Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sassy Little Apron

I just got this pattern in (it isn't even up online yet!) and I couldn't wait to make it.

It turned out so cute and it was super easy.  I'll get the pattern up and some kits with it soon!

The Main fabric is Bliss by Bonnie & Camille and the Accents are Blush by Basic Grey.  Who knew they would go together so well!

Sophie & Lillie modeling their Aprons for me

Sophie LOVES to have her picture taken and she is always doing these poses and different smiles

Lillie's apron was accented in the blue/reds from Blush

Sophie's apron was accented in the pink from Blush

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Finishing projects!

I've been able to get quite a few projects finished.  I guess I am really starting to feel the crunch with the store opening soon that I'm going to need some finished things for display.

Here are some photos of a few...there are more, I just haven't taken photos of yet!

Amanda's Long Awaited Bag:  we used the Laminated Cottons from Central Park by Kate Spain.  This will match the diaper tote bag I posted on before.

Bunny Wall Hanging:  I took a bunny drawing and enlarged it.  Cut it out and it became my applique pattern.  The tails are stuffed to add some dimension.  I used Sunkissed by Sweetwater.

Fabric Eggs:  I used the tutorial from Retro Mama.  Fabric is Fandango by Kate Spain

Maegan's Prom Dress!

It has been so crazy busy but I am excited to share some projects I've completed. 

Last weekend was Maegan's LDS prom.  It's her senior year and last year we made her prom dress (and my neice's too) but we both weren't super thrilled with hers, although my neice's dress turned out amazing!  Maegan has a tough body type to buy for and factor in all the immodest dresses it seems we are left with no other option but to make one.

2 weeks ago Maegan calls and says, "Mom. Will you make my dress?  You have 10 days."  EEK!  So off we went and looked for a great dress pattern that she will also be able to use at BYU. 

We used a simple pattern and since she didn't want cap sleeves added, she found a gorgeous scarf and we googled how to tie it into a shrug.  It matched her silver heels and turned out so nice.  It was a very easy pattern and we used black crepe as the fabric.  It fit her body really nice.  The best part is she can change the colors of her scarf/shrug and it will look like a different dress!

Maegan and her scarf tied as a shrug

This is me & Maegan

A view of the whole dress

Maegan & her friend Chandler

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sale! Sale! Sale!

I guess I have been a bit sale happy lately!  With all these new lines coming and us not yet in the store - I am running out of room!  So - I suppose it is good for everyone else to have another sale :).

3 Day Sale!
Save an Extra 20% off All Prices!
Use Promo Code APRIL20
Ends Friday 4/15

Friday, April 8, 2011

Lollipop Quilt Kit Give Away Winner is....

Sarah E from Canada!!

I'll email you shortly to confirm your shipping information.

These are so much fun - I am looking forward to our next one!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Give Away: Lollipop Quilt Kit by Sandy Gervais

It is time for a GIVE AWAY!

We are Giving Away a Lollipop Quilt Kit by Sandy Gervais for Moda Fabrics. The kit includes the Pattern, Covered Button Kit, Charm Pack, & Fabric to complete the Wall Hanging!

HOW TO ENTER: Every Commentor Like on our Blog or Facebook will count as an entry. For every order you place on http://www.chickadeeshops.com/ you will get 1 entry for every $10 spent.  This is open to EVERYONE - International also!

ENDS: Friday April 8th at 5pm EST.

HOW WILL I KNOW IF I WIN? We will post the winner on our Blog, Facebook, and on http://www.chickadeeshops.com/ Site. Notification will be sent to the winner via Email for the shipping address

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Diaper Bag

I am SO excited about this bag.  I wanted to make a bag for my sister and for her baby on the way - it is baby #3 BUT, it is going to be her FIRST girl!  Since I have a house full of girls - with only 1 boy, I love girl stuff.

I had planned on making her a bag out of the Central Park Laminated Cottons by Kate Spain.  I practiced on the Diaper Wipe Tote and was ready to take on the bag.  So we picked a pattern and uh...it was a What The Heck project - which is one of those 'where the picture is super neat yet you follow the directions to the T and what you made doesn't really look like the picture' project.  I'll post some pictures of that but I'm too excited about this bag.

I went online and found some bags that I thought were neat and played around with the pattern until I got exactly what I wanted.  I made it in some leftover Bliss by Bonnie & Camille from the Diaper Wipe Tote project.  I cannot believe how easy it was and it turned out EXACTLY how I had hoped.  Bags like this one were selling for $150!! 

When I make Amanda's bag tomorrow I'll take some pictures and put up some tutorials for how I did some of the details.  I've got so many ideas of other bags I wish I could stay home and work on these tomorrow!  That will be a bonus when my shop opens...I get to say, sorry honey - I have to work on this project for the shop.  Wonder if he'll go for it.

Diaper  Bag

Dimensions:  11.5" x 14.5" x 6"
  • Magnetic Snap Closure
  • Adjustable Straps
  • Converts to Stroller Bag
  • 6 Interior Pockets
  • 2 Side Pockets
  • Large Back Pocket has Velcro Closure
  • Interior Zipper Pocket
  • Hard Bottom with Nickel Feet

Front of bag - flap closes with a magnetic snap closure - handles have an adjustable slide so the strap can be lengthened or shortened

6 Interior pockets and a Zipper pocket

Straps are on D-Rings with a Swivel Clasp - converts easily to a Stroller Bag

Back Pocket with Velcro Closure

Metal Nickel Feet with Hard Bottom

Friday, April 1, 2011

Frolic Panel Quilt

I love panels. They are great ways to make a quick project or gift. But every time I pull out the panel and say OK – I am going to make a project with this panel…the little bit of creativity I do have seems to escape me and I end up just looking at the panel. And I mean just looking at it – completely lost on what to do next.

