Monday, March 18, 2013

An Eventful and Productive Wonderfully Beautiful Weekend

Well now in the preparation of the weekend to come I spent all day Saturday Busting out some Bears for Community Days next Saturday March 23rd @ Blasdell Viking Sewing Gallery  since I will be @ the Pittsburgh Quilt Show that day and can not make it. I still wanted to make a contribution. I changed the engineering and added a heart  from the 1st 2 posted in another blog. I was the embroiderer, pattern cutter and stuffer. Sherry sewed them all up and Cat did the major surgery job of Hand sewing all the legs together.  What a great family team work project we all had fun sharing in.  Staying up way past our bed times.

Sunday we all got up early to spend the morning with my beautiful mom and shared her morning together as her youngest daughter turned another year older. ( THAT WOULD BE ME! ) We shared a great morning with lots of wonderful sewing surprise gifts that Rocking Great Roz set my sister up with for me. Sherry and Mom went off on a different adventure and Cat and I went off to our first Block of the month at Blasdell Viking Sewing Gallery. Rochelle did a great job showing and sharing the ways to make this great fun block. & than Roz showed up with some really yummy great cupcakes from a new place in East Aurora to add to the magic of the day.  I did not finish my Blocks as my brain was so tired and sleeping away I think plus we had a few seam ripping moments. I must say I am become a pro at seam ripping for sure. Below you will see a picture of one of Cat's finished blocks how awesome this block will look all finished in a quilt to come later. 

Than it was time to come home and before I crashed out early to catch up before Mondays soon to come work day I had to do one more thing just for me.  While getting things ready in the morning for the class I  ran into this funky deep red leaped print fabric in the wild bartered stash area fabric. I had to redo the non matching ugly leafy sheet table cover with the cool new stash find.  Now there is a very warm cool funky great look that brings that area all together warmly.  I am so really loving how this sewing area is coming together now.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Learning To Sew Bears Can Turn Into Scare Bears

Ok here is the background that will flow into more story to come within the week to come ahead.

There is 3 events going on next week on Saturday the 23rd  that I am really wanting to enjoy. Here is the List.

#1 Community Days ( Making Comfort Teddy Bears to give to first responders.  Roz & Rochelle are such amazing people that have gotten me sewing ) This is at the  Blasdell Viking Sewing Gallery here in NY

#2 There is a great looking Quilt Show in Cleveland, OH

#3 There Is a cool Quilt Show in Pittsburgh, PA ( plus friends we all want to see )

So this is the plan
Take Friday off go to Cleveland Quilt Show

Saturday go to Pittsburgh Quilt Show it ends at 2 and than hang out with friends

Cat and I will make the bears before hand and make sure they get To Blasdell Viking Before next Friday. No way can I see myself missing that great event. Roz and Rochelle work hard and harder  to keep us going sewing and for such good causes.  That is why I buy my millions of sewing machines the service we get there.

So below here you will find my first prototype of the bears using my 5D Pro to play with the Face size and than sewing them together they looked great inside out. However looking at the finished product I am Scared. hahahaha I am guessing I did something wrong with seam allowance. 

I am not done and I am not throwing in the towel. I am thinking I having some engineering issues in the first steps of entering the world of stuffed teddy bears.  I will be working hard tonight to try again and see I can get a better closer bear rendering.  I will be Trying a new method like I did my Stockings and see how that works out for better shape.  Any Help You Want To Offer I would Love to hear from you all.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Magic of Sewing Just Fills My Spirit

I got to spend some just plain good  me time last night in my newly configured sewing room. I loved every minute of it.  I learned some a few important things too.  Most Important I had a great night.

Here Is a great instant gratification Pillow I made with some thicker cotton and it worked out great.

Here is a great wolf  pillow I made from an almost Batik like feeling cotton.
I did not use any batting and I really learned that in a fabric that is this light you really need to stabilize with some quilting or something to make it more formed for construction.

Monday, March 4, 2013

I Am So Happy! My Sewing Room Flows Perfect.

No matter what I do in the small space I can not seem to get a good angle or picture. after several takes this was the best I could come up with.  There is a flow in the room and since there is sometimes more than one sewing at a time in here that was to be considered too. It is very nice now and all machines have a home and where tested.

I am so excited I forgot to take a picture of the quilt top I finished and is ready to be sandwiched and quilted.
I also cut some fabric for a new project. I am thrilled that my cutting table feels right. I was having such a hard time with it facing the other way.  All and all I am ready and excited. The feel and flow of the room seems just right now. Took a lot of  different tries and now I really think its perfect.

Sherry even came up and sewed some That says a lot. 
Sherry is not addicted like the rest of us she sews out of need 
she is short and always needs to hem pants up.
She did say she likes the room set up like this the best so far.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Thanks To Everyone Sewing More Beauty Into My Daily Life

I have no sewing pictures right now to post. Just some cool sharing’s of the long week that had no sewing.  Sometimes life just gets moving a bit fast and it is hard to find that moment of me time to do anything.  No complaints as I have some really great things to share in the sewing world around me from the week. 

Roz and Rochelle from Blasdell Viking Sewing did a great job Saturday as we sewed our hats and had a blast. Anything frustrating that went on was all ok as me laughed and made it through together enjoying the day shared. I loved it and everyone else did too.   I was so much in awe of the day I had a couple of very cool strangers (how could not be cool with a pink streak of hair. )  I met in the Joann’s store deliver a small just fun thank you from us all.  Dodging and hiding out to make it a full surprise without being seen was just covertly extra bonus fun.

The week progressed and I decided I do not like the new sewing room design at all and it must be changed so I have it all drawn out and was all ready to get home Thursday night and rip apart and redo it yet again to get me motivated and the sun downers lazy bones feelings knocked out of me and get my motivation back and running.  Well I stopped over to Eden Sewing Center to say hello to all the womyn at the open sew and also sign up for a fun looking class on Tuesday.  Well much to my surprise a great womyn there found an amazing skull cup with black zig zags and it was just perfect to make my night glow and shine.  She then made it even better by saying how just saw it and thought of me and my sewing portfolio bag and it fit.  While Carolyn and I spook and shared something’s too and these 2 events fit so well into the book I wrote. I rushed out to the truck and found a couple copies and gifted them off too.  I must say it was a super great night at the open sew even if I did not sew and needless to say who am I kidding to think I would leave early enough to get any of my room done before the need for bed time. All worth it and a great time was had.

The Long and short of this post is that a couple years ago a decided to clean up my emotional home inside me and give my spirit something new to grow with and learn.  Somehow in this time I made the quilt for my mom and this whole sewing fabric and quilting addiction hit hard and fell right into place with my new life changing growth spurt.  This said sewing has not only brightened up my creative world it has also brightened up my whole world great people and great learning.  My gratitude and honor to all that are sharing in this new part of my journey in life as I am nothing special I am only a reflection of all that is around me. This all is what makes me love life so much.