Tuesday, January 27, 2015


This was my view Friday morning.

We've been having such lovely "spring" weather. It got into the mid-40's yesterday! Much of the snow in these pics is gone!

Did you notice in that first photo that the oriole nest is still hanging up there? Here it is again:

It's going to seem more like winter again by the weekend. That's okay, I guess. This has been a most pleasant mid-winter break that has helped to shorten the winter considerably!

Speaking of the coming weekend, Miss C is going to be turning EIGHT on Sunday! Her party is Saturday... so I'd better get back to my sewing! Of course I can't show you till after the party. We don't want any surprises spoiled. ;)

Friday, January 23, 2015

More decisions

This is what I was staring at yesterday, trying to decide what combinations to go with. The colors aren't very accurate... the solid is more pink than it looks here, for example... but you get the idea. Such fun possibilities!

The GOOD NEWS is... my internet connection is finally back to normal! HURRAY!! It turns out that it (at least recently) was not the fault of our Internet Service Provider. My computer had a rootkit (google it) infection - aargh. It was using up our bandwidth so much sending data to/from my computer that it nearly ground things to a halt. Thanks to my sister who is a computer tech and recognized the symptoms that I emailed her about, I was able to download (albeit very slooowly) a removal tool and got rid of the rootkit. WHEW! Then I had to clean up my computer. Believe it or not, the rootkit had put 55 GB (yes, gigabytes!) of TEMP files on my computer. Yikes! But, all is cleaned up and well now, and things are back to normal. What.A.Relief!!

So that's what I've spent considerable time on this week, as well as having everything go so slowly online before it got fixed, and I'm running behind on everything else. Must get to sewing on that pretty stuff above!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Date Night

I made a Date Night bag (not that I have many any date nights these days)! It's not for me. I don't know where it's going yet. I just wanted to make one, and I thought it would be cute in this fabric.

(It bugs me just a wee bit that the print isn't lined up as well as I intended it on those front seams. Oh, well.)

The pattern is by my favorite pattern writer, Erin Erickson (does that surprise you?).

The fabric is by my favorite fabric designer, Jessica Jones (now I KNOW that surprises you). :) It's from her newest collection, "Time Warp", that she designed for Cloud9 Fabrics. It was supposed to be released for sale in November, but because of a damaged shipment, it had to be reprinted, and now hopefully it'll be released yet this month.

The fabric is barkcloth, and it's a dream to sew with. I love it! It drapes beautifully, and it has such a lovely texture. See?

It's a somewhat smallish bag, 11.5” wide x 3.75” deep x 7” tall in the middle, 8” at the top corners. My little assistant wasn't here to model it for you, so here it is with a couple of my other recent bags for some size comparison.

The bag was easy enough to sew... except for at the very end when my sewing machine grumbled a bit (and so did I), due to the very thick seam at each end of the zipper. But we made it through! Much to my surprise, when I turned the bag right side out at the end, I found both pockets on the same side of the bag, which they are not supposed to be. AND the zipper goes the opposite way that the pattern has it. I think I had gremlins in my sewing room when I wasn't looking. ;) No, actually I think it's because I do a lot of things backwards from what Erin says because my old machine doesn't have a free arm, so I end up turning things inside out to topstitch, etc., and I think in the turning at some point is where I got messed up, because I KNOW I had the pockets right at one point. Oh, well... not a biggie.

Anyway, it's done, and now I must hurry on to the next project, because it has a deadline! And I have another project lined up for after that. It has a deadline, too... but it's rather flexible. Ha.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

January thaw

We've had a touch of "spring" the last few days! It got up to 44° yesterday! And it ended with a beautiful sunset.

The snow's been melting, and I even found a bit of standing water, proof of how warm it had gotten:

Yes, I finished my sewing project... but by the time I did, it was dark, so photo-taking was not to be. Tomorrow.....

Monday, January 19, 2015

The wonder of Wonder Clips

This is what I'm currently working on:

Yeah, that's a lot of Wonder Clips! But they work sooo well on seams that would probably just make pins bend if you tried to use them.

It's almost done. Maybe I can show you tomorrow. Maybe.

I thought our internet connection problem was fixed. Till I tried writing this post. Things are barely moving. *sigh*