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crafty » The Adventures of Noah and Lia
Oct 292014
 

Given my dive in to quilting lately, I thought I’d join in with Amy’s Creative Side Bloggers Quilt Festival and submit and share the two finished quilts that I have (since the 5 unfinished ones don’t count yet:) ). So this is repost from June 2012

I finally finished baby girl’s quilt!! The pattern claimed to be doable in a few hours in a day…haha…funny. I counted 15 hours on this baby and that’s with using pre assembled binding and machine stitching everything. I learned alot. Namely the fact that I’m not nearly exact enough to really do this well. Like baking, fudgy measurements make a big difference (perhaps that’s why I prefer cooking over baking) and I’m just not that patient:) That said, I know I’ll make at least one more of these for Noah (I ordered a jelly roll today for his).

Anywho..without further adieu..here’s baby girl’s quilt:)

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I used a disappearing 9 pattern and what I like to call a crazy stitch to quilt it (where I hope my mistakes really don’t show that much). The binding was a satin blanket binding that I found at Joann and I did it by machine too (my hands are already starting to numb so I figured a hand stitched binding may not have been the best idea at the time. Maybe I’ll try it for Noah’s.)

In the end, it was a lot of work but so worth it. I love that I’ll have this for her as she grows and that it was something that I did. Both my mom and my grandmother were avid seamstresses as I was growing up (my mom still is!) and I still remember a lot of what they made for me (and my brother) all those years ago. Heck, I even go to my mom now when I need things fixed. I have a whole new respect for their efforts!

Now…on to the dust ruffle for her crib:)

Oct 292014
 

Given my dive in to quilting lately, I thought I’d join in with Amy’s Creative Side Bloggers Quilt Festival and submit and share the two finished quilts that I have (since the 5 unfinished ones don’t count yet:) ). So this is repost from Jan 2013

So when I made Lia’s quilt before she was born I knew at some point I wanted to make one for Noah too. So, I started it when I was 38 weeks pregnant (about 3 days before Lia was born) haha. Noah asked me one day what it was (it was sitting on my craft table) and I told him it was his blanket that mommy was making him. He got sooo excited! From there on any time he’d pass my craft bench (which was any time he went outside to the backyard) he’d ask me about his blanket. He wanted to wear it around:) Well, I finally got around to finishing it up – 6 months to the day I started it.

This one was done with a jelly roll of Moda Summertime fabric. It was actually pretty neat and quick to get the center patch together. You just sewed all the long strips together in one long line then folded that long line in half, sew the length, chop the end and do it again. I kept halving it until you came to a manageable size. I made my center patch just big enough to cover the top of a twin bed (I was a little short in the length tho). Then I added about 9 inches on either side and a foot to the top and bottom to make it cover his bed with some overhang.

I learned alot with Lia’s quilt and even more with Noah’s. I’m confident that I’m not a quilter but I’m proud of the two pieces I’ve managed to turn out. (eta: okay, maybe I’ll be a quilter yet!)

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Oct 112014
 

Now that Lia has a big girl bed, she needs a big girl quilt to cover it:)

I had started to look for fabrics even before we started the plan to move her to a bigger bed and just didn’t fall in love with anything – until I found this one!! Garden Party Tango by Melissa Ybarra is just a pretty collection of both colors and patterns. I think it will make a great quilt for her room and a nice base to decorate around.

I found a pattern on Pinterest that I really liked and seemed simple enough (me and elaborate quilts don’t mix yet – I need simple straight lines with little cutting to build my confidence). And here’s where I am so far!

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The pattern is for a 36in x 36in blanket so of course that won’t work for her bed so I’m doubling the pattern and will still probably have to do a border to get to the right size. I have the groups of strips sewn together and now need to iron them and cut, then stitch again. I only get 20/30 min here and there so things are going slowly. Maybe by the time she’s 16 I’ll have it finished!

Sep 182014
 

Those of you that are Facebook or IG friends have seen me post a few things about ice dyeing. What, do you ask, is ice dyeing? Well, exactly what it sounds like – dyeing fabric using the combination of ice (or snow) and powdered dye. A co-worker of mine introduced me to the concept during a “crafternoon” party (over margaritas of course) and it’s become kind of an addiction. I’ve had enough questions from friends that I figured I’d share our process.

The whole process, end-to-end, takes about 2 days. Prepping the fabric, setting the dyes and the wrap up steps are quick – relatively. It’s the ice melting part that takes a while of course.

For supplies, you’ll need:
1. 5 gallon bucket (to do the pre-soak)
2. Large bin (we used a rough tote and smaller shoe box sized bins) with a grate or porous raised surface (so the water drips through as the ice melts). We used florescent light louvers that had been cut to fit in the bin.
3. Fabric to dye (we used cotton, bamboo, and rayon fabrics)
4. Fiber reactive dye (found here)
5. Rubber Gloves
6. Protective mask (do you don’t breath in the dye as you sprinkle it on)
7. Textile Detergent (again found here)
8. Soda Ash (see a trend? again found here)
9. various rubber bands, threads etc if you want to tie up your fabric

It seems like a lot but once you have it, you use it over and over again (and again, it’s addictive). Plus, they’re relatively cheap materials. I think our total set up was about $14 a person.

