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The TeePee πŸ™‚ , originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

I’ve been wanting to make one of these for so long. Now that the playroom is finished (which reminds me, that I still haven’t blogged about the redo!) I had no excuse. Well except maybe a newborn at home, but that’s beside the point πŸ˜‰ I used a great tutorial to make this, and I could never have done it without! Thank you to Rachel of Smile and Wave for taking the time to write it all down! My teepee did not come out as neat as hers, and I definitely made a couple mistakes. I cut down my poles a foot shorter than hers and then tried to recalculate measurements and angles….math was never my strong suit…so this proved to be challenging. I did my best and though the panels don’t line up as nicely as Rachel’s up on top, it still works! And the kids think its cool πŸ™‚ I think I’ll paint it like Rachel did too…clean and simple πŸ™‚

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Binding Morgan’s Quilt, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

Baby Morgan was born to a good friend of mine way back in June. I was CONVINCED she was having a boy so had in mind boy fabrics and was ready to quilt once the baby was born…but lo and behold, she had her second girl!!! Threw me for a loop and needed to go back to the drawing board. I decided to keep the American Jane Recess fabric I had already bought and added to it, Snippets and Look & Learn. I don’t usually use such bold colors, but I am really loving the way it came out. Tonight I finally finished hand sewing the binding on. For some reason I had some issues with the corners. I have no idea why, as I have never encountered the problem before, but it was tedious to fix. Here is a pic of me hand sewing the binding on to the backing of the quilt:

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I am finally getting the hang of it. I learned how to make and sew binding from crazy mom quilts’ tutorial. It’s super easy to follow and the pics are very helpful. I had to double check my work with this quilt, but I think next time I’ll be able to make and sew the binding without following any direction.

Now that the quilt is quilted and bound, it’s ready to be washed to a)get rid of those baby blue quilting lines and b) make it all wrinkly and yummy. After that I’ll attach a label I plan on making using Printed Treasures printer fabric. I took an adorable picture of Morgan and her sister and added text to it using Picnik.

Anyhoo. Off to bed. I’m always up too late!

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Stacked Coins for Ben, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

Finally made this quilt!! I have been dreaming of it since before Ben’s birth. I inteded to have it made before he was born…it never happened. Ben just turned one and I figured, better late than never! I adapted the quilt from Last-Minute Patchwork & Quilted Gifts. (love that book btw!) I hope Ben will love to snuggle with it πŸ™‚

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Ready to ship…, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

My first swap package is ready to ship. This was a coaster swap hosted by Kindred Crafters. I had a lot of fun and I hope that my partner Sudi-Laura from The Adventures of a Fabric Junky enjoys them!! I will post pics when I know Sudi-Laura has receivd them πŸ™‚

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Made a new belt…, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

I have been wanting to make some belts like these and these, but could not for the life of me decide which fabrics to use! I finally decided to go simple to start, and went with a pair of fabrics that have been lying around and have had no good use thus far. I intended to use them for a Mei Tai baby carrier, but just never got around to it after making the first one! I grabbed these two fabrics and immediately thought of a new jacket I got at the Gap that will go perfectly with jeans andΒ some flips. And hey it goes with a lot of other stuff too πŸ™‚ I used this tutorial by Not Quite Vintage and because I’m instructionally challenged, I made one little goof, but no one would notice or care….eh, you live, you learn. Now I need to hit Etsy and grab some vintage belt buckles!

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Finished Birdie Sling, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

It took me weeks, lol….one step here and there….in between kids and working, I finally got it done. Amy Butler is amazing…and I just love her fabrics and patterns. This was my first bag and one of the first times (or the first?!) using a pattern at all! I didn’t have too much trouble, especially since Shear Delight created a GREAT photo tutorial, which helped, especially for creating those gussets πŸ™‚ A few other girls have also commented on their experiences making the bag which helped as well. I had planned on adding a magnetic closure, but couldn’t figure out WHEN to add them….at which point should I have done that? Can anyone out there tell me? I really liked making this bag, and will definitely make another, maybe in the fall with some nice fall fabrics…mustards? I learned some new things making this bag such as gussets and using a slip stitch…which by the way, I found a great tutorial for by Keyka Lou. Β Thank god I did, because I had NO idea how to do that! So here it is. Onto making a patchwork belt.Β  Maybe tonight…

PS–I meant to add these links:

Birdie Sling pattern correction

Pink Chalk Studio’s post on her Birdie Sling

Birdie Sling Tutorial by Grace Designs

Installing a magnetic snap by Craft Apple

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Finished Birdie Sling, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

Its big, but I love it….

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