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Sewing 102

I took another sewing class a couple of weeks ago at Fabric Bliss, and we made this cute organizer:

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Mine is a bit wonky, but I’ll just say that it adds charm. Charm is good, right?

I’m taking an intro to quilting class at Fabric Bliss soon, and I’m so excited!

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I found this absolutely gorgeous print at Fabric Bliss.

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At ten bucks a yard it’s one of the more expensive cuts I’ve ever splurged on. But GOD. LOOK AT IT. I want to make all the things with it.

(If you want some of your own, and I know you do, it’s Riley Blake Designs C2781)

Project List

I know that in order to keep the creative juices flowing, I’m going to have to make a list of projects to complete. So, in no particular order, this is my current project list:

1) iPhone case. I don’t put a case around my phone, but I really should probably protect it when it’s floating around the great crevasse known as my diaper bag.

2) Speaking of diaper bags, I’d really like to make a new one for myself. I bought my current bag and it’s nice, but I think I can make something better.

3) Apron! I love wearing aprons while cooking. My mother in law made me an apron for Christmas, but it would be nice to have a backup.

4) Christmas is coming, and this year I’d like to make the vast majority of my gifts. Not sure what I’ll be doing for everyone, but I’ll try and get a final list together by my birthday so that I have enough time to make everything.

5) Not sewing related, but I really want to get the playroom/office/craft room decorated. I have all of these old pieces of sheet music that were my Oma’s, and I want to get them framed and hung above my desk. I’d also like to get a color wheel print to frame.

6) Throw pillows for the living room. We have nondescript beige couches and zero pops of color in there. I’d like to make a couple of throw pillow to liven things up.

7) Crib sheets. I bought a king size flat sheet before Charlotte was born with the intention of making crib sheets. Charlotte is now 8 months old. Whoops.

8) I’m not 100% sure about getting into the world of making garments at this point, but it sure would be nice to FIT into my clothes. I’m very tall and finding clothes off the rack is pretty much impossible. But maybe once I get a little more confidence in my sewing abilities I can try my hand at some simple patterns. Perhaps a skirt or pants? Or a cute vintage looking dress?

9) Fabric bunting. I love bunting, and I want to make two different types. One will have each of the 52 yards of fabric from Charlotte’s first year photo project. The second will be a decoration for Charlotte’s first birthday party, and will say happy birthday on the flags.

10) Splash mat. Charlotte is a great eater, but the floor around her highchair is a disaster after every meal. I’d like to make something to go underneath that I can just wipe off into the sink when she’s done.

Still Here!

I haven’t fallen off the edge of the world…. just been busy. We took a trip out to Nashville for a friends wedding and things are finally starting to calm down.

I took the opportunity yesterday to stop by Denver Fabrics and picked up a couple things. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a concrete plan and so most of the stuff I bought is useless for now. I guess it’ll be added to my stash and used in the future.

I made an apron! Unfortunately my assistant isn’t very good at displaying things.

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Good thing she’s so darn cute. I’ll be making another apron to go with this one and then they’ll be sent off to Nashville so the newlyweds can make delicious food together. Or something.

Fabric bunting

Yet another project where I got so excited to finish that I didn’t take a whole lot of pictures. Oh well.

I’ve always loved the look of fabric bunting, and seeing as how I have a LOT of fabric to use up, I decided to make one. First I cut out triangles of fabric.

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Then turned then right sides in….

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And sewed up the free edge

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Turned them right side out, and ironed

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Then I made a really long strip of 3 inch wide fabric and folded both sides into the middle and ironed. I pinned the flags in between the strip of fabric leaving one inch between each flag. Then I sewed all the way up the strip and….. voila!

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Sorry for the badly lit photograph. Isn’t it cute? Yay for bunting!

The Main Inspiration

One the biggest (okay, the ONLY) reason I really want to learn how to sew is my daughter. I want to create things for her that are timeless and beautiful, and that she will look at and remember that her Momma made that for her. I’ve been taking weekly photographs of my daughter in a white onesie against a different fabric background. Needless to say, I have amassed quite the collection of fabrics.

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My goodness, the cuteness.

Anyways.

At the end of this project on Charlotte’s first birthday, I will have 52 yards of fabric. Averaging at about $6.99 per yard (some more, some less) this has been a bit….. expensive. BUT. I have many plans for these fabrics! The first of which is a quilt to hang in my darling girls bedroom. At any rate, want to see the fabrics?

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I have 44 yards of fabric currently, so I need to buy 8 more to finish out the year. At the beginning, I wasn’t sure of how to style these photographs. I bought fabrics that had cutesy dogs and monkeys that I don’t necessarily like now. Unfortunately, there’s no way to change that, so I just have to work with what I have. The pressure is on for those last 8 yards. Especially the 52 week fabric. I’m going to have to find the most beautiful and stunning yard for my darling girl’s first birthday!

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Another issue that I’m wrestling with is how to make all of these fabrics into a cohesive and beautiful quilt. The colors and patterns are extremely varied, and I’m afraid it will look like a jumbled mess.

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Any ideas how to make this quilt work?

Workspace Revisited

After letting my sewing table cure overnight, I wrangled my husband into helping me get it in the craft room. The craft room which is also my office and Charlotte’s playroom.

We decided to move the piano and put the sewing table in the northeast corner instead. Here it is in all of its humble glory:

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You’ll also notice – my BRAND NEW sewing machine! Steve knew I was aching for a hobby and agreed that I should get a new sewing machine. The one I was using was finicky and I could never really get it to work properly. So after my sewing class at Fabric Bliss, I hopped on Amazon and got this machine from Brother. It’s the Brother CS6000i Sew Advance. I used it for my first project and LOVE it.

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I still have some work to do in order to make this room my dream space, but it’s definitely coming along. Next up, getting my Oma’s old sheet music framed and hung over my desk!

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