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I’m Back and Motivated February 24, 2010

Filed under: Deep Water Quilting Bee,Goals,Sew - A Needle Pulling Thread! — Posymosey @ 5:06 pm

here are some of the things I’ve been making-

We finally bought a new desktop to replace our aging laptop.  (yes, I know most people go the other direction, but this is what worked best for us!) Hopefully it will improve my ability to get online and stay on! Yea!!!

We also bought a beautiful computer desk that is full of storage and has made all the difference in our Living room/computer area. It is actually starting to look like a room someone could visit and not an embarrassing and  hideous hodgepodge of mismatched junk. I am going to finish this room and keep going.  the improvement has really motivated me to get our house to be more of a “home” even if it is a (hopefully) temporary rental. It struck me as really sad that I am now past 40, but my house has no sense of style or continuity. That has to change. I may not want to grow up myself,  but I do want a lovely grown-up style home!

I am going to be sewing. LOTS of sewing. Soon I will be getting my I-Spy fabrics and making a quilt. I have a bunch of darling fabrics to make clothes for the little girls. I also hope to get some home decorating projects completed

Here are some of the things I have planned for the near future-

Market Skirt

The Can-Can Skirt (this is planned for Easter and I have to order the fabric so I better get my keister in gear!)

Ruffled Pillows -As in- the Snow Ruffled Pillow but maybe not white!

Family Rules Canvas – I love the idea, but I want to do something more modern. I’m thinking subway sign style… Or maybe just a simple color scheme.

and for my sad little 3″ mistake squares – Several I-Spy place mats with chalkboard fabric backs.

Plus a bunch of painting- walls, furniture, lamps – pretty much anything not able to get up and walk away will be fair game!

Whew, I’m tired already… I need a Coke!

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Confession… January 28, 2010

Ok, now that everything is fixed I have a confession to make.
I was so excited to be a part of my first swap.
I bought some great fabrics.
I cut squares. I cut some more squares.
I fussy cut 40 squares. (Hey this is a big deal for a newbie like me!!! They take forever!) I was so proud of the little stacks of squares on my dining room table. I took pictures of them (see!)

I packed them up and got ready to head off to the post office.
I got online to find Wendy’s address to mail my little beauties Down Under.
I scanned the e-mail instructions.
Something caught my eye.
Something I didn’t expect.
A number.
4
As in 4″ squares.
Somewhere along the line 3″ squares lodged in my brain and 3″ squares is what I cut.
200 now unusable (for this project anyway) 3″ squares.
I wanted to cry. I wanted to quit. I’ve had a rough couple of weeks. This just topped it off.
With some sympathy and encouragement from my dear husband, I hiked up my big girl panties and headed out to the fabric store – the really nice one- where I bought new fabrics (and another confession- some extra fabric not for the swap)
I went home and cut like crazy.
I discovered that 4″ squares are way easier to cut than 3″ squares.
I packed up the 4 ” squares and sent my husband to the post office with them.
After he left I realized I forgot to take a picture of them, so here is a picture of the scraps.

Any ideas for what I can do with 200 3″ squares of  i-spy type fabric?

 

Cutting Lots and Lots and LOTS of little bitty squares makes me crazy! January 25, 2010

Filed under: Deep Water Quilting Bee,Sew - A Needle Pulling Thread! — Posymosey @ 2:00 pm

I am going to finish this swap cutting, really I am. I am just going to curse my fabric choices royally along the way. I had to fussy cut 2 of the fabrics and it took FOREVER!!! (and I snapped at my little sweeties more than once for trying to “help”). It doesn’t help that I am very new to all this quilting business so I had no idea what I was really doing so messed up more than a couple of nearly finished squares. I actually had 2 others that I belatedly realized were going to require fussy cutting also, so they were relegated to the ever-growing pile of “cute fabrics without a particular purpose” and I am heading to the fabric store to find a couple of non-stressful smallish all over prints. Not that I mind HAVING to go fabric shopping… I will have the collection out in the mail tomorrow – I PROMISE!!!

 

My first ever Swap!! January 20, 2010

Filed under: Deep Water Quilting Bee,Sew - A Needle Pulling Thread! — Posymosey @ 9:25 am
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I am so excited! I impulsively joined my first ever swap last night! It’s the “Let’s Play… I Spy Swap” being held by Wendy over at hARTylittlepeaces and I am beside myself with excitement for this! I am a little intimidated by the prospect of cutting 200 4″ squares. I will certainly get lots of practice with my rotary cutter! I have a few fabrics in my stash but I am really looking forward to scouring the fabric store for some interesting designs. Hopefully I will get to go this afternoon (*crossing fingers!*).

Of course, in my blogging newbieness, I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get the button in my sidebar, but I am working on it.

 

Jammin’ Out Some Jammies September 8, 2009

Filed under: Sew - A Needle Pulling Thread! — Posymosey @ 7:53 pm

So, my poor little girls are in desperate need of PJ’s and lo and behold Sew, Mama, Sew goes and starts a September Pajama Party Sew-A-Long!  Just the motivation I need to dig into my fleece and flannel and whatever other cozy stuff I can find to replenish their jammie drawers for this fall and winter! I am so excited!!

But first I have to make a tote bag for 1st full day of preschool tomorrow…

UPDATE

I finished the tote bag!  I used the “How to make a simple (reversible) tote bag” tutorial from the blog Skip to my Lou. It was so easy and so fast! Especially once I got the proper needle for the vinyl – without that it was not going at all. In fact, it made my machine act as if it was possessed –  making  scary noises (even hubby came in to investigate!) and creating ugly tangled messes of thread- but a quick trip to Hancock fabrics solved the problem.

I will be making more of these!!

The Princess Tote

The Princess Tote

Princess tote lining (reversible)

Princess tote lining (reversible)

 

Christmas in July – Secret Sweatshop Crafters July 26, 2009

So I have decided to begin my Christmas crafting now. Last year I attempted to do a Thrifty Under Fifty challenge where we attempted to make as many gifts as possible in a few weeks and for under $50 total and though I finished a few gifts (some seen below), and spent nowhere near the allotted amount,

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MollySue'sThrifty Under Fifty Projects 003

1 of 2 aprons for girls

trying to work AND sew was a daunting challenge given that I was pregnant and sleep was a requirement for my (and my family’s) survival. So this year I am going to start early and hopefully finish more than I leave on the table. I am NOT a super crafter – I am slow and a bit to – ok – MUCH to critical – of my own work.
When I did the challenge there were women who would post (with photos!!!) about the 6 handmade dolls with wardrobes they fashioned in a day all while keeping house, nursing a baby, making adorable clothing for their children, homeschooling, feeding their family delicious home-cooked meals, baking 5 dozen cookies to give to friends in the neighborhood and gone to Michaels to get the supplies for the next days projects. I looked at their posts and thought

“Who the $#*@ are these women???? How is it possible to accomplish all of that in a day unless you have a secret sweatshop set up in your basement???”

As I peruse the web to find gift and decorating ideas I keep thinking that same thing. So many of these crafty bloggers are working, blogging, cooking, photographing, creating original crafts with detailed patterns and tutorials at a speed I cannot comprehend.
If you are reading this – I hope I can accomplish a few crafts here and there – I will be lucky to complete one doll with a wardrobe by December- and my family will probably resort to a lot of fast food while I am busy sewing. This is reality. I don’t have a sweatshop in the basement. I probably won’t blog every day. I hope some of the stuff I make turns out well and people like it.