Monday, September 24, 2018

Sunday Stash and Stitch 9-23-18

Clothing alterations still going on. My granddaughter has outgrown a lot of her clothes. I had made her a My Lil Pony top and shorts. The shorts are gone but the top did not pass the arms in the air test. School does not allow bellies to show. So instead of chucking the top I added a ruffle and some lace to the bottom. While I was at it I made her leggings.


She sent me a nice voicemail saying she loved it. I couldn't ask for more!

Some sewing on charity quilts this week. Our Guild charity sew on Wednesday set a goal to finish 350 quilts by Thanksgiving. We are going strong. So far we have 232+ quilts finished and another 100 tops in kits ready to be finished.

I had a very bad time with my Janome 6600 sewing machine on Saturday and Sunday. I will have to take it in and have it checked. I think it is at least 12 years old. While sewing using the pedal it beeps and hesitates. I am going to test in today using the auto button. I really don't want to upgrade to a new machine. I have about 8 machines in the house but this is the one I use for FMQ. Will let you know what happens.

As for my sewing and stash, my math was so off I had to fix a few posts. Somewhere I started subtracting days instead of adding them in. SMH!
Simplified it a bit so my brain does not explode. LOL!

Stash Report   9/16 - 9/22  Week 38 2018
Fabric used this week: 2 yard   
Fabric Added this week: 0 yards   
Fabric Added Year to Date: 94 yards 
Net used for 2018: 47 yards   
      
GOAL for Year - 60 yards     


15 Minute Challenge:  
9/16- 9/23         7 of 7 days
2018 Total         191 of 265 days

Happy Sewing! 

Aileen in FL

Monday, September 17, 2018

Sunday Stash & Sewing 9-16-18

This week flew by. I did a lot of sewing but really don't have much to show. Most of this sewing was for the Wednesday Charity sew. I pieced together about 7-9 backs for quilts. I mended clothing, altered clothing and made some napkins for the 2020 Quilt Show Boutique.

I finally decided that I could not work in a mess and cleaned my sewing room. That took forever but I found some things I had forgotten I purchased. Some buried projects. I found places to put the fabric I will be working with for Christmas presents. Mostly flannel PJ. They sew very quickly. What takes the longest is the pockets. All the boys want patch pockets!






Yesterday I re-measured my granddaughter, She has grow quite a bit since I took her measurements 2 months ago. I didn't want to have to alter the clothes after Christmas.

Stash Report   9/9 - 9/15  Week 37 2018
Fabric used this week: 2 yard   
Fabric used to Date:     45 yards
Fabric Added this week: 20 yards   (Flannel) 
Fabric Added Year to Date: 94 yards 
Net used for 2018: 45 yards      Net in the red - 51 yards
      
GOAL for Year - 60 yards     


15 Minute Challenge:  
9/9- 9/15         7 of 7 days
2018 Total         184 of 258 days

Happy Sewing! 

Aileen in FL

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

When family finds out your sewing garments

Yesterday was a tough day. My SIL is in a group that do live action role play or LARP for short. Just as with Civil War re-enactment they have to wear period costumes.

I spent 6 1/2 hours altering a pair of LARP pants. The fabric was canvas. Every seam was surged then sewed down. 4 hours to unsew, 2 1/2 hours to resew. He is 5'11" and weighs nothing. He purchased a size large. His waist is 29! I removed 6 1/2 inches of fabric and he still had wiggle room. I told my daughter to feed him Pecan Pie if they are still to big!


This picture is before I went back in the back seam and took out another
2 inches. When I hung them up next to his jeans, I realized they were still to big.

At least they did fit and my daughter said he was parading around the house with them on for quite some time. LOL!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Stash and Stitch 9-9-18

Oops I missed a week. Lots of craziness going on. I did sew everyday but not always quilt related stuff.

