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We’re still around and costuming! We’ve definitely slowed down a lot though with life getting busy and some of us having kids (holy cow), but we’re all still active and you’ll see updates here and there.

Latest Blog Posts
Jigglypuff and Pikachu kid costumes
For Halloween this year, my girls wanted to be Pokemon. I let them pick which ones, and they picked Pikachu (ok that doesn’t seem too bad), and Jigglypuff (ohmigod big pink ball… how do I do that???) After some consultation with Marcus, we decided that the costume would be a big ball shape worn over a jumpsuit. The ball part of Jigglypuff would be a ball shaped hoop skirt (like a Chinese lantern) with plastic boning, so it’d be collapsible and lightweight. I was really happy with how it came out because it was all pretty theoretical until about… 2 days before Halloween when I finally got it working. I did a lot of Googling to try to find if anyone else had done something similar, but I wasn’t able to find anything. I ended up having to try a couple different things before I got the understructure working properly. So here’s a quick tutorial for anyone else who wants [...]
Tue, Nov 08, 2016 11:40:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
teacupquilt-2
I had a bit of spare time yesterday so I hauled out my recently finished teacup quilt for photos. This is actually one of the very first quilts I ever made but it’s been sitting in my closet waiting for the day that I felt confident enough with free motion quilting to attempt quilting it. I finally came to the conclusion that FMQ and I are not going to be getting acquainted anytime soon, so I sent this off to be quilted. I used the Tea Cozy pattern out of McCall’s Quick Quilts. The fabric is a mix of Lakehouse Dry Goods and Bunny Hill’s Windsor Lane collections. I love these fabrics so much! How can you go wrong with teacup fabric?! And the back is super cute too… I haven’t decided yet where I want to use this quilt, so for now it’s hanging out on top of my fabric bins. The post [...]
Thu, Jul 14, 2016 10:05:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Tako Sun Hat
Last month, I released my very first PDF pattern: the Tako Sun Hat. I’ve been meaning to blog about it but somehow, I never got around to sitting down and doing it. I suppose it’s because I don’t really have a whole lot to say other than: first foray into PDF Patterns… yay! =D I needed to make a hat for the Grub to take to preschool so I decided I wanted to try to make a hat based on takochu, a Japanese octopus stacking game. I have a slight obsession with takochu and I own a lot of them. I has a very much incorrect assumption of, “Oh hey as long as I’m making a pattern, I might as well write up a PDF pattern ’cause it will easy, right?” WRONG. It took so much more time than I ever expected. I had a ton of fun doing it but [...]
Tue, Jul 05, 2016 5:37:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Sealife Quilt
The second baby quilt this year was for Doris. She had a nautical theme for her nursery with a special request for narwhals. We decided to use the Fish & Bubbles pattern, but we put our own twist on it. Instead of fish, we did sea animal appliqués. After picking out batiks for the blocks, we spent a bunch of time trying to decide if we wanted fish or animals (or both) for the sea life. We even considered doing all narwhals, but thought that might be a bit much. =D In the end, we decided to go with three different sea animals and lots of pretty bubbles. I purchased 2 designs from Lovely Stitches Design: the turtle and the jelly fish. We couldn’t find a narwhal appliqué we liked, so I ended up creating one. Not too bad for my first time digitizing an embroidery machine appliqué! The quilting was a simple wavy [...]
Thu, May 26, 2016 6:07:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Totoro Quilt
More baby quilts! I need the people around me to stop having babies for a bit so I can take a break from making baby quilts! =) In all seriousness though, the last 2 quilts were for some of my closest girlfriends, and Mi and I had so much fun making them. First up was a quilt for Lorelai. Last year, we dressed up all our babies in Totoro costumes so it seemed appropriate to gift her new baby with a quilt in the same theme. We used fabrics from Michael Miller’s Pitter Patter and did a 9-patch block layout. I took screencaps of all the prints, mocked up the blocks we planned to make in Photoshop, and printed them out. Then Mi and I spread them out over the dining room table and agonized over the block layout. We were on round 5 or 6 of trying to randomize the block [...]
Fri, May 13, 2016 5:29:00 PM, Continue reading at the source