Saturday, April 28, 2012

Sewing Rolls and the World Wide Web

I'm still having trouble connecting, but early on a Saturday morning is a good time to squeak into a network, even if my connection is a trickle.  I've missed blogging and reading blogs this week!  I did get some sewing done, and here is a bit of it.  These are for the Zakka Style Sew-Along!

Green Zakka Style Sewing Roll

Green Zakka Style Sewing roll, open

This week's host was Katy of I'm a Ginger Monkey.  She showed us her versions of the Zakka Sewing Roll, really fantastic grey and bright coral kits.

I made the stamps for these with potato stamps and acrylic paint, and went back in a painted over some areas to add some detail and a bit more color.  For the next one I make I'll make the pocket a little higher to accommodate my special seam ripper!  I think I'd also choose a thinner batting, to tone down the pouf factor.

Do you see the little hearts on the inside of the key?  I liked making this stamp.

With the slow connection, Lindsey from LR Stitches linked me up to her group page.  Thanks Lindsey!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Feathering your Nest

I've had computer woes all week, so this isn't the post I was planning.  I'm hoping my connection holds so I can properly post this, so I'll be brief!

 I finished my sewing roll early in the week.  And I've been thinking about how to feather my nest, using stitches and repurposing household or other items.  The first thing we did back when we moved in to our place was change the wall lamps (which are very permanent, rather institutional, and give off a lot of light).  I made some fused paper works that we mounted in front of the lights to make them our own.  I think the style is very scrappy quilt like, although I wasn't really thinking of it at the time.  The many-colored shades actually soften the light in the room, which was pretty harsh from the plain white walls.  

I'm making some stitchy things that are suitable for our nest.  I'l be back tomorrow to post pictures of my finished Zakka Sewing Roll for the ZSSAL.  And maybe some peeks at what else I'm up to!  Supposing my connection holds....

Sunday, April 22, 2012

On My Wish List

One of these:

Sew Kind of Wonderful's Quick Curve Ruler©

So I can make something like this:

Or take part in something like this:

You see, I love curves, as you can see by the draping I like to add to the pictures I take of my own creations:

Zakka Zig Zag Tote: Swedish Scrapper

Loulouthi Spring Scarf from Maureen Cracknell Handmade's Tutorial:  Swedish Scrapper

Zakka Pincushion:  Le Wild: Swedish Scrapper

But I need a bit of help adding them to my sewing, and I love the possibilities of this tool!  That's why I'm putting the Quick Curve Ruler on my wish  list.

If you have it on your wish list too, maybe you can win one from I Like Quilting's blog.  She's got a giveaway here.
Skip on over and enter, if you like!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Linking Up

I found some great places to link up finished works this week!

Sew Happy Geek


Finish and link up to share!

Thank You Friday!

I've seen that my Bird Roof Zakka House Pouch was featured twice this week, along with some other fab ones, on Lindsey's blog and Sukie's blog-- So exciting!  Thanks!  The Zakka Style Sew Along is really too much fun to miss.  Check it out, and add your creations to the flickr group!

Zakka Style Sew Along

This weekend I'll be scheming some more for the Feather Your Nest contest over at Stumbles and Stitches .
There are lots of great prizes, like a gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop, as well as fabulous Aurifil thread!  The judges they selected are fantastically creative.  There's still time to sign up by April 22.

 Doll Quilters
Feather Your Nest with Stumbles & Stitches                                                                   

And I'm gearing up for doll quilt swap through Doll Quilters Monthly.  The first theme for me will be May Flowers.  I can't wait to find out about my partner!  That group is still open too.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Le Wild and Le Modern

Here's project three from the Zakka-long, pincushions!  I'm loud because I'm happy to finally have not one, but 2 of them, made by mig (me!) This week, Ayumi from Pink Penguin is up, showing us her take on the latest from Rashida's book Zakka Style.  

I deviated a little from the original pattern by Sonia Cantié.  I used large prints for the cotton side, and I chose a hedgehog print for the linen side, on the fronts.  I don't have rubber stamps, or ink, or erasers to make my own, or any particular image I wanted to add to the design, so I made my own stamps using bits of selvage from some of my favorite fabrics.  I even even fussy cut the words "wild" and "modern" from them.

I don't think "modern" shows up that well, but I know it's there.

