Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Summer Mornings

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” 
― F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Great Gatsby

Friday, July 19, 2013

New Sewing Supplies

 I've been busy around here, sewing up little goodies to keep myself (and my sewing room) organized and on task.

 These little boho pin cushions are making me very happy today.

 I also stitched up a few needlebooks from linen, with vintage-y designs.

 And they have sweet little matching pin cushions.

I made some for myself, but I've listed some more in my Etsy shop.  Happy Friday everyone!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Oh, Sew Fob-ulous

I love an accessory, a bauble, a trinket...don't you?  Call me a magpie, I love shiny little things.  And I've always thought that scissor fobs were the ultimate sewing accessory.  Haha.  I made a pile of them the other day, and I thought you might like to make a fob or two.
First, you'll need a few supplies.  Gather up some glass beads.  Mine are a mix of vintage and new.  You'll also need a large lobster clasp, a head pin, wire cutters, and needle nose pliers.

Load your beads onto the headpin in a way that tickles your fancy.

Take your needle nose pliers and make a little loop close to the top bead by bending the headpin around the one prong of the pliers.

To do that, bend the headpin first to a 90-degree angle, then

wrap the headpin around the prong, as shown above.

It should look like this.

Add your clasp, so that it sits inside the loop.

Now it should look like this.

Then wrap the headpin back around itself, as shown here.

Keep wrapping the headpin until you run out of headpin to wrap,

...then crimp it closed with your pliers.

Et voila!  A lovely fob for your scissors.

And, if you want even more instant gratification, I have a pile of them for sale at my Etsy shop.  Happy stitching!

Monday, July 15, 2013

A Quilting First

 I have this little light box on my sewing table for when I'm making applique shapes or tracing embroidery samplers.  I've been doing a little sewing room reorganizing, and I wound up with this little pile of treasures, and nowhere to put them.  I really wanted to stick them where the light box is, but then what do I do with the light box?  Quelle dilemma.  Then it dawned on me: a light box cozy! 

 So, I whipped up this little quiltlet, if you will.  It's sort of reminiscent of a Scandinavian flag, and I'm not sure how that happened, but I went with it.  It's my first attempt at machine-quilting.  Oh my nerves!  Machine-quilting is so fun! 

 If you look closely, you can see my stitches are very uneven, but you know me: the wonkier it is, the better I like it.

 I just sort of made up the pattern as I went along.  I knew I wanted it to have a sort of Matisse-esque motif, so I just squiggled and wiggled my quilt sandwich every which way.  It turned out in the end.

And now I have a pretty little bit of protection for my light box, and pretty place for my eyes to land when I'm tired of cutting fabric strips.  What are you working on today?