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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:

From-a-Box | Adventures of Bubba & Bug | Moonstar | SewSophieLynn | Candice Ayala

 

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!

Paisley RootsSprouting Jube Jube

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!)

Nononsonsmoms | Lucky Mieke

 

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!

Duck Butt Designs Designs by Call Ajaire 5 out of 4 PatternsItch to StitchBella SunshineStraight Grain Stoffenfeest Sew by Pattern Pieces Droomstoffen Coffee + Thread New HorizonsSew Happily Ever AfterPienkel A Sparkly BabyMCM Studio DesignsJoy FitsKlijntje.beSerger Pepper Designs Pickle Toes Patterns FABulous Home SewnAudrey & TiffanyElliedactyl Seaside NotionsPhat QuartersRock the StitchSecond Star Fabriccas & nina pink zeppelin fabrics E+M Patterns Laela Jeyne PatternsBWD FabricsThink MarieLanaLottaPollywoggles – Sew Straight and GatherSugar Ink FabricThe Fabric Candy Shoppe

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A Pot of Gold at the End of a Rainbow

{For the Love of Legends Blog Tour, hosted by CraftingCon and Phat Quarters}
For the Love of Legends Blog Tour hosted by CraftingCon and Phat Quarters

Read along for the blog lineup & prize package give-aways… enjoy!

Featuring the Jezebelle apron PDF pattern designed by Handmaiden’s Cottage Patterns to share the famous legend of A Pot of Gold at the End of a Rainbow.

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The legend has many interpretations.  The most famous is the Irish story of Leprechauns leaving pots of gold at the end of rainbows.  Or something about fairies leaving the gold to be guarded by Leprechauns.  And sometimes there is an old farmer and his wife involved in the myth.  I think the point of the legend is mostly the same… Because a rainbow is a circle arcing across the sky, and you can only see a portion of it, the end of the rainbow does not really exist, so the pot of gold is never attainable – meaning that you can keep following that rainbow looking the reward of a pot of gold, but you will not get there to find it.  (geez, that sounds kinda pathetic now that I type it out…)

Let’s try another interpretation… Some versions of the A Pot of Gold at the End of a Rainbow legend take a spiritual theme.  Such as, if you chase a rainbow only expecting to find a pot of gold at the end, you will be disappointed.  In other words, enjoy the journey.  I guess if you are traveling a rainbow, that’s a reward already.

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Because it is St. Patrick’s Day this week, I chose the A Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow legend to contribute to the For the Love of Legends Blog Tour hosted by CraftingCon and Phat Quarters.

For the pot of gold, I needed a gold fabric pocket. I re-purposed a dance costume to get the gold fabric. The rainbow needed to arc across the garment to end in the pot of gold, or the pocket in this case.  I pulled one of my favorite patterns for adapting a theme to a wearable garment.  It’s a flirty apron pattern called the Jezebelle Apron by Handmaiden’s Cottage Patterns.  (I featured the same apron for The Day of the Dead Celebration HERE and again HERE)

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The apron pattern is completely reversible, although that is not needed for my adaption today.  The pocket is gathered and rounded, and looks perfectly like a pot of gold.

The rainbow, however, was a bit of a struggle.  The apron bodice is fitted with princess seams to make it so flirty.  My vision was to have a quarter of the rainbow arc across the right side into the pocket on the left side skirt.  Getting the curved shape of the arc across the fitted bodice was challenging to say the least.  This project spent many nights in time out when I just couldn’t look at anymore. — ever have a project that just needs to sit in the corner until you can work with it again.  Finally, I found this rainbow ribbon in my collection, and borrowing a ‘mannequin with boobs’ from my friend, I was able to achieve the arc that I wanted.  Then I just stitched 5 rows of ribbon following the arc with gold metallic top stitching, and I had my rainbow!

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And I have to say, I am very happy with the results!  I managed to represent a favorite legend in a wearable garment! Not to sound too trite or too cheesy – I followed the rainbow long enough and found a pot of gold.

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Thank you to the ladies at CraftingCon and Phat Quarters for another FUN and Challenging  blog tour.

For the Love of Legends Blog Tour hosted by CraftingCon and Phat Quarters
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The Wholesome MamaSkirt FixationAmazing Adventures Of Bubba and BugBella Sunshine DesignsFrom-a-Box
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Wild + WanderfulThe Fairy Dust BinGYCT DesignsThe Kisses Co.Call Ajaire
3/16
Handmade BoyMae & Kcreate3.5Pear Berry LaneSewing Mama RaeAnna
3/17
The Inspired WrenRebel & MaliceSew StarlyXO JessicaFalafel and the Bee
3/18
PenSeb&RoxKnot Sew NormalBeatnik KidsLulu & CelesteSwoodson Says•Friends Stitched Together

And be sure to check out our giveaway sponsors and enter below!

