This morning I had a bunch of errands to run. One of them took me to the store where I bought my sewing machine in search of a new foot recommended by the "full-of-sewing-knowledge" Wendy (seriously - she's amazing!)
But I'm too tired to try it out and Hubby and I are hitting the town later with my brother and sister-in-law to have dinner and see Prince Caspian. FUN! We haven't been on a date in forever!
I also finally made it to a little quilting shop I had always heard about. They don't really carry fabrics that I love, but I did pick up some fat quarters of Mary Engelbreit's new line and one of her panels to make a quilt for a friend's birthday. It's the only quilt store I know of around here (and it's about 20 minutes away - which on this island is halfway through the island - HA HA) and they weren't very friendly. They have all the bolts arranged by color and seem to only have soft prints - no Anna Maria or Heather Bailey or anything like that. Guess I'll just stick with online - it's cheaper anyway (even with shipping).
I somehow have made a complete mess of the girls' blocks. I think I used 1/4" seam allowance on one set of blocks (Block A) and 1/2" seam allowance on Block B. Don't ask me why or how?! I think I'll just re-cut material for another set of block A since there are only 8 per quilt and there are 22 of Block B.
(this is block B)
OK off to freshen up for my date with a sexy Latino :-)
Power Rangers, Superman, ballerinas and fancy cowgirls.
Oh, and a conehead.
At least she looks like one in this beanie. She does have a rather large head - poor child!
Yesterday I got the Land of Nod catalog in the mail. I've never ordered anything since the shipping to Hawaii is ridiculous (seriously- I don't know why!) but I love looking through their catalogs. Such great inspiration for quilts!
(the pink circle one is designed by Denise Schmidt!!)
How fun are those quilts!
I also got the Mini Boden catalog today - makes me want to buy some knit jersey and make some cozy pants! They have the cutest clothes in there! I saw a top that looked similar to this one so guess I'll try to conquer my pattern phobias and make one.
Thanks for all the great ribbon help...and sewing info also. I love blogland and it's so nice to get sewing tips from more experienced sewers. I really appreciate it! Here's the binding on the quilt for my nephew. And he has a name...he was born this morning in Costa Rica.
Kaleb Josue Arias Carrillo...quite a name for a little guy eh? In Costa Rica everyone has 2 last names. It's so the mother's family name is passed down too. So the "first" last name is that of your father and the second is your mother. When I got married I tried to only take one of Hubby's last names but got a letter saying I couldn't - Hubby would have to have a legal name change to do that so we are a two last name family too.
I'm working on the quilts for my girls too. I had been planning a Freshcut quilt since I first bought the material and am only now making one (or two actually).
(chain-stitching marathon of 3" squares)
School is mostly just finishing up Math now so we are on a short schedule. I predict lots of beach days in the future so that will cut into my sewing. Did I really just complain about having to go to the beach?! I do need to invest in a better suit before all this beach going happens...I'm thinking black one piece since it's probably illegal to blind people with a flabby, white tummy!
Ok let's try this again. I tried to post earlier but somehow wasn't able to upload any photos or save this as a draft.
I finished the quilting on my nephew's quilt. I love baby quilts. They are so fast! And small! I was going to just sew a line 1/4" in from each sashing strip but then decided 2 lines looked better. And since it was small it didn't take that long.
I've gotten myself into some busy activities - I volunteered to teach a couple "small" sewing classes this summer for our church. I'm only doing 2 - one night is a simple tote bag and the other is an apron. Both should be fairly easy and not take too long to sew up. I'm a little nervous about putting together all my demos and stuff but hopefully not too many people sign up for it.
The other is a little more labor intensive. Our wonderful babysitter (who is more like a member of our family) is getting married in September (our son is going to be the ring bearer) and she asked me to make the table runners for her wedding (25 of them). They are only going to be a foot wide and about 2 1/2 yards long. But she wants different ribbons sewn on them - the picture she has looks really pretty. The tablecloths are all bright pink and the table runners are brown (well, after we find the material) with different patterned ribbons.
I'm just nervous about them looking good. She's really nice and not bridezilla-ish at all so I know she'll like them no matter what - I just want them to be perfect.
