Not much sewing these days. I whipped up some napkins for a party, and then thought better of using them for barbeque pork. So now I am saving them for tea and crumpet parties!
The only other excitement is that I had some internet fame!
About a year ago I sent some pictures to one of my favorite sites, apartment therapy, and the featured me last week! here is the link
We have a new assistant that helps me sew. Meet Doris.
Somehow I managed a present for a knitter.
many, many fat quarters.
I kind of made up the pattern.
It is a little floppy, but I think she will like it.
Did you notice the grosgrain ribbon straps? My favorite part.
by the way, my assistant prefers dogs to me…
I found one of these at a craft fair. I had never seen one before and laughed out loud. Someone once said to me “I can’t tell if it is awesome or hideous” and I never really understood that statement before now.
I am going with awesome. Dish Soap Dresses. The best x-mas present for people have everything. Because it is pretty likely they don’t have this.
I am working on a few more. But if you are on my Christmas list, fair warning, this awesome is coming to you!
A friend of my parents was kind enough to let us stay the night for the out of town wedding we just went to. And this was my thank you!
Our lovely host is a quilter, so I tried to impress her. She was gracious with my hurried efforts, but if you don’t look to close they look pretty good!
I tried a pattern (gasp! it’s true! a pattern) and with some tweeking I think I could do this Chain Pattern for a bigger quilt with my strip scraps.
Now it’s time to hunker down for Hurricane Sandy, maybe some fabric cutting by candlelight…
If everything has gone according to plan, we are at the beach, having just thrown one heck of a beach wedding for my husband’s sister. My blog has been pretty quiet while I have been doing lots of secret crafty stuff for this wedding. Instead of making you wait another week for pictures I have prepped this post to be published while we are away!
My gift to the happy couple is this wall hanging which is also the guest book.
When we visited Spain in the spring I got lots of leaves signed by family members that wouldn’t be able to make the flight over to the states.
I also got some of the more accessible stateside guests to sign in advance to balance out the bride and groom sides. So, not truly a guest book, more of a family and friends tree, I guess. I am so happy I got some of the leaves signed in advance, it will look in-process while it is at the wedding instead of showing up totally clean and without any names.
Materials used on the quilt were all from my stash so they were (kinda) free.
Many more pictures coming of the event and the crafts!
Sometimes inspiration hits me while I drift off to sleep at night.
I have been wanting to try this scallop technique for a while.
And I knew I wanted to make a present for someone who loves orange.
But I can only thank the drowsy pre-sleep state for this fish idea. I was torn between a mermaid head or a fish head, but went for the easier one this time. This is kind of a rough draft. I will do a couple of things differently next time. Quilt them maybe? And maybe a metallic fabric or two.
I will do a little finishing on these before they go to their new home, and then maybe start another set.
Hello garden gnomes! You have made my sewing so much fun recently!
I made one pillow,
and I loved it so much I made another
and then I stopped at 3. But only because I ran out of pillow forms. I still have some gnomes looking for homes…
Gnome fabric from equilter.com, link is here
I have two boyfriends. In the past I have sewn them quilts and pillowcase backpacks. They are 6 and 3 and I am here to tell you that I am out of things to sew for them that they might appreciate. Well, out of things to sew now that I have sewn them these capes.
Which they loved. ‘Cause my boyfriends don’t lie, they tell you how it is.
The new best place to take pictures of my sewing on my daughter is the funhouse mirrors at the Please Touch Museum.
I finally got her into the dress I made her weeks ago. It will fit much better next summer, but for a little smock dress I still love it this summer.
She insisted on red socks and who am I to argue? I myself have a red and aqua project coming along that I hope to share next week.
We are lucky enough to be visiting my sister-in-law in Spain at the end of May and we are staying with various family and friends. We visited in 2009 and had a fantastic time, I always meant to make gifts to send back as thanks but never actually got around to it. I was determined to make a little something that would be homemade, easy to pack and customs proof for our visit this time. I made them all different, hoping that people might find one they like.
I will be very curious to see who picks each one.
In the past I have been very loyal to the idea of piping on pillows. But this time I wanted to skip that step on some of these and I sewed a border around the outside of 3 of the pillows and it made a very decent trim, very close to piping, and much easier!
I spent the time I saved on my trim on the quilting. I love to top stitch like this on the pillow size. Lots of tight lines are so easy at this size but when it comes to anything larger than a baby quilt it is agonizing.
And the backs, I think the backs are just as important! I made these as pillow covers to travel easier and I think I will hand stitch some snaps for closure.
and this picture is for grandma; my assistant saying CHEESE!
The end of the cold weather had me sorting out my drawers and finding things to give away or cut up. Two bags to goodwill, one bag to cut up, which sounds suspiciously like 2 steps forward, one step back. I had bought the blue and pink jersey knit with plans of making some stuff for the toddler. But she has oodles of clothes and mama needed a new skirt. The purple is an old Gap shirt that I loved, but had shrunken in the dresser some how. This shrinking phenomena has nothing to do with having a kid and my love of all things sugar *ahem*. I traced a old jersey skirt and realized I needed a few more inches in length and added the 2nd waist band. Ladies, let me say this, not flattering at all. Don’t try it. I got the length I needed, but now I need to make sure I am wearing a long tee shirt with it…
Husband tried to take a few pictures but they were not-s0-good. Here is a fuzzy mirror picture that shows how nice it hangs, you get the idea. The fabric is oh-so-flowy and I love the prints all mixed up, this is my new favorite skirt!
I had tried to sew jersey with a regular zig zag stitch and was not so pleased. I don’t know what this stitch is called but it is magic! It worked great and will only cause me further delay in getting to learn the serger. Although this skirt does still need a hem, so if the serger mice would like to work on that tonight when I sleep I would be ever so grateful!