Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Newbee Quilters

To say that I got more of a response to my last post than I was expecting, well, that's an understatement. Thank you to everyone.... those that posted comments, those that emailed or PM'd me and everyone that spoke up in the forums over at Threadbias. It really made me feel like I had a good idea after all. :)

Based on everything I heard, I went ahead and started a bee group on Threadbias a few days ago. In just those few days, we already have 20+ members!!

This will be a bee that is geared at 'Newbees'. Either those new to sewing/quilting, or those new to bees and swaps. It'll be a great place to gain some knowledge...and some confidence. :)

I learned that a great many people are often looking for a bee, but are either too worried to actually join one (that 'complex' rears its' ugly head!) or they don't make the sign up list in time. Because of this, I've decided to leave it an open ended group....meaning anyone can join the group at any time. Anyone who joins will be placed on an on-going waiting list of sorts. When that list reaches 12 people, I will form a new hive for them.

We will be starting our first 2 hives come January (we're waiting to start til after the holidays by popular request). Everyone is very excited and looking forward to the coming year.

To get more info or if you'd like to join the Newbee Quilters, feel free to stop by! (For those that may not be particularly interested in a beginner's bee, another bee group has also been started and I'm sure that one will continue to grow as well.) It is sure to be fun, and a good way to get involved with other fabric lovers.

You would have to join the Threadbias site, but it's free and it truly is a fabulous, friendly community! I've already made many new 'friends' in the month I've been hanging out there. Sign up, you won't regret it!

If you have any questions, or would like more info, feel free leave me a comment or send me an email.

For those that would like a button for their blog, here you go! :)

Newbee Quilters {All Patched Up}

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

To bee or not to bee....

A recent forum posting I took part in has had me thinking lately, a lot. It was nothing out of the norm, just a post to discuss potential interest in starting a quilting bee. Would anyone be interested, could they commit to the year long bee, etc. Simple enough.

I said, 'Great Idea! Count me in!'. I've been looking for a bee or round robin to join recently but haven't had much luck. Among other reasons, my main issue has been that (with the exception of some family members) I don't really know anyone that sews, much less quilts. Flickr swaps and bees can be tough to get into if you're new and/or have no one to vouch for ya. Same with the few other places I know to look. So, the opportunity just hasn't been there.

I'd love to join a modern quilting club, but the only one that is close enough doesn't look like has been active in recent months. They had just started the guild in late 2011 and I can't find any info or activity since about February or March. Nothing, nada, zilch. So, yeah, not much luck there either.

So, I decided to come online. And it's been great so far! There's such a great community here. I'm finding other people who sew to connect with and who share my love of fabric and creating things with it. :)

But, I'm getting sidetracked....

TATB Bee Block January
Log Cabin block by Fresh Lemons: Faith via Flickr.

The potential bee....

A handful of others commented saying they would also be interested. Within just a few days, we already had 6...halfway there! Lookin good!

And then one particular post got to me. Not in a bad way mind you, not at all. It just me thinking. It started as a little prickle under my skin and has been slowly growing. And I haven't been able to stop this idea that's been building.

The member posted saying she thought the bee was a wonderful idea, that it would be fun. That she would love to join, but she was too new. She didn't feel that she could produce the quality needed. In essence, she had what I tend to label the 'I'm not good enough yet' complex. She was cheerful and honest about the whole thing. I immediately stated that I would have no problem joining a bee with her, I didn't care that she was new to quilting...and most if not all of the others said the same. She has been elected our bee angel should we go ahead with the group. :)

Although she is simply being honest, and forthcoming about her lack of experience, the thought made me feel a bit sad. This could just be because I tend to over-empathize with people (I fully admit I do heh), but I think it's more so because...uhm, I feel the same way and always have honestly.

Various wonky blocks
1. Wonky Cross Pillow, 2. scrappy wonky blocks in progress, 3. 3 x 6 Bee Block for melissa.leray, 4. April do. good stitches red, 5. week two block, 6. Wonky Square Rings Quilt

I've been sewing for years, and my family always tell me they love the things I make, etc etc etc. But, hey, they're family. They have to love me and suck up and tell me everything I make is awesome! *snicker* Ok, maybe not quite that far, but you get the point. I know I sew well, I could always improve, but I sew well. When it comes to joining something where I'll be sewing for someone else tho, especially someone else who also sews and/or someone I don't know...well, that's different and I fall victim to the "I'm not good enough" complex.

