Thursday, May 21, 2009


This is a dress that my mother in law gave to me. I really love the print but don't so much love dresses. After being pregnant especially. I feel like I still look it in dresses, so rather than throwing it out or sending it to the D.I. I decided to create a skirt out of it. This is what I did.

First I figured out where I wanted to cut the dress. This dress had a empire waste so it was a little difficult figuring out just where to cut it off. I didn't want it to be to short or to long. The bottom half will become the skirt.

Next I simply sergered around the top to finish the edge and then turned down the serged edge 1 1/2 inches to create a casing. Then I had to find elastic to thread through the casing. Since I was doing this just before church so I would have something to wear I used what I had in the craft room. I used 1/2 inch elastic. When I get to the craft store I will pick up wider elastic and replace it.

And here is the final result. I really like it and I had something new to wear to church.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I heart Applique

These are a few of the applique quilts that I have made. I really enjoy the process of cutting all the little bits of fabric and applying the fusible web. Then sewing around all of the little pieces. These three quilts began with a few flower designs that I found on the internet. Then I designed each layout on graph paper and adjusted the flowers to be just like I wanted them. I especially love the first quilt pictured. It is the one I made for Eden. I got the inspiration from a quilt in Pottery Barn. If you know me at all you know that I want the Pottery Barn look with out the price tag. I think that I accomplished the look and I like my color scheme even better than the over priced Pottery Barn one. If you want to see more awesome applique check out