October 30, 2014

Halloween Quilt

Halloween Quilt // a lemon squeezy home

I finished it today!  I was talking to my mom about when I might finish the quilt and told her I was determined to finish it before Halloween, even if that meant I was done the day before.  I was kidding when I said that, but that’s what happened.  And to celebrate, you get a blog post at night ;).  Lucky you.

Halloween Quilt // a lemon squeezy home

First off, I try not to apologize for my pictures like I used to do on a more frequent basis.  I figure if you are here, you must not mind them too badly, though I would like to improve still.  But the sun went behind the mountain tonight at 6:30.  I started taking these pictures at 6:45.  So the sun was GONE.  And I had to do a bunch of brightening on these pictures.  If you scroll to the end you will see the lighting we were actually dealing with.  But getting pics and posting them tomorrow, on Halloween, seemed lame-er than doing it tonight so you get what you get.  N-E-ways...

  Halloween Quilt // a lemon squeezy home

So about quilting. I actually really love making the quilt top.  I’m too cheap to send it somewhere to get quilted professionally, so I do that myself.  And that’s about the point where I start really questioning my sanity.  I actually don’t even mind binding, however I had watched a YouTube video which left me worse off than before as far as binding.  It’s those darn corners I can’t seem to get nice and crisply done.  I’ll have to do some more research.  And I hate how the binding turned out, but the quilting I’m actually happy with.  I especially love the triangle quilting.  It’s hard to see in the pics though.

Halloween Quilt // a lemon squeezy home

Here’s Vador modeling it for you tonight.  What a good sport.  I wanted him to be in full costume but as I said, we were running out of daylight and had to head out as soon as that last stitch was in. 

 

Halloween Quilt // a lemon squeezy home

Let’s not forget to give credit where it is due!  I’m chatty tonight.  That’s what happens when the week is crazy and you just HAVE to get that one project done before you can start anything else. It’s the Moda Spiders and Webs Quilt and the instructions are awesome.  I had pinned it sometime last year and knew it was the Halloween quilt for me. It’s really a very easy quilt!  I was surprised at how quickly the top came together.  The only thing I changed was the webs that end on either side down the middle.  I just thought it ended too abruptly for my liking so had them come to a point instead of doing half webs.  I didn’t use a jelly roll...I bought this fabric after Halloween at Joann last year and cut my own strips.  But the quilt seriously cost me less than $40 to make.  I think about $30 in fabric (with lots leftover for my kids to fight over) and $10 for the batting with coupons.

Halloween Quilt // a lemon squeezy home  

I might have to leave it out till Thanksgiving is over...or something.  When I finished my Christmas quilt long after Christmas (March, to be precise), I totally left it out for a few weeks.  You can’t just pack up all that hard work and enjoy for only a couple days! 

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And here’s the true representation of the lighting—complete with a Halloween moon for you :). 

Halloween Quilt // a lemon squeezy home

I probably won’t be posting again till next week, so come see me on instagram (lemonsqueezyhome) for my kids costumes tomorrow!  Happy Halloween! 


October 21, 2014

Rocky Balboa Costume

Rocky Balboa Costume // a lemon squeezy home

I had to specify which Rocky we were talking about because once I googled without the Balboa and it was about the furthest thing that Carson would want to be for Halloween (you’ve been warned!). 

Rocky Balboa Costume // a lemon squeezy home

Carson is really obsessed with Rocky these days.  My husband and I grew up watching the movies, and though I don’t particularly care for them myself, my boys love Rocky Balboa.  Carson requested that be his ‘first day of school shirt’ that I made him out of anything he could have asked for.  Miss Bailey even said that maybe she would choose Apollo Creed for her costume.  I love that she’s right there with the boys on what they like.

Rocky Balboa Costume // a lemon squeezy home 

To make the costume, I just based the robe off of pictures I saw and used one of the Jedi Robes I made for THIS Star Wars Party (which I guess were actually based off of THESE Harry Potter robes).  I added the black cuffs and edging to look like the real Rocky robe. 