I've contemplated opening an etsy shop, selling my drawstring backpacks, or some quilts. I even opened a shop.

I've listed exactly 0 items.

What stops me? The "I'm not good enough" complex. I've looked at joining some bees online in the past....yup, same thing.

Until recently, that complex always stopped me from doing things I might have otherwise enjoyed. Then I started reading a little bit more, and ran across a few articles in blogland where others were posting about also feeling nervous and not good enough at times. These were women that, blew my mind! They're big, popular blogging quilters, known all around the blogosphere for petes sake!! They MUST know they're awesome!! Wait...some of 'em have the same worries as me?! Weird.

That knowledge changed things for me tho. It's caused me to finally seek out a bee/swap or two to join and take the plunge, nerves and all!

Anyway, this whole lengthy thought process left me with a idea. What if I started a bee...just for beginners!! It would be great practice...making a different block each month for a year. They would learn new techniques and different patterns, etc. And the evil quilt police would most certainly be banned from even peaking at our work! ;)

If it were all beginners, the quality of the sewing/technique/block wouldn't have to be a concern. More importantly, no one would have to fall prey to that icky complex or at the very least they'd have a good chance to overcome it. ;) They could really just get a feel for doing a bee, get the help, practice and encouragement each month. After the year was up, everyone would end up with a very memorable and special quilt!

I originally pictured just beginners in this bee. Then I remembered what I've been feeling myself. There must be others that feel the same and have held back for the same reasons I have. I decided it might be good to include at least a few of the more veteran quilters that haven't done a bee before (a different kind of beginner!) as long as they clearly understood many members are only just beginning & blocks are not going to be perfect. The seasoned quilters could add much to the bee...helping with tutorials and tips & tricks. They would also give the new quilters some blocks to inspect and see each month. And they would get the experience of being in their first bee. Benefits for both the veterans and newbies. :)

Simple block examples
1. Scrapbusters Bento Box block picnic tablecloth, 2. Boxed In blocks, 3. detail of log cabin block., 4. log cabin one, 5. shortcake quilt top, 6. 3x6 angel block, 7. 3x6 bee block - 2nd quarter 2011, 8. 3x6 Quilting Bee - Herringbone blocks, 9. Theres a square in there, 10. granny square blocks! :), 11. Granny Square side by side, 12. Leanne's Blocks, 13. Sew Modern Bee14. Not available15. Not available16. Not available

All blocks that are selected by each member would be required to be on the simple side. I could do tutorials any time it was necessary to make sure everyone knew how to go about making each block. The pics I've included throughout this post are some examples of the kinds of blocks I'm talking about. Log Cabins, strips, square in a squares, patchwork, etc. Nothing too complicated....nice and easy.

This certainly got lengthy didn't it?! Yeah, that tends to happen with me. *grin*

So, what do you think? Would this be a good idea or am I just crazy? Would anyone join me in something like this? Please chime in, I'm really looking for some opinions here....should I move forward with planning this or should I let it go.

P.S. For anyone that's involved in the first forum posting that I mentioned...I have plenty of time and am not in any other bees or swaps so would have no problem doing both bees...I wouldn't be backing out or anything. :)

10/27/12 Edited to add: With all the response I've received I've decided ...I'm not crazy!!! Whew!! Ha! *ahem*    I've started a group over on if you'd like to join us, please visit the group HERE. (For anyone not already on Threadbias, it's free to join and truly is a great community!! Come join us. :)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Meet Mr. Owl

I've finished the pincushion for the swap I joined over on Threadbias. I had it finished some time ago, but was slacking on taking the pictures. Yep, I'm a slacker. ;)

When I was brainstorming, the first thought that crossed my mind when I signed up was that I wanted to do an owl pinnie. I've made another and they're a bit say the least....and just so darn cute! I had a couple other ideas and was willing to go in a totally different direction if my partner was against owls (*gasp*) or wanted something different. But after speaking with her, I found out she wasn't an owl hater (at least I don't think she is lol) and she loved all things fall. Owls are fall~ish...right?? So, on with the owl plan!

