Sunday, July 28, 2019

A tiny project

My grandkids from Indiana are coming to visit - YAY! I was talking to my 4 year old granddaughter
and I told her I had a little bed just for her - she said, "Oh, I hope it's pink!".  I guess that decides it, what else can I do?  It's this ugly green cot that I bought 20 years ago and have used on and off when I needed an extra little bed.

So I bought some pink flannel, then decided I'd better get blue too! I made a reversible cushion to go on it, one side pink, the other side blue, and it ties to each of the four corners. She got here today, good think I finished yesterday!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

On my sewing table...

I don't post nearly as much as I should! So to keep me motivated to keep working on my projects I'm going to occasionally just show you what is on my sewing table as proof that I am actually working on things.  I always intend to make blog posts about what I'm doing, but sometimes I give them away before I remember to take pictures!

I'm working on a twin size quilt for one of my grandsons. I have the middle of the top done, still needs a gray and then navy border on it :)

Please ignore all the mess - if I ever get myself caught up on things I will straighten up. Or I will invite Ruth Ann over, that always motivates me to clean up my mess!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Patchwork Panache - top finished!

Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away I started this quilt...

In 2013 I started a blog post by saying that I had started this quilt a long time ago, HA HA! You know how life happens.  At that time my sister-in-law and a niece were learning to quilt, so I did a long distance tutorial on several of the blocks. Then things got busy, I put it away (again) and it fell off the radar.

I joined the quilt guild here in my little town, and every Tuesday a bunch of ladies get together and
sew at a church nearby. This is just a third of our group.

I decided that this was the perfect time to work on my unfinished projects. This was the oldest one (I think), so I started there first. I just pack it up in my sewing bag, and don't un-pack when I get home.  I have other things I'm working on in my sewing room. So after a few months of working on this on Tuesdays I have finally finished this top - WAHOO!

This is a free Block of the Month pattern that you can find here.

It is wonderful to finally have this finished - now to see how long it takes me to actually get it quilted! :)

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Brother CS6000i

I have a new little brother! Well, actually, since I cracked the screen on my Bernina while taking it to sewing day I have been paranoid that I would somehow damage my machine again, so I bought a light weight little inexpensive machine so I can tote that around instead.
I bought it on Amazon for $150, which is less than I paid to repair my Bernina - and it does a lot more than I would have expected!

I called it a "back up" machine, and my husband asked me how many back up machines I need - well, my main machine is my Janome Horizon, backed up by my BabyLock Ellisimo, backed up by my Bernin 560, which is now backed up by my little Brother. I also have a feather weight, a serger and a treadle machine, but I don't think those count, right?

Do you think I might have an addiction problem? 

Well, back to my little Brother. It came today so I opened it up and tested it out to make sure it does everything it says it will do. The stitches look great, it was simple to wind a bobbin and thread the machine. It only weighs 13 lbs., which is about 10 lbs. less than my Bernina, and 20 lbs. less than my Janome...  I was afraid I would feel like I was sewing on a toy machine, but it didn't feel like that at all.

It came with several feet, even a walking foot! I think that is pretty handy.  I will only be sewing on this when I'm packing it around, so I probably won't be using most of the stitches and feet, but it's nice to know they are there if I decide I need them.  :)

It also has a hard cover, which is handy for packing it around. I think I'm going to like my new little Brother.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Lady Bug Wall Hanging

OK, I KNOW! There are two glaring errors that jump out at you, right? Sigh. This was just a cute little project I decided to do, simple, no stress, for practicing some free motion quilting, since I haven't done any for quite a while.

By the time I realized what it was going to end up like it was too late for me to be able to do anything about it. Sigh. I know that is all I will see every time I look at it. I guess I'm going to have to give it away!

It is a cute little wall hanging. I got the pattern at a store in Orem, Utah but I can't find the pattern online.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Bernina Cracked Screen :(

I know that sewing machines, especially computerized ones, and more especially touch screen ones are fragile. I really do! I am always very careful with my machines. Really. Careful.

