Category Archives: Sewing

Fabric Boxes and the Garden (Done for the Winter)

I wanted something to do just for the fun of it.  Something easy; something that doesn’t require a lot of concentration.

So I made these.

Fabric Boxes

The cute little boxes will make nice gifts, once I decide what to fill them with.

Fabric Boxes

I was going to share some wonderful photos of the last of my blooming garden flowers…purple asters.

But there was some shenanigans going on, and I never got to take those photos.

Deer

Deer and Turkeys

Deer and Turkeys

One day I have blossoms, and the next day, they are somebody’s salad.

Deer

Sheesh!

Nevertheless, I can share a photo of some fabulous fall color.

Garden Fall Color

And a close-up…just because it is so pretty.

Garden Fall Color

Fabric Trays and Kallie

Hubby and I adopted a 2 year old rescue cat named Kallie.  

Kallie

She is a super sweet and playful kitty.  She loves her toys, and she is getting quite a collection.

I decided to corral those toys into a simple little fabric tray.  The tray is small; Kallie can easily get the toy that she wants.

Fabric Tray

And no, she doesn’t put her toys away.  That’s what her owner is for.

The fabric trays are very easy and quick to make, so I made one for my toys, too.

Fabric Tray

If you would like to make fabric trays for yourself, or perhaps a gift for someone (fill it with dark chocolate and I’ll gladly take it off your hands), click here.  The link takes you to my Pinterest where I have pinned a few tutorial variations.

Fabric Tray

You can easily change the size to fit what you want a tray for. 

Peg (Clothespin) Bag

She was the only doctor’s wife in Branford, Maine, who hung her wash on an outdoor clothesline instead of putting it through a dryer, because she liked to look out the window and see the clothes blowing in the wind. She had been especially delighted, one day, when one sleeve of the top of her husband’s pajamas, prodded by the stiff breeze off the bay, reached over and grabbed her nightgown around the waist.
– Lois Lowry

 

Yay!

I have managed to squeeze in one more completion before the end of April!

One of my goals for April, was to work on a peg (aka clothespin) bag.  I did work on it.

And I also finished it!

Clothesline Peg Bag

Clothesline Peg Bag

 

Postcard Exchange Blog Hop

Elm Street Quilts offered to host a postcard exchange and I signed up to exchange with someone.

Here is a photo of the postcard that I made, and sent, for the exchange:

Postcard Exchange 2018

I wrote about the postcard exchange, my recipient’s word for inspiration (plunge), and my fabric postcard which was mailed to Texas.  You can find that post here.

My word for my postcard exchange partner was ‘garden’.  It isn’t very original, and definitely wide open to interpretation.

When I received my postcard, I was thrilled.  I am so ready for color and this postcard provides color and cheer!

Postcard Exchange 2018

Thank you so much to Christina from Iowa!  I couldn’t be happier and this card is now on display in my happy place…the sewing studio!

Postcard Exchange 2018

If you would like to see more fabric postcards from participants of the exchange, then click on the following links:

Denise @ DottieDoodle
Isis @ Creation d’Isis
Karen @ Run Sew Fun
Lynette @ What A Hoot Quilts
Laura @ LC’s Cottage
Lisa @ Sunlight in Winter Quilts
Marsha @ Quilter in Motion
Michelle @ Creative Blonde
Paige @ Quilted Blooms
Patty @ Elm Street Quilts
Sandra @ mmm! quilts
Susan @ California Fiber and Music
Valerie @ Val’s Quilting Studio

There are lots of fabric postcard tutorials online. Here’s a couple to get you started:

NeedledMom
The Spruce

If you are on Pinterest, then simply search ‘fabric postcard tutorials’…lots comes up!  

Creating fabric postcards can be addictive!  Have fun!

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for a postcard parade!  Check us out!

Postcard Exchange Feb./March 2018

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” -Alan Watts…The Wisdom of Insecurity

 

“Be not the slave of your own past – plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Elm Street Quilts offered to host a postcard exchange and I signed up to exchange with someone.

I enjoy making fabric postcards, but the last time that I made one was in 2012.  You can see that postcard here.

For this exchange, we were supposed to choose one word for the maker to use as inspiration.

My recipient chose the word ‘plunge’.  Here is what I learned about the meaning of plunge:

Plunge
• to thrust into water or other fluid substance
• immerse in a fluid
• to drive into flesh, mire or earth
• to thrust or drive into any state in which the thing is considered as enveloped or surrounded, enclosed, overwhelmed (difficulties, distress, war)
• baptize by immersion
• to pitch
• to fall

Immersion
• the act of putting into a fluid below the surface; plunge till covered
• the state of sinking into a fluid; being considered overwhelmed or deeply engaged
• the act of entering into the light of the sun, as a star, so as to be enveloped and invisible to the eye
• the state of being enveloped
• the entrance of the moon into the shadow of the earth, at the commencement of an eclipse; the state of being enveloped in the shadow

Some ideas that I considered (Very briefly on a couple of these!):

• toilet plunger
• plunging neckline
• dagger plunged into a chest
• cocoon
• eclipse

I wanted to depict something positive, something that indicated a leap of faith; some risk taking.

So I am showing a person joyfully plunging from a cliff into a sea. 

Postcard Exchange 2018

I am not showing the back of the postcard because I have written the recipient’s name and address on it.

I have also written a quote for her:

Plunge boldly into the thick of life. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I hope she likes it!

Postcard Exchange 2018

To see more photos from the exchange, check out the Instagram tag #esqpostcardswap.  I am not on Instagram, but I know that many of you are.  Enjoy!

Laundry Day Tee

I had a nice block of time on Sunday, so I finished my first Laundry Day Tee!

Laundry Day Tee

The pattern is actually quite easy to work with, and I am happy with the fit.

I was worried about sewing with a slinky fabric, but I pinned well and had no problems with it.

I don’t have a serger, so I need to work on a tidy finish for my seams.  I also need improvement with my neck facing.  The hems were sewn with a twin needle…easy and fun!

Laundry Day Tee

Bowl Cozy

Need a quick gift for Christmas, or any gift giving occasion? 

These bowl cozies are easy to make and useful, too!

Bowl Cozy

I am giving these to a few people that are special to me.

Bowl Cozy

I will be making more in the near future!

There are a lot of bowl cozy tutorials to be found online.  I used Beth Huntington’s tutorial at eHow.