Thursday, March 6, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
What should have taken an hour has taken five! I am more frustrated with sewing than I have EVER been. I thought heavy duty thread was a great idea, and it was for the first six or so pieces. Then my machine decided it HATED heavy duty thread and jammed at least three times on EVERY appliqued piece after that. Do you see those fingers! I am not exaggerating! Incredible. And with those jams was wasted thread, so that took a trip to Joanne's which is 15 miles from my house. I love the look of this quilt, but I almost broke down, I mean emotional, several times today. Soooooo frustrating! Three spools of thread and this is what is left, I honestly prayed that I wouldn't run out!
Tyson wants a quilt. We narrowed it down to robots. I bought this fabulous organic fabric, Birch Fabrics robotics. I may or may not have swayed Tyson's choice. I made the top. I really wanted to applique a robot on the back. I am scared to death to applique. There are so many methods and I can't imagined me getting circles perfectly round. Soooo I am using the slap it on there and sew it crazy method! Wish me luck.
Here is the before, I screw it up, picture!
Have a happy day!
P.S. Darling Heather copied the robot from the fabric on to graph paper. It's amazing how accurate she is.
Monday, February 24, 2014
I just glued gunned this puppy to the wall. I've been fighting with it for months to keep it upright, leaning, against the wall. Enough is enough! I bought a "big gun" glue gun at harbor freight and bit the bullet and stuck it up there, permanently, I hope! Now I can keep quilt pieces up for more than five minutes. Woohoo!
Have a happy day!
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Well, come to find out Baby Tucker is a spitter! I made 5 burpcloths and he received about 5 from other people. He has already used them all. So I thought I would whip up a couple more. Thank goodness for my fabric hoarding and ricrac hoarding. Awhile back I started collecting ricrac, mainly from pickyourplum.com. Today it paid off. I made about 6 in an hour.
Have a happy day!
Monday, February 10, 2014
Also, being relatively new to the hobby, it's opened a whole new fabric world to me. For instance, Urban Chiks. I knew nothing of them beyond Hullabaloo. Turns out they produced a few highly sought after lines pre-2010, Sweet and Swell. People were de-stashing some for a pretty penny and I fell in love! I would have loved to pick a few up, but I won't pay what they were asking. I started wondering if I could find some "In the wild" (I've picked up some new lingo on the de-stash, too!) Turns out I could. I bought ten yards of ten different prints of Swell, sold most of it on IG ( I still have a F8 bundle) and kept an FQ bundle for myself. I didn't find any of the big florals, frowny face, but I LOVE that little tile print.
BTW Does anyone know why they dropped the "c" from Chiks? It's spelled Chicks on all the old selvages.
Same thing with Henna Garden. I've now traded and bought myself into all but 3 of the colors. I also expanded my stash of Ruby and Vintage Modern. Buy a yard online, de-stash 3 fat quarters and keep one, cover the cost of shipping and (for some prints) the cost of the fabric I kept for myself. Some might feel bad about charging more than they paid, but if you had any idea how much trouble I went to sourcing, organizing, pricing, photographing, posting, cutting, sorting, invoicing and shipping 40+ packages you would not begrudge me the profit. Besides, this is capitalism. Go 'merica.
Now I sound like a big meanie.
In the process I discovered a new love: Hunting for fabric. I don't even need to buy it, I just want to find it. I get some kind of weird satisfaction when I find a piece of HTF OOP fabric. When people post ISO's, I feel compelled to try to find it for them. Some people really appreciate it, others probably think I'm a little obnoxious! I keep wondering how I can parlay this into a career. Matt (my better half) thinks I should blog about it. He's still hoping I turn blogging into a business venture a la Gabby Blair so that he can retire and watch the Olympics all day. Sorry, babe. That's not really my aim here.
Moving on, I've only bought four lots from the destash and spent about $85. I have also discovered I have a penchant for scrap packs.