if you give a mouse a cookie (for knitters)

Baby pants

Machine embroidery

Shibori onesies

Handmade baby

Jade works at the best ice cream place in our area. They use as many local products as possible to make the most delicious ice cream. Her bosses are super sweet and love their employees…. so much that when last year was a record year in ice cream sales they give all of their employees a retroactive pay raise for the season! I love these hard working people so much, so when their first baby arrived this spring I knew I wanted to knit or sew something really special for him.

It started with a hat. (some of you saw it on instagram a few weeks ago!) The yarn is Mosaic Moon and has been in my stash forever. I love it so much and was just waiting for the right little one to knit it up for. Booties followed. And then I remembered how much I loved sewing tiny pants. (I've done this before once or twice). So the yarn was matched up with some favorite fabric and when I couldn't decide between the two prints I made them both.

You see where this is headed right? If you make some little pants, you're going to need some little shirts to go with them…..

I had a few little onesies in my craft supply stash and indigo dye in my cupboard. Little indigo tshirts where next. It was my first time dyeing with indigo – oh my goodness you guys – it's awesome! I really loved the way these little shirts came out and I'll be hitting the thrift store up for some more clothes to dye now that I have a vat going. 

I topped off the basket with some of our really gentle soap and a big tin of our healing salve which is also really great for diaper rash or any little bumps and scrapes (whole family herbal magic!) I'm not sure who was more excited about gifting the basket – Jade or me!

I really do love how quick it is to pull together these little knit & sewn goodies….. I sew a lot less often these days and I had so much fun making these. The pants pattern is Big Butt Baby Pants by Rae (the best baby pants, especially for cloth diapered babies!) and the hat details are on ravelry.

Welcome to the world little one, the universe paired you up with some pretty awesome parents!

Tell me what you're making these days….

xo,

s

 

eight point patchwork star pillow

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I've been meaning to make up some new pillow covers for awhile now. After stitching together these star quilts around the holidays I thought a pillow cover with the same design would be fun.

I played around with different prints from my stash before deciding on these Anna Maria Horner solid cottons with a bold print in the middle. I had been collecting little bits from her wonderful monthly bundle subscription. I really love the bold colors next to the cream linen.

And those feathers in linen on the back! Oh my!! 

The center piece and feathers are both from her Field Study line, which is one of my favorites. I used 2 layers of organic cotton flannel on the back of the star when I quilted it with double lines. The back is just a simple envelope closure. If you are looking for a great little tutorial on how to sew up these stars I found one here. I covered a blah looking old couch pillow…. but to give yourself an idea of how big to make your cover, just measure the pillow and give yourself some extra for a seam allowance. I add 1.5 – 2 inches because I do a half inch seam on my pillows & I don't like an overstuffed pillow with an envelope closure – it tends to not lay flat (which this one is doing a little).

This is such a perfect pattern for all those little bits in your scrap pile that you can't part with. I think I see a few more stars in my future.

xo~

s

 

her quilt……

her quilt.........

her quilt.........

her quilt.........

her quilt.........

her quilt.........

her quilt.........

her quilt.........

I finished the quilting and sewed the binding on just before the NYC trip. As we chatted and drove I handstitched the top of the binding to the front of the quilt. We spent both nights drinking wine and laughing. And stitching. We got three quarters of it done over the weekend….

And then… determined to lay it over her while she slept… I finished it early this week. I should have been doing a dozen other things. Truly. But I'm glad I chose this.

The fabric is a mix of old, old, old Anna Maria Horner (good folks) and Heather Ross (Mendocino) from my stash. Perfectly complimenting one another…. as their lines often do. The backing is a twin sized flannel sheet. This was my friend's idea and it was a good one.

I want to tell you more…. but there is an empty suitcase looking at me and I really need to get packed for this trip. (Alaska…. little brother's wedding in 4 days… oh my!)

And now it's done. My first real quilt pattern. I goofed when cutting and had to add a chevron row. It's off centered and has a grey polka dot center for fun. And then I added the feathers for a bit of length. She loves it. That's the most important part of all….

Well, and that it's really, truly, finally done!

xo,

s

ps ~ thank you T for helping me finish this… love that we both put some time into it. xo~

 

quilt peeking……

I think there's a rule in blog land that says you are supposed to wait until you're finished with a project before you share it. If that's the case, you might not see much of what I work on around here. I'm a slow and steady crafter. If this were the tortoise and hare craft race, I'd be the tortoise. Or perhaps whatever is trailing behind him…..

That being said. I wanted to show you what I've been working on in bits and pieces. Here and there. A few stitches at a time…….

 

quilt peeking......

quilt peeking......

 

It's getting closer. Little by little.

