Friday, June 17, 2011

Old Magazines and Books

Well, It's time for me to finish cleaning out all my old craft, sewing, and quilt magazines and books. I have been putting this off for quite sometime now because these books and magazines are like my little children, my muses. I go to them for inspiration and creativity. But, after awhile unless one has unlimited space to store these items or a room designated to be a library one can be overcome with just to much stuff. I am slowly trying to stop collecting so much stuff and in doing so give to those whose can use it.

"What is she going to do with all those books and magazines" you say? No, they aren't going to the dumpster or trash. I am separating them into what I want to keep and the others are going to my daughter-in-law and niece who are learning how to sew, quilt and crochet. 

I had gotten some old patterns and vintage fabric from a neighbor who's mother passed away and she was cleaning out her mother's house. She knew I sewed. So, I received quite a bit of retro items.  A couple of months back  I met a young lady where I worked who liked the retro clothing and was learning to sew. I gave her some of the patterns and fabric.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Broken Machines

I guess everyone knows if you don't wash the fabric for a quilt before sewing together, that after washing it will shrink the fabric and make it kind of poufy. My daughter didnt want that look for her quilt. Sooooo, two days ago I decided I would go ahead and wash it.  I emptied the washer of it's contents into the dryer and started. Then proceeded to fill the washer and add the fabrics for the quilt. Next I heard a "Bang!" and you guessed it the  belt on the danged dryer broke. It will be a few days before Steve ( my husband ) can get to it.

In the park that we live in we can not have outside clothesline. Who wants to go golfing on the golf course and see someone's holey underwear wear or gigantic bra hanging on the line.  Fortunately the people who owned our house were smart enough to hang lines in the storage room. In the six years we have lived here this is the first time I have ever used it. When the washer quilt I hung the quilt fabrics on the line. Here in FL it took no time and they were dry.

Now it's time for me to start cutting the fabric. BUT First, I have to finish cleaning up the gigantic mess I have made in my sewing/craft/bedroom. It's a total disaster. Until next time this is the Sew Rip signing off.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Pillowcase Dress for Jameslee

I haven't gotten started yet on the quilt as one can well see. My daughter said she wanted me to finish the pillowcase dress, I am embroidering, for my niece's baby girl. I am almost there, I can see the finish line. I have one butterfly, two lady bugs and some vines and leaves. I picked this pattern because my niece likes dragonflies and I like butterflies. I think it will be very pretty. When I am done, with it I will post a picture of it on here.