Friday, July 31, 2009

Sewing Projects

Sewing and I are sort of fair-weather friends...I go in spurts and if I have a project that gets AT ALL stressful, I put the sewing machine away for a few months. Well, me and my Babylock are pretty much best friends these days and have been since the beginning of the summer. It got kicked off with that pink and brown spring dress I made for Jemma (I'm still in love with Portabellopixie Boutique Patterns.) In fact, the dress below is from the same set of patterns. I was a little intimidated by this particular dress at first because of the appliques...but after a little chat with my friend Rachel, I decided to give it a whirl. I love APPLIQUES! (As you will see in some of the projects below.)
Sorry the pic of Jemma is so blurry...I think Carter may have had his hands on the camera lense before I took the pic and Jemma would only pose once for me. Such is life. I was super pleased with the way it turned out. I wasn't sure about the apron at first...I thought it looked a little like she should just be in the kitchen...but now, I LOVE IT! It's very unique.
I have wanted to make a table runner for the kitchen table...mostly to distract the eye from our table. (Someday it WILL be replaced.) I saw a SUPER cute one my friend Alison made (click here to visit her AMAZING sewing blog and see her table runner that served as my inspiration! ps. scroll all the way down the page to see that table runner I'm talking about...SOOOO cute.) Thanks Alison for the tips and instructions. I would NEVER have attempted to quilt without it!
So, anyway, for a first timer, I was pretty pleased, but I definitely need some practice with the whole "free motion foot" quilting thing... YIKES. (don't look too close.)

These are a couple of shirts I put together for a friend and a sister who just had babies. I have to admit, coming up with girl stuff is MUCH easier. In fact, I think my favorite is the one with the orange flowers.

Anyway, sewing is fabulous...these days... it's a nice stress least until I work on something that makes me CRAZY!


Sharee and Arthur said...

Jenny, you are amazing. I have nothing else to say.

The Pitts said...

WoW! You are AmAzInG! That dress is too cute and I love the table runner! You are so creative. I can't even figure out how to make a new pillow case for my round bolster pillow!! Yeesh.

Kristina said...

When we move you and I are so going to be sewing buddies!! I love portabellopixie too, one of these days I want to make her ruffle pants. Yes, I did look 'too close' at your runner, I think you did AWESOME! The best thing about free motion is that you can do pretty much anything and it still looks great. Love everything, you are really talented!

The Payne Family said...

I love the little baby shirts. Way cute!

Allison said...

Oh Cute! That dress is adorable, I love those patterns too they are so cute! Your table runner turned out great, the quilting looks fabulous for a first time go at it! It scary at first isn't it?! :)

The Pitts said...

Oh yeah, I was just thinking that we should get together for a play date! I am not sure when you work but I will call you and maybe we could schedule something, if you want.

Seth and Sierra said... have inspired me to pick up sewing again! SO cute!!! LOVE the dress and the table runner and the shirts...everything! So creative!