Mr. Owl
Mr. Owl

After sorting it all out, I made this little guy. Isn't he just adorable?! He's tiny and colorful and I just love how well he came together. He has since been sitting on my sewing desk and kept me and my own little owl pinnie company. He's such a hoot! ;)

As I sat sewing one evening, late into the night, he suddenly looked up at me with those big ole' eyes of his and pleaded...don't stab me please!! (It was late so I could be mistaken, but I swear I heard him sniffle) My heart went out to the little guy. My own owl pinnie tried to calm him, but it wasn't happening so I decided I had do something for him. And I did, I made him a nest! :)

Mr. Owl on his perch
Mr Owl on his perch. I made the bottom different just in case he gets in trouble and needs to blend in!

Heh. Okay. It turned out a little larger than I had originally planned....maybe it's more like a branch than a nest...erm, a log even. LOL

In my defense it was late so thinking out the measurements in my head may not have been wise. Oh well. Now the little guy has his very own log to sit on and his new owner can safely stick all those pesky pins in the 'log' and he will stay safe and stab free. I was going to attach him, but didn't. This way he'll be more know, in case he needs to stretch his wings or something. He's a very happy little owl more late night sniffling!

When I originally posted that I had joined the swap I said that I had another idea in my head that just wouldn't leave. When I thought about doing the owl, I got a picture in my head of a reverse appliqued owl with colorful strips as the peek-thru fabric. After thinking about it for a while, I decided to make a needle book. Needle books and pinnies just seem to go together.

Needlebook collage

Here's what I ended up with. Figured I would send it as an extra little goodie in my partner's box. :) So, this little needle book will keep little Mr. Owl company on his trip to my partner. Hope she likes them!!

Package for Okle

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A UFO Group

So, now that I've been actively working on my WIP/UFO list, I've had to face the reality of how bad it's gotten. lol This has been made a little bit easier since I've joined a great group over on Threadbias...a group devoted solely to finishing up UFO's!! :D

At the beginning of each 'term' (which lasts 3 months), we list out our UFO's and put up photos and such that we want to finish up. At the end of that term, if you've finished any of them, everyone in the group will send you a FQ as a reward *Yay!* and you of course will send out a FQ to each of the others in your group that have a 'finish' as well. If you finish up two things, you'll get 2 FQ's from each person!! The extra encouragement and just being cheered on by these ladies is more than enough motivation, but the little reward is there to just brighten your day. :)

Pfft...more than enough of a kick in the pants for me to jump onboard and join this party!!

I think it's a fabulous idea and getting a lovely FQ in the mail for doing something I should already have done is just the motivation I need!!! I hope. Well...that and the fact that if I clear some of these off my list, I get to add fun new stuff to it!! *snicker* Yep, I'm hopeless!

Here's a mosaic of the projects I've added to my list this term.

UFOterm1 Collage

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Threadbias Pincushion Swap

PCS2012 original fabric pull

I signed up to do a Pincushion Swap on Threadbias a few weeks ago. The only requirement for this swap is that we use the Threadbias colors of Green, Blue and Orange. Got that covered....check!! We can use any combination of those that we choose.

The first photo up there was my original fabric pull. I quickly narrowed it down a bit as some of the fabrics just didn't fit well. Here's what I ended up with.

PCS2012 revised pull

I know what pincushion I'm making (Shhh...can't tell yet!). As soon as I signed up, I knew what I wanted to do, but also had some backup ideas in case I discovered my partner wouldn't like it. From what I've heard from her tho, I think it's a go so full speed ahead!

I know I won't include all of these fabrics in the actual pincushion...I'm thinking these will be the main fabrics for that part. But that may change too....I know, I'm indecisive right now! lol I won't likely decide til I actually start sewing...that's just the way I roll folks!

PCS2012 possible main fabrics

I will be including the other fabrics, along with some more scraps I'm sure, in a little goodie I'm going to make as well. I've had an idea for an extra lil something stuck in my head since I decided which pincushion to go with, and since it doesn't seem to want to leave my mind, I figured I'd just go for it. :)

Short little post this time. Stay tuned for some teaser posts tho!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I Spy.....

gift ispy bag
A great gift idea!! :)

This was a commission for my aunt. I made an I-Spy bag for her son's birthday and she asked me a couple weeks later to make another for her to give as a gift to her friend's son. That kinda tells a girl she made a great gift!! *wink*

This is the third bag I've made now and they're such a quick and cute little gift idea. The toughest part is finding things to put inside them!

I was going to write up a quick tutorial, but it's been done a few times over so I'll direct you HERE (this is the link to the I-Spy bag I found during my original google search. I glanced at the photo and made up my own method, but this one is simple and straightforward :) I will give some tips and tricks tho, as there are some things I did differently.

