Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Sharon Hultgren

just a little tidbit of information here. How many of you have any quilting cutting devices that have the name Sharon Hultgren on it? I have several. It turns out she is related to me. She doesn't know it but I am. My grandmother is a Hultgren. Isn't that cool? I think the quilting gene passed through my grandma to me, because it didn't get to anyone else in my family. My grandma is Hazel Hultgren, long gone, but never forgotten... I believe the Hultgren clan is in Minnesota somewhere......

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Gingher Rotary Cutter and Seam Ripper



I saw this at JoAnn's and have been dreaming about it ever since. The price was $69 at JoAnn's but I saw it on Amazon for $39. Apparently it feels wonderful in your hand. Other girls were talking about a cutter made by Martelli which is really a different type of cutter, the handle is in your palm. I bet they will have a display at the Puyallup Sewing Expo. I will have to check it out, they also have a great mat. You can see a video of it here.

Then I heard from one of my Yahoo groups that they have a seam ripper. They were raving about it. Love to buy new tools!!!




Friday, February 19, 2010

quilts

I may not be doing much quilting lately, but I can tell you this. I am wrapped up in one of my quilts that I made years ago. It's one of my favorites, I should post a picture, maybe tomorrow, it's called the misbehaving chicken. I made it about 8 years ago......time to eat some dinner. thankfully, the husband always cooks for me....and I am so tired after working so hard all day and being up since 4:30am.

Sewing!!



I wish I had more time to do the things I like to do. I'm talking sewing here.Ever since I entered this stage of my life (that's another story), I have no time to do these things and I don't feel like I ever will. I work long hours and have a long commute. I am usually too exhausted to do much. The good news of the day is that it is FRIDAY! Yeah.

Tomorrow is supposed to be a beautiful day. I should go skiing. But I could stay home and do some sewing. I have plenty of material to play with. I ordered some material from Marcy Tilton's website, but for some reason, it has not arrived. I ordered 5 yards and a CD. I think it comes from Oregon, which is right next door to me, but it isn't here yet. I am anxious to receive it! This is what I plan to makeNext weekend is supposed to be the Sewing Expo in Puyallup, Washington. I have never even heard about it. That is another thing I would like to do. Puyallup is like 5 minutes from here. I read that it is the "nation's largest sewing show". Marcy Tilton has some classes offered and so do many others. I really like Marcy Tilton. I bought one of her patterns, Vogue 8552. I have made several versions of this and the picture above is a version also, but she has pieced it somehow. I like it and also the material it is made of, which is what I am waiting for!

I found a new fabric store that I really like!! I think there are several around this area. It's Pacific Fabrics. Is it a chain? Any more around the country? They have pretty good basic fabric for clothing and the big surprise for me was that they have quilt fabric too. I don't mean JoAnn fabric quilt fabric, I mean Amy Butler, etc. As for notions, things I had looked for at JoAnn's and couldn't find, they had it at Pacific Fabrics. I think I have enough fabric to keep me sewing for awhile.

Sunday I have my My Label club. It will be my second time. I had some assignments to finish before class. One is the tunic top to see if I have my measurements correct in the program. THe boob area might be a bit tight. Either that or it's the weight that I have gained. OPPS!! Then I also made the elastic waist pants. They turned out great. I made them in black Tencel from Pacific Fabrics. I love Tencel. I also made a white turtleneck, tunic length, and made the collar more of a twisted cowl. It isn't too exciting, more of an experiment with my software program.

My next projects include a BIG shirt, I think a plain white, like this: Not quite that long but something like that.

Now I am off to my favorite clothing site, Eileen Fisher. She is just my style......