I have been trying to work with Double Brush Poly. Making my daughter a dress and some leggings. The first pair of leggings, the crotch split and she couldn't figure out which side was the back! My bad, I forgot to do the back of the leggings with a longer crotch and raise the back. I redrafted the pattern. This time they were spot on! Yay!  Next I took apart a favorite old dress that got stretch to infinity and beyond while she was pregnant. She finally handed it over. Poor little dress. I was able to make a nice dress with same material as leggings. I basted the top and sleeves together then to the skirt area. The original had a tiny little sleeve. I have never drafted a sleeve before so I wanted to be sure it was not a disaster.  I did watch several videos to look at sleeve construction. My sleeve worked beautifully. I made it a 3/4 sleeve. I also made an elastic belt for her as well. I pinned it to my design wall after removing a bazillion threads.



This picture cracks me up. The dress is more a tunic length, about 2 inches above the knee. It just looks so short to me. I was thinking of the mini skirts that I wore in the 70's. They must have looked like a bandaids to our parents. Now the minis are micro minis, about half a bandaid width.

I remember giving one of my employees a rubber band in a box for Christmas. She looked at it for a long time. I said its a new skirt, I picked it out just for you. She stop wearing the very short skirts. I did give her another present but she finally got the point. We were in a booth in the mall and when she sat down the view was not appropriate.



Stash Report   9/2- 9/8 Week 36 2018
Fabric used this week: 3 yard   
Fabric used to Date:     43 yards
Fabric Added this week: 0 yards       
Fabric Added Year to Date: 74 yards 
Net used for 2018: 43 yards      Net in the red - 31 yards
      
GOAL for Year - 60 yards     


15 Minute Challenge:  
9/2- 9/8         7 of 7 days
2018 Total         177 of 251days

Happy Sewing! 

Aileen in FL

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Knits, Stitch and Stash 8-26-18

Knits--UGH

Actually it wasn't as bad as I thought. Wrangling the fabric is the pits. I made my daughter a pair of leggings. They fit her until she bent over and the stitches ripped. Ugh. Also since I drafted the pattern myself, there was a waist issue. She kept turning them around looking for the back. I had hacked off what I thought was a mistake in my draft....LOL! Live and learn. Looks like its time to vacuum again.



I have done a lot of sewing this week. I went to the Wednesday sew group and stayed for 6 hours. Started a charity quilt. I made a cutting error and tried to work around it. Nope! Got friendly with Mr. Jack.


Finished another pair of PJ shorts for my grandson. These are made of the remaining fabric from the last ones but I added side seam pockets and he asked for the patch pockets to be more toward the front then the sides. I think this pattern is his favorite. His mother was yelling at him not to wear the 2 pairs back to back as everyone will think he doesn't change his clothes. LOL! Typical teen answer...So?

Anyway this the only picture I have of him ALMOST smiling....he has the pants on backwards. LOL! I told him if he didn't send me a picture wearing them, I wouldn't make anymore. Grandma for the win!



I also fixed a t-shirt for my daughter. She has lost 65 lbs and everything is big on her. So I took it in.....a tiny bit to much. She was not amused. She is still losing weight so in a few more lost pounds it won't fit like a bologna skin! Hey I am trying to recycle, aren't I?



Stash Report   8/19- 8/25 Week 34 2018
Fabric used this week: 2 yard   
Fabric used to Date:     40 yards
Fabric Added this week: 0 yards       
Fabric Added Year to Date: 74 yards 
Net used for 2018: 40 yards      Net in the red - 34 yards
      
GOAL for Year - 60 yards     


15 Minute Challenge:  
8/19- 8/25          7 of 7 days
2018 Total          163 of 237 days

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Garment sewing + Stitch & Stash Report 8/19/18

I was thinking about why I wasn't getting more done. Then I realized that I had promised some shorts, some alterations, and a double knit dress. This was bogging me down. Which should I sew? Quilt blocks or garments. Well, I had put this off for months. I owe a diaper bag and that baby is due in 4 weeks. That's about as long as it takes me to make one. Much of that time is spent thinking what the next step is since I don't always use a pattern.

