Thursday, July 16, 2015

Table runner finished

I finally finished a table runner I started last November at a 2 day event at my Bernina dealer. 
It was a project using a curved specialty ruler. They had us cut them out different than the directions so it ended up smaller than I would have liked. But it's done & on the table - yeah ! 
I finished the other 3 projects shortly after the event. 
I made a summer dress this week & knit skirt - pictures soon ! I wanted a summer dress for an upcoming family reunion . 
My brother asked me to make a tee shirt quilt with all the reunion shirts from our parents . I have the shirts cut up but not sure I can finish & wondering if it's worth dragging to reunion since  everyone should also have all these shirts. 
I've also kept to my self imposed break from charity sewing this week. It's hard not to make more onesies , but I really wanted some time to finish & make some projects of my own. 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Meeting my goal

I have so far been able to meet my personal goal of crocheting an afghan a month for my CCS group . We donate afghans ,quilts & handmade baby clothes to local hospitals .
I was VERYburned out from sewing the baby clothes at the end of our year in May. I had decided to take the summer off , but the pull of having enough items  for our first distribution in Sept. got to me.
I have slowed down a bit as I want to concentrate on sewing other items . I want to mainly sew some things for me. I will also make some things for DGD but it's hard to fit when she's so far away.
I have 2 dresses on the cutting/sewing table to finish before our family reunion in 2 weeks.
I finished 30 onesies & my afghan .  I always forget to take pictures until I'm on my way out the door . Need to work on better pictures. This picture really doesn't do the onesies justice . They are sooooo cute !!! 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Summer knit skirt

I made this knit skirt last  spring but have just begun wearing it more regularly. I used a pattern but then changed the waist to a yoga waistband . It's a knit from Girl Charlee. I love the weight of it- more of a mid weight , but the registration of the design is off in a few places . I had to cut around some places  which was annoying . 
It's very easy to wear & washes up great also. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Paris bag & purse finished with time to spare

I made another London City Bag in Paris fabrics . It went together much faster & I only had to watch the you tube video once on putting on the slider on the handle .  I didn't get a picture of all 4 of the little pouches I made , but those were a fun in the hoop project fro zippy designs - boutique bags 
Now I just have to finish packing .

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Belcarra top

This fabric is so pretty UP CLOSE - it looks blah from a few feet away & I'm so very disappointed!! It was not cheap & I got it last trip to NYC. I love the colors & it goes with so many skirts etc, but I'm not sure if it will look like it matches from afar. I'm also struggling with the Belcarra. I need to learn an FBA so this top is not so baggy at the waist. I even put long darts in ,  it the fabric is a tad sheer & that's where your focus goes - so I'm taking them out .  Still struggling with patterns that look good on my body type as well as fabrics that work for the pattern. Lots of learning to do ��

Monday, June 1, 2015

Travel May - whew

A friend asked the other day how my trip was . I saw her the day after we flew back from NYC . So I replied " Great flew in last night " . She said " How long was the cruise "?  . I told her I wasn't on a cruise we were visitng Son,DIL & DGD. She kept asking what happened to the cruise. We had a good laugh when I said the cruise was great but a memory as I had been several places since the cruise !!!!
I didn't tell her we were getting ready for our June river cruise to France & Paris. Wow I'm so lucky & blessed .
The dress for DGD & marching doll dress were a big hit . I'm not sure she totally understand s yet about playing dolls & changing clothes but it was so fun to see a creation I made on someone I love !!
She of course was being a 21 month old & wouldn't look at camera or smile on cue.

Big sewing day today - CLEANING THE SEWING ROOM !!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Quilt cruise to Eastern Carribean

The Quilting cruise was so much fun ! We cruised the Eastern Carribean- sewed on the cruising days & had lots of fun in between. I went with a CCS friend who is a great quilter. I am not as experienced as she is, but I did learn a lot . I even kept up with the pattern which was my biggest fear- falling behind. The pattern ,kit, prizes, giveaways were from a local quilt shop - 3 Dudes.
Quilts At Sea - Michelle Jackson was the overall organizer. The highlight for me was going to a Batik factory on St Kitts for a private tour& making our own piece of Batik.
Another highlight- there were many !!! Was winning the sewing machine on board the cruise. A Florida dealer provided all sewing machines . He gives away a starter machine & I WON IT . The stipulation was it be given to a new beginning sewer. So my niece Abby Rose got a call from me when we landed in Ft Lauderdale that she would get sewing lessons from me & a new machine !!
She was thrilled & so am I !!!!!!
My almost finished top- just need to add border . A Batik kit with several choices of colors was included in our quilt package .
A view of the process of making our own piece of Batik . 
Great trip & motivation ������