Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Scrappy Stars and Little Skirts



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If you are here because you want to read about my stars and skirts . . .

It has been almost a whole week since I uploaded the photos from my camera to the computer - it was so fun seeing my week in review like that.  I didn't realize how much sewing I had done - so much so that I actually have two posts worth of photos.  For today, I'll write about little skirts and scrappy stars.

I've been attempting to expand my quilting skills by trying new things each week.  This week it was Scrappy Stars.  I started small:

 
Worked my way to this:


That is actually the back of the first one or the other way around (that is a great thing about machine stitched binding - it's reversible!)

And I finally got to this (which was inspired by this little lovely from One Shabby Chick that I have pinned in my Quilty Inspiration Board):



Anyone else make any stars recently?  Anyone have any great patterns, tutorials, or tips for making stars?  Let me know.

And on to skirts:


When I first started sewing, I found this great free pattern from Oliver and S and made lots of little skirts for my girls.  They have been wearing the skirts we made last summer again recently so I was inspired to  make a few more.  The skirt I made following the pattern is the green and blue one with the Erin McMorris Urban Gardens fabric.  If you haven't sewed clothes before (or even if you have), this is a great pattern to start with.  One tip from me - when using this pattern, I find that if I press the casing before sewing up the selvedges, I have an easier time re-pressing and stitching the casing closed.

I also tried this tutorial from Purl Bee to make the cute little triangle dress in Little Folks voile by Anna Maria Horner.  I used the same ribbon method from the Oliver and S pattern to finish the bottom.   I need to find more information about sewing with voile - if you have any tips, let me know.



For the linen-look skirt with the scrappy binding, I kind of made it up as I went along using tips from both of the above tutorials.   I just took a rectangle of a quilting weight solid and used a bright pink thread to machine stitch straight lines in a somewhat random pattern from top to bottom throughout the skirt.  Since the selvedges were cut off, I used the seam finishing method from the triangle dress tutorial.  For the binding, I used my scraps to make a single fold binding and attached it to the skirt similarly to how I attach binding to a quilt (except I always use double fold binding for the quilts.)



I still have a lot to learn about sewing clothes but I am definitely much improved from the skirts I made a few years ago - I might still have trouble sewing a straight line but at least I can now sew a continuous one!  I plan on making more little girl clothes this week and maybe next time I'll post on a "model."  So, another question - anyone have any tips, tutorials, or free patterns for little girl or baby clothes that you recommend I try?

And one more question.  My new thing for this week is Triangles!  Here is my WIP.  If you have any tips or tutorials or feel like trying triangles with me this week, let me know in the comments.



Be sure to visit the great tutorials and posts by this week's blog hoppers.  

Please visit my Links page to see where I like to link my posts.  I'm linking this post to Sew and Tell at AmyLouWho and Quilt Story -both of whom also shared skirts this week as well as Confessions of a Fabric Addict and TGIFF for finishes and Try Something New Thursday for trying stars this week.  Wondering if I should have divided this post into two so that I didn't link one post to so many link ups?!?


31 comments:

  1. Love your scrappy stars and funky skirts! There's a really great tutorial for wonky stars at http://thesillyboodilly.blogspot.co.uk/2009/02/wonky-star-tutorial.html

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  2. Your stars are so pretty! I love the idea of trying new things out on smaller projects like that. I want to learn how to do more free motion designs, but I don't really want to waste a bunch of fabric. Maybe I'll think up some place mats and use those to practice on! :)
    Bethany

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  3. I was going to suggest that same tutorial as Catherine did! I used it to make my first wonky star for the Stash Bee. Also, my friend Jeni (from In Color Order) said at one of our quilt guild meetings that she sews her voile with a walking foot because it is so slippery. I've never sewed with it before, but I thought I'd pass that along:)

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  4. Such beautiful scrappy stars!!

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  5. Your stars are so great! I just put up some feathered stars on my blog today and I was asked to do a tutorial for them, so hopefully in the next week or so I will get one done! The skirts are out of my comfort zone of sewing, but hopefully one day :)

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  6. Love the skirts and your scrappy stars, very productive!

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  7. The quilts and skirts look amazing! Check out tipnut, they have a lot of different tutorials for making various things =D

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  8. your quilts are so pretty! Well done!

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  9. Loving the scrappy stars! Fab bright colours!

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  10. I love the scrappy stars. I have been admiring the wonky star quilts for a while now - I have got to try them!!

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  11. What beautiful quilts! They are adorable. I need to start learning how to quilt.

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  12. Love the star quilts and the skirts are adorable! Thanks for sharing!
    Quilting at the River Linky Party Tuesday

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  13. Cute cute cute!!! Goodness, love the stars and LOVE the skirts!!

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  14. I have been wanting to make these wonky stars for so long now. I must find time to make these!

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  15. Lovely skirts and beautiful quilts! Liz

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  16. gorgeous stars and skirts and prints x

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  17. Gorgeous skirts and love the stars!

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  18. I love that the start points are not equals!
    and the skirt are all cute :)

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  19. Love the wonky stars and sweet little skirts! I have a hard time sewing with voile on my regular sewing machine - it likes to eat really lightweight fabrics - I think using a leader might help, but it even eats seams halfway through, argh! I had to switch to my vintage sewing machine that has a straight stitch plate, then no problems. Maybe spray starch would help, but I'm too lazy for that. Thanks for the Oliver + S link, I am going to make some of those for my little one :)

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  20. Love it all! I've been wanting to sew and make quilts for years thanks so much for the inspiration, i'm getting closer, I feel it! Plus got boxes of old curtains in the attic that I've got to use! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

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  21. The stars look beautiful!! You can always try my Stars Quilt-A-Long if you want to make more :) Way to keep expanding your skills

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  22. Love the wonky star mini quilt and the skirts are just adorable!

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  23. I love your little skirts, I think the scrappy binded-hem is my favorite! I agree with Chez Roo about the leader and straight stitch plate and would add make sure to use a smaller size needle. I have a Pinterest board with some little people tutorials that are pretty cute, http://pinterest.com/asginslc/sewing-for-little-people/
    Good luck!!

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  24. Your projects are all super cute! I like the last of the stars especially - I've been daydreaming about doing one of those myself. Found you through AmyLouWho's sew & tell.

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  25. the little skirts are really adorable

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  26. Great job with the stars and skirts, Beth! Wow, you did a ton this week and it's all beautiful!

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