Sunday, January 11, 2009

Quilting - almost

I'm creating a t-shirt quilt (thanks honey for donating those t-shirts!).

T-shirts are cut, ironed, & fused.

Now - what fabric should I use to 'frame' each t-shirt?

Saturday, January 10, 2009

A new tote bag

I have been working on creating a tote bag all week and finally finished it!

A while ago I picked-up some fabric scraps from a fellow freecycler and in the bag were two quilt blocks. I thought, since some of the blue fabric that was in the blocks was also in the bag, that it would make a great tote bag for me to carry my handwork around in. Mind you, I don't have any handwork yet. Because - I didn't have a bag to carry it in.

Anywho - the photo at the top of the post is one of the sqaures. The photo below is of the finished bag. I won't be able to show you the insides - ever. The squares weren't really square and I put in batting and a backing and didn't quite make the backing as big as the square (remember - I'm working with someone else's scraps late at night...). I'm thinking about going back and fusing some other fabric inside so I don't see the ugliness! But, overall I love how the bag looks - on the outside! And now, I have no more excuses. This week, during the children's swim lessons, gymnastics and rock climbing I'll have the proper bag to carry my handwork.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Tag - I'm It.

Yaya over at Chronicles of Yaya Orchid tagged me.

The rules are:
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

Six random things:
1. I once took part in an archaeological dig in New Jersey.
2. I can't stand the smell of black licorice.
3. I once made a tofu turkey for Thanksgiving.
4. I met my husband at work while we were both volunteering for the United Way.
5. I lived with a bank robber.
6. I have never been to Disney Land or World.

This (or a variation of this) has been going around the blogs I read so - if you have not taken part in this I tag YOU! Beth

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Wardrobe Refasion

I just signed up to be part of Wardrobe Refashion for the next six months.

Really, to be perfectly honest, I don't really like to shop for clothes. I literally have two pairs of jeans that fit me that my husband bought me for Christmas and those are the first new pieces of clothing I've gotten in over a year. So - I don't think the buying will be an issue. It'll be making it to the second hand shop with one of not two girls in tow and finding some good bargains while making sure they behave. Things to wear (like the $4 brand new Land's End button down shirt I found) or things to upcycle (a really cute polka dot skirt that is too short to be a skirt but I think would make a darling bag).

So - wish me luck with my refashioning for the next six months! Ill blog a bit about it here as well as on the Wardrobe Refashion blog. Happy Sewing! Beth

Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Year's Resolution

Some call them goals. Others call them resolutions. I sat down and thought about what I wanted to do this year and realized it doesn't matter what I call it. For me it all comes down to organization.

I need to organize myself better. It's oh so easy to become disorganized. So, my goal, to organize my home and life and most importantly to keep it organized.

And, on the sewing front, aside from the organization of the sewing room (see above photo of floor during Craft Fair / Christmas sewing):
1) to break out of my rut in using only 100% cotton fabric - corduroy and knit - here I come!
2) to sew a purse, no make it two purses
3) to make more than two clothing items for ME (aprons won't count)
4) to have more patience when teaching my children to sew
5) to participate in one of Wondermommy's sew along's during the actual sew-along
6) sew grandma's quilt tops
7) make a quilt for each girl with their baby clothes
8) embroider some of the kid's artwork to make into a quilt or wall hanging

Now I just need to print this up and tape it where I can see it so I don't come back to it in December wondering where all my time went.

Do you have any resolutions?


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