Perry Moffitt

November 30, 2013

Bags for everyone.

My fabric stash was starting to overflow, I tried some advanced organization techniques but it had encroached on valuable space.  I made some drawstring bags for the dance school and took them over before I even got pictures. But that was barely a dent. The only cure was to make some handmade gifts. Tote bags for my hubby’s co workers. Totally loving the surprise combos I used, I would have never guessed the Park Slope Flowers would match so nicely with that Kingdom fabric!

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And drawstring backpacks for the Pre School Teachers. I think I will put some gift cards in the pocket.

Pre School teachers need a ton of thanks in my book!

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November 20, 2013

A big stack for Days for Girls

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These have taken forrrreeeevvvveeerrrr. I am glad to do it for a good cause.

I used this to sum up the last time I talked about this project;

“Days for Girls” . If you don’t want to click I can try to sum it up. In parts of this world where there isn’t regular garbage collection or bathroom plumbing, that time of the month means that young girls and women frequently stay in their rooms, sometimes sitting on cardboard. And here is the important part, these girls are hiding away and missing class or work for one week every 4 weeks, the effect are huge, they marry younger, stay less educated, and earn less for their families. Basic hygiene that we take for granted is being brought to them in the form of kits from amazing sewing volunteers.

In a moment of victory I laid the 48 I made out. They kinda look like a quilt here.

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Another stack picture, humor me, these took way longer than I thought they would! IMG_0308

October 26, 2013

Sewing for “Days for Girls”

A little work in progress post while I work on secret Christmas projects! I recently bought a pretty awesome sewing magazine and found an article about this amazing charity, “Days for Girls” . If you don’t want to click I can try to sum it up. In parts of this world where there isn’t regular garbage collection or bathroom plumbing, that time of the month means that young girls and women frequently stay in their rooms, sometimes sitting on cardboard. And here is the important part, these girls are hiding way and missing class or work for one week every 4 weeks, the effect are huge, they marry younger, stay less educated, and earn less for their families. Basic hygiene that we take for granted is being brought to them in the form of kits from amazing sewing volunteers. I have started to sew a pretty decent collection in hopes to get them shipped by Christmas.

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I enlisted my mother-in-law and she enlisted her sisters and they did all the cutting for the shields. I have started pinning and sewing and I think we will have 45 total shields, as long as I don’t screw any up!

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The shields are 2 layers of cotton and a layer of PUL, a waterproof and washable fabric also used in cloth diapers, which also happens to be very slippery to sew with. 2 cotton tabs on either end keep in the liners. I don’t have a snap press, but the charity mentions that they will do the snaps on any shields without them. One shield down, 44 to go!

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 The liners are made from flannel, I have to get my serger out to finish the edges on these. 4 yards made about 60 liners.

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And the easiest part, the tote bag, I made 12 so far, but those guys are easier to kick out. My numbers are way off, each kit should have 2 shields and 10 liners per tote bag. I figure the shield is the hardest part to make, so I am making lots of those, and now that I do the math, I would have to make 160 more flannel liners, that’s another 12 yards of flannel! Yikes! I I want to make 22 full kits I am gonna have to find a good sale on flannel!

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February 13, 2013

napkins and a touch of fame

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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!

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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

December 9, 2012

many pocket tote bag

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We have a new assistant that helps me sew. Meet Doris.

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Somehow I managed a present for a knitter.

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many, many fat quarters.

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I kind of made up the pattern.

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It is a little floppy, but I think she will like it.

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Did you notice the grosgrain ribbon straps? My favorite part.

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by the way, my assistant prefers dogs to me…

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December 5, 2012

Proof a fabric lover has totally lost it.

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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.

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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.

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I am working on a few more. But if you are on my Christmas list, fair warning, this awesome is coming to you!

October 28, 2012

Love Scrabble Pillow and Chain Pillow

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…

September 3, 2012

Quilt Guest book

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!

August 15, 2012

Fish Scale Pillows

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.

July 7, 2012

Garden Gnomes Invade

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

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