Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Mississippi Ave Top

Hi everyone,

It's been a while since I've blogged.
We moved to a new house a few months ago, and I just finally got my sewing room set up.
I decided that I wanted to try my hand at garment sewing.

I bought the Mississippi Ave Dress and Top pattern by Sew House Seven. It's a really great pattern. I'm new to garment sewing. I've been a quilter for a while but sewing clothing has really intimidated me. But, I wanted to give it a shot. 

I decided to make my muslin with a cotton lawn I've had in my stash for about 3 years. I bought it from Fabricland when they had a sale by one metre, get two free.
The pattern went together really well. I didn't have any difficulty following the instructions. I did grade the pattern from a 14 at the bust to an 18 at the waist. It worked out perfectly. 

The only thing I didn't do on this pattern is the shoulder ties. I liked it better without them. 
She really loved this top and wore it today when we went shopping.
It looked great with a pair of denim capri's.

I plan to make a dress with this pattern now that I know that she likes it.
I'm so glad that this is a wearable muslim. 

See you soon.


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Millefiori quilt-a-long, rosette #1 in progress

Hi everyone, 

We are doing a bunch of spring cleaning in our house. So I haven't done a ton of sewing. But, I did get hooked to the Millefiori quilt-a-long hosted by Katja. Her web site is

I bought her book "The New Hexagon" at my local quilt shop and decided to join in the fun. 

I'm still working on rosette #1, but I like how it's going. 

What do you think? I hope you like it!!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Pink scrappy placemat

Hi everyone, 

Today, I was sewing up a few more 3.5 inch pink blocks. I made a few more maverick stars, 9 patch and  a few shoo fly blocks. I decided to use them all in a placemat. I really needed new placemats, so this was a good way to start.
It had been almost 2 years since I did any free motion quilting. This was a great way to practice and see how my sewing machine managed it. My mom gave me my sewing machine last summer and this was the first time I tried free motion quilting with it.

I really like my placemat. It's completely made up of scraps from my scrap bin, including the backing and binding. Yeah for scrap busting. And it counts as a finish!!! Yeah!!! That's ever better.

Friday, February 13, 2015

February's pink scrappy blocks

Hi everyone,

I decided to join in the RSC15.
aka... The rainbow scrap challenge 2015
Found here.

Since I'm a month behind,
I'm making blue and pink blocks this month.
This is what I have made so far.

A scrappy log cabin block @ 9.5 inches

A talkin' turkey block, pattern by Bonnie Hunter of

Some mini maverick star blocks and 9 patch blocks that are 3.5 inches

And some 16 patch maverick star blocks. 

I'm having a ton of fun making these blocks. 
It's fun going thru my scraps and using them up. This is the perfect new project for me. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

My quilt top is done!

So, I managed to get my Rocky Road to Kansas quilt top done. I added a very scrappy string border to it! It really makes for a bright quilt. But I like it! 
This is a terrible picture because it was night time and the lighting in my house is not the best. I feel good about using all those scraps of fabric. Barely made a dent in my scrap bin, but that's okay. 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Working on a scrappy border

I've been working on making a scrappy border for my Rocky Road to Kansas quilt. It's a string border. 
I have this huge bin full of scraps. As I'm making these borders, I'm also cutting my scraps using Bonnie Hunter's Scrap User's System. You can find it on her website 

This is no small task. I've been working all day at it, and it doesn't look like I've used any scraps from my bin. It's crazy!!! This is what the border looks like.
It really fits well with this quilt. I have one long side done. And quite a bit of the other long side done. I hope to have this top done by the end of the weekend. But no promises!!