The Woman Who Wanted It All

December 7, 2010

Raine’s Sweater

Filed under: Knitting — by thewomanwhowanteditall @ 11:05 pm

A while ago I knit Raine Henry’s Sweater.

It’s featured as a reader project today on the Petite Purls blog. If you haven’t been reading Petite Purls you should start now! I love the projects and the clean look of their website. Maybe one day I’ll submit something of my own. That is when I have time. Holy cow do nine month old babies keep you busy!


December 3, 2010

Christmas Socks – Finished!

Filed under: Knitting — by thewomanwhowanteditall @ 5:47 pm
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I finished my husband’s Christmas socks today (finally.)

I didn’t use a pattern…it’s just a plain old vanilla sock. I love knitting these because they’re so mindless. As soon as I wove in the ends on these I started some socks for my 9 month old’s huge feet. I’m improvising them so look out for the pattern as soon as I get them finished. Hopefully they won’t take as long as my husband’s socks so I can get them in the baby’s Christmas stocking in time for Christmas!

November 29, 2010

Simple Christmas Stocking

Filed under: Tutorials — by thewomanwhowanteditall @ 12:00 pm
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This is my son’s first Christmas so I thought I better decorate a little. I don’t have much time these days so I needed something I could throw together quickly (and practice my free-motion quilting on, didn’t I improve a lot?) This is a fun, simple, and elegant (depending on fabric choices) stocking that could be embellished or left plain and looks fantastic. .

What you will need:
*The stocking template from this Martha Stewart stocking (or one of your choice)
Main fabric for stocking
Main fabric for binding
Main fabric for loop
Lining fabric

*I increased the size of the pattern by 200% to achieve a 16″ tall stocking (final size.) Below is a screenshot showing you how I printed it out using page scaling settings. Cut along dotted line, do not cut out any notches, and disregard any other instructions on the template.

Cut out six pieces from stocking template: 2 main fabric, 2 lining fabric, and 2 batting.

Quilt together a “sandwich” of one main fabric, one batting, and one lining piece. Repeat for remaining pieces.

Now we will bind each stocking half.

Cut two strips of main fabric 2.5″ wide and the length of the cuff of the stocking.

Fold a strip in half (wrong sides together and press) and sew it to the front of one of the sides of the stocking with a 1/4″ seam allowance and raw edges together.

Repeat with other stocking piece and then finish by hand-sewing the binding to the other side.


Now we are going to make the hanging loop.

With the main fabric strip (mine was 2.5"wide by 8.5" inches long) fold in half lengthwise and press.

Open the fabric and fold in each edge to the center and press.

Fold in half lengthwise again so fold edges are together.

Topstitch along each side.

Baste to one side of stocking as shown. I sewed mine on about a 1/2″ from the top.

Sew both sides of stocking together (right sides facing) with at least a 3/8″ seam allowance.

Notch rounded parts of stocking seam, trim excess fabric and threads, and turn right side out. Hang proudly!

You may sell any amount of product that is the result of this tutorial and my only request is you let me know how your sales went and send me some pictures.

November 28, 2010

Things I Love – Edible Gifts

Filed under: Things I Love — by thewomanwhowanteditall @ 9:58 pm

Ice Cream Sundae Baskets


Apricot-Ginger Fizz Mixer


Peanut Butter Fudge

November 21, 2010

It Can Only Get Better From Here

Filed under: Technique — by thewomanwhowanteditall @ 6:21 pm

I made up a teeny tiny little “quilt” to try my free motion quilting on.

It’s not perfect (like a lot of things I will do as I’m learning I’m sure) but I think it shows some potential. I bet if that was a bed size quilt I would have totally gotten it down by the end of it.

November 20, 2010

Things I Love – Hats

Filed under: Things I Love — by thewomanwhowanteditall @ 1:54 pm

Birthday Hat

Elf Hat

Little Cap

Lumberjack Hat

Cloche Hat

November 18, 2010

Christmas Knitting

Filed under: Knitting — by thewomanwhowanteditall @ 8:29 pm

I have finished up a little of my Christmas knitting. Last year I did a lot more but this year I have a baby so my time is pretty precious.

I made some mittens for my husband’s grandmother:

These are Cruiser Mittens and you can find the pattern for them here. I used Stitch Nation’s Bamboo Ewe.

I am on the second sock of the pair my husband requested for Christmas for himself:

He loves knit socks so every year for Christmas he gets a new pair. Another thing he loves? Opal sock yarn. The yarn for these socks is Opal but I don’t remember the line or colorway, sorry.

Next up is this Jackyll & Hide hat for one of my brothers and a cowl for my husband’s grandfather.  I better get busy…only 36 days until Christmas!

November 16, 2010

It’s Finished!

Filed under: Quilts — by thewomanwhowanteditall @ 4:39 pm

I started making Julie’s Snuggler from the August/September issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. I decided I wanted mine a little bit bigger so I kind of improvised this quilt from that point.

I made this quilt with my sister-in-law in mind. She started college this last fall and I wanted to make something bright and comforting for those days when she might be feeling a little homesick. She’ll be getting this for Christmas and I hope she loves it as much as I do.

November 13, 2010

Things I Love

Filed under: Things I Love — by thewomanwhowanteditall @ 2:47 am

Random Reflections Quilt

Gathered Clutch Tutorial


Pickledish Quilt- a-long

The Practical Guide to Patchwork

November 12, 2010

Meet My Baby

Filed under: Gear — by thewomanwhowanteditall @ 8:17 pm

Here she is, my Brother CS6000i. I bought her with part of my tax refund a few years ago. Every once in a while I would use her to sew something small and a few times I made some dolls for my mother-in-law’s second graders, but most of the time she sat unused. Lately she has been used quite a bit. Like, everyday. I say it was the best thing I’ve ever bought myself.

As a more serious review of this machine, it’s an excellent machine for a beginner with a budget. On Amazon you can find this machine for under $200 (I got mine for about $125 on some sew and vac website I don’t remember the name of.) My favorite features are the thread cutter on the side of the machine and the needle threader. You can lower the feed dogs to free motion quilt and it has a needle up/down button that I use all the time. I bet you’re asking “What are the cons?” Well, it’s completely plastic and super light. I’m sure there might be more flaws of this machine, but as a beginner I’m just not seeing them. Once I have a little more experience under my belt (and more cash in my wallet) I’ll upgrade, but for now this machine is exactly what I need.

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