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Playing Chicken

February 14th, 2019

I mentioned a month or so ago that I started a quilt for our bed using a fat quarter collection of Rifle Paper Company fabric. Since I’m making a king size quilt (even though we have a queen bed), I realized early on I’d need to add additional fabric from my stash to make sure I had enough. When I finished 24 squares I knew I’d be cutting close, really close with the fabric. In fact, I was concerned I wasn’t going to have enough to finish all the squares, I was playing chicken with the fabric.

Last night, spent some time figuring out the last 7 squares needed, making sure I’d be able to squeak out enough to finish the quilt. I figured if I lacked only one or two squares I’d just add squares of the linen fabric that I’m using as borders.

It turns out I’m going to have just enough, with only a few small scraps left. I’m glad I decided to add in a few extra fabrics from the beginning, otherwise, I wouldn’t have had enough to finish it. I’m pretty excited about getting this quilt finished, it’s going to be lovely!

What’s happening in your creative world?

Friday Favorite: New Patterns

January 4th, 2019

Last Fall, I purchased Noodlehead’s new pattern for the Fika Tote. My plan is to make one for a camera bag, since it’s a large bag lined with foam and has large pockets inside. I didn’t want to make my camera bag straight away, because I wasn’t sure exactly how I wanted to change the interior of the bag to fit lenses & cameras. I made this version per the pattern, it turned out quite nicely. I don’t really need it though, so I’ll be adding it to Seeds & Sundries to sell it. Hopefully it will be useful for someone else.

Now I need to get on making myself one just for my camera equipment. I’m thinking of making foam lined inserts that can easily be lifted out of the bag instead of pockets sewn into the bag. I’ve been sewing up a storm now that my sewing room is all moved and set up. Stay tuned for more of my makes.

What creative outlets have you been pursuing lately?

Holiday Gifts

December 26th, 2018

As promised, I’ll be sharing a few of the gifts I made to give out this Christmas. One of my favorites was this lovely quilt. I didn’t make the top, I got it in a fabric grab bag. It’s definitely old, the entire top was hand sewn together, with tiny seam allowances, which mean I had to do a lot of repairs before adding the batting and backing and quilting. The yellow striped binding is a lovely fabric from my stash, it is linen and should wear well and soften nicely with use.

I quilted it by hand, since I enjoy hand stitching a lot. It’s a wonderful way to spend evenings during the winter. I think the receipient loved the quilt, no doubt she’ll be using it to keep warm for years to come. It’s nice to give another life to a quilt like this. If only I knew the story of who made it and where it came from, at least it will have a future story and be enjoyed.

Do you have any vintage quilts?

Tiny Zippered Bags

December 20th, 2018

I’ve been spending lots of time in my sewing room now that it’s mostly set up. It still takes me a while to find things as some are in this room and some still remain in the old sewing space. Almost all of my Christmas gifts are handmade this year (photos of those to come after the holidays). I did sew 8 little zippered bags for a friend (she received them yesterday so I can share without spoiling the surprise).

I gifted all of these to a friend, she will use some of them and keep some to have quick gifts on hand. These little bags a joy to make, they come together quickly and make such great gifts. They’re a great way to use up scraps of fabric.

What would you keep in these little bags?

New Skills

January 31st, 2018

I’ve always enjoyed sewing, in fact when I was in Jr High & High School I made a lot of my own clothing. For the past 20 years or so, I’ve mostly made quilts, curtains, bags, and other household items. I’d love to get back into sewing clothing more and have collected a few patterns to try. Last fall, I got a new coverstitch machine and I have been watching a Crafsty class to learn how to use it.

So far, I’m really loving this little machine. It’s easy to thread and actually really easy to use. I just got a chainstitch foot for it, so next up I’m learning how to set it up for chainstitching.

So far, It’s much easier to thread & use than the serger (which isn’t that difficult really). My old faithful sewing machine is at the repair shop, getting what will hopefully be a tuneup to get it running again. There’s not much winter left, so I’d better spend some serious time in my sewing room before the garden thaws and the outside work begins.

What hobbies do you cultivate in winter?

Reading & Watching

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.