Weekend Style Blog Hop and Book Review

Happy Thursday everyone! I’m so excited to share some of my favorite projects from the Weekend Style Book by SewCaroline! This book is HANDS DOWN my new go to for sewing garments and bags. All the projects are perfect for everyday life and are beginner friendly for those who haven’t sewn garments or bags before!

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I had the pleasure of helping Caroline sew up some of the samples from the book, so I have been awaiting the final product for a while! I’m so proud of all the hard work she put into this. For the book I sewed a few pairs of the boardwalk shorts and the uptown tote. They were both quick projects and very versatile! I whipped up a pair of the shorts for myself first to “test out the pattern” before I made the pairs for the book. I always do this with a new pattern so I don’t ruin the “good” fabric!

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I love the pair I made using Lotta Jansdotter’s fabric! They are my go to lounge shorts. I cannot wait to make another pair in a solid for this summer.

I’ve also sewn up the Tilly Tee and Afternoon Skirt. The full photos I’ll be showing off on Dear Stella’s Blog in the next few weeks but here’s a sneak peak!

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They are both my new favorite patterns. I’m not a skirt person and this skirt has converted me. This outfit is comfort all the way and with a super active one year old, it’s exactly what I need! Skirts always scare me and plackets too but this pattern was written so well with great photo instructions as well that it took all my fears away.

This book is what everyone needs to add to their sewing room! I have a few more projects lined up from it next! What are you excited to sew from it?

Check our Caroline’s post here to see more about the blog hop and giveaways!

Happy Sewing!

Kristen

Here comes the fun Blog Hop Day 2

Happy Tuesday friends!

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I’m so excited to FINALLY show off my Here Comes the Fun (a new line of fabric by SewCaroline for Art Gallery Fabrics) projects I’ve been working on. I have to admit when Caroline started telling me about the line a while back, I just knew it was going to be my most favorite of all of her collections. I have one surprise project that you will see (hopefully) in a few months, but for now I get to show off my harem pants, pillows, and baskets I made.

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When my bundle arrived I squealed a little bit! Fiskars was so so kind to sponsor the blog hop and send fabric scissors, snips, and everyday scissors. I’ve used all three every day since I got them. I’m obsessed. Such a great product.

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My first project I played around with was making two bear paw pillow and a patchwork pillow using rulers. I played around with the blocks and created a bear paw with selvage centers and one with log cabin style centers. I love love love them. They are now resting nicely on my couch in the sewing room of our house!

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My second project to whip up was the ever so fast and new favorite project, rope baskets! I’ve been procrastinating making these for a long time because they intimidated me. But they are so simple and yet so classy. Let me just say I will be making a ton in the future! Check out this post by Modern Handcraft for tips and links on how to make your own.

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My last project I get to show you guys is the Harem Pants I made. These are my go to pj pants for Texas “winter” and I am so glad I got to whip up a pair in Here Comes the Fun fabric! They are so comfy. I am loving the bedhead hair I’ve got going on…Side story. I had every intention of curling my hair and making it look all cute. Insert teething 9 month old and you get the look above. Let’s call it cute. Or hot mess. Whichever.

I had a blast making my projects and cannot wait to show off the secret one in a few months. This line is just to die for. Every print is so perfect. Each time I go to look at it I come back with a new favorite or a new project inspiration. Caroline really outdid herself with this line and I’m so so proud of her!

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Get excited!!! GIVEAWAY time!!! Caroline is giving away  a bundle of Here Comes the  Fun fabrics and a Fiskars scissors set. Go here to enter!

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Don’t forget to check out yesterday’s blog hop here and tomorrows here!

Thank you guys so much for reading along and happy creating!

xox-Kristen

Christmas in July with Windham Fabrics

Happy Friday Crafters!

It’s Christmas time!!…

ok.

Not really! But…Christmas is my favorite time of year and when Windham asked if I would participate in Christmas in July, I jumped all over it! I have always loved wintertime and the time it brings with our family.

IMG_0805I knew EXACTLY what I was going to make when i got asked…Pajamas! It’s a family tradition to get new pjs the night before Christmas to wear. This year I have this grand plan that I’m going to make pajamas for all of my family, including my inlaws, sil/husband/niece who will be just a month old…and of course my parents and husband and our sweet Carter!!

