Thursday, July 30, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
First up was this dress that I made for Lilah. I love this pattern (yes, I'm still so new to sewing I had to use one! haha!) because it finishes off the dress so nicely! The bias tape, the large hem on the bottom, etc.
Then I spent some time cutting fabric for my next quilt. Well, since I actually have 3 going at once right now I guess that's not very specific....It's a squares-within-squares quilt that I saw, and modified to be jelly roll/charm pack friendly. I'm making it as a thank-you for my midwife, so I only have three weeks to get it finished! Luckily, all my print cuts are made, and now I only have to cut the white fabric!
Friday, July 24, 2009
I also noticed today that she posted she'll be putting some new ones together, so check them out!
I noticed that someone posted in the comments that you can get this recipe through Gourmet.com's cookbook club, so I was able to get it that way. But seriously bought the book after eating it. It's that good!
Monday, July 20, 2009
I spent some time cutting squares this weekend. Not many, but certainly enough to get me started!
And today, I was able to get a few put together! We're only supposed to do one a day, but I'm certain there will be days I won't get to sew at all, so this way, hopefully I won't fall behind!
I'm using Arcaida by Moda. I love this line! I'm excited to see how this comes together!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
At 3 weeks old, she had decided she wanted to be awake, look around, see the world. And I loved every minute of it! But with Noah it also kept me very occupied. But, that also meant that Thursday evening she slept...a LOT! So, with Derrick spending time with Noah, and Lilah sleeping the night away, I was actually able to sit down at the sewing machine!
I worked on her onesie, mostly because I had decided that if I didn't finish it soon, at the rate she's eating there's no way she'd fit into it. But as I worked on it more, I also started to wonder whether I'd be able to get it on her as it was! (fyi...I had decided the neckhole was too small, but was going to take care of that with snaps either on one of the straps or behind the neck).
Ultimately, I decided to scrap it. I just didn't make any of the holes quite large enough, and then trying to hem them that small was a total pain. And it's not like it's a whole loss - I will still use this fabrics as scraps for quilts! ;-)
So last night I spent time drawing out and cutting out the pieces, and today was able to finish this dress!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
No...what I realize is that it's time I'm lacking. Free time. Or make that - kid-free time!
Like today. I had a brief moment of time that Lilah was asleep and Noah was willing to play downstairs while I worked - so I took advantage. Went downstairs...moved the quilt off my work table, laid out the binding fabric, and started cutting. Um, yeah. I was able to make ONE cut. And then I heard the squeaky cries over the monitor and went up to get her!
And I don't mind. Not one bit! She's three weeks old today. I know one day soon I'll miss this time, so I try to cherish every moment I can (well...maybe not the super-fussy-crying-for-an-hour-straight time!). But I am needing some crafting time...soon!
I only recently started sewing, but I really love it. And knitting I find incredibly meditative. I will often knit before bed, or while Noah rides his trike in the driveway while we wait for dad to get home from work. I seem to be fitting more of that in. But I have so many quilts I need/want to do! A thank you gift! Baby gifts! A wedding gift!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
That is, until today. I started maching quilting yesterday. And everything was going great! I was trying to do outline quilting (1/4" on either side of the seams) and when I quilted vertically it was all fine. But then when I turned the quilt and started quilting horizontally, that's when the trouble started. The fabric would bunch up and I would actually get the fabric bunched up over one of my vertical quilting lines, and it would get stitched down that way!
I'm thinking I have two issues. The first being that perhaps I didn't pull the batting and quilt top taut enough when I basted them (it has been suggested that perhaps I should consider pin basting, which I really, really don't like the idea of...), and also I think that I really need a walking foot. I'm currently only using a 1/4" piecing foot, but I need something that will help me to keep my layers fed evenly through the foot. And so that is now on it's way....
I still have quite a few lines to finish on this one. While I wait for the new foot to arrive, I will start cutting my binding strips and finish the onesie I started for Lilah and the hat I'm knitting for Noah. Maybe I'll even finish them before it gets here!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Who knows where this will take us!