Sometime I don’t want to do anything but watch Netflix or Amazon Prime , but then my crazy little mind can’t do that without making me feel guilty for not being productive. I know…I have issues. People wonder why I’m so productive. It’s because I can’t stop. I have to be doing something…pretty much always. I fill up my entire day with activities. Work, gym, sewing, cleaning, whatever. Don’t worry. It’s not just me. My dad and my sister are the exact same way.

 

 

Crocheting

 

Anyway, I have a gray slouchy hat that I wear all of the time. It’s my go to accessory if I don’t want to shower on one day of the weekend. But I need to expand my options. I’m really into this color – along with the rest of the world. The hat took no time to whip up. I really like how it fits and lays. I added two extra dc rows to give it a bit more slouch, but I’m not sure if it needs it. I like this pattern even better than the one I made before. The pattern is The Hadley Slouch that I found on Ravelry. The gloves were also super easy, as the pattern says. They are the Simple Fingerless Gloves, also on Ravelry. Finally, the boot cuffs were also super quick to crochet and also from Ravelry. I love Ravelry – can you tell? The pattern is the Scalloped Boot Cuffs. I haven’t worn the gloves or the cuffs yet, but the hat has gotten a couple of wears already. It’s not quite cold enough for the other two, but I’m sure it will be soon.

I think I’ll do some more crocheting. I really enjoyed it and I seem to get really into it during the winter. Look forward to more projects like that.

 

LMU

 

I thought I would like this shirt, but I’m not sure about it. I think I’m going to remove the hem band and then I’ll like it better. I’m pretty sure that’s what I need to do. The Layer Me Up pattern from Patterns for Pirates is very fitted. I don’t like fitted. So I sized up quite a bit – a medium, I think. The sleeves ended up being too big so I had to take those in, but I’m glad I sized up. This jersey is from LDG Showroom and the patterned fabric is leftover from a Linden I made. I got that fabric from Modern Makers. I whipped this out quickly during the weekend retreat with Amy and Coo.

 

V-Neck

 

V-Neck

 

 

V-Neck

 

So I messed up. Haha. Luckily, this fabric was given to me. I made this V-Neck and got to the hem and realized what I did. Can you see it? The cats on the front bodice are upside down. Oops. Haha. Oh, well. It was practice. I really like the V-Neck that I made and I wanted to make a long sleeved one but I didn’t have enough of this fabric, so I decided to make another one with the cool cuff look. Plus, I wanted to try out the other neckline method. So it was worth it, but I’ll only be wearing this around the house. If only I had put the cats upside down on the back…then I could just wear a jacket. But that’s not how it worked out. I also made this during the weekend retreat with Amy and Coo.

 

Everyday Elegance

 

Everyday Elegance

 

Everyday Elegance

 

I totally love this top! I should have made the smallest size, although I’m wondering if the shoulders would be OK then. I might do some grading. Either way, it’s huge and billowy. I took like two inches off of each side and still could’ve taken more. I’ll wear a belt, though. I love how this came together. It’s the Everyday Elegance pattern from Patterns for Pirates. It finishes so well. It looks so professional. I can’t wait to make more. This one is made with rayon challis.

 

Cardigan

 

Cardigan

 

Cardigan

 

I also love this, too. It’s the Grandpa Cardigan from Patterns for Pirates. I can’t believe how perfect it looks and how easy it went together. I need to size down to the smallest size in this, too, but I’m OK with baggy. I did take in the arms a bit, but I left the rest. Andrew even said he wanted one of these. I bought the sweater knit for this at Joanns.

 

Wiksten

 

Wiksten

 

It’s been a while since I’ve made a Wiksten tank. I made so many, but I took a break so  it was time again. I used my modified pattern and I changed up how the neck band is added. The Wiksten instructions make it more difficult than it needs to be. I copied the Patterns for Pirates neck band method and it worked out perfect. I kept the arm bands the same, though. This was another project I worked on while sewing with Amy and Coo. The picture isn’t the best. I think it’s more flattering in real life than the pictures that I took. The only bad thing about the Wiksten is that it is pretty boxy and I probably could’ve taken this in a little more.

