Heather Ross Smocked Sundress

Heather Ross Smocked Dress 1

Last October, for my birthday, my husband bought Weekend Sewing, by Heather Ross. I had heard mixed reviews of it (apparently there are quite a few errors in it), but I thought it’d be great for inspiration at least. There were definitely a few projects in it that I wanted to make for my daughter. Fast forward through birthdays and holidays, and I had forgotten about it. Then earlier this week I was in the Buggy for Heather Ross Flickr group, and someone posted a link to a video from Martha Stewart where Heather Ross was a guest. She showed how to do the smocking on an adorable little sundress from her book. Instantly I was hooked!

This afternoon I made the dress for my daughter. It is really simple. From the comments on the Martha Stewart page, it looks like you need to use metal bobbins. Overall I’d say it took me about an hour to make.

As you can see by the photos, Avery is a fan. I could barely get her to stop moving to take the pictures. I love having a little girl. 🙂 I know it’s odd that I made this dress in February. I am SO TIRED of winter and cold and snow (we are supposed to get MORE tomorrow night!) So this dress represents my hope that warm temperatures are just around the corner.

Heather Ross Smocked Dress 2

ETA: Well, I decided I needed a cute smocked sundress too. I bought some Dolce Ella Grey fabric and downloaded a free pattern off Heather Ross’ website. Can’t wait!

Rainbow Block Quilt


I’ve finished my Block of the Day Quilt – now known as my Rainbow Block Quilt! I am really excited with how this one turned out. It’s so bright and fun! The blocks are each unique and it’s such a beautiful sampling of so many designer’s fabrics. I used white sashing (Bella Solids) and I think it really makes the blocks pop. I used coordinating fabrics for a fun stripe on the back.

I quilted this free motion style and used a Denyse Schmidt floral from Katie Jump Rope. The final size measures 48″ x 62″.

I could really see this quilt on a toddler bed, but that’s probably because I have two young kids myself and see everything through a mom’s eyes. It’d be perfect to cuddle under on the couch as well!

I’ve decided to start selling some of my quilts in an Etsy shop! I figured it would justify all the time I’ve been spending on this hobby. And answer my husband’s question of “what are you going to do with another quilt?”

ETA: Thanks for helping my photo make Flickr Explore for September 17th, 2009!

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Front Top Blocks

Front Bottom Blocks

Back Stripe

Finished Mendocino Quartered Bento Box Quilt

I finished my first Bento Box quilt today – just baby sized at 25″ x 25″.  It turned out really cute and I think would make a great tummy time mat for a baby girl.  As I was hand stitching the binding on this afternoon, my 5 month old son was cooing at the mermaids.  I think he’s in love.

I did a strip of the Mendocino fabrics used for the back.

An up close shot of the quilting, free motion.

ETA: Thanks for helping my photo make Flickr Explore for August 21, 2009!