Friday, February 4, 2011

Snowed In!

So, I'm in Oklahoma and in the past few days we've gotten 14 inches of snow.  That's actually a low estimate.  As we're really not equipped for this weather here, we've been hunkered down.  In the past week I've left the house twice.  Once, to drive down to the pizza place, where a skeleton crew satisfied our comfort food craving, the next to walk to the liquor store today.  Classy, right?  :)  So, in ALL of my spare time, I've been sewing. 

                                (This sooooo shouldn't happen here.  We just aren't made for it).

Yes, the snow is piled up to the
window sill in the whole back yard.

Soooooo... Let's sew...

I have a ton of pillows and the pillow covers are all mismatched, so I am making covers for them to at least have a common theme. Here are the first two I made.  The charcoal is very original I think :)  Really, I got a great deal at Garden Ridge where they sell remnants, and the fabric was soft and cozy feeling.

I made a couple of "tootsie roll" pillow covers from remnant upholstery fabric I found at Hancocks on sale. It's super soft.  So not like most upholstery fabric I have found.  (I don't have the pillows with me right now, the one in the picture is my mom's.  Hopefully they fit!)  I never knew how tricky sewing can be.  Sewing circles with no pattern is difficult.

Kayla found a pattern from Amy Butler, Amy's Lotus Brick Path Quilt, and we found a website, The Cotton Loft, with great deals on fabric.  Michael Miller for 5.95/yd.  We put the two together and here's what I've got so far. 

Cut out what felt like a TON of little rectangles and placed them pretty randomly.  I only bought 9 prints and the pattern called for 11.  If you make it, I'd say definitely use 11.  It would make the placement easier.
I'll probably finish the front of this tomorrow.  (Technically today).  :)

Lovey for my sweet little nephew.  Apparently, babies like to chew things.  this will match his tummy blanket and has many fabric tabs perfect for the chew-aholic.

 I shouldn't say anything, but it bugs me.  I was trying soooo hard to figure out how to have the green fabric on the outside be a border.  I sewed it into the inside like everything else and turned it and hand sewed the hole.  I really thought it through worng and am still not quite sure what I should have done differently.  If you have any ideas, let me know.
I bought a PSP and needed a PSP Case for my fun new toy, that I have since abandonded for my trusty sewing machine.
I wanted one like this, I thought it looked simpled and like I could make it.

Here's what I made.  I messed up so many times and had to tear stitches out!  I tell you, it is so much easier to have a pattern.  I kept sewing the middle part together too early and trying to turn it right side out.  Took me a while to see what should have been plain as day.  That's what happens when you stay up until 4 AM finishing a project.  You know you've all done it before.

I made a pair of slippers, they turned out really fun and cute.  I bought the pattern from Winter Peach. Cutting out the fabric was a little tricky, but I think I've got the hang of it now.  I even bought foam to try and use in the next pair.  I cheated and sewed quilting batting into my first pair to try and make them a little more substantial.

I had never used Wonder Under before and I might have ironed paper in them.  At least, you'll always know where I'm at when I wear them from all the crinkling.  I plan to make a few more of these. 

Please note the button hole foot for my machine is glorious and amazing.  I feel like I should post a video of it at work, because it's magic.  I'd never done a button before, because it seemed really intimidating.  Not so.  Fancy sewing machine features do come in handy some times.  :)

Well, that's where we're at so far.  I'm sure I'll have more to share soon as this stupid weather doesn't seem to be going anywhere.  G'Night!

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