Tuesday, May 24, 2011

April Preemie Quilts

I just wanted to show off the lovely quilts I received from you all!

This quit top was donated by Christy and I finished it up by backing, quilting, and binding it:

A Dozen Quilters - April Project

A Dozen Quilters - April Project

A Dozen Quilters - April Project

This quilt was donated by Melissa:

A Dozen Quilters - April Project

A Dozen Quilters - April Project

A Dozen Quilters - April Project

This quilt was donated by Patty Z:

A Dozen Quilters - April Project

A Dozen Quilters - April Project

A Dozen Quilters - April Project

I know some of you are still planning on donating a mini quilt and I really appreciate that! You don't have to stick to the original challenge unless you want to. Our current NOVA Modern Quilt Guild challenge is "Scrappy"! Anything goes as long as it utilizes scraps in your stash. You don't have to do that challenge either though. I will accept any quilt top, unfinished, or finished quilt between 29"x29" and 45"x45", square or rectangular, as long as it's 100% cotton. Fusibles are unfortunately not ok unless they dissolve in the wash.

Thanks again ladies! They are beautiful!

Happy Quilting

June Project- A repeat of May

Hello everyone,
Leisel and I must have had the same idea in mind when choosing a project. Our Church has a women's group and one of their projects this year has been to make pillowcase dresses for girls in Haiti. I meant to get this post up earlier this month before everyone started making their dresses but of course I am a little behind. I do a have a pattern that we used and it uses any size pillowcase or you can make your own. The pattern is a pdf form and I will email to all of you. I know everyone gets really busy in the summer so don't worry about getting it to me right away. You can just mail the dresses to me and I will put with the other dresses our church is sending.
Thank you for taking the time to sew these dresses- I'm sure you will be making a little girl very happy!!

Monday, May 23, 2011

(Almost) a pillowcase dress

I bought this little sundress pattern for 50 cents years ago with granddaughters in mind, and never made anything with it. Since I'm trying to clean closets, I almost pitched it, and then I thought, with a little 'reconstruction', it would be cute for summer shifts.  So here at the shop we are asking our customers to make a simple summer shift or pillowcase dress and we will ship them all together to "Hope 4 Women". We'll see how it goes!?!

It will fit better on a 7 or 8 year old girl than it does on our junior size mannequin, but we didn't have any little girls handy :-D

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Another Pillowcase Dress

I made this for a bigger girl, and then only I could model it! But it can easily go long for an older child. I used my new Denyse Schmidt fabric from JoAnns. After purchsing it, I realized it really wasn't my style, but it looks pretty cute on this dress. My husband says, "It needs a belt." smile

Okay, here's the update: I used this tutorial: https://www.fabshophop.com/downloads/pillowcaseDress_chop1.pdf, using the 8" arm hole measurements and leaving the full length, in other words 36 inches plus the four inches added onto the bottom. It says to use 36" of ribbon, cut in half, and I used 36" of ribbon not cut thinking that the bow wouldn't take that much, but a little extra would have been nice, like maybe 42 - 45".

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Pillowcase Dress

This was a fun project.  I hope it makes someone very happy. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Itty Bitty Baby Quilt

Natalie - This is very, very late! But it is all done, and it will leave here today!
Thank you for being so patient.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Please forgive me....

I am so sorry that our life has been so crazy and I am way behind... I am getting caught up I promise. I did a bunch of sewing this weekend. Stop by our blog and see part of why I am behind...

Blessings to each of you!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Stars for Natalie


I am late... again. Life has just been so hectic this year. Natalie, I know you're itching to finish your wonky start quilts so I just sent these little lovelies off to you...


I kept it simple. I think it works for these blocks. The background is Kona Mulberry and the stars are Patricia Bravo.


I will also be getting you a preemie quilt but that won't be until later in the month. Hope you enjoy! Thanks for keeping my wonky star kick going!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

AIDS fundraiser: red cross block quilt

                                                                         the quilt back

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
I am so happy to let you know the quilt came out great.  The auction is this weekend, I'll let you know how much we raised!
finished about 62x90.
so hopefully appealing as a twin size bed quilt or/ and comfy cozy couch quilt!

oh...I washed the quilt with FIVE Shout Color Catchers...does this make anyone else nervous??  I didn't find any bleeding issues on the quilt...

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wonky Stars

Can I tell you how very much I LOVE wonky stars now?  They have never much done anything for me, until. . .

I love them!  And now I am planning a whole quilt. . .

They went in the mail today, Natalie.  I also have a baby quilt getting close to being done-- just needs a binding.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

What would you do?

tick tock tick tock...

just got the AIDS cross block quilt from the quilters today...nearly 1/2 done with the binding...must put a label on it tomorrow....

I thought for sure that i would wash this quilt before handing it over...but now I'm not positive.  can i get your advice?

raffle quilt
LOTS of red fabrics...granted I asked everyone to prewash their reds, but still.....i have Shout color catchers and am not afraid to use them....
(any advice for washing this 68x90 RED quilt if i go that way?)

pictures posted soon!  thanks again everyone for your help!!

Monday, May 2, 2011

I Didn't Forget. . .

Hello Ladies!  Is it May already?  Yes, it is.  And finally warming up here. . .  Hooray!

For my month I have decided to do something a little different. . .

Dress a Girl Around the World-- Imagine a world where every little girl owned at least one dress. . .

This company sends dresses everywhere in the world, to those in need-- 23,000 dresses sent out to date.  For more information, you can go to their website here.

So what do you have to do?

Make at least one pillowcase dress.  There are instructions listed here.  Or make up your own.  They are super easy and fast to make, but turn out so cute!

I absolutely LOVE the idea that some little girl in Uganda or some other place in the world is twirling in a  brand new dress that I made.

You can send the dresses directly to them:

Hope 4 Women International
34975 N Valley Parkway
Bldg 1 Unit 102/104
Phoenix AZ 85086 
Or if you prefer, you can send them directly to me.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

April is Over and now my quilt is too.

Done, done done! And on its way to you Natalie. (It's flat, but the wind was blowing {as always}).