See that smaller row near the middle? That is what I call the happy oops. It happens when you accidentally cut the pieces too short then scramble to make up the difference. And if one is already creatively celebrating an oops, a grey polka dot stripe in the center is most certainly in order. A quilt that was supposed to have five rows, now has six. And while I admittedly shrieked when I realized my mistake, I'm happy I came up with this solution. My big girl is happy I finally got the top stitched together. And I have one more surprise up my sleeve for you. It's my carrot on a stick to keep you wondering….. I wanted to make this quilt a bit longer, so I added some feathers. A row along the top. Eeek! They are beautiful. I can't wait to show you.

My girl wanted simple quilting. Perhaps because she really wants her quilt. Hey, she knows her mama. The good news is I am almost halfway done with the quilting! I cheated and ordered some handmade binding from this shop. Actually, let's not call it cheating. Let's call it being time thrifty and supporting a small business. That sounds so much better. 

So there it is. My work in progress. (for almost a year now, yes.)

What are you working on these days? 

Let's have a show & tell….. leave a link for others to visit….

Off to bed now, yawn. It's been a long day….

xo,

s

 

the gathering apron…….

gathering apron

 

I bought this pattern last summer and tucked it away. A few weeks ago when I moved into the studio, I found it again and decided to finally sew it up……

 

gathering apron

gathering apron

gathering apron

gathering apron

gathering apron

 

I added a bit of color here and there and a favorite vintage napkin of mine on the front pocket. I've actually had that napkin for years…. just waiting for the perfect thing. I think this may have been it! I love the combination of linens and the splash of yellow in the ties. And that pocket?!? That pocket is amazing! You could totally fit a dinner's worth of garden bounty in there, for sure. 

This is actually my first pattern by Sew Liberated and I'm quite happy with it. The finishing details are well done….. it looks professionally made with all the seams tucked in somewhere and hidden. Plus there are video links online, so you can watch the process. This was very helpful for me, I'm such a visual person. Being able to see a technique I have never done is so much easier than reading a "how to". Also, being a small-ish (ok, short) person, I was worried that the pattern wouldn't fit well, it's a one size fits all. But guess what? It did! It looked lovely on Jade who is several inches taller than me and you can see it on Sophie too, who is still shorter than her mama. At least for now…

You can find the pattern here, the linen here, and the yellow here. (It's Denyse Schmidt Hope Valley.) I've picked up a few more patterns by Meg and hope to sew something else soon. Maybe this tunic or this blouse. Really loving the second one. A lot.

What have you been stitching up these days?

xo~
s

 

vintage patchwork ~ a repurposed picnic blanket

I originally shared this project with Rhythm of the Home over three years ago. I actually can't believe it's been so long! We still use this picnic blanket a *ton* every summer. It's made several road trips and adventures with us and I thought it was time to share it here with you…..

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vintage patchwork ~ a repurposed project

 

Materials Needed::

2 or more vintage cotton sheets for squares (the halves of two twins is sufficient)

1 re-purposed twin flannel sheet (or new) 45 inches wide (or 3 yards)

3 yards linen for backing, 45 inches wide

Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler *optional*

*wash & press all fabric (if flannel is new, you can skip the washing & pressing)

{this is also a great project to make with fat quarters of fabric!}


vintage patchwork ~ a repurposed project

 

Cut your sheet fabric into 25 squares measuring 14×14 inches. I chose 5 prints and cut 5 squares of each. I use a rotary cutter + ruler for this task.

 

vintage patchwork ~ a repurposed project

 

Lay your squares out to choose a pattern. It can be random too, I just like to see it before I sew. If you're pressed for space just fold each square up so you have smaller pieces to lay out. (as shown)

 

vintage patchwork ~ a repurposed project

 

Sew your strips together one row at a time from left to right. Trim or square up the edges and then sew the rows together from top to bottom. Press the seams open as you sew your squares & again as you sew the rows together.

 

vintage patchwork ~ a repurposed project

 

Next, lay your fabrics together in a sandwich as follows : patchwork top right side up on the bottom, linen backing right side down in the middle, flannel backing on the top. Pin edges.

 

vintage patchwork ~ a repurposed project

 

Leaving a six inch hole to turn the project right side out, stitch around the entire blanket with a 1/2 inch hem. Be sure to back stitch at the beginning and ending of your sewing. Turn the blanket right side out, be gentle with the opening. Press the edges.

 

vintage patchwork ~ a repurposed project

 

Topstitch the blanket with a 1/4 seam.

 

vintage patchwork ~ a repurposed project

 

Now you can leave the blanket as is our add some ties for a quilted feel. I used embroidery floss and "tied" the layers together at each square edge. See the yellow thread in the picture below….

