I Did Stuff

Last week after my perceived epic quilt fail I decided to make a bag I had been wanting to make for a while. Instead of relying upon my husband or daughter for help in fabric choices I went to a Facebook group I belong to. I’ve found a new enthusiastic helper in the masses on facebook. Its great! I laid out my fabric choices, took a picture and received feedback. After my fabrics were given the green light I was a woman possessed.  I made a bag with a zippered pocket and two other pockets in a day. That is a new record for me. Even with the speedy turnaround it did not turn into a big ole pile of ugly.

IMG_5284It’s a pretty big bag which I love. The pattern is called Mail Sack I think. Im sure I posted about it before.  The zipper inserting gets easier and easier every time. I love when I can see improvement in my sewing skills.

While we are on the topic of sewing I’m making a pillow. It’s a pattern from Quilty Magazine. I think its called Party Pillow. I started it without reading the whole pattern (seriously who does that?). So when I got to the paper piecing portion I had no choice but to dive in. There were some hiccups. Luckily I have extra fabric. I’ve completed two out of the eight starts that I have to make requiring the paper piecing.

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There is a bit of a pucker but I can live with that. I don’t think it will be that noticeable once I quilt the pillow. The large stars require no paper piecing and were easy to put together.

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I also got a great deal on some quilting cotton on fabric.com. I ordered ten yards of each color. Thats enough to back two king size quilts I think.  Less than three dollars a yard if I remember correctly.

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So my children are over a decade away from vacating one of my future craft rooms, in the meantime I needed better storage. My husband, sensing my tremendous need, came up with some shelving for me.  I now have what I refer to as my fabric shop in the closet under the stairs (try saying that in one breath!)

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I know it looks messy but it frees up quite a bit of walking space in there now. Before you could not see floor. I won’t gush about how wonderful and supportive my husband is. (I guess that was a gush.)

Now on to the doing things portion of this post.  I went to my very first orchid show. It was exciting to talk to people who are orchid nerds.  I got to leave the kids with grandma to boot! My husband and I got to experience a bit of celebrity there. At check in we talked to the ladies and I told them how I grow under lights. Word got out and people had questions. They actually came and found us to talk about it. It was fun and I came home with a few new orchids. Here are some pictures of what we saw.

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My orchid obsession has been re-invigorated.

J, I think you have given me the umph I need to finish my quilt. Thank you for your kind words. I don’t know if I would enjoy blogging as much if it weren’t for J & P my kind comment leavers from the north. Thank you.

 

Closure

So the quilt top I’ve been working on is completed. It’s all botched to hell and back. I don’t even know if I’m going to finish the thing. Its such a bitter pill to swallow.

IMG_5267The pattern said to use two different blues for the circles. They clearly didn’t mean that. My circles are all kinds of different sizes and shades of blue. The lesson I learned is that if the picture doesn’t match the instructions don’t follow the instructions.

In happier news, my Jamberry nails for the week.

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Last night the baby fell asleep at 7:30pm instead of 1:00 am, and it was a school night so my daughter was in bed by 8. It’s rare that both are asleep at the same time. I thought I would do something wild and crazy with my unexpected free time. I would attempt to start and finish a sewing project in once evening. Pandora was being a good d.j. and things were going swimmingly. 2am rolls around and I’m thinking by george I’m almost done with a nifty little wallet here. Riding high on my cloud of elation I was turning everything right side out when I saw it. A highly visible unfinished edge showing when it should not be.  It was the zippered pocket and it was not salvageable. I went to bed feeling mighty sad.  In the morning I cleaned up my giant mess and decided to try again. I’m glad I did.

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It’s a pretty nifty useable wallet. It tested my Bernina with all the layers. I’m glad to say he passed with flying colors.
IMG_5276This was the perfect project for me to get to know my new machine better. There was lots of changing of the sewing feet; going back and forth between stitches, and sewing of multiple layers of fabric. (Somehow I don’t feel I doctored that run-on sentence correctly).I also learned how to insert a zipper without a zipper foot.  I love this wallet and I plan to make more.  Hopefully with each subsequent wallet the final product will improve.

Some new fabric arrived in the post. This batch was from Stitch Stash Diva on Etsy.

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Well the first bout of illness for the school year has hit my house. Combine my illness with my late night sewing marathon and I’m knackered. I can’t think of a better excuse to end a post.  Have a good week.

 

 

 

My Week

Here is a breakdown of the week so far. Its been chock full of adventure (ha!)

Sunday:

A finished quilt square.

IMG_5227Monday:

The littlest little and I went to the park.

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He said no pictures at the park. He cracks me up.

Tuesday:

I had breakfast with friends and my brother. That’s always fun.

 

Then the littlest little and I had fun at the library. It was national play-doh day! We got a cool recipe for play-doh and he got to play.

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My Jamberry nail wraps came in the mail. The wraps I applied are called Orchid Ombre.

IMG_5246They look lovely, but are definitely not going to hold up for the two weeks advertised. I think it might be user error. It was my first time applying them, and doing my right hand was hard. Luckily for Jamberry I bought five sheets of different wraps so I’m not giving up.

The kids had swim lessons on Tuesday as well. My son had to pee during the lesson. I returned him to the instructor and as I was leaving the pool room when I slipped and fell. Nothing worse than a fat person falling in public. Luckily all the viewing windows around the pool were fogged so maybe four people saw max. Outside of the embarrassment I’m fine.

Wednesday: We had to brave torrential rain to get to Kohls to replace a broken backpack. As long as my princess is happy.

IMG_5251She’s much more adventurous when it comes to fashion. Even as a child I would never have picked a zebra/rainbow patterned backpack. It works for her though.

Thursday: One of three fabric parcels arrived.

IMG_5249I tried to step out of my color comfort zone with this order. Notice the absence of pink, grey, or blue.

On Thursday night I created this lovely pile of fabric.

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For some reason I love these little piles that are created when squaring up blocks.

Friday:

Friday has just started but there has been activity. The dogs managed to get to my knitpicks catalog while I was in the shower. There was paper all over the downstairs. Luckily for them I think they are just dumb cute dogs. I can’t stay mad at them.

Next there was breakfast. My kids love frozen pancakes and waffles so my husband suggested I make and freeze my own. I made a small batch to freeze this morning.

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We will see if they get eaten. Kids can be weird and finicky. The lack of store boughtness might make them inedible.

The schools have early release today. After I pick up my daughter we might make some play-doh.

Have a good weekend.

 

 

 

 

Backlog of Squares

I’m still enjoying making these squares. I have also learned how to embrace their imperfections. I’m excited to get this top done so I can quilt it. The Bernina BSR is calling my name. Will it help with my fmq? Stay tuned. photo 1 photo 2 photo 3 photo 4

 

I had to break out a different shade of blue for the last squares here. A part of me is scared this quilt top won’t work out well. I’m silencing that part of me.