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?

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Felt Un-Paper Dolls

I love my embroidery machine!  It's so wonderful to be back in the States and have all my machines again! Look at these adorable dolls! This is my first 'in the hoop' (ITH) project. I saw a picture of them online and thought my granddaughter would love it - and she does!  I sent four of them off yesterday for a craft fair this weekend.


One side has a little bed that you can slide the doll into, and the other side has a dresser and little basket for the kitty.  There are 3 different outfits she can wear. 

I made every piece from felt so I wouldn't have to worry about dangling threads or fraying. The way the pattern is designed has plenty of embellishment to put on the outfits so they look fine on a solid color of fabric.

I put a little piece of Velcro on the back of the clothes and the kitty so they will stick securely where they are put. My granddaughter carried hers around like a purse on her shoulder all day :)


You can find the pattern HERE if you are interested in an ITH project. There is a wonderful tutorial on the website that has every step of the way outlined.

My first one turned out perfect!  Of course, then I thought I knew what I was doing so I started making mistakes because I wasn't checking to make sure I was following the tutorial... Everything was fixable, just wasted some of my time, lol!  Did I learn my lesson? Probably not.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Little Zipper Pouch

We will be leaving Jerusalem soon and going to to the good old USA!  There are things I will miss about Jerusalem, but it doesn't compare with all the family and friends and conveniences at home - and I won't feel like I'm illiterate any longer. That is a terrible feeling.



So, I decided to make some cute little zippered pouches to give away as gifts to some of my friends here before I leave.  I found this cute pattern on Craftsy, it's called "Half Square Triangle Pouch". I like it because it is unique in several ways.


It is made using one side of the zipper tape so you get a round edge. Because the zipper goes across the front of the pouch it can sit open, you don't have to hold it up and open with one hand while you put things in it.




If you had it sitting next to you at the sewing machine you could have wonder clips or something in it and grab them out as needed since its can sit there open.




I also like that the rounded edge makes it possible to use as a pouring spout when you are emptying it. Notice my action shot - dumping out the buttons into the jar with one hand while holding my camera with the other - oh, what talent!

The pouches are pretty small, the pattern says they will be 4.5 " square, but I managed to get most of mine about 5" square. Zipper pouches just plain come in handy, who can't use another one?

Saturday, July 28, 2018

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