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Adam’s Quilt August 17, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — faithandfamily @ 7:36 pm

I recently finished a quilt for my brother Adam. When I told him last Christmas that I was planning on making him a quilt, he already had an idea in his head of what type of quilt he would most like. He sent me this picture from the internet for inspiration:


He told me that he wanted it to look like something you would find in a country lodge or cabin, and he wanted it to have appliqued animals on it. I had never done applique before, so I was a bit intimidated, but I was willing to give it a try. First I shopped for cute plaids, then I did an internet search to look for some applique shapes that I could use on the quilt. I used this tutorial from the internet to learn how to do machine applique. It was pretty easy and fun. In the square with the log cabin on it, I also used a technique called paper piecing to to make the log cabin. I had done paper piecing years ago, but I watched this youtube video to refresh my memory on how to do it.

And here is the finished quilt:


I’m very happy with it, and, if I do say so myself, I think it’s even cuter than the quilt that I used for inspiration!

Sweet dreams under your new quilt, little brother!



Summer skirts July 5, 2013

Filed under: girls' clothes — faithandfamily @ 10:09 pm

I sewed a few skirts for my daughter this summer. Check ’em out!

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For the first skirt I used an Old Navy men’s t-shirt. (My guy wouldn’t wear that color, for sure!) I cut a waistband that is doubled and folded over. I had to cut it a bit smaller than her waist to make it fit right. The bottom of the skirt is the original width of the t-shirt, and I even used the original hem for the bottom. It was a quick and easy project.

For the second skirt I made another twirly skirt. I’ve been making these for my daughter for years, and they’re still her favorite kind of skirt. This time I went extra long, because she likes her skirts very long. If you’re not sure how to make these, just search my archives under “girls’ clothes.” I’ve made several, and I’ve linked to the directions in a previous post.


Little Girl’s Baby Doll Sling June 10, 2013

Filed under: kids' stuff — faithandfamily @ 12:25 am

My niece had a birthday a few weeks ago, and one of the gifts I gave her was a baby doll sling. They were so fast to make (20 minutes?), so I made one for my little girl too.


I used this tutorial, which I thought was great, but I would recommend adding a bit of ease to the back measurement, to allow a bit more wiggle room for the baby doll to be put in and taken out, and to keep the baby doll from being too tightly pressed against your daughter’s body.


Jenny Blouse June 6, 2013

Filed under: women's clothes — faithandfamily @ 2:41 pm

A couple of months ago I admired a blouse my friend Jenny was wearing. She knows me too well and offered to let me borrow it to see how it was constructed. It was a Target brand (Merona) blouse, and I loved the little sleeves and the flattering shape of the blouse. I ended up tracing it and making my own pattern. I finished the blouse yesterday and am really excited about how it turned out! I used a Anna Maria Horner voile from her Little Folks Voile line. I love the lightweight, dressy feeling of voile.


It has ties on the sides which make it a flattering blouse for many different kinds of body types.


Here is Jenny and me with our twin blouses.



Yard So Beautiful May 22, 2013

Filed under: around the home — faithandfamily @ 6:57 pm


Well, I haven’t been sewing lately, so this blog has been pretty quiet for a while. I have so many sewing projects on my “to do” list that I can’t wait to tackle, but in the meantime I’ve been focusing on more important things like our home school year, vacationing, playing with the kids, and cleaning out places in our house that have been needing the attention. I have high hopes of lots of sewing time this summer, though.

In the midst of all that, my husband recently used his creative skills in our back yard, and since this blog celebrates handmade goodness, I figured it’d be appropriate to post about his handmade project that has really improved our backyard.




We have a creek back there and lots of trees, and we starting brainstorming about how to make that area more pleasant. The idea of a patio and fire pit sprouted, and then I started pinning all kinds of images to a Pinterest board. We sketched out what we’d like to do, and then my husband started reading articles and Youtube videos so that he’d do it right. The project involved digging out soil, putting in some drainage (since we have natural springs under our yard), filling it in with lots of crushed rock and sand, leveling it, laying the pavers and then filling the cracks with a bonding sand. Our pavers came from Home Depot, and there were lots of pamphlets and instructions there, too. It was a lot of hard work, but my husband enjoyed it and is really proud of what he was able to accomplish.



Indian Costume #5 March 31, 2013

Filed under: costumes,kids' stuff — faithandfamily @ 9:27 pm

Well, if there’s one thing I’m good for, it’s making American-Indian costumes for my kids and their cousins. I suppose on my tombstone someday the epitaph might say something like, “She was a great maker of American-Indian costumes for her beloved family.” It all started a few years ago when my oldest daughter really wanted to be an Indian for Halloween. And since that costume went so well, and because my kids and their cousins love to play dress-up, last year for my niece’s birthday, I made her a similar costume. And then this past October, one of my nephews said, “Will you please make me an Indian costume for my birthday?” So, Aunt Addy did her best and managed to draft a pattern and come up with a boy’s American-Indian costume. And then when my son saw it, he wanted one too, so he got a matching one. And then, most recently, my other nephew said, “Aunt Addy, will you make me a costume too?” So, he got his AddyMade Indian costume yesterday for his birthday.


All the cousins wore their costumes both yesterday and today and have been having an awesome time in their imaginary world of teepees and pow-wows. And Great-Grandpa was having so much fun watching the little papooses play that he gave me a wad of cash to buy them all moccasins to wear. Those will be a nice treat when they come in the mail in a week or so.



Elisa’s Quilt March 26, 2013

Filed under: quilts — faithandfamily @ 8:02 pm

A good friend of mine named Elisa lost her dad unexpectedly last April. In the months following the tragedy, I kept trying to think of ways to help my grieving friend. One thing I mentioned was that I would be glad to make her something with some of her dad’s clothes–a blanket or scarf–something that she could wrap around her as if to wrap his arms around her. Her mom had seen a denim quilt I had made several years back and decided that might be a good thing for me to make, so last Christmas she secretly brought me a bag full of Elisa’s dad’s jeans. I’ve spent the last few months working on this lap-sized quilt and was so relieved to finally finish it and give it to my friend for her birthday. Happy birthday, Elisa! I pray that this quilt will always remind you of your dad’s love and also of our family’s love for you!