Friday, August 29, 2008

flea market find

We ventured out to the flea market today and I found this fab-u-lous cabinet.

We brought it home cleaned it up and it is now home to my fabrics and sewing materials.

I am a happy, happy girl.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

brown, pink and polka dots !

Haven't been able to sneak some time for sewing lately. I have a bunch of stuff on my "to do list" three quilts that I need to send off to be quilted and one work in progress that I am not sure what I want to do with yet.

Plus I have about a dozen ideas bouncing around inside my head. All that stuff makes me not want to sew.

Go figure.

Anyway. I wanted to share one of my more embarrassing quilts.

This one I made last summer. I was in love with the colors, pink, brown and the polka dots ! Stupid me thought triangles would be a piece of cake. Everything was going good but then I messed up the pattern (can you find it ?) I didn't even notice it until the blanket was  done !

This one resides hidden in the closet.

It was a learning experience.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

[flower power]

So I went into Joann's looking for something in particular, and I came out with something completely different.

The flower fabric and the pink polka dot corduroy fabric. The rest of it I already had.

Last night I played around with the pattern. I wanted something cute and sweet and I didn't want to use white like I normally do.

After about three hours this is what I came up with. You like ?

It's not very big. I didn't measure it yet, but I know it is smaller than a crib quilt.

I haven't quite decided if I am done yet though. I might add a few more strips to the bottom. Or top, since it doesn't really matter which way you look at this quilt.

There was a coordinating flower fabric that I think I will use for the back. Any suggestions for the binding ?

Sunday, August 17, 2008

headbands !

Finally ! 

Something I can wear and something that can use up my growing stash of fabric scraps !

All you need is fabric (the funkier the better !) some elastic, cutting mat, rotary cutter, iron, sewing machine and a head.

I am not posting the directions simply because I found them on Old Red Barn Co's blog. She does a way better job of showing you how then I EVER would.

This is what the finished product looks like.

And here I am ! Wearing the funky headband I just made.

Wow ! Wasn't that easy ?

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Farmer's Market

Look at what the mail-person just dropped off.

My fingers are itching to start sewing.

Farmer's Market Jolly Pack.

It makes me jolly :)

[ginger blossom]


That's what I did when I picked up these fabrics.

Except the brown/blue/floral one ? That one doesn't belong. It was a skirt I found at Goodwill and I knew, I just knew the fabric would come in handy.

You know this stuff doesn't last long in my house. It was cut and assembled in less than a week.

This one is headed off to the quilter again. It's a small one, only about 41x50 if I remember right.

The back will be plain white and I am not sure what I want to use for the binding yet.

Stay tuned :)

Friday, August 8, 2008

i [heart] fabric covered buttons

How I love thee fabric covered button !

Aren't they delicious ? I want to just pop one in my mouth they are so sweet.

Don't ask what possessed me to make them. Talk about super easy. The hardest part was figuring out how to secure them on the itty-bitty hair clip. Still trying to figure that out, any suggestions ?

Right now the metal piece underneath the button (no idea what the correct technical term is) is attached to the hair clip, it's loose though so I think I am going to dab a smudge of either super glue or hot glue.

I might need some little girl testers. See how they hold up over time.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

swing, batter batter batter, swing !

Finished !

Not a minute too soon, Kegan was sick yesterday morning and needed something to make him feel better.

Red, white, blue and baseballs !

The finished size is 46x46, a perfect square. Once it's too small for Kegan it can be passed down to little brother.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

one more for today...

I picked up this yummy bundle of fabric the other day. Brown, blue and cream.

I put together a few blocks, this is what I have so far...

A boy quilt

Kegan asked me to hook him up with a new quilt.

He was very specific. It had to have baseballs and be red, white and blue.

Armed with that information we headed to the fabric store. He of course picked out the most expensive baseball fabric there.

I figured it was best to keep it super simple.

The back is more of the expensive baseball fabric, the back and binding will match. I did the quilting on my machine since the finished size of this quilt isn't that big.

I am still working on this one, I have the binding left to do.

It's LOUD !

This quilt started off strange. I had this vintage type flower fabric that I scored at Joann's a long time ago. It was 1/2 the clearance price (which was 40% off the original price.) I think I bought 5-6 yards. I also grabbed the green coordinating fabric at the same time. Anyway.

So I had a butt load of this fabric and no idea what to do with it. I scooped up some fat quarters in the pink and orange and I had the striped fabric already hanging around.

I started cutting and randomly piecing together and this it what happened. It's loud and in your face. Once again faced with the dread of trying to quilt it on my machine I searched out someone else to quilt it for me. Her name is Susan Scott and she works miracles. 

It took about two weeks (if that) after I dropped it off. She did what's called a meander pattern and it's cool. She even gave it back to me in my very own embroidered bag. The price was reasonable too. Given the fact that I didn't have to do it, it was very reasonable.

Once I got it back all I had to do was the binding.  In another act of unselfishness I decided to hand sewing the binding.

I was thinking it would take me days and days to hand sew the back. I had to get the slip stitch down first, once I did that I started the stitching yesterday afternoon and finished this morning. It looks much better than if I had down it on the machine.

The finish size is 50" x 70". Big enough to snuggle in and small enough not to overwhelm you.

I thought this quilt was for me, but I think now I am saving it for a very special baby girl that is due in December.