Saturday, October 29, 2011

Identity crisis :)

Hi everyone :) I've been feeling a little antsy lately. I want to turn a new leaf, try some new things, update my 'online identity' a bit. I've started a new blog - still about my crafting adventures and occasional family hilarity! But rather than totally revamping the McIntyreGirl blog, I thought it would be best to start with a fresh slate. I've got big ambitions for my new blog and myself as a business; sort of a Field of Dreams philosophy :) Anyway, I was hoping some of you loyal readers would be willing to check it out and tell me what you think, and hopefully follow me over there. Here's the new blog address:

I look forward to reading your comments and opinions! Thanks so much for supporting me :)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Goodie Bag Swap - Sneak Peek!

I love flickr.

My latest swap is the Goodie Bag Swap, hosted by Kaelin and Angela.
Goodie Bag Swap 2 Button
As soon as I got my partner info, I had to get started on her bag right away :) I can only post a teaser photo, because I'm pretty sure she'd know it was for her if I showed any more of it:

I've still got a month before the mailing deadline, so I may try something else... we'll see!  

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Dress progress!

So I've been working hard on my Vintage Flutter Dress. I'm really pleased with how its turning out! The top is a tad snug, but it does go around me. The skirt part, however, doesn't quite fit :( There's about a 2 inch gap between the fabric panels at my hips. I'm not discouraged, though, because I still need to lose some more baby weight. I feel confident that I may be able to wear it at Thanksgiving or Christmas :) Here's what it looks like so far:

I'll put it on and have my hubby take a pic when I get the chance. The only things left for me to do are to make the skirt lining, and then put in the zipper! Pretty good, huh? :)

Check out how I used an accent fabric inside the cap sleeves! Since the shot cotton is purpley-bluey, I though this Heirloom print was perfect to go with.

Alright, well that's all for tonight. I've got a serious migraine and my kids are driving me nuts... nighty-night.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Wish me luck...

Oh dear. I've started a new project...
I saw this pattern while flipping through a fabric shop on etsy, and just really liked it. The pleated neckline is what sold me I think. I'm having a real pleat obsession lately. Anyway, I attempted to make a few me-sized clothing pieces about 2 years ago and became completely discouraged when they didn't turn out anywhere close to wearable in public. In my defense, the patterns I chose were probably Simplicity/Butterick/Vogue somethings from Joann's or Hobby Lobby, and the little cover illustrations looked like something I might like (in theory), but weren't intended for my body type. I'm kind of short and curvy, which is the exact opposite of the typical tall skinny model type that clothing is displayed on. Makes it really difficult to envision what things might look like on real people... However, the Vintage Flutter Dress pattern offers sizes 2 through 18, so I feel like I'll be able to make it work for me :) I'm not big on giant prints for my clothes, so I've chosen a yummy grape shot cotton, which is interwoven royal purple and blue: 
I love how the fabric almost has an iridescent quality :) So far I've got the bodice almost assembled and I think there's hope! I'm dying to go work on it some more as soon as everybody's in bed asleep... Pics to come soon!

Friday, October 7, 2011

and I thought my husband had no interest in my crafty life...

My husband said the cutest thing to me yesterday. He was just passing through the kitchen and said, "you haven't updated your blog in a while". Honestly I had no idea he ever read my blog! And it caught me off guard, but in such a warm-fuzzy way :) I know. I'm weird and lame. Anyway, I'm updating it now, and we'll see if he notices or not.

I got an amazing stretch of sewing time in this morning. Evyn napped for 3 hours and 15 minutes! And in that time I managed to finish my Heirloom Bricks quilt top:

I caught the last of the sunlight to take these pics. I want to redo them tomorrow maybe because the colors are so much richer in the bright day light.

I'm really pleased with how it turned out :) Sometimes a super simple design can really perk up your creative motivation. This top went together really easily, and I was able to chain piece a lot of it. I just *love* it when a project comes together without any hiccups.

Another finish I'm really excited about is my Showoff Bag (and these pics are terrible, so for that I apologize):
The pattern is Made by Rae's latest release. I love the size of this bag. Its super roomy without feeling like a bottomless abyss (see: Mary Poppins' carpet bag). I used two layers of craft fuse interfacing for the top bands, and a home dec weight fabric for the bag body. Its been a while since I've made a bag, but I swear home dec fabric used to be more substantial. The one I got doesn't feel much heavier than regular quilting cotton. I feel like it looks a bit lifeless, and the pleats don't stand out like I would like them to. So for my next bag I'm going to try some lightweight fusible interfacing and see if that helps. 

On the interior, I executed my first zipper pocket! 
I've done zippers as bag closures before, but never one where you install it within a single piece of fabric. I'm glad I now know how to do this, and plan to do it a lot more on future projects! BTW, pleeeeeeease don't look at my topstitching on the right and left sides. I didn't clip the curves enough before I turned the bag right-side-out, and I was too lazy to un-turn it. I promise I'll do better next time.

So what's next for me?? As soon as I finished the Heirloom top, I immediately began gathering fabrics for a Colorwheel quilt that my awesome friend Paula made me templates for. Amazingly, I found 41, of the 52 different fabrics needed within my scrap buckets! Now I've got to trace and cut out the wedge template a bazillion times. Don't worry, though. It won't take long to see progress up on my design wall :)

Well, that's all for today folks! Are you all getting lots of awesome projects done?? 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Its WIP Wednesday :)

Happy Wednesday everybody! I love linking up with Freshly Pieced, and seeing everyone's awesome projects :) 
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
This week, I've been showing some UFOs who's boss. I finished piecing the top for my spiderweb quilt from the KC Scrappy Bee:

I turned an Origins layer cake into this awesome quilt top for my mom:

I made lots of progress on my Kaleidoscope quilt from Don't Call Me Betsy's quilt along. I know I'm way behind on it, but better late than never! I'll be able to finish the top soon thanks to EmmmyLizzzy who is hooking me up with the last bit of Kona Ash I need! 

I also *finally* cut into the stack of Heirloom that I got from Pink Castle Fabrics:

I turned that stack into this:

I've never made a "bricks" quilt before. The design is obviously very simple, but I love how the large rectangles show off the different prints so well!

Ah, fabric love :) Its so rewarding seeing what were once ideas in our minds, bring brought to life in these beautiful works of art! 

Wishing you all a creative week! 

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Its been TOO long!

My hubs and I did something that we haven't done in at LEAST three years (probably longer). We went on a date!! I genuinely could not tell you anything about the last time this happened. I've been a little stressed since I had Evyn, and have mentioned to a few friends/family members how much I would like to be able to spend time alone with my husband. Just the two of us, without any kids. To be able to have a real conversation about something (anything) besides the kids, or the house, work or bills. Honestly, I think we forgot how to be just us. 

So the other night, my family took my older two girls, and a friend took care of Evyn, and we went out! We went to play miniature golf. I felt a little silly at first, but it really wasn't about what activity we chose. It was just important for us to be spending time together, enjoying each others company. Afterward we went to Sonic, sat outside with some ice cream, and talked. It was so refreshing to realize we still have things to talk about. We made sure to take photographic evidence of our adventure:

The good news is: We still like each other!! :) I'm so glad we were able to spend that time together, and I look forward to our newly arranged, monthy date night!