Saturday, December 25, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Finished 5 of these tonight and worked on 3 more...
These will be for my two sisters, my mom, my aunt and my cousin.
The next 3 will be for my mother-in-law, my grandmother and my step-mother.
I have one for me partially cut out, but I think it will have to wait until I get back from my post-Christmas trip out of state.
I am getting good at these! Might have to make up a few extras for last minute gift giving. I wouldn't mind having more than one of these in different colors...
The tutorial can be found online. They're Noodlehead Gathered Clutches, although I didn't gather them. It's a great way to learn to master those scary zippers!
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
With that being said, I think I'm going to lay off on swaps for a bit. All of my swap obligations have been sent away and I've received everything, too.
I am in 3 sewing bees. One uses vintage sheets and it's got about 6 more months in my commitment. Not sure if I'll do another round with those. While I do have a pretty decent stash of vintage sheets, I don't LOVE sewing with them. They are so thin. And when you iron them, the smell is not so pleasant. Poly, I guess. Sometimes you can smell perfume when you iron them. Or old man sweat... We generally mix them with quilting fabric (cotton), but it's not my very favorite fabric.
I'm in a bee with some of my KCMQG members. I'm really enjoying it. Some really talented ladies who are challenging me and teaching me, too! At the end of April or May (I forget), we will have completed one year. I'd imagine we'll do another year. I'm going to be game, if so. I'm the mama on that bee.
And I'm starting a new bee in January. The Lovely Linen Bee. We will use a combination of linen and our scraps to make blocks for each other. Seems like a lively group and we've got a blog already (will link to it in a future post). I think it'll be fun. I've never sewn much with linen. I intend to build up a little stash of it, but haven't taken the time or $ to buy much yet.
So my resolutions for this coming year: Less swaps, more fun with bees (but I'm not joining any more bees) and maybe finishing some projects I've had ongoing for a while. I'm starting to be more confident with my own quilting. Will save me money by quilting things myself!
I'll leave you with a little eye candy from my bee blocks for the Bee Vintage bee and the KC Scrappy bee...
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Here's my to-do: (Updated)
4. Bind 3 baby doll quilts- One for our buddy Mikie, one for my niece, Marley (halfway done) and
5. Sandwich, quilt and bind baby quilt for Charlie. Charlie is the shiny new baby boy belonging to my first boyfriend (in kindergarten), Chuckie Eason. We grew up together. They live next door to my grandparents and I pretty much lived there. I want to take it completed when I go home to visit after Christmas. I made 15 inch squares and will make it fancier by quilting it with fun thread and fun stitches. Cowboy boot fabric! Yee Haw!
6. A couple more zipper pouches for my nieces.
7. Optional- Zipper bags for baby dolls for Marley, Jayden and Natalie.
I'm tired just thinking of it...
But Kristen's baby quilt is finished. So are Katie's 2. They're wrapped and everything!
I'm going to change a diaper or two, shush them to bed and then if I'm lucky, I'll get a couple hours to make some progress!
Monday, December 13, 2010
And I took some time to head upstairs and tidy up my sewing room! The chaos is causing me to be less productive, if I'm completely honest with myself. I must get rid of some things *gasp* and organize the rest, pronto.
But I digress... I was cleaning and listening to the baby monitors (my sewing room is just around the corner and up the stairs above their rooms) and I realized they were really, really quiet.
So I crept downstairs and peeked through the crack in the closet door...