28 September, 2011

My Sewing Closet

My friends say that my sewing closet looks much too
tidy, but I work hard to keep it picked up and organized.
otherwise, I can't find anything. 

Long ago and far away, a Princess, (that would be me...,) had a beautiful sewing room. It was large and open and bright with lots and lots of storage. But alas, the perfect sewing room was not to be found when the Princess and her handsome Prince moved to a new castle in a new land. Sadly, the Princess was banished to sew in the closet. But she made her sewing closet the most KICK ASS sewing closet in all of the Kingdom! Her sweetie, the Prince, (hereafter, and for my blogging purposes to be known as Mr. T., no gold chains or excessive bling, I promise!) bought her a beautiful spinning wheel  sewing machine. (Sorry, got my fairy tales mixed up for a moment...) Anyway..., the beautiful sewing machine was christened, "Elizabeth" and she and the Princess sewed happily ever after. In the closet.

The End.

Since my sewing table surface is so small, I have found a clever way to keep my scissors and other pointy tools close at hand.  I've been using a vintage flower frog, one of many that I have picked up at yard and estate sales over the years. These handy things work great for flower arranging, but this one is doing it's solemn duty as my scissors holder.

23 September, 2011

Hanging Basket Quilt

Block Detail
This is the quilt, well..., one of them, that I am working on presently.  It is a paper pieced hanging basket pattern made of yummy Moda fabrics.  I still need to add the outer sashing and the outer border, but so far, I'm liking it. I still have not decided on the backing or just how to perfectly quilt it, but sometimes the quilt will tell me what it wants and needs.

Note to quilt... I'm listening...

Black-Eyed Susans

My Black-Eyed Susans have done beautifully this year.  They are still looking fabulous here on the first day of Fall, just doing what comes naturally.

22 September, 2011

Iron Tote.

For my very first blog post, (I am a blogging virgin....) I am sharing an item that I made this week. I belong to the local Quilters' Guild and each month we have a work day, where we bring our sewing machines and either work on our own projects or make a project to sell at our quilt show in April. There is nothing like a room full of friends, sewing machines buzzing, with all of us chatting up a storm. This week, our very own, very talented, Linda G., led us in creating this tote for our travel iron. This little beauty will be perfect for carrying our iron to classes and workshops. It is lined with that silvery Teflon ironing board fabric, and when open, it doubles as a pressing surface. I will be donating this one to the Guild, for sale at our Quilt Show,  but can't wait to make one for myself.

Fast forward... I have finished making my own tote.  It's red, of course.  And you can see how it unfolds and opens up for pressing.  It's perfect!

The tote opened up for pressing purposes.