Monday, November 21, 2011

Holiday Clip Art Available

We've decided to branch out a little.

I love drawing my own birthday/greeting cards, and sometimes we'll use them for gift tags or notebooks.  Since I have an obsession with drawing pictures, this helps me feel like I'm being productive.  (ha. Husband says, "the legos all over the living room have been sitting there for a week." I can say, "I've been productive! Look at all these pictures!")

But really, this seems like a win/win. 

So, I've added a few Christmas pictures to our easy shop.  We are adding printed cards with envelopes and gift tags with these images soon, but in the mean time, these clip art images are versatile and should fit all your Christmas and holiday needs.  

Plus they're only $3.50 a piece. And with PDF's you can print as many as you want, in any size you need, on any color of paper.  For you crafters, this is perfect.



So cute.  Watch for more to come.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

From Pac-Man and his ghost (that duly follows him everywhere).

Here comes the holiday season! This year went by so fast!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Everywhere a CLUCK CLUCK

I am SO excited for this. 
We had lots of fun making this up.  I still giggle every time I see it, haha.  Patterns and PDF patterns will be available as soon as I take a 3 day long nap soon.  This fabric is farm friends from Clothworks.  We love it.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sewing like crazy. For birthdays. Of all things......

My daughter just turned one! I can't believe how fast this year has gone.  Kids grow up way too fast for my liking.
This picture sums up my children.   I love it.

Since she's my first/only girl, I went proverbial crazy with the sewing.  I never do a lot, but I should do more! I love it!

At market this past spring, I met Vickie from Dinky Babies.  She has the cutest doll patterns ever.  Her booth was across from ours, so I spent the entire market staring at them.  haha.  I just had to have one!  And since I have never done any sort of soft sculpting before, it took awhile.  And a lot of help from my mother, who I'm pretty sure is so tired of having me crash at her house every moment my sewing machine comes out.

Cute little belly button!
It turned out pretty good! I need to make a different nightgown or something, so it doesn't blend in so much.

Awhile ago, I came across Sew Sweet Patterns, a little pattern shop on Etsy.  They are a mother/daughter team too! I love that.  I love their patterns because they take 2.5 seconds to make, and I don't need my mother to help me finish it.  (that might not be entirely true, as I just realized she gave me some cute snaps for the back of the dress)

And I had to use Sarah Jane fabric (Michael Miller).  I'm totally obsessed with anything Sarah Jane.  I could have bought the entire bolt in the entire line.  I'm not *that* crazy.

Anyway,  she looked sooo sweet.  I couldn't find any sort of white leggings.   Which seemed like a normal request.  I'm still on the lookout for some, actually.  But in the mean time, I whipped out some baby legs out of white socks I had at the back of my closet.  I love this tutorial by Little Birdie's Nest.

And my mother made her the most adorable knitted sweater and hat I have ever seen.  I wish I could knit like my mother.  I can do the whole knit/purl thing, barely, but I'm not even 1/3 of the way finished with the scarf I started over a year ago.

She also made the boy this darling hat.  They both adore hats.  He never takes it off!

I really want to make this balloon wreathe, but I had no time.  Next birthday for sure.  What a fun tradition!  That was found via pinterest.  This is an addiction for me.  I've even started a "wreath" board.  It's getting ridiculous.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

A Pin Cushion

So, last night I attended a blog party, and decided to try to be less of a crappy blogger.  Which is sort of pathetic and/or ridiculous.  But anyhow, this little project has been sitting in my "to blog about" list for quite sometime.  Perfect.

Actually, when we went to market last spring, I forced enlisted my little sister to watch my two kids promising her I'd get her some sort of "thank you"

Then I forgot.

So when I asked her months later what she wanted, ha, she says "A girls night!"  Which, by all definitions of a "girls night"- some sort of craft is required.

And everyone loves pincushions.  I mean, honestly, this is really cute! And completed in the time it took to watch "The Tourist".  That's the best kind of multitasking I've ever done.

The pins were made using this great tutorial.  And beware, they are addicting to make.

