Monday, December 21, 2015

CraftingCon Justice League

Hello everyone! I am so beyond exciting to be doing another CraftingCon!  I love these prompts and the slowest part is picking just one of a million ideas.  I grew up in love with the Justice League and all things superhero and I am raising my kids to feel the same.  I thought of a million different costumes and outfit options but then I realized that I could sew more than just clothes.   I have been trying to create other things and stretch my imagination so I knew exactly where to go.  There is an amazing website called Fandom In Stitches that allows all kinds of fandom to be expressed.  There are quilt blocks, applique, hand embroidery designs and more.  And everything on there is free!!!

I settled on using appliques by the talented Brad Felber and decided to make myself a few throw pillows to decorate my bed.  I recently hopped on the FMA bandwagon so I had a ton of paper backed interfacing and I used this to trace my applique pieces.  So first you are going to want to trace each part of the applique on your interfacing and iron it to the WRONG side of your fabric.  (Trust me I have ironed it to the wrong side many times) One note: Make sure you trace any letters backwards or they will turn out wrong. Notice my double tracing.....

Once you have ironed the pieces then cut out your applique shapes.  Now you can see how tragic a backwards "S" would have been? This is where the magic begins.... first peel the paper backing off of the pieces and then layer them so that you have the look that you are wanting to achieve.

Tada! Now you have a sticky applique.  Iron them to your pieces (in my case, the pillow pieces) and sew around each shape. You can use a zig zag stitch to prevent fraying or in my case I used the straight stitch because I hope through a few washings that the fraying will make a little fluff. To make the pillows I just cut squares and sewed them together and stuffed them.  Then I put them on my bed for happiness and style!

How fun and unique right?!? Head over to Fandom In Stitches website or over to the fb group Fandom In Stitches and find your inspiration and let me know what you fall in love with! A big thank you to Maegen for being so patient with me being slow and late and a big thank you to all of you for reading my post!  I appreciate you all!

CraftingCon.... My Little Pony!

Hello everyone!!! I am Essence from the Amazing Adventures with Bubba and Bug!  This is my very first (but definitely not my last) CraftingCon experience.  I'm so honored and over-the-moon excited to share my creation with you for My Little Pony! My little Diva Bug is the most avid My Little Pony fan! She just loves everything about them. So I decided to participate in this challenge. I had so many ideas and some of them where much bigger than I think I could have accomplished but I finally settled on making something that would be totally geared towards my daughter specifically. She is totally a fan of Fluttershy (I think they are alot alike!) and is definitely my water baby. She just loves getting wet! So obviously I had to create a Fluttershy swimsuit. I started with the basic design of the newest release from Winter Wear Designs the Princess Power Suit. I love this pattern and I have used it more than once to create some interesting suits for my unique little girl. But how can I make it pony inspired? I consulted the resident pony expert. She made sure to explain that there had to be a cutie mark and there had to be a tail.  I think I was successful...

Not only did she love having a pony swimsuit, she really loved getting to take pictures at the park with a sprayground!!!

I know Fluttershy technically has 3 butterflies for her cutie mark but to be honest, that one butterfly took longer than the entire rest of the swimsuit! There is some stabilizer behind it that will not touch my Diva's skin but will probably be in there forever because I improvised!

And the joy of the water!  LOL! Thank you so much for stopping by and seeing me!  Feel free to come visit me anytime over at my blog and let me know what you created!  

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Sew The Show... Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya....

Hello! I am so excited about this posting guys! This is my official bonus stop to Sew The Show's 6 Degrees of Separation blog tour! If you have never heard of Sew The Show or 6 Degrees of Separation here is your quickie introduction:

  • Sew The Show is a great monthly event that allows sewists to grab inspiration from their favorite shows and movies and create fun and interesting new looks.
  • 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon is an awesome party game that I am super bad at because it takes me so long to come up with answers.  But the overall goal is to link as famous person to Kevin Bacon through 6 or less costars/significant others/directors etc.

