In which I talk about digging myself out from under Scrap Mountain and a brief bit about The Saga of The Quilting Frame. This week is a bit more Tell than Show. Hopefully next week will be more Show. Take care and have a crafty week!
I swore I was going to make a video this week, but as it hasn’t happened yet, and I have absolutely nothing crafty to show, I am going to wait and try to record on Monday so I can get my butt organized to post on Tuesday.
Things that have happened since last week: My new Juki 2000qi machine arrived, yay! Unfortunately I was missing a couple of key components to hooking it up on the Qzone Hoop quilting frame, but those parts should arrive Saturday. So I am gearing up to (FINALLY) start quilting again. My plan is to master this set up so that I can quilt ALL THE THINGS.
I sold my Arrow Gidget I table today on Craig’s List for only a little less than I paid for it, which is awesome. Some of that that money is going into the crafty kitty to save for “other things”. Meanwhile I’ve moved the Pfaff back onto the desk I was using before I bought the gidget. Yes, I know I have only had the table since May, but I’ve never been happy with it. It was “kinda” ok for the Kenmore, but I sold both my Kenmores to help buy the Juki. Priorities! I do not need 5 sewing machines, I do NOT. That being said, the desk isn’t great for sewing with the Pfaff either, but it will do until I find something I think will work better, or sell the Pfaff, whichever comes first (Pfaff is currently listed on Craig’s List, too). As always, my project room seems to be a never ending work in progress, but I decided as long as I have my Singer 301A as my travel and/or emergency back up machine, I didn’t need the two Kenmores, anymore. I had kept the big one more for sentimental reasons than anything else. It was my aunt’s. I learned to quilt on it. I pieced and quilted TWO PoDs on it. But it was big, and it was a pain to have to use cams to do the different stitches, and I only have so much room and it just wasn’t WORKING for me and what I do as well as it used to. And the little one was so darn cute! But I didn’t need it the way I needed to be able to quilt again.
Other changes are coming, too, but let’s leave it at that for now. I think that’s enough to be going on with for now, don’t you?
I did not have time to record yesterday and won’t have time today, as I continue cleaning up the project room this morning before work, in the aftermath of the great bag-making endeavors. In the end I made 13 bags and have delivered them to specific coworkers between Monday and Tuesday of this week. I have some canvas left that I’m going to use for some bags for my own household. That being said, I already got the best commentary from one of the recipients of a bag that was a lightweight denim on the inside and a cotton on the outside with a print of various vegetables. She got her bag on Monday and she took it to Trader Joe’s that evening. 2 different people approached her and wanted to know where she got it! hearing something like that always makes me happy. And in this case makes me thing I might want to consider making more of these to sell at a future date.
By pressing and cutting the fabric pieces and preparing the straps in advance, I was able to crank out 6 of these babies in one day! Well worth the prep work. I used the following tutorial as the foundation for these last 6 bags, but I increased the fabric length of both the outside and the lining by 6 inches, and I also did french seams, and boxed the corners. Because of the french seams, I did not cut off the corners after boxing them, I just left them inside since their seams were finished. I will put the video tutorial which I based my final bags on below.
Meanwhile, Have pics of the last 6 bags. There are two bright green with red lining, one with a print of condiments and same red lining, and 3 with veggies on the outside and denim on the inside.
See you next week!
I’m dragging myself into the new year with not a lot of things to show, and I’m totally ok with that. I get done what I get done. I didn’t mention WHY I haven’t gotten anything else done over the past week, my wrist decided it was tired of doing things and started screaming at me to stop. Said wrist is currently in a time out. Hopefully I’ll be back to making things soon.
In which I show a few more bags and talk about making even more bags, lol. Wishing you all peace, love, and happiness in the coming year. Be well!
In which I talk about making bags and other random things. And cough and sniffle… Been fighting a cold for a few days. It’s good to be able to be off work from now through Friday. I can rest up for some serious bag making. Another go to bed early night tonight, I think!
I haven’t managed to find a time to record that isn’t when someone in the next room isn’t sleeping, and frankly, I don’t really have anything to show anyway. I have gotten the charm border onto the tumbler quilt, but want to put one more border on before I call it ready to quilt. I want to make reusable fabric grocery bags for my team at work, but haven’t started yet. I keep vascillating on which pattern to use. But I need to get on that, too. We close at noon this coming Tuesday, so I plan to record then if not before.
I know a good many of us are going through really hard times right now, either individually or a friend or family member. Know that you are loved and we are thinking of you and hoping for better times in the coming weeks and months for you.