A New Purse and a New Tip … Cleaning Interfacing Glue Off Iron

July 17, 2007 at 8:44 am | Posted in fabric, sewing, tips, tutorials | 14 Comments

I have been wanting to try this tutorial for a new shoulder bag. I found fabric that I liked at JoAnn’s last week and so I made it today … what do you think?


The picture is not so great for some reason, but I wanted to share it. I love the fabric and i made the lining out of a rich blue. I really, really like it and it was super-easy to make! Why don’t pattern makers (i.e. Simplicity, McCalls, etc.) make patterns so simple???

It only took me a couple of hours and a couple of mistakes. One mistake I made was that in fusing the interfacing I accidentally ironed the wrong side once … EEK! I proceeded to get glue all over my NEW iron! What to do? I searched and found to make a paste with baking soda and scrub the plate with a washcloth until it’s off. Took a lot of elbow grease, but I did it. Then I had to make sure the steam vents weren’t clogged with baking soda, which they were. So I filled the water reservoir and put the iron on high steam and steamed away until they were clean.

The purse would have only taken me about an your and a half had it not been for that little mishap. I do like it … I’m off to fill it up now :)



Fisnished Diaper Bag and Musings on Sewing …

July 8, 2007 at 12:41 pm | Posted in fabric, quilting, quilts, sewing | 1 Comment

As promised, here is the completed diaper bag:


I LOVE IT!  There is a pocket on the end with baby’s milk cup and that white “stripe” on the side is the edge of an outside pocket trimmed with twill tape.  The handles are folded over to the other side, but they match the bag and it’s tied with twill tape as well.  I absolutely love it, like I said.  The design is great – came from Simple Sewing by Lotta Jansdotter.  It’s the All-day Tote.

So, my machine is in the shop and I’m going crazy waiting to get it back.  I am really wanting to sew these twirly skirts for the  girls with this cute denim fabric that I picked up on clearance Friday:


I’ll probably also make purses and hair bands to go with … my daughter loved this fabric.

Also, I bought these prints to make my first quilt pattern from the Modern Quilt Workshop book … Outside the Box it’s called.


I guess I can begin cutting out the pieces and piecing the top together, since I like to do that be hand.

*sigh* … missing my machine already …..

Sewing Machines, Repairs and a ~FIND~ (Quilt Shop)

July 7, 2007 at 9:33 pm | Posted in fabric, finds, sewing | Leave a comment

Yes, we had to take my machine to the shop today.  Last night as I was finishing up my new diaper bag (which is AWESOME by the way!) it was giving me fits and I was just praying it would let me finish the stitching with no problems.

Okay, Okay, so I didn’t get it serviced last year.  But to be honest I had a new baby and just wasn’t thinking about sewing much.  But now that I’ve been sewing a lot it’s not so happy.  I tried doing the little things that I could here yesterday (cleaning out the lint, oiling, etc.) but no luck.

So we ventured to the A-1 Sewing Machine Shop today.  That’s where my dear husband bought my machine for me … all by himself!  Have I mentioned that I have the best husband yet?  Let me tell you what he did today … First, he held the baby while I looked around at new sewing machines and checked them out.  I *might* trade up for a new one … my birthday is coming up :).  And he was encouraging me to look!  The funny thing was how these sweet little old ladies were really hard-nosed saleswomen!  They immediately took me to the Janome Memory Craft 9500 … which was $2899!  They kept asking me “Don’t you want to take one home today?”  Of course I want to, but that’s not really the question, now is it?

So I have narrowed it down to 2 machines that I think I would like to trade up on: the Janome 6260 QC or the Janome DC2007 Limited Edition.  The latter is less expensive.  I want 3 things in particular … needle up/down, drop-in bobbin and speed control.

Then we had lunch at one of our favorite places – Everybody’s Pizza.  If you live in Atlanta and haven’t been there you are missing out.  And if you come to Atlanta for a visit you won’t be disappointed in their food — it’s the best!  So anyway, after that the second thing that my dear husband did today was this:

~FIND~ I wanted to see if I could find a quilt shop – Intown Quilters – that I had heard about but had not been to.  I saw that they were featured in BH&G’s Quilt Sampler magazine as one of 10 featured shops in the country.  If you pick up a copy and look for the section on Intown Quilters you’ll see what a fun and funky and fabulous shop it is!  I just wanted to find it so I could go back on a later date, but he told me to go in and he would stay in the car with the baby.  So I did and the place was amazing!  Definitely my kind of place with bright and bold fabrics, and lots of Free Spirit designs, among many, many others, and a good clearance section too!  I bought some PRISM fat quarters for $1 each!

We came home and napped … a good day all in all :)

$$ is burning a hole in my pocket …

July 3, 2007 at 11:05 am | Posted in fabric, finds, quilting, quilts, sewing | 3 Comments

Or in this case I should say a PayPal balance is burning a hole in my … well, I dunno!  But it was burning a hole and I spent it.  I’ve been wanting to order from the Fat Quarter Shop for a while now, so I did this morning.  I should get it in a few days and I’m excited.  Here’s what a bought:

Quilted Quickies-Checker Board, Game Pieces & Travel Bag


Perfect for my daughter, as well as to make gifts!

And I bought these to make the one for my daughter … what do you think?  Chez Moi Charm Pack from Sentimental Studios for Moda Fabrics —


Can’t wait to receive these!


Always Buying Too Much Fabric

June 28, 2007 at 3:46 pm | Posted in books, fabric, sewing | 8 Comments

I always buy “too much” fabric (is there really such a thing?!) because when I like something, well, I like it.  I bought way too much pink geometry fabric because I really liked the prints.  And I’m glad I did.  I wanted to try a few of the patterns from my latest find, Simple Sewing (which I love by the way!).  I made these towels for my kitchen out of some cute fat quarters that I found the other day:


And I was really wanting to make a new tote/purse.  I made this one using the tote pattern in the book and scaled it down:


I also added 2 inside pockets for my cell phone and Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmers (I can’t be without them!):


It was a productive morning.  I’m pleased with my tote/purse and can’t wait to begin my next project from the book: The All-Day Tote, which I plan on using as a diaper bag.  I bought the following canvas fabrics this week – they were on clearance so, again, I couldn’t resist buying 2 yards of each.  I can’t decide which to use for the All-Day Tote/diaper bag – I’m leaning toward the black and pink, but what do you think?


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