Archive for June 2009

Hexagons everywhere.

June 24, 2009

I keep talking about these hexagons, and promising pictures, but it never happens.  Well, today, it is happening.  See what I’ve done so far?  

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My hexagons are about 2 1/4 inches.  This is mostly because I had a jelly roll already that I wanted to use up, and being that it is 2 1/2 inches wide, this hexagon size works rather well. 

I used some heavier card stock to make the hexagons.  I’m sure regular paper would work, but the card stock means I can reuse them as I go along.  Probably not forever, but I’m probably getting about 5 uses per hexagon.  More if I’m gentle.  Incidentally, I take out the paper once all the sides of a hexagon are sewn up.  Easier to manipulate this way, without having to bend and ruin the paper pieces.

At first I was cutting the squares of fabric as I needed them, but this was really cramping my style, so I cut all of the printed fabrics, and a healthy bit of the solid brown.  This way I can keep basting and piecing without stopping to cut anything more than the little corners. 

Every where I go I see little fabric corners.  They’re trapped in the carpet, they’re on the sofa, in the bed, the car.  I’m even finding them outside.  I try to be good about picking them up as I go, really, but there are always a few strays.

I’m piecing it together rather haphazardly.  When I need more solid hexagons, I cut off some more brown and baste some solid hexagons, and sew them on to wherever.  When I make a “flower” I sew it on in a place that makes sense.  I’m sure most people would be more organized about this process, but I am liking my method.  It means things don’t get too repetitive, and then I don’t get bored.  

I don’t remember exactly when I started this.  I guess at the end of May.  I’ve haven’t gotten terribly far in the grand scheme of things, but this progress is totally amazing to me.  The fact that I didn’t ball it all up and throw it into a corner is major progress, actually.

I think I’m going to love this when (if?) I finish it.  I think I’m going to go the hand quilting route as well.  How appropriate was it that I just found this?

Panic!

June 22, 2009

As you know, I’ve been working on a hand/paper pieced hexagon project.  I picked out the Hello Betty Retro collection from Moda.  I bought it quite a while ago, and it seemed perfect for this project.  I’ve been happily piecing it together as I’ve had time.  I’ll show you pictures in a minute.

Well, panic set in when I saw somewhere that the fabric was on clearance.  To me, clearance means we don’t want this anymore and we’re getting rid of it.  Which probably means it’s discontinued.  I haven’t been in the fabric world long enough to understand exactly how all these things work, but regardless, I panicked. 

Here I was, working on this time intensive, painful (you should see my fingers–maybe I need a second thimble), and lovely project.  And the fabric collection is going away!  And I have no idea how to tell if I have enough. 

I started looking around at shops.  It seemed like I could probably get another jelly roll, no problem.  Then they started disappearing.  Then I thought maybe I could find a deal.  Then I couldn’t.  Then, I found some on ebay.  But I hate ebay.  It’s confusing to me, and competitive, and stressful for me.  Sure, I bid on one or two things.  But I’m not going to be tricked into a bidding war just to win.  And isn’t that really the whole point?  And some places were charging quite a bit more than I thought I needed to spend.

Enter Etsy, and this fabulous shop.  I found what I wanted, at a fair price, and it’s already shipped!  Hopefully, this will be enough to complete my project (and just in case, I’ve got one I’m bidding on over on ebay).   Thanks to Laura for a great note, and quick shipping!

(In case you’re wondering, when I purchased this fabric for some random purpose, I purchased 3 yards of the brown, so I think I’m covered there.)

I’ve actually made quite a bit of progress.  I’ll post pictures tonight.

My Name is Theresa, and I’m Addicted to Fabric.

June 18, 2009

No joke, I think I have a problem.  What is it about the fabric that is so alluring, so captivating to me?  I know I’m not alone in this either, which gives me a little comfort.  But I’m always ordering things, looking at things, purchasing things.  Things with no purpose and no plan.  I haven’t even turned on my sewing machine in five days.  But still, the fabric is coming. 

Not only is the fabric coming, but I’m obsessing over it.  My current obsession is a yard of Amy Butlers Full Moon polka dot in cherry, from the Lotus collection.  I bought it with no plan, but I love it.  I bought it because supposedly, this line will no longer be produced.  I bought it because I had to have it. 

Is there a Fabrics Anonymous anywhere?  I mean, really.  It might appear as though I’m addicted to shopping, but no.  Just shopping for fabric. 

So, this lovely bright fabric is taunting me from the sewing room.  I think about it while I’m laying in bed trying to fall asleep.  What am I going to do with those dots?  Do I save it for just the right thing?  Do I make something to sell with it?  What if I cut it up and ruin it and can’t get anymore of it?  Will I regret it forever?  Will I be haunted by a ruined yard of cherry polka dots?  Will I ever be able to get over it?

