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Saturday Night- Sewing Fever

March 30, 2009

As mentioned, I have three more aprons in the works (and then I'm onto a new project!). The first two consist of a chicken/rooster print is for Mr. D's step-mom, and a puppy print (which makes me smile every time I take a glance) for Mr. D's older sister. I'm in a time crunch to finish them this week, as we leave on vacation Saturday morning.

Skirt= chicken/rooster print;
Waistband + Ruffle= brown accent;
Pocket + Straps= yellow accent.

Skirt= puppy dog print;
Waistband + Ruffle= brown polkadots;
Pocket + Straps= blue accent.

However, thanks to my Saturday night of crafting with my dear craft buddy Kiara, I'm definitely on track to finish! I'll try my best to post photos of the completed project prior to our departure.

I also have a cute floral apron that I'm working to complete. I must admit that at the craft store the fabric was a bit out of my comfort zone, although it has greatly grown on me. I'll have to keep you in suspense regarding the floral skirt until next time...just a secret ploy to ensure my readers return! ;o)

Aprons 101

March 26, 2009

I quickly made the transition from quilting to apron making, as I had birthdays fast approaching. The first apron took some time, as I've learned that I'm quite a procrastinator when I'm faced with a new challenge (i.e. rick rack!). With the scraps leftover from the apron, I was able to practice my quilting techniques via the impromptu hot pads.

My first half apron (I feel like a proud mom!); the skirt, pocket, and straps are from JoAnn Fabrics' Heidi Grace collection (which I love, as I used the same for Miss Phoebe's quilt).

The second apron was made especially for a coworker's birthday. All of the fabrics below are also from the Heidi Grace collection.

I've purchased fabric for three additional aprons (of which I'll post photos of in the near future). All three aprons have a life of their own, however I know they will be PERFECT for their respective recipients!

Quilting 101

I have to declare that 2009 has been ‘the year of my inner craft diva’.

It all started with a trip to Ginger's Quilt Shoppe, the day after Christmas, to pick out fabric for an apron that my Grandma B. is making (I’ll soon be the hippest chef in town)! While at Ginger’s we inquired about upcoming ‘Beginning Quilting’ classes, and I’ve been hooked from that moment on!

January proved to be a busy month from researching and purchasing my very own sewing machine, to buying fabric for quilts for my nieces, and additional fabric in preparation of my class at Ginger’s. February involved morphing into a student, as Tuesday evenings were spent at Ginger’s learning basic quilting techniques, as well as diligently working on the additional two quilts mentioned above. I’m proud to announce that I finished my first two quilts this week (just in time to hand deliver the quilts while Mr. D and I are in Atlanta)!

Ladybugs and vibrant colors for Miss Caetlin.

Hip baby patterns and muted colors for Miss Phoebe.

NOTE: The above quilts were created using a pattern by Jennifer Arey of Baby's Breath Quilts. Jennifer offers wonderful FREE Tumbling Squares Baby Quilt pattern, and great step-by-step quilting directions for any level sewer- check it out!