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Showing posts with label sewing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sewing. Show all posts

Monday, September 26, 2011

I'm Getting Close

~ ~ ~ to finishing my crocheted Stripy Blanket that I started about six months ago.  I am in love with it! The feel of the soft wool (Cascade 220)  is so snugly and will be lovely on my bed this winter. I have really enjoyed working on this project even in the summertime because we really have not had very many days of high temperatures that can make working on a large wool afghan very undesirable. 

The colors have worked out nicely with my bedroom color scheme which is basically white furniture that I have pained and walls that I painted  in a cranberry faux finish.

I am showing you a photo of my headboard that I covered with some quilted upholstery fabric that has a beautiful cranberry color and highlights of slight green when you change your visual angle just slightly.  Several years ago, I picked up the headboard at a Goodwill store.

I ordered some border print fabric that I plan to make into pillowcases for the bed. I looked and looked for fabric that would work with my what I wanted to see in the bedroom. Since my shopping consisted of surfing the Internet I was pleased to find this floral border print.

 I found it a little difficult shopping for a border print that was large enough to have a good visual impact along with the vibrant colors of the blanket.  I can't wait to sew the pillowcases. But, I must finish the blanket first. And, that means weaving in all of the ends too!   Can you see flowers all across the width of the bed like they are growing along a garden pathway?

This is a companion fabric that I will use on the back side of the pillowcases. The fabric line is, Botanika Collection by Paula Prass for Michael Miller. 

And, this is another companion fabric that I purchased. I am sure I will have some fun deciding how I will use it. This little picture I found of a little pillow is sure cute!

 It's been fun showing you what I am planning. I hope you enjoyed it.

Today is my Birthday - - - - 72 years - - - - I can't believe it! 

Have a Wonderful Day and remember to Hug Someone!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Lady Of Short Stature

Means that pant legs always have to be shortened. And that includes blue jeans which have a reputation for being very difficult to hem because of the heavy fabric and the ever recognizable orange thread. Throw in the fact that I am using a Singer Touch and Sew Zig Zag Sewing Machine that I purchased in 1968 and you have a master challenge.

I am a believer in the saying "They don't make 'um like they used to". And, in this case I am talking about one of my sewing machines. This machine has truly been a work horse through the years. Don't misunderstand me. The new machines certainly have a place in todays fabulous sewing and craft world.


Now, back to the subject at hand - - - hemming blue jeans. If you ever have to do this alteration, I seriously recommend the procedure explained at this website, How To Hem Jeans. Look how nice the hem looks with preservation of the original hem. I was able to hem two pairs of blue jeans today and that makes me very happy.

I hope you are having a Great Day. 

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Happy 4th Of July Weekend

If my life had a time slot for me to do some patchwork, applique and quilting, I could see this design used for a beautiful quilt. Actually, any size, even a wall hanging for different patriotic seasons of the year. But, at this time, I guess my red, white and blue flowers in the garden will have to be my patriotic quilt.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Rain Coat Alteration And Volcano Ash

My oh, my. This is a difficult color to photograph! No matter how hard I tried, this is the best I could do with the less than ideal lighting situation with rainy weather. Rain coat - - - and - - - rainy weather, I guess they go together.

Actually, the color is more like a champagne color and I think it will go with my travel wardrobe which is composed of navy blue as the most prominent color. I found that blue was a difficult color to find in the stores. But, it seems as though the color is starting to be a little more prominent than a few months ago.

As usual, alterations are a way of life for me. And, this classy little raincoat needed to have its sleeves shortened by 2 inches. So, that is what I did today along with a lot of other things like getting a pedicure. A rainy day is good for these types of activities.

I just found a photo of the raincoat in the champagne color. Isn't it great looking - - - and the back has a nice self-belt.

Rain, rain go away. I need some sunshine before I leave town in six days. And, I sure hope the Iceland volcano behaves itself and doesn't ash-up the skies and close the European airports.

I hope you had a Good Day.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Clothes Alterations

I really dislike altering my clothing. But, I don't have much choice in the matter because even when I purchase clothes in petite sizes I still have to shorten the length of dresses and pants. There was a time in my life when I made all of my clothes. So, it isn't that I don't know how to do alterations. It is just that I don't want to do it anymore.

Since my personal life is changing dramatically, I have purchased a few new things. It never feels like I am getting something new when I have to sit down at the sewing machine and work on them first before I can wear them. I think their is a possibility that I will be looking for a seamstress in my area that can give me a little help.

I would much rather spend my time at the sewing machine making a quilt! Remember, I just purchased that beautiful Poppies Collection fabric for a wall hanging.

With such big changes in my life I am having a challenge in finding time to do the things that need to be done at home, especially in the garden at this time of year. I am having a fabulous time and would not change it for anything, but none the less,  I feel like I am always behind with many of the things I did on a regular basis.

Believe me, life is wonderful.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

A Beautiful Sight

Since I have nothing of interest to post about, I have been surfing blogland and I have come upon a blog  that I would like to share with you. I don't think Karen will mind if I share my enthusiasm in her new sewing room with you. This room was created in a month following an unfortunate (to say the least) house event that involved severe water damage.

