Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Garden Apron

The gardening season is just about to begin!  Very soon, I will be spending some time in the greenhouse tucking my little seeds into their pots.

Although I wear gloves when I play in the dirt, I still have a tendency to brush my hands off on my pants (or dress), so I have gotten in the habit of wearing an apron, especially when in the greenhouse.

I wore a hole clear through the front portion of my apron last year and intended to sew up a new one, and even picked up some great fabric, but like so many things, the project got shelved when winter arrived.

Here it is finally finished, my new gardening apron (modeled by Persephone):

Big ties in the back.

Pockets big enough to hold a pair of gloves or stuff with seed packets. 

I love making aprons, it's one of those times when my love for sewing can overlap my other loves, like gardening and cooking!

HERE is the pattern I used.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Scrappy Granny Square Pillow

Remember this quilt?

I had several pieced strips left over that were cut down when putting the quilt together.  These strippy scraps have lived in a pile on the shelf for the past few months . . . waiting.

In need of a quick project, I decided to try out the ubiquitous Granny Square block.  I do love them, they're cute and I love the name, and this block is made for scraps.

I made one large square from my scraps and turned it into a pillow cover.  I put it an invisible zipper because they're just about the sexiest zipper ever.

I had to piece together the back since I didn't have enough un-cut fabric, but I really like the off-center strip.

Happy Granny Square pillow!  I think I shall make a Granny Square quilt now.  Why not, eh?

Friday, January 16, 2015

Sewing Machine Woes

My sewing machine has been experiencing quite a bit of tension, literally.  The tension control is absolutely bonkers!  I sew on a Viking and I've never had a single complaint, it has been an absolute dream for me.

I know there is a lot of bad press about Viking recently; Google 'Viking tension issues' and you'll read all about it.  My issues aren't quite so bad as those I've read about, and fortunately most of it can be solved with quality thread (get to know thread, it will change your life). My machine was made in Sweden, whereas Viking machines are now manufactured in China. I know this has made a huge impact on the quality of their machines. No disrespect intended, but it's true.

I've had my machine for 8 yeas now.  It was a complete surprise from my husband, a Christmas gift he picked out all by himself.  He did his research and picked the best he could afford, all without me knowing anything about it!

Imagine how I felt having to tell him that it's having issues.  He knows how much I love my machine, but I had to let him know why I was always so frustrated when I would sew. His reply? "Let's get you a new one."

Where did I find this guy?

He notices the joy I experience when I create, and he supports that.  Just last night I told him I ordered a bunch of new quilting fabric and he said it was about time. Yes, he is that awesome.

I have decided to get another machine instead of trying to micro-manage the current one.  I've wanted a backup anyway.  So, it has begun, the research to find a machine that suits my needs and stays within the budget. You really do get what you pay for, and since I'm not exactly a sewing novice, I need to buy a great model. Right now I'm leaning toward the Bernina 350 or 380.  They both seem like fantastic machines.

Never mind that I need new carpet and we'll likely need another car within the next year . . . as long as she can sew, she's happy!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Twist, Turns, Delete.

Well, I finally did it.  I deleted a big chunk of my posts.

I took a year off from this here blog, which was a good thing; however, when I returned I just wasn't in the same mind set as I once was.  I couldn't find that thread I had let go of.  For me, this meant it was time to move in a new direction, use new thread.

Since all of the photos on my posts prior to January 8, 2013 were eaten by a vicious computer (not mine), I thought that a good place to begin the deleting.  The text was still there, but without photos, everything just felt flat.

I took some time to read over a few posts that had particular meaning to me, but I discovered those posts no longer touched me.  Delete!

Onward I go, and onward I sew!

This makes me giggle.
(photo source: Click HERE)

Sewing, quilting, gardening, baking, writing:  These are my true loves.  It is exhilarating to have so much time to spend on my hobbies.  I continue to search out new hobbies, too; I have picked up the knitting needles yet again, hoping this is the time I figure it out!

And hey, if you're local, come sew with me!  If you're not, virtually sew with me!

As an aside, my first born turned 20 yesterday.  I'm not feeling it yet.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Tablet or Phone Stand

My husband has this funny little thing he does with his tablet to get it to stay upright while he is reading it.   Imagine stacked books, magazines, and often a fork! While it is comical to witness, it really isn't practical, and he refuses to buy a stand for it.  

To remedy this silly situation, and to create a fun little stocking stuffer, I decided to make one.  I found this pattern on the web.  My daughter picked out the fabric (Elementary by Sweetwater, because "Dad is a math geek") and I spent a few minutes whipping it up.  Really, it only take a few minutes!

Pattern source: Click HERE.

The button is mostly for the cute factor, but it does serve as a way to hide my less than perfect hand stitching.

That is my fantastic dreamland (aka Sewing Room) reflected in the screen!

This certainly qualifies as instant sewing gratification!  They are incredibly easy and quick to sew up, stuffed with a combination of fiber-fill and rice.  My daughter has already requested one for her iPod.

I hope your holiday preparations are coming along nicely and you're enjoying every moment of it.  I sure am!  Now, on to the birthdays, there are two in my household this week!