Friday, September 26, 2008

Shopping

I went to Joann's today, I had to go to Target and since Joann's was nearby I went inside to have a look around. A few small purchases:

I'm working on a autumn wallhanging and I picked out these two fabrics. I'll post more photos later about my current project.

And then I came across these two lovelies,

actually there was a whole collection and I just had to buy some, but I have no idea what I'm going to make. It's from Heidi Grace Designs. First time I heard of her, but I fell in love. I'll probably go back for more once I figure out what to make and how much I need.

I have to run to work, but I'll post a little more later. Have a great afternoon or evening.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Mail call and a little inspiration

On Saturday I purchased fabric from Pink Chalk Fabrics, my first time order and I'm so impressed with the prompt service. I recieved my order in 2 days! I bought Japanese fabric, finally. I haven't had any luck finding it at a reasonable price, but these cute fabrics were not easy to pass up and the price was right! I don't know what I'm going to make, but that little card with the totebag looks inspiring.

Also, last week I ordered a back issue of Cotton Time from etsy's natalie mae. Here are a few photos:

I love this little drawstring bag. Cute embroidery always catches my eye, I don't know why I can't sit still long enough to embroider something myself.

More embroidery, looks like dinner napkins. I would hate to use them after spending hours of fine stitching . . . .

and more totebags. More photos on my flickr.

A few scrap quilts

All Sewed Up

I think this is one of my first quilts, it's a wall hanging that I pieced together from scraps. I made it so long ago, I wished I dated it, maybe 10 or more years ago. It's from one of Debbie Mumm's quilt books, I was a big fan back then. I made it for my sewing room, but after I completed it, it didn't hang properly off the wall, a little wonky in some places. I must have quilted it wrong or something. I machine quilted it the easiest way possible. Lately it's been stored with my other quilts.

Actually, maybe this one is my first quilt?? Now I realize the importance of dating your quilts. It's also made of scraps, I remember going to town cutting 3-inch squares and making 9 patches and then voila, a quilt! I kind of didn't know which way I was going with this one, I was just making squares. I wished I made wider borders, though. I think I'm going to start a quilt journal.

Thanks again for taking a peek, I'm having fun reading all about quilts! I love Quilt Month!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

More quilts

and I'm ready to take pics, but my batteries died. I'm looking for another set of batteries while the other ones are charging, but no luck. I'll be back this evening with more ramblings of my past creations.

In the meantime here a couple of patchwork totebags I made last year. Not really quilts, but I have been thinking about making a charm quilt totebag that I saw in a magazine a few months ago.

Okay, I'm off to work, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Zakka Sewing

As you know may have noticed, I love Japanese craft books and magazines. I was at Barnes & Noble yesterday and couldn't resist this new book that was just released by Therese Laskey and Chika Mori. I think this pillow on the back cover will be my first project from this book. So sweet!

Quilt Month

I've joined mr. monkeysuit's quilt month. I thought it would inspire me to get back into quilting which I have put on the back burner long enough. I'm ashamed to say I haven't completed many quilts. In fact I've never really made a true quilt. You know the large ones that you can throw on your bed. I always have these grand ideas and then make a bunch of blocks and then . . . . what happened? They are burried beneath my stash of fabrics.

heart applique wall hanging

I've made plenty of wallhangings or lap quilts and a few doll quilts when I use to make dolls. Actually, I thought these two were sent off to the Goodwill, but I found them in the bottom of my stash bin. I'm glad there were there.

I still have my quilt blocks that I put away years ago, thinking some day I will get back to my quilts. I think I'm over my "non-quilting" phase. I've seen so many wonderful quilts that I'm now inspired again! Yay!! I have more to share but I will leave it for the next day or two.

My mind is going crazy with alot of projects I want to make and finish. I'm happy to come across so many beautiful quilting blogs and reminded of my long lost passion. Thank you! I'm a little intimidated about making a large quilt, but I think it's about time to turn those blocks into something fabulous! Stay tuned . . . .

Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Hello, I'm here

Okay, another week has gone by. Although, it has been quick, it seemed to drag while I was working. Anyway, I'm working at two schools now, but I did a one day sub at another school so maybe that's why the week seemed long even though Monday was a holiday!

Well, the Scrapbook Expo last week was pretty hectic. I didn't shop very much, but there were others that were anxious to spend their money. I barely could look around in many of the booths and I never thought to take pictures, it was way too overwhelming for me. Scrapbooking is definately one of the hot crafts in the US! I wasn't interested in buying more stuff, I have enough that I would like to get rid of for pity sakes!. The "digiscrap" class was pretty good, I'm sorry I didn't sign up for the following class, it looked like something that I could benefit from as well. I did purchase the book called "Digital & Hybrid Scrapbooking", now all I need is to Photoshop Elements that will help me organize my photos and then I can easily make pages.

This is an example of the teacher's pages, very cool looking in person.

Although, I did find out some good info and the instructor teaches at locations nearby, so I'll be able to learn more.

Here are some pics from our weekend in San Diego (oh, I feel like a tourist now)

We decided to walk around and have lunch at one of the restaurants and then on to Horton Plaza. Which walking a few blocks was killing me, it was so hot and humid and all I wanted to do was go home.

Angela wanted Pinkberry, so we stopped for a minute and headed back to the convention center. I was done after the walk back and definately ready to go home.

She wouldn't let me take a picture of her. I don't think she would be thrilled with this photo and then posting it here.

All in all it was a fun day, I just wished the weather had cooperated because it was uncomfortable. It even sprinkled a little bit, very strange weather.

I did manage to do a little sewing this past week, my cousin wanted me to make some bibs for our craft booth, which by the way I'm pretty sure we'll be at the Sunday market next week. I didn't have a pattern, so I traced one of her bibs she was selling and made my own pattern. She asked me last year and I finally got around to it! I was surprised how easy and cute, so I will be making more.

I used a plaid flannel on the back.

I also finished a couple of totebags, but I'll share photos later. This post is already longer than it needs to be. I'm still wanting a new sewing machine, so I have some projects on the back burner. Also some unfinished ones that I would like to get to. Not to mention my sewing space needs some organization, I have new shelves to put up, but I want to paint first. Then I better get off the computer!

Thanks for taking time to read and getting this far. Have a great weekend!

Monday, September 01, 2008

Happy September!

Sorry, it's been awhile. I really want to post at least every other day, but life get ahead of me and then I realize that it's been a week. Eeek! Anyway, I've had some schedule changes at work, and then I had to get adjusted to it (it's no biggee really), then I've been making a few things for my shop and of course I went to the Scrapbook Expo in San Diego on Saturday. I took a Digital Scrapbook class, I wish I was able to take the following class afterwards, but it was full. That one was all about speed scanning and scrapping all on the computer. I learned so much from the "plain English" class that I feel that I'm ready to get Photoshop Elements and start playing!

I've also been spending some time researching the internet about this sewing machine.

I've heard so many good things I'm hoping it will be the machine of my dreams. I've tried to fix my machine by buying the part it needed, but it still isn't working right and really it's not worth me taking it in to get fixed. I'd rather have a new one! It's time for goodness sakes! I've been using my daughter's first sewing machine we bought her for her birthday a couple of years ago, but it's just too lightweight for me and I'm not happy. So I've been crunching numbers to see if it's going to work out, but I think I might just put it on the card and worry about cost later. Oooh, dh doesn't know, but I'm sure he won't mind. (I hope)

I'm way behind on blog reading, too, I'll try to catch up within the next couple of days.

I have plenty of photos to post tomorrow (hopefully), see ya then!

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