So today will be cleaning up day in the sewing room. I have 2 pairs of PJ shorts to finish. I already gave my grandson 2 pairs yesterday.



The charity sewing group I belong to sent me home with several yards of fabric that were donated. A lot of it looks to be from the 90's. Going to serge the edges and then wash it. Thinking I will cut it all up into Bricks and Strips. If it's already cut it can be my leaders and enders.



Stash Report   8/12- 8/18 Week 33 2018
Fabric used this week: 4 yard   
Fabric used to Date:     38 yards
Fabric Added this week: 0 yards         
Fabric Added Year to Date: 74 yards 
Net used for 2018: 38 yards      Net in the red -  36 yards
      
GOAL for Year - 60 yards    (Not doing good on this)


15 Minute Challenge:  
8/12- 8/18          7 of 7 days
2018 Total          156 of 230 days
Percentage of days sewn 68% (BOO) I was on vacation for a month. No sewing ;>(

Link to Stash Report August 19, 2018

Link to Stitching report August 19, 2018





Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Detoured to garments for a while

Two weeks ago I decided to teach my 5 year old granddaughter to make a simple skirt. She did very well. I have the Janome 6600 with the on/off button which made it easy for her to control the sewing. She is a Fashionista! LOL. I told her to strike a pose. LOL



She loves to play dress up, accessorize and look cute. I have not made children's clothing for years!  While in Seattle I found a few pretty things at Value Village. One was a lovely Flower girls dress. She loved it but it was to tight on the cap sleeves and barely fit around the middle. I took the cap sleeves off and use them to widen the sides. What a pain. As with many fancy clothes there were 3 layers to unpick, alter, and resew. It took forever! I forgot to take a picture before I took it apart, but this is the result.



Monday was the first day of school. I made her a circle skirt on Sunday. I waited until after school Monday to give it to her. She had already picked out her outfit and accessories so I didn't want to get her mixed up! She loved it. She sent me a video of her twirling in it.


The other garment I fixed was an odd one. I am not sure if its a nightgown or a strapless dress. It has a very long tail in the back. Mommy wanted me to add straps as my granddaughter is not always aware when it slips down a bit. LOL!



If you have not notice, she LOVES pink. Secondary colors are white and yellow. I asked her about purple. Nope! I said its grandmas favorite color. Nope! She knows what she likes. If there is pink in with the purple then it is acceptable! Too funny.

I have two more dresses to upcycle. They are 3 sizes to small but fancy lace fabric. When she got them they were to her ankles and 3 sizes to big. She is growing fast. She is a very happy girl. Always singing, dancing and making up songs.

I gave her a notepad to draw some clothing designs on. I explained that is how people who design clothing work out ideas.  She made this self portrait dressed in her favorite color. Her first design!


Her mom says there are 6 more just like it on her notepad. I better get a bigger notebook!

Happy sewing

Aileen in FL

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Bagged it and Stash Report August 12 2018

The week before leaving for Seattle I worked on a messenger/walker bag for my daughter. It took me forever because I was designing as I went along. I started with owl fabrics and a piece of blue fabric. My daughter had so many requirements but I manage to get them all into this bag.

She wanted a bag that could hang on her walker and be a messenger bag when need be. Had to have a flap that could be secured so no one could stick their hand inside zipper area. The main zipper had to open up big. Needed to have inside side pockets for her water bottles, and places for med papers, pen, tablet, headphones, power brick, mini speaker, some meds, and misc girl stuff. An outside zipper for her phone....


These pictures are on my walker. Hers is a smaller walker.



The flap has a angled zipper (she wanted this angle as decorative element) for her phone. I put a small piece of fabric that says love is love as the lining, which I signed. I used those plastic clips that are on school bags to secure the flap and also tiny ones to strap the bag to the walker for easy removal of bag. When the flap is up there is another usable pocket. The main zipper is the kind that opens in both directions.