I end up going through magazines, websites, and blogs to try and find out WHAT to do with the panel. And at the end of the day, I’ve spent all my sewing time looking for what to make and don’t even get a chance to make it!

In the latest 2011 Quilt Almanac, I found a Trapunto Quilt pattern that I thought would work great with a panel. I made some changes and love how it came out!

Frolic Panel Quilt
Finished Size: 47” x 57”

Fabric Requirements: I used Frolic by Sandy Gervais
• 1 Frolic Panel
• 1 ¼ yard Solid Brown
• 2/3 yard Green Leaves
• ¾ yard Stripe
• 53” x 63” piece of Batting
• 1 ½ yard Backing Piece
• 7/8 yard Pieced Backing Border
Cutting Directions: I “cut as I go”. This way I can get accurate borders and adjust for variances in my seams.
• Fussy Cut Panel to 23” x 35”
• Fussy Cut 4 Flowers to 5 ½ x 5 ½” keeping dots on the borders
• I saved the Cream Dot strips that I cut off the Panel for the Green Leaves Square Borders
• Solid Brown: 2 - 1 ½” x 35” (1st Border)
    2 - 1 ½” x 25”
• Stripe Fabric: 2 – 3” x 31” (2nd Border)
   2 – 3” x 37”
• Solid Brown: 2 - 2 ½” x 34” (3rd Border)
    2 - 2 ½” x 43”
• Green Leaves: 2 – 5 ½” x 28” (4th Border)
      2 – 5 ½” x 35”
        2 – 4 ½” x 4 ½”
• Solid Brown: 8 - 2 ½” x 5 1/2” (4th Border)
• Solid Brown: 6 - 3 ¾” x WOF (Outside Border)
• Stripe Fabric: 5 – 2 ½” x WOF (Binding)
• Pieced Backing: 42” x 52” (Backing Center)
• 6 – 5 ½” x WOF (Pieced Border)

Iron & Starch your fabrics. This will help your strips keep their shape.

1. Corner Blocks: Sew a ¾” Border to the Green Leaves 4 ½” square. I used the cream polka dot strips I had cut from the panel. Trim to 5 ½” x 5 ½”.

2. 1st Border – Solid Brown: Sew the 1 ½” x 35” Solid Brown strips to the Sides of the Panel. Press. Sew the 1 ½” x 25” Solid Brown strips to the Top and Bottom of the Panel. Press.

3. 2nd Border - Stripe: Sew the 3” x 37” Stripe Fabric to the Sides of the Panel. Press. Sew the 3” x 31” to the Top and Bottom of the Panel. Press.

4. 3rd Border – Solid Brown: Sew the 2 ½” x 43” Solid Brown to the Sides of the Panel. Press. Sew the 2 ½” x 36” strips to the Top and Bottom of the Panel. Press.

5. 4th Border – Pieced Sides: Sew a 2 ½” x 5 ½” Solid Brown piece to the Bottom of a Flower Square. Sew the 5 ½” x 35” Green Leaves piece to the bottom Brown Solid piece. Press. Repeat this same process for the other Side Strip. Keep in mind the placement of these strips – Left Side will have Flower Square at Top, Right Side will be Green Leaves Strip at Top. Sew to Sides of Panel. Press.

6. 4th Border – Pieced Top & Bottom: Sew a 2 ½” x 5 ½” Solid Brown piece to a Green Leaves Square. Sew a Flower Square to the other end of the 2 ½” x 5 ½” Solid Brown piece. Add another 2 ½” x 5 ½” Solid Brown piece to the other side of the Flower Square. Press. Sew the 5 ½” x 28” Green Leaves piece to the bottom Brown Solid piece. Press. Repeat this same process for the other Bottom Strip. Keep in mind the placement of these strips – Top will have Green Leaves square on the Left. Bottom will have the square to the Right. Sew to Top and Bottom. Press.

7. Outside Border – Solid Brown: Take the 6 – 3 ¾” x WOF strips and sew them together making 1 long strip. Measure Quilt Sides & Trim to Side Dimensions. Sew to Sides. Press. Measure Quilt Top & Bottom. Trim to Dimensions. Sew to Top and Bottom. Press.

Quilt Top Dimensions: 47” x 57”

I'll post pictures of the pieced backing soon!

8. Pieced Backing – Main Piece: Take your 1 ½ yards. Trim down to 42” x 52”. Press

9. Pieced Backing – Borders: Sew your 6 – 5 ½” x WOF strips together into 1 long strip. Trim to 4 – 5 ½” x 52” strips. Sew Strips to Sides. Press. Sew strips to Top and Bottom. Press.

Pieced Backing Dimensions: 52” x 62”

10. Layer, Quilt, & Bind using your Favorite Method.

Ta Da! A Quick and Easy Panel Quilt!

Please let me know if you have any Questions!