Sunday, September 21, 2008

More make-up bags

Here is another little make up bag this weekend. I used up the very last of my all time favorite prints making this little lovely. The flower covering almost the whole side is just gorgeous. I also used one of my new little labels, ordered just for this type of project.

Lucky Girl

I picked up this Simplicity pattern last week and couldn't wait to try it out. It can be made in size 1 - 5, which means I can start dressing A LOT of little girls. This dress in a size one but shortened by 2 1/2 inches because a baby in an evening dress is not the most practical attire. The print is Lucky Girl by Robert Kaufman and is a stretch cotton, which is perfect for little bodies in motion.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Coordinating In A Studio

City living is hard. You spend way too much money to live in way too small of a place. But if you find yourself living in a studio, the best thing you can do is be friends with someone who likes to sew.

The OLDM needed some pillows for her new couch that would also work with her fabulous quilt. After some online and brick and mortar shopping trips, she ended up purchasing a coordinating print from Alexander Henry. The black and cream flowers in the pillow fabric show up in the print we used for the quilt. It works but isn't too matchy matchy. They look great on the white sofa and when it gets chilly this Fall and when someone uses the quilt to cuddle on the couch, everything will be tied in perfectly.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Pretty In Pink and Yellow and Orange Flowers

I spent the weekend sewing little girl dresses and I am so sorry the weekend is over. I could sew cute little dresses all day long. I made two of these little cuties for my coworker's daughters. The fabric is from the Park Slope line, the ribbon is from my favorite trim store in the Garment District and the buttons are from a store in Cancun (I know, random, but I was there recently and try to incorporate fabric shopping in all of my travels).

More Furniture

So I have the furniture bug. High off of my success recovering my chairs, I picked up an old bench at my local used furniture store. Immediately, I contacted my interior design consultant and she suggested this gorgeous David Hicks fabric. Once the fabric arrived, I took apart the bench only to find that the seat was a mess and was going to require my dormant 8th grade shop class skills. One trip to Home Depot, the loan of a drill and the very patient assistance from David and we have ourselves a new seat to the bench. And I am loving the results.

The bench is going to be used as a coffee table for when we have guests over. I am picturing it topped with a clear acrylic tray. My living room is too small to have a coffee table set out all the time so this is the perfect solution. Once I make a slip cover for the couch, I will post a picture of the room in all of its new decorating glory.

Another little make-up bag

Jess sent me some linen to work on a new purse for her, and what did I do? I immediately made a new make up bag. I had random purchased some adorable ribbon on Friday and the colors worked perfectly with the linen and some fabric in my stash, so I made a little cute magic this afternoon.

Just In Time For Fall

Here is my latest obsession. After finishing the Bird Quilt, I was consumed with the idea of making another quilt for our house, and one that is really for David. (You know that they say, "the quilter's husband always goes cold.") I had a stash a Japanese fabric and had been eying a pack of charm squares at City Quilters for a long while, so the quilt design was pretty obvious. And if I say so myself, the charm square quilt did not disappoint.

I also got to break in my new quilting gloves that I received as a birthday present from my mom (Hi Mom!). They were terrific and I only managed to sewing my finger once.

As for the free motion quilting, I am 100% addicted. It was hard but it looks so great. I am sure my technique will improve, since I had only really practiced a few times on swatches before I dove into the full size quilt. It is all washed, puckery and on my bed, and the quilting has held up perfectly so far.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Three Ladies

Here are three pretty purses modeling some of my Fall fabric. The style is a cross between the Handbag and the City Bag and was originally created for a certain person named Nadia. When describing this style to my coworker, I kept referring to it as "like the one I made for Nadia." When my coworker placed her order, she asked for three bags in the Nadia style and the Nadia Bag was born!