Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Saturday Share on Thursday: Knitted Rag Rug




 

 Good morning to the Fellowship of the Needle. All kinds of needles. In this instance I am thinking about a knitting needle. Amanda Jean of the Crazy Mom Quilts blog shared this sweet little rug. The crochet version has made the rounds now and then but I don't think I have seen a knitted version. Her brilliant sense of color in her work is echoed in this little scrap rug.

Since we all have left overs, take a look at this tutorial and see just what you can do with them. If you are not familiar with this blog, take a few minutes and see how lovely her work is.

Have a lovely weekend.


See the post and the link to the tutorial here!
***This "Share" used with permission of the author.
Photo's and links used with permission from Amanda Jean! Thank you so much.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Ladies of the Cloth Share Their Projects


Wow, it had been a while since I was able to have a healthy and free Tuesday to attend my sewing group. I sure missed it. Terri has such an artistic eye. She used a strip of knit ribbing to make a scarf. She embellished it with lovely little cut-out of upholstery fabric formed into contemporary leaves and a flower. Too cute! She added some buttons for embellishment and held the scarf in place with an orphan earring!

The upholstery fabric has been pinked. The flower motif was enhanced by a little piece of foam to give it dimension. Love, love, love the texture.
 Next on the agenda is this stunning scarf knit in a chevron pattern. Beautiful Terri.
This wall hanging size quilt is the WOW of the day. Just look at the intricate piecing! The machine quilting is perfect for this geometric design. Not bad for a new quilter, right? This piece proves that Terri is no longer any where near a beginner. Great work.
Many of us in the group have one project we bring every week. I am one of those. This is Susan's current piece. Notice all the intricate piecing. Her color sense is remarkable. Not traditional in any sense but translated patterns and colors always balance. Beautiful.
See what I mean? Beautiful fabrics.
Our charity work continues. This little loom-made cap is one such example. Knit from Buttercream Luxe Craft yarn these Boucle yarns 88% acrylic and 12%  nylon. I have a few of these in the stash as well and love the texture, but I have to say they are a tedious knit or crochet. The fibers are very thin and loopy and my hook gets caught up and knitting....well just forget that. I will likely use a loom to work up a few items as well. I am not sure if this was Linda's or Pat's project. In any case so nice. I believe these are going to the Pittsburgh Ronald McDonald House.
And as they say in the movie biz....."That's a Wrap!" 

As if anyone needs a reason to visit Paris! Check out the non-touristy places this article recommends. Where is my passport???

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Wardrobe Project, 2015: My Three Sewing Sins

Curl up in a comfy chair and have a little think. (image facebook)


 Let me take some time to summarize some issues that plague me, and maybe you as well.  My Three Sewing Sins. There are more I am sure, but I don't want this to sound like True Confessions!!!
  1. While we are working on our individual projects it is important to not feel pressured to meet deadlines. The joy of sewing our own clothing comes with care we take. Fabric is expensive, respecting that will remind us to take care with our work but at the same time one should not fret and fuss. I am my own worst enemy. 
  2.  Fast and Furious...There are basic items that I make over and over, such as T shirts, that are essentially automatic sews. In a hurry I ran the machine (Ovation Serger) too fast and stretched a side seam. Slow Down. However, this year I am working on some new patterns to customize. I am also considering copying a favorite new top that I purchased on-line, sight unseen, never tried. It is perfect. The fit, the fabric weight, the style work well for me. More on that some other time. 
  3. Fabric Passion. So here we are, roaming the aisles in a fabric store and it almost jumps out at me. That enticing fabric, the one you NEED. No idea what for, no idea how much to buy! Is three yards enough, skirt, pants, jacket! Would 5 yards be safer? How much, how much? So I buy 6 yards, you never know. Now I have a large walk in closet full of yardage that has yet to be realized in fashion. See what I mean?
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Thinking of something cute? This is the new Kwik Sew 0216!

Kwik Sew Misses' Shaped-Overlay Skort and Skirt 4161
Skort, skirt, Kwik Sew 4161



Line DrawingGreat for picnics, golf, errands. Too cute and if you didn't like the asymetrical front panel, just cut it straight.


Colette Blog, Issue 15 of Seamwork Magazine-an inspiring and timely post. Check this out!!!!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Self Explanatory

Week-end Wishes

No big fancy Saturday share today. Well, not sewing/arts/craft shares anyway. Instead I found this for you. I found two old rolls of 35 mm film while sorting out my desk. I was surprised to find that they were Christmas 2009 and Snowmageddon 2010. Stunning snow scenes, heart breaking damage to our home, (the entire front facade had to be rebuilt and replaced from ice damage, long story) photo's of the dogs having a great time and a few painful pictures of our Dear Son, now passed. 

So from this share, life lessons. In spite of the shoveling etc. of snow, it is beautiful. It does make everything magical and pristine. Respect the snow, driving and walking can be dangerous on slippery surfaces. Record your life in photos and journals. You never know when your life will change, dramatically. And most of all find the beauty of nature to enhance your life, see it, breathe it, smell it. Embrace the season you are in, the next one is right around the corner!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Organizing the Rulers and Templates in the Studio


Sometimes I step back and eye my sewing space with surprise. How did I get all this stuff in here? Tools are very important to the Sewist, and you know I love my tools and gadgets.

However, the collections of tools, gadgets and widgets does require some organization. I found these letter holder things in a discount store for $2.99! I know, they are three times that in the office supply store where they started their retail journey. What to do with these you ask?
Rulers, templates and patterns fit beautifully. They are upright and will not warp, they are protected and will not be scratched, win, win. I keep the ones I am using and a couple standards in a wooden scored ruler stand near the machine to keep them handy. I like to have these others visible because quite frankly, I forget about them.
  
Books and Patterns in the queue.
  • do you re-purpose household items?
  • have you ever cruised the office supply stores looking for sewing notions? everything from binder clips and letter stacks can be used in the studio.
  • do we have too many tools? (please say no) 
  • Tools...we like them,  we need them, we collect them. I have mentioned in the past that I am a tool passionista. Is that a word? Don't know if Websters has approved it yet but I find that having the correct tools for the job are important, particularly for the quilter. Accuracy is essential if our patterns are to come together properly and the designs that we choose to create are to be cut accurately. Thus says the Sewist.
    A charming idea. If you have a collection of pincushions, this might be something you would consider. I have little display room in the studio now, but I do like this idea. Might consider it. From All People Quilt.
    These little templates are so useful for cutting accurately. However, they get misplaced and overlooked when cutting time begins. I have just sorted them into their own little drawers but now that I see this idea, from All People Quilt, I know where they are going now. What a fabulous idea! A three ring binder, some heavy duty vinyl sheets and voila', all in one place, visible and ready for use. No more wasted minutes searching them out.


    These little templates are so useful for cutting accurately. However, they get misplaced and overlooked when cutting time begins. I have just sorted them into their own little drawers but now that I see this idea, from All People Quilt, I know where they are going now. What a fabulous idea! A three ring binder, some heavy duty vinyl sheets and voila', all in one place, visible and ready for use. No more wasted minutes searching them out.







The National Quilters Circle has a video that might interest you. What fun this would be to use up all of those pieces! Click here! A Scrap Quilt like I have not seen Before!!!

Other Free Video's from National Quilters Circle.