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Phat Quarters: $20 Gift Card
Momma Quail Patterns: 1 Pattern of Choice*
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XO Jessica: 1 Custom Shirt
Knot Sew Normal: 1 Pattern of choice*

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Love Notions: 1 Pattern of Choice*
Beatnik Kids: 1 Pattern of Choice*
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Skirt Fixation: 2 Yards of Fabric

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Sew n’ Style: Birthday Style

When I sew, I love collections!  I love themes!  I love to make coordinates!  And I love for my girlie to be involved.  The Sew n’Style Series by Lil Luxe offers all of these loves for me.

This mini collection is to celebrate my daughter’s 6th birthday.  The collection includes her school day outfit, her party dress, and her pajamas – all from Lil Luxe patterns.  That is a complete day of outfits… a very special day of very special outfits created by me and my youngest daughter.

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(and so I don’t forget to tell you… you can create your own mini collection and link it up with  #sewNstyleluxeseries for a chance to win some fabulous prizes!  see all the details HERE)

After planning and sketching the outfits for her birthday, my daughter and I liked the Art Gallery Recollection fabric collection best, accented with gold (like a queen), and coordinated with a cheetah spotted fabric for pants.  She wanted a tiara and gold ribbons to look extra royal for her special day.  She wanted pink, but not baby pink – since she was turning 6!  I think we came up with a lovely style for her day….. It’s her Birthday Style!

First, her school day outfit for her birthday—-

This is the Rouche & Division Top pattern in Flowered Engrams Ornate voile fabric from Art Gallery’s Recollections fabric collection.  The neck and sleeves are finished with gold metallic ricrac and a raspberry cotton binding.  I slimmed the flared sides of the top by about 2 inches to take out some of the fullness.  The elbow length sleeves are rouched, and the neck line is a slight boatneck per the pattern.  These are my two favorite features of the pattern.

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The pants are the Slim Trousers pattern in a spotted stretch denim accented with metallic gold ricrac on the pockets and metallic gold zippers at the ankles.

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Matched with gold shoes and gold hair ribbon, my girl is ready for her special day at school.  She received a special birthday welcome from her classmates, heard her name on the morning announcements, and got to show off in her new stylish outfit.

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Next, her party dress for dinner with the family —-

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This is the Charming Tee & Dress pattern in an off-white spandex stretch knit fabric and Remembrose Doilies print fabric, and featuring a pretty white lace to coordinate with the doilies in the print fabric.  The back of the dress is cut out in the pattern.  I choose the enclose the circle with the white lace, as well as cover the front bodice in white lace.  The sleeves are cut to elbow length with gathered lace, same as the bottom hem of the dress, which is with gathered lace.

Paired with a gold tiara and flowery sandals, she was lovely for her birthday dinner.

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And finally, her birthday pajamas —-

After a long day of celebrating becoming 6 years old, my daughter was slept cozy in her birthday pajamas.  This is from the Alley Cat Romper pattern, but made into pajamas.  The fabric is a raspberry knit matched to the Bullion Fronds Carnation knit fabric, again from Art Gallery.  Since this was to be pajamas, I cut the back bodice to be full coverage (without the scoop) and added buttons on a placket.  The pajamas are nice & cozy and nice & roomy for my birthday girl.

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There’s more on tour with the Sew n’Style Series… and remember to link up your own!

Week 1 (8/18-8/20) – Sewing SoberBonnie & LottieSweeter than Cupcakes

Week 2 (8/25-8/27) – Hello HolliMade by Amanda RoseThat’s Sew Kari

Week 3 (9/1-9/3) – Create three point fiveProject DestashSkirtfixation

Week 4 (9/8-9/10) –  Lisa Lisa DesignsWhiskemFrom a Box

Week 5 (9/15-9-16) – Call AjaireSprouting JubeJubePaisley RootsMax California

Week 6 (9/22-9/24) – Beri bee designsLulu and CelesteKimmie Sew CrazyMade by Sara

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www.From-a-Box.com Little Red Umbrella

Little Red Umbrella

For Whimsical Fabric’s MAKE IT MINE Design Challenge, I made an umbrella bordered in the Little Red Riding Hood story fabric, and a matching tunic in my other favorites from the Riley Blake fabric line.

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www.From-a-Box 2015 His & Hers Outfits

Springtime His & Hers Outfits… Ready for Easter!

My Granny would say “I didn’t know you could do that!”.  She said this when she was impressed with what you did.  It was a high compliment from her.

My last project was definitely worthy of my Granny’s “I didn’t know you could do that!”  I made coordinating fancy spring outfits for my daughter and her friend.  The boy’s trousers and vest had welt pockets!!!  I heard my Granny from heaven saying to me “I didn’t know you could do that!”….. well Granny, I didn’t know I could make welt pockets either, but I can!

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