Hello again! ( I have to tell you quite honestly that writing 2 blog posts per week is hard! I am glad that we are down to one again from now on ;)….although I do hope you had fun with the Sweet Little Spring Sew-Along!
Anyway, this Saturday’s post was going to be on a completely different topic…..but now you’ll get to read about that next week….this week I am going to tell you about my little happy adventure…but first I will have to explain the backstory:
Earlier this week I decided I should bring in my sewing machine. It had been acting up for a while now, but I was able to ignore its tantrums for the most part (my machine was changing the stitch length and width willy-nilly…so fun to have a possessed machine-NOT!). Anyway, when I was trying to use a zig-zag stitch to finish my appliques for my mash-up quilt, my machine was not cooperating at all. Luckily I found a sewing machine shop not far from me so brought it in. While there I found an advertisement for a re-use it shop that sells fabrics and yarn and all their profits go to support a local organization that works with people with disabilities. This shop is only open once a week and luckily the next day was that day! I wasn’t sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised to find ALL kinds of fabric, FQ’s, books, and even some sewing machines ( they also had a ton of yarn , knitting, and crochet needles, but you know I wasn’t focussed on those 😉 ). Anyway, I happily came home with all sorts of treasures ( and was good and donated some of my books to them).
These are the fabrics I came home with. (Isn’t it funny that I always seem to come home with blues and yet I don’t usually make anything with the color?!). This fabric just spoke to me, and even though some of it is not your regular cotton, I thought I might be able to do something fun with it…
So I washed and dried and pressed it and then cut it into squares, thinking that I could just get all the fabric cut and then sew it together when I got my machine back… But then, realizing that this is a long weekend, and I probably won’t have my machine back for a while, I decided to pull out my old machine.
Do you find it difficult to remember how your old machine works when you pull it out? I did! First I was dismayed to find that my free-motion foot was on there and where the heck was I going to find all my accessories? Then I realized that the accessory box is very cleverly built into the back…phew! Next I had to figure out how to re-thread…hmmmm, took a few tries but eventually I got it right… Anyway, after a few mishaps I was able to sew away the afternoon and had a great time! I wasn’t sure how all these different fabrics were going to sew ( some are so lightweight, others are sheer, and others are linen), but it really was not an issue.
I love the way these are looking and have to tell you that I was totally inspired by the looks in these 2 books:
A kind of English cottage-y look ;).
At first I was thinking I’d make a pillow for our sun porch, but at this point have already made 6 blocks and have plenty of fabric to make 3 more so now it will become a smallish quilt. And wouldn’t it be fun to add some embroidery in some of those solid squares?? I will definitely be using the QAYG method with these fabrics so can easily add some embroidery at that point! I am so excited about this project! I love that I was able to mix and match different types of fabric, not to mention the fact that they were cheap AND I was helping out a great cause. I may or may not be counting down the days until next week when that store will be open again…..hahahaha…I think you all know the answer to that one!
One quick last thing: A winner for last week’s give-away! I will be sending the latest copy of Quilt Sampler magazine to:
Please email me your full name and mailing address and I will send that out to you ASAP! Congratulations and enjoy! And thank you to all of you for reading my blog posts! I know there are a million blogs out there and I really appreciate that you take the time to read mine!
Until next time~happy creating!