Dharma has a full on tutorial here you can browse through but real high level you’ll do the following:

1. Wash the fabric in the textile detergent to get rid of an residue.
2. Soak the fabric in soda ash solution for 30 min
3. Don your rubber gloves and ring fabric out. Then pinch, tuck, scrunch, wrap to get your pattern.
4. Place fabric in plastic bins and cover with ice (we used 10lb bags of ice. 1 for the shoebox sized, 2 for the big rough totes). You can put more than one article of fabric in each bin as long as you’re okay with them sharing colors.
5. Don your dust mask and use plastic spoons to sprinkle the dye over the ice. This is there it gets fun. You can combine colors, stick with 1, whatever. The sky is the limit.
6. Now wait….24 hours (at least – but no more than 48) for all the ice to melt and the dye to set.
7. Rinse, wash with textile detergent, wash #2 with textile detergent, rinse
8. Dry (hot as you can)
9. Iron
10. Enjoy:)

We found that it’s really hard to do wrong here. Most of us used 2 or 3 colors but had a few, that had larger pieces, use 4 or 5 colors. Depending on the color you use, some of them separate into their primary bases – so like a jade green will give you green, yellow, and blue colors as it works through the fabric. You never know how it will turn out (which makes the rinse step kind of like Christmas or your birthday:) ).

As for wrapping, scrunching, pinching etc…have fun. Try different things. I did a lot of twisting and scrunching for the scarves. The fabric I pleated and then twisted. I want to try one where I just scrunch and see what happens.

There are Pinterest boards dedicated to the craft and a quick Google image search gives you lots of really neat pictures. Like I said, it’s addictive. The time commitment is really not that big – 30 min for the soak, maybe 30 min to arrange and apply the dye. Then 20 min to rinse the next day and your wash loads (which is a set and come back later situation). It’s a great craft to do with your girls over drinks and some gabbing:) ( would recommend doing it outside or on a tarp if you have more than a few people working at once – it gets wet because of the ice and the dye can travel in the air if you’re not careful).

Have fun and share if you try it!!!

Jun 192014
 

Those of you that have me on IG will have seen these pics already. I had to share though because ever since Noah was born I was looking forward to this moment.

As a child we were always pinning towels on our our shirts and pretending to fly. Something about having a cape was so magical and powerful. We were reminded that we could not indeed fly but that never stopped us from trying. So, when Noah asked me last week to tuck a towel into his shirt for a cape I swooned:) He’s to that age now and I love it.

I loved it even more when he asked me to make him a cape like Batman. My sewing skills leave alot to be desired but for him, they are perfect! So, after picking up DH’s fathers day present we ran over to JoAnn to pick up some fabric (I told him I’d make a ninja turtle tie blanket too so we needed that as well).

He insisted on a black cape and I picked the yellow for the liner (figuring I could use the yellow left over to make the Batman insignia for the cape. Thankfully all the prom dress material was 40% off so I grabbed a shiny black fabric that had a nice drape and the yellow matching fabric.

I didn’t have a pattern so I was just eye balling things. I figured a yard each would suffice (in the end .5 to .75 would have been just fine too). Then I did a quick look up on line to see if I could find a pattern for the neck area. I combined two or three ideas and out came this:

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Folding the fabric in half, I drew the one half of the design on the material and cut. I made the cape just under 30 inches long so it wouldn’t drag on the ground (even though Batman’s cape is to his ankles).

Then taking the right sides of the material together, I sewed the perimeter and left my self a gap to turn it then once right side out sewed a top seam to finish it up. All in all it took about an hour to put together.

The hardest part was figuring out how to attach it around his neck. I didn’t have any velcro and he wasn’t going to wait for me to get some so I used a Kam snap I had left over from converting diapers. I think I’ll replace it with velcro later for safety but for now he’s happy and we just keep a close eye on him when he wears it.

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I still have to do the Batman emblem on it for him but he’s not pressing me on it and I’m okay with that. I’m not quite sure how I’ll do it:)

In the end what matters is that he loves it and has so much fun in it! My next problem now is that Lia wants one:)

Jan 272014
 

There were alot of things I was excited about with getting into the new house. Not living out of boxes being the biggest I think. However, I was also anxious to get my crafting supplies back so that I can craft again. I was itching so bad that at Thanksgiving I snuck down to my inlaw basement where my supplies were living and pulled out my crochet hooks and some yarn to start a new project. I figured crochet is pretty contained – a skien of yarn and a hook. Can’t get much simpler than that.

To this point I’ve really only done one hat, a scarf, and about 6 inches of a blanket (I didn’t buy enough yarn!) so I consider myself a very novice crocheter. I thought a granny square quilt would be a good way to hone my skills and working on being consistent with my stitches and what not. I’m having so much fun but wow, this is going to take a long time to get done:) I can average a square a night and figure I need at least 30 squares for a child sized blanket and more for an adult sized blanket (42 maybe? 6 squares wide and 7 tall..). To date I have 20 squares done so we’ll see how that goes. Honestly, I’m going until I run out of yarn (and i have lots of yarn:))

I found the pattern thru Hopscotch Lane but it was originally written up on Annie’s Place

Really easy to follow and after a while kind of mindless which is nice.

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I have two more projects on the horizon that I want to get to but refuse to let myself start them until I finish this one so I have motivation to keep going. Again, we’ll see how that goes.

Any one doing an interesting crochet project?

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