kcw: july 2014

I’ve participated in Kids Clothes Week (KCW) a couple of times now (January 2014, Spring 2014), Read more…

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my first quilt

I finished my first quilt! Can you believe it?! It seemed to take forever, but delayed a bit by feeling morning (all-day) sickness. I attempted to make a quilt a while back, but that one proved a bit too difficult and mentally draining for my first quilt. This time, I came across Lauren’s Baste + Gather Quilt Pattern and loved her showcase quilt and the simple, efficient steps.

I made a couple modifications to the original pattern. Lauren’s original pattern calls for 6 1-yard piece cuts for the front piecing. I loved her original colors, but I didn’t want to copy them, so instead I picked up this half-yard Kona bundle from Etsy. The bundle included 11 half-yard cuts of bright colors that work well together. I also didn’t want to waste much fabric, so instead of cutting 10″ squares as the original pattern called for, I cut 8″ squares. This added a bit more work because of the smaller pieces, but it was a better use of the half-yard cuts. I believe my final measured quilt was a bit smaller than the pattern describes, but I did have a bit of leftover pieced fabric that wasn’t used.

Lauren also applied straight-line quilting on her showcase quilt, which I absolutely loved, but after a few lines of quilting, I decided to simplify with the Stitch-in-the-Ditch technique. Quilting itself was very difficult to me – it is quite hard to manipulate large bulky fabric (a quilt with batting) compared to many of the smaller pieces I sew. Maybe next time I’ll have more mental energy to pull off the entire quilt with straight-line stitching, or I’ll just hire a quilter!

While I am very happy to see the finished product, the quilt required a lot more gratification-delay than typical baby/toddler sized apparel I have been making. I’m not sure when I’ll make another quilt, although I already have my eye on a few designs.

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blueberry picking in winston-salem

In lieu of my weekly Friday photo share, I’m going to share a whole set of photos from blueberry picking last week at Reich’s Blueberries here in Winston-Salem. Read more…

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knock your robot-blocks off

I recently came across the coolest Robots from Caravan Shoppe and I immediately showed husband A and said, we should make these!!! Read more…


friday photo share

This week’s photo share is toddler A and a whole lot of blueberries. We headed out to Reich’s Blueberries to pick blueberries with the in-laws yesterday morning. Read more…

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purple lucille top

Here’s yet another top I sewed quite a while back but am just getting around to posting it. This was my second time working on the Lucille Top. Read more…

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catching up with project pearl: july 2014

In the last week, I’ve had two photography sessions for Project Pearl. Last week, I took several photos of foster animals in the program, which takes in animals for medical care. And on Sunday, I had my normal monthly session at Forsyth County Animal Shelter. Read more…

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friday photo share: 16 months

I’ve missed a few weeks of Friday / Saturday photo shares, and I’m hoping to get back on schedule. Here’s toddler A, now 16 months old. Time flies, as do the numb er of skills that a toddler acquires. A has gotten very interested in books lately, her favorite books all containing dogs. She’s also gotten more interested in climbing, playing with balls, and eating like a big kid with utensils and cups. With this new independence has also come more stubbornness when she doesn’t get what she wants. It’s fun to see her grow up, but it’s happening so fast! Here are a few photos from a recent trip to Hanes Park.

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work in progress

I’ve been working on a quilt for what seems like forever, but in actuality I just took a break from sewing for life and all those fun things that come with growing a baby. Anyways, my friend Lauren of BASTE + GATHER recently published a free quilt pattern and I wanted to try it out. I made a few modifications to the pattern based on the fabric bundle I picked up. Here’s a sneak peak. It may not be the most perfect quilt, but it’s my first and already looking better than my previous failed attempt. Stay tuned for the final finished quilt as well as more details about it.



Did you notice I’ve been a bit behind in blogging? In a couple of recent posts I’ve mentioned my blogging schedule would be scaled back a bit because of “life”. Read more…

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oliver & s hat

Here’s another oliver + s little things to sew project I sewed a while back when it was colder out. Read more…


friturday photo share: spaghettio monster

Here’s toddler A in her weekly photo share. Read more…

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how does your garden grow?

Over the weekend, I grabbed my macro lens to photograph the latest in our garden. Read more…

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oliver & s mittens

I’ve been a bit behind on blogging and sewing lately, busy with a few personal things and photography. A while back, I picked up the oliver + s little things to sew book (non autographed) after I had heard great reviews. Read more…

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friturday photo share: 15 months

Another Saturday has rolled around and I intended to get a photo out of toddler A yesterday, so here it is a “Friturday” photo share. Tomorrow marks 15 months for toddler A. Read more…


project pearl: may visit

I finally caught up with Project Pearl a little over a week ago for a regular session. My last couple of sessions had been canceled due to limited volunteer staff and limited animals available to photograph, so it was great to get back. Read more…


friturday photo share: memorial day

I intended to share this photo yesterday, but am a day late (Fri-Saturday photo share). Here’s toddler A enjoying a swim on Memorial Day. Read more…


blog break & preview of tess

I’ve been taking a bit of a break from my normal blogging schedule and plan to for a couple more weeks. I’ve been busy with sessions and life! Read more…

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friday photo share: 1.25 years

I skipped a whole week of blogging! Oops. I’ve been busy with sessions and life so I didn’t get a chance to blog the last week. Today I bring you my weekly photos of toddler A, hanging out a the park. Read more…

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kid session in naperville

A while back, I photographed toddler “l” (although he looks older than 2.5 here) during a trip to Naperville, IL. He was mostly cooperative and happy to hang out with his mom during the session. Read more…