I've been taking it to weekly sewing days with some of the ladies in my quilt guild.  One week as I watched several people bringing in their wheeled cases, I thought, "I should get one of those.".  I am very careful, honest! The next week I was bringing it out to my car, holding it by the handle, and I leaned it against my leg (to prevent it from bumping against my leg, see? Careful!), and I reached over to open the door and I heard a tiny "pop". It was such a little sound I figured I must have just moved over the speed button.  When I got to our sewing day and put up my machine I discovered that I had cracked the screen! It still turned on, and I figured I would just use it with a cracked screen.  I was sad, but oh well.  Then I tried to use the touch screen to change the stitch I wanted to use. With a cracked screen it seemed to not be able to tell where I was touching, and I couldn't adjust it! SADNESS!!

I called the Bernina store, and they gave me an estimate that to fix it would cost between $125 - $600  - YIKES! We took it in right away, they don't order the part until the machine is there, so I crossed my fingers. Two weeks later they called and told me it was fixed, and it cost $200. I am of course very relieved, and I think that was excellent strategy on their part. If I was worrying that it would cost $600, I was very happy to pay them just $200. How else could they have me feel happy to pay that?

And I did buy myself a rolling case to take it in! Isn't this cute? I saw it online and went and picked it up at JoAnn Fabrics.

It even holds all my stuff! That is a lot easier than bringing my machine by the handle and carrying a big bag with all the supplies I might need!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

A Pirate Baby Quilt!

I have a new grandson! That makes grandchild number 8 for us. I love babies - there is just nothing like holding a newborn baby!   :)
Of course I made this baby a quilt (and a receiving blanket and burp cloths)  I forgot to take a picture of the receiving blanket and burp cloths but I do have a picture of the quilt!  I decided to go with a Pirate theme because I found some cute Pirate fabric. I also found a free pattern HERE that worked well with this fabric. I like how it turned out. It is a simple pattern that didn't take a ton of time - which is good because it seems like I have about a million things I'm trying to do right now. 
They call the pattern a play mat because of a one directional print that they used around the outside of the quilt, and it faces a different direction on each side, so there isn't a "right side up".

Now that the baby is here I'm trying to spend time over there everyday to help with the older kids (a 4 year old, 3 year old and 20 month old).  Their mom needs any help I can give her!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Sweet Pea Sewing Tote Bag

I am a bag lady, I admit it. I love purses and bags and they catch my eye where ever I go. I have way too many, but I made another one and I LOVE it! This is my new favorite tote bag!

It was designed by Sweet Pea Embroidery Designs with a few extra blocks put in from designs that I already had. I love the way it turned out! This is a bag that shouts "I LOVE TO SEW" doesn't it?

I added a zipper pocket and some patch pockets to the inside. Me. This bag is Me.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Organizing Fabric on Comic Book Boards

I've been reading about people who organize their fabric this way, and they all swear that it takes up less room. I finally got tired of the way I
had been storing my fabric. I wanted an improvement. I love how neat it looks! I love how at a glance I can see all of my fabric, and easily pull it out and put it back without making a big mess!

Anything that is 2 yards or more I have folded up above. I do have to admit that these are just my quilting fabrics. I have some fabric for clothing in a couple of totes too.

If you like the way this looks and would like to reorganize your stash, I will show you quickly how I did it.  I started with Comic Book boards that I picked up in a game store. This package of 100 boards was about $7. I used two packages.
Spread out your fabric with the fold toward you. Smooth it out as well as you can.

Then take the selvage edge and bring it down to the folded edge. This happens to be just slightly larger than a comic book board.

Now fold some of the fabric over the cardboard and then continue folding and wrapping the fabric around the board.

Some people use pins or rubber bands or some kind of clip to fix the end of the fabric. I actually didn't use anything, I just fold it and slide it into the row of fabric. I didn't quite have enough fabric to fill the second shelf, so I HAD to go and buy a few more lovely lengths of fabric just so I could make sure all the fabric is standing straight up.  :)

Sunday, February 3, 2019

One Hour Basket

I found the cutest pattern for a basket!  It is called the One Hour Basket and it's a free pattern! But wait - there's more! For only $5.00 you can buy "Friends of the One Hour Basket" ! It has this pattern and eight other baskets with different heights and widths, with or without handles, an Easter basket and a tote bag...  I bought that pattern. I feel like for such a small amount of money I appreciate that someone has gone to the work to figure out the dimensions for the different sizes. I know I could figure those things out, but now I don't have to use my brain -- wait, is that a good thing? I'm not sure.

