Monthly Archives: December 2016

Quilt as I Go

I have a huge plastic bag filled with red white and blue fat quarters to finish this quilt, to which I added solid cobalt fleece and solid red flannel. Working in a fabric store, I immediately spotted all kinds of red white and blue fabrics I could add in…This bandana fabric in blue red and white I just couldn’t resist. I think it looks pretty good. Not sure how I will do the next row….

Stash Star Fabric – BEST APP EVER

As I am constantly battling the “overwhelmed by my stash” feeling I decided to look for apps on my new phone that dealt with FABRIC. I am thrilled to share a fantastic app call Stash Star Fabric. If you have any kind of a fabric stash at all, you have to download this app. I am incredibly excited about all the detailed fields that are already in place for each fabric. Now, when I buy fabric, I can add it to my elecronic stash before I even leave the store!!! I have no idea if this is going to help me get more done or not, but it is SEW MUCH FUN to add all the fabrics in to the app! Did I mention I was excited?

Keeping my pattern envelopes in a binder so I could flip through them was my last greatest advancement. Now, I can flip through my fabrics, and my patterns, at the same time, all from the comfort of my couch, bed, or bath!!!

2017 is going to be a great year of sewing up my stash, I can tell already!

Merry Christmas!

No sewing in December. What a relief that on top of every other thing that is Christmas, I don’t also have sewing. I AM missing it! 

New Years resolution. Knits are for clothing…..Wovens are for quilts…..we will see how I do with that rule to break! The reason is when I sew clothing with wovens they fit poorly….knits are so much more forgiving….I find that I can sew knits for myself in one size smaller and they fit properly. But in a woven, I have to go up a size, and the fit is still uncomfortable, always in a different spot. I am looking forward to sewing a wardrobe of knits, both fancy and casual, for myself and my children. 

To you who sew, to you who quilt. I wish you finished projects that you love deeply in 2017. 

Fabric and my Mother in Law

My Mother in Law arrives tomorrow. She doesn’t really approve of how much fabric I have….so I tried to clean up around here a bit, out of sight, out of mind kind of idea…

Nothing like trying to hide your fabric to make you realize that there is fabric EVERYWHERE in your house in every room in every cupboard.

I’m got to find a way to sew up more of this fabric! All of it!

The devil is in the details

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I’m so happy with this finished project. It was a simple, free, pattern to download from craftsy.com, from NapTimeCreations. I went berserkers making it way more complicated. I am having trouble inserting links….

Raglan Shirt pattern 18mth – 10T

Nap-Time Creations

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I used my Cricut to cut out the shape with wax paper. I used In My Garden cartridge. image

I am just trying to decide now if the bias tape on the bottom of the shirt looks cool or dorky.

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I ironed the wax paper onto the orange fabric. Then I fussy cut the orange fabric out, with the wax paper still glued to it. I placed scraps of wider bias tape behind the centers of the flowers, and attached the whole design to the front of the shirt using Heat and Bond. I accidentally bought the featherlite Heat and Bond, so the flowers are not really staying on. I am much better at straight stitches, rather than sewing on a curve. (WHO ISN’T???) I think the straight stitches to hold the flowers on adds a unique design element.

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Cuffs on the sleeves are not part of the original pattern either. I guessed. I am very happy with the result. I top stitched the cuffs with a stretch stitch to get a more store bought look, and also to force the seam allowance to lay flat inside the sleeve.

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The pattern calls for stretch knit, and I chose a contrasting woven front, flannel. If I did this again, I would cut the woven piece on the bias, to give lots of stretch.

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Adding the piping between the front and sleeve, I used my zipper foot, and moved my needle position to get as close to the edge of the roll of the piping as possible. I only did one layer of fabric at a time. It meant sewing the seam twice with a stretch stitch, (time consuming!) but well worth the EXTRA STEP for a perfect finish.

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I top stitched the neck band as well, again, to force it to lay flat, and not roll out, and for more of a factory look. I have learned the hard way to always use a stretch stitch when top stitching, even when top stitching non stretch projects. The top stitching just seems to snap or burst at the slightest stress.

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I am so pleased with the finished project. It will be interesting to see what happens after I wash it….will the petals curl up? Will that look neat, or lame?