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. 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

More sewing

I made these Sew Trendy Bags in the hoop & Rare Bears . These are for an MPS fundraiser for my friend Kris . Her son & my niece died of the same rare disease . 
I also made 3 more bags for my upcoming Christ Child Society fundraiser . They are quick & fun to make . 

Also sewed some fun items for DGD - 2 year old are so fun to sew for !!! Just always wishing she didn't live so far away !!! The picture of her in the reversible apron, chef hat & oven mitt was so adorable . She said "I'm cooking hot " 
Now back to some sewing for me 
A skirt & table runner are STILL on the cutting table 

Sandra Betzina & lots of sewing

Wow I can't believe it's been over a month since I've updated my blog.  I've been in a small funk about the blog because my only follower is  I my #2 son. But then I realized it started this to document MY sewing adventures ! 
So I have been sewing !!
My trip to San Fransciso was fabulous . I loved the week of sewing with Sandra Betzina & learning so much from her & the other ladies in the class. The Marine Memorial Hotel was a great location & the sewing room was very well staffed & set up for sewing .
We had a wonderful dinner the first night at Sandra's home . I had to keep pinching myself that I was actually with THE Sandra Betzina . She is very down to earth . I finished her twist top & ponte puzzle pants . I love both of them , but need to tweak the pants as the leg is too full at the bottom. 
We were right around the corner from  Britex fabrics. I made several trips there & bought some great mesh & more ponte . 
We also took a field trip to Piedmont fabrics & Stone Mtn . Both places were great  I of course bought fabric at both places . I do love online shopping ,but nothing takes the place of seeing quality fabrics in person !!!!
It was a truly special week for me & I learned so much about sewing as well as about myself & sewing for my lifestyle !!!

Sandra looked so stylish every day - such an inspiration !