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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Graduation Quilt and New Project {or many!}

I began my journey into quilting in the fall and have enjoyed every minute of it. I wish I could sew garments like so many other wonderful bloggers out there, but I just don't have the time to perfect it sadly. Although I do plan to try my hand at sewing a swimsuit this summer! I have the pattern and fabric {YAY}. Anyway back to the quilting conversation. My friend just graduated from college and I thought that a quilt would be a wonderful gift. Now my quilts use contemporary designer fabric and are not perfect, but hey that gives them class ;) So I have some photos to show the quilt progress through its different stages.
Graduation quilt fabric
Graduation Quilt in planning
Graduation Quilt
All wrapped up! {I wish I could show you her opening it up, but this will have to do}
All Wrapped Up!
What could be inside?
It's so pretty!
The finished Quilt!
The details...
Ta Da!
She loved it! I wish you could have all seen her face when she opened it!
Now on to my next project......
Sassafras Quilt
Oh yeah while I am at it click on over to Camille's {of Thimble Blossoms} blog to win a lovely honey bun!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Baby Shower Gift

One of the projects that I really wanted to share with you was a baby shower gift that I made for one of my good friends. About this time a year ago my friend (her and her husband) found out that she was expecting a baby and I began thinking about making a gift for her. They didn’t know that I sew and I wasn’t sure how they would react to a handmade gift. I also wasn’t sure if they would appreciate all the time, work, and $$ that went into and I didn’t want to be disappointed. Anyway I went ahead and they loved it! They were very impressed and grateful.

Since I knew they were having a boy I wanted to pick a cool boy fabric, as I know the Dad would want to have a manly fabric choice as well. I also didn’t want any of the cutesy baby pastel fabric either. I wanted to use something more modern. So I chose Amy Butler’s Midwest Modern fabric with yellow, blues, and greens.

I decided to make some very easy burp clothes with fabric diapers. They used these all the time and I think they still do.

I also made some little baby booties from this pattern. They aren’t too difficult, but I don’t want to make these again anytime soon.

Then I really wanted to make something personal. So I chose to make a monogrammed onesie! They even used it to take baby home. For this I picked a “B” in word in a typefont I liked and could appliqué onto the front of the onesie. I used fusible web to adhere the fabric to the onesie and then satin stitched the outline. This is the first time that I had ever done something like this before so I thought it turned out pretty good if I do say so myself.

Here it is all put together. I thought the ribbon and tissue paper made it look like an expensive gift.
For more pictures take a look here.
Keep Sewing, Ariane

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Almost a year later...

Whew it’s been a long time since I have last posted. I am still busy but I do have some new thing to share. I have worked on some projects over this time that I have not update this blog. I do have a few that I would like to share, although they will probably be their own entries. My most exciting news though is the purchase of my Bernina 440QE.

I have to say that I am very happy about my purchase and I love it! My Janome just did not cut it for me. If you got to a seam that had more than two or three layers it would just stop and sew. I do realize that you can use a little tool for this, but this was not my only complaint. I was just recently working on a crochet hook case (this will have its own post) for my Mom’s birthday that had at least six or more layers and the Bernina just blew through it. Truly amazing. There are many more experiences that I could share, but honestly all you have to know is that I like my Bernina, a lot! I do have a sewing machine cover in the works, but I have some other projects that have gotten in the way. The new projects and old finished projects will be presented in their own entries. Keep Sewing, Ariane

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Bridesmaid Dress

Here in the land of Sew Ariane I have been asked to be a bridesmaid in an upcoming wedding scheduled for March. The bride let us choose our own dress, the only constraints were that it had to be black and knee length. So I decided that I would like to make my own! I basically have everything planned, along with the fabric, underlining, and lining.

