Saturday, August 5, 2017

Saturday Sewing

As soon as I saw the Zola Pen Case I had to make one (some). But I didn't have all the necessary supplies. A week ago Stitch N Frame had their Christmas in July sale and I found a snap setter for a great price. Then I ordered 18" zippers from my favorite zipper supplier, Zipit. The zippers were delivered yesterday. I was ready to get sewing.

Above is my first attempt. 

I did some other sewing, too. I am continuing to make soup bowl cozies. At the sale I bought some sweet flannel and today I made a receiving blanket to add to my stash of baby gifts.

A few more pictures of the pencil case.

The outside is some of my favorite fabric. There's only a little of it left.

The ends of the case are so cute.

All of today's sewing.

In other news, I organized my scraps and smaller lengths of fabric. I love being organized.

There may be time left in the weekend to make another pencil case.
What do you think?

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Opps! posted on wrong blog

Hi Ya'll. I just posted about my sewing on my other blog.
Hop over there to see my recent sewing progress.
Here it is. sorry about that.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Wool Felt Applique

This summer I haven't done much sewing or quilting even though I have lots of unfinished projects and a list of ideas I want to try.

But I have had time to do some hand sewing a few times when I joined a group at the local library who get together to sew every other week for a couple of hours.

I finished the leaves on this wool felt piece I started in June, 2016. I may get this finished this year if I continue working on it in spare moments.

Last week we drove to Orlando - 12 hours in the car!

Last year my students and I read about the manatees in Florida. I really wanted to see some. We went to Homasassa Springs State Park where they care for injured manatees. The water is very clear so we were able to see this one. It is huge!

We crossed this bridge on our way to St. Pete.

A view of the water at the state park. So calm and peaceful.
(It was very hot-humid, too.)

That's all I've got this Friday. 
How was your week?

Friday, July 7, 2017

Transferring lessons from hand applique class

A few weeks ago I took a hand applique class because, you know, I hate applique. It's gonna take a lot of practice to be an adequate hand appliquer. But I am using some of the lessons I learned with my row-by-row applique leftover from 2015.

Above is one section machine appliqued.

What I used from hand applique is tacking down the pieces with a long machine basting stitch instead of using any fused material or glue.

One out of four done and I really like the look and feel.

For my finish- 
my old standby giant 9 patch.
The center is Meet the Royals and the other sections are from the same fabric manufacturer.

I used a favorite multicolored floral on the back. The quilting is simple diagonals. I didn't mark any lines, just sewed in semi-straight lines.

Two weeks ago we had this bunch and a few more over for good-bye supper for Liam and David.
Loved having them. Hope to have them over again when the boys visit next summer.

So many ideas and so little time.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Elastic finishes

Okay, okay. I've posted about these baby clothes a lot.
But I finally got the measurements for the waist and legs.

The knit leggings were super easy and I will make this pattern again.

I used a bit of the selvedge to indicate the back of the pants.

The little ruffled bloomers looked so cute finished.

Unfortunately, the bloomers were too big for little girl. I have more of the blue flowers so I may make another top when she grows into the bottoms.

That's all for this pattern. I plan to work on some row by row strips.
Thanks to Amanda Jean for leaving her link open longer.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Small blocks for a quilt show & updates on baby clothes

I made three star blocks for a local quilt show. Everyone in the quilt guild was asked to make a few.

Finished these knit pants for baby girl. Now I need her waist measurement so I can put in the elastic.
So quick to make-I may have to make some more.

The reversible top is also completely finished. I top stitched the yoke and shoulder seams.

Here is the other side.

And the back is so cute.

Hopefully we will visit baby girl next weekend and see if this fits.

On other news-my two grandsons are leaving for NYC on Sunday. Will miss them soooo.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Little top finish

Here is a small finish. The reversible top is finished except for some hand sewing.

The flower side front above and back below.

The owl side back above and front below.

The yoke and top seams have to be hand sewn down. 
I thought I liked the flowers better but now I like the owl side. 
Next up-making the knit fabric pants and ruffle bottom.
It seems really big on the hanger. I think baby girl can wear it over long sleeves and knit leggings.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

On a roll

Baby Ava's romper is almost finished. This is the first time I've sewn snap tape. After ripping and re-sewing a couple of places, I am happy with the garment. I used the dotty fabric for the little caps on the shoulders and the bias strip around the arm.

Front above.
Back below.

Back with bow. 
The bow makes it cuter but is attached with snaps.
Decision-bow or no bow?

Next up for Ava-I'm going to make a reversible top and two bottoms. The ruffled bottom on the left pattern will have eyelet ruffles.

I plan to use the lime green knit for the pants from the pattern on the right. The owl fabric and the blue flowers will be the reversible top. I will use the eyelet on the bottom of the dress/top, too.

Using up stash fabric (mostly). 

One day next week my friend will come get the Janome sewing machine and bring her teen girls for some sewing instructions. Hope they enjoy sewing as much as I do.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sewing for baby girl

I bought this cute pattern for baby Ava. I thought I would make a test outfit from my quilt fabric stash to make sure of the fit. 

I have enough of the green with pink flowers for the body of the romper. Now I have to choose which fabric to use for the bow in the back.

I think the dots will work but the pink is a close second.

In other news, Sally cat pictured below, got a scolding from a Blue Jay this morning.

Here is the Blue Jay-still fussing.
Too bad he doesn't know that Sally is too fat to catch him or his family.

Ready to cut and sew an outfit for Ava.
How's your week end?

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Labels attached - the Real finish

A quilt is not really finished until the label is sewn. 
This week I finished David's quillow and Liam's, too.

Liam's was gifted in 2014 but I neglected to put a label on it.
Now his quillow is Really finished.

Both have a boyish transportation vibe.
Liam's was the first quillow I attempted and was started from a kit.

David's was the fifth in my quillow series. ;-)
These days I like to use width of fabric strips instead of fat quarters.

A couple of shots of them folded.

Here they are turned into pillows.

Post Script-
Hot Fingers are finished, too.
Ready to gift to my co-workers.

Off to celebrate the boys' birthdays!
Hope you have a fun week end.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Trying out a new machine with an old pattern

Dearest daughter is moving to NYC and isn't taking this sewing machine. So, I thought I would try it out. I had it serviced and now it is ready to sew!

I'm making some Hot Fingers as thank you gifts for people who have helped me this year in my new job. I love this colorful flower fabric. 

I am loving my succulent flower bed. 
Here are the flowers in the early morning.

And here they are later in the day. 
I guess opening and closing helps the flowers last longer.

Are you enjoying the blog hop over at Crazymom's? 
I am inspired to work on my scrap mountain.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Smocked Pink Bubble

Finally finished this little bubble outfit. I haven't smocked in years but thought Ava needed something smocked by Gran. I bought a finished outfit that just needed the smocking. I think it is easier to start from scratch. I had to ask a friend who smocks a lot of baby gifts to give me a refresher on how many threads to use. After that it was a quick finish-even when I took out stitches and changed thread color.
Now I hope Ava hasn't grown too big to wear this. We'll see today since we are traveling this morning to Memphis to see her and her parents.

In other news - I bought some new succulents for my doll bed garden. And the one on the lower left bloomed over night! I love happy fuschia flowers.

Checking over at Crazy Mom's to see what you have been sewing.