Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fast and Easy - Brownie Wallet from XOXO by Lauren

One of the new designers that I'm following is XOXO by Lauren.  The first pattern I did of hers was the Boon Wallet, and when she asked for testers for another quick pattern, I jumped at the chance!  This wallet took about 1 episode of Super Girl (would have been less, but I hadn't seen the episode yet and kept getting distracted).  I made mine with some wine colored cork and it probably took me longer to pick my materials than to actually make it!
Effervescent fabric gives a fun accent

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Farewell August, I Barely Knew You!

August FLEW by, and with one day left, I'm ready to buckle down and get tons of stuff done next month!  Almost time for craft shows and Halloween costumes so no time to slack off!
New 'reading' art, maybe a fun lap quilt?

Monday, August 28, 2017

Starlet Captivating Clutch - Bandanna Style!

I got the go-ahead to do my own pictures, so the up side is that there is no more waiting..the down side is you get my pictures and not gorgeous professional ones... ;)

For the final Springs Ambassador projects, they sent me the Have-a-Hank bandanna fabric, and some printed Baxter Mills Archive fabrics.  First up is the Bandanna one!  The bandanas themselves are large sized for bandannas, but not 'fabric' big so I had to plan out my cuts.  I thought it would be fun to try out the Bag of the Month pattern - Captivating Clutch by Mrs. H.  Since I did the smaller clutch size I was able to fit every piece on a single bandanna, and sometimes several on the same one.  I pre-washed the bandannas and also interfaced every piece since it is a lighter weight fabric.
The color of the inside is more of a teal than a blue, but my camera didn't like it

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Fiona's Freeway - Stage 3

Hopefully you are on track and ready to go for the rest of the Fiona's Freeway!  Tonight Amanda will be doing the final video for the sew along, so be sure to tune in! If you can't watch live, they are available in the main group to watch at any time!  We're trying to figure out how to get them on YouTube or something like that, but are a bit video challenged...
Amanda's in-progress Fiona!  Can't wait to see it all together!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

WIP Wednesday - More Sewing Along!

The Fiona's Freeway Sew Along is over halfway done, so I hope everyone has at least started!  I am almost caught up on everything that HAD to go out this week (almost being the key word...) so I'm planning to get mine busted out on Friday in between all the other million things I have planned for my day off.  Anyone have some spare time I can buy?  If you are on track, it's time to start the lining!  This weekend will be time to finish it all up, so be sure to watch for the videos in the ChrisW Designs FaceBook group!
Cat rattle from the new pattern by One and Two Company, I skipped the eye patch to go faster...

Monday, August 21, 2017

Fiona's Freeway Sew Along - Stage 2

Hopefully by now you have your pieces cut out and are ready to jump in!  If not, what are you waiting for?  You can work at your own pace, but if you finish by the end of the sew along, you can enter to win a free pattern!  Every finished Fiona is an entry!
If you use directional fabric, make sure it's going the 'right' direction!  Owls will be the inside

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Pattern Testing - Bodacious Bowler by ChrisW Designs - Doctor Who Sunflowers

The newest pattern from ChrisW Designs is the Bodacious Bowler and it IS totally bodacious!! The classic shape is perfect for showing off fun fabrics, and as a bonus, there is also an embroidery pattern available to fit on the smaller sizes!
Van Gogh inspired sunflowers and a Tardis make for awesome fabric!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Fiona's Freeway Sew Along and More!

I'm trying to get everything caught up so I can focus on the sew along, but so far that means a lot of mostly finished projects are now everywhere in my craft studio...I just need a few more hours of time to dedicate to finishing everything!  (or days.  Or weeks....)  I can't wait to cross them all off next week!  Something about crossing stuff off my list fills me with joy.  So much joy.
Test purse - I am totally in love with this one, but I don't NEED another purse....

Monday, August 14, 2017

Sew Along Time! - Fiona's Freeway by ChrisW Designs

It's time once again for a fun sew along!  This is going to be a fast one, only 2 weeks, but we are doing one of the Easy Street patterns, so it shouldn't take you too long (famous last words...) and we are here to guide you along!  As a bonus, there will also be a video guide done by Amanda to help you get through any tricky spots!
I decided to try printing the pattern in booklet form, as long as you have good eyesight, it's perfect!  Just print the pattern pieces in FULL size!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

WIP/UFO Wednesday - Kick It Into Overdrive!

I was feeling like I had room to breathe again, so obviously that's a sign I need to take on a million more projects! Someday I'll finish building the shelves for my sewing room and get it totally set up, but for now I'd rather navigate the obstacle course and sew instead!
Fun fabric for the Ellen's Esplanade lining - opening a purse to this would make me happy!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Next Sew Along!! Fiona's Freeway by ChrisW Designs

It's time for another sew along, this time we'll be doing the Fiona's Freeway by ChrisW designs.  This is the latest in her Easy Street Sew and Sell line, so it should be a relatively quick and stylish sew!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

WIP Wednesday - August!!??!!!

Seriously, where is the summer going? I swear it was just the start of June yesterday!  I'm not ready for the summer to end, but I am looking forward to nice cool temperatures and excuses to crochet hats...or maybe sew them!
Hats all cut and ready to go!
I have a large stash of this fabric, need to make more things with it!