Because it’s summer and I just couldn’t resist, I made two pairs of super cute pajama shorts so I can go ahead and start rocking them now. The pattern is by SewCaroline in Modern Holiday Magazine a year or so ago.

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I just love them! They will be worn from now until Christmas, especially since Texas doesn’t ever get that cold.

Now for the best part…

*Giveaway for two lucky commenters! The wonderful people at Windham are giving me a bundle of each fabric I used: Storybook Christmas and Craft Paper Christmas. Leave a comment telling me your favorite holiday tradition and I will pick two winners, one bundle  for each next Wednesday. (you have from now to Tuesday midnight CST to enter, us residents only at this time!)

Thanks for coming to hang out and happy crafting!!

xox-Kristen

Paper Obsessed Blog Tour: Burning Love

Happy Monday Crafters!!!

I am so excited to FINALLY share one of my favorite projects and lines of all time!!! Heather Givans new line Paper Obsessed for Windham Fabrics is bomb.com. I mean seriously the teacher in me went WHEEEEEE!!!  Paper airplanes, notebook paper, envelopes, oh my! And the pop of neon yellow…sigh. It’s just that awesome.

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When I got the fabric in I knew exactly what I was going to make. I was pregnant at the time and was in FULL BLOWN nesting.I had my eye on the heart quilt tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co and just knew I had to create my own take on it! So I decided to play with the color combos and make four heart blocks. Just the perfect size for my peanut.

I put everything aside and sewed the quilt in one day, got to my sweet friends longarm and went to town with the design. I decided that since it had the fun neon yellow, I HAD to quilt in yellow….with flames. Yup hunka hunka burnin’ love was born. (I may or may not have performed this song in high school show choir)

IMG_0597It has become the first quilt I grab when we leave the house and we use it all the time for the park. Or car. Or just laying around the house. It is our favorite!

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(My baby has the bluest eyes and tan skin, neither of which are from me!)

Now that you are in love with the fabric as much as I am….IT’S TIME FOR A GIVEAWAY!!!! ***CLOSED***

Winner’s Response: Julianne “My favorite school memory is my parents would always come and volunteer in all of the classes myself and my siblings were in my favorite is from second grade. On Fridays our teacher asked us to clean out and organized our desks. Some of the students didn’t want too. So that next Friday my teacher asked my 6’3″ dad to come in and help. My dad walked in and asked if they would clean out their desks. Again they were defiant so with permission from the teacher, he picked up the desk and dumped the contents on the floor. After that my dad came and volunteered every friday, all my teacher would have to say was that he was coming into volunteer and magically the desks would be clean. It’s funny memories like this that always make me remember those good experiences.”

Windham has generously donated a curated bundle of paper obsessed to one of you wonderful people!!! EEK! So, comment below with your favorite school time memory for a chance to win the bundle! I will announce the winner on SUNDAY July 31st. Right in time for some back to school sewing I’m sure!

Follow along with my fellow #paperobsessed friends and make sure to go check out what they’ve been making and enter to win some fabric on each of their pages!

July 12 Windham Fabrics :: http://windhamfabrics.wordpress.com

July 13 Heather Givans of Crimson Tate :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/

July 14 Sarah Sharp of {no} hats quilts :: http://www.nohatsinthehouse.com/

July 15 Janine Vangool of UPPERCASE Magazine :: http://uppercasemagazine.com/blog/

July 16 Karen LePage of Gentle Clothing :: http://onegirlcircus.com/

July 17 Jenny Leisure / David Barnhouse of Crimson Tate :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/

July 18 Heather Jones of Heather Jones Studio :: http://www.heatherjonesstudio.com/blog

July 19 Eric Lubrick of Eric Lubrick Photography :: http://oartooar.com/

July 20 Annie Unrein of By Annie’s :: http://byanniecom.blogspot.com/

July 21 Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts :: https://materialgirlquilts.com/

July 22 Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness :: http://sewsweetness.com/blog

July 23 Giuseppe Ribaudo of Giucy Giuce :: http://www.instagram.com/giucy_giuce

July 24 Karen McTavish of Karen McTavish Quilting Studio :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/ {Dreamer + Doer}

July 25 Kristen Wright of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine :: https://twoblondesandasewingmachine.wordpress.com

July 26 Heather Givans of Crimson Tate :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/

 

Happy sewing!!!

xox-Kristen

Art Gallery Inspired Nursery

My sweet baby boy Carter Lee has arrived and man are we smitten! My husband and I waited until we were almost 30 to have our first child and I’m so glad we did. It worked out perfect for us.

