Posts Tagged ‘fabric’

Birdie Sling pleats, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

This pic is a bit dark…about to start the pleatIng…but just hung up on where to stitch here…I’m guessing 1/4 ” from the top, across from folded edge to the pin(which is where the pleat marks line up)….
can anyone confirm this?

I’ve been so busy lately, hardly any time for myself let alone for sewing. Picked up some extra hours at the hospital for some extra cash (and really wishing I could spend it on fabric instead of a new roof!) Ah, well, such as life huh?

I HAVE been working on gathering and sorting all of my favorited tutorials. I have an endless list that just keeps growing. I’m inspired constantly by these amazingly fantasticly creative women (and men!) out there. As one blogger writes, I need to “stop staring and start sewing!” But I can’t help searching and exploring flickr and then getting lost in links from one blogger to the next. And then there is the fabric!!!! I could look at fabric all day and drool and wish I could just buy it ALL! Oh and Etsy….my god, no wonder I’m up till midnight every night!! My husband is constantly saying to me “WHAT do you DO on the laptop?” lol…ahm, window shopping for fabric and new patterns, getting inspired, learning…….

I’m sure you can relate…

Anyway. Got to get moving here. Make a plan for the day. Its a non school day, so I need to think of some fun things for the kids an I to do. Oh and then there’s April vacation next week…I think I’m going to come up with a list of activities and get all the stuff we need for fun projects ahead of time….maybe we can do that today. I digress.

Have a good day 🙂

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Fresh Cut for spring!, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

Ahhhhh, how happy does this new fabric make me?! Sooooo happy! So springy and uplifting. All but the bottom fabric is Heather Bailey’s OOP Fresh Cut line. I knew I better grab it while it’s still around, because when its gone its gone, and I would be super sad to have missed out. The bottom fabric is Amy Butler’s Acanthus in olive.
I have begun sorting my fabrics into clear bins. I bought three bins, and it wasn’t enough! I was sooo happy about that (“ooh look at all this amazing fabric I own…its MINE all MINE wah ha ha”) How do you all sort your fabrics?
After I sort, I’m back to cutting fabric for the Birdie Sling!

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Crayon Rolls, originally uploaded by nikkifilo.

I am so glad to finally be posting these!!!! It took me a couple weeks to get all the cutting and sewing done…but I think it was worth it 🙂
I used this tutorial: Skip to my Lou which was super easy to follow 🙂
I made mine a little different, and had I been sewing during the day when lighting was good, I would have photographed my progress. Instead of using interlining, I used a light organic cotton batting. And instead of ties, I just sewed in some elastic. I figured these were for very young children who don’t yet know how to tie. I still can’t figure out why SOME of my elastic loops would end up twisting when all rolled up. I so carefully placed the elastics when sewing…I just can’t figure it out! Oh well, most of them were straight and neat. Lastly I skipped the ric rac…how dare I right?! LOL. Well, I needed them to be as simple as possible as I had to sew 30 of them!!!!
Anyway, back to Sophie’s quilt…yes, baby girl Sophie Alexandra was born just a few days ago, and three weeks early I might add!!! The quilt is going to be a little late I’m afraid, but I think Meg will understand! Welcome to the world baby girl 🙂

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IMG_7960, originally uploaded by nikkifilo.

Kitchen curtains! Here is the fabric I picked. I just got the Amy Butler fabric in the mail the other day, and I must say, its just as beautiful as I hoped. I can’t wait to get started!!

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IMG_8008, originally uploaded by nikkifilo.

Pinned! Ready to quilt! This will be my very first attempt at actually QUILTING a quilt! I usually just hand tie the layers together….but what I LOVE about quilts is that quilted yumminess. So here goes!

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IMG_8002, originally uploaded by nikkifilo.

Getting ready to baste! I taped down the quilt back and then (not shown) I placed the batting and quilt top down. I then pinned the layers together.

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IMG_7969, originally uploaded by nikkifilo.

This is the back of the quilt. The photo does NO justice to the beautiful Alexander Henry fabric I used. It is just precious. Maybe tomorrow I’ll include a close up of it. Its so amazing.

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IMG_7965, originally uploaded by nikkifilo.

Just another view of the quilt top…

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IMG_7962, originally uploaded by nikkifilo.

Yippee!!!!! I hope Meg knows that the squares are SUPPOSED to be all wonky 😉 lol. That was done on purpose. he he. I definitely like some blocks better than others…but I think it all comes together pretty well. Looking forward to getting it ALL together and quilted!

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IMG_7876, originally uploaded by nikkifilo.

Almost…but basically ready.

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