Thursday, August 25, 2016

Life is getting busy in the next couple of weeks.  I homeschool my children, but we are trying an online charter school.  That means that we kind of need to follow the school schedule.  I'll understand more details at a required orientation meeting next week.  And then the first day of school is September 6.  I do see that many of my friends across the country have already started sending their kids to school 2 and 3 weeks ago.  I just couldn't bring myself to do that.  August is still summer break!

This week I interviewed with JoAnn's Fabrics to be an instructor for their classes.  They were very pleased with samples of my work and pretty excited that I could cover nearly all the fiber arts - sewing, quilting, crochet, and knitting.  My background check went through pretty quickly and I'm going in tomorrow to talk to them about upcoming knitting classes they'd like me to teach.  Time to remind myself of the different cast on techniques!

I am finishing up my 6th bookcase quilt of the year and have one more on tap after this.  I have had a couple people contact me about making one, but sometimes that doesn't turn into work.

MOPS (Mothers Of PreSchoolers) begins in 2 weeks.  Thankfully, I have a great team that will keep me on track during the year.  Even so, there is a lot going on and I am going to really need to keep on top of it all.  I'm working on creating a personal and family schedule to help keep us all working on the necessary things so nothing is overlooked.

Things my be getting busy, but life is good and I am blessed!

Monday, July 18, 2016

I am going to be creating a YouTube channel and would love your help to get it going. What I need from you is input. Do you have questions about sewing or quilting? Are there frustrations you have, tips you'd like to learn, things you'd like to know in general? Or maybe you'd like share a challenge or a general comment with me. Send me a message or even comment here. Thank you!!
 ps.  I know I haven't been very active here on the blog.  I'm in the process of figuring out the best way to do work, family life, and extra activities.  But I hope to be more active here, soon!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

What happens in between...

Between October and February, this happened:
 A lady from a school in Texas also saw my first bookcase quilt and asked if I could make one for their school auction.  Since the auction is mid-February, I needed to put the T-shirt quilt on hold so I could focus on this more pressing project.  I ran into a few bumps, mostly in trying to get a photo to print on paper, but it all turned out quite well in the end.  I'm really happy with the way the quilt looks and hope it brings in a lot at the auction.

I have a few close ups to show some of the quilting.

These are photos of the back to show some of the quilting.  I was also able to use one of the printed photos that just faded beyond usability as the background for the label.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

T-shirt Bookcase Quilt

Many people have seen a quilt my sister commissioned from me a few years ago.  You can see the quilt here.  I really love the way this quilt turned out and have been wanting to make another one.  About a month ago, I was contacted by a woman wanting to know if I could make this quilt design but using T-shirts her daughter has collected through the years from special events and activities.  I told her that I thought I could.

A large box arrived on my doorstep a few weeks ago filled with T-shirts and other special clothing items.  I looked through it once, but didn't have time to really investigate the contents.  I finally have other sewing obligations out of the way (except for a crib bumper I just remember.  Hmmm....I guess I'll work on that tonight) so I can start planning this quilt.  I'm excited to watch this project come together!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

A Shift in Focus

A lot can happen in a year, especially when you wait nearly a year write any posts.  I won't go back through the whole year, but I'll just hit on a few changes that are happening for me.

After nearly two years of sewing anatomical dolls for Migima, the owner received a cease and desist letter from a lawyer representing another anatomical doll company.  Due to cost and some health issues the owner decided to just close that part of her business down.  I'll be meeting with her to return all the patterns and materials to make the dolls.  I'm sad that the job ended so abruptly and especially in that way for the owner.  I'm also disappointed that I won't be seeing the income from a large order that we were going to be working on. 

But, I'm glad to have my own sewing time back.  I am no longer plagued with guilt to work on dolls when I want to quilt or make dresses for my girls.  I'll be getting 4 shelves cleared of the doll stuff and can organize my own things onto the shelves.

And the big plus is that I've started my own Etsy store.  My store is SewItSeamsCreations where I currently carry miniature pincushions made from bottle caps and felt.  I've been able to sell several of the pincushions and I must admit that I think they're pretty darn cute!

Yesterday I made 2 penguins that sold before dinner today.  I'm hoping to make several animals and getting a good response from them.  The next goal is to make a sale to someone that I don't know at family or a friend.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

New Machine

Necchi 575 FA
I purchased a Necchi 575 FA sewing machine a couple days ago.  I saw it listed on a local group and knew I wanted it the moment I read "Necchi".  My main machine is also a Necchi, but it is in need of some repair.  Nothing that keeps me from sewing, but I would like to have it checked out.

This machine comes in a separate carrying case and has the cords and accessories that are original to the machine.  It does not look or feel like it's been used very much.  I spent tonight setting it up, cleaning and oiling the machine.  I then did some practice sewing and quilting.  The quilting worked pretty well as long as I moved my hands slowly.  (I tend to get impatient and speed right along.)  I fiddled with the tension in the bobbin and the machine and think I have it just about perfect.  Tomorrow I'll play with seams and straight stitches to find the perfect 1/4" seam.

Overall, I'm quite happy with my purchase.  For only $20 I was able to get a machine from a brand I really like in great working condition.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

New Year, New Day

A friend "kindly" pointed out to me that I had not posted anything new since November 6th.  Yikes!  I definitely can't claim to be a "blogger", but I do enjoy having a blog and dream of saying something witty that will have readers rolling on the floor.

Until that happens, I'll just do a quick recap of the end of 2012 and launch into 2013.

Then end of the year always gets crazy around here.  We have birthdays in September, October, November and January.  Add in there Christmas and New Years and all the things that go along with those holidays and we're kept pretty busy. 

It doesn't happen often, but we had picture-worthy snow Christmas Eve and Day.  It was so pretty!  Yesterday and today warmed up enough to were most of that snow has melted.  Of course, I had planned on some science activities requiring snow and icicles next week.  I wonder if we'll get any snow then?

We revved up homeschool on Monday and it's been going pretty well so far.  I've added some work for Abigail to do so that she can be part of all the fun.  Arthur keeps getting distracted by her enthusiasm over her work, but he'll eventually get used to it.

I've had a break from sewing dolls for Migima for a couple months and have been enjoying the time to sew for the family, clean or organize.  The next place I need to organize is my sewing room.  It has become the store-it-in-here-until-we-can-find-a-place-for-it-or-until-the-company-leaves-and-we-don't-need-to-hide-it-anymore room.  I can't even reach my sewing machine right now.  I'll need to do a before and after photo.  And I challenge myself to have it cleaned and organized by the end of January.  That's right, folks!  You read it here.  The sewing room will be cleaned and organized by January 31!