Midwestern Small Town Girl

Life in the Slow Lane

August 17, 2014
by Tracy hall-ingram

Sewing catch up

Been a busy summer! I've been very sick and had to cancel the first vacation my hubs and I would ever take together, even no honeymoon. I've been in a thyroid flare which set off a lupus flare. I've also been unable to eat for part of the summer. Good news? I could still do some sewing.

The Lucy top by Schwing for the grandbebe. Love the puppy buttons.


Aubs in her cupcake Geranium dress.


Cupcake Geranium dress and chevron dress for my daughter.

Tropical print maxi skirt for me.

Cujo on the Michael Miller Modern Quilt Guild challenge quilt.


Baby gift quilt. Simple patchwork.


April 7, 2014
by Tracy hall-ingram

Washi dress

I made my first Washi dress recently and I love it. Pull on, pockets, comfy. I made it in a twill which means I had to use heavy elastic on the back. I like the neck but it's a little low for the busty at work so next time will be be plain scoop. Def. need more of these for spring.


April 7, 2014
by Tracy hall-ingram

Washi dress

I made my first Washi dress recently and I love it. Pull on, pockets, comfy. I made it in a twill which means I had to use heavy elastic on the back. I like the neck but it's a little low for the busty at work so next time will be be plain scoop. Def. need more of these for spring.


March 31, 2014
by Tracy hall-ingram

Mad Men challenge


So, I have terrible photos for my challenge. Good news, I love this dress! I took a a Renfrew tee and made it 13 inches longer ( dang I’m short) to make a dress. Added a ruffle! It’s cotton interlock, good weight. I’d like a ponte in it. I wanted to try a knit and adapted the Renfrew because on days my MCTD or fibro acts up I still want to look nice but feel comfortable.


February 27, 2014
by Tracy hall-ingram

Sewing list for first half 2014

I've started a list of all the items I want to sew in the first half of 2014. Some are WIP. Here's the list!

  1. Floral voile Hawthorne shirt. I love my dress and have the shirt cut and need to finish.
  2. Dress for the Dolly Clackett challenge. I already have this picked out and ready to sew,
  3. Mad Men challenge dress. I have my inspiration, just need to get my fabric.
  4. Red ponte pencil skirt with foldover waist. I need to draft a pattern for this.
  5. Reversible Lucy shirt for Aubree. I have some puppy fabric for one side and hot pink voile for the other.
  6. Denim Thurlow trousers.
  7. Wool jersey Renfrew.
  8. A blue Valerie Wells voile Cambie.
  9. Navy silk voile blouse, unsure of pattern.
  10. Red floral crepe vintage inspired button up with kimono sleeves.
  11. Michael Miller challenge quilt
  12. Wedding quilt
  13. Scrappy quilt from Sunday Morning Quilts
  14. A new tote bag
  15. Bind mug rugs

That's it so far. I think I can knock out most of it! I didn't dare make my whole year plan. Eek.


February 12, 2014
by tracy

Best sewing investment this winter

That would easily be the Onion 1032 pattern. 1032_1 I bought it on Pattern Review for $8.50 with shipping and bought some anti-pill grey fleece on sale before Thanksgiving at $1.99 a yard. Total cost for this jacket? Less than $14. Worn at least 2x a week since December 1. Super cozy and warm.

I like the pointed hood on it. Since I’m so short it makes me feel extra elfish. I’d really like to make this up in a wool and make a quilted lining for a coat. I never button my coats anyway so a tie would be fine with me. I’d just need to size up the shoulder and arms as they are slim fitted.