If you like to sew/quilt, this is the  "TO DIE FOR SEWING ROOM".  Look at all that floor space, wall space and storage space! And, the creme de la creme  - - those WINDOWS and VIEW. Go take a look.


 Sew Many Ways has just finished an exquisite black and white sewing room. The colors are only part of what make this room so special. I dare you to find something missing in her design.  It looks like it has all of the elements that you could want to make it not only functional but gorgeous! She is my kind of gal. One who likes to repurpose  furniture, create useful things and do-it-yourself or maybe do-it-sister type of person.

Day by day, I am getting my strength back after my recent medication reaction.

Hope all of you are having a good Saturday.


Thursday, September 03, 2009

Show And Tell

I think this is such a pretty picture. In the last few years, I have acquired a couple Singer Featherweight sewing machines. One is model 221 and the other is 222. I think they are very beautiful. They both are in excellent condition. I have not sewed very much lately because the upkeep of the house and garden has been taking so much of my time.

There just are not enough hours in the day; somedays there just is not enough energy in the body. With my back disability it is easier to sit and knit and/or crochet than it is to sit at a sewing machine. Thus my sewing activities have slipped down my list of ongoing activities. None the less, I really enjoy just looking at these little pieces of the past that have never lost their usefulness.
This is such a beautiful Vintage Singer Featherweight 221K that dates back to 1938 through the end of 1941. It has the wonderful Egyptian Scrollwork chrome faceplate and the early decal design on the work surface. The decals are in almost perfect condition. This Singer model has the fold-up bed which makes it easy to change the bobin.

Just a click will enlarge the photo.
The next Singer model is the rarer machine 222K with the combination free-arm. The bed extension is removable for sewing pant legs and shirt sleeves. Again the gold leaf decals are in excellent condition. These were made in Scotland between roughly 1954 to 1961. This machine was made in 1956.

In addition, this model has the beautiful Centennial Madallion which commemorated Singer's Centennial in the business of manufacturing sewing machines. Its century started in 1851 after Isaac Singer perfected the first practical sewing machine. Thus, this madallion has the dates 1851 to 1951.

Just a click will enlarge the photo.

These lovely machines have a lot of history and Nancy Johnson-Srebro has published a wonderfully informative book called "Featherweight 221, The Perfect Portable and its Stitches Across History". I highly recommend the book if you have interest in these little jewels.
If you have time to sew today -


Wednesday, August 05, 2009

I Am Making Cards

And - - - I have a helper. I think a lot of crafting bloggers are familiar with the little Pointy Kitty. She was very popular with crafters a few years ago.

The pattern was graciously shared by Hillary Lang at http://weewonderfuls.typepad.com/wee_wonderfuls/downloads/Pointy-Kitty-Pattern.pdf

These cards are a lot of fun to make and could not be much easier. One of my friends did not know that I made the one I sent to her. She thought that I bought it. That was a nice compliment! As you can see I have just printed out some of the photos that I have posted on the blog.

And plain white cards and envelops are the only other items that you need. Oh, also I used little double-sided adhesive squares to adhere the photos to the cards. Yes, very easy.

It is not length of life, but depth of life.
---Ralph Waldo Emerson

HAVE A GRAND DAY, it's nice and comfortable here compared to days past.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Surprise Sewing

Just a click will enlarge the photos.

It was so much fun to get the sewing machine out and finish a project that had been started a long time ago. The bag was almost finished. It only needed the magnetic closure and the inside bottom stitched closed. I guess I got sidetracked when I didn't have the magnetic closure that I wanted to use. We don't have any stores close by for craft items. As the result of that I usually purchase through the internet which I have found to be quite satisfactory. But, we do have a wonderful fabric store, especially for quilters. It doesn't get much better than being able to caress beautiful fabric and plan a new sewing project!

So, last Sunday I finished the bag and then I made the pincushion and the zippered bag to match the bag. I think the fabric is simply fabulous! I purchased it at the local fabric store.

This is a gift for a very special person who is always available when someone needs help of any kind. She is the kind of person that makes me wonder "How does she do so much for so many?"

My dear Singer Sewing machine is very very old but it has been a real work horse through the years. It is the Golden Touch & Sew Deluxe Zig-Zag sewing machine Model 620. I bought it new for $409.45 in 1968. Wow, that sounds like many lifetimes ago! I have always kept it clean and oiled regularly. It has been in for repair only three times. The gears are the problem with these machines. In 1984, two gears were replaced and it still runs quite well. It is beginning to be quite difficult to get parts for this machine according to what I have been reading on the internet. What oh, what would I do without the internet???

It is more blessed to give than to receive;
yet a noble nature can accept and be thankful.
by Johann August Strindberg

Today, Give Thanks.


Some Additional Special Photos


Mother's Day 2012

Mother's Day 2012

Happy Family (2014)

Happy Family (2014)
Grandma Pride

Valentine's Day 2013

Valentine's Day 2013

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2011

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2011

Bud Mietz

Bud Mietz
1928 - 2014