October do.Good Stitches Quilt

Yep, you read right. October. I realized that I never blogged about it!

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Do you remember the Christmas Pillow I made? Well, I made that one out the pieces I messed up making the blocks for this quilt!

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The quilt was made by Briawnna over at Purple Poppy Designs. She told us which blocks to use and a color pallette. She put it together and then sent it off!

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For the blocks we used the Moda Love Block. I love (ha, get it? Love it!) the block! I had some problems, but I think that was more becuase I was chattin’ at our quilt retreat instead of really reading the directions!

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Would you make this block? It makes a great pillow and a great quilt!

Free For All PJ’s

ok, yes, I love to make the kiddo pj’s! I don’t know why…. But I do! So I did it again!

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My lady friends over at Frances Suzanne ashed me to participate in their newest project, Free for All. It’s a part of thier Flip this Pattern series, but the kick to this part is that you have to use free patterns and you don’t have to Flip them! And right around when they asked me, I saw See Kate Sew’s pj pant pattern and I know I had to make them!

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It’s all been just perfect timing! I saw Kate’s pants, right around the time I got asked to do this. I had already ordered the monster fabric I wanted to use to make PJ pants and the kiddo just had a growth spurt and outgrew a few pairs of pj’s!

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But PJ pants need a top right? So I also needed to find a free for all boy’s top! And I did!

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I tried out the Back to School Raglan Tee from Stacey at Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts. The pattern is a size 6 only, so I was a little worried it would be too big. It is a little big, but not too much! The only thing I did differently on this top is that I didn’t add the bottom hem since the shirt I upcycled already had a hem.

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I was a bit worried about the neckline too. But I love how it turned it out! The kiddo has a larger head and I’ve had problems with some patterns being hard to get over his head, but not with this one!

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As I was sewing the sleeves, I thought, no way are these going to be long enough! But once I added the cuffs. Perfection!

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I asked him if he really likes his new PJ’s and he LOVES them! He did say that he likes the shirt, but he likes the pants the best!

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The sizing dilemma I had with the top was just the opposite! The PJ pants pattern is only in a size 5, so I was worried they might be too small. But… They are a little big… I’m confused! Ha! I might need to resize the elastic….

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For this one, I did do a few things differently then suggested. First, I lined them with a thin flannel. So I basically made two pairs of pants and put them inside each other, then added the cuffs and waist band. For the flannel, I did as the tutorial says. After I made the lining, I was debating on how to do the monster fabric. I didn’t want to cut it up too much. So I taped the front and back pattern pieces together and overlapped the seam allowance. This allowed me to not have the side seam and have the monsters wrap around the edge, uninterrupted!

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I did add the cuffs, per the tutorial, but mine aren’t as tight as I thought they would be. No one’s complaining though!

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Both peices are super comfy! And who says PJ’s can’t be a little loose!

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I just love this picture! The pup and the blanket have been with him since Day 1, pretty much! This Christmas the alien was added in to the crew. And a couple of weeks ago, Kangaroo Rat was added to the crew.

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Can I leave on the PJ’s mom? Of course, cutie!

And don’t forget to check out everyone else’s free pattern sewing!

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A Heart Tree Pillow

Have you decorated for Valentine’s Day? Sitting here writing this, I realized I didn’t really decorate this year! I made a wreath and a ton of kiddo Valentines and my own quilted postcards, which is all WAY more than I usually do for Valentines Day!

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I usually do a little something, but this year I’m in love with the hearts!

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But this year I was just having so much fun with the postcards, that I decided to make a pillow. But I didn’t really want pink for the house. That’s when the whole tree thing hit me!

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So I ran back to West Seattle Fabric Co and picked up some of the wood grain fabric from the Nutmeg line of Dear Stella! And got to work. Even ‘carving’ our family initials into the tree!

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There’s still time to make yours! It’s really super fast! The pattern is available here. And you can just throw together an envelope pillow and boom! I think I’m going to keep this one out all year!

An Awesome Sewing Giveaway!

A new thing I’m trying out this year is joining up with some amazing other sewing bloggers to do some fun giveaways! Today starts our very first one! Who doesn’t want store credit at awesome fabric shops like Imagine Gnats, Fabric.com, The Fabric Fairy and patterns from Pattern Revolution??? I don’t know anyone that would say no! So neither should you!

 

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January’s giveaway is sponsored by:

Straight-Grain * Nap-Time Creations * Fabulous Home Sewn

Fish Sticks Designs * It’s Aways Autumn * Call Ajaire

Pattern Revolution * Serger Pepper * Patchwork Posse * I’m Feelin’ Crafty

A Special Thanks to Imagine Gnats and Pattern Revolution for sponsoring part of the prize pack.

**Giveaway is open worldwide but you are responsible for any extra shipping charges due to your location when using the shop credits**

Winner will be contacted by e-mail from nap-timecreations@hotmail.com and will have 48hrs to claim the prize.

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(on my wordpress site, it won’t host the actual rafflecopter giveaway. You do have to click on the link above!)

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season and a Happy New Year!

