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City Sampler Quilt Blocks 1 thru 10

My talented friend inspired me to join in the #100Blocks100Days quilt block challenge.  While she does absolutely beautiful work with quilts, I am a beginner with quilts.  But with her encouragement, and my desire to have lovely quilts in my house like hers, I started the 100 Modern Quilt Blocks to make Tula Pink’s City Sampler Quilt.

I pulled Tula Pink’s Chipper fabrics, mixed with a few of her other collections, and a fat quarter bundle of her True Colors.  Using these fabrics, I mixed and matched to make such unique quilt blocks – and with Tricia’s continued encouragement, plus seeing her beautiful blocks posted every day, I am slowly catching up with the #100Blocks100Days challenge.

The #100Blocks100Days challenge is hosted by Gnome Angel HERE.  It is run on Instagram, which is a new medium for me, so I will post my blocks there and also here on my blog.

See my friend Tricia’s amazing work on her Instagram at MyRainyDaysDesign and on her Etsy site HERE.

And now, here are my first 10 blocks…

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Haunting Halloween Apron

{Whimsical Fabric Wacky Wednesday Bundle}

It’s Wednesday again, and there’s another perfectly timed fabric bundle deal from Whimsical Fabric.  The Wacky Wednesday deal can be purchased HERE on the Whimsical Fabric Facebook Group.

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Halloween is only a few weeks away.  Make a Halloween Apron using fabrics from Whimsical Fabric online store.  Order today for this fabric bundle deal of Happy Haunting fabrics by Riley Blake.

To show off the Wacky Wednesday fabric bundle, I stitched up this reversible apron using the Happy Haunting fabric collection.  The collection includes novelty prints in the traditional Halloween colors of orange and black.  The reversible apron features the orange haunted houses, owls, witches, and moons print on one side, and the reverse side is a mix of stripes on the bodice and hexie print on the bottom.

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This reversible apron pattern is one of my favorites – my serious favorite considering it is a frequently featured pattern on my blog – HERE, HERE, and HERE!  It’s the Jezebelle Reversible Apron PDF Pattern by Handmaiden’s Cottage.  It is a flirty full circle skirt on an hourglass shaped bodice.  For me, the apron is a canvas to show off lovely & fun fabrics.

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The Wacky Wednesday Deal is offered at 12 noon central on the Whimsical Fabric & me Facebook group.  It is only offered until it sells out which is usually in the first 24 hours.  This bundle includes the 5 fabric prints, and you can buy a Full Yard bundle (5 total yards) or a Half Yard bundle (2.45 total yards).  Of course, multiple bundles will be cut in continuous yardage.

And while you at Whimsical Fabric & me Facebook group, look around, make some friends, and find so much inspiration.

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Halloween Magic Dress

[Whimsical Fabric Wacky Wednesday Bundle}

Yes, it’s time to start thinking about Fall, and that means Halloween.  This week’s Wacky Wednesday Bundle at Whimsical Fabric will get you in the spirit for Halloween Magic.

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This week’s bundle is Halloween Magic from Riley Blake stitched up in the Oliver + S Pinwheel Dress.  (offered HERE)  For my almost-7-year -old daughter this is a fun combo.  The pattern offers a slip dress and a tunic.  I made both so we have some layering options.

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I love the swinging skirts that tuck up in the front.  And the bias trim detail – I am a sucker for anytime I can make my own bias trim.  In my world, the more fabric combos you can use the better!  Bias trim is another fabric to use, so YAY!

This is why I LOVE the bundle deals on Wednesdays… a perfect fabric combo!

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The Wacky Wednesday Deal is offered at 12 noon central on the Whimsical Fabric & me Facebook group.  It is only offered until it sells out which is usually in the first 24 hours.  This bundle includes the 5 fabric prints, and you can buy a Full Yard bundle (5 total yards) or a Half Yard bundle (2.45 total yards).  Of course, multiple bundles will be cut in continuous yardage.

And while you at Whimsical Fabric & me Facebook group, look around, make some friends, and find so much inspiration.

Happy Wednesday!  And an early Happy Halloween, I hope yours is full of Halloween Magic.

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Poolside Fun in a Towel Coverup

SUMMER IS FINALLY HERE so it must be time for a Pool Side Beach Party blog tour hosted by Deb (Sprouting Jube Jube) and Ula (lulu & celeste).  My contribution is a swimsuit coverup made from a beach towel using the ModKid Hailey pattern.

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The beach towel is from Wal-mart and cost less than $5 and was just enough for a size 7 Hailey tunic length.  I pulled bright yellow woven fabric from my stash for the beach cover up ruffle on the bottom.  To finish the neckline and the sleeves, I used 1/2″ store bought binding.  The empire waist is gathered with 1″ elastic sewn down with 3  rows of stitching.

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Because this swim cover up worked up so easy and looks so good, I went back and bought more terry cloth beach towels to sew up a few more coverups for my daughter’s swim friends.  So stayed tuned – more to come!

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And now for the blog tour GOODIES!

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Prizes!

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2 Patterns of choice* from Jennuine Design

1 Pattern of choice* from Designs by Call Ajaire

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Quilt Block Skirt: May Love for Mom

{Quilt Along at Whimsical Fabric}

This is something new for me… I made Quilt Blocks.  Following the May Quilt Blocks at Whimsical Fabric, I stitched up 5 Heart Quilt Blocks in some Riley Blake fabrics.  Then I pieces the blocks with a blue coordinate to make a border on a simple gathered skirt for my daughter.

