8.30.2009

baby quilt #1


baby quilt #1 is done. finally. i loved the process of putting this together, i learned a lot and i know i'll definitely be needing (wanting) that new sewing machine sooner rather than later.


the intention was to use green as the main color as the mother-to-be loves green, and pink accents since she is having a girl. i just saw photos of their nursery and what do you know, it's green with pink accents.

the quilt top and binding is made from joel dewberry's aviary collection. the backing is a white with pink and green dots flannel from joann's.


i am glad i am done so i can send this out, i am just a bit torn that my first finished quilt is not one for me, it would be nice to have my first one so that i can whip it out in 20 years and see how far i've come (or didn't). at least i know it's going to great home and will be loved.

8.16.2009

georges I & II


in an effort to keep things moving and attempt to have finished winter garments by the appropriate time, i have decided to start working on a couple of new sweaters.


these are george from Menswear by Jane Ellison, by Queensland Collection. my hope is that by working on two simulatneously, it will keep me motivated to get them both done in a timely fashion.

this is a pretty mindless pattern, all in a 2x1 rib so it's a great knit for catching up with all the reality tv i have on the dvr.

8.11.2009

my head is spinning


bernina



pfaff



janome



husqvarna viking


i've been endlessly researching on the internet between forums and reviews and blogs, talking to dealers, testing out models - i am probably even more confused than when i began. there are many factors to consider and within each price-point, each machine has slightly different features from the other that they all seem to weigh out about evenly.

in the end, it may just come down to the cost factor because who knows how much deeper i may get into sewing, in a few years i might want to upgrade to more advanced features or i may be fine with the basics!

thank god i love shopping cause at least i'm still enjoying the process!

8.01.2009

obsessed a little?

so what does it mean when you go into your craft stash and are looking for something specific and come across some origami paper and the first thing you think to yourself is, "god, i wish those were squares of fabric..."



yes, i've been bitten by the sewing bug. more specifically, the quilting bug. i have been researching good machines that will handle quilting, and have come to realize that i'm going to have to fork out a small fortune for a quality piece. i've been tirelessly researching, and have determined the features i would like the machine to have based on the wants/needs list from sew,mamma,sew!

i made the mistake of "dropping in" to a sew and vac shop for a few minutes today, and i cannot stop thinking about all the pretty toys in there!!

7.25.2009

my first quilt

well sort of. let's say it's my first FINISHED quilt. since i still haven't gotten around to picking up more white flannel for the backing of the quilt in my previous post, i decided it might be a little smart to practice quilting before doing a large piece.

i pieced together some of the scraps from the christmas lap quilt to make this pot holder:


and i am glad that i did. don't look too close, otherwise you will see way too many mistakes. i take it as a good learning experience though, since now i know what i shouldn't be doing...and what i need to pay closer attention to. MUCH closer attention...like how to properly attach a binding. and properly basting and pinning; i thought i was being smart and efficient by not basting or pinning while quilting this piece..."because it was so small". nope, it doesn't make a difference. especially when you don't have the walking foot on.

i know, all the huge mistakes of a novice quilter.

ok, so after all my learning experiences, i decided to tackle my next project:


the quilt top is done, gotta get going on the next steps...let's see if i was REALLY paying attention with that pot holder.

7.17.2009

the lonely square

i was excited that the week was finally over and i had some time to spend working on the quilt i started over a week ago. ok, so i admit, i am a poor planner. it's my first quilt and i got wrapped up in gathering my supplies, ordering fabric and cutting them up into appropriate sizes.

i spent the afternoon laying them out trying to achieve an eye pleasing layout.


now that i look at it again, there are a few things that i would have adjusted. so i started sewing the strips together, careful to line up the flannel backing fabric to the front fabric.


i get close to done with the strips and come to realize that i am ONE SQUARE SHORT of being able to finish the last strip.


so now i am at a stand still, with yet another UFO, since i can't finish piecing the thing together since i have no more of the backing fabric.

perhaps i should learn to count first.

7.11.2009

new project

a while ago, my mother gave me a sewing machine. this is the third sewing machine in my possession - all of which i've had for years - and now i have finally decided to sew something. actually i intended to sew since we got back from europe in may, being that i brought back meters of a couple of fabrics from france for various projects around the house.

but i digress...



last week i picked up some great michael miller fabrics from his funky christmas line.



so far i've washed and pressed my fabric, cut into the appropriate size, and am now ready to start the quilting process. it's going to be a christmas themed (in case you haven't already guessed) lap quilt. i figure it's easier to start small before i delve into the bed-sized project for my first attempt (and with plenty of time before the holiday season starts).