Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Sharing your passion...

Sharing your passion...

It's midwinter break time here in Michigan so the kids are off of school for a couple of days.  My 10 year old granddaughter and I had been talking about sewing at Christmas and she seemed interested.  So I snagged her after school friday night and we had ourselves a sewing retreat!


She started with a pillowcase for her bed.  Super easy straight sewing.  I showed her how to line up the raw edges with a mark on the machine but even I sometimes find that annoying because I'll find I've drifted over to a different mark if I don't pay close attention.  I put a piece of red masking tape on the 1/2 inch line and she lined up her fabric against that.  It made it much easier for her.  Then I just talked her through it.  


She learned how to use the iron (carefully!) and that the machine IS a machine and needs to be respected.  



She did fabulous.   Here's her third project....a funny pillow for her bed!


She was so proud of herself!  I was so proud of her, too!  I actually had to force her to stop because Grandma was getting tired.  

She told me that someday she'd like to have her own sewing room and make her living sewing..........
Sharing your passion....what could be better than that?

Still playing with Minikins...

Still playing with Minikins...

I'm still trying out the minikins by Sarah Lawson from Sew Sweetness.  Here's my latest try using Tula Pink fabric.  LOVE Tula Pink with this bag because it highlights the animals in her fabrics.

They are also great scrap busters.  On the blue octopus I also used scraps of Linen I had left over from a picture frame project.  The elephant I used raspberry that came from who knows!  I've had it so long.  I had to do some hunting to find the raspberry thread, I can tell you!

When top stitching, I've been changing the top thread to make sure it matches the fabric so I sewed white on the octopus and then blue on the linen.  It's a much nicer look I think.

I just finished making 6 emmaline retreat bags for a client too but neglected to take a final picture.  :-(

Sewing on...


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Back from Texas...

Back from Texas...

After the Christmas holidays my husband and I packed clothes, threw the suitcase in the backseat of our car, hooked up the 21 foot camper and left Michigan in search of warmer weather.  We landed in Texas where it was the coldest winter they've seen in about 5 years BUT it was warmer than here.  We only had one very cold day (an ice storm, in fact) but the rest of the time it was lovely.

Of course we checked out all the fabric and small quilt shops in Texas and I came back with fabric and ideas!

The three on the left are slated for shirts for me using some new Itch to Stitch patterns I picked up online while we were gone.  The two black and white are meant to be chickens in a table runner I'm planning.  Sew much fun!

I love little quilt stores.  I meant some of the nicest people.  One of my favs was in Dripping Springs, Texas, Vallia and Kim.  Modern fabrics, lots of quilts on the walls with ideas and super nice people to give you ideas on what to use.  If you are in the area, check it out!

Onto sewing....

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Sew Sweetness Minikin Desktop Cube~smallest

Sew Sweetness Minikin  Desktop Cube~smallest

I'm not sure why I consistently do this.  I find patterns that have multiple sizes and then I make the smallest first.  Why?  The smallest is the hardest to make!  You have tiny seams and have to make tiny turns with this big machine that has a sharp needle right next to your fingers.  It's insanity, I tell you!  And yet....I do it. 

Anyway, I made the smallest desktop cube.  I will work perfectly to sit on the windowsill in my tiny laundry room to hold the change that inevitably falls out of everyone's pockets. 

I think it would look neater if the lining was a bit smaller.  I should have made a 1/4 inch difference in the lining and the outer edge.  It would have been a crisper final product.  Note to self......

It's hard to tell from the photos but the back of the cube is slightly taller than the front so you get a nice look at the lining inside.  I like that look.  This is definitely a scrap buster particularly with the foam interfacing.  I have a box of smaller pieces left over from making totes so I will definitely have another project to use those up. 

Here's how it looks....


Friday, December 15, 2017

Sew Sweetness Cotton Candy Pouch~Minikins

Sew Sweetness Cotton Candy Pouch~Minikins

In my never ending quest to finally finish my Christmas sewing, I've made 2 of the Cotton Candy Pouches by Sew Sweetness.  They are part of her Minikins series.

The pouch has foam interfacing so it is very structured and easily stands up once it's done.  I made the medium and they are a nice size when finished.  The zipper is a a bit tricky but once I really studied the directions, I was able to figure it out. 

These are fabulous scrap busters as the medium only takes a 6.5 X 8 (2) pieces of fabric for the body.  The inside could be scrapped as well. 

I like the way they turned out. 


On the bee fabric I top-stitched all the way around with black thread but I'm not sure I loved the way that looked so for the musical notes, I top-stitched in black on the sides and white in the middle.  I was happier with that outcome. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Simplicity D0713 and Emmaline Small Retreat Bag

Simplicity D0713 and Emmaline Small Retreat Bag

I've finished the legging pants for my granddaughter.  I found this interesting pattern that had Misses sizes, children's sizes and doll sizes.  It has a tunic, a shirt and leggings in all three sizes.  Since my granddaughter is growing OUT of child sizes but is not quite into adult sizes, I thought I'd give this a try.  I actually cut out an adult medium for her, basted the pants together and then tried them on.  I had to cut about an inch off the sides and 5.5 inches off the length but the rest seems to fit.  Final fitting this evening. 


I enlisted her help for my husbands family Christmas party on Friday.  She baked all the cookies for dessert and made the salad.  She also made chocolate dipped pretzels which were a huge hit.  I wanted to do something special for her to thank her for her help so I made her an Emmaline Small Retreat bag out of Michigan State University/Emoji fabric.  She LOVES MSU....(frankly, I'm not sure why that is but it's her fav!) and emoji's are her thing now too.  Fabric with BOTH of these on it...I couldn't pass it up so I bought 1/2 a yard a while ago.  I wasn't sure what I'd do with it but this small bag is just the thing.  She has asthma so she totes an inhaler and now she has lip gloss and hand lotion, etc...  All of which will fit nicely in this bag and hopefully, her 2 year old brother will not be able to get into it. 
 The bag has a small frame in it which holds the bag wide open when it is unzipped so it is easy to see inside. 

I have just a couple things left on my Christmas sewing list.  Back to work....

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Simplicity 1574A Children's PJ's & food poisoning

Simplicity 1574A 
Children's PJ's & food poisoning

I started these PJ's for my grandson last week but had the misfortune of contracting food poisoning so intense that I spent 3 days in the hospital.  Hoping to NEVER do that again.  Laying in that hospital bed you appreciate the time that you have to do what you enjoy so as soon as I could, I was back to sewing.

So this pattern...Simpler because it has less steps?  If I were a newbie, I'd be lost.  In fact, I had some issues on that collar because it's been a while since I did one and I followed the directions.  I really think that newbie patterns should have fewer pattern pieces and MORE instructions. 

I got to use the buttonhole setting on my Bernina B740.  This setting is one of the reasons I purchased this machine.  Buttonholes have always been really had to make uniformly and this machine saves the settings and automatically does it for me!  LOVE that! 

I do like the way it turned out and it's PJ's so I'm not going to sweat the collar to much.  Here's hoping the little guy who loves trucks & dinosaurs will love these PJ's too.