Thursday, June 30, 2011

June ALFALC Swap

I had such great luck with the "A little Fabric a little Chocolate" swap last time (I even made a great new friend through it - Hi Teri!), that I decided to participate again for the month of June. It would be a nice birthday month thing to do.

And this swap has me hooked! It is SO much fun getting to know another sewing enthusiast for a month and seeing what kinds of projects they work on and what fabrics they are interested in. I was very lucky to be paired with someone who seems to have lots of cute japanese fabrics, and also knows how to sew a recessed zipper. What I was most impressed with about Amy is that she sews primarily for other people. She gives everything she makes away! I can't fathom that. There are so many projects I've made that I can't bear to part with.

Anyway, back to the package I got today! It's always fun to get mail. More fun when it is a fabric surprise!

Japanese fabric goodness! Kokka Trefle Carnival, BIKES, apples, and robots - plus numerous adorable scrap peices!

Additional goodies - an adorable backpack that fit Mira, a book, a stuffie, a pleated pouch and thread


Mira models the backpack - she loved it!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Summer afternoons

Not a whole lotta sewing going on over here lately, but at least we're having fun :)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Quilt Contest!

You know I love a good sewing contest, and Riley Blake fabrics is having a really cool one! You could win a bike or a cruise! You also know how I love my bike(s)...

Click Here for more info!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Quilt show!

Vermont Quilt Festival was this past weekend and it was the first quilt show I've ever been to. There were more quilts than I could look at in a few hours, but it was amazing to see the variety and the talent...

My favorite quilt was a wall hanging at a vendor booth, but you can see all the pictures here. I have an obvious like of rainbow quilts!

I went to the show with my new sewing friend, Sarah. It was really fun to go with another person, especially Sarah, who is up to date on knowledge of different fabric lines, and sewing techniques. She helped me learn a bit about Kate Fassett (a fabric designer), and convinced me into sharing some Alexander Henry fabric I was eyeing!

Besides all the quilts on display, there were many vendor booths with fabric, and notions... as well as vendors with different machines to try! It was great to browse, and here are the things I purchased at the show:

A yard of Kate Fassett "Paperweight"

A yard of Brandon Malby "Beaded Tents"

2 1930's reproduction prints, and a FQ of Alexander Henry Socks

Last but NOT least... a Bernina Walking foot for the new machine, and a set of leather bag handles! Fun. Fun. Fun.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sew Hiatus

Okay. So. Unlike some people, I can't sew effectively when I am sick. Although, to be fair to me, I think she didn't sew while sick, just blogged her sewing.

Anyway, good time for other updates! As you know, we recently came back from a 2 week long vacation. Vacations tend to mark milestones in the kids' lives. Either they learn some awesome new skill on vaca or we realize it while on vaca.

This time...

Lili learned how to buckle herself into her car seat, which arguably saves time loading up into the car. Lili's also been reading independently for awhile, but not sure if I've posted about this. It's worth noting, though. Lili can also PUMP on a swing! It is such a big deal, she can now swing on her own and she loves it. Also upon returning? Lili can ride a bike with no training wheels. Not saying she loves it, she's still learning and she took kind of a spectacular fall the other day (nothing compared to her Aunt Margot's elbows meet ground mountain bike incident, but still reminicent). She is hestiant and afraid to admit she's scared, but she can do it and even dismount gracefully.

Mira has successfully pooped on a toilet for a few weeks now. This is not something most people want to hear about, but if you are a parent you know how awesome this is. I can only hope it continues. Mira also learned how to swing, though she can't pump like Lili. But she prefers the big swings and often says "higher, push higher", and then says "scary. like it.". She has also learned how to slide down a slide:

also scary, but apparently worth it

I will be attending a local quilt festival later this week. Very excited. Why is it that quilt festivals are all in the spring summer? Doesn't really make sense to me.

Also, a veteran of craft shows and markets friend of mine has agreed to mentor me into the world of open air selling. Hopefully we'll be able to coordinate schedules so that I can do a farmer's market with her soon!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Cathedral Conquered

Hmmm... what to do after a long vacation from sewing? Something new! Something interesting! Something that can be done in an evening!

