Monday, January 21, 2013

Random Notions – I hate when this happens...

I can’t believe I missed another day of blogging!  I have a really good excuse – yesterday I woke up with an extremely swollen and sore ear!  Then as I was trying to walk downstairs – really stumbling this time in my traffic cone pants since I was having trouble standing upright – I hear Alexis coughing and sneezing.  We are both sick – she is actually so sick she stayed home from work today, which happens rarely.  She is having the fever, sinus and congestion issues, and in addition to my ear ache, I am having stomach bug problems.  I have been in and out of the bathroom continuously since yesterday morning!  On top of all this, it seems Harry is also getting something – he has been very snotty and whiney the last two days.

Little has been done.  I did manage to get all my pattern pieces ready for cutting between my bouts in the bathroom.  And Layla got her first taste of cutting out blocks and sewing-


I wasn’t about to let a 6 year old use a rotary cutter, so I had her tracing a small square ruler onto fabric, and then cutting it out.  Once she had 9 squares, she sewed them together and got this-


Pretty darn good – I think it looks better than the first block I put together at age 34!

So since I am feeling a bit better and can sit upright for more than 20 minutes at a time now, I am going to try to get my fabric cut tonight.  I also have another 1,100 word paper to write for my class – on poetry, not my strongest subject – that is due tonight.  I have 7 hours – I can do it all!  J

(In the time it took me to write this, which wasn't very long, I was in the bathroom 4 times.  Will this not end?)


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Random Notions – Yet Another Wasted Day

Well, I managed to screw off the day.  I had forgotten that I never got a lining fabric for Layla’s top, so I had to go out to get it.  My mom wanted to come along, so we were out all day.  Then when I got home, I had to catch up on school work.  A little while later, I realized I had forgotten to buy toothpaste and toilet paper while I was out!  Argh!

I did get some lining fabric – I decided on lightweight cotton, in a pale pink color.  I thought that having the cotton against the chiffon, it would make the chiffon easier to sew on.  This will be my first time trying to make French seams, so I hope that will work out okay.

Okay, so tomorrow I am staying home and making this top!  I have other things I really want to get done.  

Friday, January 18, 2013

Random Notions – did you miss me? LOL

Wow, yesterday was my first missed day since I started this blog.  I feel terrible that I may have deprived someone of my incessant babbling! 

Today I got the fine machine needles I needed at Jo-Ann’s.  Tomorrow I am going to start ironing my chiffon with starch – I think I will try the idea of completely immersing it into starch and then ironing it while it is still wet.  Then I will make this top for Layla.  I am also going to start Layla on cutting some squares of scraps and sewing them together, so she can get the hang of it.  She is pretty excited – I told her no matter what, we will figure out how to make a little quilt of what she sews together.

I’ve been working on so many sewing projects that are not quilting, and quilting is truly my first love, so I think that after this top is made, I will work on a couple of my UFO quilt tops.  And then I want to do some paper piecing, because I have never done it before.  Saw a tweet on this great tutorial for paper piecing at Pieced Brain- you should it check out!

Going to bed early so I can get an early start! 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Random Notions – Traffic Cone Pants

Good news – I am all caught up on Once Upon a Time.  I thought it would take forever get through all those episodes, but I couldn't stop at just one or two at a time- what a great show!

Yesterday, I watched Ellen March, host of Sew It All on PBS, on the Marie Osmond show on the Hallmark Channel.  I enjoy Sew It All and record it every week because here it is on at 7am on Saturday – there is no way I am getting up to watch it on my day to sleep in!  Ellen was there showing how to make pajama pants, and I have mentioned in the past how I really want to make some warm pajama pants – I am always cold.  She was using fleece, and that made me remember the day I was in Walmart and I turned the corner of an aisle and this stared me in the face-


Orange – oh, how I love orange!  Next to purple, it is the best color out there!  I bought three yards of this, without a clue as to what I would do with it!  How perfect is this for pajama pants?  I don’t care if I look like a huge traffic cone stumbling down the stairs in the morning – no one but my family would see me, and they usually know to get out of my way when I first wake up anyway!

