Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Sewing -sewing-sewing

A view of my dining table -full of projects, patterns etc. There are even a few clothing projects hidden in there . A shirt dress & a skirt to be exact. But I'm trying to first finish a couple of UFO bags & a birthday gift for DGD . The birthday gift a small tote called The Classmate- from Atkinson Designs. My Bernina Gourmet Club did this in the spring & I was sidetracked with a family emergency. But now it's cut out & in progress with a deadline of August . My girl friend made 3 for her triplet grandchildren -she set the bar very high !!!!
I hope to have more pictures soon of finished projects . During the kitchen remodel I hope to have LOTS of time to sew !!!! Besides it sure beats being outside inthe AZ. summer heat . 

The corner of this picture has the fabrics I'm using for the classmate . DGD loves yellow & Science like her daddy . The afghan is for a shower gift for a future nieclette! 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Really sewing this time !

I was stunned that I hadn't blogged since April - but the last 2 months have been a mixture of helping a family member , travel , #1sons PhD graduation , time in NYC with Son, WDIL & of course DGD . 
But as you can see by my smile as a sewer I managed to squeeze in some fabric shopping in Dublin. I bought 2 pieces of Irish Linen 😍😍
I also bought fabric while in NYC at Mood & Metro Textiles. 
The travel was wonderful & the family member I was also helping  seems to be improving as well so TIME TO SEW!!! 
What to make first can be paralyzing , but I'm spending some quality time in the sewing room thinking things through . I usually just jump right into a project & many times realize I either don't have enough fabric, or the fabric isn't right for the pattern. So..,
I'm working on slowing the process down & thinking !!!
My charity sewing is really helping that  process. I can sit at my serger & make baby Onsies for our CCS group for the local hospitals. While doing this I feel I have time to look at my cutting table for inspiration . 
Some loose cotton voile tops seem to end calling my name ! 
But that skirt & table runner ...

Monday, April 11, 2016

Yeah Sewing again !

Snap bags are such a fun,fast project ! 
I needed some quick gifts as I was meeting friends for one friends birthday . 
Maybe someday I'll make up these type of gifts ahead of time so I'm not always in such a rush . 
Ha ha 
I have my Gourmet Sewing club project cut out & pressed  for Thursday's club meeting. 
It's the tool tote by Penny Sturgis . Lots of pieces but will be very cute. 
Wed is Embroidery club - I don't have that project organized yet . We are embroidering the Lazy Girl Bendy Bag .
Garment sewing I miss you !!!!! 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Garment sewing

Garment Sewing 

I'm away from my sewing machines right now helping someone who needed an extra pair of 
hands & some extra prayers .  Being away has given me some time to reflect on just what my sewing 
goals are .  I do love garment sewing - garments were my first ever sewing projects & 
are still my first love. Then why am I not sewing more garments ?
Hard question to answer - if I am really honest it's because of my weight & not feeling good in clothes . But the other part of that is fitting . I need to make a more concerted effort to fit garments properly. I certainly have enough book, articles & Craftsy classes that I ought to be able to figure this out. It's not so much a time issue as a motivation issue .
I think I need to give this more thought & start taking steps in the direction of making great fitting clothes .

PS - this is not a woe is me post . Just some thinking out loud 😍
Day 3 of my mission of mercy is wearing me out a tiny bit , but spending time with loved ones is worth that . 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Make up bag for a special niece -

This was a fun bag to embroider . Our Diva club project & I actually finished it the within the same month. I had the embroidery finished in class so it was a quick finish. The embroidery is from fabric confetti . Vanessa is so talented -check out her website & ideas. 

I have Sandra Betzina's puzzle top cut out & ready to sew. I wanted to make this as soon as possible so. Wouldn't forget what I learned during my week with her in January . 
I also have some snap bags to cut out & finish for a friends birthday get together on Monday .
...the skirt & table runners are still staring at me on the cutting table !! 
Since I only have 2 nieces I'd better get started on one of these makeup bags for my other special 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Quilt finished in under a year !!!

I finally finished the quilt I made last year on a quilt cruise in April 2015 . If you finished within a year - the quilt shop would reprint the  pattern  cover with your picture on it. 
I had 90% finished on the cruise . The long arm quilter took 5 months to machine quilt. So that put me behind , but done is done !!! Shop owner said only 20% had finished their quilts so I feel very happy that I finished !

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Tote bag finished !!

Yeah ! 
I finished our Gourmet Club January project yesterday ! Wow I got so far behind - Decmber is not finished but it will be by next Christmas .
Belonging to 2 sewing clubs & 1 sewing software clubs per month can sometimes be a bit much .
But it is great to finish projects.
I finished the Diva Wallet but the hardware is drying so I'll take a pic later. 
The Everything But the Kitchen Sink tote bag was fun to make . It took over 3 yds of fabric & had many steps . I tried to do it in bits & pieces but finally took some time to concentrate & finish it . 
The pictures do not show off the inside of the bag as it has many pockets. It's also a reversible bag which I really like . A fun project I hope to get a lot of use from.