Happy Baby. Happy Quilter.

There are few sights more heartwarming than a quilt in use.

I recently gifted a quilt to the baby of a coworker…

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 and they sent me this picture.

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Awww…happy baby.  Happy quilter.

Happy Anniversary to Wedding Dress Blue

The first post for Wedding Dress Blue went live 5 years ago today.  Amazing how time has flown by.

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In the past five years this little blog has been viewed just under 900,000 times by people in  countries around the world.  That is many precious hours you have chosen to spend here.  I am blessed to have made many new friends and learned so much from all of you.

I appreciate  your kindness, encouragement and support.

I hope to be around sharing and serving for many more years.

Thank you.

National Quilters Circle

I just received this message:

Hey! Just nominated you for Best Quilting Patterns Blog at this site: http://go.nationalquilterscircle.com/bloggerawards2015/
Go grab their button so others can vote for you! Love your blog and love your patterns!

WOW!  Thanks so much, Samantha, that is very kind and flattering.  I do love sharing designs and ideas with the quilting world.

Following her suggestion, I am posting a link here.  Go and take a look.  Nominate a blogger you love.  Spread the quilting bug as far and wide as possible!

Why Quilters Can Make Costumes

It has been said of quilters that they take perfectly good fabric, cut it into hundreds of little pieces, and sew it back together again, and think that is perfectly normal.

Well, sometimes costumes are a lot like that.

I hesitate to even show these pictures as they are not very good and the work is still in progress, but I was struck this afternoon by how much I love my children and how many small pieces there are in these costumes.

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Young Son is the wizard.

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Daughter is the cowardly lion.

The wizard hat is a lot of little pieces  of assorted green satin and velvet sort of foundation pieced onto heavy interfacing.  The lion costume has nearly 400 separate pieces of tulle in 8 different colors.

They both look terrific, but, then, I am probably biased.

There are many things about being a parent I am probably terrible at, but I hope my children will always remember that I chose to spend time on them and the things they cared about.  It isn’t always perfect.  There are sometimes harsh words and hurt feelings and stress, but I still hope that somehow out of all the little moments we make a life of worthwhile memories.

Little pieces into bigger pieces and patterns–quilters can make many things, including costumes.

The Head Munchkin

The costume craze continues-this time it is a Head Munchkin costume for Daughter.

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We started with a thrift store find–it was $10.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It was probably a dress for a fancy dance of some kind (shudder).  We can’t imagine wearing it for that purpose.

But, it had potential!  The basic fit was right, the zipper worked, the corset was already installed and it was the desired color scheme.

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First we picked off all that lacy trim and beading.  As bad as it was to take out, I can’t imagine how hard it much be to sew it on.  By hand.

We were looking for hot pink, lime green and polka dots.  Most of this came from my Big Pile of Junk (all the handy bits and pieces none of us can bear to throw away).  We bought the narrow ribbon and the buttons.   The polka dots were created with fusible web on a cotton/poly solid scrap.  Don’t look too close but the buttons are attached with hot glue.  Plus she has on black leggings.  Those will NOT be part of the costume at performance time.  :)

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Total cost:  $14.

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She will be waving Dorothy down the yellow brick road surrounded by all of her little munchkins (3-year old dancers) in June.  I can’t wait!

CALICO ROSE QUILTALONG: Star Block Centers

After all that cutting it is time to reward yourself with some sewing.  This month we are making the star block centers–those 16 patches.

Again, depending on the size of quilt you are making, you will need to choose your preferred number of blocks and get stitching!

If you are just joining us, check HERE for directions and information on this quiltalong.

The rest of you should have chosen a size to make. SMALL–a throw that uses 5 stars and four alternating blocks. Finished size about 48″ square; MEDIUM–This is the size I am making this time. It uses 13 stars and 12 alternating blocks. Finished size about 72″ square; LARGE: This is the size of the original Calico Rose. It uses 25 star and 24 alternating blocks. Finished size 96″ square.

FABRIC NEEDS:

1. This time all you need are 2″ squares.  All that cutting from last month is being put to use.

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CONSTRUCTION:

1. We are making the centers of the star blocks.  They are 16 patches.  Simple construction.  Just choose 16 squares.  Depending on your color scheme, you might just grab and stitch, or you might want to lay them out first.

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Being slightly obsessive (who? me?) I lay out.

2. Sew them together.  I like to join squares into rows and then (after making sure my seam allowances go in opposite directions) sew the rows together.

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3.  Press everything out nice and flat and congratuate yourself on a finished square.

4. Repeat as necessary.  If you are making a small quilt, build five of these.  If a medium, you will need 13.  If a large, 25 is the magic number.

Well done!  Let me know how your quilt is coming along.  The next set of directions (cutting AND sewing this time) will be out about May 10.

Thanks for joining in.

Off To See The Wizard

Forgive the sudden flurry of posts, but spring break has provided so much time for creativity that many “partials” became “finishes.”

This one wasn’t even a “partial.”  It was just a hope.  As some of you know, my children participate in ballet.  Daughter has danced for many years and Young Son started three years ago.  The studio always needs men to dance with the young women in the big summer performance.  It took some talking, but he finally agreed.  Now he steadily recruits other boys by saying, “What are you doing Thursday night?  Want to work out and pick up girls?”

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This year he is the Wizard in the Wizard of Oz.  Because of Young Son’s unusual size (6′ 8″), all costumes must be custom made.  This season I started with the HAT!  (Wizards must have a great hat!)

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I am going for a vaguely Victorian look.

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The hat it build on a foundation of heavy interfacing.  A really good person would have pictures of the process, but I get very caught up in the creative process and only come up for air at the end.

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So, ta-dah!  A HAT!

Many more costume components coming soon to a studio near you (at least relatively near–thanks to the internet).