, I found toy lettuce in my bed. While making this skirt, I overheard Froo say to Boo, “Ooh, look! Mommy is making us a new picnic blanket!”

I know it’s not really a game in the traditional sense–with an objective, a bit of friendly competition and an outcome, but it involves imaginative play, a sense of humour and fun. It can get pretty serious: Froo & Boo have a “clubhouse” where they meet on a picnic blanket and no grown-ups are allowed.

Anyhoo, I was inspired to make a patchwork skirt, while looking at the lovely quilts that Louise makes and posts on her blog. For a fresh and updated look, I decided on bright pink gingham, instead of the traditional red & white gingham used for picnic blankets.

Let’s begin the tutorial!

To get started, cut your patchwork squares using a rotary cutter. For Froo’s skirt, I cut 4×4″ squares (28 bright pink squares, 49 light pink squares and 21 white squares). I cut enough squares for 7 rows and 14 columns.

In the end, I only used 5 rows! The top photo shows 6 rows, but I hemmed one row up afterwards! Let’s just call it a miscalculation that would have made the skirt long enough for me to wear. You can always play around with the size of the square, the number of rows and columns, but the number of columns must always be an even number.

Piece your squares together. The Practical Guide to Patchwork: New Basics for the Modern Quiltmaker, by Elizabeth Hartman, is an excellent resource for getting started with patchwork piecing. There is also a great tutorial on chain piecing on the Sew Mama Sew blog.

One thing I modified for everyday wear: increased seam allowance to 3/8″. I also used pinking shears to cut 1/8″ from the unfinished edges before pressing the seam allowance open. This is what your fabric should look like from the inside:

Measure your patchwork piece. Then cut a piece of white fabric using the same dimensions. This will become the backing of the skirt. Cut another piece for the waistband, the same length and 3.5″ wide. This will become the waistband.

Sew your patchwork piece into a tube using a 3/8″ seam allowance, trim with pinking shears and press open. Repeat with white piece.

With right sides together, sew the backing to the patchwork piece with a 3/8″ seam allowance. Flip the fabric so wrong sides are together and press. Then, baste the top of the skirt together using 1/4″ seam allowance.

Sew the waistband together at the short ends with a 3/8″ seam allowance, then press the waistband in half, with the wrong sides facing. You’ll notice that mine is just the 7th row pieced together, but you could cut one solid piece.

With right sides together, sew the waistband onto the top of the skirt with a 3/8″ seam allowance. Press seams upward.

Press the unfinished edge of the waistband so that it is just over the seam line.

From the right side, stitch in the ditch over the waistband seam, making sure the inside waistband edge is catching the thread. Leave a 2-3″ opening. Topstitch the top edge of the waistband together. Thread a piece of 1″ non-roll elastic through the waistband. The elastic should measure the circumference of the wearer’s waist minus 1″. Stitch the elastic together. Sew the opening of the waistband closed.

I have this silly decorative stitch of ants on my machine–which I sewed onto a piece of twill tape with a piece of tracing paper underneath as stabilizer, to make a small tag to indicate the center back.

That was a long one! It’s definitely not a quick project, especially when you make some crazy miscalculations, but I’m really happy with how it turned out!

Thanks, Louise, for inviting me to your Sew Ready to Play series!

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