Posts Tagged ‘Sewing’

It’s Friday yall!!!  Time for a BLT!!! 


In my never-ending search to improve my skills I stumbled over this little gem on Pinterest.  This blog is so inspiring I don’t even know where to begin.  Actually I do.  My friend Kim, asked if I’ve been making any mini quilts, coasters, etc on any of my other sewing machines and the truth is no.  For some reason, every now and then I need someone to point out the obvious.  What a great idea! I can use my machines, learn new quilt blocks, improve my skills and not feel so guilty about having all my beauties just sitting around. 

The thing that caught my eye about Charise Creates are her paper pieced blocks.  I’m in love and have to learn immediately how do it.  Thankfully she offers a wonderful tutorial on her blog and references some great resources.  Hooray!!!!  The timing couldn’t be better. Kira starts nursery school next week and I’m going to have some extra time on my hands.  Win Win!!!

So go visit Charise Creates and be inspired.


Another reason I love September and the fall are apples.  Baked, Pies, Crisps, and now Cake!  Oh yes!!

FRENCH APPLE CAKE by Joans Food Wanderings

French Apple Cake by Joans Food Wanderings


I just realized you’re getting 2 for the price of 1 in this BLT.  This is another great little project I can work on with another machine.  Maybe my newest after she’s cleaned up.    The tutorial looks super easy and more sharpening on the skills.

OVEN HAND MITTS by The Idea Room

Oven Hand Mitts by The Idea Room

These would also make great holiday gifts.  I’m aiming for much simpler and all hand-made this year.  There’s that road to hell….just waiting for me.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. 

A side note: I’m in the process of blog house keeping so there will be some “in with the new and fresh” and “out with the stale and boring” (more like no longer necessary).  I’m even thinking of changing the entire look to this (my friend Sara is amazing and her blog is beautiful)  I’d love to know what you think? 

Again, have a great weekend!!!

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Not Better Than Knitting…

…but I’m getting the hang of it.   And I really, really like it.  Sewing requires more precision and commitment than knitting.  Once you cut that fabric you’re done.  When you knit, you make a mistake and you can rip it out.   So I guess I just won’t make any mistakes.  It’s that simple.

So here’s what I’ve done so far…with much help from my Mum.   

A little laundry bag for Kira.  I thought I should start small then work up to something harder though this was no walk in the park.


Mum sewed the draw strings.  Pretty skilled huh?  She’s always made this incredibly small tubes with fabric (as drawstrings) that are so amazing.  I’ll get there.


The fabric is so darn pretty.


I was scared to death to cut it.  But I did and away I went.


It’s a far cry from what I had been using.  I’m about the embarrass myself…


Pretty sad huh?  But when the “spit up” is flying you just reach for what’s available.  Style isn’t much of a factor.

And here’s the next project, my first sling. 


I LOVE IT!!!!! and it’s so darn easy.  My biggest problem, aside from fear of cutting the fabric, is sewing straight.  For some reason I drift off to one side or the other.  Practice of course will remedy that but it is a bit frustrating.


My little Butterbean loves it in there. 


When that long tail is not in use (as a breastfeeding “cover” or a drape from the sun) I tuck the end around my waist and under the babe’s bum.

I highly recommend one of these.   They are so comfortable and easy and quick to use (and make).  For those inspired to give one a go, I bought the rings here.  I tried Micheal’s Craft store, the fabric store and no one had them.  The ladies at Slingrings.com were great and super quick.

I’ll have  pictures of the other sling soon.   

My poor little sewing machine doesn’t know what hit it but I hope it’s ready for more.  This is great.

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