The pincushion was made with a 5" square of linen and a 5" square of fabric.  Picture traced and embroidered on the linen side.  Sew 1/4" seam allowance, right sides together.  Stuff with walnut shells (purchased at your nearest pet store by the lizards).  Stitch shut.  Volia!


And I satin stitched all the circles in mine,  but other girls used french knots, refused to do them, or back stitched.  Endless possibilities.  I should have taken pictures of all of them, they were all so different and darling, but I'm a horrible blogger.

Picture of the dandelions is uploaded here.  This is copyrighted under meags & me.  So don't copy or email- send people to this post instead! Thanks!

Linking Here:

http://itssoverycheri.com/2011/09/25/its-party-time-9-25-2011/

Saturday, August 6, 2011

(Fabric) Magnetic Alphabet Letters

You know what I'm talking about.  The plastic letters used to mark the presence of a child, adorned on fridges all over everywhere.  Probably missing a bunch of letters.
I'm so glad I know "p" comes after "o" otherwise, I would have looked like an idiot.

Except the ones here are not plastic, obviously.

These make cute gifts for little kids, or grown ups if they're like me, and this little project also doubles as a stash buster for the fabric you're drowning in.  It cannot get any better than this.


For this project you will need: 

*Alphabet Stencils or Cookie Cutters.  The more "bubbly" and large, the better.
*Pellon.  Thick.  One-side fusible.  (with about a 1/3 yd I got the whole alphabet.  This depends on how many letters you'd like, and how big your stencils are.)
*Magnetic Tape
*Fabric Scraps
*Fray Check
*Scissors
*Iron
1.  Trace your alphabet backwards on the soft (non-fusible) side of the pellon.  I used a thin pigment pen.




2.  Next, cut roughly around the edges, or in little squares, separating the letters.  Unless you want all your letters in the same fabric, then skip this part.
3.  Line up fabric and pellon and trim fabric so that the fabric is slightly larger than the pellon (to protect your iron). 
4. Iron fabric to pellon.  Wrong side of fabric to the rough/glue side of pellon.
5. Cut letter shapes out. 



6.  Use Fray Check around the edges to prevent fraying.

7. Cut magnetic strips to fit each letter, and place on the back of the letters.  These usually stay really well, but hot glue works well as a back up option.

8.  Now you have a nice stack of letters.  Cute!


 9.  Naturally, I spent a good hour playing with these, and I realize I've got to make more vowels and "popular" letters- otherwise, these are the only phrases my midnight brain can come up with:
To passive-aggresively warn the household of hormonal behavior.
Now I can just point to the fridge instead of yelling
"I didn't have another 'I" for Mike! Frank was the first thing I thought of"
See, these are wonderful.  I've just realized I could have said "work hard" but,  "eat worms" came first.  Awesome.

And now, instead of saving these for Child #2's first birthday, I'll just keep them out- they look so freaking cute.  In fact, I might spend all day tomorrow making more.  It's a fun, easy, no-sew project.  


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What We've Been Up To....

Any one ready for a stitchery project?? We have THE cutest quilt coming EVER.  We've used Adornit fabric, and it is fantastic.  This is a little sneak peek:

He's cute! We're currently working on a bunch of quilts/projects, and have kept ourselves busy.  This quilt we hope to have published next month! Get your needles and threads ready.....

Friday, July 1, 2011

A winner!

Thank you all for participating and for your nice comments.  We enjoyed reading them.

And, the winner is.... comment 16!

Erin M.! Who said:

The Oh, Ducky Pattern caught my eye! I would also be so excited to see a cute Dinosaur themed one!

Thanks Erin! And I agree, a dinosaur quilt would be really cute.  There is always room for another boy quilt!

Don't forget to use our 10 % off coupon BLOGFRIENDS10 for our etsy shop. This coupon will be active through the long weekend.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Onsie Dress

We had a bunch of people at market comment on our little onsie dress.  They are so cute and so easy to make!  It's an easy way to dress up a onsie into a fun summer dress (or fall if you use the long sleeve varities).

