Monday, April 20, 2015

I made a "mini"...

I just finished up this little mini Sew Together bag. It seems tiny compared to the original size, but it's cute and very easy (and quick) to make. In order to make the mini version, you must purchase the original pattern from Sew Demented and then use the tutorial/worksheet provided by Occasionalpiece-Quilt.





The true colors are just a bit more muted. I took this photo in a room filled with that beautiful, warm, late-afternoon light so it makes everything pop.

I've been putting together some fabric "kits" for the regular-sized Sew Together bag. My quilting friends asked me to teach them how to make the bag and wanted me to provide kits (there will be a charge for the "kit" but no charge for the instruction). We'll take two Thursdays and work our way through the bag. I know we'll have a lot of fun!!

It started me thinking about whether I should put some kits together to sell in my shop. Got an opinion?

Take care,

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Our weekend...

We had a very lovely weekend and I was sorry to see it end. I enjoy these "simple" kinds of weekends where it just feels good to be alive.

We spent Saturday afternoon at the original Farmer's Market (3rd and Fairfax) in LA. It's been well over 20 years since I was there last and my husband had never been. Isn't that amazing? We take these local attractions for granted because we know we can visit them anytime. Anyway, it's just as I remembered... lots of good places to eat and lots of places to shop for groceries, produce and gift items. We had sandwiches at Magee's Kitchen and ice cream cones at Bennett's Ice Cream and then we took a walk through the Grove, which is just next door. And, just so you won't think that life is perfect out our way... the drive down and the drive back weren't without traffic, but unfortunately we're fairly used to that. It's rare when there isn't any traffic.



This trolley runs the length of the Grove in a loop. It's the same feeling there as being at Disneyland. It's an amusement park without any other rides, but it does have great shopping and the people watching is entertaining too! :)


I'm not sure I would make the trip just for the shopping at the Grove, since shopping is not one of my favorite things to do, but combining it with the Farmer's Market made it lots of fun!

Sunday afternoon, we drove north to the Channel Islands Harbor farmer's market - a much, much smaller farmer's market than Saturday's - where we found some beautiful red chard, celery and the best carrots!! It was such a lovely day weather wise and it felt good to be outside. Then a ride home along the beach. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful area of the state.

I was just thinking about how long I've been blogging and how much it's changed in that time. I started blogging in June 2006 - almost 9 years ago - and at that time it was a new and exciting thing. The world of technology didn't feel nearly as crowded as it does now. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram... they all compete for what little free time we have. I used Google Reader to bookmark many wonderful blogs and read them all - and, in those days, I had the time to leave comments. I still have them all bookmarked (via Feedly and Bloglovin) and have even added more to the list. But sadly, I rarely get a chance to read them all, let alone comment. Blogs are still my favorite medium though. They're like reading a beautiful magazine only you don't have to wait a month for the next edition. 

Take care,

I love these bags...

Today I'm making a dust ruffle for a Cal King bed using black yarn-dyed essex linen. I think it's going to look really great when I'm finished, but I have a ways to go yet.

In the meantime, I needed to take a break and it seemed the perfect time to share this latest Sew Together bag since I just finished it this morning. This is my 3rd and I already have another planned. I'm sure I'll be making many more of these!








Take care,

Elle King - Under The Influence



Have you seen TCM's March promo video that is underscored by the song "Under the influence"? It's very moving.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

I couldn't share this until today...

I recently made a second Sew Together Bag. I truly love this bag and encourage you to try one. I know that zippers intimidate many people, but I promise you it is not difficult at all to sew this bag. Just take it slow. Quilt Barn has done a 5-part sew-along with a multitude of photos that make the instructions much more clear.

Pat and I gifted it yesterday to our friend Johanne, who invited us to her lovely home for lunch. While there we saw all of her gorgeous quilts, both finished and in-progress and her very organized studio. It was such an enjoyable and inspirational day! Thanks Johanne!

Johanne's favorite colors were the inspiration for the fabrics we chose. These were pulled from my stash. I couldn't believe I actually had these beautiful fabrics buried on my shelves. Anyway, both Pat and I were happy with the way it turned out.



I always like to use fairly light colors on the inside of zipper pockets since that makes it so easy to see what's inside.

After spending the afternoon with Johanne, we drove over to Sun Dried Tomato Bistro in San Juan Capistrano for dinner. Truth be told, we really went for the Black Cherry Lemon Drop martini's and dinner was secondary. :)) Those martini's are so, so good! My Angel Hair pasta was excellent too.

Today I tried to work on my Caravan Tote, but I think I had to rip out as much as I got sewn. Tomorrow will be another day, right?

