Thursday, August 27, 2015

newest member of my sewing collection

it came in it's own little travel / storage case

I guess it would be a collection when you have more than just a few machines. I may have to count them soon.
This week I acquired this one .......

A Singer 301A machine ... one of the first to have the slant foot I believe. Sew far it runs nice but
I want to clean it up as well as grease the insides before giving it too much of a work out.

I did some updates with my computer and I am having trouble loading photos sew it might be a bit before I get a bunch to share. There is always something to work our brains and retrain them it
in stitches

Saturday, August 22, 2015

some stitching for me ....

cat tails and grasses
my try at an arrangement 

Well sort of ..... I did get those tote bags made for my daughter and her kindergarten class. I made 21 one for the teacher and 20 for the kids. This worked up 10.5 m of fabric. I used fat quarters ( 18 x 20 inch) to make them up. I had a few given to me by a good friend who thought this was a great way to use up those ones that had no purpose just yet. There was very little wasted off each fat quarter sew this was a great little project.
all boxed up

Then there was a little mending and   a little label ... here is a peek
the little guy on the top of the label
now it is time to work on class samples as well as make a few Christmas stockings .... some are gifts and some will be samples for the class in November.
I will be teaching a few classes this fall with the first one on the 15 of September. It will be an Attic Window class but with a twist. I am sure the students will like how it goes together.

The next class will be a Free Motion Quilting class. We will be learning the basics and working on sample  quilt sandwiches.
This will be followed by the stocking class and then a couple classes with  a appliqued wall hanging
and another quick wall hanging.

I have also been asked to be a part of a blog hop for Halloween ...... that should be a haunting good time.
Sew that's all for now ...... I have missed being in stitches  and sharing with you all.....
enjoy what's left of your weekend
some shy posies
 from my garden
in stitches

Sunday, August 16, 2015

netting done now what??

Well I'm stitching again....... not all for me but that's okay.
I have been working on some netting for a friend. I had to move up stairs to sew as it was sooo big and I really needed the extra room. That's done just to be picked up.
Now I am working on some little totes for my daughter the teacher..... for the kids in the class room. I am using the green bag lady's pattern   Green Bag Lady Bag Pattern   to make them up and using fat quarters to use up some of my stash. Just getting started so a picture will follow soon. I am also getting things ready to teach a few classes this fall.
Hope you all had a great weekend and
in stitches

Monday, August 10, 2015

home again

and back to work.......
I am hoping to get back to my sewing again and when I do I will be sure to share with you.
It has been a busy few weeks here with a family reunion and lots of company and of course back to work as others take some time off too.
So stay in stitches and I will stay in touch
In stitches

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Mail....... post card swap

Good things are worth the wait
Our post cards must have been around the last to be received on both ends. But received and enjoyed they are.
I exchanged with Tina Marie and she made me this lovely post card with cross stitching and embroidery as well as some beading in the sea weed. I think she did a fantastic job on the post card.
and a little extra on the back
My post card was done with a product called  inkodye
    it is a sun sensitive dye and works like the blueprinting a did a few years ago. You can get it in a number of different colors and works like a charm.
  I did a little accent stitching and some applique. Tina Marie is very sweet and calls it a work of art. Thank you Tina Marie. I just love to play with fabric and paints too.

I did get some other sewing done in the last little bit .
I finished this quilt and just have the binding to close off on this one.

 Next will be working on the family reunion quilt for this years gathering I want to do another signature quilt so the major sewing will be done after the reunion so no worries about not having all the blocks built ahead of time. I did make a couple little bags that we Janel will fill with books for a kids item at the family reunion auction. 2 fat quarters make the bag ... quick and easy using the green bag lady's pattern.
We have been getting to the lake and doing a little fishing and relaxing.
So I may not post for a week or two again but I will try an d get some sewing in when i can .... even at the lake.... that's where I have been binding the quilts.
take care
in stitches

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

working on the attic

I have been working on an attic window quilt. I am making it a bit larger than a baby quilt but I have run into a standstill and have to pick up a bit more of one of the fabrics to get it to the size I want.
Here is what it is looking like sew far
on the design wall with the border strips 
I am liking it sew far and think the blues / teal will show up nice when the borders are on all around.
That's all for now 
have a great week
in stitches

Saturday, June 20, 2015

a few stitches in time ..... or at least the last couple of weeks

Sew I have not posted much in the last couple of weeks but here is what I have been up to.
Some stitching for  a little girls birthday ..... for her dollie
the little dress from before with a hat and a tote.
accessories are important for a little girl's dollie

a little something for the beach
(beach towel and tote are made from a washcloth)

Both of these patterns the dress and the bathing suit I found on Craftsy. 
I then made another little item for the beach .......
Flip flops of course
one set glued and on set stitched.
I will wait to see how the test out for play.
and then refine them.
I then thought I would try a pillow case type dress for both the little girl and her dollie

After this stitching I then got busy with the quilt for our family reunion
it was a beautiful day sew I did my FMQ outside

quilting finished that day
and the binding by the end of the week
All ready to cuddle with 
Then I was getting busy with the post card swap that Sheila had organized  for the summer/beach / sun theme. I played with some sun sensitive dye ....more on that in a later post

just a hint of the postcard until it arrives
And lastly for a weeding shower this weekend I made this table runner and a couple of pot holders with the extra blocks
Well that's what the last couple of weeks were like in my sewing world. Next on my list of to do will be a couple of baby quilts and getting another signature quilt ready for this years family reunion.

I sew enjoy getting time with my machine and creating. Big or small I love to try it all. 
Thanks for stopping by and spending a little time with me. I hope you all have a great weekend. Ours looks a little wet right now , but that's okay we need some rain to get the crops growing.
In stitches