Here is my inspiration dress~
Ok well I couldn't get this picture to show on here so I am sorry but you will have to click here to look at the Inspiration Dress!
Now here is the two patterns that I am planning to morph together to get this look.
New Look 6644 and 6589
On the 6644 I would like to take the top bodice part and then on the 6589 I would like to take fitted empire gored skirt and put these two together to make the dress.
For fabrics I am using Silk Dupioni underlined with Silk Organza and Lined with China Silk. Just to let you all know I DO plan to wear this dress MORE than ONCE. So over at I posted a question on how to pre-treat the silk dupioni. It can be seen here, if anyone has suggestions please let me know!
I also thought about entering this dress in PatternReviews RTW Knock-Off contest. I guess I will see how the muslin goes. Wish me luck!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas!!

I would like to wish you all a wonderful and very Merry Christmas!

Above is my finished Sunday Dinner Apron with the buttons sewn on. Close up pictures and review to come.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Sunday Dinner Apron Preview!

I am happy to report that my Sunday Dinner Apron is finished (well close, just have to sew on the buttons). I made a goal for myself to finish the apron yesterday and I basically did. I am very proud of myself. Anyway I plan to have a complete picture and review tomorrow.

Preview of the Sunday Dinner Apron:
I hope you all have a safe travel during this Christmas Season!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Sewing Podcasts

Lately I have been listening to sewing podcasts at work to keep me entertained. I wanted to showcase a couple that I really enjoy.

Material Momma Podcast - Nutmeg is a stay at home Mom and teacher, she discusses sewing for family and crafts. Even though she discusses parenting in this, it doesn't turn me off to the show. I really just enjoy listening to this podcast!

Sew Forth Now - This is a great podcast all around. I don't believe I have ever heard this podcaster's name, so I am sorry that I am not able to list it. She discusses sewing tips, has interviews, and much more.

In other news we are expecting a ice storm here tonight into tomorrow! Yuck. We are suppose to get 1/2 to 1 inch of ice possible!

Happy sewing!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

I could use your help....

Remember the purse I want to make my Mom for either Christmas or her Birthday. If not you can see it a couple of posts down or click here. I am looking for a buckle to make a purse strap adjustable (similar to the one on bra straps, just bigger) you know the ones where you can slide the fabric to make it shorter or longer. I have no idea what they are called, so it makes it even harder to find a place that sells them.

I found one that interests me, it can be found here very last image at the bottom of the page. I am interested in purchasing the metal version.
This is basically what I am looking for, but I am in the US and this company I believe is from Aus. Please help either tell me what these are commonly called or point me to a website.
If you have any ideas please let me know! Thank you in advance!

Friday, November 30, 2007

A Free Pattern from Hot Patterns

I happened to check my email and saw an email from Hot Patterns. They have a new free download-able pattern. A ruffled tote! I think this would look cool in possibly an Amy Butler fabric or another big print fabric. We have an upcoming trip to Florida and this make be cool to make for it! The download can be found here.

Monday, November 26, 2007

It's been awhile, but I am back!

It's been about four months since my last post, and boy has it been busy.

I have worked on a couple of projects in this time, but I will be having some free time in three weeks!! School be over and I have some projects in mind to keep me busy.

I currently have the Sunday Dinner Apron from Vanilla House Designs sitting on the cutting table.

I also have an idea for a purse for my Mom for either Christmas or Birthday present. Her Birthday is on the on the 30th so it can be used for either one. I am planning to base my purse on a quilted Vera Bradley purse that my Mom had seen and really liked, but my budget just can't afford it right now and I don't really like the fabric pattern and colorways. (I am sure that it would probably cost about the same after all is said and done, but it will be made with the heart)

Here is what I am thinking:

This style:

With these Fabrics:

This is fabric from Amy Butler's Lotus line.

What is even better is that my Mom basically picked out the fabric with out knowing it. We went to a sorta local quilt shop looking for a fabric for a purse I would like to make for myself and she kept saying she really like the one on the left, and I needed a contrast fabric and thought the second fabric would work well together.

Anyways I can't wait to start with this, but it is going to be hard not to tell her about it!