 

Hashtag Sweater

 

Hashtag Sweater

 

Hashtag Sweater

 

Hashtag Sweater

 

Hashtag Sweater

 

Hashtag Sweater

 

Since I have so many new clothes, #Hashtag needed some, too. This all came from scraps that I had lying around, except the furry one. Amy made that for him. Doesn’t he look cute? The two fleece ones fit the best. I tried to modify one to just have one opening for his arms instead of arm holes, but I’m not 100% pleased with it yet. I need to do some more playing around. I just guessed for this one. The orange one is a sweatshirt fleece that I made a raglan out of. And the Aztec one matches items I’ve made for myself, my sister, my mom, and grandma. We love that fabric. Now #Hashtag is ready for winter, although I’ll probably make a few more for him throughout the winter since he may grow out of these.

I’ve done some serious sewing while at retreats lately. I had a retreat at my place and then while I was at the Crafty Weekender retreat, I knocked out some apparel items for myself and then I came home and made some sweaters for #Hashtag since it’s starting to get cold. The poor baby has been waking me up in the middle of the night so I’ll let him under the covers so he can snuggle with me. I really enjoy the snuggling, but not the getting woken up part. Haha.

 

Blouse

 

The first apparel item that I worked on during the Crafty Weekender retreat was the Oakride Blouse. I’m going to be brutally honest here. I totally LOVE wearing this blouse. It fits so perfectly and the rayon drapes so well and it feels so awesome. I think I look awesome in it. I love wearing it. But I hated making it and I hate how it’s finished. I want to be kind because I know people love Sewaholic patterns, but I’m less than impressed. I searched online for some guidance for some parts and wasn’t able to find much there either. First, there aren’t any pictures. If I want to make a pattern that doesn’t have pictures or illustrations, I’ll buy the $2 pattern from the large pattern companies. I feel that indie pattern companies should include more. I pay more; I should get more. And not only were there no pictures, but the instructions weren’t great. I know this probably isn’t considered a beginner pattern and I don’t consider myself a beginner, but there were parts I struggled with and had to read a few times and play around with the actual garment to figure out. Again, if I wanted to struggle with instructions, I’d buy a Burda pattern. I pay money for indie patterns so I don’t have to do weird interpretations. Finally, the last thing I hate is the finishes. The instructions don’t have you finish this well. I feel like it’s homemade. I want my apparel items to feel like ready to wear clothes. I want them to have those finishes. This felt amateur. I could take the time to modify the instructions to make it finish how I wanted, but I’ll say this again and again, I shouldn’t have to for a $14 pattern. I could see doing that for a $2 pattern. So I want to make this again because I love wearing it, but I probably won’t because I didn’t enjoy making it. In fact, I hated making it. I have one more Sewaholic pattern I’m going to try out (Minoru) and if I don’t like that one, I won’t be supporting them anymore and I certainly won’t be recommending them to anyone.

 

Raglan

 

Raglan

 

Raglan

 

 

I made another raglan and this time I added a hood, kangaroo pocket, and thumb holes. It’s loud, but I think it will be perfect for working out this winter. This fabric is also from LDG Showroom and it is soooooo soft on the inside. It will be super warm if I go running or walking outside. Plus, it will look great with leggings. This fabric is not the easiest to work with so some things aren’t perfect, but it was a good experience. I’ll definitely do the hood, pocket, and thumb holes again, but I’ll use a more stable knit. I made this  during a sewing weekend with Amy and my friend Coo. I also made my Halloween quilt that weekend.

 

Dolman

 

The Pumpkin Spice Dolman from Patterns for Pirates is my favorite shirt pattern ever. EVER. I’m serious. I could wear one of these every day. And I almost do. I made this plain black one specifically to wear with my leopard leggings. Doesn’t it look awesome? I lengthened it just a bit so it would totally cover my bum. I’m very conscious about my bum being covered. This is the same Robert Kaufman knit that I used on the skull shirt. I made this during the Crafty Weekended retreat.

