Wednesday, November 23, 2011


I think I must have the nicest, most helpful readers in the blogosphere!  I received a comment from "SewLindaAnn" directing me to the Quilt in a Day website where they had one (1) yard left of the Zenith fabric I needed for a weekender tote. I snagged that baby (and admit to doing a little other shopping there) and it should be in the mail to me by this evening.  Totally made my morning!

I have a lot for which to be thankful (including blog readers!) and hope you also take the time to also reflect on the blessings in your life, large or small, this holiday.  Remember that everything in this life is a gift and offering thanksgivings for those gifts is both an honor and praise.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge

Want to improve your free motion quilting skills?  See the button on my sidebar for the 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge?  Click on it and see what SewCalGal is suggesting on her blog site.  I think it is a great idea designed to improve skills and confidence in using your domestic sewing machine to free motion quilt.  I am a decent free motion quilter but there are skills that I want to learn and I think this is a great opportunity.  Additionally, there are going to be some pretty cool giveaways from vendors.  Check it out.  It may be something you want to try, too!

Lots of orders means

more fabric!!  Though the women chose from my stash for their purse/accessory orders, I still needed accent fabrics or additional fabrics to make everything.  Yesterday was the last day I could use my coupon at Burkholder's so after I finished work I picked up my sister and we headed over the mountain.

I had the brown fabric in my stash but needed something to match that weird lime green polka dot.  I think the dotted fabric I found works beautifully.

I already had the brown floral and picked up the variegated dot fabric to use in a diaper bag order.

I bought the purple floral back when they had the big cotton close out at Fabric Mart about 2 years ago.  Naturally, I had nothing in my stash that worked with it.  Found these two purples and now have to decide which bag gets which shade of purple.

Now, just because I never met a red tonal 3 Sisters for Moda fabric that I didn't like, I had to buy this

Don't know what I will use it for but use it I will!

Lastly, I need more of this fabric.  I know that I saw it somewhere in the past 2 months but it wasn't Burkholder's.  It came out back in 2010 so I realize the chance of finding any will be slim.  Do you have a piece in your stash?

I have two other coordinating pieces that I will use in the bag but this border print is only about 18" wide and I need at least 27" for the bag.  I can do it if I run the print vertically but the customer would prefer that the floral run horizontally.  The fabric is Zenith by Kathy Hall for Andover Fabrics.  The item code is 3701.  If you have about a yard please let me know.  I have a checkbook and I am not afraid to use it!

Monday, November 21, 2011

So...I didn't sew on Friday night

I really did want to sew for the FNSI but just didn't trust that all the anesthesia was out of my system.  Drugs and a rotary cutter sounds like a really bad idea!  Thanks for all your well wishes.  It was easy surgery and I had very little post op pain.  I love my surgeon, anesthesiologist and the nursing staff at Surgical Institute of Reading.

Instead of sewing on Friday night, I washed two canvas drop cloths to make curtains for my living room.  I have had sweet white cafe' style curtains since I moved in.  I have wanted floor to ceiling drapes for a while but  they just were not high enough on my list of priorities.  My dear sister picked up the drop cloths at Home Depot for me while I was at the hospital.  She also picked up the curtain rings.  I already had 4 boxes of Rit Color Remover (in my opinion, a much better solution than bleach) to lighten color of the drop cloths.  After they were dry I ironed them and then pressed a fold down the center.  I used canvas that was 6' x 9' and I have narrow windows so three feet wide for each panel looked appropriate.  I just cut along the fold with a pair of scissors and used 1/4" wide fusible tape along the cut edge.  I ironed that on, flipped over the first hem, ironed that down and then ironed over another quarter inch.  I sewed that on the machine on Saturday morning.  I attached clips on the top (my son put the rods up for me a couple of months ago) and hung them.  They are exactly the right length without any hemming...gotta love that!  I really like the way they look and think they make the room look larger.

I have a window on either side of the front door.  The windows are not centered on the either wall.  Seriously, how hard would it have been to create a little symmetry in the front of the house?!  Look how closely that rod is placed next to the adjoining wall.  (Makes me just a little bit twitchy...)

On Saturday I finished up some sewing for the purse party I was having Sunday.  One thing I needed to do was have at least one Christmas table runner finished.  I quilted up this one really quickly and then sewed the binding on while I watched TV on Saturday night.

I stitched in the ditch around the pinwheels, meandered the outer border and stippled between the blocks.  I love using white against the bright Christmas colors.

The purse party was very successful. I received lots of orders as well as sold several bags "off the rack".  I will be displaying bags, accessories and quilts at an open house in early December.  I am only taking pre-made items with me and will not be doing any custom work again until after the holidays.  I have plenty to keep me busy until then!

As a matter of fact, the studio is calling my name right now!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Friday Night Sew In

I am having some minor surgery tomorrow but when the anesthesia wears off I will be in front of a sewing machine. I am just hoping that I will be aware enough to KNOW that the anesthesia is out of my system. I think sewing under the influence might be the teeniest bit dangerous!

If you want to sign up, click on the button on my sidebar and it will take you directly to the blog site.  Looking forward to seeing what you are doing!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Not just playing with Blogger

I have been making bags - lots and lots of bags.  I have a party on Friday night and I don't have nearly enough inventory.  If history repeats, most of the women at the party will end up ordering custom bags but I like having lots of examples.

I have set up shop in my dining room

I have set up shop in my studio

I hope I will have at least 10 more bags finished by Friday morning.  As a buffer I am taking off half a day on Friday.  Looks like I will need it!!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Y'all prepare yourselves!

I learned how to do something new and I am like a dog with a pork chop bone. I will not let it rest!! I have changed my blog page header twice now in the last couple of weeks. I keep finding new and better ways to do stuff and I must play. Please be patient with me. I will get over myself soon!

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