Rocky Balboa Costume // a lemon squeezy home 

We found an image online that says The Italian Stallion, just like it does in the movie.  I had some black felt I was going to try and use and cut the letters and stallion out of, and then remembered the Transfer Artist Paper from Amazon (affiliate link) and was so happy we used it because it really would not have looked as good if I had used felt. 

Rocky Balboa Costume // a lemon squeezy home

Oh this boy—I’m so glad he still wants to dress up for Halloween.  Might be his last year!  Hoping for one year after this, but we will see.  For now I’m going to enjoy that he still wants to be a kid :).

Rocky Balboa Costume // a lemon squeezy home

Fabric:  yellow taffeta and black polyester lining fabric from Joann

Gloves:  Amazon HERE (affilliate link—**please note:  I ordered the 16 oz. gloves but cannot find them on Amazon at this time.  The link provided is similar, however the ones linked WILL NOT fit a child older than 4 years old, in my opinion.  We had to send them back and ordered the 16 oz. gloves)

Pattern used:  loosely based on Simplicity 5512 (an older pattern that has the red wizard costume in the upper left hand corner—also affiliate link)


October 14, 2014

Franklin Dress {blog tour}

The Franklin Dress // a lemon squeezy home

Hello hello everyone!  Today I am happy to show off Ruby’s new Franklin Dress from the new Brooklyn Pattern Company.  The owner’s name is Erin and it’s the first pattern in the shop!  How exciting to be on a new adventure in pattern making!

The Franklin Dress // a lemon squeezy home

The dress pattern comes in sizes 6 months-8 years.

The Franklin Dress // a lemon squeezy home

I sewed up the size 12 months. 

The Franklin Dress // a lemon squeezy home

Yes, I probably (or really, definitely) should have sewn a size down, but I really didn’t want her to grow out this soon. And though large on Ruby, I am glad that she gets to wear the dress for a while.  And as dresses this style go, it will be a perfect tunic length when she’s even older.   

The Franklin Dress // a lemon squeezy home

She’s squatting a little in the picture above and below—it’s really not that long, though I did hem it a good 1.5” shorter than the pattern as is.  She’s teeny tiny for being 16 months old though, so I expected it would be large on her.

The Franklin Dress // a lemon squeezy home

The pattern is drafted beautifully and professionally.  It says sewing difficulty is medium.  I thought at first that it was going to be easier than that, but once I got to the pleated yoke I did have to take some time to figure that out. 

The Franklin Dress // a lemon squeezy home

I actually think a beginner would be able to make this dress if there were more pictures—I tend to like a combination of both illustrated and real photos. 

The Franklin Dress // a lemon squeezy home

Just another tip--you will want to add interfacing to the buttonholes.  My fabric is thin and I wish I had added it and thought to add it before getting sewing farther.  I didn’t read ahead, and that was actually my problem because I didn’t think they were functioning buttons.  But they are :).  So I did make buttonholes and I did not interface them, and I do hope they don’t rip ;).  I’m sure she will actually add this portion to the pattern, as it would be a really easy addition.
 
The Franklin Dress // a lemon squeezy home

This little chica...she just started walking at a bit over 15 months old and she did not want to hold still for the pictures at all.
 The Franklin Dress // a lemon squeezy home

When I did try to get her to hold still for just a second, I was met with this look.  She’s so funny.  75% of my pictures turned out blurry because she was everywhere.  I’m amazed I got any that she’s holding still in, like the sitting ones below.  She just didn’t sit there for longer than 2 seconds before off to the next adventure. 

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Overall I do recommend this pattern.  It is a fun design and the pleats on the yoke are adorable.  Just a lovely dress for little girls.

Pattern: Franklin Dress
Fabric:  Black Swiss dot fabric from a clearance target sundress I bought to repurpose, animal floral print was a gift from Dana of MADE a couple years ago (so I’m not sure where it’s from—pretty sure it’s a home decor as it’s definitely a canvas print)
Moccasins:  made by me with modified Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop 'Lil Papoose Moccasins, gold leather from Peggy Sue Also.

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