Emily’s Christmas Shirt and a gift

I finally feel like I might be turning a corner with my sewing projects.  I’ve gotten quite a few crossed off the old list, but then again, I seem to add another one each day. 

I decided it was a good idea at eleven one night to start Emily’s Christmas shirt.  It wasn’t a bad idea, the whole shirt from cutting the fabric and figuring the measurements to the finished shirt only took less than an hour.  And it fits!  At least she doesn’t care about what she wears like her older sister.  For now anyway…

I used the blueprints tutorial again, but left the elastic out of the sleeves.  I also added a contrast bottom to the hem.  I figured with this fabric combination she can wear it past Christmas.  How cute is it with jeans?! 

My next project had been on my list for a long time, I’m now wondering why I waited sooo long to make it?  It took all of 15 minutes and I think it’s quite handsome.  What is it you ask?  It’s a foot warmer for my brother for Christmas!  He spends a lot of time on the computer and always gets cold feet (it runs in the family, spending time on the computer and getting freezing cold feet that is).  I’ll be making more of these for sure, hope he likes it!


Emily’s Quilt

Yay!  I’m so excited how this quilt turned out.  I ended up buying a new walking foot after Natalie’s quilt was finished.  I was so nervous to quilt the darn thing that I kept putting it off.  So one night I just forced myself to start. 

Besides changing the walking foot I did a few other things different than last time:  I changed the stitch length on my machine to 3, taped the backing to the floor before pin basting, and pinned the heck out of it!  I can’t believe the difference. 

I did still make a few mistakes of course, don’t tell Emily. ha.  I somehow managed to get the backing crooked and that ended up making one end of the backing a little short.  All in all I’m super pleased with the quilt and think it’s pretty darn cute. 

Don’t ask me why I choose so much pink.  I don’t even really see Emily as a ‘pink’ kind of girl, she’s more blue, but you know.  The quilt measures about 36″x46″ and hand stitching the binding only took me a little more than one movie this time.

I’m sure there will be more quilts to come.