 

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Now you have a picnic blanket to last for years to come! 

 

vintage patchwork ~ a repurposed project

 

Enjoy~~

 

xo,

s

 

mermaids…..

mermaids.....

 

mermaids.....

 

mermaids.....

 

mermaids.....

 

My friend Tawnya + I love mermaids. We've passed this obsession love onto my two girls as well. Two summers ago when Tawnya's third baby (a girl!!) arrived we hoped we had another member for the mermaid club. Our recent move means I'm just over an hour away from my dear friend and her little ones. Over the last few months we've seen them more than in the last ten years. My heart is so happy being able to be part of her kids lives and seeing all our kid's get to know one another. It's really just the best thing ever.

Tawnya's sweet girl turned two earlier this month and her mama asked if I would make an explorer bag for her. Her two big brothers had one… so of course she needed one too. I used to sew these little bags up by the dozens for the shop. I think I can make one with my eyes closed. Or, perhaps, the evening before the birthday at 9pm because I procrastinate. Ahem~

I pulled some extra special mermaid fabric from my stash, Heather Ross purple mermaids. *swoon* And to put the whole mermaid theme over the top, we also gifted her three little mermaid friends and a sea inspired playsilk. Little T adored all her mermaid goodies and her mama sent me that picture of her in full I'm-on-a-mission-toddler-stride with her little bag. How sweet are those wild curls, right?

I think we can say the mermaid club is definitely up to five members. Good stuff I tell you~

xo,

s

 

a sneak peek…..

a sneak peek.....

 

a sneak peek.....

 

a sneak peek.....

 

I have the sewing nook all set up. It overlooks the woods and backyard. Such a sweet little space to escape with pandora singing away as I sew. Best of all…. everything can stay out that I'm working on. I only have to clean up when we have guests coming. I guess this makes it a shared studio space…. but still!?! I'm feeling pretty grateful for the abundance of space in this new home of ours.

The Quilt!

It's coming along. Since I took the photos above, I have sewn a strip of solid grey between the sets of two panels. The pattern is here. I picked it up at a sweet little fabric shop in Lafayette just before we moved north. The fabric I used is all collected bits of treasures from my stash. I bought half yards of Anna Maria Horner's Good Folks forever ago when it was in print and have since been waiting for the perfect project. I joked with my girl that I could make good money selling it on etsy. Collectible! But really, that's just no fun. As I was sewing up strips of this in New York….. while all my fabric was boxed up in Louisiana…. I suddenly remembered my mermaid collection. So the last few strips had to wait until we were unpacked in the new house so I could pull a few bits from my stash to add here and there. It's certainly a busy quilt…… but my big girl loves it. And truly, this mama does too. It's coming along in little bits. Slowly but surely getting closer to being done. And yes, there is one skinny strip. No, that is not part of the pattern. A little improv. (aka ~ mistake gone well) More about that another time….

 

I've got a pile of links for your weekend we exploring! Very handy if it's drizzling at your house too…..

~ Possibly the best thing I've read about the importance of a good old fashioned summer for kids.

~ Gennine. Always.

~ me. rambling about what's for dinner and other random bits. on facebook. want to join us?

~ make fairy wands. because they're awesome.

~ motivation for finishing the current quilt pattern? having already bought the pattern for the next one…. (made with the newest line from Jen of monaluna : raaga ~ I am in love with it, the elephants. gah!!)

~ bubble

~ I ordered one of these before they are all gone (almost!)

 

plus these from the archives:: 

you know, in case it's sunny at your house. of course, they're good when it's drizzly too…. 


gotta have salt :)

 

~mango mint margaritas (your welcome)

 

Happy Weekending to you~

xo,

s

 

knitting……. sewing…….

This might just be the fastest turn around time ever.

The fabric purchased Monday afternoon became a tablecloth by Tuesday.

A simple square with a wide border. I suppose a round table should have a round tablecloth? But I wanted simple. We listened to the last bits of this while I sewed and pressed and sewed. (it is really so very good!) I'm blaming this little project on Jade who gave me the push to sew it up. We need some color in here mom….. c'mon it will be pretty. She was right. A tiny bit of handmade and it feels more like home. I think it was her idea to move the table to the window too. Which again, she was right. It's the best spot in the house….. bright, warm and sunny. And with a splash of color now too……

 

knitting....... sewing.......

 

knitting....... sewing.......

 

knitting....... sewing.......

 

And some knitting is happening too. I just separated the front, arm holes, & back pieces of the sweater and started the first sleeve. I wonder if I can get this sweater finished before we head to the new house? Maybe…… just maybe….

 

knitting....... sewing.......

 

knitting....... sewing.......

 

What'cha making in your neck of the woods?