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It’s Monday. Have you hugged your sewing machine today?

October 5, 2010

Go ahead. Give her a hug. Make her feel loved because with the holidays upon us, she’s going to work over time.
I’ve hugged mine, oiled her and even vacuumed her out. She was looking so good, I swear her needle winked at me.

Or maybe I was just hallucinating from sleep deprivation.

This weekend I knocked the following items off of my “to do” list:

I) Finished a dog bed for the 100lbs German Shepard.
Still not entirely sure if he likes it or not. He hasn’t really slept on it yet.

II) Kitchen Mat
Whimsical but chic. Linen can do wonders.

III) Purchased a sewing cabinet.
Yes, you’ve read that correctly. I’m going to finally have my own sewing space! The cabinet is solid wood and is heavy as H-E-Double Hockey Sticks. It’s a bit dated and smells of old wood. So, right now it’s in the garage until next weekend when I can sand it, repaint it, and add new hardware.

IV) Picked out paint color for the new craft room/old office

V) Added new the following scrumptious fabrics to my stash.

Things that didn’t get finished this weekend:
— Label two quilts that will be delivered on to recipients on Thursday. Seriously, I’ve got to get on this.
— Bind the Hawaiian Punch Quilt.
— Finish quilting this quilt
— Bind this quilt
— Work on hexagon quilt pattern
— Finish the binding on this wall quilt
— Write tutorial for doggie bed and kitchen mat.
— And make my Halloween costume/ tutu

Wow, I’ve got a bit of stuff to do.


Mendocino Sewing Kit (WIP)

October 1, 2010

Mendocino Sewing Kit (WIP)

Originally uploaded by avalanden

I’ve started making my swap partner’s sewing kit on Monday and surprisingly it looks like I’ll complete it this week. Though, it really shouldn’t take me longer than a week to finish this. It’s fairly simple sewing.

The only thing I didn’t like about it, is the hand binding around the front side of it. I don’t have the best hand sewing skill and I hate that I my stitches will be seen on the exterior. For now, I’m going to leave it alone and finish it. If I find this stitches to be down right unbearable, I’ll pick them out and machine bind the whole thing.

If you curious about the sewing pattern, it’s from Rashida Coleman-Hale’s book, I Heart Patchwork. The fabric pattern is designed by Heather Ross and the collection is called Mendocino. Unfortunately, it’s out of print and somewhat difficult to locate the mermaid print. The sea horses are much easier to find.

Free Amy Butler Pattern

September 30, 2010

Yes, that’s right! It’s a totally free hand bag pattern for Amy Butler’s new book, Amy Butler’s Style Stitches: 12 Easy Ways to 26 Wonderful Bags.

You can find the pattern on SewMamaSew’s Blog (

New spoonflower fabrics

September 30, 2010

Great days always begin a fabric delivery 🙂
I think…I like them too much to cut them.



Virtual Quilting Bees and Such

September 29, 2010

Can you believe it? We’re almost through the first month of the last quarter of 2010. Geez… where the time go?

As we end this month, I’m planning the block selection for 3×6 Sampler Quilt Mini Bee and the sewn items for my Modern Swapper Partner.

For the sampler quilt, debating on doing something fun …

…or something more structured like these.

As for the Modern Swappers, that’s actually really easy. I’m a lot like my partner, so sewing for her is really simple. I’ve picked out the following items.

First the Kokeshi doll my Molly & Me. Simple but really cute. Then, a custom designed photography mini quilt. And finally, cute traveling sewing kit by I Heart Linen. The rest of the items will include 1.5 yards of quilting cotton and small needle notions. Now, if I can just get started on them.

Sew-a-Thon Update

September 27, 2010

At approximately 7pm on Friday, September 24, 2010, 12 crafty women commenced sewing. Some worked on children’s clothing, another on reversible bags, and one ambitious young lady diligently worked on a wedding dress. As for me, I worked on a baby quilt.

By the time midnight rolled around we were still 12 women strong. It wasn’t until the introduction of the pillow case challenges that people were picked off one at a time. The first couple of rounds it was easy to sew the pillow cases fairly quickly, but at around 5.30am it seemed like an impossible task. And it was. I lost the 5.30am pillow case challenge and took home 3rd place. At the time, I was a little disappointed in myself. When I reached my bed and sleep fell upon me, I was relieved and happy.

The winner of this Sew-a-thon sewed for 13.5 hours straight. Yes, that’s right! She was seated in front of me and I can’t think of a better person to lose to.

As for me, I’m off to catch up on more sleep. I still haven’t recovered fully.


Here’s a pic of the quilt I worked on during the Sew-a-Thon. All it’s missing is the binding.

I {heart} Flea Market Fancy Quilt

September 22, 2010

Actually…it’s more like an obscene obsession. This fabric is simply wonderful. It’s cheery, modern and….ridiculously expensive. Even on Etsy, one seller has it listed for $45/yard. Ouch. It’s lovely, but I’d go broke trying to make a lap quilt. So, what is one to do?

Flea Market Fancy Quilt

CHEAT! Of course!

I went ahead and purchased this fabric called “Cheater Friday” on last Monday. The colors are pretty much dead on, except for the brown print. Though, I think  I get over that. Now, before you get all excited about purchasing it, I have to tell you…Spoonflower stopped selling it 😦

I’m not sure why, but the designer stopped selling all of her prints. I’m absolutely heart broken. I really hope she starts selling it again. It’s such a great fabric to have on hand.

Cheater Friday