Saturday, September 26, 2009

Binding for hire

In the last week I've attached and finished the binding on three quilts, totaling 474 linear inches. I started offering the service through the quilt shop where I work, and the local longarm quilters have been happy to refer clients to me. I realized, after the first quilt, that I am paying myself a little above minimum wage... but since it requires little else but time and patience, it feels more like getting paid to watch a lot of TV.

If binding a quilt doesn't make sense, here is a good tutorial! She cuts her binding strips way skinnier than me--I stick to 2.25"-wide strips.

I also started retaking photos for my Etsy. I'm not sure if the new pictures are more interesting, but I was unhappy with the lighting and arrangement of the old ones. A couple of before-and-after shots:


Tomorrow I am off to Bernina training in lovely Naperville, IL, home of Bob Odenkirk. I'll be there Sunday through Friday... oh my!

I made another set of magnets today and started taking pictures for my Etsy account, but after the first photo my camera battery died. I ran around the house emptying out drawers, digging through boxes and generally tearing through every possible hiding place looking for the charger. After more than an hour of frustration, what do you think I spotted, sitting on top of my dresser in plain sight? Yeah. Here it is:

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

This week in sewing:

Sunday, I traveled to Clementine's Dry Goods in Franklin, IN. It's about an hour from Bloomington, all state roads, which makes for slow and scenic travel. Driving on IN 44, I had the distinct feeling of being in the Midwest. It was very Wizard of Oz. The cornstalks were tall and wild-looking, which isn't something you really see in a college town like mine.

Clementine's is a small shop but nicely curated. It's half fabric and half yarn. I left wishing I'd figured out how to cast on. The loot:

The quilt shop where I work is closed Mondays, but I went into work anyway to help prepare for a 50-person bus trip we are hosting next week. So much to do! The trip is organized by a quilt guild out of Terre Haute, I think. We made a lot of kits, and cut more fat quarters, and rearranged the store, which happens all the time anyway.

Tuesday after work, I finished sewing the Mary Go 'Round dress as a sample for the shop to display. It's so quick to make, and it's reversible! What more can you ask when it comes to kids' apparel?

And today I brought home the new Zakka Sewing book, which is so exciting. I've had an interest in sewing storage cubes of all sizes, and this book has a pattern that uses a different approach to construction. We'll see!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Next in line!

I bought this pattern at an Indianapolis thrift store for less than a dollar. All pieces are intact! It's a vintage size 12, so some of the pieces might fit. I have a hard time finding sewing patterns that fit my figure. The best part is the bloomers! I'm going to try to sew them first. It'll be an experiment with knits. Look at the technical illustrations on the back--that is always my favorite part of any pattern.