I use fleece rather than flannel or cotton for a couple reasons....mostly because I have a lot of fleece scraps. LOL But, I also like that it doesn't fray and has a bit of stretch to it. While looking for some items, it's nice to have a little give in the fabric for manipulating things around. I figured the little one's could use all the help they could get.

Rather than just stitching a list of items on the back of the bag, I take a photo of the items(typing out a list could also work tho!), print it and then laminate it. I sew a ribbon into the outside seam of the bag while I'm constructing it that I then attach the laminated photo to. This means no lost picture! And the kids don't have to continuously turn the bag over to see what else they're looking losing their place. :)

The laminating serves two purposes....protects the photo (Not that kids are usually accident prone or anything, but I figured better safe than sorry *snicker*) and makes it re-useable with a dry erase marker. I also sew a pocket into the back side to hold the photo and the marker. All neat and tidy for mom! :)

For this bag, my aunt gave me a few things that she wanted included inside...some 'Cars' swinkees (little pencil topper thingys) and some erasers. I added a few other things I had laying around as well as a few dollar store finds. I bought the dinos and the ball/jacks and discovered (sadly after the whole thing was already together) that they are actually just a bit larger than I'd like them to be for this kinda thing (they're bigger than normal jacks and the dinos were on the unusually large side too..gotta love the dollar store!). They'll be ok, but they take up more room making it a bit tougher to move them around. So, if you plan on making your own, take my advise and stick with smallish things....things about the size of an average bouncy ball.

I alter the things I include depending on who I'm making the bag for. For example, if I'm making the bag for a very young child, I like very bright and colorful items that aren't too tiny. Makes the items a little easier for the kids to find. When making a bag for an older child, I would use less colorful, smaller items. For an older child, I would use beads, coins, small buttons, etc. I would also make the vinyl window smaller. All things to make it more of a challenge. :)

I used rice as the filler because I have a very large bag left to use up, but you could also fill them with poly pellets! If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment and I'll help if I can. And if you make one of these I'd love to see them! :)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Snap! A cozy new home for my camera

Months ago I decided I really needed a bag for my camera. Carrying it around unprotected wasn't good. The poor thing was getting bumps and bruises from traveling around with me and every time one of the kids got near it, I always worried about what they'd drop, spill or catch on it.

I had an idea of what I wanted, and of course, I didn't just go the easy route and buy a pattern, Hmm, no, not me! Thus....a couple months later, I finally have a camera bag. I procrastinate like a champ like to give myself time to think of exactly what I want in my projects!!

Before I get to the deets, here is why I should learn not to work on things that require measurements or precision late at night...

oops camera bag

See that there?! Yeah, hmm....nice huh?! Well, those were the little slits I cut to place the magnetic snap. First of all, there's going to be a pocket there so it wouldn't have worked even IF I had put it in the right place and second of all, uhmmmm...yeah, it was in the wrong place. Like, reeeaaallllly in the wrong place. It needed to be about 5-6 inches higher than it was. The photo below shows the pocket with the snap in the right place. I didn't miss it by just a little bit. Yeah, I'm that good!

oops comparison camera bag

So, I stuck some fray check on there, and did a little creative sewing to fix the holes that I had cut for the snap.  Thankfully, the pocket that's supposed to be there will hide it. *snicker*

All in all, the finished bag is nice and close to what I want. It makes a nice first draft. Ha!! Yep, I'm already planning the new and improved version. While it's an ok bag for now, there were a couple of issues.

camera bag photo grid
The gloomy grey weather we've had lately isn't really conducive to nice photos.
Combine that with my lazy 'always leave my camera on auto mode' rather than learning to use it properly leads to some weird lighting/coloring. Sorry lol

First and foremost is the shape. I wasn't really thinking about the foam padding being so stiff when I originally designed the bag. It's wider at the bottom than the top by a good 2 inches. That's great for a flexible bag, but doesn't work quite as well for a stiff, padded bag that doesn't have much 'give'. Getting the camera in and out isn't as easy and quick as I'd like. 

My measurements were also off for the magnetic snap. (Don't laugh too hard here people!!) Even after fixing my first snafu with the snap, it still doesn't line up quite right for some reason. So, the fold over flap mostly just flops and doesn't really close unless I really push it, and then it kinda pulls on the flap funny so I generally don't engage the snap. If the bag were to fall over, the camera could theoretically fall out (altho that top being 2 inches smaller doesn't seem so bad now!! LOL).

