• Sewing
  • Father’s Day + Handmade Quilt Reveal

    Being that it’s Father’s Day and all, I thought I’d come back from my blogging hiatus and share with you all something that’s been keeping me busy these last few months. Although, I can’t say this little gift is the only reason I’ve been a little MIA, it is part of the reason.

    I’m sew excited to share with y’all this project. It’s something that is really close to the heart for me. I spent many weekends (and weeknights) putting this baby together. Sure, it’s not perfect. I messed up quite a bit. I’m not a seasoned quilter, I’ll tell you that for sure. Yes, it was ambitious to do a rather large quilt as one of my first projects with my new sewing machine, but I was up for the challenge. I mean… I did go through 6 years of architecture school. I figured if I could make it through architecture undergrad and grad school, I can do just about anything (which I often tell myself when the going gets tough).

    So without further adieu, I’d like to show you a little something I made for Gator Dad for his birthday (00h and aahs are welcome). :)

    Gator Dad was speechless. That is the easiest way to describe it. He couldn’t believe I had spent so much time making something just for him. It was incredibly gratifying to see the love across his face when he saw the finished quilt. I have to say, Gator Mom did a pretty good job of keeping it a secret too, as I had made many phone calls to her in the previous weeks expressing my frustration and she never once gave an inkling to Gator Dad of what I was making.

    Even Gator Dad’s kitty, Mac-Mac (who was lovingly referred to as my “brother” growing up), loves the quilt. Mac-Mac can sense my love flowing out of the quilt. :)

    Since then, I have completed a few other projects, much smaller in size. I love making little ruffled clutches, they are my fav! I  just recently made some fun throw pillows for our new couch (which is a good story in itself, so I’ll save that for another day). I also have a very special project I’ll be starting in the next few weeks. With Gator Football season starting this fall, I planning on making some hair accessories to gator-fy my work attire. Who knows, I may make a few extra and giveaway them on the blog. :)

    But, really, enough about my sewing adventures and aspirations. Today is really all about Dad.

    photo by Starks Photography

    I feel very lucky to have such a loving and supportive Dad. I know that not everyone has this person in their life and I thank God every day for him. He has always been the driving force in my life, challenging me and pushing me to be the best I can be. I always say, Dad had (and still does) have a plan for me, and he’s sacrificed to keep me on my path. I’m forever thankful for the all that he does for me. With everything he does, he always has me and Gator Momma in mind. He’s truly an incredible person. ♥

    Happy Father’s Day!

  • Sewing
  • My First Sewing Project

    For Christmas, Mr. Knight surprised me with a sewing machine.  Growing up, I remember making throw pillows with my Mom. Well, more like she sewed them, I just picked out some terribly tacky fabric for her to sew them from (hello fabric with a galaxy/star-system print). My Mom also made my halloween costumes.

    Here I am donning my “Bun Bun” costume. Gator Momma even made the ears!

    There are so many exciting possibilities when you have a sewing machine. Once you have the basic skill set and know how to actually use your sewing machine, you can make just about anything. Learning how to use a sewing machine is a whole other story. I spent probably about a day reading the manual, upper and lower threading the sewing machine, watching videos online and reading through a few beginner sewing books I purchased (Martha’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts and Bend-the-Rules Sewing).

    After a few weekends of gathering supplies and researching/procrastinating, I finally got started on my first project: a little zipper pouch (following Gussy Sew’s tutorial). Funny I follow a tutorial I found online rather than one in my new sewing books.

    4 hours later, and 1 very well used seam-ripper (my best-sewing-friend and enemy), I had this:

    It’s not perfect, but that really isn’t what matters. I learned SO MUCH from putting together this cute little zipper pouch. Sure, it was frustrating at times, but incredibly rewarding to look at what all my hard work had accomplished. It feels great to look at it and say “I made this.”

    Since finishing architecture graduate school, I’ve been looking for some creative outlet. I have all this built up need. The occasional website design, album design, water bottle label, here and there helps a bit, but I really felt the need to work/build something with my hands. I guess that’s what 6 years of building models will do to you. And finally, after 8 months, I think I may have found my outlet.

    What’s even better? Total cost of pouch (includes fabric, felt interfacing, and zipper) around $4-5. Awesome.

    Up next on my sewing agenda? RUFFLES!

    Here’s a few sewing blogs I’ve discovered and love for inspiration and tutorials:
    The books I mention above are also very good for learning the basics, and they have super easy projects.

    That’s all I got right now. As the list grows, I’ll add them to my link list on the left. :)

    Anyways, while I have y’alls attention, would you be interested in any sewing tutorials? They’d be super easy, as I’m navigating this whole new sewing world myself too. Just some simple projects, tested by a newbie (so you don’t make the same mistakes as me and become buddies with a seam ripper). All these tutorials would occur on my new blog, Gator Wife. Coming soon, in the next month I hope! :)

    If you have any suggestions for good sewing and crafting blogs, please share!

    all photos, except the first, taken by Mr. Knight