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Oh yes – August now.  I can’t believe how the time flies.  I’ve been planning and plotting to start a large project.  Yes, a quilt.  Seriously – do you think that I care that I’ve never sewn anything larger than a dress or a square panel for a curtain?  Nah.  I’m planning a fabulous quilt  – based on the Silent Cinema line, of which I’ve had a crush on since it’s release.  I’ve been dreaming up block styles, but I reckon I should keep it simple for my first go at one.  Oh yeah, I’m going for a queen size quilt – so maybe just some 12″ blocks will suffice.  :-)

I’m really diggin August right now – it is full if promise and new beginnings.  Who doesn’t like something to look forward to?

till next time…

July…really?

Where does the time go?  I can’t believe it’s been since February.  There have been many completed clothing and home decor items since then and also some knitting, ripping and more knitting.  A trip to CA was a highlight of the last few months as well.  Some day, some way – I know we’ll find our way to be in California full-time.

Lunch in Sausalito on our way up to the Russian River Valley

In the mean time, I have a few Wallet to Totes (tutorial here) to make up for some friends.  Yesterday, in a manic session to use up some expiring coupons, I purchased enough cotton/linen blend fabric to back a quilt.  Now – what will the front of the quilt look like?   I’ll be keeping tabs on some of my favorites on pinterest for inspiration.  You can follow my pins here.  I may be slightly addicted to looking at everything that people are pinning, but until i can use my Iphone to search the web and pin, my pinning is relegated to me sitting in front of my computer and during the summer, that is not very likely to happen.  Hey, that might be why I haven’t been blogging – I haven’t been utilizing my WordPress app and I rarely sit myself in front of the computer these days.  (Note to self!)

I’ll be back sooner than later.

Cheers!

Spring Window

The wonderful people over at Sew, Mama, Sew! are hosting a wonderful pillow contest this month.  This was exactly what i needed to light a fire under my sewing machine this year.  I have been complaining about our old boring grey pillows for a while now and had intentions of making up some new ones for our living room couch.  Before the holidays I had purchased some 18″ pillow forms to get started.  Here I am 2.5 months later and I finally have some pillow covers for those forms. 

I rifled through my fabric stash to see what I could come up with and found that I have a tendency to buy a lot of flower and bird oriented fabrics – go figure!  After looking around for some inspiration, how could I pass up a window pane theme?  If only I could look outside today and see bright cheery flowers and birds!  Here in Minneapolis we have a few months to go before any sort of flower will make an appearance out my window.

I took this opportunity to knock another to-do off of my list this year and quilted the fronts of the pillows.  My first pillow covers, my first quilting experience and I even successfully installed invisible zippers using the fabulous tutorial from Sew Katie Did.  My quilting consisted of straight line quilting, horizontally on one and vertically on the other.  If anyone has any tips on how to achieve a nice, even feed on a Singer Touch and Sew Slant-O-Matic, I’d love to hear them!  I was able to find a walking foot for it and installed it correctly, but there was no even feeding to be had on this machine.  If you’d like to see more pillow pictures, they are available on Flickr.

Next up is sewing up the pieces of my skirt that have been sitting in my workspace all cut out with their corresponding pattern pieces since (!)October.  I should also be working to finish up my Hedera socks as well, I suppose.  Shoot, while I’m at it I might as well post some pictures of my travels this year.  I guess I shouldn’t get too ambitious, but we’ll see what happens.  The forecast is for 6-10″ of snow tomorrow and I’ve been ready for spring to arrive for approximately three months already. 

Cheers!

when i stop sewing

Plants Die.

When i stop sewing

And yes, it’s true.  I’ve had that skirt ready to sew up for nearly three months.  Holiday sewing took precedent the entire month of September and in 2011, I’ve been happily knitting along.  Also in 2011, I’ve come to find myself travelling quite a bit for work.  Already an entire week in Dallas, TX now tomorrow I’m off to Austin TX.  I’m excited to see some new sites and catch some live music in this legendary musical city.  However, that means that there is little time for sewing and sock knitting is oh so easily portable and a welcome reprieve while flying.

I’ve been quite productive on the knitting front, finishing a hat and a cowl already this year.  I’ve started on some hedera socks by Cookie A. and hope to finish these before valentine’s day.  These will be the first socks I’ve knitted (and finished) for myself, all of my previous sock ventures have been lovingly gifted to my mother.

This week I’ll be travelling, but hope to have a post of fun Austin TX when I return.  I can’t wait to pick up my iphone, then I’ll be able to post on the road.

Happy New Year

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden, Vancouver, BC

Yay!  2011 has finally made an appearance.  I am so very excited for the new year to begin.  I am ready for a new perspective and want to change the way I do everything, well almost everything.  There are so many things to accomplish in this new year.  I’m going to start by writing all of the things that I want to do in the new year down.  Right in this here blog, for the whole world to see.  I’m ready to be accountable.

This year I am going to:

  • Eat better and be better to my body (yes that means running on a regular basis!)
  • Blog more (and better!)
  • Be more connected to my friends and family
  • Be more deliberate in my crafting
  • Fill my Etsy shop with wonderful items
  • Thrift more
  • Form a crafting circle with my old friends
  • Meet new friends who have common interests

My other list of to do’s this year include:

  • Make a Quilt – Hopefully queen sized!  I have never thought of myself as the quilting type, but I have seen oh so many fabulous ones out there in the blogosphere that I’m determined to make one of these pieces of art for myself.
  • Learn to embroider, well embroider better I guess.  I am going to download some sashiko patterns and running stitch my heart out until I like the results.
  • Knit a sweater from the Vogue Knitting Winter 2011 Issue – and do it while the winter is still upon us.  There are oh so many that I adore from the preview, but I think i might have to start with this one:

  • Make lots of pillow covers for our living room
  • Finish decorating our master bathroom
  • Make a table runner and placemats for our dining room
  • Take pictures of all these things and provide updates on this here blog

As for today, the mister is juicing some oranges on the new juicer I received for Christmas (what a sweetie!) and I have a hat to finish knitting.  I’m through the ribbing and am determined to knock this one out by the end of the day.  I think that’s a fitting way to spend the first day of my new year: accomplishing, completing, and being satisfied.  My only question now is, what should my next accomplishment be?  Feel free to pick something from the above list(s) or suggest something else completely!  I’d love to hear from you.

Pictures on the orange funny mohairy hat will be coming soon.

Happy 2011 Everyone!

2011, here we go

A little cleanup to start a new year

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