So I threw the fleece into the washer and set about trying to make some space to cut it.  The table I normally cut on is small- 32” x 23” – it was originally a craft table for kids.  My 3’ x 2’ cutting mat hangs over the edge and I always have to be careful when I’m using the rotary cutter because it can fall off.  So brilliant me just figured out that I can move a sewing machine off of the buffet table I got not too long ago, put it on the craft table, and move the cutting mat over there, and I can cut anything big or little without too much trouble!  First, I had to move a few things out of my way, though –

Geez, give them an inch and they will take up more room than my 6 year old granddaughter, and in the middle, of course!  I have to constantly push them out of the middle of the bed at night!

I did use a pattern for these pants – a Learn to Sew, Simplicity 2290.  This pattern has only one piece – there are no outer side seams, just inseams and the front to back seam.  I used the largest size because I wanted something very roomy and comfortable.  It was a golden opportunity to use the serger for the first time since I had it serviced.  Here is how the inseams look-

There isn’t really much to show about the construction of these pants. First I sewed the inseam of each leg, turned one right side out and inserted it into the other, then sewed the front to back seam.  For the waistband, I went around it with the serger, then just folded it over 1 ½” once and zig-zagged it with the regular sewing machine, leaving an opening to insert the elastic.  (Aesthetics were not a priority – I just wanted something big and comfy.)  1” woven elastic in, sewed the opening shut and that was pretty much it.  I didn’t even hem the bottoms – it’s not going to fray, so I’m okay with it!  And this is how they turned out –

They don't look like much, but big and baggy, they are just like the best pajama pants I have ever bought in any store!  All in about 45 minutes – I had to keep stopping to check on what Harry was doing.

I am so impressed with my traffic cone pants, I may have to make more.  Fun and functional!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Random Notions - My pillow, please!

I feel like I am kind of wandering aimlessly today.  This morning, the clock showed the outside temp as 21 degrees.  We had no cold water for almost an hour.  When Harry went down for nap, I had to lie down too, and the cats snuggled up so I didn’t want to do anything but sleep there with them- they were so warm and purring, who could resist that?  So I missed out on some “me” time today.  Now, it’s already past 7 pm and I’m tired, but I feel like I want to do something, but I don’t know what – it’s like I can’t think straight.  

Since I can’t think straight, I’m afraid if I try to make anything I will just screw it up, so what I will do is go to bed and catch up a bit more on Once Upon a Time, if I can stay awake.

This is exactly how I am feeling:

Monday, January 14, 2013

Random Notions - Pink Chiffon Top for Layla Project

Well, I am still searching for a lining for the chiffon.  Then I got to thinking, I really need to read up on a few things about sewing on chiffon since I have never really used it seriously before and I don’t want to screw it up and get frustrated and wind up quitting.  A Google search found a couple of really interesting pages of tips.  At About.com they had some tips from SewNews Magazine.  Then, looking further, I found a blog called Cation Designs that featured a guest post from Andrea of foursquarewalls with the most fabulous tips for chiffon, one of which being to starch and iron the chiffon before sewing it- GENIUS!!   That makes it sound like it would make it a ton easier to work with!

I also found out the stitch length and needle I need to use, which made me sit down with the machine and practice some stitches to figure out the right setting, and then I searched through all my needles only to find out, I don’t have what I need, a sharp size 70/10. 

Another incredible tip from Andrea is to put a small piece of tape over the hole on the sewing plate of the machine – the needle goes right through, but leaves only a small hole to prevent the fabric being sucked down into the machine – again- GENIUS!  I need to do that with any fabric I am sewing because I always seem to have that problem!

So, since I cannot afford to buy the needles I need until Friday, I will have to find something else to work on in the meantime.  Unfortunately, I will have to look for something tomorrow since tonight I have to write an 1,100 word essay by 11 tonight and I haven’t even started. <big sigh>

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Random Notions – Pink Chiffon for McCalls 6690

After much searching, I found this beautiful piece of pink chiffon that looks like it was hand dyed-

It has a beautiful crinkly look, and you can kinda see in the picture that it has satiny stripes altering with more see-thru stripes.  Never really worked with chiffon before so it will be interesting.  It’s gorgeous, but because it is so see-thru, I am going to have to line the entire body part, but not the sleeves, instead of just under the arms as the pattern calls for.  Now I have to go in search of lining fabric.

