Tuesday, May 31, 2011

More Sewing

One of the things I love about knowing how to sew is that when you need, or want something specific, you can make it. Sometimes it requires finding a pattern, other times it takes thinking of your own pattern and hoping that it works. I feel like I have really perfected the latter of those options over the past couple of years.

I found this cute, vintage picnic basket during a recent antique shop visit and I had to have it for the price. Of course, what am I going to do with a picnic basket I asked myself, well have picnics of course my friend said as I tried to talk myself out of it. My love of the basket won out. Of course, I have already started using it as a bag, carrying sewing projects and magazines, so I decided it needed a liner. I started measuring, sewing and this was the final product. I LOVE the fabric and had been waiting for the perfect project to use it for. This was it!! Now I have a functional, cute basket for picnics or whatever else I decide to use it for, I am a happy girl! I also decided if I'm going to have a cute basket for picnics, I need a cute blanket to go with it! So, I set out to reduce my scrap basket by cutting 4" squares out of just about every piece in there. Approximately 290 squares later I have the beginning of a scrap picnic quilt. Stay tuned for pictures of that project, it is in the making!

And I have to mention the skirt pictured here because it was completely free for me! My grandma gave me the piece of denim, she had the pattern, I had the zipper and the fabric I used for the flower. I have been wanting to make a skirt with a flower for 2 years now and when I saw the denim, I knew it was perfect! I love the casualness of this skirt, but it can also dress up easily! I have already worn it a couple of times, despite the cooler weather, can't wait til it gets nicer and I have more opportunities to show it off! Finally, projects for myself! Back to the sewing machine....

Guest Book Quilt Finished

I wanted to add a picture of the completed guest book quilt. It looks so fresh and tropical, all bound and quilted! This project has been in its new home for a couple of weeks now, and also received rave reviews. I was so glad to hear the newlywed couple enjoyed their completed project! It was great to work with the gal and also nice that we could coordinate the project from opposite coasts and still have such an amazing final product!

All Done!!!

Well, here are the pictures of the rest of the large bag order. I finished it last week and was able to send it out before the holiday weekend. They arrived at their destination and the bags received rave reviews! I am so proud of my work, they all turned out so beautifully! I have to say, I do have a favorite though, which one is your favorite?

I used several pieces of fabric from Amy Butler's new line, Soul Blossoms. There is some Amy Butler Lotus collection, Love collection and Heather Bailey's Nicey Jane fabric as well. Quite a variety! I have been working on some other fun stuff that I will post about later today or tomorrow! Enjoy!!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Project Updates...

Well, as you can see, I have extremely busy, although if I was only busy with this part of my life, I think I would be much further along on my projects. I have completed 2 sets of the bags for my big order, they turned out so nice, much better in person! (I think it is almost time for a new camera, these pictures are not as good as they could be, sorry!) I also sewed the top of the guest book quilt together and it's ready for hand quilting, hopefully this week I will get a large portion of that finished.

And I had 2 shows last week, a small show at our preschool that was quite a success for Mother's day, and the Garden Show that I did last year. Unfortunately, the Garden Show was a bust this year, so maybe I will skip it next year, but I came out a bit ahead of the game between the two shows, so that felt good! I was really excited about my displays this time around though, I had the dress form for my aprons and I added produce to the bags to show their size. So, live and learn!

I am off to cut some fabric for more of that bag order, I wish I could spend the morning shopping for fabric and patterns, maybe tomorrow...