Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Back to it : :

Last night I finally changed that broken needle and got back to it! My finger is still sore, my pride -- possibly a little sorer! But when there's so much sewing to be done, it's best to just dive right back in, with projects that are both simple and familiar.

Remember that Summerlove Spring Bird Pillow? I made another and it was just a quick and rewarding as that first one. I do love simple sewing projects!

Summer Bird Pillows

Summer Bird

Made with AGF

Next, I started another Charlotte Apron Dress for my little girl. My only rule was wanting to use some of my new Robert Kaufman Essex Linen as the main dress fabric, and then I let her choose the rest. She did amazing!! I thought she would go in a completely different direction, so she really showed me! First choosing two of my Yuwa fabrics that she has loved since the day they arrived here, then two coordinating Pure Element Solids, and finally the soft pink flannel. She did so, so good!!

Fabric for Haila's Dress

Since this was my second go at this dress pattern, I wanted to have a little fun by adding in a few extra little somethings along the way. First, I added a sweet little stitch to the apron ruffle detail with some of my Auriful Lana Wool thread in this pretty coral color.

Dainty Ruffle Detail

and then I tried another new stitch on my Janome -- This great little loop-dee-loop stitch, I love it!

Janome loop-dee-loop detail

Last night I finished up the skirt, but before I move on to the bodice today I have birthday crowns to make!!

How about you, what are working on this week?? I'd love to hear about it! Maureen 

p.s. My Charlotte Apron Pattern Dress Giveaway continues HERE!!

42 comments:

  1. Oh Maureen; I must have missed a post..did you stick the machine needle through your finger????
    Hope it feels better. When I break a needle; I feel a bit intimidated to go back at it. I am so afraid of breaking my machine..this in during FMQ practic...I guess I don't get enough practice. and am nervous each time I do sit down to it. Love those little pillows

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    1. I did! But I am fine and feeling very lucky it healed up so quickly!! It is definitely scary to sew again right after it happens, it was good to take a few days to start missing it first! ;)

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  2. Great pillow! Can I ask, are leaving the edges of the applique raw or have you fused the fabric before stiching?

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    1. I use Heatbond light to adhere my fabrics to the pillow top first. It works!!

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  4. I am smitten with these pillows! They are so so lovely and sweet. I need something like this for my daughter's room. I absolutely love the birds. And seeing the frills and the loopy stitches makes me want a bird pillow with those embellishments!!

    This week I'm working on a quilt for my sister-in-law. She is expecting in August, but her shower is on Sunday. Eeek! Less blog hopping and more sewing! xox

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    1. Meg, These pillows are for an upcoming issue of Simply Handmade Magazine. They plan to share the full how-to, but in the Fall I wouldn't mind making a bunch to offer in my shop. They are up there with my most favorite pillow design!

      Oh, and the fabrics are Summerlove by Art Gallery Fabrics and the grays are their Pure Element solids! ;)

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  5. i am so excited for this weekend. i will be working with some summerlove too! i am also going to commandeer your sewing machine for an hour or so! xo cant wait!

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  6. I'm so glad you are back!
    But please take care about your finger :)
    I started to sew my first bag!

    Hugs,
    Tatyana

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  7. Hooray for hopping back on the saddle...and what an amazing pillow! I'm so jealous - I may try to tackle a little birdie myself soon. Hmmm, wheels are turning! I'm desperately trying to finish up a table runner my sister asked me to make for her classroom para-professional. It just needs binding! Then two swaps and I'm D.O.N.E for the month. We are moving in a couple of weeks and I cannot believe how fast time has gone!

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  8. Adorable pillow! Glad you've recovered.

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  9. I bent a good eighth inch of a needle on Sunday night working on a wristlet pouch because I forgot to change the foot on my machine. Oops! Good thing it was about time to change the needle anyway :)
    Today we are working on staying cool in our house! No air conditioning + 90 degree weather can make for some cranky people!

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  10. I'm making my first piece of clothing. It's a little top for my niece and it's causing me no end of frustration (I'm relatively new to sewing, so I still have a lot to learn), but I'm persevering and doing ther best I can :)

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  11. Maureen, glad to hear that your finger is healing quick and that you got right back to your machine.
    Love the pillow with the birds, it's so cute.

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  12. It's great you got back to the sewing machine already-- those injuries can be scary! That is such a great pillow! I love the little birdie details, especially the legs! What sort of stitch do you use for those? They look so perfect!
    I've been trying to tie up loose ends on a few projects and quilts, and I need to make my next round of bee blocks for our do. Good Stitches bee! I'm excited to make those, and I hope to finish up some older projects so I can start some new :)

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    1. It's actually an applique stitch on my Janome, but I also have it on my Viking as a satin stitch. It's hard to get it just right, but it's nice to use for little things like these birdie feet! :)

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  13. Aw, hooray for Haila making such beautiful color and fabric choices! Going to be like her mom! :) That dress looks so lovely already. I love the looping stitch!

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  14. I love your fabric choices! The stitching is lovely, too. It's fun to play around with those extra few hundred stitches every now and then...

    Take care of your finger - that is all kinds of ouch. It'll probably be sore for a while but if it gets worse, make sure it's not infected. Fingers have a way of being extremely troublesome that way.

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  15. Oh, that pillow is darling! Would love to learn how to make one like it. Your daughter did great and I think your special stitches give it that something extra.

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  16. I love those fabric choices and can't wait to see the finished dress. I always enjoy playing around with the fun stitches and figuring where I can use them in a project. It's an unexpected detail that makes the piece special. Glad your finger is better!

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  17. Love it all Maureen! =D

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  18. These cushions are so gorgeous.

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  19. Wow! Great job with the satin stitch on those birdie legs, that can't be easy! Love your loopy stitch, I need to check out my machine and see what kind of special stitches it has. I am working like mad trying to get my new wave quilt quilted. I am officially 1/2 of the way done with it. Not bad, when each wave takes 1-1.5 hours to quilt and I only get 2 hours of quilty time a day. I need to finish this so I can get my boys' quilts basted and quilted. I so need a finish right now! I haven't had one since March!

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  20. Adorable Bird Pillows and the apron dress is just precious. I will look forward to you having those bird pillows in your Etsy shop. You are so so very talented! Love your stuf

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  21. Glad to hear that your finger is feeling better! Love your pillows!! Really sweet.

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  22. The pillows look great. The little birds on them are adorable! Wow your daughter sure knows how to pick out fabric.

    I'm working on some zippered pouches to perfect my zip sewing skills =D

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  23. Yay for climbing back on the horse!

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  24. It looks beautiful already! I can't wait to see the finished dress!

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  25. This dress is already so sweet! I can't wait to see it finished!!

    Anne

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  26. So glad you're back to it! Seriously loving the fabrics she picked. It'll be real special and that much more so since she chose!

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  27. Glad that your finger is getting better. As always., I love your stuff. Great work!

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  28. I saw this new fabric called "beauty is you "by Cori Dantini. The girls kin the fabric look just like the sketch girl you had done and shown back on your blog in march

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    1. I couldn't email you back because you're a no-reply commenter and your email isn't listed, so I hope you stop back. Yes, I just saw that new fabric and am deciding if I should use it to finish my sketch quilt or to not use it, because it is so similar? I do like it!!

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  29. Every time you post I think I need your machine. But then I think, "I've always wanted a Bernina. I should get a Bernina" but then your machine is so freaking cool. Dilemma.

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