Monday, August 18, 2014

new (removable) chair covers


I was about to start this post by saying "A few months ago, I made some removable chair cushion covers for my dining room chairs." I then searched my blog so that I could link to the post and realized the post was from June 2013 - over a year ago! I honestly thought I made them earlier this year. The worst part is that in that post I write about how I only made 4 of the 6 I needed and that I would be making the rest soon (click here to read it.) Crazy!

Well, anyway - I made the last two and I actually plan to replace the original four to match the recent ones - guess I'll write about that in 2015. 


For this first cover, I experimented with the quilting like I did for this pillow.


However, for the second cover, I just quilted straight lines on the chambray fabric since the quilted large triangles on the first one weren't allowing the cover to lay flat enough for a chair cushion cover. I also substituted a dark gray with pink dots fabric for the sketch fabric to mix it up a bit and NOT because I ran out of the sketch :) For both covers, I stitched around a few of the leaves but mostly left that fabric unquilted.



I plan to make the other four covers with a similar color/fabric scheme but to give each its own personality. And just like the original cushion covers, I just sewed some ties to the back of the cover to attach it to the chair. The ties are easy to remove from the quilts (ask me how I know!) so I'll either just keep the original covers nearby to use when these are in the wash or I'll remove the ties and give them to my daughters for doll quilts. Either way, they definitely won't go to waste.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

another almost geranium dress


acorn trail geranium dress

One of these days I plan on trying another dress pattern but I think this makes my fifth geranium dress. I guess I'm getting my money's worth! Though I think I've only made one that doesn't have a major error (user error - I don't blame the pattern at all!) If you look at the photos, you might think the mistake has something to do with the seam between the bodice and the skirt - but that is minor. The real mistake is that I forgot that you have to cut both a back and a front for the skirt and I didn't realize it until after I finished the bodice. Yes, I know I could have just used other fabric (I didn't have enough left of this one) but I wanted to use this fabric and I figured I might as well try it. Well, it isn't exactly the geranium - but it still works!

acorn trail geranium dress

I didn't think I had been able to get any good photos of the dress the first time my 2 year old wore it, so I took more photos the second and third time and then realized that I actually had quite a few to use. So here are a few more . . .

acorn trail geranium dress

acorn trail geranium dress

acorn trail geranium dress

Hm, is this last photo collage totally bizarre with the two half pics on top of each other?!?! I can't decide what I think.

I used fabric from a new line coming soon from Birch Organic. It is Acorn Trail by Teagan White who also designed one of my favorite fabric lines last year - Fort Firefly (see the pillows I made with it here.) 

And here are the links to my other geranium dresses: here and here.

Monday, July 28, 2014

pink pineapple applique


pineapple applique mini quilt


pineapple applique mini quilt

pineapple applique mini quilt

I'm still not sewing very much these days but ever since I used applique as the main technique in a mini quilt for a tutorial earlier this month (which I'll hopefully share later this week or next), I've started thinking of all the quilts I want to make using applique! Actually, it is so rare that I write about applique that I'm not even sure if I'm using the word properly in the sentence - do I say "make a quilt using applique" or can I just say "applique a quilt" or do both work? I should probably figure that out since it looks like I might be sharing lots of applique projects in the near future. 

But the real question is:  pineapple or strawberry??? My plan was pineapple but hmm . . . 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

a visit to yellowstone and grand teton (in pictures)













 It was an amazing trip!

And if you look closely, you'll see that I'm actually in one of the photos - that doesn't happen often but I realized that really need to start being in at least a few of our family photos!

Friday, July 18, 2014

friday (miscellaneous)


I've been reorganizing my photos on my computer and realized that I have a few projects that I meant to share but never did. This is a boxy pouch I made when I went to Sew South in March! I had thought I would write a blog post specifically about the retreat but. . .  you know how it is, right? Anyway, Sew South was wonderful! It was so great to not only meet so many of my blog friends in person (including one of my best blogging friends) but to actually spend the whole weekend with them (and make new friends as well!) Another tidbit about this pouch (made using a leftover piece from this) is that it is the first time I used interfacing.


We were all sent home from Sew South with plenty of quilty swag including these charm packs. And one of these days I'll actually make the quilt that I planned for using these - yes, one of these days.


My daughters have been baking nonstop this past week. Which is great and um, not so great. After seeing so many baked doughnut recipes, we finally bought a doughnut pan. Does anyone have any good recipes for baked doughnuts to share?


And we finally were able to grow tomatoes - I think it only took 4 years! Not sure what (if anything) we did different this year but it worked and they are delicious.

I regularly read a few (not sewing) blogs that provide links on Fridays to random things from around the web that they wanted to share with their readers. I'm not sure if any of you would be interested but here are a few things that I enjoyed this week:

This salad from Pinch of Yum (one of my favorite recipe sites) has my family eating and loving kale (well, if you don't count the littlest members of my family.)

This series from A Cup of Jo about motherhood around the world. I thought it was fascinating and actually read back through the whole series.

Hmm, when I started writing this post, I actually thought I had more links to share. Would that be something you would be interested in (my providing random links to sewing and non-sewing things)? It wouldn't be every Friday (and it wouldn't even necessarily be on a Friday) but I'm wondering if I should start keeping a list of things and then when I have a few, write a post - what do you think? Do any of you do that?

And what is going on in your life this Friday?

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

blog hop week #4


Well, that went by fast. This is the last week of the 2014 New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop. To see the list of bloggers from previous weeks, click here. And here is the list of bloggers to visit this week (and remember these bloggers will link you to another set of new quilt bloggers to visit as well!)

Serena @ Sew Giving
Jenny @ Jack's Room



Find more information about Chelsea Michal Designs, Custom Longarm Quilting, by visiting their facebook page (click here) and you can also follow Chelsea on Instagram (@chelseamichal).

And until July 31, 2014, Chelsea is offering 10% off your first long arm quilting service done by Chelsea Michal Designs to everyone who mentions "plum and june" when booking.

Friday, July 11, 2014

another pillow and a pillow question

oakshott ruby quilted pillow

Not much to say about this pillow. I just really liked the two pillows I made using the oakshott ruby F8th bundle that I wrote about a few weeks ago so I wanted to make a few more. For this one, I again used essex yarn-dyed linen and most of the fabrics from the bundle.

oakshott ruby quilted pillow

If you squint, you can see that I quilted just a few lines near the seams on each side of the more orange-y fabrics and then I densely quilted the linen. With the exception of a bright pink and a bright aqua, I don't have a wide variety of thread so I used the thread from my stash that matched best but it stands out a bit more than planned - oh, well.

oakshott ruby quilted pillow

Here's my question: I wonder if I need to get new cushion inserts because my pillows seem to have lots of extra fabric in the corners. I just keep recovering the same inserts - do you think they are shrinking from use? Admittedly, in real life, I don't even notice this but it really stands out to me in the photos. Still, if you have a solution, I would love to hear it! If it makes a difference to your suggestions, I basically always use the envelope method for the pillows and I do make them about 1" smaller than the insert. And if it seems that a new insert is the answer, then I'll just use the inserts I have now for pillows in my daughters' room - I doubt they'll care!

If you are looking for the fabric giveaway from Mad about Patchwork and/or the schedule for the new quilt blogger blog hop, click here.
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