Category Archives: Sewing

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:

• 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

• 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.

Power Outage? Sew What!

I had an entire afternoon off from the day job, so I planned to spend it working on a new project.  No deadlines, not doing housework, no have to do because…; just for the fun of it.

We were in the midst of our first blizzard of the season.  A cozy afternoon with a pot of tea and in my favorite space of the house would be heaven on earth.

But when I came home, the power was out.

Sew what!  Light the lamps and the woodstove, and all is well!

Power Outage

It was out for twelve hours!

April OMG 2017 Update

My goal for April was to make eco-friendly shopping bags.

I thought it would be fun to incorporate some orphan blocks into the project.

Shopping Bags

I used scrap denim and some quilting blocks for the above shopping bags.  I wish I would have thought to take the time to quilt the blocks, but I like the bags anyway. 

Shopping Bag

I may have to give this bag to someone with a small child.  At least I remembered to add some quilting to the bag.  Ha, ha!

Shopping Bag

The last bag features a hand-painted orphan block.  It was a fun little sample to learn some fabric painting techniques, and I am happy to have found a way to use the block!

These bags are durable, can be washed, and used over and over.  They are eco-friendly and more fun to use than plastic grocery sacks!

I am linking up with OMG at Elm Street Quilts and Patchwork Times.


As I was digging around the sewing studio looking for orphan blocks to use in making shopping bags, I found two 4.5″ Lemoyne Stars that I had hand stitched many moons ago.

I made two muslin pouches and filled them with crushed walnut shells.

Inklingo LeMoyne Star Pincushion

Then I put those pouches inside the Lemoyne Star pouches that I had sewn.

They sure make cute little pincushions!

Inklingo LeMoyne Star Pincushion

And they aren’t orphans anymore!

I made my Lemoyne Stars from the free Diamond/Triangle/Square Collection from Inklingo.  Try it!

Siggy Doll Dresses

Remember the Siggy dolls from this post?

Now that my QAL Bear Paw distraction is done (Quilting doesn’t count…ha,ha!), I have gotten around to sewing dresses for the dolls.

Siggy Doll

My granddaughters will receive these dolls for their birthdays.

Siggy Doll

The dolls took me out of my comfort zone, but I think my girls are worth it!