Tuesday, June 26, 2012

a feathery Tova

Tova tank
The weather has been quite warm here the past couple weeks, so I took some time this weekend to sew up a couple tanks.  This is the first Tova that I have made.  This top has definitely made the rounds in the online sewing world, and I can definitely see why!  I adore this top.

Tova tank!
I bought a bunch of Martha Negley feathers in all different colorways several weeks back.  When I saw this creamy white colorway with the pretty pink and brown feathers, I knew right away that I wanted it for a Tova. 

Tova tank!
I'm pretty new to garment sewing, and this is the first time I've used this pattern.  I was pretty dumb brave and dove right in, cutting up my pretty feathers without making a muslin first.  I really lucked out... the shirt fits perfectly!  I widened the armholes and made the straps a bit narrower.  Rather than adding sleeves, I finished the armholes in the same way as the Wiksten tank.  Perfect for summer!  I think it will also look nice under a cardigan in the winter.

Tova tank!
I have made a second tank since then, and I may have cut out two more today.  I don't think I can have enough of these shirts!! 

with love,
Angela

Monday, June 25, 2012

On a Whim.

On a Whim quilt
I decided to surprise a friend with a quilt a little while back.  She had mentioned that her daughter's room was decorated in purples, blues, and greens, so I wanted to make a quilt to go with that.  I don't work with purples much, I don't know why!  I love purple.  Remember my kaleidoscope quilt from last year?  One of my favorites.

On a Whim quilt
I fell in love with Camille's On a Whim when it was first released so I knew right away what pattern I wanted to use.  I usually pull fabrics for the quilt top first, then the backing, and the binding last, but this time I worked backwards.  I knew that I wanted to use this multi zig zag as a binding, so I pulled fabrics from my stash that went well with this print. 

On a Whim quilt
On a Whim quilt
These blocks are large and really fun to make, so the quilt top went quickly.  I had it finished in under two weeks.  With three little ones in the house, that is pretty fast for me!

On a Whim quilt
This quilt is already being enjoyed at its new home, and now I am thinking about making another version.  Such a great pattern!

On a Whim quilt

xo, A

previous post on this quilt:
a new project

Friday, June 22, 2012

stable mates

Horse pillow pocket
Hi friends!  I hope that you are enjoying your summer so far!  Ours has been so nice.  The boys have been taking swimming and tumbling classes, and we've been eating too much ice cream.  Good news - I *finally* got my younger two on the same nap schedule!  I'm sure you moms can relate to my excitement.  Needless to say, there has been plenty of sewing time.  I'm a happy camper.
Horse pillow pocket
I made some gifts for a new friend a couple weeks ago.  Her daughter is 3 years old, and she is a horse lover from a very musical family.  I made her this sweet little Petal Pocket Pillow.   I have been wanting to make one these since Nova released her pattern, I think they are absolutely adorable.

Horse pillow pocket
For the back, I used the guitars from Far Far Away 3 and some Joel Dewberry herringbone.  I usually put an invisible zipper in my pillows, but I had this pretty mustard yellow one that matched perfectly.  I love the pop of yellow, and the exposed zip turned out great.  The binding is a new dot from Jay Cyn for Birch fabrics.  It is the cutest dot, bigger than the kei ones that we are used to.

Horse pillow pocket
I started with the Stable Mates fabric from Alexander Henry (it is older, the selvege says 2005) and pulled out some soft, muted fabrics to go along with it.  The background is natural Essex linen.

Horse pillow pocket
I highly recommend this pattern! I've made my share of dresden pillows, but this is such a fun twist.  The directions and pictures are clear and easy to understand. You'll definitely see some more of these from me; I know of a couple little girls that would love to get one of these for Christmas. 

Horse tote
I also made a cute little tote from the Stable Mates natural colorway.  I used Anna's tote tutorial (which is fantastic!) and paired the horses with Camille's gray dot from her Vintage Modern line.  The inside is brown pez.  I forgot to take a good picture of the tote, I only have this one I snapped before I shipped the package.

Okay, I'll be back soon!  Like I said, I have been busy and have many new projects to share. :)
xo, Ang