Monday, September 26, 2011

Blog Giveaway!

Hello everyone!

The past few days have been absolutely beautiful in terms of weather. It was cloudy, cool, breezy, and even rained a wee-bit over the weekend! This lovely cool weather makes me very happy. Fall is my favorite season for multiple reasons; the weather, the color changes, my birthday, and I get to wear boots and coats. Hurry, autumn, hurry!

Anyway, I also love fall because I find myself sewing more often and I usually really like the things that I make during the fall. In fact, I just finished a dress for a special family event (I'll write a post about it in a couple of weeks) that is coming up out of baby corduroy and linen in lovely fall colors.

Share your favorite fall project ideas or your favorite part of Autumn and I'll (randomly) pick a winner next Wednesday (October 5th). I'll announce the winner on this post and then you'll need to email me your address so I can send this lovely little bag to you! It's handmade by me with new brown floral cotton, vintage gold corduroy and fully finished seams and is perfect for Autumn! 


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Man Stuff

My boyfriend came to visit me this weekend. I was so excited to see him, I had been counting down the hours till he would show up. Matthew is a typical guy. He wants a gun for hunting, a new mountain bike and a Toyota pickup to use specifically for 4-wheeling. He lives in Quincy, California, only about an hour and a half away from where I'm living. Quincy is the perfect place for him. There are rivers aplenty to fish, hundreds of miles of dirt roads that lead to said rivers, plenty of animals to hunt, millions of acres of National Forest to explore, countless trails to ride his bike, beautiful mountain views, and cold weather.
I had been planning on making him a "manly quilt" for Christmas, but while he was visiting, it came up that he was cold at night at his new house in Quincy. My ears perked up, my mind started planning fabrics, and my heart cracked a little. No one gets cold on my watch, no one, especially the man in my life. Anyway, he left today and as soon as the front door closed, I whipped out my fabric container and got to work. Roughly 6 hours later, this is what I produced. I think it's manly-ish. What do you think?



The front is an assortment of (mostly) vintage plaids, corduroys, wool blends, flannels and heavy cottons. 


The middle consists of a flannel bed sheet I sacrificed for this quilt. 


The back was a struggle. I ,apparently, don't buy large quantities of yardage, so I had to piece together large squares of canvas, cotton and flannel. 

The whole thing has a really nice weight to it, nice and heavy. The fabrics are all warm and soft and some of them are scraps from things I have made Matthew in the past. This quilt was unlike me in so many ways. Firstly, I don't quilt. Never. Secondly, I had to step away from my usual palette of pinks, oranges, yellows, whites and girly colors to use masculine colors. I think it might have turned out a wee-bit Christmas-y but I just had to use my vintage corduroys on this. Some call it Christmas-y, I call it Eddie Bauer-y. 

I've only ever made a shirt, pajama pants and a quilt for Matthew. I'd love to know, what have you made for the men in your life?


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Preoccupied

Hello everyone!

Oh my goodness, I do apologize for my hiatus from the blogging world. This is my third week in a new town, at a new school, in a new apartment! Whew. I recently moved to Chico to go to school and it's been very exciting. There's something about moving to an entirely new place that's really exhilarating.

In addition to all these new things, I also got a new sewing machine...and I feel kinda guilty. I love my Great Aunty Charlotte's Singer, don't get me wrong, but it has it's issues. My mom and I were at a thrift store before I moved and we stumbled upon a really nice Necchi on sale for only $35! So, I left my singer in Newcastle, and the Necchi moved with me. And now I feel bad thinking about my adorable little singer sitting on the floor in my empty room at home...with no one to use it and love it. I'm conflicted.


Anyway, I went to one of the fabric stores here in Chico today, the Honey Run Quilt Shop. I was really, really pleased with this little store. It's in an adorable, classic Chico house, and has a really fantastic selection of fabrics, patterns, threads and more. I can't wait to go back! This trip, I purchased some adorable Organic "Monaluna" for birch cotton fabric, a great Amy Butler Lotus print and a super soft Michael Miller bicycle flannel.


I came home, set up my new machine, got all ready to sew and then realized I didn't have any space for my ironing board. Did I mention my new apartment is really small? Well, it's so small that I had to set my ironing station in the bathroom. Haha, yes. It's close to my desk where I sew, so I don't really mind. Odd, but convenient. 


Sorry again for the lack of posts! Lots of new and exciting stuff goin' on lately, and I'll be posting again soon! Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer. Thanks for reading!