Monthly Archives: November 2016


I need to sew every day. I am very very depressed right now. I am going to stop following so many blogs and sewing sites. I feel pressure, and anxiety. I sure can work myself up into a knot in a hurry. Today my jammie challenge project is exactly one month late. Can everyone just go away and leave me alone so I can sew? No I didn’t mean that. I love people.

The in laws arrive Dec 7th, and while they are here, I can not sew. This makes me glum. I haven’t sewn in 2 weeks except to make one strip of quilt. I need that pile of half finished projects on the dining room hutch done before my mother in law arrives.

I need to focus. I am panicking. I am frozen in panic. I must get a hold of myself. Someone slap me. Not my husband. That would not belay my anxiety in any way.


Monday quilters block…

Meh. I had a huge list of things to accomplish today. Everything took longer than everything else. I was behind already by 9 am. As a result, I only “quilted” for about half an hour. I added a solid red chunk to complete my first row. I don’t want this one to be TOO BIG for a bunk bed twin mattress. It doesn’t need to be very wide…

I decided half way through the first row that I didn’t like the look of it, the pieces seem huge. Won’t the batting get all bunched up? I have no desire to actually QUILT it….So today after I added the red to complete the row, I changed size and direction. This afternoon I loved it. After supper, when I laid it out to photograph my progress, I didn’t love it anymore. The last quilt I made I loved every fabric and the way it looked at each step. Should I throw this out before I finish it and hate it?

Attempting to Fly


Step 5.

Is actually 4 individual steps. I finally figured out what Simplicity 9298 was asking me to do, after many, many, what the hecks?!

There are 42 steps to complete these pants with a functioning fly in them.  I am on step 5. I am so screwed. There is no way these can be done by Friday so I can move on to the other Sweet Novemer projects.

Do I REALLY need to know how to do flys? Have you mastered sewing flys?


The soup can method strikes again! With stable, firm, thicker fabric, why pin? So much time can be saved by plopping soup cans down on simple and large pattern pieces.


All the time you saved can be used to search for 2 misplaced pattern pieces. I spent over an hour this morning searching for these 2 pieces. After I cut out all the other pattern pieces I needed, and discovered these 2 very essential beauties were M.I.A….

Tips and Tricks to keep everything together in one package between sewing times for unfinished projects? I could really use some pointers!!!


Yes. My unfinished projects are a mess. Surely there must be a better way than piles and stacks, where I can still have it all at my fingertips?


Cutting notches and placing markings are such a pain!!!! With 4 kids in my face I have come up with a time-saving and SUPER easy (BETTER) way than anything that was ever taught to me. Children’s washable markers!!! Mark your all your notes and transfers with ease. I placed small notches on these particular pieces, but with washable markers, you can make the marks as BIG as you feel, as the marks will simply wash away the very first time you wash your finished item….

That’s all the time we have for today, folks! Back to mothering and scrubbing toilets and cooking etc. Took me an entire week, but at least I got the challenging jammies ALL CUT OUT!!! Now, where is that stink coming from….


Sweet November

Welcome to November! November is a lovely month. No huge events. No first day of school, no Thanksgiving dinners, no Halloween, no Christmas concerts, no Christmas shopping, just our regular scheduled activities, that we are used to, finally.

Sigh.  I sound like such a crumungun.  But I’m not. I’m just an extremely anxious and scatterbrained person. It’s a bad combination for big events.

Its going to be a great month for sewing. I have 4 projects planned for the 4 weeks of November.

1) the challenge Jammies, with a real fly front, and snaps in the fly! Exciting!

2) matching onsie Jammies for the 5 year olds. This is actually a mock up or a muslin for the real tough fabric for…

3) the onsie with feet out of fun fur! I’m terrified of this fabric. But I promised.

4) Dylan’s Jammie pants and the matching Jammie pants for his 2 American Girl Dolls. This is an old project I abandoned a long time ago because of comments I took personally from the peanut gallery.

Snow is on the ground, and cozy fabrics are in my sewing pile. I’m excited!