I really should have made a longer strap, or even better, an adjustable strap. That would leave me the option to make it a cross body strap so I don't have to worry about holding it or it slipping off my shoulder when walking, hiking, etc watching the world thru my lens.

The other issue I have is the lining I chose. This was a project I brought with to work on while up north (not a fabric shop even kinda~sorta~somewhat close up there), and I had quickly stopped to pick up some fabric for the lining on the way. I saw the color and it was perfect, looked like a linen blend so rushing out the door with it, I didn't pay as much attention as I should have. I'm not sure exactly what it is, but my plan was to use Heat-n-Bond on the foam pieces on the lining help keep the lining inside the bag and so on. I've done this before and it works well for me. It was not a good idea with this fabric. The 'glue' from the Heat-n-Bond came right thru the fabric so I only did a little along the top of each side (and it looks like crap btw). So, the lining doesn't stay in place as well as I'd like it to.

There are some good things about this bag tho: I love the HomeDec fabric I chose for the outside and may go back to pick up some more to use with version 2, I used one of my favorite color combos (turquoise and lime green), both the exterior and interior pockets turned out well, the padding does make me feel like my camera is safe & secure and I learned a few things along the way. So, I'll definitely be improving version 2. *grin*

Thursday, September 13, 2012

What became of the hexies?!

This post took a lil longer than I wanted. Oops. We went up north for the week for my daughter's birthday, and well, I discovered that while I have lots of ideas, sew lots of things, and know what I want to blog about..the part that holds me back is uploading and working with the actual photos. *ahem* I'm terrible!!

Anyway....remember these little lovelies?

Well, I turned them into these...

A matching set!

I made these cute matching bags for my daughter and her BFF. Their birthdays are only a couple days apart, and right at the end of summer/beginning of the school year. They're nearly inseparable all summer, but once school starts, they spend more time apart as they live in different cities. Knowing how close they are, and how tough it is to make the summer/school year transition, I thought a matching set of bags might help a bit. Ease the pain of separation so to speak.

They're typical teenage girls, so a make-up bag was the natural choice. I lined them with oilcloth, and did french seams so that any spills wouldn't completely ruin anything. After doing the first bag, I began to regret the french seams idea...but I did the 'good mommy' thing, and still made the second bag just like the first. lol The oilcloth lining made for some very thick and uncooperative french seams. It looked nice, but nope, won't be doing that again. Lesson learned.

My daughter knew I was making the bag for her friend, but didn't know I was making her one. (I'm sneaky...wanted to know she'd like the colors and fabrics so asked what she thought of them, then made hers when I got the ok...she asked me to make her one!! lol) So, after I finished them, I made these quick little tags with their first initial so she would know one was for her too. :)

They were the perfect gifts for these two. They loved em, were all smiles and I know they'll get a lot of use out of them...well, least my make-up freak will. *smile*

So, not too bad for my first batch of hexies!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Finally! Some Hexie love for me

I have been admiring all the hexie projects that are everywhere for the last year or so that they've been the all the rage in the crafting world. Admiring from afar.

I am not a person who does fiddly, involved or time consuming hand-sewn projects well. I will either find a way to do it by machine or will suffer without. The repetitiveness kills my interest-meter and attention span, and my hand-stitching sucks leaves a lot to be desired. Any time I've taken an on-the-go sewing project with me in a car or wherever, it's not too long before I'm picking up my phone and surfing the net or playing games instead of getting anything accomplished. The extent of my hand-sewing is closing up any seams I've left open for turning with the invisible stitch!! *snicker* yoyo's, or beautiful hand-stitched quilts, or embroidery, beading, etc for this gal, no sirree...and thus far hexie's have been on that list.

I took one look at the EPP method of making them, and then at how many would be needed for most projects and instantly added them to my 'never-do' list...with a frown and a bit of a sniffle. Unlike most of the other things on that list, I actually really wanted to do some of the hexagon things I've seen.

I know many people find handwork calming and relaxing...I wish I were one of them. I find it repetitive and mundane, and I just don't have the patience for that kinda thing. I often zone out which leads to mistakes that I then have to take out and start over/give up...whichever. *sigh* Let's just say my half-done on-the-go project pile is kinda large and falling over on my WIP pile.

BUT!!! Oh yes, there's a but...and even a then...I'm sure another but somewhere along the line.

