Saturday, October 23, 2010

Journey Bag

Amy Hamberlin over at asked me to do a pattern test for her again. (in reality I begged her, I was in the mood to try something new ;) Here is the pic of her bag pattern available in two sizes. I made the big one, I was envisioning it as a way cute carry on in case I ever go somewhere fun. I made a few adjustments to the inside, but just put two seams on each side of the pockets to make a few smaller ones for pens, and a cell phone etc.
My finished bag. Amy Hamberlin's "Journey" bag. The fabric VINTAGE Amy Butler, the green is Kings Fern from her Charm (?) line, and the brown is from her Daisy Chain line called "sweet jasmine /brown" amazingly enough bought years apart, and had the same colorways so they worked. Not sure if the computer will show it or not, but the pink is almost purple and the green has a minty blue and impossible to match hue to it. So I am so happy I found something that works, and is dark so the straps won't show dirt, and the inside lining won't look grungy. BTW, that was my first real bag I have ever made. Yay me!
OH! And Amy used Sandi Henderson's fabric from her new line "Meadowsweet 2" ( I used a different color way of her line for the dress I did as a pattern test last spring), and a cute model with fun shoes. You have to settle with my entertainment center as neither my legs are my shoes are cute.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

First Day of School Jitters...

I start a beginners quilt class tomorrow.
I am way excited!
Also a little nervous.
Course materials via class 'syllabus':
~sewing machine. check. Although I don't relish the thought of anyone looking down their noses at my 'vintage' case and late 60's model Bernina, I love it and it runs a tight ship.
~cutting mat and ruler. check. Although, it does sport some rather primitive art courtesy of the Liv.
~scissors. check. I have Gingers...that someone (cough cough) cut something round and metal (similar to I dunno...wire!) with so there is a glitch in them.
~rotary cutter. check. double check! Just got a new blade too.
~new needles, power cord and pedal, straight pins...check
~one layer cake, CHECK, my favorite part. It was so hard choosing, but I finally ended up with "fandango" by Kate Spain for Moda. Lots of fun "flirty" colors and forms, but a nice dose of dark brown which if this project goes to fruition will make a nice throw on a chocolate brown leather sofa. mmmmmmm.

I am pretty confident, although I don't have anything new for back to school that I have never been happier to go to class!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Amy B and ACU

I really like to sew.
If you knew my history, you would know that me saying that is nothing short of a miracle.
And I have been collecting projects ( and I know I am not the only one)
Here is a hint of a few things I am working on.
And coincidentally have taken pics of with my phone.
Do you detect a theme?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Liv and Learn....

So today, in the quest for finding my youngest son correct football gear (the first time without the dh didn't work out 100% perfectly), we went to a sporting goods store. Liv wore a cute outfit I made, and a lady in the store freaked over it....and I left my business cards at home. Chalk it up to a learning experience I guess. Sigh.

Lesson of the day. Business cards do you no good if you don't have them on you when you need them!!!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Ok, so Amy Hamberlin ( did a quick intro on her new patterns, one of which is called the "Darla Jumper", and since she did so I figured I would be ok to show you the finished project I have been working on. I did my first ever pattern testing!

It couldn't have come at a better time. I always have STUFF going on, however the challenge for me for this last little bit, and probably for the entire summer is to find things that surpasses STUFF and moves onto something I could get into. Something motivating, and even better, something with a deadline.

I had a hoot doing this, hope that the project came out the way it was supposed to, and hope that I get the chance to do it again.

The only draw back was that the Liv cut her hair just days before I wanted to go take pics. Her hair was "puffy" and she tried to comb it and it wouldn't lay down. So the solution logical to her was to simply cut off all of the curls. Thus the hat.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Sneak Peak...

Ok, so I got my big project in the mail today and promptly needed supplies. I was only in the hunt of one elusive item, but came up short handed. Will try tomorrow for that, but in the mean time I found my fabrics at Quilt Expressions and completely stressed about the colors so in the end I went with almost one entire coordinating line. Meadowsweet by Sandi Henderson through Michael Miller and also a piece or two from the same lady, from her Farmers Market line, and then threw in a brilliant turquoise blue that I wish I had a whole bolt of, a line called Olive Rose by Vallerie Wells through Free Spirit...

Mixing and matching fabrics makes me crazy. I love it but I always feel a little bit spazzy when I am done, like I am a four year old on a sugar rush and hope that it makes sense when I come down.

It's HERE!!!

It isn't a big deal. Really. It isn't making me any side income or putting me in the papers or anything, but I really am excited to do this. Why? It is something new. Something to challenge me while I am trying to get used ,to being alone a LOT this summer. It is still under wraps as part of the deal, but I have been kind of kicked in the rear to get going by having a deadline.

As a result, I have finished a TON of stuff and have just been knocking projects out that have been lingering here and there. That is a great thing!

So for now, no pics on the "big" project, but I can post pics of the projects that I have been working on!

Yesterday I finished a fun little gift for a friends children. Pink is good for them and the brighter the better so I made them a little something that would be fairly light to mail. And while I was at it I made the Liv a hair bow to match a skirt I made, and then "upcycled" a top so she has a whole outfit. I love the lime green and tirquoise together!

Then I started a project that I volunteered for. Almost done with that, but my back started to really hurt so I quit for a while. It is a bag that straps on the front of a walker. It is for a woman who lives in an assisted living center near our subdivision. Her bag was ripping and she saw that I sew and asked that I make her a replacement. Hopefully she will approve. I added the pockets on the front for eyeglasses or pens or anything she desires so it won't all sink to the bottom and have to be rummaged for.

Oh and I recovered my ironing board because it did not deserve all the yummy fabric it is going to help iron without a facelift.

And as an added bonus I had the fabric on hand ALSO had the trim that matches which was not necessary but fun none the less. I have loads of vintage trim from my Grandma B. Awesome that the colors are EXACTLY the same.