Sunday, August 17, 2014

Emma's Garden Blog Tour Finale

I'm so glad you made it to the end of the Tour, I enjoyed reading all the posts myself! If you missed any of the stops,you can find the full listing here

There were a lot of talented ladies involved and most were from my very own Houston Modern Quilt Guild. I thought I'd use this last stop to show some of the projects sewn up by some of the ladies without blogs. They're too darling not to be shown.

I absolutely cannot wait until emma can wear any of the following outfits!.


The sweet purple top on the left is reversible with the cutest pink flower buttons on the other side. Mona Keegan made it using the Lucy Tunic pattern by Shwin and Shwin Designs.


That cuter than cute french-y looking jacket with ascot tie was made by Rebekah, as well as the sweet butterfly skirt dress with peter pan collar on the right. Both patterns are from the book, "Sew Classic Clothes for Girls" by The Cottage Mama.


Rebekah additionally surprised me with this adorable romper she made from her own self-drafted pattern.


Here are emma and I in coordinating colors!


Which brings me to big girl's clothes, or in other words, dresses for me! I was hoping to wear garments made from my collection every day at Market, so I started by making this Simplicity #1419 dress for the first day.


It was super comfortable and had pockets which I love in a dress. I was inspired to make it after my fellow guild member, Julia, wore this dress to our monthly meeting. Another talented quilty friend, Felice made one also, in the cutest kitty fabric by Alyssa Thomas. You can see it here.

The second day, I wore a dress made with my Garden Bouquet fabric in the violet colorway. It uses the same Simplicity pattern, I just left off the peter pan collar. I've always liked a classic bateau neckline, and though this isn't technically a bateau, it was close enough for me. I think I could alter the neckline a bit more the next time to get one even closer.


I fussy cut the pieces for the back of the bodice to try to match up the design on either side of the zipper. And I'm pretty darn proud of how it turned out! I will be savoring this achievement, because I don't expect I'll have that much luck on all my finishes.



The third day's wardrobe was made possible unknowingly by Hilary and the gorgeous sweetheart dress she made for display. I told her to make it to her measurements since she'd be keeping it after Market. But as I eyed it hanging in my bedroom in the days before Market, I just couldn't resist trying it on, and wouldn't ya know, it fit. 

Well, fit might be a stretch, I could get the zipper up and even walk around reasonably comfortably, provided I didn't breath deeply or sit! I chose to wear it on the last and shortest day, which turned out to be a wise decision indeed. You can see it on Hilary's blog here.

If you've been a follower of my blog for awhile you might remember the two cathedral window pillows Robin Woods made for my Les Amis booth at Fall Quilt Market 2012. 



She very graciously offered back then to make me cathedral window pillows for every collection I design... for me to keep! Well, I hadn't seen her in awhile when Spring market rolled around and I wasn't sure if the offer still stood, but lo and behold I got an email from her reminding me that she would make me new pillows. Yes! She whipped these two up in a jif, one for each colorway. They're like little galleries of all the prints in each collection, I love that!


Then came the bags...

Debbie Grosskopf sewed up the wildly popular Noodlehead Cargo Duffel in my Big Blooms and Lovely Lattice yellow with some hot pink for contrast. I love it! Have I mentioned how much I love it? Well, I do. 



It's so bright and happy, and it showcases one of my favorite prints from the collection, Big Blooms. It's a great low volume print with delicately hand drawn blooms.


The inside uses another of my personal faves, Sketchy Stripes. 


Laurel Cull introduced me to a little bag you may have heard of, the Sew Together bag when she offered to make me one for the booth. I'd never seen one, but it sounded interesting so I of course said, yes please. When I finally received it I was blown away... by the ingeniousness of the bag itself. I refer to it as the Mary Poppins roll-up bag, so much stuff fits in there that you can just keep pulling stuff out for ages!


The three interior zippered compartments and webbed inbetween spaces are great for organizing and separating your stuff. Then the whole thing zips up into this tidy little cylindrical bag.


 If you're feeling brave, you can find the pattern on craftsy here. Or, if you're lucky like me maybe you can find someone to make one for you!

In addition to making the three children's garments mentioned at the beginning of this blog post, Rebekah almost made this cool wood-handled carry all bag that she designed herself.


It's plenty roomy with interior pockets (a must). Simple and modern with clean lines, it's so fun!