And I could just kick myself!  I meant to measure Layla today, and I didn’t get around to it and now she is in bed and will be at school all week- just when I wanted to work on making it!  I will try to remember in the morning to measure her as soon as she gets up.

Sunday night – really beat.  Hopefully something will get done tomorrow!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Random Notions – Cover #3 and a New Project!

Success! I actually got the last sewing machine cover finished.  The pattern I used was the same as for the first two from Clothesline Chronicles.  I was a little confused because the footprint of this machine is a bit odd-


I over cut the materials just in case I had to do some fitting, which I did.  I also wound up piecing the shell fabric, since I couldn’t get one continuous piece of the right size.  I’m okay with it-


Thought maybe later on I could find some interesting trims to cover the seams  -I saw some really cute shell buttons, so maybe I could do something with those.  I guess it will just be considered a work in progress.

Today I took Mom to Hobby Lobby and of course we gravitated to the fabric department.  I did not know that Hobby Lobby puts patterns on sale – I figured they were like Walmart who just says the patterns are 40% off every day.  The McCall’s patterns were on sale for $1 each and I love pattern sales.  Now I am the first one to admit that I have never been good at making clothes, but I found the cutest top pattern for a little girl-


-and I think Layla would love this, so I am going to give it a try.  After all, it says EASY on the envelope.  I will be making View B, the picture at the top, so she can wear it with leggings or pants.  I will have to get her measurements tomorrow so I can make the right size that she will be able to wear once the weather warms up.  The only issue is that even though I have so much fabric all over the place, I don’t have enough of the right kind for this pattern – it calls for lightweight to medium wovens and requires about 2 ½ yards. 

So tomorrow I will rummage through Mom’s stash and try to find something suitable.  I’m excited about this cute top, but I am also very apprehensive.  Fingers crossed!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Random Notions – I Don’t Bake, but...

I went to the dollar store the other day and found these in the Valentine’s Day stuff-


They are a rather cheap plastic but I think they will work well to make some heart appliqu├ęs- I love that there are so many sizes.  I figured if I just traced around them onto interfacing and then sew the interfacing to the fabric, I would get some fairly straight hearts.  I don’t do well freehand.  Might have to go back and see what other kinds of cookie cutters they have there.  Stars would be nice.

I slept very well last night – that may account for the weird burst of energy I had this morning.  Looking around, I found many little things I had been procrastinating on getting done.  One of them was putting away some laundry.  Sometimes, I am really dense.  I use IKEA shopping bags for laundry – so much easier to carry up and down stairs than a basket.  One had been sitting on the floor that I thought was full of sheets and a blanket that needed to be folded.  Who likes to fold sheets and blankets?  Not me – I left them, thinking I would get to them eventually!  So I started pulling out sheets one at a time, then the blanket.  What do I find underneath- a bunch of shirts and pajamas I have been missing for a couple of weeks.  As Bugs Bunny used to say, “Whadda maroon!” 

I really need to stop my procrastination.  I would have included that in my goals on the first of this month, but as I found out, as soon as I say I’m not going to do something, I want to do it all that much more.  For instance, I said I wouldn’t buy more fabric, but since saying it, I am obsessing and want to buy more.  Maybe I should try reverse psychology and say I’m not going to attempt to lose weight this year.  Hmmm... it’s a thought.

