Saturday, April 7, 2012

Zakka Style Zig Zag Tote

Happy to report that I finished the tote for the week one of the Zakka sew along.  Beautiful ivory linen, an old homespun from the stash,  a Kaffee Fassett floral and a woven look solid make up what will now be my knitting tote. The sewing of the zig-zag was a challege since the pieces are all on the bias, but I found starching the fabrics before cutting help hold them from stretching. Much of this was sewing using the walking foot on my Bernina 1020. The front and back pieces are machine quilted, the top stitching and the layers due to the batting and interfacing needed the eveness the walking foot controls. I also did a lot of steam pressing (without going back and forth with the iron) to flatten the seams and top before topstitching. I do love the colors I chose from the fabrics I selected pictured in this post.

Time to cut out the next project from the book... stay tuned!!

And wishing everyone a very blessed Easter/Ressurection Day! May you enjoy the time with your family and have a beautiful day!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Sewing Summit 2012 and the Zakka Style Sew Along

WOO HOO!!  My registration for the Sewing Summit in Salt Lake City is done and the flights just booked. This is the place to be, happy October birthday to me!!

Are you going??  I know tickets sales have been fantastic and I would not be surprised if it sold out soon!

I look forward to exploring Salt Lake City  before and after the summit as it will be the first time there for me. Also looking forward to meeting the bloggers I've been reading and emailing this past almost year, along with sewing, taking classes, meeting more people, and shopping.  Also was great to use up some frequent flyer miles that were collecting dust and pay a minor fee for a seat upgrade leaving more money to spend on SHOPPING!

 The  Zakka Style sew along  starts this week. I've pulled these fabrics from my stash, along with ivory 100% cotton linen from a recent trip to Mood Fabrics in New York City. I love the look and feel of linen and quickly purchased Rashida Coleman-hale's new book right when it was released.

The first project is the Zig Zag tote.  The fabric is cut and waiting on the iron board for the next steps but there's a few 'life' things that need to be done this week.  Watching the grandkids, working a few overnights, and helping Dear Hubby get our boat into the water.  My goal is to get this bag done as I am also playing along with Keyka Lou's weekly goal setting. I see a midnight sewing party for myself one night this week...

My  flikr photos are finally updated and have also been browsing the flikr groups I've joined. So many talented people and so many wonderful items made! Love what I see and love the comments I've been getting, all has been inspiring me to do more!

How are you doing with your sewing? Maybe a little goal setting and a sew along or two will get you sewing more too! It sure is helping me!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Camera Pouch finished!

Two weeks ago, Michelle at Keyka Lou Patterns introduced the Camera Pouch pattern after a few weeks of showing work-in-progress-samples on her fabulous sewing blog! My plan was to sew it up quickly to take along on vacation that night! Unfortunately I did not have the velcro or the grommet needed to finish it. So my G9 went with us in it's black and boring camera case.

Michelle's patterns are well written and pdf downloadable so your craving to sew it NOW can be satisfied! (Even if you have to wait to go to your LFS for the supplies you might not have like I did)

I made the medium size to hold my Canon G9, and added d-rings and a removable and adjustable shoulder/cross body strap.  Fabric used is A Stitch In Color by Malka Dubrawsky.

 I added pockets to the lining, one for an extra battery and the other to hold 2 SD cards. There is actually enough room to slip my Iphone in behind the camera! I also used a cord lock for the drawstring.

The pattern has FOUR sizes to accommodate  the many sizes of cameras, video cameras, or any electronic gear one might have.  And I am sure there are numerous other ways this pouch can be used!

Are you ready to make one? Michelle also has a flickr group so if you do, please add your photos of your finished pouch to it!