Monday, February 29, 2016

Monday Motivation { free baby patterns}

Welcome back to Monday Motivation!

Sewing for babies is so much fun!  All of the sweet little tiny patterns for pants, gowns, bibs, shoes and quilts!  When my older kids were small, I did not sew.  It was not until my last bundle of joy, that I discovered the JOY of SEWING!  The ability to customize the projects for little ones to suit the personality of the baby or family is wonderful.  This week I am finding out if my oldest and his amazing wife are expecting a boy or a girl this summer and figured it was time to start finding the best free patterns and tutorials available for a wee one!





When sewing for babies and children, I prewash all fabric.  I am not usually a pre washer of fabrics for quilts.  For baby, I prewash everything.  Babies have sensitive skin and you can just never be too sure so washing in a mild detergent is an easy step to help keep baby happy.

I also use only cotton thread.  Tiny fingers and toes have the possibility of getting wrapped in threads.  Cotton threads will break and poly will not for sure.  I use Aurifil thread that has the OEKO-TEX® certificate stating that the threads are manufactured in a way that is safe to both the environment and people ( including babies).

There are tutorials for cloth diapering.  I was a cloth diapering mama.   fluffy bottoms babes!  There are some fantastic patterns that have withstood the test of time.  Sew Mama Sew has a fabulous post on making cloth diapers including links to find the hardware needed and some links to paid patterns.

I will be making some or all of these for the new addition to the family! There will be more M2 posts as I find even more free fabulous patterns to try and share! Feel free to email me your favorite free patterns!  I am always on the lookout to create the best possible collections for everyone to try and love!




Homemade Toast



Shwin & Shwin




See Kate Sew


Sew 4 Home



Sew Crafty Jess


Noodlehead



Prefold 2 Fitted




(possible the most used cloth diaper pattern ever!) 





Simply Small Wonders


Sew Sweetness




The Stitching Scientist


 Katie from Swim Bike Quilt


In Color Order



Me :o)



Zaaberry




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Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Splendid Sampler Block 5


Sunday means The Splendid Sampler  Block 5 has been released!  I LOVE this sweet block by Celine Perkins of Perkins Dry Goods.




Simple Simon was super fast and easy to stitch up!  My choices were Amy Butler with some Zen Chic for Moda thrown in for accent and pieced with Aurifil 50wt ( the perfect piecing weight). 

You can still join in for all the fun by visiting The Splendid Sampler!  Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson of Want It, Need It, Quilt share two free blocks a week from 80+ designers!  There is also a wonderful and supportive The Splendid Sampler Facebook group that has every level of sewing enthusiast for you to be a part of the internet's biggest quilting bee :o) 




Saturday, February 27, 2016

Let's Go to a Quilt Show!

I missed Quiltcon a week ago and decided that visiting a local quilt show would be a fun idea.  I asked the Boomerang Boy if he would like to attend with me to see some of what my passion is all about.  He happens to be one of those amazing people that LOVES life and is up for just about any new experience, even the kind that involve absolutely nothing he has any interest in whatsoever...this is our little adventure to the Mid-Atlantic Quiltfest...





After the initial shock of how many people there were attending on a Friday morning, meaning parking was not the best but not the worst either, we made our way into the convention center.  There were loads of vendors from all over the U.S. and Canada with offering everything you could want for sewing and quilting!  Our first stop was to check out the new Bernina Q24.  I had a go and it is so smooth!  Michael had never seen or tried a long arm so I suggested ( read told him) that he give it a try.  He was pretty impressed with how easy it is to move and how perfect the stitches were.  


We then starting looking at all the fantastic quilts.  What I did not realize until later was that Michael was Snapchatting this whole event!  I have not gone down the Snap Chat hole and am not sure I have time to even try at this point but apparently it is a huge deal. I may have to check into it later :o) 

The quilt section was a variety of beautiful quilts, mostly from the local Virginia quilt guilds.  There is an incredible amount of talent in the VA guilds!  




























































































































The Festival will be open for the rest of today and through tomorrow!  I can recommend this show as a do see!  I will be going back next year to see more amazing quilts, hopefully I will be lucky enough to have another adventure with my guy :o)

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