Monday, September 06, 2021
Monday, February 01, 2021
But for now...
It's science fair season.
I have a mini experiment I stumbled into and now I'm looking to crowd source my quilty friends for the best rotary cutting glove.
Knock on wood! Many years, tons of quilts and things made, I haven't hurt myself with the rotary blade beyond a couple tiny nicks. I cringe every time I see a friend post about their severed finger tips and ER visits.
Beyond the catastrophic accidents, changing a blade is a little harrowing as well.
I have a whole process that involves paper towels and methods for sliding the stack of new blades apart without slicing my finger tips. You totally have to hold your breath the whole time. It's tense!
So, I did some searching for strong cut resistant gloves that also left me enough dexterity to change a blade. I was excited to find some that looked great and also have anti-slip grip. The gloves just arrived, and they sent the wrong size. Booo.
Then I decided to use one of them to conduct a little experiment.
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Mara and I are getting ready to start a new adventure - and after this crazy year, that sounds like an awesome idea.
It's also the perfect time to get the blog running full steam again. The instant and constant conversations on social media are fun, but I miss the deeper stories and project details of a full blog post.
....and our new adventure will certainly need longer details!
After more than a year of wishing and talking about it, a special present is waiting to be opened.
I wish it was an upgrade for me - but not yet. Last year the sewing bug bit Mara and she has been asking for her own machine ever since.
She took my tiny scraps and decided to make rings.
Then set up a shop. Ha! It was named The Sewing Bears.
I have also been submersed in a full Charlotte Mason school year for Mara. She would be in 2nd grade, so it's a most excellent time to give this a shot. Handicrafts are an important part of the Charlotte Mason philosophy, and learning to machine sew will fit in perfectly!
I can't wait to share our lessons and creations.
Friday, May 15, 2020
I pulled four FQs, and ended up with super cute mixed sets for teacher gifts.
(Half way through I decided to make one of the pleated masks into my normal style - to give the teachers one of each type. I needed a different fabric for the lining when I made those.)
I thought Mr. Andrews would prefer a more masculine mask.... a straight quarter yard is also perfect!
One cut 8" wide and the full width of the fabric can yield two mask cuts and a piece for the pouch. I mixed a couple making his 4th of July set.
But back to the FQs.
To make a mask I use 8"x15" pieces (or 8x14 if that fits better). One pouch needs 4.5"x12"
Decide which way you want the print to sit on the finished mask. The short side runs across your face.
Press the piece in half - right sides together.
Monday, May 11, 2020
At the least, there's a super cute little pouch that could be used for holding dog-walk bags or other random things.
I came up with four mixed sets of corona virus protection fun, with four FQs. I'll show you more info on that later.
|a-dor-able fabric - Summer Side by Dana Willard|
We'll start with the little pouch that can hold one mask. Snap it onto a belt loop, toss it into your glove box or purse, and a nice clean mask is ready to go!
Cut a piece of fabric 4.5" x 12" - then take 2" off the end for making the tab.
The tab is totally optional. But handy and fun!
Make the tab by folding in half to find the middle, turn one end down about 1/4", fold each end to meet in the center, then fold in half again.
To prevent frayed edges inside the pouch, I use a serger for the long fabric sides. You could also trim with pinking shears or run a bead of FrayCheck down the raw edge.
Next, fold both short ends in twice then topstitch, for a nice clean flap.
Fold your fabric into thirds, overlapping in the center just a tad.
My pouches are about 3.75" wide. Lightly press to mark the creases.
Thursday, April 30, 2020
PLEASE CLEAN THE LINT OUT OF YOUR MACHINE
Before Mara came, I had a grand time as a trained Bernina service tech. I had machines come in that had so much lint that it was like a piece of felt inside!
When your machine is clean, it makes a big difference in how smoothly your machine runs. Also, if you have skipped stitches or your bobbin is jumping around, sometimes it is because the bobbin area is jammed full of lint.
Things don't look too messy right here. But I know things are lurking inside....
Carefully remove your bobbin case. It's just sitting in there.
Fuzz everywhere! I actually cleaned my machine about a week ago, and I use a really high quality, low lint thread. It's surprising how all that lint builds up.
Grab some q-tips and carefully swipe them all around. The lint sticks to them really well!
Things are so much nicer!
Now you carefully put your bobbin case back in. There is probably a little arrow on the machine that lines up with the case like I have here. But it won't fit in backwards, and sit nice and flat.
Turn the hand wheel a few times toward you to see it all move smoothly before you put the plate back on.
|before clean, but good shot of the arrows...|
Get everything put back together, thread it up, and take a run of test stitches. You're ready to sew!