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Since the boys don’t stay up to see the fireworks, our NYE tradition is going to see the Zoo lights! I’ll be back this weekend!

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And I love seeing quilty inspiration all over the place, like this sign for the ZooLights!!!I so want to make this into a quilt!!!

The Giveaway Day Winner is….

Thanks to everyone for your interest in the West Seattle Fabric Company  and Beach Bum Fabrics giveaway! Please, please, please, remember all those fantastic fabrics you choose and be sure to visit  West Seattle Fabric Company  and Beach Bum Fabrics next time you are fabric shopping!

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And don’t forget…. If you aren’t the winner below, you can still purchase the fat quarter bundle here! And it’s on sale!! Even better!

Now to what you’re waiting for… The Winner is….

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And here’s my traditional drum rolllllllll……

Comment #109!

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via Random.org

Yea! Michelle! You’re the Winner!

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And thanks again to West Seattle Fabric Company and Beach Bum Fabrics for the awesome giveaway! Thank you!

Giveaway Day with West Seattle Fabrics

Yea! It’s Giveaway Day AGAIN over on Sew Mama Sew. And who’s our Giveaway Sponsor?? Yep, you guessed it! We’re celebrating with The West Seattle Fabric Company once again!

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This giveaway day we decided to use fabric from her beach shop, Beach Bum Fabrics! If you follow me on pinterest, you know I love some great beach house inspiration! I love living by the water and so does my buddy Monica, the shop owner! Since I was 10, I have never lived far from water and I can’t imagine living anywhere inland. It makes me claustrophobic! So, when Monica suggested that this giveaway be from her specialty shop, I, of course, said yes!

 

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It all started with those adorable jellyfish! In real life, I hate jellyfish! And those tentacles that stick to the crab traps and then to your pier and still sting when you kneel on them as you lower the trap back over the edge of the pier. Yep. Not a fan! Can you tell that that might have actually happened? and that I was scarred by that event? Well… As much as I don’t like them in real life, I LOVE illustrations of them! So this bundle all started with the jellyfish!

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Once we had the jellyfish picked out, I added the other prints and found the awesome solids to pull them all together!

This giveaway is a fat quarter bundle of five different fabrics! 3 prints and 2 solids. The prints include:

Jellyfish from the Splash Collection by Timeless Treasures

Lures from the Fly Aweigh Collection by Samantha Walker

Makin’ Waves from the Shore Thing Collection by Michael Miller

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And if you just can’t wait to see if you have won, head on over to the West Seattle Fabric Company’s Beach Bum Shop and snatch up yours today! And of course, the West Seattle Fabric Company’s original site, also known as the ‘Mainland Site‘ is always awesome!

And if you just can’t wait to win, you can buy the bundle already put together! Check it out here!

Ready to WIN? You have FIVE ways to enter! And come back and leave a separate comment on this post for each entry!

1. Visit the West Seattle Fabric Company’s Beach Bum Shop website and let us know which is your favorite fabric! Leave one comment. (one entry)

2. Follow West Seattle Fabric Company on Instagram at @westseattlefabrics. Leave one comment. (one entry)

3. My blog followers get an extra entry. Leave one comment. (one entry)

4. Follow I’m Feelin’ Crafty on Instagram at @imfeelincrafty. Leave one comment. (one entry)

5. Share the giveaway on your blog, FB page, or tweet about. Leave one comment. (one entry)

That’s 5 possible entries! You must comment on this post to win. Open to both US and International readers. The giveaway will close on December 12th at 12 p.m. PST, and we’ll choose one winner using Random.org.

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Be sure to check out the Sew Mama Sew blog for more giveaways!

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And a Special Thank you to West Seattle Fabric Shop and Beach Bum Fabrics!

4th Quarter Finish -a- Long List

Well, last quarter I finished 2 things on my Finish-a-Long List. I’m hoping to finish more than 2 this time around! Here’s to the 4th Quarter Finish-a-Long with The Littlest Thistle…

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I like having a list of things to do! Well, I mean, I like making lists. Some days I wish I didn’t have a list!

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And I totally missed the deadline on the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild’s Modern Metallic challenge, but I still want to do it! This one was on my last list, but it’s still not a top priority. We’ll see!

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I did start this gnome quilt right before my machine took it’s nosedive. And it was on last quarter list. It wouldn’t take much to finish, so I’m hoping to get it done this time!

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I really want to finish my husbands quilt…. And I’m still trying!

The other two at the top of my list are tree quilt I started about 4 years ago and a memory quilt… Oh, yeah and there’s the teacher totes…

What are you going to finish this time around?

Michael Miller Petal Pinwheels Challenge

This summer our local Modern Quilt Guild took on the National Quilt Guild challenge, hosted by Michael Miller fabrics using their Petal Pinwheels line! I love the line! very much….

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And I decided to make place-mats! Do you remember the place-mats I received in a swap last year? We love them and use them all the time. So I wanted more. The colors in this line coordinate with the ones I received, so that helped nail me down on what exactly what I was doing for my challenge project. She used a mix of paper piecing and improv, so so did I!