Tomorrow I am going to make the third sewing machine cover.  Looking over my stash, I was having a hard time deciding what fabric to use.  Then I spotted this-


This is a circle skirt I started to make years ago, probably in the mid-80s! When I saw the size of the skirt, I was so embarrassed – it’s huge!  I just quietly folded it up and put it away.  There’s a ton of yardage in it so I have plenty to make a cover- heck, I could probably make a tent for Harry to play in!  LOL

So tomorrow, I will finally have that third cover made!  YAY!  And I’m very happy I got some other stuff accomplished today!  That’s a good thing.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Random Notions – More Cool Stuff

Something is wrong – I sat down at the computer and just stared – I have nothing to say!  How is that possible?  Anyone who knows me would probably say it’s not.  I think the stress of the holiday season finally caught up with me- I’m just exhausted and could probably sleep 15 hours straight.  I look at my sewing machines, hidden under their pretty new covers, calling my name and asking to be loved and caressed, and I just sigh.  So again, I will just share some interesting things from around the WWW.

Jo-Ann’s tweeted out a cute, if not a little strange, elephant pattern today.  Honestly, I think it would make a very cute pin cushion!

Found on BabyLifeStyles.com, adorable little yarn monsters. These could brighten up your cubicle or desk at work!

For some reason, I am fascinated with making fabric flowers.  I haven’t made any yet, but here are a couple of cool tutorials:


At While She Naps, a terrific crafting blog, tutorials for Felt Tulips and Felt Daffodils;

Another fun blog, Everyday Art, has a tutorial on Felt Sunflowers;

And, at How About Orange, a Fabric Flower Tutorial for really cute dimensional flowers.

Also, I had mentioned previously how I want to make my own soap – I also want to make my own salt scrub.  I love salt scrubs and the way my skin feels after using one – About.com has a Salt Scrub Recipe I want to try – I just need to remember to add the ingredients to my shopping list someday!

Lastly, just today my friend Rebecca sent me this cute pattern she found on AllFreeSewing to make your own Bicycle Basket – sounds like a great idea to start now for summer riding fun- I just need to get a bike!

The weekend is coming – I am going to do my best to catch up on some sleep and get some sewing and/or crafting done!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

And the winner is...

Rachel!  Rachel, please use the Contact Me tab at the top to send me your address so I can mail the stuff to you!  J  I will also try to contact you through Google to let you know.  Congratulations – and I would love to see a picture of your wreath after you make it! 

Sorry so short today.  More tomorrow!  And please keep a lookout for another giveaway in a couple of weeks!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Random Notions - Stuff I wanna do!

I was trying to get some of my reading done for my English class today, and the list is really long, so I haven’t been able to do anything crafty.  But, I thought I would share some of the nifty ideas and tutorials I’ve looked at recently on the web that I really want to do-

I love this tip from Sew Many Ways for using a wall corner protector in many ways to organize some of your sewing stuff- when I got a chance this afternoon, I ran to the hardware store and bought two of them!

This page from Arte com Quiane is in Portuguese, but the tutorial for the heart-shaped zippered pouch is easy to follow – what little girl wouldn’t love it?  And then I started thinking, you could make it any shape you wanted!

On the Havel’s Sewing blog is the cutest Fan Scissors Wrap – this would make a really cute gift for a sewing friend, or if you're anything like me, you have to make one for yourself!

Something I have always wanted to do is make my own soap and I really like the sound of this tutorial from Money Saving Mom for Homemade Lemon Lavender Oatmeal Soap.   I need to learn to make soap so I can make some patchouli scented!

Lastly, this pattern for boxer shorts from Craft Passion is really appealing – how great would these be for sleeping in during the summer?  I just gotta make these!

I see from the clock on the wall that there is only a bit over an hour left to enter to win the Valentine’s Day fabric and buttons.  I will announce a winner tomorrow!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Random Notions – Sewing Machine Cover #2 Done!

One more day to enter my first giveaway – click HERE to enter if you haven’t already!  Not many entrants so far, so the odds are looking pretty good to win that beautiful piece of Valentine’s Day fabric and heart-shaped felt buttons!  Just leave a comment on that post by 9 pm Pacific time tomorrow!

Today was not that great of a day, and even though I did not feel like sewing <gasp!>, I forced myself. 

