Friday, August 17, 2012

Sewing Room Makeover

My sewing room is in desperate need of some organization and some on the walls to make it feel prettier.  That coupled with the fact that I have been loosing weight and do not really want to jump into garment sewing again until I have reached a plateau, has pushed this to the front of my list of things to do.

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First up on my list is a fabric covered cork board from the Liberty Book of Home Sewing.  I plan to do a solid background with a patterned bias tape running across it.

I would also like to make the machine apron and organizer from McCalls 5871 (for carrying any hand sewing activities around).

Also, an ironing board cover - I have McCalls 6051 but I have also seen tutorials out on the web.

Lastly, I would like to install some nice thread racks.  This one matches my craft table, but I might also try the DIY method and paint some cheaper ones.

That will at least be a start and then I need to organize the storage space! I still need to decide on colors and of course it wouldn't be a makeover if I didn't show you before pictures!

 Are any of you working on any office or home decor projects right now?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Craftsy Block of the Month - June

For the month of June the Craftsy Block of the Month focused on the modern 9 patch technique.

The first block pictured is the Octagon Block.  This block really just used techniques learned in past classes.  It was a slam dunk - not much to say here.

The second block is a Greek Cross.  This block had a bit more cutting and piecing together but another straight forward technique.  Despite its simplicity I am pretty impressed with the overall outcome.  I definitely could imagine doing an entire quilt based on this block.

That is it for now.  I have some great posts to get up, but the weather has been way too hot for outdoor pictures and I am not great at taking indoor pictures.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Giveaway Winner Anounced!

The blog birthday giveaway winner is Miha!  I'll contact you shortly to get the shipping information! Thanks to everyone who participated! It was so much fun looking at every one's ideas for a birthday dress.  I can't wait to host my next giveaway - when the blog reaches 25 members.  Spread the word!

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Blog Celebration and Giveaway!

I am super excited!! My blog is celebrating its first birthday this month!  That is right - I made my first blog post back in August of last year! I can't believe how time has flown and how much my sewing has progressed!

To celebrate with all of you I am going to host a giveaway that includes one of the first completed dress projects I ever posted on this blog the Lonsdale dress from Sewaholic Patterns, and also a belt kit from A Fashionable Stitch Shop.

To win you must first be a follower of this blog and then leave a comment in the post below with what dress you would make for your own birthday party. Entries will be accepted until 12:00am PST Friday, August 10th. One entry per a person - please spread the word!  International entries are accepted.

(For my blog's birthday I will be finishing my Ice cream Sundae Obsession dress, which I feel is fitting the occasion).

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Craftsy Block of the Month - May

The Craftsy Block of the Month class featured log cabin style logs for the month of May.  It has been awhile since I put these together, but I am pleased to finally be posting about them.

The first log cabin block is called a floating frame block.  I really like the concept of this block, but I am not sure I had the best fabrics to feature its strong points.  I think this block would be best if you have a strong focal point for the center, something that really draws you inward and really ends up looking framed.  I also thinking going somewhat smaller scale on both the middle block and the different frames would be best. I wanted to do something large and chunky, but I don't think it translated as well as it could have.

The second block is a wonky log cabin block.  This block was creative, random and fun.  I could see doing a quilt with nothing but this block and every block still looking unique and fresh.  This is another block that is great for showcasing a focal point fabric, which I was able to do since I decided to start the middle of the block off with a smaller print.

I enjoyed the May blocks and I am looking forward to catching up on June, July and August!  After I get caught up there will only be one month of blocks left -  September.  The remaining months of the year will be spent piecing together and finishing off the quilt!