Inspiration

July 23, 2007 at 3:26 pm | Posted in finds, sewing, tutorials | 1 Comment

Last week we went on a trip to the N. GA mountains with some friends.  I have not been sewing in about a week and I am currently looking for inspiration.  I did sandwich my latest quilt this morning and began quilting it, but I am outline quilting it and, well, it’s sort of a pain, so I am only working on it a little here, a little there.

So I need some more inspiration … and I found the following:

Button Shirt to Toddler Dress Recon — this is too cute!  I’ll have to visit the thrift store and see what I can find!

Bias Toward the Pretty – What can I say?  I am a big bias tape fan.  I saw these ideas last month in Martha Stewart Living mag and thought they were great ideas.  Two of my faves are the shoe laces (page 2) and the table runner (page 3)

:)

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 :)

~Tutorial~ Find!

July 5, 2007 at 4:51 pm | Posted in finds, sewing, tutorials | Leave a comment

I remade the tote bag from the other day — made it sturdier with lining and a bigger pocket.  But I didn’t have a wallet to match (a girl’s gotta have matching a wallet and bag, ya know?!).  So I searched and found an E~A~S~Y wallet to make – check out this tutorial for a Super Cool Wallet.  I made it to match and voila!  Handmade, unique ensemble that I like and looks good, if I do say so myself ;)

I’ll post pix later … gotta run!

~Heather

$$ 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

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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 —

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Can’t wait to receive these!

~Heather

~New Book Find~

June 30, 2007 at 7:07 am | Posted in books, finds, quilting, quilts | 2 Comments

mqwcover.jpgThe Modern Quilt Workshop: Patterns, Techniques and Designs from the Fun Quilts Studio.  I have been wanting this book for a while now ever since finding the Modern Quilt-Along hosted by Kim @ Diaramarama.  Although I do THOROUGHLY enjoy quilting, my style is more along the lines of modern rather than traditional.  So imagine my delight at finding a book that would help me make some, and even design my own, modern quilts.  I finally bought it yesterday and have enjoyed reading it so far.  It’s definitely a must-have!
The very first pattern that I will make is called “Out of the Box” and if you know me IRL or read my personal blog, a free heart’s reflections, then you might understand why ;)

My dear husband has given me some extra money to spend and I can’t wait to sit down and begin planning out what I need … then go and buy the fabric and begin making my first modern quilt!

Well, gotta run … it’s time to get ready as we head out to the Sunflower Festival today!  I promise I’ll share some pix later :)

~Heather

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