Saturday, June 26, 2010

Change isn't always easy

Marie is having some trouble adapting to her new rectangular bed. The old round dog bed didn't require the right orientation to get everything properly cushioned. She doesn't seem too bothered, though. There are advantages to being a lazy, lazy dog. "Meh. Good enough."

Success! (After a few more tries coming in for the right approach.)

Time for an intervention?

I've only been sewing for a few months and already I've developed a bit of a fabric storage problem. Is that a good or bad sign? I'm sure fellow crafters would agree that an ample stash is the sign of a productive and creative mind. Right? RIGHT?!

As you can see, I've gathered quite a collection of lovely fat quarters. To be fair, I didn't buy all of them. See those few bright fabrics on the right? Those were gifts.

I've managed to settle on a loose organizational system - fabrics for specific projects on the top drawer, fabric to ogle with no specific purpose in mind in the bottom drawer. Problem is, I could use a few more drawers. I knew I should have gone for the full-sized dresser rather than the two-drawer night stand! I guess I just didn't imagine how quickly the obsession with fabric would grow.

Now that I have some order, I should get to sewing. I'm working on a project of my own design at the moment. Once I'm finally happy with it, I'll post some photos. Oh, and I need to finish my quilt now that I have all the necessary fabric.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Bright and cheery

Surprise, surprise . . . more travel bags! These are a gift for a good friend's wedding shower. I hope she likes them and finds the bags as handy as I do. The set includes two shoe bags, two laundry bags and two teeny bags for little items.

This fabric is so bright and cheery. And I love the name for the line - Nicey Jane.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Pat on the back

I finished my first quilt top! I bought a cute charm pack with cherries and very summery prints and colours at the recent SewFest in Kitchener, so I decided to try my hand at quilting. I found online how to make pinwheels and started sewing. I only had enough fabric for eight squares, so I found a few complementary scraps in my stash and made another block for a 3 x 3 quilt. Then I added borders and voila! A quilt top! The best part is that I did it all by myself. It's far from perfect, but I'm pretty proud of the accomplishment. I plan on adding a border and backing and using it as a table cloth on my French bistro set in my back yard.

In the bag

Everybody loved my travel bags, so now I'm making a set for just about everybody it seems. These bright orange and blue ones were for my sister. The few metres went quite far and she ended up with a whole whack of bags.

Now on to the next set . . .