Thursday, March 06, 2008
Bits and bobs...
Bits and bobs...that is one of my favorite British expressions. And it is the best way of explaining my sewing the past few days. A little of this a little of that but not a whole lot of anything! I have finished some small projects. Last weekI made a "sewing partner" with the group in Fairford...imagine that a one day project that we all finished in a day! I made quite a dent in my Mary Englebreit fabric box since once the group saw it they all wanted a piece. They each used a different complementary fabric though so we could tell them apart! These partners have both a pin cushion and a little bag to toss your scraps while you sew. I have one on the sewing table, one on the cutting table and am about to make one for my ironing board! Can you tell I like them?
Yesterday we did another one-day project and made these little traveling jewelry bags. They are really fun to make and used up about 1/3 yard of fabric. I may make the next one a tad larger. (It looks a bit like a head a cabbage in the first photo but in real life it is pretty - promise!)
On the home front....my house passed it's inspection. She was only here for about 10 minutes. I don't know why I worry about these so much but I do. At the end of the day she really only looks at the bathrooms, glances at the yard and the window frames and then goes. My other inspection, my car MOT, did not go so well. Before I could get my sticker/paperwork I had to get two new tires, new wipers, and (sigh) a new exhaust system. The first two I suspected but the last was a shock. The car is running much better now so I shouldn't complain....
I have been purging the sewing room. I gave a bag of fabric to a friend's daughter when she came over on Sunday. She got a sewing machine for Christmas and hadn't used it yet. We made 4 placemats and a pillow. Pretty good for one afternoon! Hopefully she can practice with the fabric I gave her and get some confidence on her machine. The fabric I am not going to use for a specific project but I still like is sitting in my kitchen to be cut into strips (using Bonnie's method for stash control!) What I don't like anymore (like piles of oriental fabric with bits of metallic in it) is sitting in a brown bag to go to the quilt groups and find a new home.
So far it has freed up a shelf in the sewing room so I have space to refold and resort fabric. Organizing tip: you need space to make space.