Monday, September 15, 2014

Cat on the Moon

You've heard of the Old Man on the Moon?   Well this is the Cat on the Moon.

This one is a bit more detailed than the last one and would be better for someone with a bit of experience paper piecing.


Free through the end of October 2014 here.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Free Halloween Paper Pieced Patterns

I once again have a grand plan to publish a series of Halloween themed paper pieced blocks.  With all of the Halloween swaps that I've seen popping up on Instagram lately now seems like the perfect time.  These patterns will be free through Halloween of 2014 so get them while you can ;)

The first is the Happy Ghost...



You can download the pattern here.

I have several others in the works so check back soon :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

September Big City Bags SAL

This month we will be linking up our finished Miss Independent bags.   I will admit this is one of the projects in the book I've been most excited about but I'm just not sure I'll have time to make one...

(Photos used with permission of Martingale Publishing.  Photograph by Brent Kane.)

BTW, Betsy-I need you to send your e-mail and mailing addresses to sewingwithsqueak@gmail.com.  Apparently your a no-reply blogger and I can't get back to you :(.

The Rules
  • We will be sewing the books in the order they are in the book.  Only the bag for that specific month will be eligible for the link up.
  • The bag must be complete to qualify for prizes.
  • On the first of every month I will announce a new project and prize. 
  • You will have from September 25, 2014 until midnight on September 30, 2014 CST to link up your project for a chance to win that month's prize.
  • You can link up more than one bag a month as long as they were both made during the corresponding month
  • Join the Flickr group to see all the projects that have been made. 
This month's prize is courtesy of Sew Me A Song. The winner this month will have $25 to spend on anything in the shop.  There is a wide variety of fabric to choose from (I would go for the Sweet As Honey prints myself) in both yardage and bundles.  The sale section also has an amazing owl print...you all know I love my owls!!


 

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Monday, September 8, 2014

The Washi That Almost Wasn't

I didn't buy this fabric with a Washi Dress in mind but after I got it I decided it couldn't be made into anything other than just that despite the fact that it was several inches short of the required yardage.


 Even after I took 6" off of the length it was a VERY close call!!  I had enough fabric to make the sleeves but decided this version didn't need them.  I wanted this version to be a little more form fitting than my previous one so I used a 1" seam allowance.  (I'm too lazy to reprint the pattern, tape it all together, and cut it our again.)  This little modification made it the perfect fit!  It's hard to see in this picture but I once again made this one using the cut out neckline.


I have several different versions of this dress in mind.  I have already bought fabric for a Halloween version.  And I definitely want to make one with long or 3/4 sleeves.  Looks like I will be purchasing the expansion pack before long...

Friday, September 5, 2014

My Very First Washi Dress

And it's nearly perfect!  The dress was made using the very popular pattern from Made By Rae.


I cut a large and the only alteration I made was to elongate the darts a little.

 The fabric was purchased during a great sale at JimmyBeansWool.com.

The whole dress was quick and easy to complete and I will definitely be making many, many more!!

Congrats Betsy!!

You are the winner of this month's prize.  A great bundle from Blossom Heart Quilts!  I have never had any Japanese fabrics to I'm jealous :).

You can see more of Betsy's stuff here.




Wednesday, September 3, 2014

My Little Bubble Guppie Boy

Squeak has been obsessed with Bubble Guppies for most of this year.  He has the DVDs, the toys, the books...and now the pants.


I made him a pair of pants quite a while back and I learned a lot from that experience.  This pair fits much better!!  I made the back a little deeper to accommodate his diaper and made the waistband a separate piece so I could use wider elastic.  I even managed to hem them to the correct length on the first try.


Oh, and there was just enough fabric left to make a matching pair for Fred.  Squeak didn't seem that impressed but Princess couldn't wait to start playing with him :)

I had grand plans for the photos for this post.  I was going to get a really cute pic of Squeak holding up Fred while they both had their new pants on.  Instead I had to bribe Squeak with cake just to get him to look at the camera.  Oh the joys of having a two year old...