A New Week

Trimming : Fresh Lemons Quilts

October is one of those months around here that is constantly so busy, it just flies by. Between soccer, birthdays, Fall Festivals, kids excitement building to Halloween….well I can’t believe it is already the 20th! Last week I worked quite a bit on a to-be-seen-later quilt. In the meantime, you can see the color palette in my trimmings above. I changed out my rotary blade and it was like quilter’s Christmas. So smooth! Every time I put in a fresh blade I wonder what took me so long.

Costumes : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I also finished my son’s skeleton costume last week. We took them for a spin at a local kids night of games and they were a hit! For the skeleton, I bought black sweatpants and a black long sleeved shirt at Old Navy. I went to Google to find a skeleton template and used this one from Country Living. I resized it to fit his shirt and pants dimensions, then cut out the pieces and traced them onto white wool felt. I decided to make the costume have bones on the front and back, so I changed the rib cage a bit for the back.

Costumes : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I ironed Heat n Bond Ultrahold to the wool felt and followed the directions to apply them to the black clothing. I went to Party City for the hat and gloves. :) (It’s funny how growing up in southern Ohio, having a warm costume for Halloween was less important than being in Chicago!) He’s very happy with how it turned out!

Uppercase Magazine and Bookhou : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Totally switching topics – but does anyone here get Uppercase Magazine? It’s a bit of a splurge for me, but I really enjoy it. (I was sold after seeing the cover of the last issue.) So, this is the second issue I’ve received and I was flipping through and saw a spread on Bookhou. I was so excited because I love my Bookhou bag so much! The quality and design are really just beautiful, and it was awesome to see them featured. Maybe something for your wish lists with the holiday’s coming up?

Halloween and the Art Institute

Halloween Costume! : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I can’t believe it, but I finished my daughters Halloween costume way early! I don’t think I’ve ever made her a costume for Halloween in all 8 years. But not long ago I pinned some costume ideas on Pinterest and she really loved these bird wings.

Halloween Costume! : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I followed the general idea on both this website and this website (this second link for the headpiece as well). I didn’t worry about making each wing a perfect 1/4 circle. I measured the length of her arm and the length down her back. I cut a rectangle that size and then just eyeballed a curved line between the two.

Halloween Costume! : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I want her to be able to put the costume on by herself for her school party, so I used some sparkly black elastic about 3/4″ thick that I found at JoAnns for the arm holds. It’s not too tight for her and there is nothing for her to tie (or really, for her teacher to tie).

Halloween Costume! : Fresh Lemons Quilts

For the headpiece, I followed the general instructions here. (But again, I didn’t make it tie, just sized it to her head.) The ribbon is Renaissance Ribbons by Anna Maria Horner. I’ve had them forever! Happy to finally use them.

Halloween Costume! : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The wings at headpiece use a variety of fabrics (handpicked by my daughter) and wool felt. I love wool felt, it is such good quality compared to craft felt from big box craft stores. It comes in so handy for craft projects. One of my sponsors even carries some in her shop – Fabric Spark!

Halloween Costume! : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My daughter love, love, loves it. **I know I generally ask you not to Pin pictures with my kids on Pinterest, but feel free to Pin any of these Halloween costume photos.** Now to finish my son’s costume. He has a much simpler request – a skeleton.

Halloween Costume! : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Not quilting related, but my kids had off school Thursday and Friday so we decided to have a little fun in Chicago. We took a day trip Friday to the Art Institute. I had my kids bring sketchpads and colored pencils, and they spent the day finding their favorite artwork and recreating it themselves.

Art Institute of Chicago : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This is such a fun way for kids to experience art museums. It makes them really look at the artwork and not just walk on by, bored after a couple rooms. It doesn’t matter AT ALL if they are artistically gifted. It makes them notice details in the paintings that they would have missed otherwise. The staff in each room allowed them to sit on the floor if benches weren’t around. I think the only time in the past we were not allowed to do this was in special exhibit areas (too crowded).

Art Institute of Chicago : Fresh Lemons Quilts

We are so spoiled to have all these awesome works of art practically in our backyard. The fact that we can drive 45 minutes and then spend our day surrounded by Monet and Picasso and Matisse…just incredibly lucky. I knew my daughter would have fun (we’ve done this before), but this is the first time I’ve brought my 5 year old – very active – son. He LOVED it. He wanted to draw everything he saw. He was so calm and concentrated so hard, he did not want to leave at the end of our time there.

Art Institute of Chicago : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I definitely recommend checking out the Art Institute, even with young kids, if you are ever in Chicago. We only made it through 3 sections – Impressionism, Modern American Art 1900-1950 and Modern Art (3rd floor in the modern wing) so we will be back to explore more soon.

An Easter Dress

Geranium Dress, pattern by Made by Rae : Fresh Lemons Quilts

An Easter dress with a few days to spare! High five! Seriously though, I really waited until the last minute this year. Which is better than last year when I just bought a dress from Coscto. This time I knew I wanted to make my daughter’s dress. I’m not really sure how much longer she is going to want to wear things I sew for her, but I can tell you she is still very excited about it when I do.

Geranium Dress, pattern by Made by Rae : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This pattern is the Geranium Dress by Made by Rae. My daughter is 7, but pretty tall for her age. I made a size 8 and it fits perfectly, with a little room to spare. I’m hoping we can get a lot of use out of it this summer!

Geranium Dress, pattern by Made by Rae : Fresh Lemons Quilts

We chose fabric from Anna Maria Horner’s Dowry line, Twill Bouquet in Black. I love, love, love it. For the bodice lining, I picked a solid from Michael Miller’s Cotton Coutures. They are so soft and smooth, I knew it’d be a perfect choice.

Geranium Dress, pattern by Made by Rae : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The pattern was easy to make. It took about 2 hours. My daughter didn’t want the ruffle flutter sleeves, the pockets, or the notched neckline, so that sped things up! I made the pleated skirt option, rather than the gathered skirt.

Geranium Dress, pattern by Made by Rae : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The buttons at the back were super easy with Bernina’s automatic buttonhole foot. Whenever I make something with buttons, I joke that I just sit back with my coffee while my machine does all the hard work for me.

Geranium Dress, pattern by Made by Rae : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I have one very happy little girl who is now ready for Easter!

Geranium Dress, pattern by Made by Rae : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Briar Rose Knits

I did it. I made something with knits. You know when people tell you that sewing with knits isn’t as scary as it sounds? They’re lying. ;) Ok, maybe not. I mean, I was successful. But I wouldn’t exactly say I enjoyed myself.

After buying a few Briar Rose quilting cottons, I really wanted to get a yard of the jersey knit strawberries to make a skirt for my daughter. I started Googling for sewing tips and found a really nice summary on Pretty Prudent. Armed with my ballpoint needle and stretch stitch, I got to work.

I just don’t know how people don’t get completely annoyed with how knit is constantly rolling up on itself. Please, someone tell me. LOL Once I had it pinned all over, I felt better, but it tested my patience.

This skirt is based off the Oliver + S Lazy Day Skirt Pattern, which I’ve made so many times I don’t even need the pattern anymore. My daughter’s favorite type of skirt. It’s cozy and cute, but might be my last time touching knits for awhile. :)