30 Day Design Experiment, 12 and 13 of 30

Yesterday, I spent most of the day working on a somewhat complicated design for the Tropical Surrealism Wallpaper challenge at Spoonflower. I’ll post that one in the next few days. In the meantime, I’m back with two new shaped flower pillow designs. First, here are Mod Flower Shaped Pillow 4 and Mod Flower Pillow shapedContinue reading “30 Day Design Experiment, 12 and 13 of 30”

30 Day Design Experiment, 11 of 30

Another day, another pillow, another mock-up. Here’s “mod flower shaped pillow 3”, created for a fat quarter of 54″ wide fabric, e.g., Linen Cotton Canvas, or wider: Now, the mock-ups – an improvement over yesterday’s (yay!): And the original: Thanks for stopping by! Monica

30 Day Design Experiment, 10 of 30

Another shaped flower pillow. The actual design tweaking didn’t take long – had done most of it before. Today was about venturing a little more into mock-up creation. I’m pretty close to beginner at this process, but the results are still decent, IMHO. Here’s “mod flower shaped pillow 2”, created for a fat quarter ofContinue reading “30 Day Design Experiment, 10 of 30”

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? 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”

Sewing Project: V. Large Tote 2 (blog-a-day challenge, day 29)

Today I fine tuned the sides, bottom, and straps for the tote. I added interfacing to a couple of the thinner pieces and squared up the fabric, but I’ll probably trim each piece more before sewing them together. I also chose the liner fabric today – I’ll post pix of that another day. From leftContinue reading “Sewing Project: V. Large Tote 2 (blog-a-day challenge, day 29)”

What I’m working on 8 (blog-a-day challenge day 19)

So very close – but not quite done yet. It’s probably not noticeable from the picture, but I still need to do a few minor things to finish the handbag – add some edge stitching, including closing a seam under the flap and add the hook-and-loop closure. Very, very happy with how this is turningContinue reading “What I’m working on 8 (blog-a-day challenge day 19)”

What I’m working on 4 (blog-a-day challenge, day 14)

Today I worked more on the swatch handbag, focusing on the strap. Here’s what I did: Ironed the interfacing onto the wrong side of the strap. I realized at this point that I should have made it narrower – maybe 7/8″ instead of 1″ because it was difficult to fold back in half, but IContinue reading “What I’m working on 4 (blog-a-day challenge, day 14)”

What I’m Working on 2 (blog-a-day challenge, day 12)

Today I continued with yesterday’s swatch purse project by cutting out the pieces and doing a little sewing. Below I’ve shown the cut pieces. The left picture shows the pieces for the outside and the flap; top right, the strap pieces; bottom right, the liner and pocket. The pieces for adding some depth to theContinue reading “What I’m Working on 2 (blog-a-day challenge, day 12)”