Wednesday, January 30, 2013

New Digs

The movers came, and my sewing room is transformed. I finally got the furniture out that needed to go out, and in that needed to come in. My piles of fabric are starting to fit into some bookshelves, though it's clear that there's still more fabric than shelf space. I reduced the size of my cutting table since usually the second half held accumulated half-finished projects. My air conditioner will no longer blow directly onto me, necessitating constant adjustment for my comfort. Most importantly, I'm almost finished handling the stuff in Ma's sewing room and converting it to mine or donating to charities. Admittedly, there are 8 boxes of her stuff in the shower, so those who tend toward name-calling might think "hoarder," but at least I can move in the sewing rooms to arrange stuff.

I'm working on looking at the space objectively and putting away seldom-used things; much can be thrown away without ill effect, but deciding on an item-by-item basis requires concentration and thought, both of which I have been reserving for actual sewing. I suppose I could hide baskets of stuff in the bathroom, but I am aware of how that sounds to the non-sewist public, so I'm not succumbing...yet. Still, check out how it looks during snapshots of time...

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Kaffe Flower Power

Stash used: 5 yards
Stash used total: 78 5/8 yards
Stash acquired: 0 yards
Stash acquired total: 119.25 yards 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Basics and Skeletons

I want to make Alexandra some skeleton pajama pants after her Grey's Anatomy craze.

Stash used: 0 yards
Stash used total: 73 5/8 yards
Stash acquired: 7 yards
Stash acquired total: 119.25 yards

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Midnight at the Oasis #58

I think the label of this quilt has been half attached for almost a year. I poked myself with a pin sticking out of it, and upon investigating, I discovered the forgotten task. If I had a big, blank, wall, I'd hang this one. I love the colors. I also applied the binding to my last Quilt of Valor. I still have to make the pillowcase, label and journal. Wash, dry, deliver.

Yea!! Weekend!

I finished the house blocks for my Riokan quilt and also made Mackenzie a lunchbox with custom-chosen fabrics.


Stash used: 2.5 yards
Stash used total: 73 5/8 yards
Stash acquired: 0 yards
Stash acquired total: 112.25 yards

Friday, January 18, 2013

Oh, Kelly

I love Kelly more than most humans in the whole world. Lately, the world has conspired to make her life the most trying. She never forgets her blessings, never complains, and loves with reckless abandon. She does what needs to be done without hesitation, and takes the flack for all the hard decisions. She needed the recent fall down the stairs and broken arm like she needed a hole in the head. This bag is for her. I had intended to use the beautiful lacy print at the selvedge for a little decorative rim around the top of the lining, but I sewed the pockets on upside down, and didn't want to weaken the fabric by ripping them out and flipping them, so the pretty little trim is at the bottom of the bag. I hope she laughs when she sees it. Though there may be precious little to laugh about, we are trying.

Easy Come, Easy Go

I made 2 skirts and a terrific new lunch box. Then I succumbed to Lola Pink's sale on new arrivals. One of my new skirts is a little weird. I think it needs to be tried on and perhaps washed and ironed again. The shirring was a little shocking. The other is a mock wrap skirt.

Stash used: 5 yards
Stash used total: 71 1/8 yards
Stash acquired: 11.5 yards
Stash acquired total: 112.25 yards

Friday, January 4, 2013

There may not be time for sewing, but there's always time for buying

Hancock's of Paducah had a sale on batting. There are always such great web sales on there that I took the opportunity to get some backing fabric and some Christmas colors. Since the pillow was such a hit, I'm going to make enough for everyone next year. Maybe. I'll start with a few.

Stash used: 0 yards
Stash used total: 67 1/8 yards
Stash acquired: 6.5 yards
Stash acquired total: 101.75 yards