Friday, May 29, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Light or dark? Both are linen/cotton blends that I've never used before in a quilt, but thought it would be good to put them to use. The dark is a flecky grey, and the light is like a natural white (not stark white). I like them both and I can't decide.
Any thoughts? opinions? advice?
On another note, I planted my first garden ever this past weekend.
This being my first house, and also my first real yard, I decided to create a whole new flower bed. I choose perennials (because I don't really want to be doing this every year), and I was told they are pretty low maintenance...perfect for the gardening novice. So I guess I'll just have to wait and see how they spread, grow and bloom. I'm pretty happy with the outcome...
Other random tidbits:
- I got an email from Elizabeth at Ambiance in the Netherlands, and she's creating something really neat...a quilt for her soon-to-be niece/nephew with fabric from all over the world. I sent her some pieces today...if you want to help her out, check out her blog (it's in dutch I think...lol) and email her. She's got fabric bits from around the globe...what a unique and special gift.
- I also signed up for Swaptree. It's a site where you can swap games, music, movies and books with others. I listed a few of my crafty/cooking books that I no longer use. I've been scanning the site all day finding books I'd love. What a great way to share your gently loved items and receive some new stuff in return!
- I found out about Amy Butler Midwest Modern Contest (pdf file). Starts in June and runs through till September. Make anything using Amy's Midwest Modern collection and enter to win great prizes! I guess I better restock on some more fabric.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Posted by Kerry at 3:18 PM
So I'm at the point in many of my projects where I get frustrated.....so to distract me I pulled open my Nest jelly roll and just started sewing. Log cabin style, nothing too fancy...but I just love this green!
So I have no real idea what kind of direction I'm going in. I'll let the fabric inspire me.
But that can be disastrous at times. For example, I decided to do something similar to my Wonderland layer cake...no real plan, no pattern, just sewing...and now piles of squares sit in the corner of my sewing room. No inspiration here...I think I need some creative juices...anyone have some they want to share???
Posted by Kerry at 12:10 AM
So I rummaged through my stash looking for fabrics for Dana's quilt-a-long and surprise...i found blue and green (I guess they have become my go-to-colours). Lots of Amy Butler, some Erin McMorris, and a dab of Alexander Henry and 3 Sisters. I really am trying my hardest not to purchase new fabric, but this quilt-a-long really has me tempted....
Posted by Kerry at 12:00 AM
Friday, May 15, 2009
Just threw this one in there...My sister gave this frame as a gift to me and my husband...and I finally put a photo in and found the perfect spot...atop my new dresser.
Something I have been wanting to create for a long time, and I finally found a great tutorial for it (the link is a .pdf file). It's a thread catcher attached to a weighted pin cushion and a hanging pocket organizer. How cool eh. Handing to have it all beside me while I'm sewing. I used Erin McMorris' Park Slope for all the fabric and I love the fun bright feel to it. After making this I've decided I should take some time and effort into creating a pretty space for myself. Next up...ironing board cover (mines looking pretty shady right now).
Another completed project (FINALLY!) is my Bananafana bag. I started this 1 year ago...it was supposed to be my spring bag last year...so I'll finally get to use it this year. Loving the Amy Butler Nigella fabric.
And the grommet detail is fun, however, they are scary to work with sometimes. It's a little unnerving to cut a hole in a piece that you just completed...but it all worked out.
SEWN website launch...I'm definitely thinking handmade...
Also coming up is the May Giveaway Day organized by Sew Mama Sew. Check it out here. I don't think I'll be hosting a giveaway for that particular one, considering I've already got one in the works for June 1st. But I will be partaking in the fun!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Just a simple tote with a pieced stripe going across the bottom to each side.
The straps are thread through grommets that I thought added a little different detail.
I love the lining. I think every purse or bag should be lined with fun, lively fabrics. It's like it's a hidden secret for you alone to enjoy, that others can only glimpse at.