Sunday, August 15, 2010

Cutting into the Good Stuff!

A stack of my favorite fabrics, quick skinny dip in the pool at mid-night, time to myself and staying up way too late . . . priceless! Starting to get a little spring in my step and some sewing mojo back and loving it! I had a fabulous Saturday night both with the family and after they went to bed. I think I just needed a little time without my three (okay we can add Steve to the mix as well) so four whinny demanding peeps in my head! Wow has life changed that I find staying up four hours later than everyone on a Saturday night and sewing bliss . . . but it was!
I cut out fabric when the little kids napped and got the patchwork almost done for this Urban Swap project. We had a picnic dinner out in the yard and Max directed his brother and sister in a crazy little dinner show. The fish tacos were a big hit and they were dancing across the yard, eating their tacos and having a wild time. Max begged for a fire and some s-mores, so it turned into a party. Being the all-star mom that I am, I brushed their teeth but failed to wash their sticky faces before sending them off to bed. Steve, Max and I played a few games until the fire went out and then they went into bed just before mid-night and I decided to have some fun!
Here is what I came up with as Project 1 for my partner in the Urban Home Goods Swap - a craft and/or vendor apron. I am in love! It is inspired by Patchwork Style by Suzuko Koseki.
The patchwork ties are for sure a new obsession. I think any time you sew bits of fabric together, iron, fold, iron, sew again . . . and you get this magic- I am in! The ties are way too long, but I love to wrap ties a couple of times around to get the cool vendor look going . . .
Started off with boring canvas and decided to use the good stuff. I ordered this on ETSY from Japan, but now that you can find it at Hawthorne's and even though I can't drive the half- hour to Albany any more to pick it up from them, it is a one day delivery! They are out of it right now, but I can wait patiently for the restock! I love the elephants with the patchwork and hope my partner does too!
Have had a couple of Aunt Cookie panels for about a year now and have decided to start using them. They are so fun and I think add that perfect touch to this project. Also this grouping of four really sums up my partner for me. It has been so fun stalking her blog and flickr and I have been an admirer of her sewing for a year now. I said to my swap mama how I was a little nervous making stuff for a sewing rock star, she of course said all the right things, but in the end my sewing is a bit on the karaoke side . . . but it is the effort that counts right? The inspiration from this group is off the chart, check out the flickr pool if you have a moment!
Finally I have a pledge to make . . . I will cut into and start sewing with my favorite fabrics. If I run out . . . who cares! It was so fun using my favorite fabrics on this and it just makes me smile. I was smiling sewing with them, cutting them, ironing them . . . I just L O V E Flea Market Fancy Large Blue Bouquet and Grey Seeds together. Add in the red ovals from Blank Textiles and the Aunt Cookie panel and I am in heaven. How about you partner?

8 comments:

tasha said...

this is really cute and creative....i love it. i love how you made the ties extra long to wrap around! plus, i agree....use your favorite fabrics because that's what makes sewing so fun and rewarding!

9patchnurse said...

You are right!! I have so much trouble using my favorites, and it's dumb. Thank you for the motivation. I love the apron, great fabric choices. And BTW, it's good to know someone else is out there skinny dipping. Isn't it the best?

megan said...

I hope I am your partner! I love this apron sooo much. It's perfect.
I'm so happy to hear you're feeling a bit better and taking some time for yourself. I often stay up really late just to get that time, especially uninterrupted for crafting. I pay for it the next morning but nothing an extra cup of coffee won't fix!

Megs said...

I was really hoping it was me, until I got to the bottom bit about being an admirer of your partners work for so long, and I think it must be one of those elite flickr girls! It is so beautiful though, I am sure anyone would be grateful to receive such a beautiful item. And let it be known that people follow your sewing just as closely as you follow this person. I for one absolutely loved that perfect little shirt that you made out of various pink and grey FMF, so gorgeous!!!

bulabean said...

SOunds like you had a fun night!! I get most of my sewing done after everyone is in bed too. Yay for cutting up your favorites because that's what I decided too! I am starting to use my stash in anything I can think of now!! I don't wanna be a hoarder anymore :)

Becky said...

Looks awesome, what a night you had! Must have been such fun, congrats on getting your sewing mojo back, not that I thought you'd lost it, not for a second! ♥

janssen designs said...

it's so lovely!!! and good for you to dive into the favorite stash! have fun!

Erin said...

you're kinda a rockstar, too, ya know ;]

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