Take care,

Thursday, March 05, 2015

I've reposted for a reason...

I'm still in need of 5/8 yard of this gorgeous fabric by Nel Whatmore. It's a 2014 Free Spirit (Westminster Fabrics) fabric and the line is called Merry Go Round. SKU #PWNW049-Grey

I've got it listed at missingfabrics.com, on instagram, and at the Sew It's For Sale yahoo group site in addition to here on the blog so I'm hoping to find it somewhere!!

If you have any of this fabric (or know someone who does) and you can spare 5/8 yard of it, please contact me at imquilternity at yahoo dot com  or terricohen at gmail dot com to provide me with payment information.

I'm reposting because Karin Vail left a comment on the original post stating she had a yard she was willing to part with. However, I never received an email nor do I have any kind of contact info for her (since she is "no-reply") so I'm hoping she'll be reading this post and will try to contact me again. If I don't respond, please make the assumption I haven't received the email and try, try, try again! :)) Also, in answer to yesterday's comment regarding the houses fabric, it's by Michele D'Amour for Benartex fabrics. I can find the style # if you want it.

I've also had an email from Lori and she is looking for 1 1/4 yards and if I'm contacted, I'll let her know about it.

Thanks so much!

Take care,

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

I almost forgot to share this...

Today I completed this Classmate Bag/Caddy. I've been working on it off and on for a couple of weeks, when I had a spare moment. I made it for a friend and I'll be giving it to her tomorrow. I can't wait to see how she likes it.






This is such a wonderful and fairly easy pattern to make. It's just a bit time consuming, but it is very rewarding to see it finished. Here's the one I made for myself and which I use all the time!

Take care,

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Lovin' this lazy day...

It's raining and that's such a treat for us here in So Cal. That makes it a perfect, cozy day for making chicken noodle soup. We finished off the very last container from the freezer last night. Believe me when I say that if you like chicken noodle soup, you will want to make this recipe. It's soooo good! And, it makes 12 servings. I'm also working on taxes -ugh- and the smells from the kitchen make it somewhat more bearable. :)

I made scones this morning from here, only I substituted chocolate chips for the strawberries. Mmmm... good! The extras went into the freezer for future morning treats. DH loved these and ate quite a few in one sitting.

I've been lax in getting this Sew Together Bag posted here on the blog. It's been finished for over a week, maybe two. It was fun picking out all the fabrics to use and easy to sew. I'll be making more for sure. Now, I'm in the process of cutting out a Caravan Tote to begin at quilting on Tuesday. I must say that the instructions are a little confusing, but I'm sure I'll muddle my way though it. It's worth it cuz it's a cute bag!

This will be a busy week for me as we're having company for 10 days beginning Monday next week. Not quite sure I'm ready for that...

Take care,

Thursday, February 26, 2015

I'm desperately seeking...

5/8 yard of this gorgeous fabric by Nel Whatmore. It's a 2014 Free Spirit (Westminster Fabrics) fabric and the line is called Merry Go Round. SKU #PWNW049-Grey

If you have any of this fabric and you can spare 5/8 yard of it, please contact me at imquilternity at yahoo dot com to provide me with payment information.

eta:  (Denise from Sacramento... please email me again since I never received your original email. I'm very interested in your fabric!!)

Thanks so much!

Take care,

Saturday, February 21, 2015

So much beautiful work...

I'm just amazed (I don't know why) at the creativity of my small Tuesday group of women. There are only seven of us and yet the work that comes out of the group is astounding. Truly. I know I've said it before, but I'm saying it again, "I'm so blessed and grateful to be a part of it."

Here's what was going on this week...

Pat A was working on a Scrappy Many Trips Around the World and look at that color!! This is totally out of character for Pat, but it's a gift and she's been having fun making it. I love it and can't wait to see it all together.



Karen was working on another embroidery panel quilt. She is so fast and does such exquisite work. This photo really does not do it justice. This panel is on my "to do" list.



Katie got her baby quilt back from the quilter and shared it with us. Isn't it adorable and so colorful. Such cute fabric!


here's the back...


Pat P is almost to the point in her Modern Wedge quilt where she can sew her blocks together. Yeah Pat!



And lastly, I wanted to show your our little mascot in our Thursday quilting group. His name is Teddy and he is the best behaved little pooch. He's so cute. He sits directly across the table from me and he occasionally turned in my direction to see what was going on. It's kinda funny.


Take care,

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Zip & Go!

It's been awhile since I made a Zip & Go bag and I almost felt a little rusty while making it. It's such a fun, little bag.

Love the fabrics in this one! In real life the fabric is darker and less red than it appears here!

Take care,