And of course our images found in our patterns look adorable.  The above picture features a flower from our Quite Contrary pattern.  We've also used bunny foo foo from Hopping Through the Forest, Jill sans Jack from Jack & Jill, etc, etc- or you could just go with nothing.  Like I'm going to do.  

First, you'll need a onsie and a 1/2 yd. of fabric (the half yard (18") will essentially be folded in half for the length of your skirt.  Meaning, 18" is really a 9" skirt.  That's a nice length for girls 6-24 mo. size.  Any younger, you'll need to trim your 18" side down to about 15".  Of course, this is all personal preference to some degree.  The girl above is wearing a 12 mo. onsie with a 1/2 yard of fabric)

I hope all that made sense.

First, you'll need to make some kind of mark on your onsie, where you'd like the skirt to begin.  Since it's just a quick splice, I fold the onsie up and crease it.
Crease!
Then, open it up, line it up on your rotary mat and cutter, and cut a nice straight line.

This makes a "top" and "bottom" of your awesome dress.  If you'd like to applique, or stitch, or glue, or whatever something on top, you would do it now.  Applique towards the top (top 1/3) of the "shirt" part. 
There is no going back.
 Set aside.  Grab your fabric, and fold selvage to selvage (that's the top/bottom part of fabric.  It'll have the designer's name and brand on one side) and right sides together. Trim your selvage off so it won't show.

 Sew 1/4 inch.  

Press.  Fold your fabric wrong sides together so that you have one folded edge, and all raw edges on the other. 
"Folded egde" is on the left.




Next, sew a 1/4 inch gathering stitch.  Then, gather.  The smaller the onsie, the more gathering you'll have to do. 

"Mom,  I do not need another dress.  Seriously. Also, I'm tired."

 Now, take the top of your onsie, and place it in the gathered skirt so all raw edges match up.  Pin together (make sure the seam of the skirt lines up with a seam of the top) and baste. 



Once your top is attached to your skirt, un-snap the bottom of your onsie, turn it inside out, and place it around the dress, making sure the front and back are lined up and in the right place. The onsie seams should match up.  You're basically sewing your onsie back together.  The longer part of the onise should line up with the back of the dress, and the short side to the front. 
The extent of my photoshop skillz.

 Tada!!! The local walmart was out of 18 mo. size onsies, so this is my 9 month old in a 24 month size.  Awesome right!? It's a little big.  But still cute!
And don't forget to enter our giveaway.  (you have 2 days left!) Thanks for all the responses so far.  We will post the winner this Friday! Stay tuned......

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Giveaway!!

**Giveaway Closed**

Our first one! And who doesn't like free stuff?!

One winner will receive one pattern of their choice (annny one you want!) Our patterns are a.d.o.r.a.b.l.e.  That may sound biased (is biased? ha.) but it's a fact.  They are formatted in cute little books with a cute cover, a complete picture/supplies on the back, and usually, all the pictures are in the center- easy and ready to pull out and use.  They are clear and easy to understand- we have block-by-block instruction helping you through the entire way (complete with diagrams for those who are like me and rarely read the instructions.) Seriously.  They could not be any easier to understand.  We make them as error-proof as possible.  Our stitching guides are complete and probably overdone (I tend to be wordy, can you tell?) Not to mention, they're soooo cute! We are so so lucky to have the opportunity to be creating all the time! We love our quilts and patterns, and know you will too!

To enter, all you have to do is be a (public) follower of this awesome blog and leave a comment on this post of your favorite pattern/one you'd like to receive.  Please make sure we can find someway to contact you, in case of a win. We will ship patterns anywhere in the US/Canada, and will email PDF versions internationally (well, and nationally too if you'd rather).  Our PDF versions are just as great as the cute little books except they're not cute little books.  They are formatted in 8.5" x 11" pages so all you have to do is hit print on your home computer.  And volia! The cutest quilt pattern you've ever seen!

*An additional entry if you blog about this giveaway (just leave a link to it in an additional comment)*

This giveaway will end June 30, 2011 at midnight.

