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.
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.