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We were all given this adorable tiny little bundle of fabric! Like I said, I love the fabric…. BUT…. I decided to cheat. I love the fabric (did I mention that?), but I didn’t want to buy more new so I used my stash of low volume. One of the rules was that you can only add in any solid or Michael Miller printed fabric. My low volumes are who knows what… Not necessarily Michael Miller. (sorry).

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The first one I did used a little paper piecing pattern I love made into a bigger block I made up, and mixed with a little improv! The paper piecing pattern is the little triangle pieces, called Mini Trajectory by Simply Cotton. It’s a free pattern on Craftsy! Go get it! So I made four of these little guys and then added in 1.5 inch pieces between the paper pieced pieces. Then just filled in with a bit of improv to get to my final size of 12 by 16 inches.

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This one is similar to the first in that it started with a paper piecing pattern and then improv finished it off. This pattern is another free one from Craftsy. It’s another small one. I made 4 and put them together. It’s the 4 inch kaleidoscope block from Red Pepper Quilts. I quilted it based on the kaleidoscope and pulled my lines from that. But see that little circle from the center of a flower??? In hindsight I wish I had done the circle quilting on this one… (keep reading and check out my circle quilting!)

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Place-mat 3. Squares on squares on squares. I started with itty bitty squares in the center, surrounded by squares twice as big as the middle and then on the side, 2 more squares that are twice as big as the middle sized squares! Wow, that felt like a long sentence! I was going to use this one to practice my free motion quilting, but got scared and stuck with lines…. One thing we really love about the swap place-mats is the free motion quilting…

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The last one is my favorite and my husbands! I think it’s the contrast… Again, a bit of paper piecing with improv! This pattern is a free pattern from Wombat Quilts, the Star String Paper Pieced Pattern. I did have to scale the pattern down a bit. The pattern makes a 12 inch block, but I needed a 10ish inch pattern. Then I did a sort of log cabin around it. And here comes the circle quilting! I’ve been seeing a lot of it around the quilting world lately and I wanted to give it a shot. Love it!

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And then we had a tester! They work! When I first received the place-mats, I didn’t know if I’d be able to use them. They were so pretty! But once you take plunge, you’ll do it too! Make your own place-mats!!!

You can check out the national winners of the challenge here.

And this is my first finish in the Third Quarter Finish-Along!! Can I finish anything else on my list???

Dry Erase Notebook Tutorial

A few months back a co-worker got a dry erase notebook and I thought it was genius!! She had gotten it through a kickstater fund, but it was more money than I wanted to spend. And it was bigger than I wanted… So what did I do… I made some that were just right for me and my son!

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I love making lists. A friend at work teases me about my lists! I love making them crossing things off and adding new. But then my list gets messy, so I have to start over… This is where the dry erase comes in! I can make my lists and erase and add new to my hearts content, without wasting paper or wasting time making a new one! Perfect!

And the other perfect thing about my book…. It cost me about 4 bucks instead of 30!!! So I’ll show you how I made it!

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Gather materials! The secret is Dry Erase Poster Board! I found some on clearance, but a full size sheet is only 2 dollars. You’ll also need a couple inches of velcro, some posterboard (I used a decorative folder) for the covers, a piece of clear vinyl and some double stick tape. I guess I should say that mine only cost a little less than 4 dollars since I had the majority of materials and that doesn’t include the markers!

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First, start cutting.  The Dry Erase poster board is 22 x 28 inches. My notebook is about 5 x 7, so I cut my pieces 7 x 11. One piece of Dry Erase poster board will give you 8 pieces. But! Wait! You also need a piece that is 6 x 1.5. This piece needs to be cardboard, but it doesn’t necessarily need to be the Dry Erase. You could also use a piece from your cover cardboard to make the most of the Dry Erase poster board.

I cut the pieces 7 x11 so that the pages are actually 5.5 x 7 to give some extra room for binding the edge.

You’ll also need to cut your vinyl into a 5 x 16.25 inch strip.

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Then fold each of your sheets in half. (Sorry about the bad lighting…)

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Next you want to tape each of the sheets together. I added double stick tape to the top and bottom of each page pretty close to the edge. The I also added another piece along the cut line, but I moved this in a little bit so it wouldn’t interfere with the binding.

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Then come the marker bag piece! Sew on the velcro. Close to one end and then about 1.5 inches from the top of the other end. Be sure that you face the velcro in the right direction so that when it folds over it actually attaches!

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For this step, poisiton the cardboard kinda centered in the marker bag and then fold over so the velcro secures. Put a little slight fold in the top. You’ll sew along the outside edges from the fold at the top to the bottom. DryEraseNotebook-Step6-ImFeelinCrafty

Cut your cover and back cardboard. You’ll need (2) 5.5 x 7  inch pieces.

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And lastly, take to Office Depot or something similar and have the binding put on it. Be sure to take it with the markers in it so that you get the right size binding. But then take out the markers before the people actually the binding punches!

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And you’re done and you have an awesome coloring book for the kiddo or a nice neat list taking machine for you!

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