Thursday, April 17, 2014

Changing Gears





Lately, life has been pretty overwhelming. Suddenly my sweet Lyla who has been for the most part an easy (and of course, wonderful) addition to our family, is completely exhausting me...all of us really. She's climbing on tables and throwing everything she can get her hands, she's screeching and stomping her feet. She needs attention and love and patience...as toddlers do! I've done this before, but how to truly manage without feeling a bit strung out escapes me.

There are other non-Lyla things too. The fact that I over-committed myself this year at Maggie and Joe's schools and at church. The fact that I have three children going in what feels like three different directions all the time. The fact that even our kids - whose schedules we try to keep light and easy - have places to be at times that often feel so inconvenient.  

And, there's my creative life. Which has at times, felt less like a hobby and more like a job. Sometimes I have to stop and remind myself that I already have a job at home with my children. And, I'm so fortunate to have that job and not need another, and if it's is all I can handle right now, that's ok. Creating is my outlet and my hobby and it should be fun - it should be spent sketching a new project, or doing some embroidery on the couch, or starting a new quilt when I feel like it.

So, lately I've been considering what's worthwhile to me. I've been thinking about what I love most about creating, which is basically the whole idea of dreaming up a project and bringing it to life - and ways that I can fit that into my life, without feeling rushed or overwhelmed. And, in my real life I'm stepping down from commitments, and being more honest with people, without feeling guilty. And, tuning out a bit...that's always good.

It'll probably be quieter here, but I do have so much fun sewing and stitching and ideas to share. I hope you'll continue to hang with me!  

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Over at Imagine Gnats: Crochet-Edge Cowl Tutorial

Hey guys! I'm over on Imagine Gnats again today, sharing a tutorial for a lovely crochet-edge cowl. Oh, I've been dreaming of making this cowl for so long! It's so soft and flowy, quick to stitch up and so fun to wear. So, hurry up and head over there to read all about it!

Pssst...Also huge thanks to my sweet husband for taking pretty much all of the photos for my tutorial as one cannot crochet and snap photos at the same time. He's the best! 





Sunday, March 16, 2014

Weekending

We are enjoying a long weekend away, visiting family. A little further South, a little more Spring-like, and a lot of good time together. Hope you've had a lovely weekend!




Thursday, March 13, 2014

This and That

I thought I'd pop in today to share some odds and ends I've been stitching up lately. I feel like I've been a little flaky in the sewing room, probably because I have a lot of projects going at one time. I'm really not the best multi-tasker.

I finished up this journal cover yesterday for a secret swap we're doing at Sew South (which starts one week from today - gah!). I was having an off day and again...feeling flaky. See how those colorful stitched lines match up so perfectly on the edge of the journal? That little detail totally turned my day around for the better. I love to make journal covers - they are such great projects to be playful and creative. This one was extra fun. I hope my partner is happy with it! 




  
I initially started piecing this bit of patchwork for a project for Sew South. Once I found out what we would be making with it, I decided this piece wouldn't really be a good fit for the project. And, actually I was kind of relieved because all along I wanted to keep going and turn this into a baby quilt. So, that's what I'll do now. It includes a lot of old and new fabric scraps that I cut into 3.5" squares and arranged in a plus sign pattern. Mostly shades of pink with pops of yellow and tangerine.  In the blank spaces I'm using Comma Periods by Zen Chic for Moda (I got mine here).



This project has been on the works in my mind for months. Remember this old stack. Well, I finally decided on a Drunkard's Path quilt back at the beginning of the year. I used this template and tutorial by The Sometimes Crafter. I cut out a few practice blocks back in January just to get the hang of sewing the curves. And, then...they sat. Until, just recently when I finally found some time to start piecing some blocks. Originally I planned to only do dark value circles with lighter value borders. But, as I was cutting I realized I would end up with a lot of waste if I didn't use the coordinating pieces. So, I'm going to play with this design as I go and see what will work best. Gosh, there are so many ways I could lay out these blocks. It'll be fun!



So that's what's sewing here...lots of bright and happy stuff. I must be channeling Spring. What are you stitching these days?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

A Couple of Raglan Tees

We are at that stage where I can pretty much sew anything for Lyla, slap it on her, and she's good. She, of course, has no concerns for patterns or styles or fabrics or whether it twirls properly...oh, I bet those days are coming. The world is full of so many great patterns and fabrics right now, it's just so hard to pick and choose. But, channeling my inner tomboy, I decided to sew her a couple of Oliver and S Field Trip Raglan Tees. I've been wanting to try out an Oliver and S pattern, and since they released this one as a single digital pattern, I decided to give it a go. I also want to push myself more sewing with knits.

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I made these two tees with a couple of jersey knit prints from Heather Ross's Briar Rose line for Windham fabric (you can still find both prints here). The blue solid is an organic interlock that I got from fabric.com (here). It's awesome - so soft and a lovely mid-weight. I'll definitely be getting some more. The gray jersey is a Laguna Stretch Cotton Jersery by Robert Kaufman that I also got from fabric.com (here).

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This pattern was fun and easy to sew up. Honestly, I probably spent the most time fiddling with the pockets. I sewed the first shirt for her in 12-18 month size, per her measurements. It's a tiny bit small...still wearable but a bit of a squeeze over her big noggin and a tad short. So, for the second one I sized up to 18-24 months, which is a little big on her, but probably not for long. I didn't do any hemming on either shirt - just left the raw edges on the bottom and on the sleeves. She really won't be wearing them long enough to fuss with that. As you can tell, the printed jersey (Heather Ross fabric) curled at the edges after washing, but the interlock stayed flat. Either way works for me!

I may have full reign over her wardrobe, but asking her to hold still for proper photos is pointless. She's busy! The world is not a place to sit still, unless she's sleeping (and thankfully, she's pretty darn good at that).

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But, every once in a while, I can catch her pausing. Checking things out, still drooling like a sweet little babe. So sweet, this little girl is. I'm excited to sew her some more things this Spring! 

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