Sunday, May 24, 2009

Memorial Weekend Sewing

On my challenge blog Stephanie challenged me to make a unique piece of jewlery. I used the fabric cuff pattern from 'Seams to me' by Anna Marie Horner. This was really fun! I made a ruffle version first, then decided I would like it better with out the ruffle, so I made another. Her instructions for the button loops are great. I had never made them this way. They work and look great. I will be using that skill again.

I bought this Oilily shirt on Ebay. The sleeves and shirt were a smidge to short. After two years of wearing it as is I decided to remodel it a bit. I removed the sleeves and used my serger to change the hem to a rolled hem.

Coming up, baby stuff. I have eight friends who are pregnant. Lots of baby sewing/designing going on. Also keep an eye out for Sew Mama Sew's June E-newsletter. I'm writing an article on how to choose a sewing machine.

Monday, May 18, 2009

The balance

If you read my blog you know that I am constantly struggling between my structured, perfectionists sewing background with my desire to create free and wild. Today my 'do it right' side is screaming.

Two years ago (I'm embarrassed to admit) I made quilt blocks to serve as the guest book at my friends wedding. I then over the course of two years pieced a quilt and lining together. I then sent the quilt away to be quilted. This company also offered binding services. Binding is often not so fun and I'm not great at it, so I also asked them to bind the quilt. I can't even begin to describe my disgust when it arrived in the mail today.

I can't believe they even sent this to me with a bill. Luckily the quilting is fine and I will just have to re-bind it myself.

Please, please, please if this is what your binding looks like take a class, watch u-tube tutorials and don't even think about charging someone for it.

Thanks - I feel better now. Off to fix this mess.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Lots of sewing, not much posting

I have been busy sewing without much time to post. Here is the outcome:

Reusable cloth produce bags with drawstrings. The leaves are stamped with fabric paint. Great project for left over fabric scraps.

It only took me ten years to complete this project! A college t-shirt quilt. My motivation to finish was choosing the amazing lining fabric in the next photo, LUV it!

Wool Felt Coasters, a thank you gift for a friend. These whipped up really fast, I will be making these again!

Up this week, matching shirts for me and my sis using the 'made by rae' free ruffle shirt tutorial. Check back soon for photos.