Sunday, December 29, 2013

Taught 10 kiddos and their moms to sew aprons out of men's shirts

I went to the Texas 4-H Center in Brownwood, Texas, to teach a sewing workshop.  The young ladies did very well!  It was a lot of fun.  And earlier in the day, I was able to go to the local thrift shop and I finally found two men's shirts in different fabrics but the same brand and size.  Results:  2 great half-and-half aprons!

Blue shirt, before cutting

Coordinating red shirt, sleeves cut off and back cut away

I will post photos of the finished apron tomorrow - the photos are on my work computer.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Sewing fun this summer

While I still have no sewing room set up (but it is a bit more unpacked than 11 months ago), I did do something fun with sewing this summer.  I taught 9 young ladies how to sew - they made a pillowcase, a pincushion, and converted a man's button up shirt into an apron.  They had fun, I had fun, the wonderful volunteer mother who helped had fun!!!  Next year, I am going to limit class size to 4 instead of 6, which really ended up being 7 in one class.  The other class was 2 ladies and that was a lot easier!  2 pupils per adult teacher seems like the best ratio so that they learn to sew in about 6 hours total.  Boy, can they be determined to learn and make something wonderful!

Here are a few of the fabric combos I chose for pillowcases - from Walmart to be as cheap as possible:
Pink & Black Camo fabric

Super cute sewing themed fabric

I loved this flower print!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Moved to Texas

Well, I got a job here in East central Texas and we moved 2100+ miles away from Northern Idaho.  My sewing room is non-existent right now and I miss having easy access to my machine!

Moving truck and our car on a trailer - this is in NE Wyoming

Duffy wearing his seatbelt harness - he got as tired of the endless days of driving as we did!

I am happy to have the move behind us and it has been quite a challenge to adjust to a different climate, new job, and new culture.  The countryside here is surprisingly pretty!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sharing my newest sewing space

We almost never have anyone over for dinner, nor do we sit at a dinner table regularly in our house.  So, I re-purposed our dining space to be a sewing space for me.  I also have two desks and switched back to the smaller desk for keyboard room which leaves the larger desk to act as a cutting table.  It is just the right size!  The pantry to the right of the cleaning closet (bi-fold door) is huge and contains much of my fabric, patterns, and other sewing stuff.  Not much food is in my pantry!  Hope you enjoy this little tour...



Sewing area.  When sewing, I set up the ironing board on the brown rug so that I can swivel in my rolling desk chair to press while sewing.


Sewing machine on the table Mom gave me.  It's got a handy raised section to the left so that fabric is better supported.
Supply cart and bulletin board.  This blocks a cleaning closet and since the cart is on wheels, it is easy enough to roll it out of the way should I want to vacuum or mop.


Desk to the right of my sewing machine.  Duffy's kennel is easy to move when I am cutting out a project.  The half shelf under the desk is currently home to my pressing ham.  The green toolbox on the floor to the left contains all my immediate-need sewing tools - such as scissors, pins, needles, etc.
Desk drawers - left contains tools and rotary cutters and the center drawer (keyboard tray) has my rulers and seam roll.  All but one huge ruler fit into the drawer.
Desk surface - left is a small (yellow) rotary mat that swivels for quick cuts while at my sewing machine.  The top of the desk is a good size for my large rotary mat.  Shown are three projects - sleeves on the left for a blouse in progress, a wallet, and a blouse to make.

   
Closeup of next two projects - a zipping wallet and a blouse with a faux cowl out of a soft, rosy rayon from Walmart.


Updated the blog page

I got tired of using cookie-cutter headers and backgrounds on my page so I uploaded some images of my own.  The background is a beautiful vintage dress from  about 1910 with tatted and crocheted lace overlay from the Leila Old Historic Costume Collection at the University of Idaho. 

I made the page header up of (left to right) a fun quilt block from the Craftsy Block of the Month Club class, a quick knitted shawl from koolaid dyed Crystal Palace wool yarn, and a picture of my sewing machine and cutting mat as I was making the quilt block on the left.

I'm not a graphic designer or web designer, but I'm still pretty happy with how the page looks!