Following the pattern I found at Clothesline Chronicles, I measured the serger and was going to cut a piece of each fabric at 23” x 30”.  But then I remembered that because the cat fabric has a direction, I would have to cut that one in two pieces, 23” x 15 ½” each, to sew together so it goes the right direction on the front and back.  It came out pretty cute – here is Sheme modeling next to it:


One more cover to go.  My next English class is starting tomorrow and it looks like it’s going to be a lot of work, so I have my fingers crossed that I get a chance to sew for the next five weeks.  Fingers crossed tomorrow is better than today!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Random Notions – Prepared for Cover #2

If you are looking for my giveaway – click HERE!  Thanks to everyone who has entered so far!

I don’t know how I did it, but I got back all my boards on Pinterest!  I was so upset – and of course, Pinterest Support was worthless!  I am so relieved – I wasn’t up to starting all over.

Layla woke me up pretty early this morning – she came in, and without so much as saying good morning, she threw this on my bed and said I need to put a picture of it on my blog-


This is a doll quilt I made for her almost 4 years ago.  Since that time, she has dragged it all over the place and now Harry fights her for it- I don’t quite understand what is so appealing about it.  Years ago – I think 2001 – I had cut out a massive amount of 1 ½” squares, (by hand, no rotary cutter!) thinking I was going to make a mosaic quilt out of them.  I think I just needed something to do at my incredibly boring receptionist job at the time.  When Layla really got into pushing around a doll carriage, I decided I could make a doll quilt.  It is 20” square and the perfect size.  I just put fleece on the back, with no batting.  After I put all those tiny pieces together, I knew I would never use the rest and tossed them.  Live and learn, right?  J

Okay, so last night while watching TV, I tried the finger knitting.  Here is what I made:


Seven feet long- I kind of lost track while watching the tube.  Of course, the choice of yarn was probably not a good one for someone that can’t knit – it’s very slippery, so I dropped stitches and had trouble picking them back up, but it sure is pretty!  I chose it because it is a nylon-y type thing, because other yarns make my hands itch, which is why I don’t knit.  Now I’m not sure what to do with it – Layla saw it and got excited- “You made a feather boa!” and asked if she could have it.  I think I am going to fold it in half and stitch it together to make it wider.  If I did a couple more of them and put them all together, I could put it on a pillow or something like that.  Or maybe I could just attach it to material in a curly way and use it to make a pillow cover.  I keep telling myself the possibilities are endless. <scratching head>  I will probably have to get one of those looms like Rebecca suggested on yesterday’s post.

Today I wanted to make the cover for my serger.  The choice of fabric was really easy for this one.  Anyone that knows me or has been following me here knows I love cats.  A couple of months ago, I found the cutest Robert Kaufman fabric called Whiskers & Tails:


I can totally relate to this fabric because my two girls are constantly into everything in my sewing space.  I have to make sure I always cover or put away threads, needles and pins – a few years ago, Sheme swallowed a hand sewing needle that had the thread attached.  That was a $350 vet visit!  Since that time, I have been very careful – I can’t afford another vet bill like that!

I’m not using interfacing this time; the lining fabric I will be using, a solid very close in color to the background of the cat fabric, is heavier than a regular quilting cotton.  I’m not sure exactly what it is, but I think it will make the cover stand up just fine.

And now, it all has to sit and wait until tomorrow, when Harry is taking his nap.  I spent way too much time on the computer and my phone today.  Bad Laura!

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Random Notions – My First Giveaway!

My day got a late start. I didn’t get to sleep til almost 4am, so I didn’t wake up til almost noon- I hate when that happens.  Because I got such a late start, I didn’t have time to get much done.  I had to go to the post office to mail some books for the swap site I frequent – awesome way to get books cheap, btw – and then I had to get some shopping done.  Needless to say, I didn’t get to sew.

However, because I was so fascinated by the finger knitting Layla was learning yesterday, I wanted to get some yarn and try it myself.  I went to Michael’s last night and found some gorgeous yarn:


I am going to work on this tonight while I watch TV – should have a picture tomorrow!  And now...

The Giveaway!

