Monday, March 23, 2015

Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness is the designer behind this fabric line, FANTASIA. She was so generous and kind to send me a bundle of fat quarters, I was truly so grateful. I had to dive in immediately upon opening the parcel. 

I mean-it was like winning on those scratch Lotto cards, ya know? (But better.) I won $45 once off a scratch card and thought my year was made. LOL 

I just adore the color palette of this line, it's cheerful and pretty and has pOps of bright colors. There are modern twists worked in (the stripes hello love!) and yet a distinct 70's vibe to me, with the large flower designs. And let's not forget the sweet sort-of calico feeling with the tiny flower fabrics, I adore those so much!!! It all works, I don't know how she does it.

It's made me reflect on the designing process so much, to be honest. It must be instinctual, a feeling of "knowing". That's all I can think of, just like when I combine different colors and fabrics together, I just "know" if it works or not, there is no real method. 

What do you think? Could you teach this process if somebody asked you to? 

I sewed simple 8 1/2" squares throughout so the fabric could sing. 

I took the remaining remnants and chopped cut them into 2" binding strips, sewed those together and used my handy Simplicity binding machine to create a patchwork binding. I usually straight stitch the binding on, but this time I did a tight zig zag stitch so there is extra strength, as I can see my girls fighting over this! LOL  They are both Unicorn crazy. Well, so am I actually....but never mind. 

We're having a snowfall today, and though I was shocked at first when I woke, now I'm reveling in the light and the quietness of it all. There is something inherently peaceful about a fresh snowfall.

The backing is a soft gray flowery fabric I bought at Joanns on the latest sale, I think 4 yards cost me $10 or something, it was an incredible sale.

The pink light is when my Dad walked into the "studio" and flipped on those ghastly tungsten lights--ewe.  The "studio" is actually a barn, so don't let me fool you into thinking I've got a set up.  I love barns yo! Space. Now if only he'd let me paint it all white inside!!

The quilt is stippled throughout, which I do on my Bernina 1008, a no frills basic workhorse sewing machine. I am asked so often on what machine to buy for new sewers, and I always answer "no bells, no whistles, non computerized Bernina".......I think it's like buying a car, you can add all the frills, but in the end you mostly use it for one thing- to get somewhere. To get something done.

But that's just my opinion. :0)

Pop over to Sara's blog and have a look at her work, she does everything, including enabling you to find the best deals on fabric! :D Every Friday she does a post called "The Fabric Enabler" and it's brill. Perhaps mean to my pocket book, but you can't have everything you know....

I'm off to knit these chunky scarves today, as clearly I'll be needing them a bit longer. 
Mother Nature you are a funny one. 

Oh, and before I forget, I'm starting to load pics again on Flickr. I left it for a long time, but there is so much brilliant inspiration on there that I think it would be a disservice to myself if I ignored it. LOLOLOL That's my reasoning, go with it.

If you're on Flickr let me know so I can follow you! :D

Cheers friends, have a wonder filled week.

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Essential Oils Case Sewing pattern release

Saturday, March 21, 2015

I launched this travel case for carrying essential oils last week. It's written for the confident beginner, and has been tested by sewers of all skill levels. You can find it in my etsy shop.

Each step is written out complete with pictures. 

Several friends have tested the actual case out for me, and all of them have said it works for varying size glass bottles that oils come in. It's double padded too, so even if it gets squished in your purse or bag, the bottles should be alright. I mean, not if an elephant is sitting on them, but you know, common sense. ;)

In other news, I have a "real" job again, and things are so busy! We're trying to buy a historic home and it's proving to be time consuming and nitty picky---being a grown up stinks sometimes, ya know? Oh well. Sometimes it's great-like when I finished my taxes (ewe!) and proceeded to binge eat Hostess Ding Dongs to soothe my soul.
It worked.

I have lots of pictures to catch up on here-hopefully soon things settle down soon. I'm SO HAPPY Spring is here!! 

See you soon!

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Washi top, purse, and tote in Fantasia Fabric line by Sara Lawson!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness was super generous and sent me two yards of this lovely gorgeousness--her new fabric line FANTASIA.

It's so gorgeous, and completely different than her previous fabric line (which I also adored) Jungle Ave. Totally wild how a mind can conceive such different styles, producing a cohesive collection unrelated to previous work...isn't it? I think it's a modern miracle.  

Visit her blog and leave a nice comment if you can spare a few seconds, I'd appreciate it, as this generous give away she did was inspired by the memory of her late Grandfather. ;) Okay? Thank you.

My favorite cartoon (if you'd call it that) is Fantasia, since -like- forever....My kids know it by heart. Whenever I play my Classic FM on the radio Mia will shout "It's FANTASIA!" when they play The Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky or The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky. When Sara mentioned on her blog that it's her favorite one as well I felt such kinship. Funny, how these little things bind us together in ways, you know? Even if we are only "virtual" friends at the moment, it's real to me. 

My BFF Leslie came over for the morning (I love surprise latte visits!)--so I made asked her to model this Washi Top for me, made with said Fantasia fabric. I think this is my fourth or fifth Washi now, I can't remember as all my things are still packed up from the move--but I learn something new each time and each one gets better. 

It was late and I was feeling the sewing vibe, so this little coin pouch came into being sporting a vintage sparkly button closure, as Downton is on tonight and it's the season finale! Boooo! I will SO miss the Downton crew. They give me hope for humanity with all the manners and gentleness of the bygone era. That could come back....if we tried...
After that quick sew, I decided it needed a bag/tote to go in, so I threw together a patchwork bag tote with the remnants left over. I mixed in a muslin and canvas fabric and layered it with batting so it's nice and squishy.

I'll share my pattern for this super simple patchwork tote very soon. I use mine a lot, especially in the car to de-clutter all my cr*p. Why does so much collect in a vehicle I ask? Whyyyy? 

I tried to fussy cut the remnants as much as possible. It's amazing what you can get out of 2 yards!

If you fancy seeing my other Washi makes click here or here. I haven't blogged all of them, which reminds me, I should do that. 

THANK YOU Sara---I cannot wait till this fabric is ready for purchase!!!!!!

(Husband murmuring in the background--LOL----but you know what they say- "Happy Wife, Happy Life!" and that's the truth friends.)

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