That brings me to this question - Does anyone know where to buy ribbon online at a good price (we are limited to Walmart here in Hawaii)?
Guess I'll be looking at a lot of brown fabric soon. Lucky thing I can glance up and see this while I'm sewing!
Or Return of the Sharpee....It serves me right for thinking she was fine in the living room with her siblings. How do we have so many sharpees just lying around? I have no idea. At least this time it was on the computer desk and came off with the magic eraser. I am breathing a sigh of relief she didn't attempt to write on the computer screen.
Hubby started a home project on Sat. since it was a long weekend. Lucky for me I had a bridal shower and skipped out on all the demolition! We had a funky shed that leaked and was too small in the back corner of the yard.
Now it's gone (along with tons of junk behind it left by the previous owner) and a new shed is going up in its place.
We had a tree house Hubby had built but he took that down too and will build a new one above the shed. It looks like it's going to be awfully tall!
Yesterday the boys helped out their dad...they were so into it.
(this is all for a future barbecue area - yep, he has some big projects!)
I didn't sew very much this weekend. I have been having bad headaches every morning lately. I think it's from the vog but am not positive. So it's left me feeling tired and not that into sewing.
(In English: for my new nephew) We actually aren't sure if he's been born yet or not. All of hubby's family still lives in Costa Rica and his sister is expecting a baby any day now. We tried calling today but no one was around. I remember thinking in October that I needed to make a quilt for her when she told us the news and then just procrastinated until today. Hopefully no one will steal it at the post office in Costa Rica - yes, that does happen down there. It happened to me!!
I sat around looking through my mountain of sewing books at patterns and couldn't find one I wanted to make and since I have drawers and drawers of scraps I figured I would use some of them. I just pulled out all the boy-ish scraps I could find and sewed them into long strips and then folded them in half and sewed them to each other until they formed large enough pieces to cut blocks out of. I made the blocks into 6" squares and then did something I've never done before - I added a solid fabric to the quilt!!
I have some Heather Ross gnome fabric for the back and not sure about the binding. I don't have enough of the gray left so I'll have to use a print. I discovered a walking foot today in my accessories for my machine so I'll try some sort of square/in-the-ditch quilting.
Because that's what it felt like I was doing today.
I started out with a plan. I had seen a tutorial (but was too lazy to go find it before I started) on using your pants as a pattern and thought I'd just do that. Only problem was I couldn't find any of #3's pajama pants. So I figured...seven year old girl vs. 5 year old boy. They probably wear the same size. HA HA!
I made the first pair and tried them on. They wouldn't even fit over his hips. Since when do boys have bigger hips then girls. I am blaming this all on the pants I used..not on my cutting/pattern drawing abilities.
So I lopped off a big chunk so I could actually get them on his body and then added a top piece for the waistband. And of course I was using this fabric while making these!!
On to the next pair (the above pants are pretty wonky and must always be worn with a shirt so no one can ever see the horrible wonkiness of the waistband!). I used this fabric and (ahem) a pattern. Unknown to me, this pattern was waiting in my little stack of "never before opened patterns".
I cut out the right size and set to work. But of course I was not about to follow the instruction. No, I sewed it my own way (and in my mind much easier), and they came out much better and so cute. It makes me want to buy the same fabric and make myself a matching pair. That fabric is so soft too!
Now Baby Girl is asking for her own with "flowers". So I think I will be making all family members new jammies now that I've finally figured out rocket science how to sew them.
It's raining today so perfect sewing weather after school. I'm supposed to make this guy some jammie pants next.
I'm trying to convince him he wants gnome pants but he's not going for it. He wants grey ones - only problem is I don't seem to have grey (at least with none without flowers on it). Hopefully we'll pick out a couple fabrics we are both happy with.
I finished Bela's top today. Baby girl keeps asking me if hers is done...I should have finished that one first but oh well. She's taking a nap right now so I'll go see if I can finish hers during naptime.
I added a large ric rac to the bottom of Bela's. I know the next ones I do will go smoother but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
Here's the back:
And the front:
She can wear it as a long tunic top with some leggings too. I really like this pattern. It's a little stiffer since I used the home dec. fabric but it will be great in lightweight cotton too. Can't wait to make some more for them.