back to the sewing room

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I’ve gotten inspired to sew lately, after too long of a hiatus. And I have to say–I love it! It is so easy to let the creative pursuits slip when life gets busy (and when isn’t it?). But I’ve made it a point to carve out a bit of time nearly everyday to sew and boy it really adds up fast!

I got busy on my dad’s quilt, as his 75th birthday is fast approaching. I don’t know if I’ve talked about this quilt before, but five years ago, as a new quilter, I bought a bunch of novelty fabrics that I thought represented him and started to make him a horrendous quilt. Once I realized that it was going to be horrendous, I shoved it all in a bag and started over. That quilt came out well–here’s a mini version of it.

Well, that fabric has been haunting me all these years and so I took it out a while back and made a new plan. It’s basically a red and white star quilt with Route 66 novelty fabric centers. The pieced back features a few more of the novelty fabrics (not all) and it all came together in a ┬ámuch more attractive way. There will be more pics when it’s all done. I’m currently sewing the binding on–so the end is in sight!

I also fell down the rabbit hole of English Paper Piecing (EPP) hexies. Oh my, this feeds my hand sewing, addictive personality! The project that got me going was in the book Sweetly Stitched Handmades. It was such a pleasure to make. I pretty much adore everything that Amy makes.

And lastly, but actually probably my favorite, is the Deluxe Pincushion from the book Sew Organized for the Busy Girl. It was so fun to make (I whipped it up in a single evening) and I have used it almost everyday since. You need to give this pattern a try. Seriously, you won’t regret it.



tea cozy

Not a lot of sewing is happening here. Still trying to get into the swing of the new year. Back in November I started working part-time, from home. It’s not a lot of hours, just 10-15 per week, but just enough for me to feel the squeeze. I’m having fun with it and I like that having fewer hours to get things done around the house forces me to be more efficient. I need to be up, exercised, dressed, have the house tidied and the kids off to school all by 9 am. Then I have a few hours dedicated to work, a little time to keep up on running the household, and by 2 o’clock I’m picking up the youngest one and back to full-time mothering for the rest of the day. I’d like to get to the point where I can load the working hours onto three days a week so that I have two full days to devote to domestic pursuits. I am missing my mornings in the kitchen, loading us up with good things to eat in the fridge. I’m sure I will get the routine worked out soon.

I did devote one evening to sewing up a tea cozy for my new teapot that I got for Christmas. I used this tutorial, but I modified it slightly and wish I hadn’t. When you measure over the top of the teapot, she has you divide that number in half and add 3 inches, when you make your pattern. Well, that just looked gigantic to me and I cut an inch off the bottom of the pattern. Well, guess what, the whole thing is just a little bit too short- I should have left it alone. It is a quick and easy pattern and it came out cute. I used Insul-Brite for the insulation and it works pretty well.

The kids treated me to some wonderful green tea for Christmas from Tevana. It is called Jasmine Dragon Pearls and is so delicious. I love drinking tea (especially green tea) and am making the transition away from tea bags to loose leaf tea. It fit my definition of a perfect gift, since I love and wanted it, but would not have bought it for myself.

Now I drink pots of it while working away the morning hours. Thanks to my kids who know me so well.