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Free at last!

August 30, 2009

As you know, I’m back from my vacation.  We went to Bethany.  It was a lovely 5 days, and I wish it didn’t have to end.  But end it did, and then the weekend was here, filled up with all sorts of things that are better left unmentioned.  And lots of sewing.  And then a busy week, and then a lovely wedding.  And then another busy week.  And now, we can relax.  Also, I think I may be boycotting weddings and all wedding related events for the next year, so, if you want to get married, and you want me there, keep that in mind ;).

Here are the bags that I made for the bridal party of said wedding.  I think they look great, and was sad to have to let them go.  I received many compliments on them.  I’m glad everyone was happy with them.  I made a small one for the flower girl as well, very adorable but not pictured, as it was done in a hurry last minute. 






















 They are all the same style, so I included some detail shots….

It feels so nice to get something finished up and out of my hands.  And now I can move on with other things.  Like (specifically related to sewing)…

  • Finishing the Advent calendar
  • Finishing the ZigZag quilt (I finished the top last weekend actually, and am in the process of quilting it! More on that later.)
  • Formulating Christmas and birthday gift plans

There are a thousand other things I also need to accomplish, which I will also get to, but I don’t need to bore you with those details.

The first fabrics came for the quilting bee.  Very exciting.  I’m working on a plan, and think I’ve got it, but I just need to figure out the math, which is escaping me.  Hopefully now that things have settled down, I’ll have a clearer mind.


As if…

July 16, 2009

Wow.  So much for that consistency crap, eh?  Well, it’s a work in progress, I suppose, and this weekend was packed full of so many things. 

Anyway, I’m still working on it.


As if I don’t have enough on my plate, I’ve decide that I must sew a dress for myself.  For a wedding I’m going to in August.  Is this a lofty ambition?  I don’t really know.  I found this site, Burda Style, and picked these two dresses: Anda and Azalea.  They are supposedly easy.  And honestly, the construction doesn’t look so intimidating.  I just don’t have any idea how to pick out fabric.  I’m thinking that online is not the way to go, so hopefully I can get to G Street Fabrics sometime soon.  If not to buy something, at least to get an idea for what I’m looking for.  But what the hell.  I ordered some Kona cottons to try out.  I figure that worst case scenario, I’ll have some solids to add to my stash.  Best case scenario, I’ll have 2 dresses for around $40.  I picked fabrics intended for the azalea dress, 2 combinations.  I have no idea how they’ll look together, in person, but whatever.  I’ll call it art! 

I picked pomegranate and bright pink,








and deep blue and blueberry








God only knows when I’ll find time to this, especially with all of my other sewing committements, and social engagements.  I’ll probably be taking my sewing machine with me on vacation.  But I’m kind of glad about ‘having’ to take it. 

In other news, the bag I made for the bride?  Well, she seemed to really like it, and a lot of people commented (positively) on it.  So.  I think I’ve got something going for me with the design.  Or they were just being nice.  But I’m going to go with the former.  I’m tweaking as I go, of course, but I’m pretty happy with it.  You might want to keep your eye out for more!

Check it out.

July 1, 2009

The bag I made for myself, using the Amy Butler polka dots, and the Alexander Henry Owls.  


It is far from perfect, but I love it anyway.  And honestly, I’m probably the only person who would notice most of the imperfections.  The bag turned out to be a sort of study on techniques.  Instead of sewing it inside out and then flipping through a hole in the bottom, I used the binding on the top method, which overall, I much prefer.  A) I like the way it looks; B) I like being able to easily sew the bottoms of the inner and outer together; C) I hate having to sew up that darn hole in the bottom!

DSCN1007I used this little tutorial to fashion a pleated pocket for the outside.  This pocket was an after thought.  I wasn’t sure it would look right, but I felt like the outside of the bag needed something.  Overall, I’m not unhappy with it, and as a pocket it is adorable.  




