Hot Air Balloon Baby Shower

There's a baby coming into my life in a few weeks!! My little sister is having her first baby mid July, and I can hardly wait! We threw a travel themed baby shower for her, and I was in charge of decorations - my favorite! My sister and I created a shared board on Pinterest, and we spent weeks pinning ideas for the shower, and finally settled on hot air balloons. There are so many cute shower ideas on the web, it's easy to get carried away. We kept things pretty simple, with just a few handmade decorations, including a desert table backdrop, diaper cake, party favors, prizes and banners. I'm posting pictures from the day of the shower, mixed in with the makings of the shower.

The centerpiece of the party was the desert table, complete with Maccaroon tower, jars of candies, licorice, and pinwheel suckers. The backdrop is foam board covered with light blue fabric, paper grass clippings along the bottom, with handmade pinwheels. The hot air balloons and clouds were cut on my Brother Scan n Cut. The files came with the machine. The kite banner was also cut on my Scan n Cut.

For the party favors we used travel themed washi tape to decorate little blue and yellow dollar store favor boxes, and made the top of the balloons using paper straws, and mini balloons.
 Party favors in the making, check out that cute little baby bump.

We used small balloons for the tops, and used glue dots to attach little bows to hide the tape we used to attach the balloons to the straws.

I made a few onesies to match the theme, a bicycle, hot air balloon, hang glider, and kite. I covered wooden clothes pins with more of the travel washi tape.

The banner says "Petit Bebe," for little baby in French. I cut the hot air balloons,clouds, letters and Eiffel tower, with my Scan n Cut, these were all standard designs that came with my machine. (This post is not sponsored by Brother by the way, I just love this machine!)

The banner in the making (iPhone snapshot).

Check out my mom and sister hard at work. It was so much fun crafting with these two beautiful ladies.

The diaper cake was a team project. My sister and niece rolled the diapers and tied them off with mini rubberbands and attached them to a square box with large rubberband. My mom made a knit ruffle to cover up the rubber band. And my sister and I made the hearts, and washi tape decorations for the balloon. I really enjoy getting everyone into the making part of the party. My sewing room got pretty messy during the process, with lost scissors, and tools buried under piles of paper clippings. I loved the chaos in my little space.

I had to capture this picture of my mom making the ruffle for the hot air balloon diaper cake. She
can sew very well, but hasn't sat at a machine in over 20 years.

Grandma, my sisters, Aunt (in the back), mom standing next to me.
The adorable parents to be. Congratulations you two! I can't wait to meet the little guy.

Dress Me Playground - Cats - Peter Pan Collar Dress

I ran across the adorable new fabric line Dress Me Playground by Wee Gallery a few weeks ago and quickly put my order in for a few yards to play with. Here is the first dress I sewed up in a girls size 6. I made it using Cats in Baltic, which was just purrrfect for my little cat lover.
For the accent fabrics, I chose Hearts in Gold from the same fabric line, which I used for the piping under the bodice, and the peter pan collar.

I am so pleased with how it turned out, now to make a matching dress in my size!

Craftsy Block of the Month

I'm so excited about the Craftsy Block of the Month class with Jinny Beyer that I joined this month. I waited weeks before the kit was available to order, and they didn't last long because my mother in law tried to order a kit the day after I bought mine and they were already sold out. (You can purchase the fabric individually on Jinny Beyer's website, the fabric part #'s are listed in the course material). My kit arrived on Thursday, and I was all giddy opening the package! I spent last weekend labeling my fabrics, and cutting pieces to reserve them for the sashing strips, cornerstones, foundations, block backgrounds, and binding fabric that will be needed later in the year. I loved the process of organizing everything, and especially enjoyed a solo trip to the fabric store to pick up a few new supplies I needed for the quilt  including template plastic, hand sewing needles and thread.

Source Craftsy Block of the Month Quilt Kit
I have to admit that at first glance the quilt didn't really appeal to me, but now that i've finished my first block, I really love it! The colors in the quilt kit are gorgeous. These are the colors in the first block "May Basket". They are much more vibrant in person.
Source Jinny Beyer

I joined the class because I am pretty new to quilting and I really wanted to learn quilting techniques. I am always looking to improve my sewing skills.

I finished my first block the "May Basket" last night, it is completely hand pieced. I enjoyed learning Jinny's method for hand stitching. I've always pulled the thread all the way through each stitch, I had a major aha moment watching the video and learning how to sew several gathered stitches all at once.  Oh, and now I know the term fussy cutting - there are so many quilty terms to learn.

I'm posting my progress on Instagram, so connect with me @tangledthreadsbyjen if you're doing the class too!

Happy sewing!