Thursday, December 1, 2011

Back in Action!

Now that both my sewing machine and I are back from Thanksgiving vacation it's time to get sewing! I finally finished my batiked potholders!

The quilt top to the t-shirt quilt is also finished. Now it's time to quilt it! 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Thinking on My Feet

I started working on a free motion landscape project. Remember the hand-dyed fabric? Well, I added a windmill. 

After I added the windmill, I looked at the stitching and notice that my straight stitch was more of a zig-zag stitch. I played with all the settings on my machine and came to the realization that it was time to take the machine in for a tune-up. Of course, this was a hard realization for me since I was starting a free motion project and am still working on the t-shirt quilt. 

I took machine in on Saturday morning as soon as they opened and I was told that it will take about 2 weeks to get my machine back. TWO WEEKS!? What!? But I have a quilt to work on and I can't free motion by hand! I've accepted the fact that all projects are on hold at the moment...except the windmill. 

What did I do about the windmill? Well, I reevaluated the situation, went home, and pulled the stitching. I guess it was a blessing in disguise because I found that it was a perfect opportunity to advance my hand embroidery skills. The only embroidery stitching I knew how to sew was a blanket stitch. A blanket stitch is commonly used to reinforce the edges of thick materials, i.e. a blanket. After researching the internet and encouragement from my mom, I embroidered the windmill instead. I am much happier with the final windmill.

I originally had dark brown ground/grass to contrast with the sunset, but after the windmill came out so dark, I had to change the ground/grass to black. 

Here is the final product. I'm incredibly happy with how it turned out. I am in love with the sky! 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sunset Sky

I went to the fabric store yesterday looking for some pretty sunset fabric for a landscape I am going to make. No luck. I decided that I would go to another fabric store tomorrow to look for for fabric in hopes that they would have what I was looking for. Well, driving home today the lightbulb went on. I have white fabric at home and fabric dye. Duh. I'll just dye the fabric myself! I sat down today and painted a gorgeous sunset sky. Oh dear...I think fabric dying has seduced me like quilting has! 

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Nothing interesting to blog about, but I just want to let you know that I haven't fallen off the earth. I've been sick the past week, so a whole lot of nothing has happened sewing wise. I finally was able to catch up on things this weekend.

I ironed interfacing on over half of the t-shirts I'm going to use for the t-shirt quilt.

I also am still buried in blue shiny fabric! 30 vests cut and 2 skirts completed! 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New Onesie

I had a custom order rock climbing shirt to make, so why waste the dye on just one t-shirt? I made a really cute turtle onesie too! 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

This n' That

I have been a seriously busy lady these past couple weeks and have had zero time to blog. A project first for me was pillow cases. When making the custom quilt, there was lots of left over solid scraps as well as Pinocchio fabric. Of course I had to do something with the extra fabric and pillow cases were the obvious choice. 

Making pillow cases gave me a great opportunity to practice using my serger! 

I took a nice trip to Maryland with my fiance for his 10 year high school reunion. I found this great purple fabric a while ago, but didn't know what to do with it. I decided to make a sweater for the airplane ride. It's super comfy and I love it!

Next, I have a wedding reception to attend and I can't go to one empty handed. For a couple that has no registry and is very outdoorsy I decided to make a fabric mountain landscape. It's framed and detailed with free motion stitching. 

I'm also in the process of making my first t-shirt quilt. It's a custom order and I'm really excited about it!

Oh yeah, and one minor sewing project I'm doing at the moment. It's that time of year. Blue shiny fabric everywhere!!! I'm working on costumes for Carnaval for the 48 person samba bateria I play with. You can find out more about the Austin Samba School here

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Onesies Galore!

Today I worked on making onesies for my shop. I'd had a lot of people ask "Why don't you make rock climbing onesies?" Quite frankly I never thought about it. It wasn't until this week that I got a custom order for one! I also looked at my Etsy shop stats and saw that people were actually searching for rock climbing onesies! Who knew!? 

Here is what's new at my shop

Saturday, September 24, 2011


I batiked a couple onesies today. In addition to them, I was inspired by my potholders and decided to make batik potholders. They will be a set of two. Here is stage one of the batik process: 

So far I love them! The tomatoes are my favorite!

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Forget the NY Firefighter calendar! Here is your calendar for 2012! 

If you are a quilter, lover of burritos, or enjoy shirtless men, this is your calendar! I have to admit I was drawn to the calendar because there are some really nice looking quilts! 

Here is the  Quilter's Shirtless Man and Spicy Burrito Calendar:

This calendar was put together by Megan over at The Bitchy StitcherThis calendar wasn't just put together just because. The money from the calendar goes to a good cause. Megan's brother has been battling brain cancer for more than a year, and all the profits from the sale will be going to him and his family.

Now you can pick up a copy for $19.99 right here at

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Pot Holder Tutorial

My fiance is going to his friend's wedding in a few weeks. I asked him what he was going to get her for a wedding gift and he really had no idea. Well, I'm one who can't just give someone a gift card for their wedding, so I started thinking about what to make his friend for her wedding. I have never met her, so trying to figure out a gift was especially challenging. I decided that everyone needs kitchen things in their life, so I decided to make two pot holders, an oven mitt and embellished some flour sack towels. I went to the fabric store in hopes of being inspired by some fabric. Boy was I ever! Here were the results! 

To make the towels, I was inspired by a tutorial I found here at the SewMamaSew blog. 

To make the oven mitt, I found a tutorial here. However, there were some changes that I needed to make. 

1/3 Insul-Bright insulated lining
1/3 yard of cotton batting 
1/3 yard of exterior fabric
1/3 yard of lining fabric

Making the pot holders was fairly easy.Here is what you'll need to make this pot holder...