The only problem: I made up the dimensions for the pocket, using pieces I had originally cut for something else, and it is a little bit odd, the length compared to the width.  I also placed it lower than I would have liked.  You can kind of see that in the photo below.  I don’t think it’s terribly obvious, especially since the fabric is the same as the outside of the bag. Plus, it’s cute.  It’s staying.  


zipper pocket


I also used this tutorial to do a zippered pocket inside the bag.  I was really nervous at first, but I followed the directions, and aside from the fabric being a little bit moody, it turned out really well.  See?  Not bad for my first one, right? 


DSCN1002The size is perfect for what I was going for.  Good for every day, not too big, not too small.  I love the dots, and the owls. Fun, funky and functional!  What more could I ask for? 

I’m thinking of a million variations for this.  More interior pockets, more exterior pockets.  A pleated outside, perhaps?  Who knows.  I’m sure I’ll be showing you!

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.

May 28, 2009

So, I had a short bout of some sort of mystery illness.  None to pleasant if I may say so, but it seems to have passed.  Through the stupor, I’ve managed to complete a few things.  Check out my list from the other day!

  1. Store tonight for phase one of party cooking
  2. List making for party specifics
  3. Finish Buttercup bag number 1 for the shop
  4. Finish dots quilt top
  5. Clean the sewing room so as to be presentable for guests
  6. General other cleaning

Look at how well I’ve done so far!  The dots quilt top thing just isn’t going to happen.  I’ve also ordered the cake, and picked up some things from Costco that I will need for Saturday.  Tomorrow night I will hit the grocery store and the liquor store.

In sewing news, I’ve finished the binding for the commission quilt.  If the weather cooperates today I’ll have pictures up tonight.  I will also, weather/picture permitting, post the Buttercup bag up in the shop.  A special thanks to Rae for providing this lovely pattern!

So, the list:

  1. Pictures of projects
  2. Post bag to shop
  3. Cook more meat
  4. Clean living room

That’s all I’m giving myself to do tonight.  Think I can cross them all off tomorrow?


May 20, 2009

I posted the newest addition to the bag family in the shop.  Check it out!


April 29, 2009

So, here are the other two everything tote bags.  I’m really kind of jealous of them, because they are so much better in the way of construction than my bag, but that’s ok.  I can always make another, and another!  The idea is, I will set these out on the sofa Wednesday night, so that when my sister arrives (presumably after we’ve gone to bed), she will have the option of picking one or the other.  The one she does not pick will be going to my grandmother for Mother’s day.  I can’t for sure decide which she’ll pick, but I’m going to guess the brighter one.  I’ll have to let you know when I get back! 

Here it is, Wednesday, and I took a nap last night instead of sewing, which meant the sewing had to get bumped in favor of laundry, packing, and Fringe.  So, as a result, my sister will only have the choice of one suprise item.  But I think that she would probably have picked this one anyway.  I’ll not have time tonight to finish the other.  Here is the one she’ll be getting:  

I’ve lent out my Weekend Sewing book to the second (or first?) clever girl, which is ok since I’ll be leaving shortly for Key West.  Hopefully she’s finished with it by the time I get back from Key West!  Not to rush her or anything, but I’m excited to try something else from the book  when I get home from Key West.  

Did I mention I’m going to Key West?  Ha.   I’m really super excited about the trip, and even though I tend toward anxiety, I’m working hard to keep it at bay, instead just imagining the wonderful things that await me.  Like a room I don’t have to clean, and a pool, and the weather, and my current obsession: conch fritters!  Also, I checked the weather.  You can see for yourself how lovely it will be (at least through Saturday).

Current: Partly Cloudy
Wind: E at 5 mph
Humidity: 69%
Mostly Sunny
83°F | 74°F
Mostly Sunny
83°F | 74°F
Chance of Showers
83°F | 74°F
Chance of Showers
83°F | 74°F
I’ll be coming home on Tuesday. and Sunday and Monday don’t look much different than the above.  Aside from leaving my wonderful husband, I’m thrilled to be going.  I can’t say it enough, really.  Thrilled, thrilled, thrilled.  
Thanks again, sis!  Hope you like your bag.