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Counting quilt

For a while now I have been trying to figure out a decor solution for the children’s bathroom.  I really like black and white, so I chose that for the color scheme.  I was feeling so uninspired until I ran across this number quilt.

counting quilt

I thought this would make a perfect wall hanging for the bathroom.  It’s cute and can be used as a learning tool.  As a matter of fact, I have already begun using it while baby boy sits on the potty.  He goes right into counting before I can even think that it’s hanging on the wall behind me.

I went through my stash to find black and white fabric to make this project.  I used fabric from yardage as well as…………curtain remnants of course!

I think it turned out great!  I had a little more wall space I wanted to cover so I added a polka dot border around the quilt.  I also made it to the end and decided not to actually quilt the project.  It was a turn and top-stitch only type of situation.  There is a layer of batting in the middle, and it helps to give it a little weight.  It is backed with a simple gray cotton.

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DSC00298And a close up.

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There is a wall adjacent to this one that is still empty.  I am thinking about putting the alphabet on it in a fun and creative way.  I just don’t know what that will look like yet.  If you have any suggestions let me know.

I took a short break from sewing clothes to do this project, but it was still made from a free downloadable pattern and instructions.  I think this would be really neat as an even bigger wall hanging in a children’s space or an actual quilt you can use.  I also like the original version in color.

And the sewing fun continues……

Extra:

And who is that off in the distance?

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None other than baby boy with toothbrush in one hand and car in the other.  Gotta love it!

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Popover Sundress

How is it that Curly Cutie has pretty much taken over the blog?

How could I not jump on the oliver + s Popover Sundress train?  I just had to!  The Popover Sundress is a free pattern released by oliver + s.

It seemed like it would be an easy sew, and it was.  For Curly Cutie, I cut a size 4 with the length of a size 8.  I used a little bit of piping to accent the front of the dress.  The length hit above the knee, so we threw on leggings underneath.

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This freebie also comes with a doll-sized dress pattern.  So, we had to make one for Curly Cutie’s baby too.

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DSC00209Ha!  The pattern is sized for an 18″ doll, and this doll is about 14″ or 15″.  I chopped off about an inch from the pattern, which wasn’t really enough.  But hey, we have more like a popover maxi.  That’s just fine with CC.  She was pretty excited about her mini-me.

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I should also mention that I thought it would be cool to share about the summer clothes I’ve made for CC using other free and self-drafted patterns.  So, I’ll be sharing some of those items here soon.  It has been a pretty fun journey.  I am enjoying the learning process as  well as the final products.  Maybe I’ll get serious about making some items for myself.

Purple Passion Envelope Clutch

I heard that SeeKateSew was hosting a sew-along and I decided to jump in.  She provided a free pattern for an envelope style clutch and walked you through the construction process from start to finish.  It didn’t dawn on me that I needed to have my clutch done like yesterday.  I like tackling little projects like this since it’s more experience/learning under my belt and I come away with cute items.

I decided to upcycle a couple of items for this project.  A good ole faithful curtain remnant and a tunic style shirt.

clutch fabric

Pretty easy sew.  I still managed to get some crooked seams in there.  If I attempt this again, I will definitely need to find a way to make the clutch more stiff.  Heavier fabric or interfacing.  This particular fabric is a little too flimsy for me even with heavyweight interfacing.

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I really like the texture of the stitched flower.  Clutch is nice, shiny and elegant looking.  Not to mention this project was $Free.99.

Uploading this to the flickr group just in case you want to see what other ladies have done with the pattern.