Wednesday, June 10, 2009

It Came!!

I ordered "Doodle Stitching" by Aimee Ray after hearing about her book from You Go Girl. It came today! I quickly devoured it in one sitting and tonight I'll go back for a more in-depth read. I'm itching to get to the store to get some supplies now. lol

Back in the Game

I've got too much sewing to do to be letting a whole week go by without sitting at my machine or picking up my rotary cutter. Today I plan on finishing up the top of my Petit Fours table runner. I found some fabric to finish off the border. Then I want to get back to working on my long list of WIP's. I need to take measurements of my 4 yr old so I can start working on the three-way dress from the 3/2009 issue of Ottobre.

Busy day ahead so no more computer time!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Crazy Quilt Shop Bonanza!

Today from 8am to 3pm I was on the Central Coast Quilt Shops Tour with 2 other ladies. We had a blast and visited 9 shops in that time! We have 2 shops left to visit on our tour and we'll be hitting those two tomorrow afternoon. I didn't buy too much (my camera needs recharging or else there would be pics) but I did get some fabric for backing of my Charmed and Dangerous Quilt done in Funny Babies by Amy Bradley as well as some pieces of home dec fabric to make some bags with as well as a couple of fat quarters. (Remember I have 2 stores to visit tomorrow still!) I'll be looking for specific items tomorrow fabric to finish off some of my WIPs.

At one of the shops I was able to meet Shelley from Snips and Bits from Shelley's Studio. I loved seeing her quilts in person rather than just online. They are lovely!

I am interested in learning more about embroidery. I was about to buy a beginner's book for it but then I chickened out changed my mind. I may go back and pick up a book on tomorrow's tour. I've been inspired to learn about it from Cassie of You Go Girl!. She makes beautiful things and sells them in her shop on Etsy You Go Girl Designs.

Have a great weekend! And go support your local fabric store! lol =)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Yesterday was my Mom's birthday and she received her gift in the mail so now I'm able to post it. I wanted to make my mom something with my new skill so I found this pattern online from Made By Rae the Buttercup Bag.

This was my first attempt at making a purse and doing pleats. It turned out very nice! I was really pleased (and so was my mom yay!). It is a very simple pattern to follow and I'm looking forward to making one for myself as well.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Sewing Machine Meme

This meme was an idea of Sew, Mama, Sew. Go to their site for more Sewing Machine Memes!

What brand and model do you have?
Bernina Activa 220

How long have you had it?
6 Months

How much does that machine cost (approximately)?
I'm not sure because mine was a gift

What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?

Anything and Everything!

How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?
I use it about every other day but I'm working up to every day.

Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?
I love my machine. It is such a beautiful machine and one that I never thought that I would ever have. But sorry no name.

What features does your machine have that work well for you?
There are so many things that make it so easy to use for a beginner like me.

Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?

Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it!
Sorry, no great stories yet. Still too new.

Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?
Definitely! It is such an easy machine to use and to learn on.

What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?

What you will mainly be creating on the machine.

Do you have a dream machine?
Right now this is my dream machine but I'm sure as I sew more and as time passes I'll be wanting an upgrade.