On the outside back of the bag is a zipper in black so it is unnoticeable. She didn't see it at all. LOL. On the outside sides there are pockets for drinks and misc stuff. The rings are for the crossbody strap to turn it into a messenger bag. 


On the inside of the bag are side pockets for her water bottle and crossbody strap. A blue zipper with a deep pocket. In front of this area I added a shorter row of pockets for small items. The opposite side has deep pocket that is pleated on the bottom to give more room for her tablet and some papers.

 

I was still working on this the night before my flight. I like the way it came out and will be making one for myself. She filled it up after hugging it for a long while.  It has to weigh over 10 lbs now! I think she like it a lot!
Now I have to make one for my walker!

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Stash Report   8/05- 8/11 Week 32 2018
Fabric used this week: 2 yard   
Fabric used to Date:     34 yards
Fabric Added this week: 0 yards  
Fabric Added Year to Date: 74 yards
Net used for 2018: 29 yards      Net in the red -   40 yards
      
GOAL for Year - 60 yards    (Not doing good on this)


15 Minute Challenge:  
8/05- 8/10       4 of 7 days
2018 Total          149 of 223 days
Percentage of days sewn 67% (BOO) I was on vacation for a month. No sewing ;>(

Link to Stash Report August 12, 2018

Link to Stitching report August 12, 2018

Monday, August 6, 2018

Good to be home

Hi Everyone. It has been four weeks since I have posted anything. I went on vacation to visit my daughter in Seattle Washington. We had a marvelous time. Went up to Mt Rainier and got a good up close look at this beautiful mountain. My husband was in such awe at the beauty of nature in this area of the world, that he could not stop smiling. He did go fishing at Washington Lake a few times. He enjoyed the fishing but the breathtaking view of the mountains and forest was all he talked about. We also went to the Grove of the Patriarchs. Very ancient large trees. I could not make it down the trail with my walker but DH brought back some beautiful pictures.



I got home and came down with a virus that I have been fighting for 6 days. Not fun, fever, migraines and upset intestines. Needless to say I have done Zero in my sewing room.

Today I decided that just cleaning up my space may make me feel better, and get me back sewing. Christmas is not that far away and my goal is to make everyone handmade gifts. I have SABLE, do you??? Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy. Even so I purchased flannel fabric while in Seattle. How can you beat 99 cents and 69 cents a yard. So I bought 10 yards. 5 yards for backing and 5 yards for pajama shorts. I also got 4 yards of Tardis/Van Gosh fabric. My daughter wants a quilt from this fabric but I thought I would get enough for a backing for a lap quilt she also wants and kill two birds with one stone.

This past week I decided to teach my 5 year old granddaughter to make a simple skirt. She did very well. I have the Janome 6600 with the on/off button which made it easy for her to control the sewing. 
She is a Fashionista! LOL. I told her to strike a pose. LOL



Stash Report   6/07- 8/04 Week 26 thru Week 31- 2018
Fabric used this week: 5 yard   
Fabric used to Date:     32 yards
Fabric Added this week: 10 yards  (Sale 99 cents and 69 cents a yard for flannel!)
Fabric Added Year to Date: 74 yards
Net used for 2018: 27 yards      Net in the red -   42 yards
      
GOAL for Year - 60 yards    (Not doing good on this)



15 Minute Challenge:  
7/29- 8/04         3 of 7 days
2018 Total          145 of 216 days

Monday, July 16, 2018

Vacation

Hi Everyone.

Bet you thought I was lost. I am on vacation visiting my daughter in Seattle. It is so beautiful here. Barely humid and most of the days are very pleasant weather wise. Not getting any sewing done.

Will be back soon!

Aileen in Seattle for now

Monday, July 2, 2018

Sunday Stash July 1 2018 OY VEY

Have been running around like a nut trying to get all I need for my trip to Seattle in July. Somethings I was not able to get. I surrendered. Nothing worst the going shopping during a Holiday weekend!