Just in case anyone wants to know, I used the decor bond fusible interfacing and it made my baskets nice and crisp looking. No flopping allowed here. I have to admit that they took me a little more than an hour.  I didn't time myself but I was doing laundry at the same time and I put a band of a different color across the top just to add some interest.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Door Hanger Decoration

Here is a quick little project I did for gifts. When I was experimenting with my Snowman Table Runner I made several blocks that I decided to do differently. So I turned them into  cute little decorations that hang on the door knob.

I made a Christmas door hanger for a friend, and she mentioned that her grandson enjoys spinning it around on the door knob. He likes puppies, so I decided to make another one for him to play with.

So now I have these all hanging on the doorknob of my sewing room. I need to make deliveries!

Monday, January 21, 2019

My Bionic Gear Bag

This has been on my "I want to sew" list for quite a while!  There seems to be a lot of drama surrounding this pattern - I happen to be a member of two different facebook groups who have differing opinions about the drama. 

All I know is that there were some changes on the Craftsy (now Blueprint) website where I bought it. The designer was unhappy with the changes and now if I download that pattern it is unusable. It seems that because she was upset with Craftsy she took it out on  her customers. Luckily I had already downloaded the pattern! The pattern is 36 pages long and so wordy it takes forever to get through it!

My pattern mentions free help online, but that has also changed.  The pattern designer must know her pattern isn't well written, because now she offers classes and workshops that you can pay $$ for that will walk you through the steps to make one of these.  My problem with this pattern is that for a $12 pattern you  shouldn't need to buy additional classes in order to understand it.  In 36 pages she didn't make the instructions clear.

I got through it, but I made mistakes and wasted some fabric and pulled out all my hair!  AAAHHH!  I like the bag but if I were just starting this process I would buy one of the other similar patterns out there, and there are some that DO have free tutorials on YouTube. 

I do like the bag, but if I make it again I will make some changes so that I'm not sewing through so many layers, it's really ridiculous.  Whew.  So that's my review of this very useful and cute bag that has a poorly written pattern.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Snowman Table Runner

I've been experimenting with in the hoop (ITH) projects.  I didn't realize how many quilty things you could do with an embroidery machine!  I'm not sure yet if I feel like I am cheating or not, I enjoy the regular quilting process a lot, but I'm having fun playing around with this.  This is a design by Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery Designs. 

Red is my favorite color - I try not to over-do it, but sometimes I just need to add some red in my life.  I must have been having that kind of day :)

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Christmas Sewing Projects...

Oh dear - the last time I posted was Halloween? Where  does the time go? I have been sewing things - my daughter has been in some craft fairs, so I sent her a few things to flesh out her booth.

I sent her four "Un-paper Dolls" made out of felt. One side is her dresser and little kitty...

The other side is a bed that you can slide her into. All of them sold, I probably should have charged more. Oh well.

And some cute little bibs - I saw the free pattern online HERE. They are made from an old shirt and have a velcro closure.

I made a bunch of fabric gift bags, I like to use them because they can either be part of the gift, or they can just be used over and over instead of wrapping paper.

I guess I could have scooted some of my mess out of the picture. I guess I forgot!  :)

Then I made 5 tote bags with Christmas themed fabrics. As I was sewing all these I experimented with different construction methods so I could whip up them up quickly - or what is the point, really, if you are trying to sell stuff!? I don't worry about hurrying when I am making a gift, but to sell - crank those puppies out!

They aren't fully lined, but the top 5 inches are lined so they look pretty when you open them up. The rest of the inside is serged, so it looks nice and neat. The best part of all of these was that I used fabric that I already had!! Well, I did buy a couple squares of felt. All the other fabric, including the tote bag fabric were things I had just sitting there (from enthusiastic buying sprees :)   It feels so good to use that stuff up, and frees up some space in my fabric stash area, ha ha!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Costume Idea!

Halloween is just around the corner, do you have a costume yet?

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