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Momma Quail Pattern Tour and Freebie Free Motion Applique Pattern

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Happy Friday everyone! I can’t tell you how excited I am about today’s post. This post is part of the Momma Quail Blog Tour. Why am I so excited about this tour?!?! Because Amy Macdonald is the most awesome. She is not only an awesome pattern designer, she is just an awesome person. She is a great friend and someone that is great to have in your corner. She has cheered me on more than I count. She is a member of the Sewing with Boys team and is constantly inspiring me. Ok enough of my praise, let this pattern speak for it’s self.

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This pattern I sewed up is the Jackalope Tee. One of the challenges of having 1 boy and 1 girl is finding sewing patterns that I can use for both of them. All of Amy’s patterns are so versatile that it makes it so easy to customize for my girl or boy. I love being able to sew for both of them with just one sewing pattern.

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The next thing I LOVE about the Jackalope Tee is the ease to mix and match fabrics and the ability to incorporate woven cotton into a t-shirt. There are SOOOOOO many cute woven’s out there and they are MUCH cheaper than most of the custom knit fabrics, this pattern really appeals to my frugal side. On Miss G’s shirt I used 5, yes 5 different fabrics. She adores all the colors and it makes my inner Punky Brewster smile. The side stripe on Miss G’s shirt is flannel to make it extra cozy.

For Mr T’s shirt I used a Marvel t-shirt from the clearance rack and some woven Marvel fabric from the remenants bin at Joann. This shirt cost me $4 in fabric. That makes my frugal heart swoon.

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When you first print out the Jackalope Tee, you may think that it is a lot of pieces for a t-shirt. But have no fear, Amy makes putting this shirt together a breeze. I made these 2 shirts and 1 other in about 1.5 hours, including cutting out the fabric. I sew pretty slow so that is a quick sew for me.

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So where can you get this and all the other fantastic Momma Quail Patterns?!?! Etsy, Friends Stitched Together, and join the Momma Quail Pattern Group on Facebook. Use the coupon code “MQPATTERNTOUR” for 30% off in the Etsy shop through 11/21/15. This is going to be the biggest Momma Quail Pattern sale in November – don’t wait til Black Friday.
Amy is also generously giving away a pattern to 3 lucky winners. Make sure to go all the way to the bottom of the post for the giveaway.

BONUS – FREEBIE FREE MOTION APPLIQUE PATTERN

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For Miss G’s shirt she requested a giant cupcake on the front of it. We recently saw a t-shirt that said something along the lines of “happier than a unicorn sitting on a rainbow eating a cupcake.” I wanted a little more detail than a freezer paper stencil and I have recently been swept up in the free motion applique frenzy. Sooooo…what’s a blogger/pattern maker to do…make a pattern for a cupcake free motion applique. I also decided to offer this pattern to my readers for free.

Cupcake-FMA-illustrations-01You can download the pattern here CutieCupcakeFMA-ByKnotSewNormal, all the instructions are included in the file.

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Make sure to go check out all the other fantastic looks on the blog tour and enter the rafflecopter giveaway.

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Sew ThriftyWillow and StitchThe Wholesome Mama

11/17:

Create 3.5Lulu & CelestePear Berry Lane

11/18:

The Berry BunchPaisley RootsCall AjaireFalafel and the Bee

11/19:

House of EstrelaAdventures with Bubba and BugSwoodson Says

11/20:

Rebel & MaliceKnot Sew NormalSew Thrifty

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Time is tricky

Hello friends! I know it has been awhile and thought that I should update y’all.

I have been busy sewing, desigining, loving, kissing boo boos, crafting, and just watching the kids grow right in front of my eyes. With Miss G I feel like I am literally watching her grow. She has grown 1.5 inches in the last 5 weeks. All I can say is I am glad that it is summer time and I don’t have to worry about buying or making new pants.

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I can’t believe that we are already 1/2 way through summer break and that she will be 7 in less than a month. 7 seems like such a big number. I can’t believe how much she has matured in the last few months. I still see the shy little girl, but I also see a smart, sassy, incredibly creative young lady. She has declared that she wants to play guitar and get her ears pierced. She demands to know why Guitar Center never has any left-handed guitars. She is also so very funny.

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What can I say about Mister T. He is truly an honestly himself at all times. He declared the other day that he wanted a “bob” head like Allen’s (that’s bald head if you didn’t know) I didn’t want him to cut it, but I know I have to let them be their own people even when it isn’t something I would want. I am still not used to the new haircut, but I tell him I love it everytime he asks.

So most of my time has been devoted to designing my first two sewing patterns. Most days I have to pinch myself. I just can’t believe people are sewing stuff from patterns that came from my head. I spend half my time feeling like a fraud and the other half feeling like I could create anything…if I just had the time. Then I am back to feeling like a fraud. It is a crazy merry-go-round  of emotions. I get a thousand great ideas about every 45 seconds and I drive myself crazy trying to get a few of them done.

I spend a lot of time just breathing in and out and trying not to feel so lost in my life. I try to remember it all, but some stuff still slips through the cracks. However my family is happy and healthy so I guess I can’t ask for much more than that.

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Until next time dear friends!!

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Twirl and Wiggle Yoga Skirt Tutorial featured on SewMcCool

 

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Do you have a girl who likes to dance, shimmy, shake and get all her wiggles out? or do you just want a really comfy skirt for your self? Head over to Sew McCool to check out my guest tutorial for this awesomely easy skirt. twirlandwiggle-001

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Serger Pepper’s Everyday Tank Top and Dress – Pattern Review

 

*** I received this pattern for free for my time for testing. This post contains affiliate links, if you click on these links I will receive some compensation. However all opinions are mine.  ***

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Are you looking for a cute, fast tank top or dress to sew up. Stop what you are doing and go buy this (affiliate link) pattern!! Irene from Serger Pepper has designed the Everyday Tank Top and Dress as part of the Pattern Revolution Aspiring Designers Challenge. This pattern is perfect.  Continue reading

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Gracious Threads Raindrop Tee Blog Tour

* the pattern was provided to me for free in exchange for my time testing the fitting and tutorial, all opinions are my own.

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Today on the blog I am excited to bring you the Raindrop Tee Pattern Blog Tour and Gracious Threads Giveaway.
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Back to School – Notebook Paper Tags Tutorial

Who’s ready for back to school? My three-year-old is starting pre-preschool this fall, so technically he’s not going “back”. It’s only going to be two days a week, but I’m pretty sure you can hear my mom-heart breaking over here! I made these little notebook paper tags to make myself feel better. They end up just about business card size and are perfect for adding onto backpacks and jackets – the things kids are so good at losing!

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Knot Sew Normal’s Back To School Tutorial Round-up

Knot Sew Normal's Back To School Week - Tutorial Round Up Welcome to Back To School Week here at Knot Sew Normal. School starts here in 2 weeks and Miss G will be starting Kindergarten so this is my very first school year. To keep my mind off the fact that my little girl is starting school I wanted to bring you a Back To School Week.  Continue reading