Okay, I know this has been a looooong post, but I'm glad you're still here, because here come the freebies! I have some free desktop wallpaper downloads for you and a grande final giveaway! 

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And one lucky winner will receive a half yard bundle of the colorway of your choice, Blush or Violet. Simply leave a comment to be entered. If you'd like an additional entry, you may do so by following my blog. I hope you will because I have lots planned for future posts!



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40 comments:

  1. LOOOOVE all the cool projects...and what an Awesome friend you have..to make pillows for you...from all your Collections! what a Blessing!!

    I'd most like to learn how to make Hexie's!! I love them...and such a chicken to jump in & try! lol

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  2. Love this fabric bline...especially love the print in the Noodlehead duffle....it would make such a great dress for my daughter

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  3. I would like to learn rushing and/or smocking for little girls' clothes.

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  4. This fabric is gorgeous and the Sew Together bag is the coolest little zip bag! It might actually force me to work with a zipper...my secret little fear!!! And once i've done that, I'll be able to do a noodle head pattern with a zipper! So far i've only done ones that need magnetic clasps!!! Some day.......

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  5. These little dresses are so sweet, must find a wee kiddo to sew for!

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  6. I'd like to master zips!
    I love the little purple top!

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  7. I want to learn to quilt freehand feathers.

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  8. I have signed up to follow via GFC.

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  9. My first comment appears to have been eaten... I am so impressed by your pattern matching on your dress's zipper! I would be showing that off forever, I would love to be more confident at sewing clothes. I've made two dresses. I enjoyed it, but it was definitely a lot of guesswork and hoping for the best. So I would like to learn dressmaking skills, particularly how to adjust fit!

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  10. Cherie here(John is dh) i am working on sewing a straight line! Would love to use your fabric in the blush colorway to make a first quilt. New to all this but of all the fabric I have looked at on Hawthorne threads, yours keeps calling to me- love everything about it !!!!!!

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  11. I couldn't edit my first comment but I would love to try free motion quilting and my beautiful dresses like yours.

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  12. I'm not sure if it's a technique, but I've always wanted to learn how to make those cathedral windows.

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  13. I'd love to learn how to sew a zipper.... I still haven't gotten around to it. The violet color way is gorgeous!

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  14. I would like to learn (relearn) dressmaking - it has been such a long time since last made clothes. Love this fabric collection.

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  15. I would love to learn to hand quilt.

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  16. I want to learn applique. Love the Emma fabrics.

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  17. I love your purples. I am making a dress out the bee damask in violet.

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  18. I'm working on learning new fmq patterns.

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  19. I would love to learn how to FMQ and also how to make garments!

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  20. All of your Little One's clothing items are sooo beautiful! As for sewing....I'm a total newbie when it comes to quilting, lots to learn, but would like to get more confident with basting and the actual quilting process...I enjoy piecing already. :) Thanks for the giveaway, gorgeous fabrics!!!

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  21. I would like to learn how to machine quilt. (Yes, I really don't know anything about how to do it).

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  22. I'd like to learn free-motion quilting for a fern leaf design.

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  23. Hand quilting is on my must learn list!

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  24. I would love to be happy with FMQ, presently it makes me very nervous. I lov ethe cathedral window cushions, that is another technique I would love to try. x

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  25. I'd like to learn some embroidery :)

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  26. Everything looks great!! What an awesome group of helpers you had! What would I like to learn... hmmm... I haven't sewn clothes in years, so probably a refresh of garment construction.

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  27. i really want to learn how to do cathedral windows! good thing i lined up a workshop for us for October on this!

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  28. I would love to learn how to do french seams to give my makes a perfect finish! I've really enjoyed the blog tour, it's given me lots of new blogs to follow :) Thanks for all the chances to win your beautiful fabric!

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  29. I know a lot of sewing techniques already...but I'd like to learn embroidery. What a cute collection.

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  30. Zippers, paper piecing, curves, knits.... I'm still a newbie so there are too many to name

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  31. Sewing with curves, I think. I've seen tons of cute quilts with curves lately!

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  32. Binding of any sort - quilts and neck and armholes on clothing. Sewing with that little strip of fabric scares me for some reason. Beautiful fabrics. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  33. Curved piecing and zippers for me! I need those for better looking clothes.
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  34. I agree with all the comments about the curved piecing!

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  35. Beautiful clothing for children! I hope to learn hand embroidery one day!

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