I hope you are enjoying the week and the last days of summer! I am so ready for fall! We have been having some cooler weather which has been nice and getting me eager for those crisp fall days. I have busy finishing up some new pretties for my last summer shoppe update.
I will be reopening tomorrow Friday, Aug. 22nd at 1 p.m. PST! I look forward to visiting and catching up with you all this weekend.
It has been a busy couple weeks working on some new pretties for my last summer update for the shoppe, and working on some new projects, too!
I learned from the help of a sweet new blogging friend how to make my first traditional hand appliquéd Dahlia, which I am quite excited about and think it turned out pretty cute for my first one. I basted the feed sack petals, stitched them down, and for the center I did needle turn, which I can definitely use some more practice with. I really am enjoying all the hand sewing. It really makes me slow down and not rush to get something finished.
It all started with this booklet where I saw the Friendship Dahlia quilt pattern.
I really loved how pretty it was, so I thought I would give it a try and cut the pieces out, but I was so confused on how to make the petals with the curved seam since I am so used to making hexies and diamonds. Well, I came across the lovely and talented Martha of Q is for Quilter and saw that she had made one awhile back, so I thought I would ask for a little help.
Well, she was so sweet to explain how she made it, and even sent me her beautiful Dahlia and some beautiful feed sack petals so I could make a small Friendship Dahlia doll quilt!! I was quite excited! I am so blessed by the sweetness, help, and generosity of this blogging community! Thank you so much Martha! And, I can't wait to make some more! ;) Oh, I finally found my first aqua Pyrex dish at the the thrift store the other day. Yay!!
I am still working on some sweet bow ties and made a couple of minty and grey ones.
I love mixing the feed sacks with newer fabrics!
I made this sweet patchwork puppy pot holder for a gift for a lovely friend. I love how the patchwork turned out, and I will be adding a couple to my shoppe, too!
These beautiful fabrics arrived from the sweetest Shay of Simply Sweet Fabric. The first three are from Darlene Zimmerman's new Lazy Daisy Baskets which I just love the pastel colors.
I have been making some new vintagey aprons for the shoppe and been having so much fun! This one I used part of a vintage fruity tablecloth. I will be having one last summer update in the shoppe in the next week or so, and then I will be on to apples for fall! I am kinda looking forward to the cooler, crisp weather!
Thank you for visiting with me today, and I am so behind in catching up with you, but will be doing it over the weekend! Wishing you a most lovely and crafty summers week!! xo
It's been a fun week finishing up a couple custom orders, and working on a new project! For the #handsewpatchwork sew-a-long with zakkaArt we learned how to make a cute bow tie, which I made the sweet yellow one above.
Well, I was so excited to learn how because awhile back I was reading through the May 1951 Workbasket magazine and came across this darling baby necktie quilt. Such perfect timing! They each measure about 5 1/2 inches, so I am not sure how many I will be making for the baby quilt. There block is little smaller and they suggest 749 bow ties! Well, I don't think I will be doing that many! ;) I think I will be sticking with maybe 50, plus the solid in between each one. And, each solid you hand quilt a bow tie, which will be sweet.
And, these are the ones I have made so far. These two have a vintage fabric bow tie, as I thought it would be fun to do a mix of vintage and new fabrics.
Some of my favorite Japanese reproduction fabrics!
The purple one is a vintage fabric, which I just love! I don't have a lot of purple in my stash, but have recently started collecting more! I look forward to sharing my progress on the quilt with you! It's such a relaxing and enjoyable process to hand sew each bow tie block and it will be a quilt of love!
I finished this pretty tote bag for my mom yesterday for a very late birthday present. I made it in some of her favorite colors, and some of my favorite prints. ;) It's all sweetly packaged and ready to be mailed out to her. Hope she likes it!!
Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting with me today! Wishing you a most lovely and crafty week!! xo
Hope that you are all doing wonderful and enjoying these summer days! I have been busy working on projects and custom orders, which I have been loving! I have also become quite fond of Instagram, and you can peak over there as I usually post daily on what I am working on! :)
I finished this fruity patchwork place mat for a dear friend's sweet little girl. I really love all these cute fabrics together.
I hand quilted it with perle cotton which I thought gave it a sweet touch. I am eager to try hand quilting with hand quilting thread on my next project! I am getting better with my stitches each time I do it!
I made my first Dutch pinwheel for the Sew Sweet Bee for Kerri of Lovely Little Handmades.I had to fix a couple points after I took this photo before I sent it off to her, but I'm improving with my quilting skills and starting to get better at those corners to match up nicely. It isn't easy!:) And, I am happy that she likes how it turned out!! Love those colors together!!
And, the newest project/sew-a-long that I am doing is learning how to hand sew/quilt a mini patchwork quilt with the sweetest and talented Wynn of ZakkaArt! I am so loving the process of drawing each shape, cutting with scissors, and hand sewing the pieces together with some of my favorite vintage needles! The 9-patch block was our first one, and...
the Evening Star was our second. For this one I need to make another one where the star points stand out more, which I probably should have paid more attention to in the beginning, but it was a fun practice one to make! Maybe I will use this one on the backing of the quilt.;)
This sweet vintage cabinet was a recent find at the thrift store. I had actually had my eye on it for a month but didn't want to pay the price, so I was lucky it was still there and half off! A new place for all my fabrics in my sewing room!
Thank you for stopping by and visiting with me! I look forward to catching up this week with all your sweet blogs, and seeing what you have been up to this summer! Wishing you a most lovely week!! xo
Hope that you are all doing wonderful and enjoying the warm summer days! I have been busily working away finishing up some new sweet items for my shoppe, which will be reopening tomorrow, July 2nd at 11 a.m. PST! I will be back to blogging after the 4th of July weekend, and look forward to catching up with you then!!