Friday, September 17, 2010

sew & tell - on a roll

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I don't know what's happened the last few weeks!  I feel like a sewing maniac!  You might be surprised to see two things that I have never made before.  And only one diaper clutch.  :)

I owe all of you a big thanks for keeping me going.  Part of getting these things finished is so that I have something to post each week too!  Otherwise, I'd have a ton of UFOs laying around. (Like the bumpers that I have cut out for my almost 5 year old daughter when she was a baby...)  I wasn't feeling too great yesterday (darn pollen) and I wasn't feeling like finishing up the big thing for today - but I went ahead and kept plugging away and it really only took about 15 minutes.  And I'm so glad I did!  So thank YOU!

Alright, first up.
I totally get the bunting thing now!  I keep seeing people make them and I've wanted to make on too.  I  just hadn't had a reason to until I helped my gorgeously talented (and gorgeous) friend throw a baby shower last weekend.  Here it is hanging up in my sunroom/sewing room/home office/workout room (I told you I was a multi-tasker!).

And here it is after the party had been staged.  I LOVE it so much and now I want to make one for every room in my house.  And I hope you noticed the Amy Butler Wallflower in there!
I just made a template out of a cereal box and used it as a guide to cut with my rotary cutter.  Then I sewed it to some hem tape, because that's what I had.  These aren't lined and may fray a bit, but then they'll be *vintage*.  Right? 

If you like gratuitous food and decor shots go here to see more of Heidi's magic!

Next up.
The gift for that shower.
Shocker, I know. I can't get enough of these!  And Amy Butler in Daisy Chain is always nice.

Lastly. (But not leastly.)
Are you ready?  Are you sure?  I finally got to the bedskirt with my newest fabric crush in my favorite colors.
And I love the way it turned out!  I'll admit, it was a little bit of a bugger to figure out.  I wanted to match up the large print and make sure it wouldn't look totally ridiculous.  I needed more than one width of fabric to make the long section, so I had to work that into the equation.  I really did do some algebra to figure some stuff out!  (My teachers were right after all... you may just need it some day!)
I ended up using a different dot for the inset pleat, but I thought it matched better.  And after all was said and done, I still screwed it up, but I'm not saying where and I don't want to know if you can figure it out.

I also have the mattress high right now, since she's still pretty little, so it will look a lot nicer when it's hanging to the floor.  And even better when this becomes her toddler bed.  The quilt is doubled up here, so it should get a lot of good use too!
The best part is I just used an old crib skirt for measurements and THEN instead of sewing it to a big piece of fabric, I JUST TAPED IT TO THE PLATFORM.  YEAH!  I felt like such a rebel/cheater!  I think it will actually work better and not get all wonky all the time.  I had read of several other people doing this too.  I may have to go back and tweak it a bit, but I'm happy with the tape method.
And thank you Target, for making awesome matching sheets (I bought 2) and cute-as-all-get-out Owl pillows!

oh, and can I tell you again how much I love my serger?  Especially for hems?

So if you made it all the way down here, THANKS! This was a long one.  Remember, next Friday is the big day!  I can't wait to see what you guys have been working on and I'm super excited about the giveaways!  I'm adding a few handmade things to the pot as well!    Leave me a comment today and tell me what you are working on for the Amy Butler Challenge (or for you over-achievers what you have already finished!)!


P.S. I'm not going to be around much this weekend - so if there are any questions or problems I will get back to you - it just might take a little longer.

What sewing project did you finish this week?
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31 crafty mcCrafters commented:

HunDuddle Hussy said...

Uhmmmm. In regards to ur first question about what got u on this roll, I think it was ur incredibly sweet and funny friend Jessica lowe. Yea? Or nay?

I LOVE the bunting banner. I made a super cute one for summers bday last year but it was out of scrapbook paper so my "vintage" feel may last a little less than urs. You've inspired me to just bite it and make aREAL ONE.

See you today for one last squeeeeeze!

Em said...

I made a crib skirt too!! And I got all ambitious and made the matching sheet. I was intimidated, but fitted sheets are remarkably easy. (Who knew?) I did have to go back in and tweak the elastic because I made it way too long, but I've got it figured out now!

Also, I'm jealous of your serger. I want one soooo bad!

mummastimetocreate said...

What a cute bed for a lucky littly!! Love love LOVE the quilt in particular!!

Seams Inspired said...

Could you please send some of your Sewing Mo-jo my way? I'm in desperate need of a sewing fix! Alas, I have not sewn a stitch this week. (Mending a hole in a top, doesn't count, does it?) I'll just to have amuse myself by drooling over all the gorgeous Sew&Tell projects. Love all you created! Happy Friday and Happy Sewing, my sweet bloggy friend! :o) Larri at SeamsInspired

Kristie said...