I didn't want to make the design busier, so I stuck with sheer ribbon for one of the pincushions, and the color test part of a selvage for the other.  I also added some dried lavender so they smell divine.  
Do you think they're too cluttered?  Which one is your favorite?  

What I love best is that no hedgehogs were harmed in making these!  I don't want to poke pins into any animals, real or fabric.  Let's just say, I borrow and return their quills.  It's a cooperation!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Zakka Firsts

I'm loving this Zakka Sew Along.  It's like a do it yourself sewing course, all from one book!  So, for this Zakka Style House Pouch,
I sewed:

1.  My first zipper
2.  My first appliqués
3.  My first curves
4.  My first satin stitch

and I got to change the machine foot several times!  I learned about tension and being careful with the grain of the fabric.  I wasn't, and things started to unravel...till the fusible interfacing put a stop to that.  I'm really pleased with how well the satin stitch came out.  It's a stitch I've seen my mother do time after time, and I never thought I'd have the confidence to get the hang of it! 

Mostly I had fun making something that raided my stash.  I used my favorite buttons and worked around that for the design.  I decided Not to save the bird fabric, but use it so I can enjoy it!  And the door fabric (screen door, perhaps?) is some Kwanza cotton that I've been saving for at least 15 years.  Red solid could have matched for the lining, but this is much more fun, don't you think?

I wanted to make a fun and personal version of the pattern.  I loved the idea of a giant bird guarding my roof, almost a part of the blue sky.  I think of this as a little garden house, or the house Hansel and Gretel should have found on their breadcrumb walk. I think it's a perfect little pouch for storing my favorite letters!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Spring Scarf

Swedish Scrapper on

We had a little snow here this week-- when will spring really get here?  So I dusted off a project that I'd put away:  a simple scarf project that I found at Maureen Cracknell Handmade's blog, using Anna Maria Horner's Loulouthi fabric.  Maureen has a great tutorial, so it went together like a breeze.  I used Loulouthi flannel and voile, and I added my own embellishment of teeny tiny pompoms, and a little deco stitch at the ends.  Sweet, huh?  It's so cozy, and not a bit overwarm for this S L O W spring coming, here in middle Sweden.

Swedish Scrapper on

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Quilting for Kids!

Quilting for Kids! This is a group I joined in February as a way to meet other quilters and get involved in a little giving back. I just put the button up on my blog. It's run by Sarah at  So Sarah Sews.  Each of us contributed an asterisk block (or two!) following the color scheme of purple, grey, chartreuse, and optionally, white, and making it whatever shape we chose.  I thought it was a blast to puzzle it through!  Sarah just posted the finished quilt today. It came out so nice!  I'm definitely looking forward to the next block.

Asterisk Quilt, Quilting for Kids, So Sarah Sews

Asterisk Quilt, So Sarah Sews, Quilting for Kids

Isn't it beautiful?  So much fun and hard work!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


Thanks to Teri over at  SewFantastic for featuring my Zig Zag tote bag picture on the week's wrap up!  It was a lot of fun to try out my skills on the Zakka Style Sew Along!  I enjoyed the project and I really loved meeting people and seeing their work!

If you haven't seen it yet, Laurie from LR Stitching is hosting a Sew Along based on Rashida Coleman-Hale's book 

Zakka Style: 24 Projects Stitched with Ease to Give, Use & Enjoy.  Go on over and take a look!  I'll be posting my next project attempt soon, the House Pouch, as shown by Amy Friend at During Quiet Time.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Zakka Style Bag Love

My first finish that isn't a pillow or wall hanging!  I've been working on the Zakka Style Sew Along, and the first project is this great ZIg Zag tote.  I have to say, it wasn't easy for me to get it perfect,  (and I didn't) but I had a lot of fun figuring out the pattern and practicing my cutting and sewing.

This cool bag is made of linen and quilter's cotton, with a contrasting inner pocket, magnetic snap closure, and accent quilting on the outside.  Perfect for books, or flea market finds!

My points don't match, and the bag lost a little height with my cutting, but it makes me so happy to see something I made myself, with fabric I chose, that fits right into my feathering nest!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Gee's Bend Quilt Kit Giveaway!

Gee's Bend pictures from

Oh, my goodness!  There's a lovely giveaway happening over at Winners' choice of one of 4 Gee's Bend Quilt Kits!  They are so eclectic and fantastic, aren't they?  I just love them, don't you?  Go on over to WeLoveQuilting! and check them out!