Tuesday, February 22, 2011


 It's here! It's here! It's here!

The new website is LIVE today.  

It has a shopping cart, fabric, kits, e-patterns, free tutorials, blog ... 
...all sorts of fabulous stuff...

If you subscribe to this blog via feedburner you should be redirected to the NEW blog website. 

If you have linked the blog site from your blog or website
{thank you thank you thank you!!!} 
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I'll see ya over on the NEW website!  


Friday, February 18, 2011


These UGGS are for the 18" dolls.  The fabric is from the Hobby Lobby remnant bin.  My daughter loves them!  The pattern took a long while to figure out after "draping" muslin on the pair of boots that came with the doll.  The sole of the shoe is black foam core.  Once I stitched the upper, I hot glued it to the edge of the sole.  Totally worked.


Thursday, February 17, 2011

18" Doll Spring Clothes

Hum... I might have a problem...  

I LOVE to design and make these little doll clothes.  
They use very little fabric, the client never complains and they finish up in a snap!

(Above Photo) This outfit is a square-neck, empire waist tank top and Capri jeans. If you are blog follower/subscriber, you might recognize that fabric on her tank top.  Its from my NEW Modern Complements Line.  The jeans are made from a recycled pair of actual soft denim jeans.  I added pockets at the hip and was oh-so-proud until I realized 1/ You cannot see them because her shirt covers that area of the pants and 2/ She can never put her arm in them because her arms don't bend.  HA!  Both of those garments have a Velcro back closure.

This outfit is a top with a gathered hem and gathered sleeves with white shorts.  The picture below shows the back closure.  I used two bits of Velcro back there.  I had to Velcro where the elastic waist is, to keep the elastic stretched when in use.  You can click the photo to see it larger.

The fabric used in this outfit is Polka Dots- thrifted bed sheet, and the White is an IKEA bed sheet.

The dresses above were made with my daughter and her friend. (10yo)  I used the same IKEA bed sheet white fabric and let the girls draw whatever they wanted to on the dresses.  They got to plan the design, make it on paper, trace it on to the dress with Crayola Fabric Markers (which I LOVE.  They are sold on the crayon aisle not in the craft/fabric departments) and then I whipped up the dress by extending the tank top pattern.

I'm lovin this butterfly and I'd totally wear it on a t-shirt!

The patterns used in the doll outfit are my original designs.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Studio Tour

I've been cleaning up in the studio.  I've organized.  I've purged.  I've re-organized and now I have a couple pictures to show you.  I showed you the space right after we first moved, a little over a year ago.  Wanna see the progress???

My favorite spot is the inspiration wall behind my sewing desk.  I have all sorts of things on that wall.  Small Quilts, my favorite painting from college, an owl clock- just like the one my grandma had as I was growing up, scissors cutting on an electrical tape cutting line, sketches, market badges- really all sorts of things.  I also have some "blank" wall space... so I totally need to get sewing/swapping to add more to my wall.  (Yes, the picture below is spliced together, so you could see the whole wall, edge to edge.)

I also have the design wall opposite the inspiration wall.  Its blank-ish right now.  I'm looking to pick up a large piece of foam insulation board from the home improvement store and wrap it with flannel.  That will be later.  For now, I generally just staple straight into my wall.  (GASP)  And I still have my fabric stash sorted by color, on the right hand side of the picture.

In my studio I have a custom built table.  My friend Debbie (Hi Debbie!) had this huge awesome cutting mat in her sewing studio and I instantly had cutting mat envy.  I did buy the mat about a year later, but it was much larger than my plastic costco table.  This table, below, has a huge workspace, and ironing board on the left hand side and storage for 8 rubbermaids underneath.  The best part about an MDF + 2-by-4 table is that it never shakes when I start stitching fast.

So that is a little peek inside the studio.  I've managed to keep it clean for about 14 hours.  I'd say times up on that!!!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Doll Quilt Swap 10, the thrid


I had this fun idea for a Doll Quilt Swap Quilt.  Its little, its hexagons, and its bright blue + Art Gallery Fabrics + USAF uniform. It was just a matter of time before I got those fun USAF hexagons into a modern design.

I think making these small quilted items are just so fast and quick.  (Once those crazy hexagons are prepared.) They use up fabric scraps, let you try different quilting methods and finish up quickly.  This doll quilt is very jen-centric.  It has Art Gallery Fabrics + USAF hexies + pale blue.  I might keep this one, too.

Man, I'm not a very good swapper if I want to keep everything!  HA!  Ok, but honestly, the blue background in this doll quilt is broadcloth (50% poly/50% cotton) so that means I'm not allowed to swap it since it's not 100% cotton.  Shame.... 

Get your own 1 1/2" hexagon paper for English Paper Piecing, here.


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Sponsored Give Away!

Hey hey readers!  I'm sponsoring a pattern give away over on Amy's Creative Side.  Hop on over to the original home of the Bloggers' Quilt Festival to see what you can win from ReannaLily Designs and her other fun sponsors!  Hurry, though, contest ends on Monday Feb 14th!!!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Quilt Guild Challenge

The local traditional guild hosted a challenge.
We picked up fabrics in November.
Well, they are due this week.

  • The challenge had to incorporate the orange or green (highlighted below).  A piece of brown and a piece of beige.  When you purchased your challenge bundle, you received either a green or orange- I sat next to a lady who received the color opposite myself, so we half'd our pieces and incorporated both.  
  • The challenge also had a to have 4" diameter (or larger) circle in the design.
  • We had to make our finished quilt under a certain size so that the collection of quilts could be considered for the AQS Knoxville Guild Challenge.
  • You aren't supposed to show anyone your quilt 'til its actually due.

I was able to use only fabrics from my own stash to complete the top.  Isn't it just wonderful that I have all sorts of funky colored stuff hoarded away?  hahaha.

I think there will be a fair amount of entrants.  Once all the designs are collected, there's some kind of vote or committe to see who will make it to the Knoxville round.  Though I love love my quilt, I know the ladies in our guild are crazy-talented.  We'll see if it makes the cut.  Keep your fingers crossed for me.  =)

I free motion quilted the quilt (which I guess I didn't snap a photo of that) and the binding is brown and beige, with each color lining up with the opposite one around the edge.  (yep, no pic.)

I'll keep you posted.