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Both Michell and Jenifer are coming next week so I’m taking the week off from work. I’ve spent this week catching up and getting some projects done before I’m off.  I have a student that works for me, but I didn’t want to leave her with a ton of work to do. Summer finals are next week so I know she’ll need some time to study.

Michell comes in on Tuesday and Jenifer is coming on Wednesday. So far we’ve planned to make a trip to Round Rock to go visit the Ikea store and an outlet mall. I think there’s also a quilting store in Round Rock, and I know Michell will want to go, but we’ll have to really do some talking to get Jenifer to make the stop.

Roger leaves for Nashville tomorrow morning. He’ll be back next Thursday so he’ll get to see Michell and Jenifer before they leave on Saturday. I had thought of going with him, but decided to stay home this time. I had planned to get some painting done in the house, but with Michell and Jenifer have given me an excuse to put it off for a week or so.

I’m playing around with my digitizing software and did this little plaid heart. Unfortunately, the picture doesn’t really show that it actually does sew out as a plaid pattern. I’ve posted it in the download box so you can see for yourself how it sews. There are some features of my digitizing software that I haven’t worked with much, and I’ve decided I need to learn what I can do with them.

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The Angry Chicken has a tutorial to make this five minute skirt. You can download a PDF with the instructions. By the way, the five minute rule only applies if you use a serger, but it’s a simple skirt so even using a sewing machine won’t add much time. It’s a two piece pattern with no waist band. While you’re there, be sure and watch her how to video on applying bias tape. Besides being informative, it’s also entertaining and you can see how to make a cheap video with a low budget.

Aren’t these sharp looking quilts? These are made by Karen Griska at Selvage Quilts.com. I’ve decided I just really enjoy the look of things made with selvages, which these quilts are done in. I’m not sure how long it takes to collect enough selvages to make a quilt. Karen has this tutorial that shows you how to make several types of blocks using selvages. The FAQ also has interesting info on using selvages.

The newest project at DIY Style is a foldover clutch purse. You can download a PDF with instructions that show you how to make it with and without the decorative details on the flap. You can see all the other projects listed here. They have a little bit of everything: fashion, home decorating, and even some doggie duds. I don’t think I can get my dogs into any kind of duds so I didn’t even look at these patterns.

Finally, Dizzy Daisy shows how to decorate button clip and bobby pins to match your outfit. A very simple and easy tutorial that uses fabric scraps, a fabric covered button kit, glue, and a pair of needle nosed pliers.

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Karen, a friend I met through the Sew Forum, asked me to help her with a design to put on a shirt for her son. After a few tweaks here and there, here’s the final product. Cute don’t you think? Okay, probably not cute. We’ll go with funny. Karen’s son would probably never wear this shirt again if he heard it called ‘cute’.

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I’m still here! We started painting our house two weeks ago, and it’s slow going. The cleaning, the taping, the trim work, more taping, the walls, cleaning the brushes, removing the tape. My mother and sister helped us do the kitchen, the breakfast room, and the hall. It took us four days to do these rooms. Here’s the new look (excuse the ‘stuff’ laying around, but we’re still putting everything back in it’s place and hanging things back on the walls):

Can you see the pale yellow on the walls? The official name is Havana Cream. The trim is done in Swiss Coffee. We decided the Swiss must take a lot of cream in their coffee. We’re doing the dining room this weekend, and then we’ll move on to the living room in the next few weeks.  The living room is going to be a nightmare because we have a cathedral ceiling with 16 foot walls. We’ve decided we’re going to have to rent scaffolding to do the ceiling and the walls.

Jenifer has finally received orders for school and is leaving for Yorktown, Virginia in August. Her school is in Marine Science Technology with the Coast Guard. Once finished she’ll work in marine ecology, and she’s hoping to be stationed on either the east or west coast. I’m excited for her, but I still hate to see her go. It’s been nice having her stationed close to home for the last few years. Jenifer is taking two weeks of leave,  and Michell is coming home for a few days during that time so we’ll have a nice visit before she leaves for Virginia.

