{ WHY I SEW : a Kids Clothes Week post }

lundi 18 août 2014

HI there!!
Hope the week is starting nicely for you!
Today I am on the Kids Clothes week blog to share the reasons why I sew.
You might be surprised!
So I hope you go over there to check it out!:)

and guess what! I did manage to tidy up my fabric stash!! yay!!
(All the mess underneath is my school books and lessons!!)

Have a great week!


{ EMMA'S GARDEN BLOG HOP + A GIVEAWAY }

vendredi 15 août 2014

I am so glad to be part of Emma's Garden blog hop.
Today is my stop on the blog hop and I am really happy to share my projects with you!! 
I feel so lucky to have been invited by Patty Sloniger to take part in the launch of her new collection !

Emma's Garden collection is full of bright colors and gorgeous floral patterns as well as many prints that will be perfect for basics and backgrounds.

I would have loved to make garments with the prints I got,  but decided on a Library Tote and a Gem baby Quilt.

Bienvenue ! aujourd'hui j'ai la chance de participer au blog tour pour le lancelment de la nouvelle collection de Patty Sloniger pour Mickael Miller: Emma's Garden. 
Pour l'occasion , j'ai eu la chance de recevoir un lot de certains tissus de la collection avec lesquels j'ai  créé 2 pièces très différentes: un sac de bibliothèque et une couverture pour bébé. 

#The Tote is made out of flying geese units. It is lined and quilted and we LOVE it here in our home:





# The Gem quilt is a baby quilt:  I wanted to create a fun new unit: the gem.

Cette couverture m'a donné du fil à retordre et  a nécessité la contribution d'une partie de ma famille, en l’occurrence ma mère et ma sœur qui m'ont aidée à trouver la bonne taille et le bon design pour mes petits diamants!
I played with half-square triangles and placed them as follow for the big gem:
 


The back is a mixture of my favorite colors and prints... swoon:

For the binding I wanted to display the selvages , just to remember..



Today, I would like to give you a tutorial 
on how to sew the library Tote:

Finished size: approx:  15"(boxed bottom) x12.75 "

Supplies: 
  • cut 2 square : 8" x 8" from main fabric (I used the white floral: big blooms in blush
  • cut 8 squares:  4 1/4" from second fabric (I cut 4 in each of 2 different colorways
  • 2 pieces of top of tote: 13.25" x2.5"
  • 2 pieces for bottom of tote : 13.25"x4"
  • Handles: I made the handles from the Cargo Duffle bag (see Noodlehead's pattern) , but you can make simple handles by cutting 2 long pieces 6"x27" from main fabric and the same from canvas to reinforce the handles
  • Lining: 2 rectangles : 13.25 " X 15.5 
  • use 1/4" allowance 
 Flying geese tutorial:
If you want to make 4 flying geese at once here is a step by step process:
  • cut 1 square : 8" x 8" from main fabric
  • cut 4 squares 4 1/4" from second fabric
 finished size (sewn)  of unit: 6.75"x3.75"

 Tutoriel de l'unité: "vol d'oie"
pour coudre 4 unités à la fois!!
note: je mesure toujours en pouces parce que j'ai appris à coudre sur les sites et livres américains: cependant je trouve que ce système permet de travailler avec des nombres entiers :
  • coupez 1 grand carré : ici 8 pouces (20.2) mais vous pouvez faire plus petit ou plus grand
  • coupez 4 petits carrés : la moitié de la longueur du grand carré + 1/4 de pouces (6mm): donc ici 4 1/4 de pouces 
  • quand elles sont cousues chacune de mes unités fait 6.5 pouces (16.5 cm)  par 3.75 pouces (9.5)
  • draw a line on small squares along the diagonal:
  • dessinez une ligne sur la diagonale de chaque petit carré à l'aide d'un stylo effaçable ou d'un crayon de papier 
  •  place 2 small squares right sides together on corners of 8" square , pin:
  • placez 2 petits carrés sur 2 angles du grand carré endroit contre endroit, et épinglez : les deux petits carrés se chevauchent:

  •  stitch 1/4 inch away on both sides of line:
  • coudre à 1/4 de pouces (6mm) de le ligne tracée, et de chaque côté de cette ligne
  • trim along the line to obtain 2 units:
  • coupez le long de la ligne pour obtenir 2 unités:
  •  you now have 2 units:
  •  press open towards small triangles:
  • repassez pour ouvrir en mettant les marges de coutures sous les petits triangles:
  •  place a 4 1/4 square right side together on  remaining corner of each unit, right sides together . Pin. Stitch on both sides of line/ use chain piecing to go faster:
  • placez sur chaque coin libre des 2 unités 1 des 2 petits carrés restant ; endroit contre endroit et coudre à 1/4 de pouces (6mm) de la ligne tracée sur la diagonale: le faire de chaque côté de la ligne:

  •  trim along the line:
  • coupez sur la ligne pour obtenir 2 "vols d'oies" pour chaque unité:
  •  you know have 4 flying geese!
  • vous avez donc réalisé 4 "vol d'oies " en 2 temps 3 mouvements!!bravo!
you can trim them: I used my ruler and placed the 45° line on one of the triangle sides and alinged the 1/4 inch line on top of the corner to make sure I had 1/4 inch left to sew units together:

