I can’t believe how much time has passed since my last post! I promise I do have a good reason! There has been a whirlwind of change in our house over the past couple of weeks. My husband was offered a job in Jacksonville, Fl and we will be moving down a week from today. Yes! It’s all happened so fast it almost doesn’t feel real. The job offer came on a Thursday, by the following Tuesday our house hit the market, that evening we had our first showing and in a matter of 48 hours we had finalized a contract with them. Whew!
So, off to Jacksonville we go! (If you live there or have been I would love to know all of the hot spots! Let me know your favorite things to do!)
Through all the craziness I have found time to (ignore the need to pack up of my sewing room and) sneak in a few projects here and there. One of the most addicting books out right now is Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt. It has so many cute blocks in it, it’s hard to sit down and sew just one. If you are on Instagram you may have already seen the #farmgirlfridays sew-a-long happening. One of this past week’s blocks to sew was the Baking Day Block.
How cute is this block?I decided the block would make a darling little pocket for the side of a market bag. I made the pattern up as I went, making it work around the size of the block. I quilted each area of the bag and tried to keep it simple and sweet with only the one pocket. The bag is a gift for my mother. She is so good about using reusable bags when she shops and we plan on hitting up a local market together this weekend.
A while back I shared with you the patchwork bibs I had made for Madeleine. I really, really love these bibs. They wash up great, are made to last and are really quick and easy to make. I was in need of a couple of smaller ones for Finian so decided to write up a tutorial for you this time around.
On all of the bibs I have made I have used linen and cotton scraps. I love the clean look the linen gives and the way it helps the scrap pieces stick out, but even better it washes up amazingly! For Finian’s bib, I decided to use all pieces cut from Sweetwater’s collection The Boat House.
Here is the tutorial. Enjoy!
Patchwork Bib Tutorial
17 scrap pieces each made into 1 1/2″ squares
18- 1 1/2″ squares of your solid color
6″ X 8″ piece of your solid color
2 – 2″ x 15″ matching fabric pieces (for the ties)
1. Using the bib pattern, cut the bib top and bottom out of your 6″x 8″ piece of solid fabric.
2. Lay out your squares as you would like them to be in your bib. 5 rows of 7 squares, as seen below. 3. Sew each row of squares together and then sew your rows together. 4. Sew the top and bottom bib piece to your patchwork square.
5. Lay your bib on top of your batting. Pin and quilt as desired. Add any extra little touches that you may want. For the little sailboat I drew it on with a fabric pencil, and hand-stitched over it with 2 pieces of embroidery floss.6. Make your bib ties as follows:
On one edge of both strips, press 1/4″ towards inside.Fold your strips in half wrong sides together and press.Open up and fold each outer edge to the middle. Press. Fold along center line again and press.Sew along top and outer edge.7. Sew your ties to top of bib sewing along top edge of ties and making sure to back stitch a couple of times to hold it securely.
8. Keeping your ties to the inside, lay your bib face down on top of piece of backing fabric. (Don’t pay any attention to the back side of my hand-stitches. Yikes!)
9. Pin and sew around bib, leaving a small opening on bottom of bib. Cut excess backing fabric off and turn inside out. Press.
10. Finish bib by sewing very close around the outer edge of entire bib.
If you have any questions on any of the steps, feel free to let me know! I am more than happy to answer any questions. If you are on Instagram, share your picture with the hashtag #fhpatchworkbib. I would love to see what you make!
I’ve spent the day making a few last minute details and preparing for the children’s Easter /spring pictures, which hopefully will happen tomorrow. Of course, you can never be quite sure with children or the weather though.
My final to-do was to put the finishing touches on Madeleine’s dress. The pattern is my own, and I added lace sleeves cut from a scarf I had brought back from India a few years ago. It’s the perfect dress for a lovely spring day.The sun is starting to rise earlier and earlier, the days are warming up, the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing and it’s finally starting to actually feel and smell like spring here.
We decided to get away for a few days and spent a long weekend in Chicago. What a beautiful city! The bakeries and cafes on every corner, the shopping, the parks and of course, the amazing Navy Pier. I could definitely live in Chicago.
We gladly welcomed the first day of spring here! One of my goals this year is to sew more of Madeleine’s dresses, and with the new season comes the need for new clothes.
One of my favorite lines out right now is Bonnie and Camille’s Daysail fabric. It just has “spring” written all over it… I have a very sneaky feeling that this fabric is going to make its way in to more than one of Madeleine’s outfits. As much as I love this fabric, I love the pinwheels made out of it. I wanted to incorporate them into one of Madeleine’s outfits and decided to go with a simple white skirt. (Although I think it would have made a lovely jumper as well. Maybe a second pinwheel outfit?) I used Lori Holt’s pinwheel block tutorial found here. It’s super easy to follow, besides the fact that her Bee in My Bonnet blog is super awesome! I couldn’t make a pinwheel skirt without making a few real ones, of course. Although the pinwheels didn’t spin in the wind quite like they should have, the kids and I had a lot of fun making them. Hopefully, next time we can figure out how to make them spin better!
I hope you are enjoying your first few days of spring!