A wedding gift.

The daughter of a good friend has just gotten married.  She and the gentleman have both had their own homes and also lived together for several years which always creates the dilemma of how to recognize this new union and give them something that they might have a use for.  I hate to spend money on something that’s just going to be clutter.  I know that they have outdoor activities that they enjoy and go to sporting events and such so maybe a “picnic sports blanket” would be a suitable addition to their household.  This pattern by Nancy Zieman of Sewing with Nancy fame was a project that turned out well.  As with any new pattern, when I’m in the middle I wonder if this is really going to work or if it’s going to be recycled into something else.  The biggest challenge was with the velcro closure strap that ended up being too short.  The pattern instructions said how far in to place the handle straps but they did not tell you how far from the top of the blanket they needed to be.  I must have put them lower than was intended because the closure strap was too short.  It did work ok but I was not pleased with the appearance so I removed the strap, recut a new one and sewed it into place.  I’m so pleased I made that decision because now it does look good and I will feel good about giving it as a gift.  I do have several other large pieces of fleece in my stash from projects that were planned but not executed so this one will probably get made again.  All in all, a success!

It’s been several days…

Been a while since I’ve updated this blog.  I’ve been busy with things like a trip to Portland, getting ready for camp, Father’s Day and trips to the ER with a sick kid upgrading a computer and oh yes, a bit of work, laundry and other assorted items..  All interesting in different ways! None of this however has kept me from investing in a bit of fabric and doing a bit of sewing.

I have almost all of the rows together for my x’s and o’s quilt and am anxious to get back to that.  This probably isn’t going to be the week for that however.  Probably not until the end of month.  I have also started another project.  It’s called The Farmers Wife Quilt Sampler Quilt. I’ve been watching as folks all over  blog land have been joining this quilt along and I decided that maybe I should do this at my own pace.  It’s based on letters from 1920 farm wives and it contains 111 blocks they inspired.  Bloggers I have noticed have talked about doing 2 blocks a week and so far I’ve had fun.  I’ve just finished my first 4. Here again, there will probably be no more until close to the end of the month but I look forward to the process.  I’ve enjoyed it for several reasons.  I think it’s been a bit more like fashion sewing because there is a specific pattern and template pieces.  It has been interesting to try to keep the accuracy up as I trace and cut the pieces with the scissors but I’ve enjoyed the very small projects and sense of accomplishment when they are done.

We are still waiting for summer to arrive but at least today there was sun.  We were out for a drive and bought some fresh fruit so I think tomorrow there will be strawberry jam.  I just unearthed the jam jars from the storage room and now have to go and read the directions on the pectin box.  I’ll make freezer jam and will probably need to go and buy some sugar and lemon juice before I start.

More fun to follow.

 

 

First row done..

Well, finally after a long time I’ve finished the first row of this quilt top.  I’m pleased with the way it’s coming together and the squares are all fairly even.  I decided I need to use the same foot with the same settings and then all the seams are the same width and much easier to line up.  When I was sewing clothing there didn’t seem to be so many decisions but I suppose the reality was that I had done that for so long I didn’t really think about the tools, only the process.  I really think the next quilt will go faster because there will not be so much decision making involved when I get to the actual sewing process.  Now I have to finish cutting the sashing strips for the rest of the quilt and I can finish this part and move on. I’ve done the math, ironed the fabric and look forward to the finish.

Another gift completed.

Well this round of gifts is done.  I’m just heading to the post office to mail the graduation card and gifts to my niece.  I’m actually quite pleased.  The little purse/bag is cute and I think she will find very functional and useful as she travels.  The shoe bags will help keep the wedding attire that she is also packing clean and who can’t use a cute little snap pouch.  This is one that you use the carpenter ruler in the top.  It was fast and easy to put together. It probably took more time to cut out the pieces and the interfacing and fleece that it did to sew it all together.  There are a couple of things I will do differently next time such as where I start the quilting and how I do the bottom but really for the first time,  it was a success.

Shopping in the stash..

I’ve decided that I want to send a few things to my niece when I send the graduation card this week.  Now she is old enough that she probably doesn’t expect anything but I think she will be surprised and pleased.  The challenge is always what to send.  I think it should have some practical use as well as being fun and something I think she might like.  So off to the stash I went and made my selection.  I didn’t really plan things to be color coordinated but it looks like that’s what is going to happen and that is a plus.  When I try to color coordinate fabrics it always seems to be a challenge.  I grew up in an era where you matched and not just coordinated colors and patterns.  It really stretches my thinking when I go for coordinating so there is some interest and it’s not just monotone and ok.  I always want that WOW factor.  Sometimes I succeed in a spectacular fashion but usually it’s at least nice and I’m pleased.  Todays project is for some travel accessories as she and her fiance will be traveling to Italy to get married in about 6 weeks.  I’m going to make some shoe bags and I think a couple of zippered pouches.  I do have a couple other things in mind so we’ll see how fast it comes together this evening and tomorrow.  I cleaned and organized my sewing space, put away some fabric and now I’m ready to make dinner and then cut and sew. More to report soon.

The Shower

Oh it was a good day today in Seattle.  The weather was great and we were able to have the shower outside at my sister in laws house.  Happy Day!  The guests were in a good mood and the bride to be was pleased.  I made hot pads and cute plaid napkins to go with the placemats and towels.  I was pleased that they seemed to be well received.  Next event… well I think I’m going to see if I can finish the quilt top that I’ve started and then work on a couple of things for camp.  Busy busy busy.

Bridal shower

My niece is getting married soon.  We are having a shower here for her but she lives in California so will need to get all the gifts back home with her.  We will either pack an additional suitcase for her and pay the fee or ship the gifts to her.  When thinking about the weight and packing issues I decided that table/kitchen linens would be a fun and appropriate gift.  I bought some placemats and kitchen towels and will make napkins and hot pads.  The napkins are still in the works but I tried a different type of pot holder and am really pleased with the way they turned out.  I think they will be practical, they are colorful and they were fun to make.  I can see making more of this type soon!

Boy bibs

It’s been many years since my baby boy has needed a bib!  They are fun to make and here are a couple of boy versions.  I’m sure I’ll be making more soon.  Yesterday I bought a clearance bath towel at TJ Max that will make a great back for many bibs.  It’s fun to add the colors and designs to the back and inside of projects and this will be an easy and cost effective way to add some fun.  For now however, here are the boy bibs.   And oh yes, my baby boy did not will the Billboard competition but was included in footage on the Billboard Awards on Sunday evening. They did a wonderful job and are all winners in my book.  So fun to see him there.  Exciting moment for this momma!

Baby bibs

I haven’t had too much time to sew this last week because I was out of town.  The band did a fabulous job but did not win.  It was fun to see a few snippets of them on the Billboard Music awards last night however.  They did show a montage of the bands and their road trips so Hotels was there.  Very cool.

This week the sewing has been baby bibs.  I had lots of fun doing these. They were quick and easy.  I know there are lots of free patterns out and previously I just copied a pattern that I had here  but I actually used McCalls 6108. It was fast and easy and the proportions were perfect. I used some fun fabric and lined them with terry and the Mom was pleased.  Here are the little girl versions and I’ll post the little boy versions a bit later today.

Kindle Pouch

I finally finished the pouch for my new Kindle and just in time for a trip!  I think this will work well.  It’s protection for the Kindle so I don’t feel like it’s going to slide out of my hands when I pick it up and also will be fine and not too bulky when I slip it into my purse.  It has a bit of character where I pieced in the squares and the lining inside is fabric with cute little chairs on it.  Also turquoise.  It’s fun, somewhat modern and I think will meet my needs perfectly.  This was a good finish.