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Spring is coming! My crocus have popped their pretty little blooms for a short stay. Phil says no more winter. Love is in the air. What better way to say it than with something custom made. Browse the gallery and Like us on Facebook.
starting Christmas presents a little late (who am i kidding?!?). Not what i had originally planned but i think she'll like it.
It is hard to believe that we are almost one month past Christmas. I just don't know where all the time goes and why does it seem to go faster the older (and slower) we get? On the days that I don't watch my friend's little 18 month old, I try to use what I call "school time" (when my grandson is off at school) for sewing. Whether it be quilting, piece, cutting, cleaning or organizing I have made myself a promise that I will spend at least a good portion of each "school time" day in my sewing room (hence my ability to believe I'll be more than ready for next Christmas). I have joined a number of communities on Google and am tickled pink that I have had over 17K views. Who would of thought???? I'm amazed. Here is a picture of my newest bag, it is reversible:
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With every year there always comes the "resolution", time to turn over a new leaf, stop something you don't want to do and/or start something fresh and anew. As I wrote in December, I had very little inspiration (or time) to make any of my gifts this year. I usually make at least something for the grandkids. Not this year, nope, nada, zilch. I wanted to but life just got in the way. I did manage to make a basket and trivet for a friend of my daughter's who was there for her during a difficult time. Once she acknowledged that she received the box, I was going to post a tutorial but I haven't got that written yet, I'm going to share pictures here now and work on writing a tutorial when my brain isn't so tired.
Every year I promise myself I'm going to be more prepared for the holidays. Its been 4 years since I've even had a slight jump (which was really nothing more than a hop and a skip) on my Christmas sewing. All I can really say is that sometimes life gets in the way.
I was certain that once the vegetable harvest was done, many hours would be freed up to spend at my sewing machine; but no, after the vegetable were picked, they had to be put up. Many quarts of salsa, dozens of ears of corn, beans, carrots, pints of beets and gallons of tomato puree. My upright freezer is so full I don't have room from my monthly groceries.
Anyway, I'm really excited that I finally have my Longarm put back together. I just wish I had done it months ago. Now I remember why I hesitated; Tension. Tension. The one word that brings on more tension. Urgggg. This is supposed to be a time of joy and celebration. Besides, its Christmas. I have a whole list of gifts I could be making with my Longarm but URRRGGGG is all I can do right now.
I operate a Mega 18 from Husqvarna. Yes, they make sewing machines too guys! After all, the sewing machine is a lady's favorite power tool! It almost seems this machine has been vexed from day one. When I first assembled the frame and installed the machine, it just would not run right. I double and tripled checked everything. After I had the dealer come out to check things, it became obvious it was an in factory setting that caused the problems. Now I've got a tension problem. I've checked and cleaned everything. Unfortunately my dealer is no longer in business. Thanks to the net, I'll should be able to find more than I want to know about troubleshooting my machine and hopefully start my gifting projects (for next year) soon!
I am working on one project though, using a pattern downloaded from one of my favorite google communities; will post some pics soon.
Moving into the Studio has given me the opportunity to go through ALL my stuff. I found so many treasures. I have collected patterns since long before my kids were born and they are now raising families of their own.
Not only will you find creations from my machines in the Market but also many of the treasures I rediscovered while organizing my new studio.
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Summer Is Here!
My oh my, where does the time go. I can't believe that it is already July, the 4th just around the corner. With spring time comes a lot of chores that take me outside, away from my machines. All those seeds calling my name, waiting to get jump started in the greenhouse and the garden needing attention too from the enormous crop of acorns we had fall this year. I swear they sounded like someone was dropping gravel on our metal roof!
All in all it has been a productive few months since I posted an entry. I have even been able to squeeze in time in the studio and enjoy having all the space to work with. My UFOs are calling for me. I've made a commitment to myself to finish at least one UFO before I start another new project. I'm not sure if I will be able to fulfill that commitment though because I have so many projects, thoughts and ideas running around in my head.
We shall soon see what comes next.
My daughter had sent me the focus fabric from Hawaii. She had already cut many prints into squares (Thanks, sweetie, that gives me a jump start on other tops!) I chose this pattern because it made the blocks easily adaptable.
I really wanted to finish this on my longarm. I painstakingly loaded it on my rollers, a process than can literally take an hour and leave me with sore fingertips, after using almost 100 straight pins to secure the pieced top and the backing fabric. All the while praying I've got everything lined up just right so I won't have to adjust anything.
Longarms can be tricky (I call it picky) machines. I tried and tried but I just couldn't get my tension correct and ended up pulling out many attempts to get this little bugger quilted. Frustrated, I removed it from my long arm and there it layed, pinned, for a long, long time.
I knew I could quilt it on my Bernina, but I'd have to make room on the table to work the fabric through the machine. Since I couldn't use the longarm's computer to help create an attractive stitch, it took me a long time to decide how to quilt it and bring some flow to the pattern. I started by topstitching the bird blocks.
Not sure that I wanted to do an all-over pattern in the posts, I studied the quilt for, again, a long, long time. I decided. I was just going to try one or two blocks where I carried through the angle created by the bird blocks. It was a lot of starts and stops but I am really happy with the way it turned out. I didn't name it until it was completed and I could see the "XOXOX"! I hope it warms my grandson for many years with it!
It has been several weeks since I started moving in. Mind you that doesn't mean I have had three weeks in my studio; I have been lucky to get at least one day a week. I have whittled down my mending pile and finished up a couple of small projects.
I promised myself my first project was going to be new curtains for the living room; they are not anything fancy but they are lined with blackout fabric that we will enjoy come summertime.
Next on the list was a new jacket for my grandson. I had bought some duck fabric to make him one like his grumpa's (a carhart) but I was unable to find a zipper that would compliment the mustard color I had chosen for him. this is what I ended up with
my mind has been debating on what to work on next. maybe finish another UFO (unfinished object) like my daughter's dress, after all it only need a zipper and a halter strap. I thoroughly hate zippers. they can bring me too a stand still in an instant.
I decided I would leave that to another day when I can start fresh and early.
I found some half triangle squares from a quilt I started almost ten years ago. that quilt still adorns my bed although my dogs have been pretty rough with it. it is beginning to show it's age and that it has been well loved :-).
I didn't feel like committing to a new project just quite yet because I feel guilty I have so many UFOs. I played with my blocks and came up with this. Not bad for just messing around :-)
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Some would call me a seamstress but I've simply liked to sew for more years that I care to admit. I've collected hundreds of patterns over the years and have come to realize that never in ten life times will I ever sew everything I've wanted.