Monday, August 31, 2009
Part of what we did today was to make a necklace together. She loves the color orange and anything somewhat funky. So we decided on this style of necklace where the beads appear to "float" on the wire. She picked out the beads and put them in the order that she wanted and then I attached them for her and crimped them in place. It turned out really cute and she was very happy with it.
We had the book, Jewelry Just for YOU!, from the library and got the idea for this necklace on pgs. 46-49.
Friday, August 28, 2009
This quilt was my original inspiration. I saw it a couple years ago and loved it! I started collecting my coins right then for my future project. I started out making this so that no two coins were alike, but since I wanted it to be big I ended up using some duplicates. I don't feel bad about that at all, it still has a great scrappy feel!
(This picture isn't doing the back any favors, but I wanted to show you the scale of the print and stripe.)
(This picture is much more flattering and true to color)
Finished quilt measures 60" by 72" (152cm by 183cm)
My coins are 3" by 5" (7.6cm by 12.7cm) before sewing, sashing is 3" and top/bottom sashing is 6" (15.2cm) before sewing.
"relaxing at home and playing at the playground with my daughter. and lots and lots of sewing while she napped!"
Congrats and please email us your address so we can send out your skirt.
Happy Friday! and hopefully some weekend sewing.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
As I was checking out the various lists of supplies I decided to try a little something different for pencil cases. I know you can go buy them cheap, but then they don't last through the school year and you have to go buy another one down the road. So this year we decided to make some.
This was definitely a "wing it" project. Next time around I would probably do a few things different, but for now I'm happy and the kids are happy. And it used up some of my scraps.
I decided to try my hand at using selvages--topstitching them down on a piece of muslin or other scrap fabric about 13" square. Added an exposed zipper, and then some straps to put them into their binders. If you want to see some serious selvage seamstresses go to Google and type in "selvage" and you'll be amazed at some of the awesome quilts and other items people have made using their selvages. I think the original one where Emily first saw this kind of sewing was at Vintage Ric Rac. But hey, if you're like me, start small--like a pencil case.
Friday, August 14, 2009
I have been working on a project for a little while and from the beginning have had the intent to give it away as a gift. However, now as it is almost completed I am having second thoughts--which I find a little weird for me. I am actually making 2--one for me to keep--but now I am not sure I want to give the other one away. It is not that I think the receiver won't love it--they have somewhat requested this item--or won't appreciate it; I know they will. And it isn't like this project is so overwhelmingly wonderful and perfectly put together, or so expensive that I can't part with it. But for some reason I am feeling rather selfish and stingy about giving it away. Really, I don't need two, I could use them both for sure, but I definitely don't NEED two.
So has anyone else ever had this situation arise and if so, what did you do? If you haven't ever felt this way then maybe I am just going through a selfish period and need to keep it to myself until it passes. I'd love to hear what you ended up doing when faced with a similar situation. How did it all work out?
Monday, August 10, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
This is the fabric she chose for the contrasting band.
M. was able to make the pillowcase all by herself--only straight seams necessary--and I walked her through it easy enough. Total cost for the fabric: $5.49
Below are the measurements that I have been using since I got them from a Hancock Fabrics Holiday Craft Show in 2000.
Approximate pillowcase sizes—
21” x 31 ½” Standard
21” x 35 ½” Queen
21” x 41 ½” King
¾ yd. fabric (standard) OR 7/8 yd. (queen) OR 1 ½ yd. (king)
1/8 yd. coordinating fabric A (narrow band)
1/3 yd. coordinating fabric B (wide band)
27” x 43” piece (standard) OR 31” x 43” (queen) OR 37” x 43” (king) of main color (MC)
2 ½” x 43” piece of fabric color A
9” x 43” piece of fabric color B
1. With right sides together (RST) stitch both the narrow band (A) and wide band (B) each along their short edge. You'll be making a circle of sorts.
2. Press open seams and then fold each band in half wrong sides together (WST). Still maintaining a circle.
3. With RST, fold pillowcase (MC) in half, stitching one end and the side piece. Finish seam allowance. Press.
4. Align both the narrow and wide bands with raw edges matching. If you need to baste the raw edges together. Still maintaining a circle.
5. With RST match the narrow band side to the pillowcase and stitch. Finish seam allowance. Press seam towards pillowcase.
6. Topstitch along band seam, if desired.
This is the other part to her present--matching tees that she ironed on some cat and dog decals.
The two shirts and all the iron-ons cost us less than $10--barely, but still less.
Monday, August 3, 2009
This is one I've been wanting to finish. It's a size two. The white tee is from Target. I used scrap fabric for the yo-yo's. The skirt is made from fabric I purchased at a local quilt shop a very long time ago. I used this skirt pattern.
This was inspired by a JCrew outfit I loved, but refused to buy. Here's the JCrew version (no longer available):
Saturday, August 1, 2009
I buy my fabric locally at Mill End Textiles. I went on their website and they specifically say they do NOT take internet orders. However, if you live in North or South Dakota, Minnesota, or Wisconsin you can locate a store near you and head their way. Love that store and their prices!
I came across this site as I was searching for something swimsuit related--Pattern School--for free patterns and how to tweak your own style of swimsuit. I haven't delved too much into that site just yet, but I am going to more thoroughly check out how she designs her suit. I really like the look of this suit--Empire tank suit. Pattern school also lists on their website where they have bought fabric online around the world and their recommendations.
You can go visit Dana and Su as they are doing a swimsuit sew along. They have a couple good hints too. Dana says she bought fabric from Spandex World. Based on what I am used to paying their prices look a bit spendy to me. But if you can't find anything you like locally then it appears they have a great selection. I did find a coupon online for Spandex world if that is something you are interested in.