It’s been quite hot here in Texas. The dog days of summer. We’ve been in the upper 90s for the past few weeks and, of course, we always have high humidity, which makes it seem hotter still. Even the breeze is hot. I sometimes wonder why I bother to put on makeup. The weatherman keeps saying we should expect thunderstorms, but so far we’ve only seen a few sprinkles and dark clouds off in the distance. Here’s a nice cold drink that I’ve digitized. You can download it from the box on the right.

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Pantone has put out its forecast for colors this fall as selected by New York’s fashion designers. It looks like cool colors like purple, teal, red, and navy are our choices. Excuse me, that’s Royal Lilac, Caribbean Blue, Aurora Red, and Twilight Blue. I’m happy. The greens, browns, and khakis so popular the last few years have never looked good on me, so I’m excited to see bright colors showing up in stores again. According to Pantone this fall is:

Best described as a season of change, defined by rich, elegant hues that offer a vibrant selection. New York’s fashion designers emphasize cooler blues, greens and purples in the top five tones used in their collections, followed by variations of warm red, orange and yellow. Conventional tones such as warm autumn hues, chocolate browns and steel grays are also among the fall color choices. Blue and purple tones have become staples, as illustrated by Blue Iris, one of the top 10 colors chosen by designers this season, and Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2008.

Blue Iris, a beautifully balanced blue with an undertone of purple, is a favorite among designers, as it combines the calming aspects of blue with the mystical and spiritual qualities of purple. Dramatic Royal Lilac brings purple to the forefront of fashion, and generates a bit of heat with its exciting red undertones. Serene, sophisticated Caribbean Blue is another popular hue this fall, especially in jewelry and accessories. But it can add a colorful intensity wherever it is used in the wardrobe. Twilight Blue, a twist on a classic navy, shows the transitional aspect of spring segueing into fall. Serving as a wonderful base color, Shady Glade delivers a natural elegance to the fall palette. Taking green in an interesting direction with its true green characteristics, this hue is a departure from from greens of seasonsn past, which have had distinctively yellow undertones. Reds are a steadfast favorite for fall and Aurora Red is no exception. Versatile and universally appealing, this true red adds a splash of energy to the palette. Soft, dusky Withered Rose, with its pinkish qualities and brown undertones, is a versatile hue that blends with every shade. Ochre, a beautifully mellow yellow with a hint of mustard, adds a touch of lightness and spice. Orange has had a long run, and now, more than ever, consumers are gravitating toward intense shades like Burnt Orange, bringing this once steady background color to the foreground. The complex yet modest Shitake is an intriguingly understated shade, especially when teamed with the robust shades of fall ’08.

You can go to Pantone and download their book showing the new color selections.

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You can win this bag! Go here and she’ll tell you what you need to do. She’s choosing a winner on July 10th so you still have time. Good luck!

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Made by Rae has this tutorial to make this Itty Bitty baby dress. She gives you the pattern for a newborn and for a 1-3 month old little girl. Amber from Inspiration for Crafting enlarged the original dress to fit a toddler (I believe a 3T). You can find the pattern here

bow tie onsienecktie onesieAmber’s site shows several ways to fix up onesies for a little boy. The first is with a little bow tie. The tutorial is here. The second tutorial is for a onesie with a necktie. You can find it here. While you’re there be sure and read her tip for using plastic produce bags in place of Wonder Under. I use a lot of Wonder Under so I’ll have to give this a try.

giraffe quiltOh Fransson has a nice tutorial to make this giraffe quilt. She used a giraffe print Minky as a backing for this quilt. She suggests that if you use Minky that you only quilt the top and batting before adding the backing. The quilt is small, but it’s just the right size for a stroller or to use in the car seat. She gives wonderful step-by-step instructions on making a crazy nine patch block.

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