Blogging Thoughts

It’s the last week in August.

And I have not done a lot of sewing.

 

sewing room items

 

It’s time for me to get back to more sewing!

I’m sorry the posts have been slim pickings for this month.  And when I started this blog, my goal was to post 6 days a week.  I’ve had weeks with 5 posts, but not 6.

This week I plan on sewing, sewing, and more sewing!

Thank you for reading this blog during my few days of posting these past weeks.

My goal is to get down to some serious blogging!  And sewing!

I really  had needed the time to think and to get a little more organized.  To jot down ideas, thoughts, and reflections while the Sew Journal,  the Window Seat Curtains, and the Picnic Blanket all sat unfinished.

Sure, I’ll always have about 5 projects going at once.  I tried to sew just 1 at a time, but couldn’t do it.

September will be a month filled with ideas and I can’t wait to share them with you!

Have a great day!

Pretty Table Mat

It’s Home Sweet Home Monday!

Here’s another simple project to sew.

 

pretty table mat

 

It is a little similar to the August Centerpiece.

Pick out some pretty Summer fabric!  This table mat is also reversible and could be used for spur of the moment picnics.

 

pretty table mat fabric

 

Materials:

- 17 1/2″ x 17 1/2″ piece of quilting cotton for back
– 9″ x 17 1/2″ quilting cottons, 2 pieces for front
– Contrasting thread, optional

Adjust these dimensions, if you wish, for a different size centerpiece to fit your kitchen or dining room table.

First, sew the two  9″ pieces right sides matching with 1/4″ seams.  Sew along the long edges and press the seam to one side.  This is the front of the table mat.

Place the front and the back pieces right sides matching.  Sew all around with 3/8″ seams.  Leave an opening in 1 side.  Turn right side out and press.

Hand sew the opening closed.

To topstitch, use a different decorative stitch on all 4 edges about an 1″ away from the edges.  I used contrasting thread.

 

sewing w/quilting quide

 

I used my quilting guide to measure 1″ from the edge of the fabric.

 

another table mat

 

Stitch in the ditch down the center where you sewed the 2 front pieces together.  I used a decorative stitch.

And place in the center of your table.

You could also add batting, quilt it, and add binding around the edges.

An August Saturday

It’s the weekend!

My agenda for this Saturday in August is to organize, bake, and do a little sewing.

 

sewing table, supplies

 

The first thing to do is to organize my sewing room.

The wall in front of my sewing table is an empty blue one.  Nothing is hanging on that wall.  I do have my wooden spool that my husband made sitting on the table.

I have a few sewing ideas for this wall:

- Make a log cabin quilt block to hang on it
– Make a quilt to hang on it
– Or make a corkboard bulletin board to pin up my list of sewing projects and ideas.

While I’m picking blueberries, cucumbers, and zucchini from our garden, I’ll be thinking on what to do for this blue wall.

And I can’t leave out baking zucchini muffins or sewing.

Have a great weekend, friends!

 

 

 

Patchwork Pieces

Patchwork?   Love it!

Many times when I sew, I piece together scraps of fabric and try to make something out of it.

 

patchwork pieces

 

Here’s the 14″ quilt square from last week.

 

baby doll quilt/pillow

 

I made it into a baby doll quilt.  I stitched in the ditch along the seams.  Then I stitched across the quilt.  The lines are not very straight, but that’s ok.  The lines are kind of wavy looking.

I really like hand sewing the binding on to the back of quilts.  This was finished at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee and music in the background.  Very relaxing.

Flannel Scrap Doll Pillow

 

flannel scraps, thread, pincushion

 

With flannel from the basket in Scraps of Flannel I made a baby doll pillow.

 

baby doll pillow

 

The flannel for the back of the pillow was cut at 5″ x 7″.  The front patchwork pieces were cut at 5″ tall by various widths.  I stitched these together along the 5″ edge with 1/4″ seams, then trimmed the front piece to equal the back piece.

 

doll pillow patchwork front

 

I placed the front and the back pieces right sides matching.  I stitched all around with 1/4″ seams, and left a small opening in one side.

I turned the pillow right side out and filled with stuffing.

I hand stitched the opening closed.

A pillow to match the doll quilt!  It is only August, but perhaps a Christmas present?  Usually in September, is when I start thinking about sewing Christmas presents.

I still have a bunch of flannel in that basket.

On to more patchwork!

Summertime Bag

Here is a cool Summer bag.

Use it for picnics, the beach, going to the library, camping, etc.

