Trying Machine Quilting

Trying some machine quilting on my own after a class with Elizabeth Hartman a while back. Here I pieced together some of the many 1 1/2″ squares I’ve cut from scraps and used some spearmint green Kona cotton between the patchwork strips.

I made four of these rectangles. They are an odd size. Then quilted them using my favorite design so far — what I call the “mod square”. Not sure what I’m going to do with them. Maybe a pillow or a table runner? I’ve moved on to some other things, but will revisit these soon.


Linen Patchwork Pouch

Here’s a zippered pouch I made with linen and 2 1/2″ squares of some of my favorite green fabrics. The original instructions called for a hand-sewn lining. I was not up for that so I modified the instructions using a lining that was part of the pouch construction, not a last addition. I think this makes it a nicer looking and more solidly constructed pouch.

Felt · For the Home · Toys

Felties and Pumpkins

I purchased this book at Jo-Ann Fabrics with a 50% off coupon the other day. I knew my boy would like some of these cute critters. I had been wanting to check out Gossamer for quite a while but hadn’t gotten there. Now I had an excuse — wool felt to make some of these guys. Above is my first attempt — the samurai cat.

I didn’t get as many of the details stitched onto the sleeves and belt because my son wanted it done asap. Next time I’d like to do a better job stitching the head onto the body too. Next up will be the alien, chihuahua, and the mummy cat.

The little pumpkin pincushion next to the samurai cat is from a free tutorial by Ellen of The Long Thread available here. It’s super easy and the pattern includes two sizes. I think it would be fun to make a ton of these guys in a flurry of fabrics and group them all together.

For the Home · Pouches

Creating this Week

After some unsuccessful sewing projects last week, things have gotten better by sticking with the tried and true as I ease back into crafting now that the school year is underway

  • Ric Rac Trimmed Lunchbox Napkins — these have been a big hit when I’ve sold them for school craft sales.


  • Zippered Pouches — I just enjoy making these. I’m looking forward to adding iron-on vinyl to the insides to make them better for cosmetics.
Things to See & Do

Thriving Village

I’m excited to see that Multnomah Village, which I drive through everyday on our way to school, seems to be thriving with unique shops. A recent addition is The Jealous Gardener, a transplant from Eastmoreland, featuring garden-related gifts and home decor. Also intriguing is the November 5th opening of Knack, a gallery showcasing local artists. Can’t wait for that. We so need this kind of thing in southwest Portland. If you’re in the Village, also check out the Switch stores — shoes and clothing and Anne Bocci, who has a great selection of art, clothing and accessories. Lastly, something seems to be happening at Indigo Traders’ old location now that they have moved across the street. The windows are papered but there seems to be some painting going on inside.

Things to See & Do

Date Night

My husband and I haven’t been on a “date night” since April for our 10th anniversary. But tomorrow we finally get our chance! I’m planning for a dinner in SE, probably at the Jade Teahouse & Patisserie. I read about it on angry chicken and it sounded so wonderful.

After dinner, (this is totally selfish), hope to stop by the Artfiberfest Artists’ Marketplace at Reed College’s Student Union from 7-9. I never get tired at looking at handmade.

Then, and this is BIG…my husband said he will give swing dancing a try tomorrow night! This is from the man who refused to have dancing at our wedding and who I’ve never even seen move his head to the beat of music at a live show. I know dancing is really outside his “comfort zone”. It will be awkward, but I am pretty excited.

Garments · Things to See & Do

Summer…Not So Bad So Far

Summer vacation hasn’t been awful so far. It’s a lot of togetherness for me and the Ferd (5 year old son). Today we went to Oaks Park for Chipper’s Preschool Morning. We managed to get on the hot-air balloon ride, but Ferd didn’t have the patience to wait in line for any others. I don’t think he’s ready for Disneyland. He did get to hug, shake hands, and high-five with Chipper. Always a highlight!

Hope to visit the sale at A Common Thread this week with an eye on buying the darning and invisible zipper feet for my sewing machine. I wanted to give free-motion quilting a try and make Amy Butler’s Cabo Halter. I’ve had the pattern for a long time and haven’t done any garment sewing since a failed attempt at a skirt last summer.

Also hope to attend the Artfiberfest Artists’ Marketplaceat Reed College here in Portland on Friday, June 26th from 7-9 pm located in the Student Union. I have been so out of it (for the past 5 years), I didn’t even know Teesha Moore was having Artfiberfest here in Portland this time around. So if I can’t go to the actual workshops, the marketplace sounds like the next best thing.


A Start of Something…

This is difficult. I can barely share what I’m thinking with the few close to me. But I wanted to try and write about the things I’m enjoying, thinking about, wishing for, etc. Even if it’s just a list at first. Maybe this will force me to have an opinion about something.


Something I enjoyed reading — I’m Sorry You Feel That Way: The Astonishing True Story of a Daughter, Sister, Slut, Wife, Mother and Friend to Man & Dog by Diana Joseph

Something I just started reading — A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World by Tony Horwitz.


Before becoming a mom, I thought I’d never lose touch with listening to music. Now, I just get earworms from my son and sing songs from his preschool.


I am craft supply hoarder and I love to make things. The problem is I don’t have time to work on anything. But I am going to try and do more. Right now, my interest is sewing. I am working on 3 totes. They are cut out, but I don’t have the right color threads to begin sewing.