Monday, February 23, 2015

This Week's Quilting Project

Just a short post to show what I'm working on this week.

A new nephew, Brayden, was born last week.  I wanted to have this done before he was born, but since he only weighs 5 pounds 1 ounce, I think its safe to say he won't need this size quilt too soon!







I finished pin basting it and have the sewing machine all set up for quilting.  So, hopefully, I can finish it this week.

Its raining here this morning.  Of course it is!  Its Monday!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Icy Day Sewing - Part 2

It turns out that my office is closed all day, so I had time to do a little sewing.  In case you already thought I was a little quirky, here's confirmation.  I made a clothespin bag and took pictures of it hanging from the front porch with the wintry scene behind it.





Thinking of summer days with clothes on the line and wishing you a cozy day!


Icy Tuesday and Recent Sewing

There's a two hour delay for work today.  Yay!  I'm hoping for a whole day off, but its not even light enough outside to tell what's out there yet.

I made myself a new key fob recently.  I love this sunflower fabric!


I made a new style of clothespin bag.  This one is for my stepdaughter, whose husband built her a new clothesline last summer.  I plan to make some of these for my Etsy Shop if I EVER get time to work on them.



Depending on what today holds for me, I hope to work on another bag.

Stay Warm!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Fabric Stories

When I am sewing, I often use fabrics that were given to me by friends and relatives.  Its bittersweet to look at different fabrics in a scrap quilt and be able to tell where most of them came from, which brings back many memories.

After my mother died, I brought home any fabric that she had left.  She had not sewn much in years, but there were whole fabric pieces, scraps and projects in progress.  In her attic was a big stack of denim fabric, which I am sure she got when she worked at a sewing factory many years ago.  The employees often were given the left overs.  After I washed and dried the denim, I found that it was of very high quality and washed up soft and wrinkle free.   Its not too thick, but a good thickness for sewing.

I can think of lots of projects to make use of the fabric and here's the first one that I am in the process of making.  These will be personalized tote bags for my grandsons.  These will be great for bringing to Grandma's when spending the night, or for the Mama's of the 4 still in diapers, to grab on the go.  I think they would also be great for storage of small toys, like blocks, legos, etc.

Here are the first three of the five bags.  I also have a plastic tote full of kids' fabrics that I lined the bags with.  I'll be making Jake and Dylan's bag this week and then hopefully post a picture of all five of the bags.







I used my own "Reusable Fabric Bags" tutorial.  I love that tutorial, even though I wrote it myself!  I used the handle that is lined with the same fabric as the bag lining.

So, these bags, not only are a gift from me, but also a gift from Mama to five of her great grandsons!  She would have loved that!

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