Saturday, March 30, 2013

Hoppy Easter Eve!

This will be Darcy's first Easter, and we've been spending a lot of time this week to prepare for the visit from the Easter Bunny.  Hasn't left too much time to sew and blog, but now that I, as the Easter Bunny's assistant, have finished all my errands, I'm hopping (ha ha) that today I'll be able to catch up.

I finally finished The Crinkle Quilt, so I'll write a post about that, as well as the Sew and Tell.  Then I started on the Ruffle Top Romper, and am pretty close to finishing that as well, so I'll have the play-by-play and the Sew and Tell for that project, too.  And finally, this being Saturday and the start to my sewing week, I'll have a post about my new project.  That's five, FIVE, posts that I'll be working on today.  Any chance that this is the longest Saturday of the year?

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Crinkle Quilt, Day 10

This weekend was chock full of activity.  Lots of family and friends to visit, and little Darcy even went on a swing for the first time!  I felt like such a slacker because I didn't get much sewing done, but then The Husband reminded me that I wasn't slacking off, I just was doing more important things.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Week 10: Ruffle Top Romper

My on-time record hasn't been great these last few weeks.  In fact, I've not yet completed The Crinkle Quilt, and it's possible that it won't be finished until mid-week.  I wanted to make a dress for Darcy to wear on Easter, and had picked out Simplicity 2668, but after reading the directions, I realized that I wouldn't be able to finish The Crinkle Quilt and the dress by this Saturday.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Crinkle Quilt, Day 5

This is Day 5 of The Crinkle Quilt, but because I worked on the Pretty Patches Placemats and Napkins for three extra days, I didn't actually begin work on the The Crinkle Quilt until yesterday.  

Monday, March 18, 2013

Pretty Patches Placemats and Napkins, Day 10

The day you (and I) thought would never come has finally arrived.  The Pretty Patches Placemats and Napkins project is done!  I did think that I was going to finish it yesterday, but as I was finishing up the binding on the Green and Yellow placemats, I noticed a problem, and I knew I'd have to redo the binding.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Pretty Patches Placemats and Napkins, Day 9

This is the first Day 9 I've had since starting this 52-week endeavor.  It's kinda got me down, and I want to throw in the towel and start the next project, but I gotta press on.  I can't let these placemats get the best of me!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Week 9: The Crinkle Quilt

Even though I've not quite finished the Pretty Patches Placemats, I'm going to begin the next project.  I'm still in stash-busting mode, and I want to also use some of the batting that's been taking up some room, but I also want to work on a quick project.  I think I've found a project that'll cover all those things.  For Week 9 I will be making The Crinkle Quilt designed by Palak of Make It Handmade.  This pattern is on the Make It Handmade website and also posted at Moda Bake Shop.

The Crinkle Quilt from Palak of Make It Handmade
Image and design © Make It Handmade

Friday, March 15, 2013

Pretty Patches Placemats and Napkins, Day 7

"It's that Poppins woman!  She did it!"  She of the "Well begun is half done" philosophy!  Well, let me tell you, Mary Poppins, I began this week's project with a bang, busting out those napkins like nothin', and cutting out the fabric pieces for the placemats like a hot knife through butter.  I was on my way to having Friday night supper served on my brand new placemats.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pretty Patches Placemats and Napkins, Day 6

The Leaning Tower of Terror

For the past three days my project progress has been stymied by a little phrase in the placemats' pattern directions - "randomly placed."

Monday, March 11, 2013

Pretty Patches Placemats and Napkins, Day 3

This Daylights Saving thing is wreaking havoc on my internal clock.  (And by the way, does anything else other than havoc get wreaked?)  I mean, I'm enjoying the extra bit of sunshine, but my body doesn't know when to sleep or when to wake up.  I woke up at 3 o'clock this morning and couldn't go back to sleep for nearly four hours.  I did cut all my pieces yesterday, but I haven't felt like doing much sewing.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Week 8: Pretty Patches Placemats and Napkins

I'm in a major stash-busting mood this week.  I need to work on a project that'll significantly reduce the amount of fabric I have.  This week I'll be working on one of the many kits I've purchased over the years, the Pretty Patches Placemats and Napkins kit from Connecting Threads.

Sip of Summer collection from
Connecting Threads

Friday, March 8, 2013

Reversible Bucket Hat Sew and Tell

The Reversible Bucket Hat from Oliver + S is the first hat project I've ever done.  The pattern and the steps were easy to follow, and the illustrations were very helpful.  This is a free pattern on the website, but it is also included in their book Little Things to Sew.  I've been looking at a few other patterns on the website, and if the directions are as clear as this pattern was, I'll be really looking forward to making those outfits.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Reversible Bucket Hat, Day 6

No sooner had I written about the warm, spring weather in the Bay Area do the March winds come sweeping in.  It turned out to be fortuitous, though, because as I watched tree parts tumble down the street, I frowned thinking how Darcy wouldn't be able to wear her hat in this kind of weather.  But then I realized, "Oh, yes she CAN!"  I decided to add straps to the bucket hat so it won't blow away during blustery days.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Reversible Bucket Hat, Day 5

It was hard to choose which two fabrics to go with for the bucket hat, especially since the Cheep Talk collection had a lot of great designs.  I finally went with a light/dark orange combination, because it made me think of the warm sunshine.

Baby Darcy is only 9-months old, but according to the pattern, her head is the size of a 3 to 5-year old!  I get the feeling that I'm going to be making all of her hats because she's apparently the Bruce Bochy of the baby kingdom (for those of you non-Giants fans, the World Champions' manager has one of the largest hat sizes in the Major League)!  Fortunately (or not), her body is proportionate to her head, so no, her head does not look like an orange on a toothpick.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Week 7: Reversible Bucket Hat

Spring has come early to the Bay Area.  The weather's been warm, and I've been taking Darcy out for walks in her stroller.  She enjoys being out in the sunshine, but on certain pathways, the sunshine hits her face a little too much for her liking.  I've given her sunglasses to wear, but she thinks they are for chewing and not wearing.  Since she does alright with headwear, I'm going to make her a hat.
Reversible Bucket Hat from Oliver + S
Image and design © Oliver + S