June 2011 Archives

Anthology of Interest

I love the show Futurama. My husband and I are so addicted we leave episodes playing in the background while working around the apartment and quote lines along with the show. Since we love the show and the latest season started airing last week, I figured I would doodle sew some of the characters as practice while learning my new machine. Ignore the purple, it’s from the marker I used to sketch out the drawing before stitching it down.

This is Leela, captain of the Planet Express Ship. She’s a sassy Cyclops mutant tough female lead that kicks butt. How could I not love her. I’ll forgive her for sleeping with Zap.

This is Bender, “you know the loveable rascal.” Bender is a beer drinking, cigar smoking, thieving robot. In the episode “The Route of All Evil,” Bender homebrews in his tummy and gives birth to an Ale. Richard has a special love for Bender since he homebrews.



I’m still playing with my new machine like mad. I’m really loving how the 820 moves on the Quilt Frame. I think I’m starting to get the hang of how to move it across the quilt. Here are my latest doodles.

Really who doesn’t love Star Wars?! The fact I also know how to make an origami X-Wing from memory adds to how nerdy I am.

My kitties were lounging around my studio so I became inspired by them. I’m still doodling away. I’ll keep you posted on the other strange things I feel like quilting.



Sewing Machine Heaven

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I would like to introduce you to "The Beast," a Bernina 820 8 series. This past Saturday I went to my local Bernina dealer, Midwest Sewing Center, may I add who is awesome, and bought my dream sewing machine. This baby pretty much works itself and sews beautifully. By that afternoon the only thing I knew how to do was power the machine up and program it to say "Feed me fabric om nom nom nom." It's certainly a Beast of a machine thus giving it the name.




Bernina was offering an amazing deal with the 8 series, you could get the Quilt Frame or the Quilt Motion software for free with the purchase of one of these machines. I opted to get the software free and buy the frame since it cost more than twice the frame.

It's a great set up because the machine can be used as a regular sewing machine or placed on the quilt frame to act as a long arm. Kyle from Midwest came to my apartment yesterday and set up the frame so I could get to sewing. I had him only set it up at 5 feet. I can expand it later to it's full length of 10 feet but I didn't need to quilt anything that large yet. Last night I figured out how to attach all three layers of a practice quilt and doodled over 20 inches of free motion quilting.

I pretty much doodle sewed anything that came to mind. I also seemed to stitch pictures that are on my design wall like the ugly Eiffel Tower below. These are by no means amazing. I'm learning to quilt and free motion a completely new way. The 820 came with the Bernina Stitch Regulator foot which senses how fast you're moving across the fabric and adjusts the stitch length accordingly. I'm still getting used to how fast I can move, my machine beeps at me when I'm too fast but I can already tell how nice everything looks with the BSR.












In addition to my new sewing machine I got a Baby Lock Imagine Serger. The tiny serger I have was nice but threading it was such a pain and it didn't cut. The Imagine self threaIMG_4274ds itself with a shot of air! It cuts and sews super fast. So far the only thing I've made on it is a beer brewer's bag for Richard. I also received a free baby sewing machine because it was my first purchase on my Bernina card. This cute Burnette 46 will be great for taking to classes and teaching friends how to sew.

I'm pretty much in sewing machine heaven right now with all my new toys. My brother told me it's like I have a mini sweatshop in a sewing machine museum.

But while I'm in heaven I have to give a few words to my very first sewing machine, the machine I learned to sew on when I was 10 years old, my Kenmore Industrial. He had been sitting collecting dust for years after I received my Bernina Activa 240 in college. I knew I would almost never use it with my new toys so I sold it. Luckily it went to a great home that will put it to work creating all kinds of cool things. If you want to see what my friend Collin will be creating with it check out his fan page. I'm happy it's now with Collin but I can't deny I'm a bit sad to see it go.


You were my first love, you will always have a special place in my heart. I love you, Kenmore!


I just finished up this beautiful computer bag as a custom job for a friend, Carreen. She received a large laptop from work and had trouble finding a bag that did what she needed. She had seen my bicycle bags and wanted her bag to have a similar look.

The “Put a bird on it” design with wonky piece work and free motion embroidery has been a signature of mine lately. This front panel is made up of silk, linen, and cotton fabric scraps. It has a front zip pocket to store items that need to be easily obtained. Carreen’s favorite color is red so I made the bag in ruby red canvas and trimmed it in black. The trimming was a pain to put on once all the foam was in. It was difficult to feed it in my sewing machine. When I rolled the binding edge over to sew on my machine it looked like a mess so I hand whip stitched it down. I liked the sleek woven look of seatbelt webbing over normal webbing so opted to use that. The lining is a cute black check red flower print. The first inside zip pocket has a 1 inch gusset to fit folders, books, and such for traveling. There are two gathered pockets for cording and elastic loops for holding pens. The back inside zip pocket is for holding the laptop. The bag has a core of half inch high density foam, cotton batting, and peltex to make it sturdy and laptop safe.

While I really love this bag and highly debated letting Carreen have it, I will never do a computer bag again. I just had a hell of a time trying to get all that fabric, foam, and interfacing in the machine. I hope you like it as much as Carreen and I do.



After doing some spring cleaning of my wardrobe, I found a drawer full of T-shirts I never wear. Instead of tossing them or sending them to the Goodwill I figured I would make new use of them instead. I had seen a tutorial online months ago about making T-shirts into reusable grocery bags. I now have 20 bags that I screen printed my logo on to that I would like to Giveaway to my awesome customers!

T Shirt bags

How to get one…

I will be participating in Food for Thought’s Summer Fling this Saturday, June 11th from 9am-1pm. Anyone that purchases $30 or more at my booth can take home one of my reusable T-shirt Bags!

I hope to see you there.



School Ready

IMG_3339My friend’s littlest, Étienne, just celebrated his 5th birthday this past weekend. They threw him a tie dye birthday party. I showed all the little kids how to tie dye shirts which they got to take home as a great favor after. My gift to Étienne was a handmade book bag. Since he’s 5 he’ll be starting kindergarten soon. He’ll need one for his homework.

I found the pattern online from a blog. It was an easy pattern to work off of. The plaid is a cotton homespun fabric. The bag is completely lined inside with the same material. The star fabric is a cotton patriotic print I’ve had for years. While I did pipe the bag I did a flat piping instead of adding cord inside. Piping is a lot of work and a 5 year old won’t know the difference. For the straps, I decided not to make them adjustable like in the pattern. They do have a cotton batting core to make them more comfortable on the shoulders. I think it came out really cute. I hope he uses it well.

To see pictures of the tie dyeing please check out my fan page. And to see more about Étienne's birthday check out his parent’s blog.