Tag Archive | sewing

One Less UFO Floating Around

Now that I have my sewing machine set up, I can complete some of my UFO’s. I finished the shell of this bag about 6 months ago. I finally had the time to line it today. I’m going to pat myself on the back for this one. I’m quite fond of it!

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I’m on a roll. Time to get back at it!

Getting My Sewjo Back

Today felt so good!

After I dropped my Sweet Pea off at school, it was time to dive head first into my fabric stash. It was a little overwhelming to be honest. I had a project in mind, but I wasn’t quite sure where to start.

I decided to start with some silk screening. I hadn’t screen printed anything since I was in school, so needless to say, I was a little rusty. So much so that I put the stencil inside the screen rather than underneath it. Round one was a miserable fail obviously. Then it all started come back to me. Round two was perfect! I will share my work someday soon. It’s a gift for somebody. I don’t know if they read my blog, but I do know that they will see my blog post on Facebook.

I had started another bag from a pair of jeans. I have put that one on hold because I’m not quite sure how I want to close it. Button, magnetic closure or just have it flap over. Decisions, decisions…

Then I decided I needed to have some fun. I dove into my stash and brought out some purple fabric. I believe this is going to be a tote bag. That is the initial intention, but it may change if the fabric asks to be something else. Whatever I end up doing, I already know I’m going to have a hard time parting with it because it’s purple!

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The making of a bag?

Tomorrow is a busy day. I’m doing my cleaning job and then I’m off to my spinning meeting. I’m so excited about that! I probably won’t get any sewing done, but such is life. I know I’ll be crocheting!

Butter your own damn crackers!

Those are words that are forever etched in my mind and in my heart.

My Granny Girl turned me into a pea soup addict. I know a lot of people are repulsed by the stuff and I probably would have been too if it wasn’t for Granny Girl feeding it to me. Even when I got older and moved away, I still did my best to make time to go visit her for a Pea Soup Date. But when I got older, she stopped buttering my crackers. I teased her about it and her response was “Butter your own damn crackers!” She always told it as it was.

Being the suck that I was, Granny Girl caved in. This is what I walked in to one day, along with the sweet sentiment “Quit yer bitching!”

When I reviewed my pictures later on, I thought it was pretty silly to take a picture of a plate of buttered crackers. But now I’m so glad that I did.

She passed away two years ago today at the age of 87.

How does this tie in with my blog about fibre arts you ask?

She was the one who started it all. She taught me the basics of knitting. The basics of sewing. The basics of quilting. She was the one who started the fire.

I actually had an epiphany at her funeral. They had set up an area beside her casket with some of the quilts she had made, socks and mittens she had knit. It occurred to me that, while she had left her physical body, part of her energy still remains with us. Something that we can physically touch. She helped me to realize just how important and how unique every piece that I knit, crochet, spin or whatever is. Every hat, every skein of yarn I make contains my energy. And it will always be there, long after I have left this earth myself.

Well, that just fueled the fire even more. Until then, I didn’t realize just how important the work I do is. Especially for my son and any other children I may have and their children’s children and their children’s children…

When I wrap the quilt around me that she made me, I can feel the love radiating from it. She may not be here anymore, but I love the fact that I can still get a hug from her any time I need it. I feel like I’m honouring her with every project I do. I want to leave a legacy like that to my loved ones too.

Textile Manipulation – Week One

This week our project was to make a small quilt. There were also samples done too, but I’ve been too busy to think about taking pictures of them (I will if I remember at some point). One of the techniques I have fallen in love with is the “Corded Log Cabin” patch. That was one of those samples that I forgot to take a picture of, but you will see it in my next post about the second week of textile manipulation.

So when I was looking for a small quilt to do, nothing really jumped out at me. I eventually found one that I liked, but it was far too big to do in such a short time. That’s where I had to bust out the pencil crayons and graph paper and alter it to my liking. The thing that really appealed to me about this quilt was the illusion of the patches being intertwined. I love the look of Celtic knots and things woven and twisted, so of course this quilt spoke to me. So the construction process begins…


The pattern I have drawn out. It’s colour coded to know how many pieces of each colour I need to cut out


The selected fabrics (If I do this patch again, I would probably change the lavender to a brighter colour. I’d also like to see what it looks like on a darker background)


The finished patch

I still have to bind and quilt it. That will happen eventually. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Once again, as painful as planning can be, it sure was worth it!