 

summertime bag

 

Materials:

 

summertime bag fabric

 

- 20 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ fabric of a sturdier weight for exterior, like home décor or denim, 2 pieces
– 7″ x 9 1/2″ fabric, 2 pieces, for exterior pocket, I chose a cotton for the lining and a denim piece
– 2 5/8″ x 2 5/8″ square of a quilting cotton, optional to sew on the pocket front
– 4″ x 22 1/2″ fabric for straps, 2 pieces of a sturdier weight
– 1″ x 3″ fabric scrap, optional accent piece for front

Fold one edge of the exterior fabric over 1/2″.  Then fold over 5/8″  and press.  Stitch across this with a zigzag stitch.  This is the top of the bag.  Repeat for the other exterior piece.

Pin the optional fabric square on the pocket front where you would like.  The 9 1/2″ edges are the top and the bottom of the pocket.

I cut this fabric square out with pinking scissors and placed it on an angle, keeping at least 2″ away from all sides.  Stitch around the edges with a zigzag stitch.

Place the 2 pocket pieces right sides matching.  Sew all around with 1/4″ seams, leaving an opening on 1 short side.  Turn right side out and press.

Pin the pocket to one of the bag’s exterior piece’s where you would like.  Keep about 3″ or so away from all sides.  Stitch close to the edge of the pocket on 2 sides and the bottom, leaving one of the long edges for the top of the pocket unsewn.  This is the front of the bag.

Fold the optional scrap piece in 1/2 lengthwise and wrong side together.  Sew down both long edges closing the loop.  Leave the 2 short ends unsewn.  I used a 3 thread over lock narrow hem serger stitch.

 

bag with pocket, straps

 

Pin the fabric strip to the exterior back with right sides and raw edges matching, keeping a couple inches away from the bottom.  Baste in place.  I pinned mine 3″ down from the top.

Place the 2 bag pieces right sides together with the sewn seams at the top.  Sew with 1/4″ seams on the 2 sides and the bottom.  I used a 4 thread over lock serger stitch.

Leaving the bag wrong side out, we’re going the square the bottom corners.

Place the side seam over the bottom seam, forming a triangle.  Measure from the point of the triangle down 1 3/4″ and pin the seams together.  Stitch across the seams.  Trim a little extra fabric off, close to the stitches.  Zigzag stitch on the raw edges.

Repeat for the other bottom corner.  Turn the bag right side out.

For the straps, fold the 2 short ends over 1/4″.  Then fold in 1/2 lengthwise and wrong side together.  Press.  Open back up and fold each long edge to meet in the center, creating  a 1″ strap.  Stitch on all raw sides close to the edge.

Repeat for the other strap.

 

sewing on straps

 

Place the bag on a flat surface.  Measure over 5″ from each side seam.  Pin on strap on these measurements about 1″ down from the top edge.  Stitch in a square, attaching the strap.

Repeat for the other back exterior side of the bag for the other strap.

A Summertime Bag!

Have a great day!

 

 

Quilting Notes

I practiced some more free-motion quilting.

Here is what I did:

I had the 14″ quilt square from Wednesday’s post sitting in front of my sewing machine.

 

practice quilting

 

Instead, I grabbed a piece of fabric from the scrap bag, some batting, and another fabric piece.

And practiced.

And grabbed some more fabric and batting.  I just cut up some pieces with out measuring.

And practiced some more.

I’m slowly getting there.

But I do like quilting straight lines with my walking foot on quilts.

Sure, I’ll try free-motion quilting again.

Somewhere down the road.

I’ve tried free-motion quilting a few times.  I need to read up on it.  Like the hand movements, if I need to increase the stitch length, and the speed.  I kept jumping from 2.5 to 3.0 and back to 2.5 for the length.  I did use a machine quilting thread, and that made my stitches look a little better.

Perhaps a trip to our local bookstore is on today’s agenda to purchase a book.

Meanwhile, on to finish this 14″ square into a baby doll quilt!

A Quilting Day

I’m working on June’s Picnic Blanket, trying to finish quilting it before August ends!

But, I’m already thinking about quilts for Fall and Winter.

 

doll quilts

 

First,  I decide on what kind of quilt to make.

Second, I  pick out some pretty fabric scraps.

My favorite thing about quilting is piecing the scraps together at my sewing machine.  To me, it is so peaceful and relaxing, especially after a busy and hectic day.

But I do need to venture out in different ways to quilt the top.

 

practice quilting scrap

 

I stitched some fabric strips and rectangles together to make a 14″  quilt square.

I cut the batting and the back fabric 2″ larger.

This will be my practice piece for free motion quilting.  My stitches are either too tiny or too large when I try to do this.  So, I’m going to practice some more.

Who knows?  If the sample piece turns out, it could become a baby doll quilt!

Have a great Wednesday!