Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wanna see?

I took these little bags to their new owners yesterday. It's always fun to see the faces of the recipients... even when they've given you one of the fabrics, they never have any idea what the finished bag will look like. They are always surprised and they are usually happy.

These are fun to make and they are really cute!!

Take care,

Monday, August 25, 2014

Birch Farm... have you seen it?

I've been wondering if this collection, Birch Farm by Joel Dewberry, was ever going to show up. It was supposed to ship last month and I saw several shops had received it. I had just about given up...

and there it was... on my doorstep. I love this collection. Great colors, great designs, and it's just plain interesting (and a little bit sophisticated). It's here, if you're so inclined.

Take care,

Friday, August 22, 2014

It's finally here...

I've been waiting for this collection with anticipation and I'm so happy to say that it's here! It's called Glow.

This, I think, is one of Amy's best collections in a very long time and I'm anxious to start using it. If you want to start using it too, you can find it here!

I think it would be great in a quilt combined with Anna Maria Horner's Pretty Potent collection.

Which can be found in my shop too!

Take care,

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Comfort sewing...

I got both BB Traveler Bags completed on Saturday to the point where all they needed to be called finished was the binding. I had hoped to have them both finished before today, but I hadn't had the time until this afternoon. So... one is now done - just finished a half-hour ago - and the other needs only to have the binding sewn down my hand. Yippee! Photos to come tomorrow or Saturday.

I made two alterations to this bag pattern that I think are very necessary. I interfaced the strap and made it longer by 6 inches so it could be worn crossbody comfortably and I used a Magnetic Snap. Much, much better with the snap and that will be an addition on every BB Traveler bag I make from now on.

And, since I was given the unexpected gift of additional time late Saturday afternoon, I sat down and made another Zip & Go. It is truly comfort sewing for me as I've made so many, I think I could do it in my sleep. It's such a great pattern!

I love the way this one turned out!!

Take care,

Saturday, August 16, 2014

My Saturday morning...

I'm in my sewing room for a bit this morning, working on another Traveler BB Bag that a friend requested. Actually, I've had two requests, but for this one I was given the main fabric to use.

I thought it might be a bit difficult to get the look that my friend was going for, but has proved to be a fun challenge. I probably won't get it done today since I don't have enough time, but I'll get a good start.

I'm also starting to destash some fabrics over on Instagram... very slowly. I'll post them as I come across them in my sewing room so it will be somewhat "willy nilly." Today I listed this gorgeous piece of silk for $8/yard and there is 2 yds 14" of it. 

If you're interested, just email me and we can work out the payment arrangements.

Take care,

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tuesdays and Thursdays...

I've mentioned before about the great quilting group that I belong to and that we meet every Tuesday and Thursday during the summer. We only have a couple more weeks before we go back to our Fall/Winter/Spring schedule of meeting at Jane's on Tuesday and Quilter's Studio on Thursday.

I always take a moment during the day to walk around Jane's yard and appreciate the beauty. I'm mesmerized by the mosaic she painted on the side of one of her outside walls. She has such imagination... it looks wonderful!!

We've had such a lovely summer and only one day where it was too hot to stay the entire day. We usually get a nice breeze that keeps us from feeling the heat. We have lots of lively discussions and we share what's going on in our lives. I would say that we all come from pretty different backgrounds and have lots of different interests but the quilting is what brings us together and makes us a cohesive unit. We have such fun and I love these ladies for allowing me to join in!!

Take care,

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

It was a good day!

Yesterday was a pretty productive day for me and it felt wonderful! Of course, it's easy to sew a Zip & Go and two zipper pouches when all the cutting/interfacing has been done beforehand. 

This was a special request and is the second Zip & Go that I've made using this fabric combination. I really like it.

The pouches are fun to make and quick. I see lots of great ones on blogs and pinterest, but I think my fabric choices are quite different than most of those I see. That's not a good or a bad thing, it just is. I guess I would say that mine are not quite as trendy as the majority of those that I see, but I love these fabrics and combinations of fabrics.

The bright wavy-lined pouch I made a couple of weeks ago and just never got around to showing here so I included in the photo with Tuesday's pouches. I'm struggling lately to get good shots and I'm not exactly sure why. I know the lighting in my home is usually dismal, but come on... :))

I find myself wanting to keep these although I made them for my etsy shop. My husband just laughs at me when I say this. He knows I'll sell them and he thinks it's funny how we women love our bags/totes/pouches.

Take care,

Saturday, August 02, 2014

My new knitting bag...

I finished this bag on Wednesday, but today is the first opportunity I've had to get some photos of it. This is the Frame It Up Satchel by Whistlepig Creek Productions. I'm not sure I would have made the pattern if I hadn't seen it already made up, but I'm really glad I did because I love it.

It uses as 12" tubular frame and it opens really wide and stays open so it will be perfect for my yarn, knitting needles, books, and various knitting supplies inside. It also has 6 pockets on the inside.

I have been trying to find the "perfect" fabric for this bag for several months now, as I had something in mind that I thought would work. Not being able to locate anything I thought was suitable, I decided to search my stash and came up with this combination of fabrics. The only reason I used the striped fabric for the tab was because I didn't have enough of the main bag fabric, but I think I like it just as well.

I used Soft & Stable in the body of the bag rather than the fusible fleece the pattern recommends. I wanted it to stand up and it does. It also serves to keep it wider at the top of the bag since it's stiff. It's perfect. I did use the recommended fusible fleece on the tab and in the handles. This was my first time installing a magnetic snap and it was a snap!  :))

The only thing I would do different if I made it again would be to interface the "sleeves" that the tubular frame fits through. They seem flimsy the way they are, but they do work.

It's a fun and easy bag to make!

Take care,

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sometimes it's hard...

for me to juggle all the things that I want to do with all the things that I have to do. It's been that way for the past couple of weeks and I'm still woefully behind. Since I do need my "therapy" I try to get into my sewing room as much as possible and my Tuesday/Thursday group always helps with that "therapy" thing too! Although my concentration does suffer when there are people around and lots of laughing. :)

Anyway, I'm sure that no one will be surprised to hear that I finished another couple Zip & Go bags.

The one above sold already! Yippee!

The brown "damask" bag and the "flowery" bag are both photographed on top of their respective lining fabrics. Just an experiment I thought I would try. It's fine for the lighter linings, but otherwise I think I'll continue to show the linings the way I've been doing it. You never know how something will work until you try, right?

And, sure enough, the minute I say it out loud that I've still got the desire to keep making them, I'm struck with the motivation to do something different. I've discovered that's the surest way to sabotage myself and yet I continue to do it. I swear that I am fickle.

This little bag is called the Traveler BB Bag and while it's cute and has lots of wonderful pockets, the front flap won't stay closed. I made it exactly the way the pattern instructed, but it does need some kind of closure. A magnetic snap would be perfect. Next time?

I'll be putting the Zip & Go's in the shop very soon!

Take care,