sewing

In case you were wondering…

How many bobbins can one spool of Gutermann 1000m thread wind? *not a sponsored post* I just really like Gutermann for the quality & longevity of their thread. I’ve only ever used it, even though I’ve tried other brands, but I come back to this one. I made costumes for a show about 25 years ago, and they are STILL going strong, after literally thousands of washes. The fabric wears out before the seams do. So when I quilt or sew anything, I’m using Gutermann. …fun fact….I’ve been keeping all…

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sewing

The Year of Not Buying Fabric

You guys.Omg. You guys. It’s three quarters  through July and I HAVEN’T BOUGHT ANY NEW FABRIC. (yet) No really. I’ve made a sort of deal with myself that I need to clean up and get through my stash this year.It’s…too much. When I’m moving bins and bins of fabrics around (but I do know exactly what’s in each bin, y’all… I really do) and still having to go buy more fabric….I think it’s gone past the Stash phase and I’m teetering dangerously close to Hoarder status. So.I decided last year…

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costume pattern design sewing

Technology ate my blog posts!

I was working on set a lot this week; and had written several blog posts to upload later on my Ipad. Nothing is more annoying than hitting “Save” and then…..it disappears. (I realized later on why, which isn’t important now. But…lesson learned!) So this week, no quilting….but Lots and LOTS of costuming for some darling girls I happen to know. Renaissance-themed little dresses and some skirts & wee bags for them. I get to visit them next week when I’m off to sunny southern Florida for a little winter break.…

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pattern sewing

2015 Skillbuilding – January’s Goal – To get Organized

**Warning. Terrible, terrible photos are at the bottom of this post.  They may be disturbing to some readers!!!** I will admit it. I make messes when I work. And…I *really* need to get into the habit of cleaning as I go. That is, putting things back where I got them when I use them. Not leaving things out, in piles. Everywhere. Is this anyone else or is it just me?  What are your surefire ways to stay organized? So this is January’s Skill to build, you may or may not …

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sewing

I love the start of a New Year.  Possibilities are endless! (Except….when you try to sew in a zipper, or do a fancy seam and realize, uh oh.  This might be a little more challenging than I thought.) So I am going to pick one skill a month or so and totally work through it, as much as I can. Starting with small projects and setting goals for big projects, incorporating the skills learned as we go! Who wants to join in?     Let’s share what we learn & make!…

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life sewing

Planning the Year

I’m an Aries. So, I almost always bite off more than I can chew. Usually, anyway. I start out with grandiose plans and then have to scale back somewhat. I like to make lists to help me keep focused, and I usually put easy stuff on there that I’m always going to accomplish…like………… “Pet Cats” …”Make Coffee”….you get the picture. So, this year is going to be the year that I slow down and focus a little more. Focus on friends, in person, not always online. Focus on building skills,…

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sewing

Cozy Cottage Quilt….in progress!

======================================================================== Last week Mr. J. brought up a very good point. All my quilts are, well, girly. So, maybe there IS a lot of…pink. But what’s wrong with that?? Well this week I have thought about what would make a quilt more Should it be pine-scented? Flannel? Vintage Car themed?  Sewn whilst wearing a white t-shirt with the sleeves rolled up covered in grease? Ain’t he a cutie!! But…I digress.  So I did some research; and while I generally don’t like gender-specific roles/colour palettes….I noticed that ‘masculine’ in the colour…

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sewing

Fancy’in Up The House! Pillow Tutorial

 I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  I love to decorate and bake and give and sit in the sparkle.  Decorating the house is a lot of fun….and I found the easiest, most funnest, super simplest tutorial that looks AMAZING when they’re done….. SPROCKET PILLOWS!!! I made a few for gifts last year, and when I pulled out mine to add to our festive decor, I *knew* I had to share the joy of making them. Even if you’re not a strong in the sewing area; this is…

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Janome sewing

Screeching Halt……….

I would like to say that I LOVE my Janome. I’ve had Precious for just about two years now; and she’s been an absolute dream. The more I learn the craft of sewing, the more I discover what she and I can do together. Each discovery of ‘foot’ and ‘plate’ is super exciting to me. Here she is. I love this machine. Is it weird that I consider my machine (Precious) more than just a tool; more like a co-worker? Well, sometimes co-workers get sick or just have an off…

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sew sewing

Strippin’ in Black and White

Nope…it’s not what you think. Or…maybe it is! It was recently brought to my attention that my Etsy shop is overloaded with (ahem) ‘girly stuff’.  Vintage sheet Pink Rail fence I realized….. that’s very true.  There’s a lot of pinks and pastels and shall we say, more feminine quilts and things on there. Not so much for in the Manly Men department. So I am working on that discrepancy this week! Here’s a sneak peek: Strip Quilts come together quickly! I cut some of my fav black and white fabrics…

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