Contest Entry: “Cut-and-Sew Fat Quarter Giftables” Design Challenge

So much fun to do this design – a pillow with a retro-looking ornament motif. This is for a DIY project and I’m also planning on selling the finished version via Etsy sometime soon. Retro Ornament Pillow cut-and-sew is designed to exactly fit on a fat quarter of Petal Signature Cotton, as below: Here areContinue reading “Contest Entry: “Cut-and-Sew Fat Quarter Giftables” Design Challenge”

What can I do in 30 minutes a day? Parts 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18*

*Full disclosure – on day 18 (today) I worked for about 1 1/2 hours. It was time, I think, to get this project done. I’m done! It took me about 10 hours total. This is pretty slow, I think, but I did have a few issues with the machine tension, etc. And honestly, I amContinue reading “What can I do in 30 minutes a day? Parts 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18*”

What can I do in 30 minutes a day? Parts 9, 10, 11, and 12

Progress has been made! I did have a few setbacks due to the tension on my machine still being off. I finally settled on using a different thread, which seems to be working much better. Also, I didn’t work on this on Friday – too focused on KonMari-ing. That’s the Marie Kondo “Spark Joy” tidyingContinue reading “What can I do in 30 minutes a day? Parts 9, 10, 11, and 12”

What Can I do in 30 minutes a day? Parts 6, 7, and 8

This is a compilation of my work on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Sewing was begun; progress was made. Maybe not quite as much as I would have liked, as I had some sewing machine tension issues, which involved a bit of seam picking (included in the 30 minutes) and a bit of cleaning/oiling of myContinue reading “What Can I do in 30 minutes a day? Parts 6, 7, and 8”

What can I do in 30 minutes a day? Parts 4 and 5

OK, back to it. Sorry for the delay. I worked on the “Very Paisley Tote” more on Friday and Saturday, but then was not able to get to it for three days. New plan: Do the 30 minute challenge each weekday and then blog about it on Saturdays. But for now, I’m going to postContinue reading “What can I do in 30 minutes a day? Parts 4 and 5”

What can I do in 30 minutes a day? Part 3

This 30 minutes a day idea is turning out to be fun and to my liking – already considering other potential ideas. Today ended up being about as productive as yesterday – 3 more pieces cut, this time of the liner fabric. The fabric is tricky to work with as it is very soft andContinue reading “What can I do in 30 minutes a day? Part 3”

What can I do in 30 minutes a day? Part 2

Not as much as I’d like! Today at least. My main tasks were to iron the Paisley Prince Songbook fabric. Then I cut out the outer sides and bottom of the tote. That’s it! I had a lot of trouble with the cutting guides/rulers slipping, which I attribute to at least 2 factors: 1. IContinue reading “What can I do in 30 minutes a day? Part 2”

What can I do in 30 minutes a day? Part 1

(Edit: I feel like my photo of “Paisley Prince Songbook” – bottom center – doesn’t do it justice. Please visit Patrick’s site or Spoonflower page (see below for links) for a better version until I have a chance to take a new photo.) A few years back, when I still lived in Maryland, I wasContinue reading “What can I do in 30 minutes a day? Part 1”

New fabric/new project

Designing has been my main focus recently, and so I haven’t finished the very large tote yet. But I want to get to a second similar project which I will introduce now. I recently received this beautiful Prince (the musician) themed fabric designed by Patrick aka Paisley Power. I want to make something wonderful fromContinue reading “New fabric/new project”

What is this?

So, I started this project. I didn’t think it out a lot beforehand; it was almost like it started on its own. And, although¬† I generally appreciate it when I see different fabrics and patterns and colors together, after some progress I didn’t like it too much. I didn’t/don’t hate it. It just seems lackingContinue reading “What is this?”

Sewing Project: V. Large Tote 4

Here’s the other side of the tote. I trimmed it to 21×19 inches, which will probably make it slightly larger than the first tote, but I think that’ll be a good thing. If not, I’ll change it later. I managed to cut the bottom fabric pretty crooked, didn’t I? But I like it that wayContinue reading “Sewing Project: V. Large Tote 4”

Sewing Project: V. Large Tote 3 (blog-a-day challenge, day 30)

First of all, wow, I did it! Last day of my 30 day challenge and¬† I didn’t miss a day. I’m getting better at these challenges! Now, my intention is to blog 2 days a week. Anyway, here’s the “front” of the tote – I say front, but it just as well could be theContinue reading “Sewing Project: V. Large Tote 3 (blog-a-day challenge, day 30)”