- Scraps of various fabrics. I used 5 different color fabrics for the log cabin pattern on the front. One color on the back and one color for the binding. Here are the fabric measurements for this project. 

Cherry fabric: 2"x2"
Green fabric: 2"x2", 2"x 4" 
Red fabric: 2"x 6", 2"x 8"
Black polkadot: 2"x4", 2"x 10"
White fabric: 2"x 6", 2" x 8" 
Backing, Insul-Bright and cotton batting: 10"x10" 
Binding: 2 1/2" stripes 10" long 
Pot holder loop: 2 1/2" x 6" strip (optional) 

First take your two squares and sew them together using a 1/4" seam.

Next, iron the seam on top of the green fabric. This will help when it comes time to quilt the pot holder. Whatever you do, don't iron your seams open, this will make your life incredibly difficult. 

Line up the next fabric with what you have sewn so far. Sew the fabric together on the right. 

Cut off any excess fabric. 

Iron the seam you just sewed to the right side. Your seams should be on top of the new fabric piece. 

Add the next piece of fabric on top to what you've sewn. Iron the seams up so they are on top of the new fabric you just added. This is what you should have so far. 

Take your next piece of fabric and iron your seams to the left so they are on top of the new fabric added to the pattern. 

This is what your pot holder should look like so far. 

Keep adding fabric stripes and ironing the seams down so they are on top of the new strip added.

Now your log cabin block is completed! Let's start putting layering! Add the cotton batting underneath the block. 

You should have 4 layers in the following order: top, cotton batting, Insul-Bright, and pot holder back facing down. Make sure when you layer your Insul-bight lining that the shiny side of the batting is facing down towards the pot holder backing. According to the Insul-Bright directions, "The shiny side of your Insul-Bright should face the hot or cold item allowing it to reflect the energy back to its source."

Pin your layers together so you have a pot holder sandwich. 

Next I switched my presser foot over to my walking foot. A walking foot prevents the top layer of fabric from shifting by moving it under the needle at the same rate as the machine's feed dogs are moving the bottom layer, preventing puckering and pleating of the layers. It is a handy tool to have when you sew together multi-layers of a fabric such as a quilt or a pot holder.

Now we are going to stitch in the ditch. This is when you stitch right next to the seam allowance. This is also why you ironed your seam allowance to one side.

You will stitch two squares. 

Start at one corner of the middle square and have your needle follow right along side the seam. You will want to sew as straight as possible so the stitching will be hidden. Don't rush this process, take your time! 

Outline the middle square. When you are done, outline the next biggest square using the same method.

Yay! you are done quilting your pot holder! Cut off any excess fabric that remains around the edges. 

Now let's add a binding. I opted to not use a continuous quilt binding for my pot holders because I didn't want to do any hand stitching. I call this "lazy man's binding".

Take two of your 2 1/2" stripes. Fold them in half and iron.

Take one strip and lay it on top of your pot holder. Raw edges should line up. Sew using a 3/8" seam allowance. 

Next, fold the binding over the raw edge and pin pin pin that binding to the pot holder! 

Now we will keep practicing stitching in the ditch. Stitch in the ditch along the binding seam line on the pot holder top.  As you stitch,  you want to catch the outer edge of the binding at the back of the pot holder. Remove pins as you approach them. Trim off any excess fabric on the ends. 

Repeat these binding steps on the opposite side on the pot holder. 

You have two sides left of your pot holder. Take one binding strip and line it up just like you did the previous ones. This time, take the raw edges and fold them in. Sew the binding to the pot holder. 

Fold the binding over the raw edge of the pot holder. It will also fold over the raw ends of your binding. Pin then stitch in the ditch. Do this for the final side as well.

Your pot holder is now complete! 

After I made my pot holders I decided I needed to add a loop. Take a 2 1/2" x 6" strip and fold it in half. Iron.  Open it up. Take one raw edge and fold it into the middle so it lines up with the middle crease. Iron. Do the same thing for the other raw edge. When both raw edges line up with the middle crease, fold in half and iron. Use a 1/8" seam allowance and stitch both sides of the strip.

Pick a corner of your pot holder that you would like to add the loop. Fold both ends under 1/2"-1" on both sides of the pot holder. Hand stitch in place. Congratulations! Now your pot holder is completed with an added loop! 

Saturday, September 17, 2011


After many hours of sitting in front of the TV and hand stitching the binding onto this quilt, it is finally finished. 
I'm really excited about how this quilt turned out! 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Many have you have heard about the terrible fires in the Austin Area. It's such a shame and prayers go out to all the families. This is what Austin looked like today (no I didn't take the photo). 

While looking at this photo, my music teacher self just broke into song "Fire in the mountain, run boy run! Cat's in the cream jar, run girls run!" For those who know the reference you get 10 points! For those of you who don't, it's from the good ol' folk song "Jim Along Josie". 

I was working and dealing with extra crazy children because they were not allowed to go outside for recess due to smoke in the air. I had one 4th grader today who just couldn't sit still. I asked him several times to stop rolling on the carpet and his response "I can't help it. I'm extra wiggly today! We didn't get recess!" At least he was honest.

I have been suffering from horrible allergies because the air quality is so poor right now. I feel like I have a cold it's so bad. In the midst of everything I made more progress sewing the quilt binding onto the quilt. I also made two new onesies.

This one is for sale on my etsy shop.

This was a custom design for a friend of mine. 

I will be resting the rest of the night. No sewing, no batiking. I am even skipping samba rehearsal because I feel that bad. 

Sewing = fun 
Sewing + feeling bad = no fun

Stay healthy Austin.