One of the best parts about preparing for our little one was creating the nursery I had dreamed of. I knew my colors would be a mix of orange and blue. I wanted it to be a more urban style nursery to fit our apartment look. I chose to use April Rhodes Wanderer fabric as my base line for colors and design, while using Elizabeth Hartman’s Fancy Fox Pattern as the key design element.

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I decided to take on making everything from scratch. The fox on the wall is a pattern by Shannon Brinkley using her scrappy bits appliqué technique. The crib sheet and changing pad cover were free patterns I found on pinterest. The quilt is Elizabeth Hartman’s Fancy Fox Pattern. I couldn’t waste any part of the fabric so I used the selvage pieces to make a rug. All the pillows were made using a few patterns and some simple fabric play. (noodlehead pillow pattern from her book everyday style and a simple take on modern handcrafts pillow here) The C sign on the wall my dad and I painted and assembled together. I absolutely love how it all came together!

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When picking out a changing table/dresser, I knew that a traditional table wasn’t what I was looking for. I decided to go with just a dresser that could grow with the room. My dad and I made the Texas and the initial wood signs. A sweet friend of mine painted the watercolor fox and the chalk sign. I added the fabric “banner” using a stick from outside and scraps from my quilt. I had so much fun putting this together and I absolutely love how it turned out! See the star wars Mickey?!? My husband brought it back from his work trip for our little man. What a sweetie!

The last spot for design was the bathroom. I chose to stick with the orange from the room and add mint/teal. The woodland animals are designed and printed by Bonnie Christine. The initials/arrow were created by one of my best friends for my baby shower and I just had to incorporate them into the room!

Ok so I kindof love how the room turned out. I love sitting in there rocking my little man and dreaming of seeing him play in there as he gets older. And to show off our cutie….

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Happy Tuesday-Kristen

Pattern Review-Kimberly’s Sac by FQS

Happy Tuesday! This post was supposed to go live the day I went into labor so I’m a bit behind but….better late than never!

I got asked to make and review the new Fat Quarter Shop bag pattern Kimberly’s Sac and I was so excited because it was the perfect project to distract me from waiting for my little man to arrive. It’s quick and well written, perfect to show off your favorite pieces of fabric with fun quilting without feeling overwhelmed by a full quilt.

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My mother in law has been begging me to make her a bag and I just couldn’t come up with what I wanted to make her. Kimberly’s Sac was perfect. It’s the carry-all bag just what my mil needed! (I can’t wait to make one for me!!!)

I decided to pick one of my all-time favorite lines by Lotta Jansdotter-Lucky. I just love the color way and knew it was perfect for my mother in law. I paired it with Windham’s Artisan Cotton (similar product here).

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I had so much fun assembling this bag. It’s truly the perfect combo of bag making and quilting. Playing with the order of the fabric and then deciding how to quilt each panel allowed my creative outlet to be met without taking hours upon hours. Swoon.

Here’s my finished bag:

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Eek. It was hard to give away…but that just means I get to pick some fabric for my next version soon! I see many more of these in the future!!!

Thanks FQS for having me be a part of the tour!!!

 

Happy Sewing!

-Kristen

the first post

ok

i’ve had a blog before and i loved it. and i hated it.

i would feel bad if i didn’t post enough or wasn’t funny enough or whatever.

so when i started thinking about creating a blog dedicated to sewing and the journey it takes me on i really didn’t know if this was the right journey. but after much consideration i decided i wanted a photo journal, more than just ig, to track my journey and communicate with all the lovely people in the sewing world.

here goes. in starting this i promised myself i wouldn’t put any pressure on myself to post a certain amount or be someone i’m not. what you see is what you get on here. i hope you enjoy joining me on our ride.

there’s two of us on this journey- my mom (val) and me (kristen). i’ll be posting but we started this sewing journey together so this blog is for us.

let the fun begin.

-kristen