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 -   30 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 50% (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 -   32 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

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Father's Day & Sunday Stash report June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day to all the dads.
My poor hubby ended up working on both our cars today. His radiator connections dry rotted from the Florida heat and one stem broke off on Friday. He was not amused. Then he borrowed my car to go to work on Saturday and my tired was just about flat. Hissss. He had already planned to change the pulley and belt on my car because he found out the squeak was unbearable when you drive that car 300 miles. LOL!
He spent 3 hours fixing my pulley. So I took the car to Walmart to get the tire fixed. No charge because I had the road hazard insurance.
Hopefully we are done with car issues for a while.

Tomorrow is our 45th Anniversary. Time has flown by. With all the ups and downs in our lives, I am glad we are still together. He is a keeper! ❤️❤️


Stash Report   6/10 - 6/16 Week 24 - 2018
Fabric used this week: 1 yard   
Fabric used to Date:     23 yard
Fabric Added this week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 59 yards
Net used for 2018: 23 yards      Net in the red -   31 yards
      
GOAL for Year - 60 yards


350 Block Challenge 2018 at Prairie Moon Quilts
6/10 - 6/16
Blocks made 0
YTD made 240




15 Minute Challenge:  
6/10- 6/16         7of 7 days
2018 Total          134 of 155 days
Percentage of days sewn 86%

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

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Happy Mail & Sunday Stash June 10, 2018

Craziness since last Sunday. One thing after another. I just came up for air.

I received some Happy Mail. Robin at Rsislandcrafts was doing a give-a-way to celebrated 5000 subscribers. I happen to be out with a friend and was waiting for her in the lobby. I decided to see what new post Robin may have put up. I actually caught the live post. She was having the random counter pick the name. There was My Name. What!!! Happy Dance for sure. This made my day!! The prize is a lovely wall hanging made by Robin. It is hanging on the door into my sewing room. I it see everyday, all day long.


Along with the beautiful wall hanging, Robin sent me some goodies!
Thank you so much, Robin.


As for the pink quilt, I turned it into Charity Sew group. UFO is gone!

This week I have been working on 2 flannel pajama shorts for my SIL. It's his birthday next week. He really likes the ones I made him for Christmas. Hopefully he will enjoy these.

My sister in law brought me the quilt her mother and her started hand sewing in 1983, when she was pregnant with her first daughter. Her mother passed away over 25 years ago. She can't finish it because of issues with her hands. I said I would finish it but I only do machine quilting. She was okay with that. The quilt is browns and blues sampler. The hand stitching is large stitches but very minimal.  The batting is very thin poly, which worries me. I can't take it apart because her mothers loving stitches are in there and not replaceable . My sister in law will be a grandmother for the first time in September and wants to give the quilt to her daughter by the time the baby is born. I will do my best to get it done.
I don't know if I should do more quilting next to the hand stitching. Thread looks like it is so old that it may fall apart.

Would like your opinions on what to do with this quilt.



Stash Report   6/3 - 6/9 Week 23 - 2018
Fabric used this week: 4 yard   
Fabric used to Date:     22 yard
Fabric Added this week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 59 yards
Net used for 2018: 22 yards      Net in the red -   32 yards
      
GOAL for Year - 60 yards


350 Block Challenge 2018 at Prairie Moon Quilts
6/3 - 6/9
Blocks made 0
YTD made 240




15 Minute Challenge:  
6/3- 6/9         7of 7 days
2018 Total          127 of 148 days
Percentage of days sewn 86%

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.






Sunday, June 3, 2018

SundayStash 6/3/2018 & OMG June

This was a very busy month with graduations and birthdays. 
I didn't start the OMG/UFO until May 30th. The Pink Baby quilt is quilted and trimmed but needs the binding.  I am going to use black with white dots. This poor little quilt is butt ugly. It is a UFO from around 2000. It will go the Charity quilts on Wednesday. 




Poor Pinky!

I sewed my X-Marks the block into 4 patches but that is as I got. It rained and rained so I never got to the guild charity sew last Wednesday. My machine was in the car but my umbrella and jacket were at my daughters house. Every time I tried to leave that house it rain so hard the street flooded. I gave up at 10:30. It didn't stop raining until 2:30 in the afternoon




OMG for June - Birthday Sewing

2 pairs of PJ shorts with patch pockets. 
Backpack/walker bag.
UFO is accordion Carpenters Wheel - finish boarders and sandwich.


Also my sister-in-law asked me to finish a quilt her mother started when she was pregnant with her daughter. She is now 34. Her other daughter is having her first child,  due in September. We hope to finish it before the shower. I have not seen it in 25 years so I don't know how much is left to be done. they were hand sewing it.  I have no hand skills to speak of. I DO NOT do hand sewing. So If she wants it finished I will do it by machine. If she wants it by hand she will have to tackle this herself.


Stash Report   5/27 - 6/2 Week 22 - 2018
Fabric used this week: 3 yard  + Scraps 
Fabric used to Date:     18 yard
Fabric Added this week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 59 yards
Net used for 2018: 18 yards      Net in the red -   36 yards
      
GOAL for Year - 60 yards


350 Block Challenge 2018 at Prairie Moon Quilts
5/27 - 6/2
Blocks made 0
YTD made 240




15 Minute Challenge:  
5/27- 6/2         5 of 7 days
2018 Total          120 of 141
   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.