Moon Over the Barn Vest

So here is the finished vest and another before picture. I doubt Mom will actually end up wearing it because it is rather heavy. I can’t say that I blame her… It certainly wouldn’t be very nice to wash. I may end up snagging it from her! Hehehe I will probably make a wall hanging for her. I did get the desired result though… Both her and Dad got a kick out of it. That’s all I really wanted with this piece (aside from completing a required project) 🙂


Vest lining


Vest back


Front


Opened up


See Granny Girl! The moon IS over the barn! 😉

I had a lot of fun making this vest. I put a lot of planning into it and Laura helped me A LOT to make sure that it happened. I am so thankful to her! This has been one of the first times EVER that I have had a project turn out EXACTLY how I had it imagined. Planning seems to be really key here (as I also found out this past week as well). It may not be the most fun step, but it ends up making the part where you don’t have to rip things out because you had planned it well possible!

Applied Design

Well, I’m really behind with my posting. School has been INTENSE. I have lots of posts to catch up on, so I’m going to be staggering them.

So we’ll go back to Applied Design. That was a VERY intense week. I hardly had enough time to sleep, let alone post! I put in 3 twelve hour days PLUS countless hours at home. I got to the point where I just gave up… It was okay though because I still aced it 🙂

So after all this hard work, I forgot to take pictures of the final project! It’s all good though… It was a vest for Mom. I’ll be able to get pictures down the road. I do have pictures of the reverse applique in progress. I think it’s so cool.

So here’s the picture that the vest is based on:

This is the barn on Mom’s family homestead


Here is the fabric for the barn


Here is the beginning of the reverse applique patch. So far I’ve gone over the outline with free motion stitching and I’ve started to remove the sections for the reverse applique

And the final result…

I have to say that I’ve totally fallen in love with reverse applique! I will take pictures of the finished vest next time I’m up at Mom’s 🙂

Applied Design, Life Lessons and Some Good Reading

This week was our most intense week yet. I don’t think anyone in the class got all of the assignments completed. Not only was it a lesson in textiles, but it was a life lesson too. Sometimes there is just NO WAY you can get everything done in the time frame you have been given. I not only worked hard everyday at my assignments, but I also put in an extra 13 1/2 hours of studio time at school (which consisted of 3 twelve hour days in a row) and some time at home as well. I put EVERYTHING I had into it. It got to the point where I was prepared to say that I wasn’t able to complete the side assignments and just take the zero. Fortunately, we are able to hand in our assignments up until 9 am Monday morning, but we automatically lose 20%. I guess that’s better than a zero.

If I can look myself in the mirror and know that I have done EVERYTHING in my power to complete what I am required to do, that’s the most important thing to me. Mom has always told me “All you can do is do your best.” I did and I’m satisfied with that.

Needless to say, I’m not even looking at my sewing machine today. I am spending some much needed, well deserved quality time with my baby boy. Then we’re headed up to my parents’ place for dinner.

As for my assignment, I still have to finish it. I want to post pictures, but it’s a gift for Mom. Now that she has become a bit more tech savvy, she may stumble upon my post and the surprise will be ruined. So once I hand it in and then give it to her, I will post the pictures. I have to say that the way it is turning out, I’m rather impressed 🙂

In my “spare time”, I have continued to work on the sock order I have. I got Normy to try the one on that I completed and it fits perfectly. So it will fit the man that these are intended for too. Yay! Normy said that they felt really nice on (I think there was a bit of a hint included in statement).

I’ve also been doing some reading when I can too. I actually have two books on the go… One for weaving and one for spinning. I’m so excited about them both that I just can’t get enough of it! I’m reading Teach Yourself Visually: Handspinning by Judith MacKenzie McCuin (ironically, the other book I purchased about spinning was written by her as well… I noticed this after the fact!). The other book is Learning to Weave with Debbie Redding. It’s an older book, but OMG, the info in here is amazing! Well, she had me gripped from the preface. The illustrations are wonderful and the way she presents it, she repeats the important parts in different ways to ensure that you understand. I feel confident and excited about warping my loom! (I’m going to wait to do that though because I would just lose my mind knowing that I have a warped loom waiting for me and not having any time to do anything with it!).

On another note, I am very proud of myself that I was able to come out of Marty’s with only having spent $20. I usually spend at least $100! So yay me lol