In the meantime...... We will be offering a 10 % discount over at our newly rediscovered etsy shop.  Just enter BLOGFRIENDS10 at checkout!  This code will only be active till July 4, 2011 so take advantage now!



This would be the perfect time to tackle a Halloween wall hanging.  Might I suggest:

 
Along Came a Spider

Or a lap quilt for September:
Little Red

Or if you're really fast, something for the summer?

Sailing, Sailing

Of course, it's hard for me to choose a favorite, so that is just a tiny sample of the awesomeness we have to offer.

And that's it! We can't wait to hear from you!  Don't forget to show your love on facebook.  We promise to not overtake your newsfeed, plus you'll stay up to date with the latest and greatest!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

So, I guess we will be on facebook.

Because everyone is.  And I think it's sort of like relationships- and meags & me had to become "official"

Husband has been begging me to do this since time began, but I declined until just now when he told me I haven't a spine, and my friends are nice (you know, the ones I'm going to bombard "LIKE US!" and then starts the unfolding of obnoxiousness. side note: spell check says obnoxiousness is a word.)

So now I'm bombarding all of you.  LIKE US! TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

done. promise. that's all I ask.

Today was the second day of the "Wasatch Front Shop Hop"  We avoid the crowds at. all. costs.  But cannot refuse to go to quilt shops when we love all them and their owners so much (plus it's like 5 days long. that alone would be impossible to avoid)

So "meags" and "me" plus the grandma and the baby  (who will have approx. 934,523 homemade "designer fabric" dresses in the coming year) venture out for 5 hours or so seeing as much as we can.

That was 4 stores, people.  We cannot fathom going to all of them, and are amazed people can take in 15.

The quilts they designed for shop hop were amazing.  I should have taken pictures, but I fail at blogging and all things social (not a joke. I'm horrible at most relationships and also buying birthday gifts.  Which, as a ramble: "me" has a birthday next month, and she was going on and on about the Sarah Jane Calendar designs. I was going to be that awesome daughter and finally buy someone her something she'll love, but no.  Guess who decided she couldn't live another day without it? yeah, that's right.  So on that note, if anyone has any birthday suggestions, I'll take them.  Also, father's day for the husband.  Ties must be getting reaaaallly old)

 Anyway, for Utah peeps, shop hop is a must this year.  I love books, so it was the perfect theme in my opinion.  Sorry for the lack of pictures.  Well, I did take one...

I guess the awesome aunt/babysitter did a nice job of wearing out child #1.  And the hat and sunglasses are a must for any sort of outing.  Rain or shine.  Appropriate or not.  There aren't very many accessories for boys, so he takes full advantage.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Etsy, again.

We made an executive decision to (re)open our etsy shop.  I figure people might like PDF versions. Only one PDF is done though, so don't get too excited.

Also, the picture/link is really big, and I don't know how to change it.  Also, the PDF versions sound easy, but it's proving to be a pain more than anything.

I wish we were "meags & me & a genius" because we need a genius to do this computer stuff.  I'm such a mess.  I just want to draw pictures all day in my messy house because I'm too lazy to clean it.

Husband says, "that's okay.  all creative and talented people are messy" thanks?!

We were up in Bountiful, at Quilter's Haven, and Joni said all quilters were crazy, and there is a chemical in the fabric.  haha.  I think I believe her.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Are you mad?

We're happy to announce "We're All MAD Here" featuring favorite characters from the Alice in Wonderland stories.

Included in the pattern is another slightly different variation, and enough characters to use your creativity and design your own.

If you're in Utah, visit Piper's Quilts to see this quilt is hung for shop hop.  We loved designing this quilt for them.  It's one of our favorite.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Receiving Blanket

Receiving blankets are the easiest project in the world.

This was made by squaring up a yard of fabric (which turns out to be around 35") then pin and sew the binding on so the raw edges show on both sides (they will fray in the wash).  Made with flannel so it's soft and cuddly! Makes a great gift.


This or this tutorial are also easy and fast.  Add applique pictures to personalize!  Perfect for new babies.

The little duck is included in our Oh, Ducky pattern.