The Katydid Dress by ImagineGnats

Gratuitous kid picture time:   It’s been a while since I posted any pictures of the kiddos and Erica has grown so much! I know that’s what kids do, but seriously, enough is enough. She is so full of joy and whining and adventurousness and “No’s”, we can barely keep up. Last night I whipped up this cute little dress – the Katydid from Imagine Gnats.  When I say whipped, I mean WHIPPED.  This dress … Continue reading

Sunset Star

Here’s the finished Doll Quilt Swap 13 Mini!  I decided to call it Sunset Star.  I based my color choices on a sunset photo taken by one of my friends and used the 3 Layer Star paper piecing pattern by Mommy’s Nap Time.  My partner, who I can now reveal was Paula, asked for modern quilting and bright colors.  I found out through the message boards that her favorite color was purple, but that she’d … Continue reading

(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday!

I received my amazing mini from Uberstitch last night! Isn’t it beautiful? She can’t possibly have known how well it would fit in with my collection of pink-ish flowery quilts that I have received in swaps over the years. Seriously! Amazing. I need to reorganize my wall of quilts but when I do I will definitely post a picture of them all together.

Work in Progress: Zakka Style Baby Quilt

Hey look, it’s my First. Ever. WIP Wednesday post!  I so rarely take pictures of items that I’m working on, usually reserving the “big reveal” for the finished product.  Over the long weekend I did a lot of sewing but didn’t fully finish anything, so I took pictures anyway. This is a baby quilt pattern from Zakka Style: 24 Projects Stitched with Ease to Give, Use & Enjoy by Rashida Coleman-Hale.  I know I’m way … Continue reading

Farfalle Baby Quilt

Do you know what Farfalle is?  It’s the pasta that’s shaped like a bow. You know, this stuff: Did you also know that “farfalla” is Italian for butterfly? Neither did I… ANYWAY…this weekend, I made a flying farfalle quilt as a well-past-due gift for the baby of some friends.  (The baby is now 4 months old, so it’s not THAT far past due…) What a fun quilt to make!  I love how this turned out…well, … Continue reading

Doll Quilt Swap 12 (DQS12)

I was so excited to join this swap.  What fun!  I got a secret partner who a got to internet stalk to figure out her likes and dislikes.  Then I got to make her a quilt, knowing all the while that someone was doing the same for me. My stalkee was Liz from oh sew liz.  From my stalking I discerned that she liked pink, circles, scrapiness, and that she had two sons.  Having a … Continue reading

“Missing Rail” Tutorial

I made this quilt for my friends and their little girl (who should be here any second!), using those brilliant prints – Mendocino by Heather Ross. I’d been holding onto the fabrics for a while and I finally figured out what was stopping me from really getting down to working with them – variety. Somehow I’d managed to only get the fabrics with light or white colored backgrounds – mermaid on white, octopuses on pale … Continue reading

Grocery Bags COMPLETE!

Grocery bag Originally uploaded by alyson_olander I finished the grocery bags today. Seven ugly-fabulous bags to collect our groceries in for as long as they should last! I actually have an 8th bag cut out and ready to sew, but I don’t have enough cotton webbing left for the straps. Of course, it would be most helpful if we remembered to BRING the new bags when we went on our grocery shopping outing this evening. … Continue reading

Grocery Bags

Grocery bag fabric Originally uploaded by alyson_olander I had an abbreviated sewing evening tonight because we had to keep the baby up so we could dose him with tylenol before bed (shots at the doc’s today). I didn’t finish anything, but I FINALLY, FINALLY, FINALLY started on our re-usable grocery bags. I cut them out ages ago, but I just never got around to sewing them. I thought I would treat you to a photo … Continue reading