Sew Together bag- a win!

In my last post, I was rather down about sewing. But today I report a win that I am very happy about.

I got the iconic Sew Together pattern from Sew Demented. I feel really comfortable making zippered pouches, so I wanted to give this a shot.

Although there were some parts that took some thinking, this must be a wonderfully written pattern because I was able to follow it quite easily with very few mistakes.

It also served as a great skill builder for different sewing techniques. It didn’t take nearly as long as I thought it would- I imagine if I did it all in one go a second time around, I could do it in less than 2 hours.

I used essex linen on the exterior, cotton and steel for the binding, and thoroughbred on the interior, and more cotton and steel on the pocket linings. I love love love it. I am probably going to have to make another. 🙂

Sewing Goals for 2015

I am not a big new year’s resolution person. Instead I choose topics to think about, work towards, or meditate on, but this year I do have some measurable goals for my sewing practice.

  1. Hand quilt something. Maybe something very small- a mug rug, a pin cushion. But hand quilt something.
  2. Quilt my Portland quilt. (uh, apparently I never even posted about that…but )
  3. Quilt my Botanics offset cross quilt.
  4. Take a long-arm certification class at Prairie Quilt to see if I like long-arm quilting.
  5. Learn how to use rivets in bag making.
  6. Make a sewing machine cubby.
  7. Show work in a quilt show. This is cheating because I know I’m showing something on the second weekend of January. I’m terrified; more about that later.
  8. Get more involved in my local quilt guild. Also cheating, because I was just elected to the board of my local quilt guild, haha.

I have some other goals that I want to define more and that are more personal to me. There are some items I want to design myself, which I’m sure will take some painful trial and error, but such is learning and growing.

2015 has been a blast. Can’t wait for 2016!

Sweet sewing gift

The awesome boyfriend got me an awesome Christmas gift- a sewing station! I have complained multiple times to him that I can’t get organized with my fabric, so he got me a cubby with bins, as well as hooks and a sewing light. Awesome job, boyfriend! I can’t wait to fill it up and get more fabric. 😉

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Holiday sewing- the saga continues

I finished all 16 commissioned Roam zippered pouches!

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I’m feeling pretty confident in my zipper pouch skills right now, haha.

But as I finished the home stretch, I had two sewing injuries. I sliced my thumb on a straight pin and got my finger caught up in the needle mechanism. It huuuuurt. And it still hurts.

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I started a new job in May, and one of my coworkers has been super helpful and kind to me since I started, so I made her a pillow:

This picture can also be labeled, “straight talk- what my sewing table really looks like right now.”

I have one big project to finish before Christmas, but I am well on my way with it. Can’t share that one til after Christmas. 🙂

Ho ho ho!

Pattern testing- Venice!

I had the privilege to test another paper piecing pattern from Esther at iPatchandQuilt- Venice!

I’ve never been to Venice, but I love that her inspiration was historical architectural elements.

Since as I have been posting about all week, I’ve been bitten by the holiday bug, I wanted to use traditional holiday colors- red and green! And since the pattern lent itself to being interpreted as a wreath, I went with that.

This is a great pattern, easy to follow, no tiny pieces, and comes together pretty quickly. And it comes in a wide variety of sizes, which I love. I also love the monochromatic versions some of the testers did.

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Holiday sewing- hexies!

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I’ve tried to teach myself how to English paper piece a few times in the past couple of years, to no avail. Since I find myself spending quite a bit of time away from my sewing machine these days, I had renewed motivation to try. I found this tutorial that finally helped the pieces snap into place for me:

And I got busy! I have a few Christmas fabrics that I’d wanted to make wall hangings out of, so I have been fussy-cutting and hexieing them up! 🙂

I’ve been on the lookout for modern hexie projects. I am excited to have this new technique available to me now!