Saturday, April 19, 2008

Next Sewing Endeavors...

Sorry for the absence this past week. Report cards have gone home, April is winding down, and most especially it was an ADJUSTMENT to return to "everyday" life after a week of relaxing at the beach with family. Ugh. I need to look at it as making me THANKFUL for the times I DO get to see them, instead of so sad THIS isn't one of those times.... and I'll see them in a month. ;)

But I digress, I think I am maybe, just maybe, ready to take on two types of projects I've been too intimidated to try until now. I really want to try some garments, and I really want to try a quilt.

The minky I used for the baby quilts was not the easiest thing in the world to keep straight and neat. It kind of scared me off from quilts (how do you ever manage to keep 1/4" seams??). But I think I found JUST the quilt for a first-timer (basically), AND I think I am ready to try some clothes.

For the quilt, I will be making a "wonky cabin quilt" for which I found a tutorial at the Tallgrass Prairie Studio blog (via Sew, Mama, Sew's tutorial contest).

I think it's SOOO cute! And the method looks *rather* forgiving for someone new to quilting. I even have some JoAnn's gift cards (and new bookmarks for some online fabric stores) just itching to be used.... quilt fabric, anyone?

Secondly, I've had a pattern for some pajamas for awhile. I've just been building up the nerve to try it. Well, now I have my "Whooooo's Sleepy" snuggle flannel (thanks to my WONDERFUL husband on Valentine's Day), and I want my owl pj pants!

I think I will try it with some random extra fabric I have first, but then I hope to have comfy owly pajamas very soon. :)

I will keep you updated on my progress. I've also been asked about tutorials for the baby quilt and nursing cover, so I'll be working on those soon too.

Thanks for everyone's encouragement with the projects I've undertaken and as I embark into the land of quilts and garments!


Delta said...

A good investment with the coupons and gift cards might be a 1/4" presser foot if your machine didn't come with one. I think I paid about $12 for mine, a generic from Hancock that fits my Janome. It's priceless for doing pieced quilts which require precise seams.

Joy said...

Wow! So many projects in your to do pile! I am excited to watch and see what all you create!!! I really like the quilt square and they will make the perfect quilt! I have my eye on a walking foot for my machine! It helps keep layers together as you are quilting etc. I am saving my pennies (better known as heavily nagging the hubby)!!! ;) Enjoy your sewing time!