Stella. What can I say? I love this pattern. She’s got that boutique look that sets her apart from a lot of peasant patterns out there. While she packs a powerful, princessy punch, she is a labor of love, and sometimes you just don’t have time for all of those stripwork pieces and all of those ruffles. Can I get an AMEN?!?
This past October, I had the exciting privilege to attend the International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas. 2 full days of browsing new fabrics and products, as well as getting to meet internet friends, both old and new. I got to meet some great fabric designers and see what gorgeous things could be made with their fabrics.
One of the things I love about the internet and social media is that every once in awhile you meet people that you really connect with. You have things in common, like sewing, or the love of food, and you just mesh. And sometimes, if you’re really blessed, you get to meet those people in real life (and prove to your husband that they aren’t serial killers or something crazy). I met my friend Johnna last year through a mutual friend/food blogger (Hi, Debi!), and when she comes in town, we meet at our favorite allergy-friendly bakery and just have a blast.
I’m not exactly sure why, but Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays. Maybe it’s the great childhood memories I have, spending time with family and watching fireworks from the school hill by my home in Ferguson, Missouri. Maybe it’s the fact that I married a Marine and on one hot July 4th I got to see him in his uniform for a parade…be still my heart. No matter how you slice it, I’m a sucker for red, white, and blue, and we get our wear out of those Old Navy flag shirts by sporting them all year long.
Earlier this Spring I had the opportunity to take Miss Lydia on a few special trips that were just for the two of us. We’re the only girls in our house, so we have to stick together and make memories, right?
One of the fun opportunities I’ve had as the assistant at Izzy & Ivy Designs is to dabble further into the art of the pattern hack. Don’t get me wrong…I really love sewing the patterns as written. They each have their own unique details and everything, but sometimes you just want to sew something fresh and kick things up a notch. So today I’m showing off a maxified version of the Emory Dress! It’s really pretty easy and I hope that you’ll try it for your sweet girl!
I had an opportunity to sew a sample dress for a new Willow and Co. pattern last week, so I thought I’d take a minute to share some images with you.
A few months back I commented on a post on Free Spirit Fabric’s Facebook page, and it was tied to a giveaway. Lo and behold, I won! A little time passed and a fabulous fat quarter set of Dena Designs’ latest line, Haute Girls, showed up at my house.
I’m not big into horse racing at all, but there’s definitely a change in the air when the Kentucky Derby Festival kicks off every year. From the first jet streaking across the sky during Thunder Over Louisville to Derby Day and the placing of the garland of roses on the winning horse, there is a lot to do and see, even if you never step foot into the stands at Churchill Downs.
Just wanted to pop in and make sure you knew about the latest and greatest design from Izzy & Ivy Designs!