Friday, February 24, 2017

The Simple Life by Monaluna Fabrics

When I first saw these fabrics I knew I wanted to make something beautiful. Something that I could stand back and look at and wonder what would my grandmother and great grandmother, who were quilters, think.  

I have to admit it was a process, and at one point I didn't think that I would be able to show you a completed project, and again I wanted to push through because I knew that if I didn't get it finished and I were to post about a work in progess that this beautiful quilt would have taken a back seat to a bunch of other projects I have coming up. Now I can go back to feeding my kids and doing laundry...with the amount of hours I put into this one the rest of the house did take a back seat. So grateful that Daniel was there to make sure that there was clean underwear and lunches were made for the girls.

The quilt pattern I chose was Yellow Brick Road, available in the Etsy shop at Phat Quarters. I felt that it was the best way to combine all nine fabric prints in the new Simple Life collection by Monaluna. Maybe now I can stop singing Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John?

I still can't believe I went from cutting, to assembling, to quilting... in all less than a week for a twin size bed.

One thing about this quilt pattern that I would recommend, use a short stitch length so that your stitching doesn't come apart. The instructions have you assemble strips of fabric length wise then have you cut through those strips perpendicular to your stitching so yes, you need to cut right through your stitches.

I did skip the border on this one so I was left with four extra blocks, just enough for a throw pillow. So that's what I did. I even made it with a zipper so when I want to put the quilt away I can just store it in the throw pillow cover!

Now a little more about the fabric. This collection of prints by Monaluna is available in canvas (perfect for bags or coats), lawn (light weight cotton great for blouses and flowy dresses) or poplin (great for quilting or shirts). For obvious reasons I worked with the poplin. The fabric is just so wonderful to touch, the colors are beautiful and vibrant. The collection as a whole is just delicious!

You'll find more inspiration with this fabric on the other stops of this tour. Go check them out, and while you're at it, go enter the giveaway!

Monday:   Wild and Wanderful

There will be 3 Prizes! 
Prize 1: half yard bundle of the Simple Life fabric line 
Prize 2: $25 Gift Certificate to Phat Quarters Fabrics 
Prize 3: 1.5 yard bundle of the Simple Life fabric line

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*Disclaimer: I recieved the fabric from Monaluna for the purpose of the tour and review but all opinions are my own.

Monday, February 13, 2017

OneThimble #14 - part 2

Today I'm showing off two more patterns included in One Thimble issue #14 (affiliate link). To start off, here's Loli by Bobkin Design. 

Loli is a sweet little sundress with an option to have buttons down the back. Another option included in this pattern is an elastic cassing at the back for a more snug fit. 

I used a cotton voile for this dress so I felt the need to line it. In lining the dress I was able to create more volume to the dress. 

Such a great staple for the summer, although for now, we're recovering from a huge snow fall, so its hard to imagine that the warm weather will be back soon. 

Next up is JubeJube wearing her new Trillium blouse by Petite Stitchery. This blouse was all about fabric placement. I love this fabric and had just enough left to make Trillium. 

The bodice leaves a lot of room for creativity. I added a decorative stitching but you could add lace or piping, or even a contasting fabric to make it you own. 

Different sleeve options and maxi dress are also included in this pattern. This is one you'll want to be making over and over again! 

Take a look at the other stops on the tour for more fun and inspiration! Don't forget to pick up your copy of One Thimble today! 








Until next time, xx.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

One Thimble #14

One Thimble 14 (affiliate link)  is out and with so much to see in this issue! One of Twig & Tale's patterns is featured in this issue and I just had to get up close with this one. 

While out friends in the southern hemisphere are enjoying their summer weather, I'm  knee deep in snow. When I saw the hottie cover by Twig & Tale I thought it would be the perfect project ot keep warm and cozy, especially after a full day of playing in the snow. The of of snuggling up in a blanket with a hot water bottle and a fun book appeals to the kiddos and me.

Three different animals are included with the pattern, the cat, panda bear and owl. They are all adorable! 

Since this project doesn't require much fabric I used what I had on hand, some off white terrycloth, and flannel for the facial features. I used a little Heatn' Bond to get the eyes and nose on. 

And that cute tail! ha! 

Here's a look at some of the other contributers to issue #14 of One Thimble. I'll be back in a couple of days with the patterns from Petite Stitchery and Bobkin Designs. Don't forget to pick up your copy of One Thimble today! 








Until next time, xx.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Everyday Essentials with EYMM for Valentine's Day

To be honest I was a little worried about how I was going to present the pattern on my blog. Wondering if I would be confident enough to do modeled photos of my new nigthgown. We all have our reservations about going out of our comfort zone, we all have our little imperfections that we wish to hide from the world but in the end it is what it is. Yes I have curves, and imperfections that I didn't have when I was 20 years old, but they are a part of me and they tell a story. Really so glad that I was able to show you modeled photos and jump out of my comfort zone on this one.   

This pattern is the Everyday Essential by EYMM (affiliate link). The pattern offers so many options and such a huge size range (xs-5xl) including different cups sizes so its easy to get a good fit. 

The fabric suggestions for a good support fit is a cotton lycra blend, but I wanted the soft flowing silkiness of a rayon blend which doesn't have the best recovery. My solution was to line the bra or bodice part, front and back, with a white 95% cotton 5% lycra knit and get the comfort and light weight feeling of the rayon knit.

I also wanted a girly look to this nightgown and so I went through my stash of elastic lace. Finally I found some matching fold over elastic for the armcye. I spent more time contimplating my fabric selection than I did sewing. The pattern is very easy to understand and I put most of the garment together using my serger.

I haven't had a nightgown in years, I could get used to feeling this girly and leave those old flannel PJ's behind.


Make sure to visit all the stops on the Valentine Essentials Blog Tour! (Keep in mind that the links below won't work until their scheduled date.)
Feb. 3 -Sewing by Ti
Feb. 4 - Joelle at EYMM
Feb. 10 - Roundup at EYMM
During the tour, the Everyday Essentials pattern is on sale for half off! Use code VDAYTOUR on the EYMM site to save 50% on the Women's Everyday Essentials pattern until February 12 at 11:59pm PST.

This blog contains affiliate links meaning I make a small commission if you click on the link and make a purchase through it at no extra cost to you. 
I received the pattern at no charge for the purpose of the tour but all opinions are my own.