Happy 4th!!!

So far it has been a pretty laid back weekend after a very busy week. Hopefully, I will be to stay awake to see the fireworks tonight. Last week was filled with some work, projects, and a ton of activities. X finished up his swimming lessons last week (it was a ton of fun and he keeps on practicing all that he learned) and we went to a birthday party on Friday. X picked out a fun post office truck for his cousin and I made up another one of these:
I actually made this two weeks ago, but have been keeping it a secret until after the birthday party. This is the 12 month size of the Kai's Shirt from the Weekend Sewing book by Heather Ross. This time I made a few adjustments to the pattern; like adding interfacing to the placket, the pocket size, and the order of sewing it together. With the adjustments the sewing time was slightly quicker and I think the placket will hold up to wear a lot better. Overall, the only thing that I find really interesting (in a good/bad way) about the pattern is the sizing. It really is a large shirt with not a whole lot of difference between the sizes. On one side this is great- it will get a lot of wear, but on the bad side it is a something that will have to be grown into and on children that are fairly skinny it will appear pretty baggy. I do really like making the shirt and hopefully I will be teaching it sometime soon at The Quilt Barn (I just need to find a date that works). 

Before heading to the party, I made sure to have enough time to make a quick stop at The Quilt Crossing (I wanted to pick up another charm pack of Plume, they also had some yardage, which I might get a little the next time I am up there. I am planning on making a quilt for my bed and incorporating a lot of solids along, but I might need some printed yardage for the backing). Of course, a few more fabrics found there way into my shopping bag:

A couple quarter yards of Neptune by Tula Pink, some Amy Butler, and an Alexander Henry Halloween Fabric (I am planning on a Halloween pillow with black piping around the edge). The next stop was Joanns Superstore (I actually really like the Joanns in Boise, they have a larger selection of things and aren't very rude compared to our local store). I try to buy most of my fabric from independent shops, I tend to only buy apparel fabric and notions from the big companies, plus the coupons are really helpful for the notions (this is just my shopping philosophy):
The mat and rulers were 50% off plus they had a coupon for an additional 10% off sale and regular priced items. So that added up to a ton of savings! The mat is actually a rotating cutting mat (8" x 8"), a 4.5" x 4.5" ruler  (this will make square up my wonky star pieces a lot easier), a 2.5" x 2.5" (I really like this size), and the new Threads magazines (they always have interesting tidbits. 

Saturday was sort of a lazy day but I did end up going to the 2nd Annual Twin Falls Quilt Walk. I went last year and it was alright but most of the stores were closed, making it hard to view the quilts. This year, it was much easier to see the quilts and they had a couple of booths set up on the sidewalk from different shops. I met up with one of the ladies from the quilt guild's that I belong to and we had a lovely lunch (x was also there and he got to ride around in his stroller) and then went to view all the quilts. I didn't have anything in the quilt walk, but there is always next year. The weather was nice and it was a fun little adventure to start the holiday weekend out with.

As for the rest of the day, I am going to try to catch up on a little bit of pattern writing. This upcoming week, I am going to be spending a lot of time with my serger and sewing machine (making underwear for the little guy since potty training has gotten underway, insert a big WHOOO-HOOOO there). My sewing projects are piling up, so hopefully I will make a small dent in that list along with a bunch of pattern/handout writing. Are you working on anything fun this week? 

Have a happy and safe 4th!

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