Saturday, April 24, 2010


Oh, have I been a slacker. The sewing is done, but the pretty photos need to be taken. I am so behind on updating the shop, which I hope to do this weekend.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Power of Practice

I've been quilting for about two years, but by quilting, I mean sewing together charm packs and sending the completed top off to my favorite long-arm quilter, Karen. But now I'm really starting to experiment and expand my quilt designs and decided that I really should learn to do the quilting myself, too.

Oh, my - free motion quilting is tricky-tricky. It is unlike any sewing I've ever done. I'm afraid that I totally wrecked the first quilt top that I quilted. I really should have practiced more on some scrap fabric, but I was so eager to start playing. But like most things in life, the more you practice, the better you get. So far, I've done 4 small quilt tops (no bigger than 40"x50" or so), and you can see how much better I've gotten in just that short amount of time.

My stitches are much more uniform and my stipple has gotten much tighter. I'm really pleased with my progress.

So, that first quilt, as I said, is ruined. I haven't even bothered to bind it, because, really, what's the point? I'll finish it up one day and let the kids use it to build forts with or something. But the fourth quilt... I just adore it. I made it to donate to my kid's school for their annual silent auction fundraiser. I have to turn it in tomorrow and quite frankly, I'm going to have a very hard time parting with it.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

It's Baby Season

It's spring, which means that I'd rather be picking strawberries than doing just about anything - even sewing. That said, it's spring, which means that there are babies popping up right and left. Good lord, people - what exactly was in the drinking water nine months ago? I whipped up a little goodie basket for one sweet little girl with lots of little lovelies in it - Smushies, blankets, burpies, bibs, and a sweet summer dress.

Do you see the lovely bit of tulle at the hem of the dress? It's tulle netting - oodles softer than the stuff you're used to when you think of tulle. It is absolutely my new favorite addition to little dresses and I'm racking my brain trying to think of what I can add it to next.

As for this fabric, it's Alexander Henry's Luca. I had bought it with the intention of making myself a summer skirt, but as much as I need a pretty little frock, I figured that a new baby girl needed it even more so. I do feel a trip to the AH outlet coming soon, though - mama still needs a new skirt.

Five more friends who are preggers means that the sewing continues, even as I dream of picking those ripe, juicy strawberries.