Lucky for me I found this fantastic tutorial on a Cathedral Window (it's a sewing technique, generally looks very complicated). This tutorial is very different than any others I've seen for cathedrals in that it is simple! Easy! You can do it!

So, I did it:


I loved that this combined origami-ish folding and sewing. These were so fun to make, and now I'm not sure what exactly to do with them, although I do have in mind a couple of recipients...

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Epic Journey

So yeah. An epic journey might traditionally be thought of as a cross country road trip, or a hike up Kilimanjaro, or maybe a cross ocean sailing adventure. But when you're driving over 1000 miles in two weeks with two kids under the age of 5? Epic. At least it is for them!

Lili's school ended earlier than most, so we had the opportunity to start summer vacation a little early and visit lots and lots (and lots!) of friends and family. We had four major destinations which included our (both Keith and I) 10 year college reunion at Cornell University. Ah, Ithaca. We visit at least once a year, but never go up to campus. This time we went back to campus almost every day! Much has changed, and then again, stayed the same. It was wonderful to be able to be on campus with the girls, who were actually interested in things like where we did our homework and ate lunch.

We had a blast on the whole trip. The girls are wonderful travelers! Highlights include but not limited to...

Popsicles at every locale
Newt catching
Tractor riding
Egg collecting
Baby cow caring
Eating, playing, and visiting

aforementioned popsicles

a few of the reunion-ites

part of Raylene's lovely gardens (please note the unicycle in the background :)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Dear Anonymous Commenter,

Hello, I got this comment today... I'm happy to help, but if you ask me a question please give me a way to contact you :)

I'm searching the web for ANYONE who may help me figure out what is wrong w/my machine or what I am doing wrong! I have the Huskystar E10 and I saw that you have the same. PUHLEASE...if you will... WHY oh WHY is my machine always jamming up? I've tried numerous things. Tension, new needle, putting the thread bobbin in counterclockwise then clockwise, etc. I know you're not blogging about this...but I am about to throw the machine out the window! Frustration should NOT be a part of sewing ONE buttonhole! ANY help would be apprectiated! BTW: I look forward to reading more posts. :)
Thanks in advance,
I have had jamming issues in the past with my E10 and I have several things for you to try. First of all, your bobbin should be placed into the bobbin holder in a lower case "b" shape (I will post pictures when I can but can't right now!). When starting to sew, hold the loose threads at the back of the machine - most often when my machine jams it is right at the beginning of sewing and it is because the loose starter threads get caught up in the bobbin.

You should also clean your machine bobbin casing and under the feed dogs. You can unscrew the feed plate and clean it out with your vaccum. Also you can snap out the bobbin casing and vaccum that too.

Make sure the timing is still right - hand wind the machine a few full up and downs of the needle - does the needle hit anything when it goes under the feed plate? If so, you need to take it to a sewing machine repair person to fix the timing.

I will post some pictures and some more tips when I can but I don't have access to my machine right now so I can't!

Hope that helps and next time please leave me your email or don't comment Anonymously :)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me!

My birthday is this month! Yes. I am turning 32 years old. But I still feel like I'm 23. Or less :)

Our family is not big on the gift giving. We typically just buy things we want when we need them (see the "want" and the "need" interchangably in that sentence).

And you all know that I've been in the market for a new sewing machine. I hope(d) to buy the machine of my dreams that will last me the rest of my life. I hope it's true that I've found the right one, because I just put a deposit down on this one:

So pretty. It's a Bernina 380. From my local Bernina Dealer. I got a Quilt Festival special on it which also means that I will not be able to pick it up until June 27. Which is plenty of time to ponder what my first project on it will be!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Next Quilt...

So you all know that I love the new organic line called "Pick a Bunch". I have been looking at it online almost every day. Adding cuts to my cart and taking them back out again. I just couldn't decide which ones to get.
So I decided not to choose. I bought them all! In a roll-up of 40 2.5" cuts... I plan to make a quilt somewhat like this one, with strips of color edged with white (or maybe not white... haven't decided)

It will be a twin size quilt... maybe for Mira? Maybe just for me?

Pips Quilt Featured

On the day that I have decided to make another quilt... the Sherbet Pips quilt is featured on Quilt Story! I am so SO happy that someone other than me likes this quilt :)

Fresh Poppy Design