Monday, January 27, 2014

And So It Begins...KCW!!

kid's clothes week

No time to talk.

Good bye.
I'm late, I'm late, I'm late!

It is time to start manic sewing. I've got some patterns/fabric cut and ready to go.
Still have a few patterns that are traced but fabric not cut.

It think it is fun to really challenge myself and see how much I can get done.
Unfortunately, the weather here stinks and photo's will be a problem.
I refuse to let me child stand outside without a coat on just for a few good pictures. He gets sick enough on his own without my help.
We may have to venture out to the library for some pictures!

Also don't forget to enter the 100th post giveaway

Saturday, January 25, 2014

A 100th Post Giveaway and Make Something! Reveal

So now it is Week #4 of the Sew can she Its A New Year Sew Along
and I've been busy (still) prepping for Kids Clothes Week which starts Monday.
I'm done with the Make Something! step for Sew Can She sew along.
I decided to do a tote bag with the sewing
 (red and kona bone) log cabins.
I am going to use this as my library bag.
I read...A LOT and I could really use a bag
 to keep them in so I don't misplace one.
I used some scraps to make the bag lining and the straps.
I also used some non-fusible heavyweight interfacing I had left over from the musketeer hat I made A LONG time ago.
Who doesn't love a scrap-tastic project?

The second thing I made was pillow with the other set of logs I did.
On the back of the pillow (I apologize no photo) I did a invisible zip in the center of it.
At some point a spot cleaning the pillow just ain't gonna get it done, ya know.
So being able to remove it was a must in my opinion.
I used this FANTASTIC foot-the Invisible Zipper Foot.
I got mine off Amazon DIRT cheap even with shipping.
Totally worth it.
I just can't figure out why in the world did I struggle
for so long installing a zip with out one???
Anyhow on to the reveal!


In closing I would like to have a giveaway in honor of my 100th post.


I'm giving away from my own stash a mix of things to replenish your supply after KCW maybe?
1 French Curve
3-14" jacket zippers (Navy, Black and Beige)
1-20" HEAVY duty black reversible zipper
4 Cones of blue Maxilock
4 Cones of white Maxilock
12 Jean tacks (jean buttons-you'll need a hammer to install these)
5-3" jean zippers (Camel, Dark grey, Green, Medium Blue and Brown)
Just enter using the rafflecopter and the winner will be emailed
 and given 3 days to respond before I draw another name.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Mini Log Cabin Week#3

It is week 3 on the Sew Can She sew along.

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I thought I would check in and show my progress.

I have all my quilt blocks done and squared up.
Now I just gotta figure out what they are going to BE.

 I think the owls are going to be a pillow.

I think this might end up a tote bag
with the single block centered on
the opposite side.

I don't think that this a hard quilt block just time consuming.
Each block is just 4.5" square so each "log" before sewing is only 1" wide.
 It is a lot of pressing and squaring but the end result is really cool. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


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So just because I am a crazy person I've decided to partake in the
SewCanShe It's a New Year Sewalong on top of KCW.

It is already a couple of weeks in but we're making mini log cabin's.
I've never done log cabins before but it is a more traditional quilt block
that I've always wanted to try.

I'm so crazy that I'm even doing two different log cabins.
Not for a quilt top though! Only two pillow covers.

I'm doing a red and ivory sewing themed one
and a Owl/pink/green and ivory.
((I added solid pink and green strips to the owl set after taking my picture))

Here is my progress so far.

Fabrics pulled and cut--DONE!
Next up--Piecing and pressing.


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Washing, Ironing and Pattern Tracing

So I'm still in full Kids Clothes Week prep work stages

I prefer to spend that hour (or more) a day ACTUALLY sewing.
kid's clothes week  
So I got washed like 20 yard of fabric and got it all ironed.
((Blech! Who else hates ironing as much as I do??))
Then I got all my patterns traced off the paper hard copies and put them with the fabrics.
Which looks a little like this laid out all across the china cabinet:
Obviously some things are coming in multiples.
The Lazy Days pajamas are going to be 4 sets,
2 of the Nowhere man pants
and 2 skinny jeans.
The rest are just one of each.

I now just have to cut out the individual pattern pieces.
If I get everything prepped I should be able to get a lot of actual sewing done that week.

A reminder to anyone doing the KCW-
Don't forget your notions!
If you prep early you know in advance if you need more elastic, buttons or snaps
 and can have those supplies on hand.

Wouldn't want that precious hour being wasted by a trip to the store.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day

I know it was a little while ago but I was lucky enough to actually win two different giveaways that day. One was all the way from Australia!
I thought that I would post a BIG thank-you:)
 First I won these cute earrings from Kiki Verde Handmade.
They are just adorable and perfect because my favorite color is actually blue!
You can find her blog here at

The second giveaway I won was this awesome fat quarter set from all the way in Australia.
Thanks to you Jo @ Riddle and Whimsy!

Some nice solids and a few prints
 but I was more excited about the Seam-Fix seam ripper. It has an awesome rubber end on it that helps remove all those little threads after ripping.
Also was a spool of Aurefil thread. I have wanted some Aurefil FOREVER but did not know if it was "worth" it.
Once I try it on my next quilt I'll let you know what I think!

Also I wanted to direct you to a post that Jo recently posted on the Pillow Pop Sew along-I just love what she did there. The colors and the circle or curve piecing.
 (Which totally gives me the heebie jeebies)
Anyhow check it out here-- Pillow Pop Sew Along

Friday, January 10, 2014

Post Christmas Mayhem and Preparing for KCW!

So in the end of the Christmas craziness I made 10 pairs of the hanging dishtowels I posted about in the last post for a lot of different people. They were a great easy gift that I think was very useful for the recipients.

We took the little man to the Trolley Museum for a trolley ride with Santa.

Safe to say he loved it. They had a large train table and a large lego town display. He had cookies and hot chocolate after seeing Santa.
The trolley itself was just amazing, all restored and had wicker/woven seats and polished brass and wood everywhere. Very cool.
How about the guy in the last picture photo-bombing??
Now who is getting ready for KCW (KidsClothesWeek) at the end of the month?
I know I'll never get everything done I hope (wishes and dreams, amiright?) but I have high hopes.
Im getting ready now by prewashing all my fabrics. I'm pretty sure my serger was smoking by the end of serging over 20 yards of fabric. I need to get that thing actually serviced I think. I've never done it before so I don't even know where to take it!
I've picked out I think 6-7 patterns too. I know on my list is the recess raglan, another pair of skinny jeans, hipster Henley, nowhere man pants, multiple lazy day pajamas sets, the reversible zippy hoodie pattern and maybe if I get to it some more flannel pajama pants for my little mans Cabbage Patch doll. I made my own pattern for those and with scraps from his lazy days they are pretty
easy to whip up. What is on your list? What are you planning on doing?