Getting a pic at the end of the day of my hood.
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February 6, 2014
by tracy

New baby, Old memories

I’ve been tossing around the idea of a new quilt for Aubs. I knew I wanted to make her one, IMG_1416 not pink, to keep. My first inspiration came when I was going through old tee shirts of her mom’s for the rag drawer. The A  would make the perfect applique on her quilt. Ok, so, I know her quilt will have green.  I poked around Hawthorne Threads and Fat Quarter Shop looking for just the right fabric

photo I fell in love with Sarah Jane’s Wee Wander line.  Firefly hunting, deer, twilight, all the magical elements of childhood. I ordered a fat quarter bundle of the blue/green and started looking for a quilt.







I was totally inspired by Film in the Fridge’s hexi quilt. Since I do not have the patience for cutting that many hexis, nor the hand grip, I found Accuquilt dies on Sewforless for a really reasonable price and ordered a hexi, a rectangle and an LED for my machine.


So glad I did!  It saved me oodles of time and I didn’t have to worry about ruining my fabric trying to cut a hexi.








Don’t worry, my sewing area isn’t really that dark, I was doing this while Aubs was napping so that LED light came in handy. My Brother doesn’t have super duper lighting capacity like my dream Janome.






I just did straight/wonky line quilting on my sandwich. I ordered a Onmigrip ruler to trim my sandwich with. WOW! I suck at cutting straight lines IMG_1421without gridded rulers and this thing is the queen bee. I had a small one but couldn’t imagine a quilt with a tiny ruler. This made it a breeze to line up and trim.







Here’s the front. That’s probably a dog under our blanket!






Aaaaaand the back. The background for the front and back is difficult to see. It’s cream with lt. blue polka dot on it.  The bottom back of the quilt has a solid blue fabric that came from my baby blanket that my grandma made. I cut part of it off to add it too this. She passed away and I want to keep her quilting tradition with us.That fabric is a wee old, so I sewed the A and a couple of hexis over some small holes.




For the binding I decided I wanted to bring out the pink in the piece and used a hot pink voile.



I hated the flat binding look so quilted it too. I love it.




My first embroidery. It would help if I didn’t have the handwriting of a serial killer.    So, there we go.  It’s my third quilt ever. My first non patchwork. I can only get better, right?             IMG_1431

February 6, 2014
by tracy

A photo rundown of why I haven’t blogged

See the dog snuggling the prego?  That’s my daughter, weeks before birth.
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We had a baby AND a puppy in the house. 2013-09-26 06.47.47







I had to sew an infant popcorn costume she found on Pinterest. Of course.

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Puppy snuggles! Oh, and one the dogs ran out and got hit, so extra care for a dog.


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I started an alterations and sewing business and did my first show three weeks before Christmas in our town’s train depot. I did lots of Christmas orders.


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We bought some great vintage furniture and redid our room.2013-12-02 17.29.57


More  crazy health things-rashes, fingers swelling, lots of sore joints. Higher inflammation levels2013-12-12 06.53.212013-12-12 07.17.51







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My Grandma passed away , we spent time with family a lot this fall. Got two 5 generation pictures on both sides of the family. Loving my new grandbaby and our whole family. 2014-01-14 21.48.582014-01-26 09.20.57 2014-01-22 06.57.57

August 22, 2013
by Tracy hall-ingram

Welcome Emma

We adopted a shelter dog yesterday. Her name is Emma and she is about 11 weeks old. She is sweet as could be and a big kisser. She shared a crate with our chihuahua last night, his is a huge crate and they snuggled all night. Such a doll. So glad we got her. Just look at that face. Oh my!


August 9, 2013
by Tracy hall-ingram

Baby Shower


We had lil momma’s baby shower last weekend and it was great fun. My stepmom helped plan the party and she went nuts on it. She is amazing and I am so happy to have her in my life. She plans weddings at her church so I knew she’d think of everything. We kept it small. So much love for our little one that day. I can’t wait to meet my first grandchild. I even dealt with a pink explosion.
That cake! SO GOOD. Not going to lie, I even had some. I ate gluten. Oh my, it was good. The Cake Lady really came through for us.
The cookies were thank yous and done by a teacher coworker of my stepmoms.
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