Friday, December 26, 2008
As for gifts that I received, I was really lucky this year. My parents bought me a fancy Rowenta iron -- something I would never have bought for myself! I can't wait to use it for pressing :-) I also got the Sophia pattern I have wanted - I can't wait to get started on this one too!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I love those YKK zippers, they are easier to install than the one's I get at Joann's. Since I'm going to New York City in February (and I'm planning on hitting some of these stores), I'm going to stock up on them!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I also churned out this table runner today. It's too wide, but I just folded it over and put it on the table. I keep telling myself - it doesn't have to be perfect.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
And here is what I'm going to make him - I just need to measure him and buy some fleece - I'm thinking Patriots themed fleece - this looks pretty simple and it should work up quick, I'll post pictures when I'm done - hmm I might make the capelet for myself (not in Patriots fleece though!)!!
In other news, my serger is still acting up. I have threaded and rethreaded a thousand times. Luckily there is a sewing center near me, I'm going to bring it down there and see if they can show me what I'm doing wrong. I hit the jackpot with vintage notions at a church fair yesterday, I need to go through them and see what I ended up with. I also got a great vintage sewing box, I'll post some pictures once I get it cleaned up!
One of the projects that I plan on working on over the winter-time (after Christmas sewing is done) are some pillows and a table runner for my coffee table. I saw this tutorial today that I think I'm going to follow for the runner - it's quilted, so I can work on a quilt without it being a huge project. I'm also going to be hunting around online for a log-cabin pillow tutorial. I do love to patchwork!
While I was at Joann's I picked up 2 new patterns and this new magazine, which had a bunch of great projects in it, including a full-size pattern for a skirt. I'm off to Barnes and Noble, I want to see if they have Alicia Paulson's new book in stock - have a great week!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Well, as this post title suggest, this weekend is my birthday weekend (actual day - Monday). My family is having a party for me tonight, which I'm really looking forward to, it's going to be so much fun! Tomorrow, I have nothing planned - and I'm keeping it that way! I want to sleep in and then I'm going to work on some projects that I have been wanting to make for a while. Like this wristlet, this key fob, along with working on some of the many tutorials I have bookmarked and also starting some work on the billion patterns I have lined up - at least cutting some out. That's my gift to myself, some quality time in the sewing room :-)
I hope to have some finished products to show off on Monday - enjoy your weekend!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I'm so excited to have completed this quilt! I love it - I think it came out great :-) I'm not showing you guys my corners, so don't even ask!!! This was a lot of fun to put together, even though it took sooooo long! I had originally planned to make my own binding, but in the end, I machine-attached purchased binding. I accidentally bought 2 packages of smaller sized binding, so the long edges have wide bindings, the shorter edges have thinner binding. Like Tim Gunn says, "make it work," and I did! I really, really love it, although I'm in no hurry to make another one!
Monday, October 13, 2008
Decorate office supplies with fabric from How About Orange
DIY pencil cup also at How About Orange
Thumbtacks at How About Orange (can you tell I love her blog??)
Mouse Pad at Armelle Blog
Another mouse pad at twelve22
I have some new patterns and fabric to show you, as well as a new sewing book. Hopefully I will show you this week! I hope the hemming goes quick - maybe I can at least pin the binding....
Friday, October 10, 2008
I didn't mean to disappear for 10 days, but I have. So much going on (all good!) and not much time has meant very little sewing production. I did manage to sandwich my quilt and I began quilting it. I have to admit that binding this quilt is scaring me a bit, but I really want it to be done. Hopefully by the end of this long weekend, I will have a finished quilt. I am warning you professionals out there, I am NOT hand stitching the binding. If I do that, this quilt will be finished sometime in 2020!
I have so much that I want to work on, but I feel like I cannot move on while the quilt is unfinished. I believe that Simplicity patterns are on sale this weekend, so I'd like to pick up a few knit top patterns. I also would like to make a simple black a-line skirt. I got a promotion at work (!) and now I need a whole new wardrobe (I really do, I was wearing a uniform before and outside of work I am a jeans/t-shirt girl). I will probably purchase a lot, but I do want to work on a few simple pieces to wear as well. I not only want to update my work wardrobe, but also my off-duty outfits as well. I know I've mentioned that I'm turning 30 (really, really soon!) so I would like to start dressing in a nicer, casual way - more like a 30 year old woman and less like a 17 year old! I'm thinking nice boots, knit tops, good fitting jeans, a pretty scarf and some simple jewelry. I'll be a work in progress, but look for some posts (and pictures, I promise) of my upgrades. And please hold me accountable, I need to finish this quilt!!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
The quilt top is complete! I was in New Hampshire last weekend, so no sewing was done, but I was able to complete the last 3 rows during little bits of time during the week. I also trimmed the batting to fit, so I just need to get the backing and start quilting - which I plan to do on Saturday. I looked up walking feet online and they are pretty pricey - especially for just one quilt. So, I'm going to brave this quilt top without one. I have enjoyed putting this together, but I don't foresee much more quilting in my future. I have a million different projects that I want to start next!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
There was finally some time to get started on my quilt! It's coming along quickly - I sewed 6 rows so far, I think 4-5 more will be plenty for the size I want. Maybe 6 to be safe. I had a thought that maybe I would back it in a light blue gingham. I'll have to dig out a Joann's coupon and go get some, this is working up pretty quick!
Up next, I tried hemming a pair of pants with stitch witchery and they just aren't having it! So, I'm off to sit on the couch with my needle and thread :-) Have a great week everyone!