The Ice Cream Dress

It’s done! I ended up spending all evening working on the dress for the sew along. Probably not the best idea because I made several mistakes (one of which still needs to be fixed done!), but I do think it turned out quite well. The brown isn’t as dark as it appears in these photos.

I found this cool button in my button drawer. I really never buy buttons, I just save all the extras that I get with shorts and pants.

In the spirit of full disclosure, here is just a handful of the many mistakes that left me hating my seam ripper:
1. Put the button loop too low – my bad karma for putting on a button, my daughter hates buttons.
2. Assembled the yoke wrong – fixed
3. Top stitched pockets wrong – fixed
4. Top stitched the pockets closed on the dress! – fixed
5. Top stitched the bottom of the pockets in dark thread (looked bad) – fixed
6. Attached the front yoke to dress wrong and now I have an exposed seam inside – will fix today fixed

Please tell me you all also occasionally have sewing disasters. (Hopefully everyone is nodding in agreement right now.) Really, this dress is not *that* difficult. I certainly made it harder than it was. I will either blame it on mommy brain, my inability to follow written directions, or sewing in the late night. :) But now that I have the hang of it, I will probably make more. Definitely love the dress!

Here it is with it’s new owner…coordinates quite well with a Hello Kitty band aid if I do say so myself.

The Ice Cream Social

Amy over at Badskirt and Kate over at One Flew Over are currently hosting a sew along for the Oliver + S Ice Cream Dress. I am playing catch up as I just returned from vacation, but I am making good time on the dress assembly. I will say I have spent some quality time with my seam ripper…who knew little “V”s and pockets were so tricky??

I’m making View A and chose a chocolatey Kona solid and a print from Sandi Henderson’s Meadowsweet collection for my dress.

Check out Amy’s blog for the sew along and the Flickr group for lots of photos and discussions. One of my favorites is Kate’s version in a Liberty of London print and an Anna Maria Horner Dolby Dot voile. She extended the bottom and ditched the pockets. I think it looks like a more grown up version.

It’s not too late to join in the fun and make a dress of your own!

Winter Rainbow : Worth the Wait

Winter Rainbow Front

It’s finished! I still can’t believe it. I have been working on this quilt for 6 months and boy am I glad to have it completed. So many things to say about this one…

As I mentioned in my sneak peek post (um, a LONG time ago!), this quilt is inspired by a beautiful quilt by Rita of Red Pepper Quilts. Her work is simply amazing.

Winter Rainbow Closeup

Oh, SO many lessons learned and things I would have done differently on this one.
1) I made the first 3 blocks forever ago and then waited months to make the rest. I didn’t write down anything – sizes, seam allowance, squaring up size…not smart.
2) I switched sewing machines in the middle of making the blocks. And used different feet. Again, I wouldn’t recommend this! LOL
3) I used charcoal thread in the bobbin and really am not happy with how it looks on the back. Sigh.
4) In my quest to be Rita-like, I tried machine stitching the back of the binding instead of hand sewing it. Let’s just say, I’m no Rita. LOL

This quilt ended up being a 64″ square which I think will be perfect to fit our family for lunches in the park this Spring. The binding is a stripe by Lizzy House Red Letter Day. I know I just used that for a binding, but I had a lot and I like it. :-P Although the sashing looks black, it’s really Kona Charcoal. And the prints are just a rainbow selection of my favorites.

The back is 9 large squares using giant blocks of colors from the front. This part was a bit painful for me as I used up some of my favorite out of print fabrics. But I kept telling myself that I bought the fabric to use, not to hoard. So use it!

Winter Rainbow Back

I quilted it using free motion and used Warm and Natural batting. I prefer Dream Cotton Request Loft batting and even though it’s more costly, I think I will go back to using that. It’s more lightweight and I feel like it’s just a better quality.

Winter Rainbow Back Blowing

So now I’m moving on to my quilting bee quilt, my Dolce quilt and my Hope Valley quilt. Always more in the pipeline than coming out of it!

On a side note (but more importantly), today my little man is turning 1. Happy Birthday Kyler!

Birthday Boy

ETA: more gratuitous baby and quilt cuteness. :)
Kyler Winter Rainbow

Winter Rainbow Quilting

Winter Rainbow Quilting

It’s about time, right? I love this quilt, but it has been hanging over my head for what seems like forever. I think it’s my love of it that is the reason behind the length of time it’s taken me to create it. First I wasn’t sure of the layout. I wanted it to be perfect. Then I wasn’t sure what to do for the backing. Then I wasn’t sure the thread color and quilting design. And already I’m not sure of the binding. Does this ever happen to you?

Well I have quilt a few quilts in progress, so I decided I needed to make a decision and act. Here’s to one step closer to finishing this quilt!