Monday, August 30, 2010

How can you "bling" a sewing tin?


 Who  has seen Eat, Pray, Love? I have not seen the movie but I have read the book. It is not in my life's plan right now to run off and find myself. But what is in my life's plan is to  EAT, SLEEP, SEW. (Not in that particular order!) I had to make this sewing tin that Laurie Simpson had made and posted the
instruction's HERE. It did make me start thinking about what if?  What if the next big Hollywood blockbuster was EAT, SLEEP, SEW? Who would play the Julie Roberts role?  Heidi Klum could star. She certainly could fit it in after Project Runway. Maybe one of the REAL housewives from New Jersey? A reality show of quilters? How about a bunch of quilters in the same room with only 1 spool of thread? They could have cat fights over jelly rolls? I am so sorry, I must have dozed off into some crazed dream. Market is coming is my only excuse. Back on topic!



 I just love love love this tin. What quilter, sewer, crafter wouldn't? Using Laurie's instructions I made my own version in 15 minutes. I then gathered all my hexagon's and supplies and proudly put them in my new organizational tin. I also added a magnetic strip to the inside which will come in handy. How would you "Bling" a sewing tin? What would you add? What notion can you not live without?

You may remember my blog post about hexagons. I blogged about them HERE. I was sewing them together by machine because I thought I would be bored doing so much handwork. I quickly had all my hex's sewn together and had to make more. Then,  I got stumped when it came time to turn the corner and actually  had to create the horizontal and vertical rows. The rows would not meet until.....

PICTURE ABOVE: Machine embroidery the hexagons into rows

HALF HEX'S

This is how to make a half hexagon. Sew 2 fabrics together. Press open the seams and trim away excess bulk in the seam allowances. Lay the paper hexagon making sure to line up the seam with the point of the hexagon.

Baste the fabric in place and magically you have a half hexagon


I show you this for a couple of reasons.
I am getting closer to finishing my borders. I just have to make about 300 half hexs.
I am so inspired by all the hexagon bloggers out there that I am dying to start another colorway.

Jaybird is doing it.
I am dying to make some of these from Sew Mama Sew.
You could make a charm hexagon quilt where no two fabrics are the same. Read about it HERE.
I use English Paper Pieces for my hexagons. They have all kinds of info on their website.
Paper Pieces are available at all the quilt stores. Remember when buying the size you want to measure 1 side of the hexagon to determine the size. They range in size from 1/4" papers to 3" papers.

You can cut a moda charm pack into 4ths and have tons of fabric ready to baste in place.
I am obsessed by all the possibilities of such a simple shape. I would like to give Laurie credit because now I have a new tin to fill full of hexagons.  Maybe I will rent Eat, Pray & Love when it comes out on DVD, invite Laurie over and sit and make hexagons!
 Let me know if you are hexagon-ing?


Friday, August 13, 2010

and the winner is....

 Only because I can laugh at myself, I will post one pic from SI. The tag line for this picture says something like,  this is not a mirage, etc etc. I told my husband,  I get it, you were thinking it WAS a mirage. That is why you did not see my head plastered on the swimsuit model sitting on a camel in the desert.
  In  all fairness to my husband and his friend, they did not notice that I had also put my pic on the largest sumo wrestler ever, weighing in at 491 pounds. Remember, I was pregnant at the time.

The shoebox is packed full to the brim with brights, darks, and light strips of all different lengths. Several of the strips are folded and rolled to fit into every crevice of the box, weighing in at a whooping 7 lbs. That may not seem like much if you compare it to sumo weight but I think you will be thrilled with how many strips I was able to squeeze into the box.

Thank you to all for commenting. I had my associate (her nickname is Stiffy) in the office across the hall drawing the winning name.
Congrats! Renae.  Send me your mailing address.
I have been so full of myself that I completely forgot to give a shout out to Maggi Honeyman. She is the master quilter that performed her magic on my quilt. Thank you, Maggi.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Shoebox

Thanks to everyone for the wonderful comments. I am truly humbled and honored. But a giveaway did help drive the traffic my way and it was fun for me.
2 mistakes on my part:
1. I forgot to include the date of the drawing.
2. I had no idea how many strips it would take to fill a shoebox.

Did I say I have grown MEN as children? The smallest shoebox I can find is size 10 (and that is my shoebox).

I could have as easily said I was going to ship the winner a boat! I feel like that is what I have laying all over my house when I trip over the shoes. Don't get me started on socks. I will save that for another post.


Last night I was home alone which is rare. I made a wonderful dinner (bowl of frosted flakes with sliced bananas), and plopped down in front of the TV with complete ownership of the remote.
I gathered my strips and ironed each of them, so the winner would not have a knotted mess. It was actually quite therapeutic looking at the variety of strips. I didn't even mind ironing, fabric that is,
not laundry.
If you haven't left a comment, please do so on the Previous post.
Will announce the winner on Friday the 13th. Make this day lucky for you and leave a comment if you want a boat, I mean shoebox full of 1 1/2" strips.

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