 

Dolman

 

Dolman

 

Isn’t this one fabulous? The stripes kill me. The mustard kills me. I totally love it. It’s a sweater knit that I purchased from Girl Charlee. It’s super comfy and I love the look. I couldn’t be happier. Also, these shirts go together soooo quickly. That’s why I have so many and why I was able to make so many in one weekend even while sewing and visiting with friends.
Dolman

 

Dolman

 

I didn’t have enough fabric to make a long sleeved one, so I added some pleather. This sweater knit is from LDG Showroom. It’s also very comfortable and I love the colors. The pleater sucked to worked with. I think I’m done working with pleather. My sewing machine doesn’t like it. My serger hates it. I’ve tried the needle. I’ve tried the foot. I’ve messed with tension. I’ve changed thread. I’ve messed with it enough. I love the look, but I hate the process. It will have to be a pretty special thing for me to work with pleather again. I love this shirt, though, so I guess it was worth it this time. I think this was the second project I worked on during the weekend retreat with Amy and Coo.

You’ve heard me talk about the School of Sewing book on here multiple times. That’s because it’s the best book ever. I recommend it to everyone whether they’ve been sewing for years or just started. I think it’s the best. And I’ve been teaching out of it and that’s awesome, too. And I’m taking my teaching to the next level.

Starting in January, I will be offering a beginning sewing class  and an advanced beginner sewing class through Park Hill Community Education. Their Winter catalog isn’t out yet, but it should be soon and these two classes will be listed. Modern Sewing for Beginners starts on January 20th and consists of five sessions on Wednesdays from 6-9 pm. The next class is Modern Sewing for Advanced Beginners and starts on March 9th and consists of five sessions also on Wednesdays from 6-9 pm. All of the details will be in the catalog and I’ll link to it on my class page once it’s available. Both classes are using projects from School of Sewing exclusively. Cool, right?

I’ve made a lot of things from School of Sewing, but I hadn’t made them all. I figured I probably better. So I started at the beginning. Where it made sense, I went ahead and did the extra credit version.

 

Pillowcase

 

I’ve made pillowcases before, so this took like 10 minutes total. I added the flange, but I probably won’t have the students do that.

 

Bag

 

I had made this bag previously, so I didn’t have to do it again. I didn’t want to purchase the additional pattern, so I didn’t make any other sizes. I don’t think it’s necessary anyway.

 

Apron

 

I had also made the apron previously, so that was another immediately completion. Again, I didn’t do the extra credit because I really don’t need a child size apron. This one I made for Andrew, but I wear it, too.

 

School of Sewing

 

I’ve made TONS and TONS of these fobs, but I’m actually out right now so I whipped two up…both the regular and extra credit versions. I’ve made a lot of zipper pouches, too, so this was super easy. I drew the applique myself and it turned out really well. Easy Peasy.

 

Pillow

 

I’ve made pillows with zippers before, but this one was a bit different. I like it. I also like having binding on it.
Clutch

 

Clutch

 

I didn’t do the extra credit version of this either. I don’t need a bigger bag. This turns out fabulous. I was being an idiot while sewing it together and ended up ripping a lot out, but that’s probably because it was late and I was talking a lot. I wasn’t excited about this, but I was once I was finished. It’s cute.

 

Tablet Case

 

Tablet Case

 

So I’m an idiot again and can’t read directions, so I did the measurements wrong the first time, so I made it again. I still like how the first one looks, but I’m totally in love with the second one. That Cotton + Steel fabric combo is amazing. I’m not a big novelty fabric fan, but that makes me like it a bit. I think the first one would fit a Microsoft Surface possibly.

 

Tote

 

This is my all time favorite project from the book, I think. I did just a little bit of quilting. I used Linen for the handles and that was awesome. I love love love it.

 

Purses

 

So I’ve taught this as a class before so I have three of these. One purse and two totes. I use the totes all of the time. I think I rounded the corners on one and then boxed the corners on another.

 

Place Mats

 

These place mats look awesome, but I had to make another set. The shot cotton really moved with the quilting. And I got the selvage of the linen showing on the back of one.

