Katie Table

A few months ago, I decided it was time to upgrade my cutting table. And by upgrade, I mean time to stop cutting out quilt blocks on the floor, or the dinner table upstairs, or the edge of my sewing table.

This counter height cutting table has been life changing [and I’m only slightly exagerating].  The IKEA DIY table was inexpensive, is adjustable, and I wanted to share the details!

Table Top: Linnmon, white, 59” x 29-1/2”, $29.99. Mine was $10 from the as-is section // Bonus: I couldn’t find any flaws

Table Legs: Olov, $15 each, **and they are adjustable**. I am 5’9”, and I love having a table that is the exact right height

This isn’t the sturdiest cutting table in the world, but I can store my sewing drawers and cart underneath [Ikea Alex on casters, $119.00 and Target Room Essentials Storage Cart, $29.99], and it works well for my needs.

Do you have any sewing room/sewing area things that you just love?

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geranium dress vignett fabricEarlier this week, I posted a picture of a quilt in progress using large scale prints from the Laura Gunn line Vignette, which is still available for purchase (print name is Scattered Posies in Charcoal, also available in Olive).

As soon as I got the fabric, I made this cute dress for my (then) baby. Where has the time gone?!  Unfortunately, my phone took a swim in a reservoir shortly after I took this, and I hadn’t backed it up in a while, so this is the only photo I have of her in the dress.

I love sewing with tiny scale prints, and thought I would share a roundup of some of my favorite small prints, especially great for making clothes for little girls.

Liberty of London

Liberty Fabric at Modern DomesticMy sewing bucket list includes making a dress out of Liberty for one of my girls. I should probably do it soon, before the baby gets any bigger and it requires more fabric! When I lived in Portland, I bought my Liberty from Modern Domestic [photo taken there]. I know that lots of other shops also carry it.

London Calling

Screen Shot 2017-03-28 at 1.25.58 PMRobert Kaufman has a line of fabric (with multiple releases) called London Calling–small prints perfect for little (and not so little) clothes. The above print is one of my favorites, click here for info.

Cotton and Steel Lawn

Screen Shot 2017-03-28 at 1.29.41 PMCotton and Steel seems to have a print to fit every occasion, right? Have you sewn anything with their lawn prints? I purchased this print on sale recently, its waiting to be made into something beautiful!

Brush Strokes Fabric

Screen Shot 2017-03-28 at 1.36.20 PMIf you are looking for something that is more geometric, I love this line! We (my sisters in law, mother in law, and myself) recently purchased a variety of prints to make dresses and skirts for my daughters and nieces out of Holly DeGroot’s Brush Strokes fabric for Easter. I can’t wait to see how they turn out! I might make my son a skinny tie out of this print, too.

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Something different altogether, this is from Carolyn Friedlander’s line, Friedlander, and I think it would make the cutest little shirt/skirt/dress–great for ties or shirts for boys, too.

Happy sewing! And if you have more suggestions, leave a comment. thanks!

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Spring Sewing

Ironically, I’m posting a picture of pretty spring sewing at a time when the Utah ski resorts are getting blasted with snow! [I am not complaining!]

Prior to “spring break,” we have had warmer weather, complete with bike rides, spring flowers, and lots of time spent outside.  I have had these pretty Vignette fabrics (designer: Laura Gunn) for 2 years, and with the spring weather, they started calling to me!

I used 5.5” x 8.5” rectangles–most of the designs in this line are large scale prints, and I didn’t want to cut them up too small. I originally had additional solids mixed in, and had arranged them in a more random arrangement. It looked good in small doses, and not so good as an entire quilt. I texted photo after photo to my mom, until she suggested a simple checkerboard. So glad she did!

alternate layout laura gunn vignette quilt

How would you quilt this quilt? I’m thinking maybe loops or large paisleys?

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I look forward to photographer Ellie Cox’s “Mothering at Work” series every Monday morning. Today it is my turn to talk about schedules and “balance” and working + creativity + kids. This picture is pretty accurate–if I’m in my studio and my kids are home, at least one of them is usually in and out, more often in. It would be more accurate if there was a little fabric on the floor, but we cleaned up for the photo 😉 I’ve gained a lot of insight from the interviews she has shared in the past–I hope you check it out!  [All of the photos and interviews can be found on Ellie’s Instagram–@elliecoxphoto– or by searching the hashtag #motheringatwork, also on Instagram]mothering at work

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