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Whimsical Fabric is hosting a Quilt Along this year.  They introduce a new quilt block every month with a complete tutorial to help you make your own blocks.  You can look them up HERE.

For May, the block was a heart to show LOVE for Mom.

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(see more Heart Quilt Blocks in the Whimsical Fabric Facebook Group HERE)

Most often, I sew garments for my kids – usually my 6 year old daughter.  I feel rushed to make all the cute girl patterns out there while she is still willing to wear what I make.  I figure there is time later in my sewing hobby to make for me and to quilt.  So, most of my projects are girlie clothes.  But, after working some heavy hours at my day job over the past few weeks, I wanted a different project that didn’t require me to figure out too much and that I could finish quickly to feel the rush of something done.  The Whimsical Fabric’s Quilt Along was perfect!  (remember, I told you the tutorial tells you exactly what to cut, and how to stitch it… simple)

After I made my 5 quilt blocks, now what???

Well…. I guess I returned to my comfort zone and put them on a quick skirt.

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From-a-Box celebrates Sofilantjes 2 year anniversary!

Sofilantjes 2nd Anniversary Celebration!

Have you been following the anniversary celebration at Sofilantjes?  It’s the designer’s 2nd Anniversary, and it’s been a spectacular blog tour and week of games, pattern discounts (25% off your purchase (bundles excluded) with code CELEBRATE), give aways, & so much inspiration to create.  Her sponsors for the celebration are some of the best in the business – much THANKS to them for making this possible.

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For the blog tour, Anne challenged her bloggers to mash, twist, extend, and transform her patterns.  She told us to use any of her patterns, even several of her patterns at once, to make our most creative garment possible… and we DID deliver!

These are the highlights and my personal FAVEs…

Pockets! Pockets! and more Pockets!

There were extra pockets, cargo pockets, inseam pockets, and kangaroo pockets shared on the tour.

top left to bottom right:

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For me, one of the most UNIQUE transformations for the newest pattern, the Solis Tunic and Dress is Braided Straps… I am trying this trick, for sure!

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Another unique mash up on Sofilantjes Patterns that I have to guess surprised Anne, was the SWIMSUIT made from the Solis pattern and the free Liv Skirt pattern – so much creativity!

 

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And then of course there were gorgeous dresses for the girlies!  with super twirly skirts, longer tunic styles, and even a super sweet peplum skirt.

top left to bottom right:

Bellevi | Pienkel | Inspinration | Jennifer on Sofilantjes

Paired with the most popular Domi pants pattern, there were tutorials to mash up patterns into a ROMPER – yes! a romper.

top to bottom:

BeriBee | Tales of a Tester | Rebel & Malice

And finally, Let’s hear it for the BOYS… (and the ice cream we had for dinner!)

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The FINAL Give-away is TODAY… and it is the best!  (think of the finale at a Fireworks Show)… be sure the ENTER to WIN here a Rafflecopter giveaway

Visit all of the sponsors… again, Anne gathered the best!

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Pocket Pants in Goats

HAPPY 2 Year ANNIVERSARY Sofilantjes!  It’s been an exciting year full of patterns, tutorials, mash-ups, hacks, and such creativeness!  I am happy to be part of the anniversary blog tour.  To celebrate the anniversary, I pulled my FAVORITE goat fabric and made a capri Domi pants with plenty of pockets for my girl.  I LOVE this fabric!  almost as much as I LOVE the Sofilantjes Domi Pants Pattern.  And then with the extra pockets… ok, yes, that’s enough gushing – let’s get to the good stuff.

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The Domi Pants Pattern come with options for front pockets.  I added back and side pockets to my capri pants.  The side pockets include a velco tab closure.

Here are pictures of the simple steps to add these pockets.

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Before I go on… make sure to join the Sofilantjes Facebook group to learn more about the patterns, interact with the experienced seamstresses, and for the chance to WIN free stuff!

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The matching top is from the Solis Dress Pattern, but only the bodice pieces with an additional 5″ of length to make it into a tank top.  And the cute goat is proudly displayed on the back.

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Want your own Sofilantjes Patterns?  You can WIN patterns during the huge celebration  – visit the Sofilantjes blog HERE to enter.  OR, purchase HERE using discount code CELEBRATE for 25% off all patterns (bundles excluded, expires May 26th)

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Enjoy all the creatively at each of these blogs:
From a Box Paisley RootsPattern Revolution SewSophieLynnBeri Bee DesignsSprouting Jube JubeCoral and Co.Create 3.5Jennifer for SofilantjesBellevi Vaahtokarkkimonsteri Sew JournersInspinration MoonStar Lucky MieNononsonsmoms Pienkel Tales of a Tester Adventures with Bubba and BugAll things Katy Candice AyalaRebel and MaliceLiesellove

NOW for the celebration…

Day 1: 11 patterns to give away. Will run until May 25, 12.00 AM (GMT+1)(Amsterdam time)  Enter here… a Rafflecopter giveaway
Day 2: 11 patterns to give away. Will run until May 26, 12 AM (GMT+1)(Amsterdam time)
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Day 3: 10 patterns to give away. Will run until May 27 12AM (GMT+1)(Amsterdam Time)  Enter here… a Rafflecopter giveaway
Day 4: 11 patterns to give away. Will run until May 28 12AM (GMT+1)(Amsterdam Time)  Enter here… a Rafflecopter giveaway
Day 5: 9 patterns to give away. Will run until May 29 12AM (GMT+1)(Amsterdam Time)   Enter here…a Rafflecopter giveaway

And… one last shot of the goat pants since they are so AWESOME!

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