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Triangle Quilt

Triangle Quilt :: Dandelion Drift Do you ever think that you are superwoman?  That you can do it all?  All by yourself?  I do….all the time.  A few weeks before Christmas, I had this crazy idea that I could make Sweet Pea a twin sized quilt.  Yep, we were headed out of town to Hawaii.  Yep, we already had just about every other day we were at home scheduled to the rim.  But I thought I could do it anyway!

Triangle Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

Turns out I’m not superwoman.  Hope that doesn’t disappoint any of you!  Turns out I couldn’t finish this quilt for Sweet Pea, even though I stayed up til midnight every possible night!  (And if you know me, you know that’s a lot of love…I am not a night person!) Triangle Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

Well Sweet Pea was very gracious to receive an unfinished quilt under the tree.  You see, she has been sleeping under the quilt I made her when she was two.  That quilt is great, but it is definitely not the quilt for a double digit girl.  She has outgrown it now (actually, she probably outgrew it several years ago).  So Sweet Pea was thrilled to get a new, more mature quilt!

Triangle Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

After Christmas I vowed to do no other sewing until Sweet Pea’s quilt was done.  And with all of my efforts concentrated on one project, that actually didn’t take me too long!  And I have to say this is my absolute favorite thing I have made.  It probably has to do more with sentimentality than anything else, you know, because making a quilt takes so much time.  There is a lot of love poured into a quilt.  A lot of thought and effort goes into a quilt!

Triangle Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

Want to know the details?  I googled around for a 60 degree triangle quilt tutorial.  I liked this one here…she explains the steps really well, and it all made sense to me!  I looked through fabric I own, because that’s how my Granny would do it (my great grandma is the one who taught my mom to sew, who taught me to sew).

Triangle Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

Here’s the fabric break down:  The solids are kona cotton.  The coral, turquoise and mustard prints are cotton and steel.  The gray hash pattern is Carolyn Friedlander.  And the blue with white fabic is a cut up target sheet.  (I had purchased the target sheet set to make a dress, you can see here, but I haven’t blogged about yet!)

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My favorite way to back a quilt is to use all of the leftover fabrics from the front…so that’s what I did.  I love that the back is just as fun and interesting as the front!

Triangle Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

Sweet Pea loves her new quilt!

Sew Together Bag

Sew Together Bag :: Dandelion Drift

It’s beginning to look a lot like…gift giving season!  Everywhere you go!  And I’m thrilled that I am getting to do a little sewing this year for my gift giving.

Sew Together Bag :: Dandelion Drift

I don’t think I’ve ever told you this, but I have a hard time telling people no.  For just about anything.  Acts of service are my way of saying I love you.  Well, that means anyone who has asked me to sew for them, friends, acquaintances, perfect strangers, if they have asked me, 99% of the time I have said yes.

Sew Together Bag :: Dandelion Drift

Notice that past tense there….well, a few months ago Josh and I sat down and came to the conclusion that I need to get better at saying no.  A whole lot better at it.  And that means that now, 99% of the time if I am asked to sew, I say no.  Very kindly I say “I wish I had more time to sew for others, but right now my plate is awfully full!”  And you know what, I have so much more time to sew things I have been wanting to sew.  I now have time to sew gifts for others.  No can be a pretty freeing little word, and I’ve learned it has now allowed me to say a whole lot more yeses.  Yes I can sew that gift I have been wanting to give you.  Yes, Sweet Pea, I can sew a dress for your American Girl doll.

Sew Together Bag :: Dandelion Drift

I know this is amazing (to me it feels amazing)!  Actually, from what my friends have said, I’m not alone in this aversion to saying no to others.  Well, with practice, no has become a whole lot easier to say!

Sew Together Bag :: Dandelion Drift

So want to hear about what I got to sew for a present.  My mom’s birthday was last week, so I had time to sew her a Sew Together Bag.  Have you seen these things?  They are pretty neat…it’s a tiny little bag that packs a whole lot of organizational possibilities.  And this is actually the second one I’ve made.  The first one was gifted to the sweetest little three year old, you can see a little video of it here on my instagram feed.

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This Sew Together Bag was made in the tiniest little remnant I had of some Amy Butler Fabric.  I used Cotton and Steel fabric to make the binding, and snuck a little more Cotton and Steel inside the pockets.  The lining is a brown twill I had in my stash.  And I love that blue vintage metal zipper to tie it all together!

Sew Together Bag :: Dandelion Drift

I have one more of these bags on my to sew list for Christmas this year.  I think it would make the perfect little travel bag that you could tuck your odds and ends into while you are jetting around the world.  My mom proclaimed it would travel with her laptop to hold her computer supplies.  This Amy Butler fabric matches an ipad sleeve I had made her a few years back.

Sew Together Bag :: Dandelion Drift

Have you been doing any sewing for gift giving this year?