Wow! Those look so cute all together. Great job! I am still crushing on that pillow :-) And LOVE the owl! Wish they had Target up in Canada!

Haylee said...

Wow! All of your projects turned out great. I didn't find any time to sew this week. I was way too busy. I guess I could have skipped sleeping.

randi said...

I just love that crib set! Too cute! So much cuteness here today!

Randi

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Mag said...

love the bed skirt.... love the color too.... now i have to make one for my baby girl due in Feb too

Rene' said...

Amy, I typed a really long and nice comment but it disappeared...oh well...here's a recap: Love all your finishes, can't believe at how much you accomplished, and am in awe of your gorgeously perfect bedskirt!

Pokey said...

For someone who started the week not feeling so great, you have some beautiful accomplishments! The banner and purse are so "Amy" and so cute!
I really like the bedskirt. Tape, huh? When my daughter went into a twin bed, I had whip stitched her bed skirt on. It was a little time consuming, and I didn't want to take it off for a while. Great share!

sewfunbymonique said...

AWESOME job on the bedding!! Thanks for sharing that! I have been wanting to make a bunting too, so put one on my blog til I can make one! :)

Ellen said...

Love your crib ensemble and love the bunting!

Nina... said...

Your projects are all so beautiful. I love the bunting, so festive and happy. The bedding is GORGEOUS! Have a great weekend.

traceyjay said...

The crib skirt is beautiful... "errors" and all!

I love the pleated look... and am going to completely tape my next one to the platform... genius! The whole ensemble is just too cute. Good job Mama. :)

lemonadegal said...

Another week without any time at the sewing machine. I need some of your mo-jo!

I seriously love your finishes. I also love your blog party. I love to see all the quilts! They are inspirational.

The hubs and I are going out of town next week because he has a conference. I aksed if I could bring my machine with us. I figured I can get something done in the hotel room. He's yet to reply. :)

Rebecca said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the bed skirt!! Great idea to add the pleat and keep in place with tape (I'm sure it is much less frustrating).

Also love the way the bunting looks in your room...takes something simple to bring a new look to an area!

Thanks for sharing all the ideas!

Lappedamen said...

It's a lovely crib set. The bed skirt is so cute, but I can't figure it out where you screwed it up.

Mary said...

Wow, you have been sewing a lot! I'm so excited about next Friday! I just bought "Style Stitches" today and now I just have to figure out what I can reasonable make by next week :-)

Your bed skirt looks great! Babylouwho is a lucky little lady :-)

Amy - Amy's Creative Side said...

Everything looks terrific! I love the idea of taping it in place...duh. The sheet deal is always a mess :)

mommymae said...

the more i see of your amy butler love projects, the more i love the line. i only have a few random scraps, though, and am on a fabric diet, so it'll have to wait.

Shay said...

OH MY GOSH!!! You are amazingly talented! WOW! I'm speechless. I love my banner and the gift...thanks a ton! Now the baby bedding is out of this world. You ROCK! WOW!

Kate said...

Looks like a great party. I have a project I'm working on with a few Amy Butler prints--a ticker tape mini quilt. Phew those take forever. We'll see if I get my other project done. Love the bedding. :)

Sarah Craig said...

Beautiful finishes, Amy! And I love that owl pillow!!

Sara said...

I love the crib...honestly it looks like it's from a catalog! So cute! And those Nina bags I love too! :-)

Vicki said...

the crib looks great!
I swear... I've missed like 3 sew and tell's now. I will have something finished to show next week, I promise!

Leslie said...

this is such a pretty crib skirt...it looks great with your quilt.

Oh Sew Addicted said...

I love the owl pillow! Sew cute!

Kimberly said...

Love the crib skirt. I really like the box pleats instead of gathering. I will def. be taping my next skirt. The other ones always shift around a ton!
Quick question: My link has a black box instead of a picture. Is that just for me or does everyone else see that too? I clicked on a pic, not sure why I cannot see it...

Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun said...

just wanted you to know...I love this party! I come and just drool over everything! so Amazing!

Laura said...

I LOVE that nursery. The whole thing. The quilt, the bedskirt, the sheets, everything. And I am so jealous. I am in the mood to sew right now and I can't because of stupid school. :(

Amy said...

Wow! I'm so glad I found your blog. You are totally awesome. I'm an Amy Lou, too! So, how do I become one of the "Blogging Amys" ?

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