Monday, March 31, 2008

I'm a lucky girl

Recently my daughter-in-law Holly told me about Freecycle. If you are not familiar with it, it consists of a bulletin board where people offer things for free. If you sign up you can also have the daily postings sent to your e-mail. That's what I do, looking to see what people are giving away. Then I notice recently that it's okay to post Wanted requests. So I posted Wanted:Quilting Fabrics and I had two responses. One woman had a box of scraps for me and the other had a bag of fabric. Some of the fabric isn't usuable by me, but most of it is fun! I'll have to post a picture!

The other reason that I am lucky(blessed actually) is that I started a quilting class yesterday, my first one. It is a beginner class and I thought that was a good place to start. I am taking it at The Joyful Quilter in Glenville. The teacher is super, she is so laid back and patient. I have been sewing since I was a child so I thought it would be a snap, but I made two fixable mistakes yesterday, guess I am not such a smarty pants after all. Well now I need to finish my homework and I am looking forward to next week. That's my biggest problem, no patience, can't wait to get onto the next part. We are making a quilt sampler, a wall hanging, a great way to learn I think.

Last night I cleaned up my sewing room, wish I had taken a before picture so you can see just how bad it was!!! I told myself, no sewing til you clean up your room!! Now I will actually be able to find things. Still I am impatient to try everything, I think it may be reading all the wonderful blogs out there, there are so many wonderful tutorials. And now Sew Mama Sew is going to have a contest and there will be more, can't wait.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

My friend is retiring from her job so I had to sew her something, well not really but any excuse to sew is a good one. So I made her this bag and an eyeglass case and well why not add a change purse. This was really fun, I hope to make more of these bags, they are just so perky. The directions are from the Happy Hour Quilt booklet. It took such a small amount of fabric to produce all three.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Phew, back to sewing this morning. Doctor's appointments and other things I had to do last week kind of filled up the week. I always feel like something is missing when I don't get to sew. Today I have been sewing some burp cloths thanks to Barbara and her great idea to use pre-fold diapers. I have left the trim off and just used some decorative stitching along the edge. They are fun to make because you have a pile befor you know it. My daughter's friends are all having boys thus my choices of fabric but I have made them before in pinks and added the trim. I think next I will make some of those for my daughter who will be having a baby girl in June.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Here is Annabelle modeling her bonnet, isn't she beautiful? We think so!
I was away on a trip to Florida but now I am home and back to sewing. Just finished this bonnet for my granddaughter Annabelle, maybe for Easter if I can get it to her in time. I'm an old fashioned girl, just love the pleats and ruffles.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Yikes, that's a lotta stuff

Lately I have been trying to get rid of so much that has accumulated around our house, unless it is fabric of course. Anyway, I found this on the NY Times Site, yikes! Now these kids do have too much stuff! Of course if you read the article it is about color not things, but I am still amazed.

Dish Towel Totes

Been having fun playing around with dish towels, kitchen towels, tea towels, whatever they are called. I bought them at Target, and added some fun lining fabrics, some interfacing. They are very easy to sew but I feel good when I have something finished in one day.