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52 Quilts: Number 6 – Geometric Millenium Falcon

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Last year I went down the Rabbit Hole of online craft swaps, and found it an excellent way to try new things I might otherwise never do. One of the projects that seemed so far out of reach was foundation paper piecing, which is sort of a paint-by-numbers method of creating complex images from fabric. I have done quite a few paper-pieced projects since I started last summer, and one of the pattern designers I absolutely adore is Kristy from Quiet Play. I love how well-designed her patterns are and they are so cute too. When I decided to host a swap myself, a May the 4th Star Wars mini quilt swap, I admit I got a little fan-girlish when Kristy not only signed up to participate in the swap, but she designed a handful of new Star Wars inspired patterns inspired by my swap.

When she asked for testers for these patterns, I squealed and raised my virtual hand yelling “Me! Me! Me!”

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I got to test the new Geometric Millennium Falcon pattern. (Free download from Craftsy) There is also a solid version, as well as geometric and solid versions of AT-AT and TIE Fighters.

First of all, the Millennium Falcon is a huge favorite of mine so I loved making this. I plan to make one for my son to match his new Star Wars Quilt, but this one is for me. I participated in a fabric swap last year where each participant sent in 5×5” squares of Low-Volume prints and we each got back an assortment. The grey and beige and text and patterns were perfect for the Falcon.

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I love the texture the low-volume adds and I was excited to find a project for this assortment of fun prints. (I am also delighted that I have a much left!)

The pattern was easy to follow and went together very smoothly. There was only one issue I had and that was with a font printing weird on one of my computers, so I think it was totally me, not the pattern. If you’re new to paper piecing, don’t worry about jumping in with these patterns, they are easy to follow and the one thing that I struggled with most was weird angle pieces, but Kristy has this awesome tutorial for those too!

I had a tiny bit of scrap of this Millennium Falcon fabric, just wide enough for the backing. I did a simple wavy-lines quilting treatment on it, practicing for another quilt project. It’s simple but I like it.

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I love my new mini quilt, the fabric, the design, but most of all that it’s MINE!

If you have a Star Wars lover in your life, you should definitely check out these patterns, after all, they are awesome and FREE!

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My Little Superheroes Blog Tour

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Calling All Superheroes! This Dynamic Duo is about to turn FIVE. All the fingers on a hand! In a couple more weeks I will be the Mommy to two five year olds. When I got the opportunity to test out the new My Little Superhero Set from EYMM, I knew exactly what to make: Birthday Boy capes! We have a superhero party planned in a couple weeks and though we are the proud owners of several capes and superhero costumes, I loved the idea of special birthday outfits.

I used the cape pattern in the size 4/5 which is plenty long and I was able to make each side from 1 yard of fabric. My boys are different heights, but wear size 4 and 5. The next size up would have been too wide and would require more yardage. Unlike other capes I have made, this one is very wide, maybe even wider than it is long, and has great drape and flow. It has a nice wide neckline that rests on the shoulders more than across the throat, which also makes me feel better as a paranoid my-kids-are-gonna-choke-to-death Mom.

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I took my boys with me to the fabric store to pick fabric, one wanted green and one blue, I even managed to find those colors in the same zigzag pattern. I had planned to use something more superhero-ish for the reverse side but didn’t find anything I loved so I went with grey dots. I used an embroidery frame I had in the keystone shape and text that says “Birthday Boy” on each in the opposing color.

The birthday shirts are the Peekaboo Grand Slam pattern (affiliate link), which I added the appliqué to as well. I was planning to just buy long sleeve tees but couldn’t find any that I loved. I made these from grey jersey knit and the sleeves and collar are blank adult shirts I cut up. These are casual enough they can wear to school on their birthday and beyond, and they have already asked if they can wear their Birthday Boy capes to school for their birthday too.

The cape pattern also includes a mask, belt and wrist cuffs, also. It comes in newborn to size 10 and a bonus doll pattern too. If you buy it before 10/21 you can save 40% with the coupon code HEROSET on EYMM.com. I received a copy of this pattern in exchange for this blog tour.

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Pattern Test: Denali Jacket from GYCT

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In addition to testing a top for myself this week, I also got to test a kid’s jacket pattern from Get Your Crap Together. The Denali Jacket  (affiliate link.) is a unisex pattern that has options for boys and girls, color blocking and two different hoods.  I made the size 6 for my boys, so it will be a little big and they can wear it layered. I only finished one so far, the other kid is begging for his ASAP.

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I color-blocked the back as well as the front (the pattern only calls for the front) so I could use a remnant of the Batman fleece. A half yard is just a little too short to do the size 5 or 6 in one solid piece. Using the solid fleece for the sleeves, hood, yokes made the project really affordable since the solid is much cheaper than the character fleece. I used thrift-store means t-shirts for the hood lining and facing, they are sometimes on sale for as little as $1 each and make great accent knits.

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This is a great lightweight jacket for fall or spring, and is thin enough my kids can wear it in their car seats without loosening the harness. Perfect for those little fleece remnant bin scraps.

You can get the pattern from Craftsy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pattern Test: Women’s Raglan from Patterns for Pirates

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I had a chance to test the Women’s Raglan pattern from Patterns for Pirates, (affiliate link) which is another fun, comfortable women’s top. I do usually sew for kids, but it is nice once in a while to make something for myself.

This pattern has a ton of options, and is a great basic staple. I made it in less than an hour, start to finish. It has short, long and 3/4 sleeve options, hemmed or banded and even has elbow patch and neckline-V options too. It is incredibly comfortable and the pattern is easy to follow. I can’t wait to make more of these!

Definitely a versatile pattern and you can get it on sale this week through Craftsy.

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I was given a copy of this pattern to test, but was not compensated otherwise for this post. Opinions are my own.

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Pattern Test: Peekaboo Pattern Shop Hampton Hoodie

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I had a chance to test a new pattern for myself last week, and I love it! It’s the Peekaboo Pattern Shop Hampton Hoodie  (affiliate link) and it is the grown-up version of the Hangout Hoodie, which is what I used for the Superhero inspired hoodies I made last month. It was easy to make and is super comfy. I used knit I picked up specifically for this project, but I would love to make one in heavier sweatshirt fleece for winter. It’s a quick sew and looks great.

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We snapped a few pictures before my husband rushed off to work on a particularly cold and blustery day last week. It 40 degrees cooler that day than the day before, so the hooodie was definitely nice to have.

My only issue was with the hood, it seemed big and kind of has this Jedi-master gapingness thing going on (some might be just the wind that day.) but I understand the pattern had a couple revisions, one of which corrected some feedback about the hood. Honestly, though, I think it is really great with or without the gaping hood, it will definitely be a staple of my winter wardrobe.

I was given a free copy of the pattern for testing, and was not otherwise compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.