Ok.  That got a little dramatic.  It really isn’t all that bad.  But I do think about it at night.  And I think I’ve come up with the perfect solution.  A bag for myself.  Like I need another one.  But, this will be fun, and sort of a year round color scheme, I think. 

Now, I just get to obsess about the lining.  Though I’m really going to try to use something I already have.  I swear.

Sorry.

June 15, 2009

I’ve not posted in a few days.  Sorry about that.  I’ve been busy, I think.   Though I can’t quite remember what I’ve been doing.  Weird. 

Anyway.  I haven’t disappeared, I don’t think.  I finished a bag for the shop, so I’ll put that up in the next day or two. 

I’ve been avoiding the sewing room.  I really need to get a fan for in there.  Something to help the air move.  I have, however, been doing a bang up job on the hexagons.  I love them, and I can’t quite put them down. 

Oh, one bit of exciting: I ordered this.  I’m very excited to be able to get an idea of these colors.  I don’t have a store anywhere near me that carries all of the kona colors, and I’m always afraid to buy things online when it comes to matching colors.  So.  Once I get this wonderful charm pack, I’m going to be picking out some solids and starting something new!  Though, it will be a surprise, so I won’t really be showing pictures of it. 

Anyway.  I’m working on a few things.  In my head.  I think.  I’m really not having an easy time remember things.  Hopefully it just means I’m busy.  Not that there’s something wrong with my head.  Though, that is entirely likely. 

Maybe, I’ll remember I have this blog, and be better about writing.  Maybe.

Wristlet Wrangling

June 9, 2009

So, I’m working on something new.  I’m working on making a wristlet.  I never really understood the fascination with these things, but they seem to be all over the place.  I’ve done a little bit of research, talking to various friends and family about the draw of them.  Then I realized that I often ditch my purse for just my wallet, which becomes awkward because I have to hold it in my hand or under my arm.  How nice it would be to have a strap!

And thus the wristlet project began.

I’m trying to make up a pattern on my own.  It isn’t easy.  Mostly because I’m lazy.  I made the first one, and it turned out ok, but not quite right.  So, I made some modifications, and the second one turned out crappy.  Or, at least, bulky and oddly shaped.  So, I’ve made a couple of decisions.  First, instead of having so much going on on the inside, I’m going to cut out one of the pockets/dividers.  Second, I’m going to make the pocket slightly shorter in order to reduce bulk in the seams.  Third, I’m going to use some batting to give it some weight, but cut it down so that it doesn’t bulk up the seams.  Do you think this will work?

If nothing else, it is giving me zipper practice, which, as it turns out, isn’t so hard once you get the hang of it.  So, here’s hoping that the third time is the charm.  And here’s hoping that the AC has cooled off the sewing room enough that I can spend more than 20 minutes in there without passing out!

Impromptu chair pad, in depth.

June 5, 2009

So, that chair pad I mentioned in the last post?  It was borne out of necessity.  See, I have a crappy chair in my sewing room.  From our old dining room set.  It’s wood.  Or fake wood.  I don’t know.  It’s not all that comfortable to sit on for long periods of time.  So, that’s the first issue.  The second, more pressing issue, the one that really got this thing going, is that my house is hot.  We can’t afford to keep it as cool as I would like.  The sewing room has a window, which provides a very occasional breeze, but I can’t keep the door open.  Hot irons and straight pins and kittens just don’t mesh well.  The third, in conjunction with the heat factor, is that I’ve been wearing shorts at home, as it’s kind of hot.

You can imagine the discomfort, I assume.  I’m not going to go into detail with that here.

So.  I had some of the squares from the strip piecing, and I had a fat quarter of some fabric that didn’t have  a plan, and I have plenty of batting scraps that seem too big to throw away, but too small for another quilt.  And thus, the chair pad idea was born. 

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It isn’t the neatest thing on the block, or the most perfect, nor is it finished, but I like it.  It was really a lot of fun to just do something like that.  And, I tried out some straight line quilting with the walking foot (I’m only half way done):

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I only quilted through the top and the batting.  I think I’ll put on a smooth back, and stuff it so it’s nice and squishy to sit on.  I also need to figure out the best way to attach it to the chair so I don’t slide off and hurt something.  Maybe I’ll finish it this weekend, if I have some free time.

Short Stories for a Stormy Night.

June 3, 2009

A pile of zig zags

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an impromptu quilted chair pad, halfway quilted.

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a messed up, but easily fixed hexagon

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and kittens after our toes.

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