Saturday, June 27, 2015

Monster shirts for my boy

Made these shirts the other day using the same freezer paper stencil idea.  If you want to make some, google search freezer paper stencils!  All you do is cut out an image in freezer paper, iron it on, paint with tulip paint, let it dry, and enjoy!

I have a hard time finding his size at the store with the cool shirts, so this solves all those problems!  Also, wouldn't matching shirts for the whole family be fun?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Printed t-shirts

I have been wanting to make some custom t-shirts for a very long time now, and I finally learned about the freezer paper method where you cut a design out of freezer paper, iron it on a blank shirt, and then paint a design onto the shirt with fabric paint.

Here is my design for David.

Now that I know it works, I want to make matching shirts for the whole family!

And of course, some other pictures from this week:

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


I've been working on sewing shorts for David because it's getting so warm here!  I modified my usual pattern and it's working out even better than before!  It's also faster to sew.  So far, I have made him 6 pairs of shorts.  Here are 4 from yesterday:

They are so much fun to make, and it's even better to see him enjoying them!

Today we celebrated 500 bike miles together.

And tonight we enjoyed the sunset together.

We love summertime!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Road Quilt

 David definitely took to his car quilt!  I heard him say BROOM BROOM for quite awhile!  He drove his little car all over this quilt!

Then he packed up shop and moved to a new location!

I love how this quilt can be played with and also can keep him warm during a nap!

Road quilt plans:

I used dino fabric on the back!

Road stripe plans. Sew 2" strips together, cut into 1" strips, sew strips into long black and yellow segments, and then sew between black road fabric.


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Our map

Here is the official map to our house in Colorado.  Hope you can find us and stop in to say hi!

Just need to add some borders and then quilt it.  I decided to leave bigger pieces of fabric instead of doing very small intricate detailed blocks so David can learn to use his imagination better!  He can pretend the Dr. Seuss fabric is really the library, or whatever he wants!  I'm sure he will come up with all kinds of things!  I found some awesome dinosaur fabric for the back, because car fabric seems too cliche! 

Friday, June 5, 2015

I love sewing for boys!

I thought up this "city" quilt on my own while making the other quilt.  I think this one will be lots of fun!  We're constructing roads today!  I bought the little matchbox car at the grocery store yesterday.  I'll have to look for more for David so he can drive them on his quilt!

I also found this fabric!  Isn't it fun?!  

Here are some pictures from our June adventures together:


Sunday, May 31, 2015

David's testing lab

David's putting this blanket through rigorous scientific testing to make sure it will hold up in a one-year-old's hands!  

There's the playing on test... which it passed.

The laying upon test... which it also passed.

The dragging test... passed with an A+.

The chewing test... pass.

The high speed chase test... pass.

The burrito roll test... pass.

And the crawling test... pass!

Looks like this blankie is baby approved!!  Thanks David for testing it out for mama!

I'm also impressed with how ultra thin it is.  I quilted it without batting because I wanted something very flexible so I could tuck it in easier in a stroller or take it along in the diaper bag.  It's a perfect summertime blankie! 

Oh, and by the way, it's also already been through the washer and dryer and held up perfectly!  This woven & quilted blanket is mama and baby approved!

PS.  I don't have a table loom but if that is all you have, wouldn't it be a great project to use for it?!  :)

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Done, and I like it!

The quilt looks fabulous!  The handwoven fabric really adds some great charm.  It seemed to quilt up just fine, so I'm not worried about using handwovens in future projects! I decided to use regular fabric on the back for my first quilt just to make sure I could do it on my machine instead of ruining a whole bunch of handwoven fabric.  Turns out I can, and it looks ok!  I decided to quilt it myself on my sewing machine, and although it's not even close to perfect, it's awesome and I love it and all of its wobbly lines!  I'm going to wash it in the washer and dryer and then give it a test spin and let the baby roll around with it to see how it holds up.  I'm sure it will be fine, but he'll definitely find that out for me!  :)

OH, and PS.  the backing fabric is one of the two yards I won as a door prize at the quilt show I went to with my mom!  We're some of the most unluckiest people I know, so it was quite a pleasant surprise!  I think these colors match the whole quilt perfectly!!

Friday, May 29, 2015

I just put the crazy into this quilt

The quilt top is done!  I'm so happy with it!  I love it so very much!  It looks even better than what I saw in my head before I started it!  Now I need to focus on borders, but not very big because the quilt is already 36" across.  I don't want it more than 40" total.  I'm also thinking of weaving pinwheel fabric for the back and then quilting it myself on my own sewing machine.  I'll have to make the backing fabric after we get to Colorado, but I really like the idea of weaving my own backing fabric.  How cool it would be!!!

Today we also picked cherries and made a very yummy cherry pie from scratch!  With a homemade crust!  Nothing beats a homemade crust!!  The baby loves cherries, pitted of course!