Monday, March 9, 2015

Fantasia Knits by Sara Lawson

Sewing for Elliot

My friend Sara sent me some of her brand new Fantasia fabric that she designed for Art Gallery, and I couldn't resist stitching up a comfy tee and pajama pants for Elliot!

 Sewing for Elliot

This T-shirt uses the print Miniature Hills in Metal, and I used a pattern from the book One-Yard Little Wonders. Just like the last time, I had to enlarge the neck for Mr. Man's large cranium.

 Sewing for Elliot

I whipped up the T-shirt and leggings from just 1/2 yard of fabric, and still had leftovers!

  Sewing for Elliot

We decided to "dress up" these jammie pants with a smooth blazer. Surprisingly, he didn't hate it. :)

Sewing for Elliot

If you've never sewn with Art Gallery knits, they are dreamy... very high-quality fabrics that will even withstand some seam ripping (I would know!).

Sara, thank you for letting us play with your new fabric!




Sunday, March 8, 2015

Chevron Patchwork Curtains for Fat Quarters Book

 Chevron Patchwork Curtains

About 18 months ago, I designed patchwork curtains to appear in a book and hang in Elliot's nursery.  The theme of the book was any projects made from fat quarters, so I utilized my easy Half-Square Triangles (8 at a time) method to maximize the number of patchwork pieces from each fat quarter.

Chevron Patchwork Curtains

Of course, I chose my favorite color combo of yellow, aqua and grey. But this time, I added in a little black for contrast, and I love the result!


Here's the project featured in the book. Notice anything different? You can switch the left and right panels to change the direction of the arrow from up to down. Neato!



Fat Quarters: Small Fabrics, More Than 50 Big Ideas from Lark Crafts is now available on Amazon!



Monday, February 23, 2015

Bright and Happy Floor Pillows for Ann Kelle

These bright and happy floor pillows were sewn with Ann Kelle's Remix fabrics and Robert Kaufman's Kona Cotton Solids. Though I first met Kelle at Houston Quilt Market, she actually lives down the street from me. Isn't it a small world?

Ann Kelle Floor Pillows

When Kelle asked if I would sew some assorted floor pillows for a photo shoot, I had all kinds of ideas. We talked over some shapes, fabric combos and sizes, and I let the fabric do the work.

My friend Veronica helped me with all of the sewing and planning (and distracting Elliot while we sewed), so I definitely could not have done it without her help!


Ann Kelle Floor Pillows

Pie Pillow

I drafted a pattern for this pillow, which we called the "pie pillow." I started from this basic idea, which has 12 sections, and changed it to 8 sections. This pillow is really huge, and I was worried about fitting it in Kelle's car!

Ann Kelle Floor Pillows

Patchwork Muffin

For this pillow, I used a tutorial from Living with Punks, and adjusted the side panel to this funky patchwork version. Love the pink covered button!

Ann Kelle Floor Pillows


Patchwork Cushion

This pillow pattern is self drafted, using some dense foam for the pillow form. The patchwork pieces are almost charm-square sized, but a little longer. I LOVE how this one turned out, especially with the crisp, white piping Veronica sewed on.

Ann Kelle Floor Pillows

Heart Pillow

The heart pillow was Kelle's idea, and Veronica drafted the pattern and stitched on the piping again. I cut the fabric pieces, so it was a collaboration. Love how this one turned out. The back is an envelope closure.

 Ann Kelle Floor Pillows

Happy Hourglass Cushion

Finally, this half-square triangle pillow was another collaborative effort! Veronica and her daughter helped me cut and arrange the triangles, and we had a little assembly line to sew and press. We really improvised on this one, and I think it turned out so cute!


Special thanks to our friends at Fairfield 
for providing ALL of the Poly-Fil NU-Foam® 
and Poly-Fil® to make these amazing throw pillows.



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