 

Place Mats

 

Place Mats

 

So I dug into some of my favorite recent fabric purchases and made these. They are going to go on our dining room table. It’s small and round so I only have two place settings for it, which is perfect for us. Not that we cook or eat dinner there. Haha.

Finally, I’m not making the quilt and I’m not teaching it as part of these two classes. I teach Quilting 101 at Modern Makers and it uses that part of the book so I’d rather not compete with myself. Haha. I will recommend that people take that class through Modern Makers, though. I’m not making the quilt because I’ve made zillions of half square triangles in the last few years and I have plenty of quilts that I can show off that are close enough.

So I’ve now sewn entirely through School of Sewing. It was fun and I’m excited for the classes.

 

Linden

 

Linden

 

Speaking of classes, I taught another Linden class at Modern Makers. I had three students, but I was only able to get a pictures of these two. Everybody did a great job and left with a finished sweatshirt. The third lady didn’t like the top stitching on her neckline, so she was going to take it out when she got home, which is why I don’t have a picture. I’m in LOVE with the blue one. That Kokka knit is fantastic. I’m going to buy some, but I have to prepare myself for that type of expense. It’s’ worth it though.

Look forward to hearing more about upcoming classes!

I know that I’ve been doing a lot of apparel sewing this year, but don’t worry. I’m still quilting. And not just quilting quilting, but piecing quilting. I am really liking making clothing (mainly anything that’s from Patterns for Pirates), but I will always go back to quilting. It’s so satisfying to finish a quilt…in a different way from finishing an apparel item.

Anyway, here’s what I’ve been up to with quilting.

 

Cascade

 

I went to a retreat near Lowell, AR, (again – #craftyweekender) hosted by the wonderful Susannah Kate. Susannah Kate has this great quilt pattern – Cascade Quilt. My friend Amy made one and I knew I wanted to make one, too. I even used the awesome Technicolor fabric line that I won at Sew OK, which is where Susannah Kate and I met. I TOTALLY love how it turned out. It was an easy pattern and very enjoyable to put together. I can’t wait to quilt it. I’m thinking swirls. :)

Gift

Gift

Since I made a swap item, I also got a swap item. Amanda of The Cozy Pumpkin made this awesome and super adorable stitching pouch/roll up/thing. I’ve used it a ton already. It’s perfect for any handwork I’m working on. And I always seem to have an EPP project going.

Bow Tie

Bow Tie

I showed you my first long arm project, but I’ve also done another one besides the Halloween quilt. Well, I also quilted a Halloween quilt for Amy. I’ve been busy with long arming. And I’m not planning on slowing down. I have a lot of quilt tops to get through. I can’t remember the name of the pantograph that I used for this Bow Tie quilt, but it was fun and something different. It wasn’t too challenging, but more challenging than a stipple. I probably won’t do it again, but it was fun to try. I have a lot of pantographs pinned that I plan to purchase and try for some of my quilt tops. I like the more modern pantographs. I had no idea they existed. I probably also need to start trying some custom stuff, but I’m still intimidated. Maybe after a couple of more quilts I’ll be ready to try custom. I think I could handle all over swirls.

BOM

The last quilting thing I have to show is some Block of the Month blocks for October. Modern Makers is hosting a Block of the Month and I got suckered in. Haha. We’re using Jaybird Quilts’ Park Bench pattern which requires her Hex N More and Sidekick rulers. I’m not really a ruler person, but I’m super impressed with these. It made these first two blocks go together so perfectly. Her instructions are also fabulous. I’m really excited about how this quilt will turn out. Elizabeth (owner of Modern Makers) is using Cotton + Steel for all of the blocks. She’ll be using some of their current lines and their upcoming lines, which is great that we get a variety. She is also hosting a sew day every month so we can work on our blocks together. I cut mine out at the last sew day and then sewed them up at a later time. I was being lazy and didn’t want to bring my machine. I’m going to piece this quilt entirely on my featherweight because it’s so perfect for piecing.

So that’s what I’ve been up to quilting-wise. I’ll keep you posted on how my long arm progress goes. :)

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