Sunday, April 13, 2014

Finally ... A Cindy Apron Give-away!

The 2014 Cindy Apron has been finished for several weeks, but I'm just now getting around to posting it.  Five years ago my sister, Cindy, died of breast cancer.  Each year I have marked the anniversary by making an apron to give away.  Cindy surprised me with a pretty apron on one of her last visits to my home, and though it is faded and becoming a bit worn, it still hangs with my other aprons.  It is a daily memory of a dear sister who brought so much joy to the lives of everyone around her.  For this years apron I used a linen stripe and a piece of vintage table scarf -- and -- here it is... the 2014 Cindy Apron.
If you would like this apron, just leave a message below.  I will randomly choose the winner next Sunday.  As I did last year, I'll also make one for a family member. my family... if your name is pulled you may choose one similar to this, or in the style of one of the other Cindy Aprons I've made.


Sunday, March 30, 2014

WIP - Finished!

This quilt top (banner size) has been on my "work in progress" pile for way too long!  For years it has been waiting for a backing and quilting.    I'm happy to say it is finally complete!  I cannot remember the name of the pattern used, but I found it on some years ago.  My original thought was to make a wall hanging, but it seems to have made it's way to the table.  I used a combination of machine quilting and long stitching.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Tote Bag

It's soon Auction day at school, and each year I like to sew something as my contribution.  This year it is a springy, pink tote bag.

Choosing the fabric
Pleated in the front
Inside pocket; snap closure
The right needle for the right job!  I decided to try a new kind of strap on this one using vinyl.

Fabric:  Ivory Kona cotton, Kumari Garden Marala Pink
Pattern: Tohoku-tote   found here,  handbag straps.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Getting ready for spring!

Accessorize for spring!  That was my theme for a little afternoon sewing.  I love to wear a scarf -- winter, spring, fall -- pretty much any time of the year.  Today, with the threat of ice and snow overnight, I thought it would be the perfect time to get ready to bring on some spring in the form of infinity scarves!
This one is a knit, lacy fabric.  

Fabric: Nest by Valori Wells

The top one (a bit hard to see) uses "Asian Circles" by Kaffe Fassett.

Is it possible to over-do it on scarves??

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A package in the mail...

Opening the mailbox at the post office always gives me a tiny sense of "wondering."  Will there be anything good today?  A letter? -- (well...these days with email and technology that does not usually happen!)  How about a package?  Oh, yes, today it arrived -- all the way from New Zealand.  I participated in a "Skinny Pincushion Swap" this month, and today I received not 1, but 2 skinny pincushions -- along with a fun selection of goodies including fabric, New Zealand chocolates!, and a magnet.  Thanks, Swap Pal, it is lovely!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

First ever ...

This month I am participating in a sponsored sewing swap.  Amy from Amy Made That! hosted a pincushion swap called "Getting Skinny for 2014."  Clever title!!  After submitting my name to Amy, she matched me up with another participant.  Our task is to sew a skinny pincushion using the free tutorial found here.  Completed projects are sent to your sewing partner by the end of February.  Fun.  So.... here was my attempt to "get skinny."  Amy also started a flickr page to showcase the many pincushions made, and for participants to cheer each other on as we go.  This one will be sent off soon to ????? ;)  Who knows -- if you are a participant and reading this -- it may be coming to you!
A Skinny Pinny sits right along the front of your sewing machine, and it quite handy for getting the pins safely pinned as they come off the sewing project.

I couldn't help myself ... and added a matching needle book to go with the "skinny."

We were given hints as to fabric preferences, so I think my swappie will like this.

I made my own simple design for this one.  It is a similar style to many needle books out there.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Spring Clutch

Spring?  Did someone say Spring??  One of the greatest things about the end of winter is that we REALLY look forward to Spring, and can know that it surely is just around the corner.  I recently finished this little clasp purse, and think it is just as cute as can be.  To me, it looks like Spring. :)