Quilting-Craftsy BOM Style

I’ve always wanted to try quilting, but never had the time to take a class at a studio or really knew where to start. Enter Craftsy! I pretty much heart Craftsy. I’m pretty certain you can learn anything on there. From quilting to cake decorating, they have it all. If it’s craft oriented that probably have a pattern or a class or even supplies. Now, I haven’t ordered anything from them besides a pattern and done their classes so I’m not sure if they’re reasonable for notions or fabric (I might have to check that out now), but they routinely do sales on their classes, plus offer free ones, like the yearly Block of the Month (BOM).

I’m currently working on the BOM for 2012. I looked through the one for this year, and watched a few of the videos but I didn’t like the way the woman presented for this year, or her quilt block designs. Last years seemed so much more simple and clean, more for beginners who want to learn the basic techniques.

Right now I’m working on the first block from February of that year, a little slow, but when you’ve got other projects going on the “fun” stuff gets put on the back burner.

Quilting is going to be good for my sewing. I need to be precise in my seam allowance, pressing and piecing. I tend to rush through things (not just with sewing but everything), so this forces me to slow down and make sure everything is lining up right.

Here are a few photos of the blocks I’ve been working on, hopefully after I finish this current month I can get a photo of my first 4 blocks together.

Sauder Sewing and Craft Table Review

We are forever working on a more minimalist living over here, and I really thought our office/sewing room could use a revamp. Mostly getting rid of the giant craft/sewing table that my husband made me a few years ago. He built it off of plans from Ana White. It had been refinished and finally what I wanted, but the size was just too big. We never know where we’re going to be living, which means smaller more versatile furniture is better. Also, being counter height, my back was forever hurting after a long day of sewing. I needed something that I could be more comfortable with sitting for hours if need be. The craft table had to go.

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There were a lot of options thrown around, including another sewing table from Ana’s site, this one. But the one issue I have with my husband making stuff is the time that it takes away from our family, and then I usually have to finish whatever it is and I’m not the most patient of people. After some searching I found the Sauder Sewing and Craft Table at Walmart.com (cheapest I could find), which was about what we were looking to spend. Some of our other options, while building it would have been preferred would have been a bit more expensive since we’d be using solid wood.

Shipping didn’t take too long and we had the table fairly quickly, within a week. I put it together myself, and that took about an hour with no help. The directions were actually easy to read and all of the parts were there. None of the pieces had broken during shipping, though while I was assembling it one of the pieces cracked from tightening a screw too much.

I like this table because it can close up, and be concealed. Both my serger and my machine fit away as well as my most used sewing items that are stored in the bins on the main door. I can also keep my power cords plugged in until I need the machine, and then I plug it in ready to go.

I do have some issues with the table. One is that only a couple of the wheels have locks, and flimsy ones at that. Even when they are locked I can push on the table and it will move. I usually butt it up against the wall to prevent this. The other issue is the width of the table. The length is very long with the leaf up, but the depth isn’t quite big enough (~20″) to hold my large cutting mat that is 36″. I would really like to be able to have that full depth to not have to rearrange larger pieces.

Otherwise this table has been pretty useful and a deal for $80. Definitely worth it in my book. While not solid wood, the lightweight construction makes it easy to wheel around the house if need be.

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A Dress for Me-Washi Dress

So I usually don’t sew stuff for myself, but we needed to go to a memorial service and while I really do just get a kick out of shopping for myself (note the sarcasm), I decided to try and make something for me.

The pattern is the Washi Dress by Rae. I did the conversion for a maxi length, but didn’t have to do any of the bust adjustments. I found this dress actually really easy to make. Rae does an amazing job of including video tutorials, and great pics/wording so you know exactly what you’re doing. I really love all the patterns I have of hers, she does a great job with the PDF drafting and layout. Well worth the money. The dress is also lined 3/4 of the way since I didn’t want to be flashing to whole group but didn’t want the bulk of it being fully lined.

The fabric I used was a plain black Kona cotton for the outer, and cotton black voile for the lining. I bought my fabric at Hart’s Fabric up in Santa Cruz, which is a huge fabric store with bolts and bolts of lots of different types of fabric. I ended up doing the notch at the bust as well since the dress was so plain being just black.

This pattern definitely let me hone my skills at making clothing, as this is the first thing I’ve made for me since I was in high school. My husband helped me mark the hem, and was a great help since we actually don’t own any floor length mirrors.

I don’t have any pictures of the day of, except for some group shots at the memorial where I was holding other people’s babies (mine were with the inlaws), but here are some photos taken before we went.


Halloween Flowers

Scrolling through my photos I forgot that I had made my daughters Halloween costume. This was before the whole “I won’t wear anything that mama makes me even though I ask her to”. She originally wanted to be a ballerina, but the Monday before Halloween changed her mind and wanted to be a dancing flower.

The bottoms were the Go To Leggings with an attached skirt, and the Flashback Skinny Tee. Luckily I had this green fabric sitting around, as I tend to hoard knit fabric, as well as the ribbing for the shirt. The leaves and the petals came from this site, and were made out of felt and ribbon. She wore the leaves all night, and the petals most of the night which was a success. She also let me get pictures which was key.  Little brother was a pilot but he wore a ready-made flight suit that we had on hand and daddy’s khaki cover and patches. Sometimes it’s nice to just throw something together rather than spend ages trying to sew it up.



So my daughter always asks me to make her stuff, and normally she’ll wear it but lately she hasn’t and it’s getting so frustrating! Staying up late and putting off other projects to make her things, to have her try them on and immediately take them off. At least she humors me and tries them on. The fit is usually good, and I take the time to make sure the measurements are right.

*sigh* Anyone else have this issue who makes clothes for their kids? I had a whole list of things to make her, but have decided against it since it’ll be a waste of fabric and time.

The past 2 days I’ve made her a Geranium tunic, Go To Leggings, and even some new underwear.  She gets to pick out the fabric, so she has some investment in the items. Hoping this is just a phase since she used to wear what I made her all the time. Mama is sad.

A Little Woodworking

My husband like to build us things, and so when we found a cheap band saw at Home Depot we had to get it. We’ve been experimenting more with Waldorf education and I’ve been wanting to get the kids some nice wooden toys but the prices are always so steep. Enter the husband. He came up with this fire stacker, based on the Grimm’s company one. He did the cutting and I did the painting, I think it came out pretty well.

He also made the kids birthday spirals and rings for a few of my friends. The tradition is you put in the number of candles for the age as well as some little wooden figures/animals/items to represent your child that year. We bought the figures from The Wooden Wagon, as well as the candle holders and candles.

One other thing he made that the kids love is a balance board. The tutorial came from this site, and took him less than a half an hour to complete. We just used scrap wood laying around, so the cost was pretty much nil.