I am a bonus stop from the amazing Cassandra over at Pear Berry Lane, so give the big graphic a click and check out her post also! And of course all of the amazing talent in this massive tour! And my connection is The Princess Bride!

 The Princess Bride has been one of my favorite movies for as long as I can remember.  I used to wait patiently for it to come on and record it with my VCR so I could watch it repeatedly until the tape would actually wear out.  Then I would just tape it again. Of course, I have now graduated to DVDs and Blu rays but the outcome is the same.  While most girls dreamed of a love like Wesley, I dreamed of having the cool demeanor of Inigo Montoya.  He truly inspired me because he used his adversity to become accomplished and remained steadfast in his journey.

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So the question is how do I get cool like Inigo Montoya?  And the answer is an awesome jacket and boots outfit of course! So I pulled out my favorite pattern from Winter Wear Designs, the Provence Pea Coat. It is the perfect coat for the rainy Washington winter months.  There is the option to fully line it, like I have because I am eternally cold... or just use facings, which I will do in the spring.  There is even a detachable hood, which is cut out but not sewn, please forgive me!  I used a stretchy denim that I got from Joann's for my outer layer of my coat. My lining is a combination of a houndstooth woven that I fell in love with at Walmart and a plain black fleece for extra warmth.  

Even at 6 feet tall, this coat fits me well and gives me enough room to be comfortable.  And I love the professional look of it! People can't ever believe that I made my own coat.  I love the little details like the welt pockets and the top stitching.  And because I needed to pay a little homage to my favorite man, I hand embroidered my abstract version of Inigo Montoya's sword on my collar.  I think I might not be getting worse at this embroidery thing!  At least I had fun doing it.  

After looking for my favorite brown boots, I discovered that I didn't have a shirt in my drawers that would look good with this ensemble.  So back to Walmart I went to grab some chocolate brown knit and whipped up a Laundry Day Tee by Love Notions in under 20 minutes (not counting the trip to Walmart). I didn't even put a neckband on it.  I am not modest so I simply folded the neckline over approximately .25" and used a zig zag stitch to secure it.  I live in these shirts.  I probably have one in every color you can think of.  I graciously gave you the link to the facebook group where I "heard" there was a code to get the LDT pattern for free! Tell 'em I sent you!

Wow! I had so much fun with this! I can't wait to sew the show again!  And you should sew the show too! And then head to the facebook group and show off your creations! But first click some of these links and see the other degrees of supreme talent and separation! 

Christmas Fun With A Vision To Remember!

Hello everyone! Welcome back or welcome if this is your first visit to my blog. I am so excited to be posting yet another amazing pattern from the super talented Bobbie over at A Vision To Remember. She is the reigning queen of all things rag quilt and has opened my mind to creating fun and fuzzy things. So today not only do I have something else amazing to show you, the pattern I am using is free so you can make one (or more) of your own. Check out the tutorial here!

On to my stocking, I used some Christmas like dot fabric because I only have yardage of Christmas fabric and really this stocking is a scrap buster!  I would estimate from start to finish the whole thing took about an hour and I messed up a few times.

Isn't it festive and Christmas-y?  To be honest this might be my favorite rag item I have made so far.  For the previous blankets, I used batting instead of flannel for the inner layer and I wasn't seeing the fraying that I expected.  However, material really does make all of the difference.  Can you see my awesome fraying?  And that is only after one wash!  In fact it is back in the wash now to get even more fluffy!

Thanks for stopping in! I loved sharing this with you and I can't wait to see what I can sew up next for A Vision To Remember!  Don't forget to leave me a comment with your thoughts and check out the other super talented bloggers I have the honor of sharing this tour with.  

 Jan 14: Connected by a thread
 Jan 15: crazy crafty haute mama
 Jan 16: adventures with bubba and bug
 Jan 17: merri poppins
Jan 18: all things katy