Last week I found a link thru pinterest for sewing hexies by machine!!! (And now I've remembered to go and PinIt so I can find it later when I forget where I saw it...see, blogging is saving my sanity already.)

Jacquie from Tallgrass Prairie Studio has an awesome tutorial for machine piecing hexagons (without marking!) here for anyone interested. ;) Woohoo!!! I was saved...and have already started adding hexie projects to my list.

Image via Tallgrass Prairie Studio


Yesterday Mr. Man and I had to take a trip to Madison, a 2hr+ drive for us, so I was frantically searching for a project that I could take with me in the car. (I really must stop waiting til the last minute.) I was initially looking for a knitting project. Those don't involve sharp needles that I stab my fingers with when I start to zone out. ahem.

 My search quickly veered off course (as it often does) and I ran across this article. How to hand-sew hexies...without the paper/basting/EPP craziness. *gasp* I know!!

Yes yes, I know. This is still hand-sewing... I hear you all snickering.

BUT. (told you)
     A) it doesn't require first basting & then sewing them together (who came up with that plan anyway?!?)
     B) it doesn't involve whip-stitching. I never like my whip-stitches, they're messy
     C) you can't see the stitches anyway. Score!!

I figured I'd give it a whirl and quickly got a small batch of them ready to take with me on our road trip.

I am happy to report, that I actually sewed together 19 hexies. And. They turned out beautifully. Aren't they gorgeous?! The method is actually very quick. I can now do hexies all over the place! Tho, I will try to keep myself under control. *grin*

I hope the links help some of you who may also have an aversion to the EPP hexies...for whatever reason. You can join in on the hexie love too! :)

I saw these floating around Pinterest & now I could make one for myself.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Room for another??

Hello Blogland!!

I've long wanted to start a blog...and actually did briefly a couple years ago. Due to some personal issues tho, I abandoned it almost as soon as I began. So, that first attempt was a brief one. Lets consider this take 2.

I love to sew and sew a bit of everything...quilts, bags, home decor, some clothing and any other items & accessories that are needed or useful around the house. I am mostly self taught and have never taken a sewing class. I've learned from good ole trial and error (along with the internet of course. ;) My methods may not always be correct and proper, but they work for me. One of my favorite styles is patchwork and I tend to favor the more modern patterns and colors.  I am also addicted to love Pinterest and spend too much time surfing around the net. This is starting to leave me with a lengthy 'to do' list. All you Pinter~freaks will know what I'm talking about!

You will usually find me working on several different things at once. I often have a couple quilts that I'm working on blocks for, as well as little quick~ish projects that I work on between them. I have a bit of a short attention span. Doing more than one thing at a time tends to keep me from getting bored/never finishing and keeps my WIP list at a more manageable level.  So, I'm hoping this blog will also hold me a little more accountable to finish I can move on to the next thing on my 'to do' list!

The biggest reason I wanted to start a blog is that I need a place to catalog my sewing life...a journal of sorts. I want a place to write about and show the things that I make. I've been reading blogs for years and years, so naturally a blog of my own would be a great answer. I hope it will make it easier to look back and see that I have indeed improved and tried new things. It will also be easier to see and remember all the things I've made. And, maybe, it will give others some inspiration as well. I know I've gotten my fair share from others' blogs over the years. Now, I just need to get better about taking photos of the things I make.

I will give you all one warning. I tend to be a very casual, go-with-the-flow kinda girl and my writing will reflect this I'm sure. I write the way I speak most of the time so be prepared for incorrect terms, words, etc. and some net lingo and emotes thrown in for good measure. I love words like wonky (I used it long before it became a sewing style!!!), kerfunky, bumbled, bobbled, and any other possibly-made-up word that makes me smile. My grammar is certainly not always correct. I try, and do appreciate good grammar, I just don't always have it. If you're a member of the grammar police, a small disclaimer: I'm not responsible for any health crises that may arise from reading here. Consider yourself warned! *grin*

So, do you think there's room for another sewing blog? Can I take up a little corner of blogland?

I hope you'll stop back and take a look around, leave some comments, say hello. Oh, and if you notice me dragging my feet at all...give me a nudge to finish something.

** ETA ~  This was my original post from the WordPress blog where I started. After just the one post and some fiddling around, I decided to move here. I loved WordPress's dashboard (much more than Blogger's . . .) however, I was terribly disappointed with my lack of customization options. I do not want to pay to do simple things like changing some colors & fonts or moving a search bar. So...hello Blogger! Cheers! **

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