Sew this is what I am up to… by quornflour

Sew this is what I am up to….



For the last few nights I have been working on a commission quilt.
I am happy with how it turned out.

Here are some pictures.









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via Sew this is what I am up to….

Staycation by quornflour

The first time someone told me they were taking a “Staycation” I thought they had said, “Steak-cation” to which I responded, “that sounds delicious.”

I took a few days off in November, then getting back to the swing of things I got a little busy and the result was a laps in blogging. But, that’s cool, because I was living!

At first I had planned to blog while I was staycating, but then decided that it was best for my sanity if I just stay off the computer. So I did.

It was a good week: I spent time with friends, shopping and sewing, and sewing and sewing.

First I pieced a small quilt, which I need to finish up. Then I made some bags and some dog toys and put them in my etsy shop.

It was a much needed break.

Say it Ain’t Sew by quornflour

I was trying to find some photos that go with a recipe I want to post; I did not find them, not yet anyway.

So I figured I would tell you how to make a super adorable pin cushion.

You will need 2 scarps of quilters cotton that you can cut into cut 2 squares (one each) 4½”x4½”

Then cut those down the diagonal into triangles. If you want to make it interesting use 4 different coordinated fabrics.

Sew the triangles back together into squares (right sides together using a ¼” seam allowance), using alternate fabrics.

Using a zig-zag stitch sew the two squares together (right sides together) on three sides.

Turn right side out and hand stitch the edges on the open in so there is only about enough room to fit your finger with stuffing in the hole.

Then stuff it.

Then keep stuffing it until you just can’t stuff it no more. It will fit a lot of stuffing. You can even use bits of scraps too if you want.

Then sew it shut.


Don’t you feel fancy now?

The Adventures of Finger Buddy by quornflour

Sometimes my palm meets my forehead and I say, “GENIUS!”

Other times I think to myself, “Self, you are hilarious”. That second thought is followed by a critical, “Self, don’t laugh at your own jokes.”

Anyway. One of my co-workers has broken her finger and now there is the tour of broken finger pictures on her facebook page. So naturally I thought to myself, “Self, that splint is ugly, it needs more character…” and the Finger Buddy was born.

At lunch I went home and threw this thing together. I made it with fleece, yarn, buttons, felt and some eyelet lacey bits, you know, to add a feminine touch. Seriously, if you are going to have a useless finger anyway, might as well have fun with it, right?

Think I may throw a few more together this weekend and put htem up on Etsy, well, unless it is still swamp weather.

Facebook Vacation Part 3 by quornflour

It has now been officially 2 weeks that I have been away from Facebook and since it is past the 15th of a 30 day month… 30 days have September, April, June and November… I am past the halfway mark full on.

This weekend I sewed and cleaned and painted the ugly cabinet in my bathroom because I just couldn’t stand looking at it anymore. All without everyone on my friends list or my twitter followers knowing just how awesome I was being.

I discovered I had been cheated with fabric I do not really like in a jelly-roll I got on sale, luckily Ms. Skillet was there for me, able to lament over text about the atrocities of the fabric jelly-roll world.

The thing that I have noticed to be the biggest difference, is my cell phone battery life. I have gotten out of the habit (which admittedly took a few days) of looking at it to see what was new with my friends.

Then I realized that my friends were expecting a baby and I had no idea if she had been born. I think all of this would be a lot harder if I was completely cut off, but instead a simple text message resulting in pictures of the little munchkin.

If I was going to do a full on cut off, I do not think I would be able to do it and otherwise continue with life as normal. Postcards are fine, I have even gotten a few old fashioned cards and notes from folks, but with the constant barrage of “like” this and “follow” that, it is hard to deny life in a social media world. I have a few friends who do not have accounts, here there or other, but they never have, so I guess you could argue that “you don’t know, what you don’t know.”

I suspect all of this would also be different if my Facebook friends were not real people to me. Of the people on my friends list there is only one person whom I have never met face to face, everyone else I actually know. I do not fully understand the random people thing, though occasionally I do sent friend suggestions to people if I think they should know each other.

At any rate, I will get back to being awesome and not letting everyone know just how awesome I am being.

Beach Tote by quornflour

I decided I needed a tote for the beach, something simple that could hold the basics, sun screen, book, towel, flip flops. It also needs to be washable; beaches have sand and other stuff. I also have a preference to lined bags, they seem to hold up better, or seem like they should.

The pattern is really simple.

All you need is a yard of canvas and 30″ of cotton or muslin for the lining.

Start by cutting a 6″ strip from one end for the handles, set aside the 30″piece for now.

Cut the strip in half.

Fold each strip in half the long way and sew up the folded side as well as the open side.

Turn right side out. And sew up the folded sides.

Now sew the muslin and the large piece of canvas together right sides in along the long ends.

Fold the top in two inches and iron in place.

Take one of the straps and pin it 2 inches into the bag, and four inches from the end on both sides.

Sew along the top with a ¼ inch seam, then again an inch below that.

Now put the canvas sides together and sew into a bag.

Easy right?

If you are like me then when you plan to make this you will end up with this…

But you will more likely end up with a regular basic tote.

Organic Sewing by quornflour

I find that folks often offer up that they have a sewing machine and do not really know how to use it. I am pretty sure they are hoping I will offer them lessons.

Some folks even outright ask, or ask if I know someone, hoping I might offer.

Thing is, unless you want to know how to make a basic quilt; I am not going to teach you.

It is not that I am being snobbish, it is just that well: my sewing skills are crass. I can make stuff, but my process tends to be organic, I just put stuff together until I end up with whatever it was I wanted to make.

I look at the way things are made, where seams are, what the shape of the cuts are and then just wing it.

There are no rules.

Like the other day, I was thinking I needed a tote, but then when I was looking at the fabric, I decided a little overnight bag for an upcoming vacation with matching tote was a much better idea. I dug out some D rings and zippers and started cutting fabric and assembling. In the bag I had this great bag that I can use for my upcoming vacation, but if you want the pattern, well I would have to retrace my steps to figure out what it was I did in the first place.

So if you want to learn to sew, I say just go for it. Unless you plan on going on Project Runway or something, the technique does not really matter, from what I have seen on PR I am not even sure technique always matters. There isn’t a right or wrong, there just is.

Sit back, have fun and go for it!


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