Posted tagged ‘fabric’

Progress, plans.

September 4, 2009

I’ve got the binding sewn onto the front of the zig zag quilt, and have started the hand sewing on the back.  Hopefully the long weekend will provide some stretches of TV time so I can finish it up and show it to you by the end of the weekend!  I was going to give it away, but I like it, so I think I’ll hold on to it for a while.  Maybe one day I’ll have use for it.  Or know when the time is right to give it away.

As part of my getting better mentally and physically plan, I’m going to try and do a lot more sewing.  I’ve ordered some more Michael Miller Funky Christmas so I can make some Christmas stockings for myself and Jack (and maybe the cats, or is that too weird?), and maybe a tree skirt if I can find or figure out a pattern for a round one.  I also want to make some napkins  for the annual Christmas Eve dinner at my house, so I need to pick out some solid fabrics for that.  I think I’m going to stop in to G-Street fabrics when I’m in Rockville this weekend to see if they have something suitable.

I’m also going to work on the sewing bee block this weekend.  I think I’ve finally got it figured out. 

I’m going to pick out fabrics this weekend (for reals!) for the manly quilts, and hopefully something will appeal to me for the grandmother quilt as well. 

I’m ALSO going to start on my embroidery.  I don’t know what the best fabric is for this sort of thing, but figure I will do my trial run on some regular old white cotton I have.  No sense in ruining the good stuff.  Then maybe I’ll have a feel for what would work best.  The plan is to frame these things I’m embroidering, so if you have any suggestions, they will be greatly appreciated.

I’ve also got to work on the pattern for my sister’s bag.  I think I’m almost there, but I’ve made such a horrible mess of my sewing room that I haven’t had a good working space lately.  I guess I should get to that this weekend too.

There are tons of things that need to be done around the house, but since it’s a holiday weekend, I’m going to act like I’m on vacation (mostly) and just not worry about it.  Maybe if I’m lucky (or if Jack is, ha!) I’ll do some laundry and go to the grocery store.

My mother and I are also going to check out some store for window coverings for our huge bay window.  Once upon a time I was going to make these, but the project is just too big and too overwhelming.  Wish me luck in finding something that a. works and b. I like, oh, and c. doesn’t cost me my life savings!

And because I have nothing else to offer, a picture of Spike sleeping on the quilt I’m trying to sew.  He refuses to get on the new sofa, or in my lap on the sofa, but as soon as that quilt showed up he was all about it.  What’s up with that?

spike on quilt

p.s.  The picture is not great because it comes from the iPhone which has a craptastic camera.  And that blurry thing on top there, attached the gray body is Shelby, who is trying to furiously lick his brother’s face.

p.p.s.  Have a lovely holiday weekend!

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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.