As promised, here is the information for my first giveaway!  Winning is not hard- just leave a comment on THIS post by 9pm (PST) Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 – if you leave it on another post, I may miss it.  Write anything – tell me where you’re from, if you have cats, or even just a “Hi, Laura!” will do it!  I really just want to know if anyone is out there paying ANY attention to me!  (Sad, huh?)  I will put everyone’s name in a box, draw someone at random and announce the winner Wednesday, January 9th.   (Please don't post anonymously - I need your user name to make the big announcement!)

Now, I’m sure you want to know what is up for grabs- I figured with Valentine’s Day coming, surely someone out there would like to have this:


This is a half-yard cut of the cutest heart print- you can’t tell in the picture, but it sparkles!  Cotton fabric, approximately 43” inches wide.  Perfect to make something for that special little girl in your life!  There is also a brand new, never opened bag of heart-shaped felt buttons, in shades of pink and red – 20 buttons in the bag.  Mine is a smoke-free home, but I do have cats – I have kept this material in a sealed bag except to take a picture of it, so I don’t think it has been compromised!

In addition, the winner will receive a copy of my late brother’s book.


This book is about time travel, and it’s kind of a juvenile fiction type book, so it can be enjoyed by all ages.  I realize that sci-fi is not everyone’s cup of tea – all I ask is if you aren’t into this kind of reading, please pass it on to someone you know that is.  I really want to make this book visible to the world, because $1 from the sale of every book goes to dementia research, which is what my brother Kelly died of at age 55.  If you would like to know about him, please visit www.RememberingKelly.com

Everyone is eligible for this drawing, except the people that live in my house.  I will even mail it overseas- it would go on a slow boat, but it would get there eventually!

Good luck to everyone!  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Random Notions – Is it the Weather?

This has been another strange day.  Maybe it’s the weather – it seems cold outside, but the sun is shining, plus there is a weird haze in the air.  Layla is home from school and she has been bored- she is so happy to be going back to school next week.  I taught her how to play Solitaire and Spider Solitaire on the computer, which she is already getting really good at, but then I saw an interesting video posted on La Sewista’s blog last night, so I thought this would be a good thing to teach her – finger knitting.


She got the hang of it pretty quick, but would get only so far when her hand would get tired, and she would drop it off.  It doesn’t make a very wide knit, but she was thinking she would like to make a scarf out of it eventually.  It really is a lot of fun – you could make narrow lengths very quickly while sitting watching TV and then sew them together to make a wider scarf.  With all the great bizarre yarns out there, think of all the neat stuff you could make!

For a very long time now, I have loved photography.  Years ago, I took a class, but that was over 20 years ago when I was using a 35 mm camera, and I have forgotten most of what I learned about F-stops and everything else.  My digital photography has been okay, but not that great.  Last night, I was reading a book about using macro lenses, and it had a section on photographing animals.  What do you suppose I did?  Yup – I started bugging my cats.  Here are a couple that I took-

 

 

I am amazed at the difference it makes to use the macro setting – the flash was still going off, but I didn’t get the red eye I usually get when taking pictures of the girls.  This is something I will have to explore further- I’ll have to see how far “in-your-face” I can get with the kids!  LOL

And that has pretty much been the extent of the day.  Sad.  I’m so glad the weekend is starting.  Tomorrow is the giveaway announcement!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Random Notions – A Rather Boring Day

Today I made my first blocks for the Block of the Month group I mentioned yesterday.  These four blocks will be placed a short distance apart in the final quilt.


When choosing fabrics, I decided I would use batiks and hand dyes- I have quite a few pieces in my stash so some blocks may not completely match others, but hopefully they will all be pretty and work together.  I’m sad that I won’t be making another block until February- hope I don’t lose these in the meantime! LOL

That is an Offset Log Cabin block- the log cabin block is a favorite of mine but I have never done one offset before.  Actually, I have only ever done one log cabin quilt before-


This is a small wall hanging I made in ’94.  Right now its push-pinned to the wall (totally wrong way to hang a quilt of course!) above my bed.  Believe it or not, this one was totally finished when I made it!  LOL

Well, it’s been a kind of boring day – didn’t get much accomplished.  Couldn’t make up my mind what I wanted to work on, other than the blocks for the group.  I think it’s better when I decide the night before, so I will do some thinking tonight.