Assembling exterior:
  • take  2 of these units and sew with 1/4 " seam on one short side.
  • press seams open 
  • each unit measures now: 3.75" x 13.25"
  • combine 3 of these units , always sewing with a 1/4" allowance:
  • sew long pieces of fabric for bottom and top of tote: then trim sides if necessary :
  • repeat for the other side of tote. 
  • Now you have two big pieces .
  • You can place each part on batting and canvas  and quilt along the sides of flying  geese.But this step is not necessary.
  • Sew together the 2 sides of the tote, using a 1/4" allowance, leaving the top open
  • to create the boxed bottom : draw a square on each bottom angle: mine measures 1,5"x1.5" 
  • then cut along the lines
  • and sew along raw edge, using a 1/4 " allowance making sure you match seams properly:
Assembling lining:
  • sew the  2 lining pieces together at the sides and bottom, leaving a 4" opening centered in the bottom seam ( mine are made of 2 different fabrics, including one red linen)
 Add handles and assemble exterior and lining:
  • take your handles pieces:  fold in half the long ways, and press.  
  • Open up, fold raw edges to the center crease you have just created and press
  • Fold in half again and press.
  •  Sew along the sides of the handles : I sewed 1.8" away from each side.
  • pin handles very precisely by centering them on top of the bag, right sides together: I placed outer part of handles 3" away from sides:
  • then place outer bag into the bag lining, right sides together, aligning seams as well as you can and upper raw edges. 
  • Sew upper edge seam of the bag to create the finished top edge. 
  • you can stitch back a few times on the handles, just to secure seams. 
  • turn bag inside out through bottom lining opening. then press. 

  •  Using ladder stitches, close the opening of lining bottom and you are done!!!!!!!
  • Enjoy this new library tote! 
 

Now onto the fun part:
I am giving away a fat quarter bundle of the prints used in my projects! 

Leave me a comment here (you have until the 20th) telling me what you would like to make with this bundle, and I will randomly choose a winner. 

Don't forget to pop over to all these stops in order to see what the talented ladies have done with Emma's Garden , to leave them some love and enter their giveaways! 

8/7 - Michael Miller's website  www.makingitfun.blogspot.com
8/8 - Hilary - youngtexanmama
8/9 - Karri - karriofberries
8/10 - Felice - sewscatterbrained
8/11 - Sally - sallysangelworks
8/12 - Liz - www.fatchickquilts
8/13 - Julia - starsandsunshine
8/14 - Jacey - jaceycraft.blogspot
8/15 - Sophie of C'est LaVie - lescrapdesoph (thats me!)
8/16 - Pam - pamquiltaholic
8/17 - Patty beckandlundy

Hope you'll join us, and don't forget to pop back to Patty's blog on  the last day for a Grand Finale giveaway!



{ Small things monday }

lundi 11 août 2014

"Daddy!!? daddy??!! daddyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy??!!!"
that's what you could hear in our home this week-end! Daddy's home! oh yay!
Not so often ! so the kids go "Daddy crazy" !
so we have the "boys" moments, my 4 years old "pretending " to shave!

and the outdoor fun, climbing the mountains at the fort:
 

 Because, you know, with Daddy, noone is ever afraid, and he never let's you down..
 
 
 even when you fall in the emptiness:


 So yes: best Dad ever , if you ask me!:)
 As for myself, I did climb the mountains too, even with my twisted ankle.
And I keep up with the good "Harry Potter" birthday preparation: we now have an "Hedwidge" thanks to PattySloniger sweet pattern:

{ Näh-Connection interview + Foxy Mulberry }

mercredi 6 août 2014

 This sewing community is amazing!
I am really enjoying meeting all these women all around the world who share my passion for fabrics and patterns!
One of these lives in Germany and blogs at Näh-Connection. 
Annika is a very talented sewer and blogger. She currently has this series on her blog called "Sew Fantastic" and I am lucky to be part of it!
Go over to her blog to read more about me and my sewing life!!

{ Hues colorblock dress }

dimanche 3 août 2014


Remember this gorgeous stack of fabrics I got from Hawthorne Threads last time?? they are just the happiest things: so soft !
I am working on a quilt, but it can be a long process for me ...

Vous vous souvenez de ce lot de tissus splendides qui m'avaient été offerts par la boutique Hawthorne Threads? 
Et bien je suis en train de coudre un quilt avec ces belles couleurs mais un quilt, ça prend du temps! alors en attendant de la finir, et pour me distraire un peu, j'ai cousu cette robe pour l'anniversaire de ma fille, dont le thème est "cheval et cow-boys! 

So, in the meanwhile, I could not resist sewing a little party dress for my daughter's" horse " themed birthday party. 
I had this print from Wee Wanders collection my girl loves and I decided to create a colorblock bodice to match. 
I pulled out Salmon, Azalea, Teal and avocado as well as white, which are the colors also found on the Wee Wanders print.


{ MARA BLOG TOUR: my Skwa Mara }

samedi 2 août 2014

{ Cotton&Steel Lucie: banners in the cold }

mardi 29 juillet 2014


 It is freezing outside. But I finished this new Lucie dress yesterday and really wanted to wear it today, anyway!! you can see my first version here.

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