Sew Make Time!

This is oftentimes hard to do and if you're like me, you sometimes reach a point where you just need to sew. I seem to get more sewing done after 11pm then at any other time....

05 July 2010

Where do you send a Change of Address card?

I've moved!.     Please update your readers and follow me there.

02 March 2010

How about swapping some vintage sheets?

It's easy to get excited about sewing with repurposed bed sheets--it's just not that easy getting your hands on them!    Lots of inspiration---Betz White's Sewing Green and Amanda Soule's Homemade Home---but not lots of ways to build a stash for some of us (and I don't count buying on ebay for $10 a sheet plus postage an option).  It's a sad reality we're not all blessed with easy access to thrift stores.

It took me six months of thrift store hunting to gather the sheets and the chenille bedspread I used to craft the Beach Blanket from Homemade Home.    In fact, I doubt I'll ever find another king-sized chenille bedspread like that one---hefty, clean with only one corner with a tear which was fine as it was much larger than I needed.

I'd love to make another but alas I don't want to wait another six months to collect the ten different 12 x 30 fabrics.   I saw another similar type quilt made with vintage sheets in a recent publication using 15 x 15 squares that may not need as many unique prints but still would need more than the one or two I might find in the next month.   So, in the hopes there are others like me, I'm going to host a swap---the "I Want to Make a Patchwork Blanket from Vintage Sheets" swap---in the hopes we can all create a beach blanket for the upcoming summer.

Here's how it will work:
1.  Find one or two vintage sheets with a retro vibe (think 70's flower power for print and color inspiration).   Flower, stripes, solids are good. 
2.  Cut into 15 x 30 rectangles.  
3.  Send 10 rectangles to the swap along with a self-addressed stamped 9 x 12 envelope.   All 10 can be of the same sheet.   Postage on self-addressed envelope should be the same as the postage you the outer envelope.   Send to me
4.  Wait a few weeks.
5.  Receive 10 different rectangles of vintage sheets to fashion your blanket! 

Find one or two...get back ten.  Could be a patchwork blanket like the one above or one with 15 x 15 squares..or maybe even something else altogether!

What do you think?   Want to play?    If so, leave a comment here and I'll send you the details.   Let's plan on having your swap to me by tax day, otherwise known as 15 April!

19 February 2010

Peace, Love and Sew Liberated

Our elementary school will host their winter carnival with a theme of "Peace, Love and Adams".   As the chairperson, I feel a need to dress the part (which provided me with an oh so important reason to sew).    Enter Sew Liberated Schoolhouse Tunic pattern and 3 yards of fabric from the Flower Child line by Iota.

This pattern was easy to construct.  I chose to use my serger for the shoulder seams, sleeves and side seams leaving the sewing machine for the placket facing and top stitching.   I typically wear a size 8 and constructed the size 10...this is loose and comfortable. The pattern has two lengths---a tunic length and a dress length.   I cut out the dress length (do you seem to sense that I error on the side of bigger rather than smaller) and ended up hemming it at a length mid-way between the two.  I chose to leave the sleeves plain rather than add elastic to gather as called out in the pattern.

  Would I make the pattern again?   I'll just say that I was cutting another before the end of the evening.

I do admit to one change in the pattern.  I didn't care for the finish of the neck facing.  The pattern calls to bind the back neck edge which meant the seam at the shoulder is visable along the neck edge where it meets the front pieces faced with the placket.   I'm hoping these picture will illustrate what I mean.

The placket facing used on the front is 3" wide at the shoulder seam so I chose to cut a 3" wide placket for the back.   I constructed the bodice by sewing the right and left front placket to the back placket at the shoulder seams; pressing the outer edge of the placket under a 1/4";  sewing the right and left front to the back at the shoulder seams;  sewing the bodice to the placket right sides facing;  clipping corners;  turning right sides out;  topstitching the placket down by sewing close to the turned-under edge.    Here's the pictures on this tunic using Anna Marie Horner's Good Folks fabric.

Did I mention that I didn't have enough fabric to cut out all the pieces?   If one needs a reason to buy fabric this is one, isn't it?    And who just buys what they need while they're there?

Score the Sew Liberated Schoolhouse Tunic a "highly recommended".  Beginning sewers can easily achieve a fashionable garment.

It's frosting on the cake that I get to share this finish on Sew and Tell!

19 October 2009

Pay It Forward

Have you heard about Pay It Forward? How fun---I'm ready to play--or do you say pay?
I'm hoping to connect with Sarah of Sewn to pay it forward...and then the fun begins for me to find three individuals to pay it forward. Any takers?

Here's how it works.
1. I will make a little something for the first three people who comment on this post. It will be a surprise and it will arrive on your doorstep when you least expect it!
2. I will have 365 days to do it in.
What's the catch? To get a handmade prezzie from me, you have to play too.
1. You must have a blog.
2. BEFORE you comment here, you must post about your Pay It Forward on your blog to keep the fun going, and display the Pay It Forward button.

14 October 2009

It's about time!

Lucy is releasing sewing patterns for boys! Fabric designers listen up and take note----boys between the ages of 6 and 12 are alive and well and have mothers who sew! There have been more fabric lines aimed at boys but I have to admit the focus on the younger set (babies, toddlers and preschoolers).

So, all I can say, it's about time! See the patterns here. I'm definitely into the cargo shorts, the cap and the field bag!

09 September 2009

It keeps going and going and going...

No, not the Energizer bunny. My fabric stash.

The Modern Spirit in Squares pattern in Quick Quilts seemed an ideal use of the 7 colors of daisy fabric from Valori Wells Fleurish line sitting in my stash.

A few extra blocks and more fabric so why not try a pieced back?

And there's still fabric left! I'm thinking to myself that there must be at least enough to create a doll quilt, table topper or a wall hanging. So I start. What do I find? I have enough to make another whole lap quilt!

Now I need to see if I can piece the remainder of my Fleurish stash into a back for the coin quilt!
Hmmm, space to buy more fabric.

Why is it when you're trying to use up fabric it seems endless and when you're trying to use a specific amount for a project it seems you always need just a little bit more?

18 May 2009

It seemed easy enough.

With my Nest fabric in hand, I thought to create a backing for my coin quilt while practicing my pattern matching skills. How hard could it be? And given it's the back, if it is off slightly, no one would see it much to point it out.

So you start with this fabric.

And you create this fabric.

Anyone know of any good tutorials ? I definitely need one.

On second thought----what do you think of my idea to create a nest of two eggs on the seams?