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Tools of the trade

For today’s Blog post I thought I would share with you some of my favorite tools.  I love to sew and create and I love to have great tools to do that.  I have been sewing since I was 10 and I was very fortunate to have a mother with a great love of sewing.  She was also an extremely talented seamstress.  Therefore, she new that having great tools was imporatant.  I knew from a very young age that Mom’s sewing scissors were never to be used on anything but fabric.  I received this pair of Gingher straight sewing scissors when I was a teenager and I have them ever since.  I purchased the pinking shears as an adult and also the rotary cutter.  I do not have a favorite as they all serve different purposes. I think that have the right tools and good quality tools is so very important and worth the investment.  The clips are the newest purchase, I got those last week at Hobby Lobby using a 40% off coupon.  I really love them and I think that they are a great addition to my toolbox. Save your pennies and use those coupons, these items often go on sale! *Disclaimer – I am not being paid by Gingher, I just love their products!

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Pillowcase

I guess I am on a pillow kick.  Yesterday it was a pillow for your phone, today it is a case for your pillow.  I am working on Easter gifts and I love to make and give pillowcases.  I picked these cute fabrics up at Joann’s and I love how they turned out.  I bought the end of the bolt of the top piece and I wanted to make 8 pillowcases as I like to give them as sets so I made the top piece smaller than I normally would so that I had enough to do all eight.  I did not buy enough of the purple to do all eight as it was quite expensive.  I decided I would look around at different stores for more fabric that was similar.  This one I am working on a tutorial also.  Happy Tuesday!

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A place for your phone

So today from the little tiny sewing cave that I call my secret room (more on that later) I bring you the cell phone pillow!

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So I decided to make some of these fun cell phone pillows and I thought I would give them to some of my friends.

I found this wonderful fabric at Hobby Lobby and I thought it would be great for some of my church friends.  Just  fun thing to set on your desk.  Many of my friends work at churches or private schools, so this fabric is perfect.

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And then I had this cherry fabric in my stash so I used that. I filled them with beans in the back and polyfil for the front roll.  Maybe I will make some more and do a tutorial. That is all for now.

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Reconstructed

I love to do all types of crafts but sewing is my first love!!  I love to create new things with my sewing, but lately I am in a reconstruction phase(aka upcycling), I like to take something old and make it new, make it better, make it useful again.  So here is what I did today.  Did I mention that I had a great time doing it?!

So this t-shirt was super cute but not fantastic~

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But I made it better~

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the front became the back!

Then this extra large Army t-shirt~

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and the back~

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Not much fun, but check it out now~

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Have a great weekend, I am back to reconstructing and recycling upcycling!! 🙂

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Fall Back!!

So we turned the clocks back this morning and although I dread the evenings coming to end earlier and earlier, and I am not a fan of cold weather (hence I live in SoCal), I do enjoy many things about Fall.  I especially love that I can once again start using my oven(we live in a house without air conditioning((oh it is equipped and for $8,000 it could work, let’s not go there!)) so I don’t use the oven in warm weather) and I do enjoy comfort foods.  I also enjoy the smell of the season, spices and such.  The other thing I also enjoy is laying in my nice warm bed and reading a book, not something I get to do often.

Speaking of my bed, now that it is Fall I can break out my Fall pillowcases (if you know me, you know I love making and using my themed pillowcases.  So I thought I would share a picture with you!!

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Happy Fall!!

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WIP

So I mentioned awhile back that I was taking a quilting class.  My mother taught me to sew when I was 10.  I quickly starting making my clothes (it was that or hand me downs as I was one of 7).  There were always plenty of sewing machines around and my mother never denied me(that I remember) a new piece of fabric.  I have loved sewing ever since, but now I sew more for my own enjoyment than for necessity (unless you call a set of pillowcases for every occasion a necessity, but that is a whole other subject). Anyway, I have always wanted to quilt(something my mother did not have a great interest in). My older sister and I are taking a banner of the month quilt class and here is what I am working on:

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I have finished the top and have pinned the layers together and now I am ready to quilt it.  This is the part that scares me the most as I know that it can make or break the quilt.  Well, I have put it off long enough(excuse after excuse, did not have a walking foot, did not have a free motion foot).  I now have all the right tools and tonight will be quilting! Wish me luck.

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Here are some other things that I have in the works:

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I also love to crochet and have recently found some Amigurumi patterns online.  Can you guess what it is going to be?

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Also, putting together a housewarming gift to send to my sister who just moved from California to Texas.  I will show it as I work on it.

Well, I am off to quilt, chat tomorrow.

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Headbands

My sweet daughter picked out these fabrics at our favorite quilt shop and asked that I make her some reversible headbands. 

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I loved her selection and I was happy to set my other (long list) or projects aside so that I could do this.

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So here are the first two:

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I used a tutorial I found online at KC Quilts ~ not sure if she is still blogging, but thanks!

I also finally got a walking foot for my machine.  Now I can finish my quilt and show you what I have been working on.  I also have a secret project I am working on for my sister. I will also show that when I am done. 

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