Saturday, May 30, 2009

Getting things done...

I finished one of the nursing covers for our church nursery today. I had to spend some time with my seam ripper though. =/ I messed up on the order on which I hem the sides in turn placing the top straps in the wrong place. I had to rip out and do over but it went pretty fast after that. I placed it in the van tonight because I just know that if I waited 'til tomorrow I would forget it. (It's not fun trying to get 4 children ready and out the door and on time to church by yourself.) So trying to remember extra details is out of the question.

There is one more to finish for the nursery then the one for a wife of one of our Missionaries, also a friend of mine. I'm looking forward to making her's because I think the fabric is gorgeous and I hope she loves it as well. Finally, the new one for myself to be made from a beautiful batik I found. That comes to a total of three nursing covers.

I found some beautiful solid curtains on a great sale at the store the other day and I'm going to use some of them to make myself some new potholders as well as a host of other ideas I have for them. I've not gotten new potholders since I got married and the ones I have need to be retired. I'm going to make them and use this No-snit binding tutorial from You Go Girl.

Got some quilting done tonight. Finished 8 squares for my Charmed and Dangerous Quilt, 12 more to go! I've mixed up the squares a little so it won't turn out exactly like the Charmed and Dangerous Funny Babies quilt top that I have. I need to get it done and off of my makeshift design wall (a vinyl tablecloth with the fuzzy back, tacked up in my room) so I can move on to other quilting projects.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

In the making...

I worked on my Mom's birthday gift today and it's almost done! It's very doubtful that my Mom would see this blog post but I'm not taking any chances so I won't post a pic of it or say what it is until she gets it.

I really am pleased with how it's turning out and the instructions are very easy to follow especially for a beginner like myself. I'm gonna be making myself one as well in the near future.

I need to get started on a couple of projects that I've been putting off. Last week (or was it 2 weeks ago) I made a nursing cover as a baby shower gift for a friend and our Church Nursery Director asked me to make a couple more to have in the nursery. I found a great deal on some pretty fabric and I've had both covers cut out and ready to sew for about a week now. I'll do some work on one of them tomorrow and hopefully get one done by the time Sunday rolls around.

This is the first one I made for my friend. It turned out great and I LOVE that fabric!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Starting Out

In December I was given this beautiful machine! I started to learn how to use it in January and I've not stopped using it (ok, I know it's only been 5 months but hey I love it!). My first experience in sewing was to take a quilting class taught by a wonderful lady and friend of mine. We made as our first project these Origami Bags:

Then our next project was a quilt. I loved making it! I haven't quite finished it yet. I finished the quilt top in good time it's the backing that's been slowing me up. I need to just go specifically to the fabric store for the fabric for the backing so I can finish it up. Since then I've made a few other items venturing out on my own into the world of sewing. Three skirts (one for each of my girls), a crayon wallet for Sissy's birthday this Monday, a couple of aprons that I've given away, a phone cozy, and a nursing cover. I've got many projects now in the works and many others that I want to get started.

I wanted to start a blog dedicated to my progress as a new and novice seamstress. I hope you enjoy!