Don’t forget to check in on Saturday for info on my giveaway!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Random Notions - Sewing Machine Cover #1

All my kids came home yesterday afternoon - I swear, after just 4 days, Layla and Harry each grew 2 inches!  I missed them so much!  However, I don’t think sewing and blogging are ever again going to be quite as peaceful as they were the past few days...  J

I thought I could make a sewing machine cover all on my own.  Then I sat here, thinking, how on earth am I going to make the corners on the top?  I needed help.  Going to AllFreeSewing, I found a tutorial at Clothesline Chronicles- great blog!   She used boxed corners, which did not occur to me at all!  Following that tutorial, this is what I got:



I think it came out pretty cute.  I need 2 more, for the serger and the embroidery machines.  Those will probably have to wait for the weekend.

For the longest time I have wanted to get into a Block of the Month group and I have never caught them when they are first starting – I’m usually finding them way after they have started. Today I got an email from Craftsy that a new group was starting taught by Laura Nownes.  It’s a free group, so I joined up.  First block is an Offset Log Cabin.  I think I will do all the blocks with batik fat quarters.  I may try to pull something together tonight.

Well, I have had a really busy day - sometimes I am such a stupid moron.  I have a Pinterest account that I tried to change around to reflect my LauraSewsStuff info.  I wound up losing all my boards!  I submitted a request to their support department, but I am completely devastated!

Please don’t forget to tune in on Saturday when my first giveaway is announced!  Keep in mind, I am an unemployed bum, so it won’t be a huge gift, but it will be something fun and free to the winner!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Random Notions – A New Year, A New Beginning

Ah, a new year with the promise of good things ahead.  We all have a chance to do things differently than in the previous year with the hope that all our decisions are the right ones this time around. 

I didn’t join the New Year until about 10am.  The bed was so warm and snuggly and the cats didn’t want me to get up.  When I finally did get up, both just stared at me and pouted.  This meant my first day of the New Year started out pretty much the same as usual- I came in to sit at the computer and this is what greeted me:


My “bookends” were annoyed with me – if they had their way, I would spend all my time sleeping, like they usually do.  If they could, they would sleep on top of the sewing machine!  As many before me have found, there is no talking logic to a cat.  I decided to forge on and work on a new project!

Since all the change purses are made (for the time being) I want a couple of sewing machine covers.  Searching through my stash for something sewing machine appropriate, I found a bunch of fat quarters I had not washed yet – I can’t work on material that hasn’t been washed because I am highly allergic to the fillers and starch used on new material.  I got a bit sidetracked as I quickly tried to overcast the raw edges so I could throw them in the washer.  In the middle of this, I got an invitation to go to lunch, which of course, for a person whose motto is “Never turn down a free meal,” meant I had to stop what I was doing.

We had a lovely lunch at a local Mexican place, and then had to make a quick stop at Wally World for groceries.  Of course, I had to look at the fabrics, and on the very first day of the year, I spoiled any chance of attaining one of the very goals I posted here just yesterday – I bought some fabric.  But look at it-


I mean, really, what sewing enthusiast in her or his right mind could resist that- how perfect is it for a sewing machine cover?!  I only bought one yard, so I didn’t go overboard when I really wanted to.  Thankfully I hadn’t gotten those other materials in the washer yet, so this went in too!

I will use fusible fleece to give it some body.  My first thought had been to use a cute material on the inside too so it would be reversible, but this is so cute, it doesn’t need to be.  The yellow material I used on the inside of the Hippie Bag is perfect for the inside.  I also have a bunch of really cute buttons so I can add a few for embellishment.

There was also the issue of a pattern.  I have a couple of commercial patterns for sewing room accessories, but I think that just measuring the sewing machine and going from there will work fine.  I will make the lining first so I get the right measurements for the print. 

Doing the prep work tonight so tomorrow I sew!  Will announce my first giveaway on Saturday, January 5!