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.

7 comments:

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

Wheee, I like that cabbage bag. I have had zero energy over here. gotten zippo down except for a bit at the computer. sigh.

Darcie said...

The jewelry bag is darling! You certainly are spreading the quilting bug in the UK, aren't you! Keep on!

Marilyn R said...

Bits and bobs - I like that saying! I will have to try to remember to use it. What a cute jewelry bag!

Karen Dianne Lee said...

Oh I like that - Bits and bobs!

I simply adore the one day project with the Mary Englebreit fabric. Indeed, I'd have them every, too. ;)

You have such a giving heart. I can imagine being one of the gals in the group selecting my own special piece.

Good Feelings Love, *karendianne.

Carol E. said...

Funny that you posted a pin cushion, but not for this: http://blueberrylane.typepad.com/blueberrylane/
She is giving away a free book. You're in the running if you post a picture of a pin cushion. CHeck it out!

Pam said...

I bought one of the sewing caddies at a quilt show. I also have a pattern to make one, but I bought one before I every made one. What do you use to fill the pincushion? The cabbage bag is great. What a wonderful idea for a gift.

julieQ said...

I love your jewelry bag! Of course you passed inspection! I worry about stuff like that too...