I was recently asked to participate in a September-long sewing event, An Apple A Day with Janome. We were asked to create some small sewing project to post at some point during the month. So what did I do? I made an 1800-piece pixelated Big & Juicy apple quilt.
As it is the 30th today, The Big & Juicy Quilt has been posted as the grand finale of the event. I walk you through my simple design process and I have even included a downloadable chart so you can make a Big & Juicy of your own, should you desire. Come read all about it on Janome Life.
And if anyone has suggestions on how to finish the quilting (of the apple & leaf – the ground is complete), I’d love to hear them below.
Heidi of Elegance & Elephants sews lovely children’s clothing and designs gorgeous sewing patterns so that the rest of us can try to emulate a bit of her creativity for our own little ones. Today she has posted about creating this sweet sleepwear for her adorable children with Origami Oasis fabrics.
Head over to her blog to take a peek.
Thank you, Heidi!
Jazz up your little one’s long sleeve t-shirts or sweaters! It’s really simple … and cute too!
Come visit me on The Michael Miller blog for a guest post today, a tutorial for the ROAR! Elbow Patches, and a great giveaway!
Yes, ANOTHER GIVEAWAY, and not just fabric this time. There’s some artwork up for grabs, too! I’ll post more about that here shortly.
OK. I have to admit it… I have a sewing crush on Gail of Probably Actually! She makes the most lovely clothing for her children with well thought out fabric choices and her attention to detail is always spot-on! She was thus an automatic choice when I was thinking of bloggers I would like to approach about creating something with Origami Oasis. I have been waiting to see what she would come up with, and with this morning’s post, she certainly did not disappoint.
She has created this sweet dress made with Mountain and Valley. This print is one that I imagined as a dynamic and easy-to-use accent for a gazillion projects, and so I am delighted to see it shine on its own here. Hop on over here and have a closer look at all the details (it is even lined in a gorgeous hot pink from Michael Miller’s Cotton Couture line) and while you’re there, I warn you, it’s easy to get lost in hours of browsing her previous sewing projects. If you have a little one to sew for, you will love it!
Thanks, Gail for inspiring and creating as you do!
The talented Sarah of EmmylouBeeDoo! (remember the Shandiin Tunic?) created this sweet Fawn Lily dress for her daughter with Pride and Fold from Origami Oasis. I love that she opted for the bolder colour way of these fabrics for this pretty dress. Head on over to her blog to see more and to find out about the adorable pattern she used.
Thank you, Sarah for this delightful collaboration!
To get a taste of what other talented sewers are creating with Origami Oasis, I’ll lead you through the next few weeks to a number of wonderful blogs.
We’ll start today with Caroline from SewCanShe who is hand quilting the sweetest whole cloth baby quilt. This is a wonderful example of how the Oasis Border fabric can be used to its full potential. And, well, you know how much I love hand stitching…
Thanks Caroline for the loveliness. Can’t wait to see it all finished!
When I was originally designing Origami Oasis, I imagined it full of luscious colour, as I do just about all my work. Part way through the process Kathy Miller of Michael Miller suggested adding a black and white grouping, as many of the prints were so graphic. I was initially a little hesitant, but once I saw what they had in mind, I started to get pretty excited about getting my hands on some of it to start sewing. While I am not a black and white kind of person myself (I see the world in a gazillion shades of grey and a rainbow of colour, can usually see all points of view… I’d make a horrible judge, and rarely purchase black clothing for myself), I started to envision projects playing with the bold patterns, like playing with illumination and darkness.
This quilt is the very first project I envisioned when I finally saw the fabrics in person. I imagined herds of animals migrating across the open savannah on a starry night, with the sun just starting to show itself and colour the world at one edge.
I wanted their trail to almost disappear in areas, while being doubly strong in others.
A simple nine-patch with some half-square triangles inserted here and there makes for an easy-to-piece quilt. I used all the prints from the Starry Sky group as well as Fold and Spot, both in Starfruit, and Show Your Colors in Blue (though I fussy cut almost all the blue out of this one to showcase the golden-coloured zebras). I backed it with yardage of Fold in Starfruit and the binding is the happy, lighthearted Freckled.
I designed it as a baby quilt, but it could very easily be adapted to larger sizes. You can find the free quilt pattern on the Michael Miller website. Happy sewing!
You know how, when we see a few fabrics together, sometimes we can immediately envision what we want to create with them? Well, that was the case with these two prints, Show Your Colors in Confection and Crossing Paths in Raspberry. I wanted to make a dress or tunic for my daughter. I searched for just the right pattern… something with clean lines that had just the right detailing to highlight the little butterflies of Crossing Paths. And that’s when I came across the Shandiin Tunic pattern by Sarah of EmmylouBeeDoo!.
I adore the cutout back and fine straps, allowing for a light and breezy summer outfit, without being too revealing. There is just the right amount of open ground for those zebras to roam around while the little butterflies seem to fly up the shoulders. Just perfect!
The pattern is full of customizable options, so whether you want a button-up front, a puffed hem (with elastic at the bottom), a tank or a longer tunic, it’s all detailed therein! And the size range goes all the way from 1 to 8 years. I have recently praised well written patterns and bemoaned poorly written ones, and this one definitely goes in the praise category. Sarah very clearly walks you through getting beautifully finished details that lie just right on a young girl’s body. And if your girl is anything like mine, she will delight in the fact that she has something extra-special that probably no-one else in the neighbourhood has. You can find the pattern in Sarah’s Etsy shop, along with many other delightful styles.
I would love for one of you talented sewers to be able to whip up one of these yourself, so I am offering some lucky someone enough of the two fabrics featured here, Crossing Paths and Show Your Colors to create one, and Sarah has generously offered a pdf downloadable copy of this lovely pattern for the winner as well.
Each of the following will earn you one entry:
– Visit LouBee Clothing’s Etsy shop, then comment here letting me know which of her patterns is your favourite.
– Like the Tamara Kate Design Facebook page
– Comment on the related Shandiin Tunic post on the above Facebook page.
One entry will be randomly drawn the morning of September 17th.
UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed. The winner is Lorna (I have sent you an email)
Best of luck!
When did the tradition of “dressing” for the big back-to-school event die out? I don’t know, but it has certainly fizzled to nothing around here. I, however, have a girl who loves school. She loves learning and treasures being back among her friends whom she hasn’t seen all summer. Oh, and she loves getting dressed up. So what better occasion than the first day back to make a bit more effort with one’s attire? I thought a new dress was in order.
To play with the straight lines in the Origami Oasis prints, I searched for a pattern with some structure, and as this girl of mine is growing so fast (eight years old already?!?) I figured it was my last chance to look into some great children’s sewing patterns. This was my first attempt at an Oliver & S pattern, the Jump Rope Dress, and it did not disappoint! Easy-to-follow instructions and a well drafted pattern make all the difference and Em and I are both delighted with the outcome.
For fabrics, I opted for Stand Tall in grass, with just a little hit of Spot in citrus at the neck. It’s fun and young without being too juvenile, and I love the whimsy of the butterfly landing on the nose of the blue giraffe. As these fabrics are printed on Michael Miller’s lovely Cotton Couture, they are just perfect for dressmaking. They drape beautifully and are so soft to the touch that they are effortless to wear, and a dream to sew with. I even found the perfect simple orange flower buttons to compliment the print.
Next up, I’ll show you a little something I sewed for the boy in my life.