As for sewing I have been working on my daughters messenger/walker bag. It is dragging on. She has so many request for this bag that it requires me to think and think before I put needle to fabric. I will post a picture once I get it sewn. All the components are ready except the straps. I need a cross body strap as well as mini straps to attach it to the walker. The amount of layers is what is holding me up. Every side has 5-7 layers. I will get there, just have to work out the last hurdle.



Finish the X-Marks the Block quilt and donate it.


Stash Report   6/24- 6/30 Week 26 - 2018
Fabric used this week: 3 yard   
Fabric used to Date:     27 yards
Fabric Added this week: 0 yards  (Solids)
Fabric Added Year to Date: 64 yards
Net used for 2018: 27 yards      Net in the red -   37 yards
      
GOAL for Year - 60 yards


350 Block Challenge 2018 at Prairie Moon Quilts
6/24 - 6/30
Blocks made 0
YTD made 260




15 Minute Challenge:  
6/23- 6/30         4 of 7 days
2018 Total          142 of 169 days
Percentage of days sewn 84%

UFO finished for January - 0      :>[
UFO finished for February - 0  ugh!
UFO finished for March - 0  I am consistent!!! 
UFO finished for April - 1 Spool Wall hanging! Woot
UFO finished for May - Pink Baby Quilt.
UFO finished for June - 1/2 way. Carpenters Wheel





Aileen in Florida

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Sunday Stash June 24, 2018 Scraps+

This week was a rough one. Have I said that before? Probably.
I did put a narrow grey border on the Carpenters Wheel. I still have to decide how big I want that quilt to be. Should it be a wall hanging or bed quilt. I also finished sewing together the blocks on X-marks the blocks and put the first border on. What color would you suggest for the final border?




20 crumb blocks finished as well. Crumbs are 5",  6.5", and 8.5".
I have 58 so far. These will be for Charity quilts. I will work on these throughout 
the year. 





Spent the rest of the week trying to figure out how to make my daughter  a messenger bag. I have not sewn a stitch. I am having problems with the fabric. The design on the fabric I ordered from Spoonflower was so big that I can't use it for this. It is also to beautiful to cut up in little pieces. I will make a lap quilt with it. I can't show it to you because I don't want her to see it.

So I ordered more fabric. The fabric I ordered was  from Cotton and Steel. Vertical and horizontal rows, black and a thin cream design of owls. The print is off by an full inch. My daughters OCD for all things crooked is epic. It makes her very uncomfortable and she can't stop looking at it. So what to do now. Well I trashed my sewing room trying to find something suitable. I am going to visit her in a couple weeks and want to get this done. It is for her walker. I may settle for something with all over pattern and use the other fabric inside the bag. I dare her to shove her head in there to stare at it! LOL!!!

I did buy fabric this week. It was 1/2 yards of solids. I didn't have anything bright in the way of solids. Now I do. I have been eyeing all those quilts with bright solids. Sure, I need another project. Don't You!


Stash Report   6/17- 6/23 Week 25 - 2018
Fabric used this week: 1 yard   
Fabric used to Date:     24 yards
Fabric Added this week: 5 yards  (Solids)
Fabric Added Year to Date: 64 yards
Net used for 2018: 24 yards      Net in the red -   40 yards
      
GOAL for Year - 60 yards


350 Block Challenge 2018 at Prairie Moon Quilts
6/17 - 6/23
Blocks made 20
YTD made 260




15 Minute Challenge:  
6/17- 6/23         4 of 7 days
2018 Total          138 of 162 days
Percentage of days sewn 85%

UFO finished for January - 0      :>[
UFO finished for February - 0  ugh!
UFO finished for March - 0  I am consistent!!! 
UFO finished for April - 1 Spool Wall hanging! Woot
UFO finished for May - Pink Baby Quilt.





Aileen in Florida