Hi there! I hope you had a great weekend. My sewing time last week was – ZERO – and I used the weekend to make up for that…at least a little! Do you look at stuff and think “I could make that!” and then never do? Or take months to finally figure it out? I draw out ideas for new bags after I visit a mall (not very often!) or see a cute bag at the grocery store (more often!). Months later realize, it’s still a great idea and now, I’ve made it!
Saturday, after spending a solid hour cleaning, my allergies have been a mess, I set out to draft pattern pieces and sew this little gem. I love having external pockets! I can always find my keys, a pen fits easily, yet snug … Read More »
Today is the day – off to school! Yesterday we went and got new shoes for each of the girls, happy smiles all around. Shortly after school ended in June, Ella and I talked about a new bag for her. She decided that she wanted a messenger bag, and I asked if we should make it. Being my assistant and seamstress in training she was happy to accept!
Of course I left it until the week before school. Of course!
I gave her some Oz yardage, and had her cut out some flowers and leaves. I had been saving a link to a messenger bag tutorial, so that was easy. I love it when other’s do the math for me!
She’s quite happy with the outcome! The only change I made to the tutorial is the strap – I cut it … Read More »
Checking this project off my list feels SO good!
Our lamp is still trying to find the right home, since rearranging everything. We did have a table lamp, but, one little boy accidentally trashed the shade….
Fabrics are Amy Butler, the home decor fabrics have such a nice feel to them. Slightly more $$ but worth it for a quality covering in my book! That is partly why I did the roman shade, 2 yards per window vs. 6 – 8 yds for a full length curtain.
I lined these with black out lining. Fabrics fade really fast here in windows, and I didn’t want to take a chance at my gorgeous fabric fading. Plus, having the living room dark will be nice for movies, and the hot summer months to come.
two down :)
The windows are on the small side, so … Read More »
I’m so glad to have you help me celebrate 500 posts! It wouldn’t be possible with out all of you :)
I took a little time on Saturday to make some house blocks for V. Pulled out a little extra yardage, from a different project, cut, and whaalaa -
Houses in Frolic
What do you think? I love them – yes, there’s five total! I work in production mode best, and it’s for a great cause! :) These will be in the mail early this week to meet the April 31 deadline.
While working my blocks, I was able to put a couple new tools to work! I told you about Kelly’s month of giveaways, and went and entered myself in a bunch of them too. Lucky me – I won a set of tools. Yay me!
Super sharp little scissors and … Read More »
One of Ella’s teachers is expecting a new baby boy, and has a 2 year old little girl at home. When I learned this I started thinking about what I could do/make for the new babe! Unfortunately, I’ve had zero time for extra quilt projects, so I put it on the back burner in my mind.
Then I received this amazing cut of fleece from Valori Wells, it is so soft and snuggly! In the end, we decided to make a special blanket for the big sister, from Ella, who is our big sister.
Quick instructions: Square up your fleece, buy satin binding, pin in place as you go, and stitch! A walking foot probably would help with the creeping nature of the satin, but it’s a sweet little fast blanket.
Ella was able to give the blanket to the soon-to-be big sister, … Read More »
Hi there! I had a fun and productive weekend, and the best part is – there’s no school today! Friday was the end of the quarter, so the lovely teachers have a day to work without students.
I finished piecing a quilt, and prepped the backing, made from this beautiful collection – Botany by Lauren and Jessi Jung, I believe it will be out in March. The colors are fresh and scream spring! Before I finished my quilt top, I had already planned a quick table runner for my living room!
Honestly, I think I spent about an hour total on this piece. I even stitched the binding on the machine – not as hard as everyone makes it out to be! The only thing I would do different next time is cut the binding smaller – I was working with jelly … Read More »
Even though I don’t really need another bag (according to my family!) I did need a finish! A little something that could be completed and shared here, and be a low key item just for me. I’ve had this bag cut out for quite a while and so last night, was the night! I had pieced a couple backs earlier in the day, but set aside my current piecing project, to finish something!
This is an unlined tote bag intended to carry quilt projects in progress and the like! (In fact, I put two quilt tops/backs in to take the picture!) Having joined the local quilt guild (it’s fun!) one of the first things I noticed was that lots of ladies have large totes for toting projects for show & tell – here’s mine! I made it with two 1/2 yards … Read More »
While I wasn’t mopping up the kitchen or soaking my hands in dishwater I was working on these over the weekend! Last year when I made our tree skirt, my family suggested stockings. I wanted to make them, but had purchased enough fabric for the tree skirt only. Well, earlier this summer I was blessed, when the charming Kelly cleaned out her stash, and I knew that stockings were a must!
I love the maverick stars and this is my first project with them. I love the gentle reminder of Christs’ birth with the star – even Emmalie noted while I was sewing that they were like “Jesus’ star”. She’s such a smart girl :) I put everyone’s name on them, that way there are no squabbles year to year. And I had fun … Read More »
I spent Wednesday – sewing! I didn’t do any dishes, laundry or vacuuming until after 4:30pm! Yeah, the place was a disaster between the kids and all my threads, but I was smiling. As has happened often, I had an idea for a bag that was keeping me awake, needing to be made. So I got busy!My little Sassy Tote. It measures 9″ wide and tall, and 3″ deep. With 2 interior and 1 exterior pocket.It holds all that I need it too, but hopefully I won’t loose stuff in it. Can you tell that’s been a problem lately!?Pretty prints on the back — I love the Amy Butler Love prints!I think my favorite feature is the outside pocket – I’m limiting my keys and phone to this pocket, so I can … Read More »
Slightly more interesting than yesterday! I have been wanting to make a set of grocery sacs since I made the first one last year. . . you know those projects that you put off because they just aren’t that exciting. Guilty! The pattern is from SewSimple – May 2008 – it works up easily and is comfortable to carry a load of groceries. Now I have a set of six, made from thrift sheets!
I gotta run again – so excited for Friday to come!
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The placemat I sent to Beth!
My favorite part and the inspiration for the rest of the placemat :)
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I took this -and made it this -So fun! I love Dresden plate ruler/template thingy! Takes all the mystery out of them :) If you look back at this post I have more information about it, and the pattern I used for the pincushion.
ETA: the link to the pattern is here! I didn’t realize it was hiding :)
My Wonderland fabric just keeps on giving! I promise I didn’t buy that much – just love using up all the little bits :)
This is what Emmalie was working on while I sewed – “I’m organizing for you!” she tells me. I understand where the anal/perfectionist comes from, aahhmm, I just hope she outgrows some of it before it keeps her from enjoying anything less than perfect. Such a sweetie, and all the while … Read More »