15 October 2010

Super Bag Swap

As if I had nothing else to do, I decided to participate in the Sew, Mama, Sew Super Bag Swap. Since I will be heading out to Scotland at the end of the month, I wanted to be sure to get the bag sewn and off early. I used some lovely vintage upholstery fabric in yellow and gold (my swap partner was interested in something in goldenrod-like colors) and used the Phoebe bag pattern. You can see her pic here. I thought it turned out well :-)

20 August 2010

Simple sewing projects on the horizon

I've been itching to sew, but our current apt has been a sauna in this extremely hot weather. So much for moving north for cooler summers! However, today I have a half-day of work and I really do want to get some sewing done. I have several projects that are calling for finishing, but I wanted to post a couple of links that look quick, fun, and definitely useful.

Over at Sew Mama Sew today they had a posting asking for your favorite sewing tutorial. I've been looking for a good one to make those reusable fabric lunch bags I've seen on Etsy and on other sites. And today someone linked to a really good one. Will let you know how mine turn out.

I've also been wondering what to do what a number of T-shirts that I have that have sentimental value but which I do not wear. One good idea was this T-shirt turned shopping bag. Since it is very minimal sewing, I am considering making a few today. Another interesting use for a big t-shirt is this tutorial for yoga pants. I'm always looking for additions to my workout wear that won't cost much. May have to try this.


Sara and I have taken a lease on a new apt just up the street from our current one. Our lease will start Oct 1st on this 2-bedroom third-floor walk-up and we are VERY excited. We were looking for a place where we could settle down for a few years and really get invested in our neighborhood. The apt is circled(?) in purple in the image above. All of those windows are ours and face west for some beautiful sunlight. After we move in and get things situated I'll try to get more pics up. One exciting development is that the additional space should give me a full-time sewing/creating space.

08 June 2010

another thought for the apartment

If you are on Facebook you probably have already seen the pics of the updated apartment. Yippee! We are loving the new colors! However, we have also entered the season of much sun light and the dining room and kitchen can't get overwhelmingly hot with the west facing windows uncovered. I found a very simple tutorial online for Un-Curtains that I think might work. Will have to ask Sara about it....

photo courtesy of Jacquie at Tallgrass Prairie Studio

04 June 2010

Spring to the Finish round-up

This was a productive time for me! We got our apartment painted on Saturday (pics to follow as soon as we take some!) The colors are gorgeous and we are very pleased all around.

Also dropped one of the projects--the green curtains. They were for the main room, but after we painted it turquoise and I didn't like the green fabric along side the paint, so they were tossed.

Also managed to sew 2 skirts for Sara and 1 reversible skirt for me. The projects, the projects!

Will try to post more pics this weekend or next week.

Thank you for your encouragement! Total UFOs: 14 Total finished: 6--including painting 3 rooms. Not bad if I may say so myself.

18 May 2010

One UFO that is finished that I forgot to mention

I didn't realize it had been that long since I posted--I finished the first Isabel Oliver shirt for Em for her birthday! I am hoping she might send a pic my way so that you all can see it. I found a pattern on a sewing website (sorry I can't remember at the moment) about a week before Em emailed me to ask if I could possibly sew one or two for her pregnancy. Glad I was able to surprise her! I have the fabric to make 3-4 more, but I am not sure when that is going to happen.

2 More UFOs done!

Alas, I don't have pictures to include with this post either, but I have completed two more UFOs! Brandie's bear, named Leopold (he told me his name as he was coming together), will be mailed later this week. Also finished Lydia's quilt. Yippee! Hooray! Just have to rinse out the marking pencil and let it dry and it can fly on it's happy way to KS.

I am moving forward on other projects, so I hope to add another post soon. And as soon as I get some pics from these items, I will post them as well.

26 April 2010

UFO update--2 down, 2 almost there

This was a successful sewing weekend! I finished altering KG's bridesmaid dress for the wedding this coming weekend. Abby's bag is also finished, and as soon as I finish Lydia's quilt (hopefully tonight!) I will be mailing them both off to KS. In addition I started one of the IO shirts and hope to get the rest cut and possibly sewn in the next few days. Sara has dance classes on Monday and Wednesday, so I am hoping for a bit more sewing time sans guilt for ignoring the beautiful people in my life :-)

Hopefully will have some pics to add to this in a little bit.

23 April 2010

First Round of UFOs

This weekend will be the first round of UFOs up for finish. I am hoping to finish all or most of the first 4 items. Some have deadlines and others have lovely people waiting for them :-) Will post pictures when possible. For right now, this is a bit how I feel about the list in front of me.

this pic is from my trip to Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs CO in Sept 09.

21 April 2010

spring cleaning your stash inspiration

Jacquie from Tallgrass Prairie Studio had an interesting post on keeping your quilting going and had some lovely pictures of her organized studio. Very inspiring!

That led to a post on how to fold your fabric, also very inspiring. I recommend you check it out.

Can't wait to get back to spring cleaning!

20 April 2010

Quilt inspiration

This quilt was the Quilt of the Day at Sew Mama Sew. Thought it might inspire some visual fun if I shared it here.

photos compliments of Leila Badbloods Flickr photostream

Back on here again

I am back! :-) Tallgrass Prairie Studio is doing a Spring to Finish challenge to get UFOs (UnFinished Objects) out of the sewing room and into life. The challenge started yesterday and runs through May 31st. Since I have a long list of UFOs and a life that is in flux, this seemed like a good time to get things rolling. I've put my list in the sidebar and included the button to the challenge. You may notice that not all of them are sewing projects. That is in the spirit of inclusion and general "bringing orderliness to life."

If you are interested in bringing the same to your life, I encourage you to join the challenge. I will hopefully be posting pictures as projects get finished so you all can enjoy the thrill as well.