Sunday, December 4, 2011

Occupy your sewing room

And that is just what I did this weekend.  Cat Patches is hosting Occupy your sewing room.  Occupy your Sewing Room will run from December 3 - 10, 2011. During that week, plan to occupy your sewing room for a full day. If you can't spend a whole day, then divide it up into whatever increments you like.  If you haven't joined, it's not too late.  And there's a giveaway at the end!  Some great prized 




Occupy Sewing Room



So what did I do while I was occupying me sewing room this weekend?  I can't believe how much I got done.  I stayed off the computer and in the sewing room.  After this post, I'm doing some blog hopping to get my internet fix :) Ah, back to sewing and what I got done.

1.  I finished the reusable-washable shopping bags and made my first ever tutorial which you can find right here
Here are the last two bags, one is made of the left over army uniforms from my niece. Uh oh, I"m using her uniforms that she sent me for her Christmas gift....may I ought to get a little something extra in there for her. So that takes care of the 7 nieces and nephews, just need to get some goodies for the bags.



2.  I made a 6 great niece and nephews a gift card wallet.  I used a free pattern that I found, super cool wallet All I have to do is add a gift card and done.  These were so easy to do.   I can never finish anything in an hour, but really one of these can be done in less than an hour. And that's even taking 15 minutes to figure just the right fabric.  I think they'll like them, maybe not as much as the gift card !


3.  I finished the last two thank you gifts for the shower next weekend. I was cutting that pretty darn close.  The first one is a tutorial from Janssen Designs, I knew as soon as I saw this I had to make it.  All from scraps, binding, batting everything but the backing.  You just can't beat that.  The tutorial is here
The second one is a pattern from Dec/Jan issue of Quilters Newsletter.  I used the left overs from the tree skirt.  Crazy bright colors!

4.  Yes there still more!  It's been a while since I've made any baby things, what at least 2 weeks right? !
And really this one shouldn't count cuz there was no sewing at all.  Just some cutting, some spray adhesive and some glue.  But Little Baby Miles now has a lamp to go with his nursery ensemble.  All you do is make a pattern for the lamp shade.  I used large news print sketch paper, a news paper would work fine.  Lay the shade on the paper, roll it from start to finish and trace on paper as you roll and there you have a perfect shape pattern. I cut mine about an 1/8 in smaller than the pattern. Spray some permanent adhesive on the shade, and attach your fabric.  I made some 1/4 bias tape and finished it off with that, I just glued it with permanent fabric glue.  Adorable and so easy, no sewing!

5.  The last thing did not get finished but it got started and that's 350 little HSTs for Orca Bay.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE HSTs.  I've made an entire quilt out of HSTs, so fun.   But I just didn't have enough time this weekend for all that fun, there's only so much fun you can cram into a weekend.  I've got about 120 done, and hopefully will get the rest finished by the next clue.  Oh and goodness did you see all the people that joined in the linky party for Orca bay, that is so cool to be able to see everyone's progress.

And that's it for this week.   Be sure to stop by Bonnie's to see the progress everyone is making on Orca Bay.  And there's always fun stuff going on the design walls at Judys  And check out Quilt Story on Fabric Tuesday, there's  also something creative going on there.




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21 comments:

  1. Great bags and love the wallets - tabbed the tutorial. Cute runners from those scraps. How adorable is that lamp shade? No wonder you didn't get to the HSTs. Great 'occupy' weekend for sure.

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  2. You did a great job. I've been working, but since I am slow, I think I'll post mine at the end.

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  3. Oh goodness, you got so much done! I love the two thank you gifts you made for the shower, but especially the one with the tree. thanks for the link -- I've got it bookmarked now! Great work on Orca bay, do you think all the little HST units are going to be pinwheels? I was thinking about broken dishes like the ones in Jamestown Landing. Congratulations on your great list of accomplishments.

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  4. You sure were productive. I love your tutorial, I bought some heavy weight fabric at Ikea a year or so ago to make some bags and haven't touched it with scissors yet. I love the lampshade it is so cute, and the base looks like pewter, which I also love. Your HSTs are really cute.

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  5. Your purple blocks are super. You sure have been busy in between too!

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  6. Boy, you did a great job occupying your studio! What do I like best? It has to be the two table runners! Great job. And, then but wait, there's more. I kept thinking about the tv commercials that keep improving the offers!

    A job well done and some great finishes! I'm occupying but no finishes yet.

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  7. My goodness you have made some great things in your sewing room! Love both table runners! I've got about half of my HST's for Orca done too.

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  8. Wow, you've been busy. I love all of your projects.

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  9. Oooh, love the owl quilt on your blog header!
    Will the HSTs become pinwheels? Only Bonnie knows!

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  10. What great creative things you have made. I love the bags and the cift card holders. Great idea!!

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  11. That's it???? LOL. You sure have been very very busy! glen

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  12. What did the Ninja Turtles use to say when they were impressed with something?? Kowabunga dudette...... that's an amazing amount of stuff finished.

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  13. Loved your blog! Your productivity is amazing. The tutorial looks great, thanks for the occupy your sewing room challenge.

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  14. I like the mystery blocks laid out like pinwheels, and your tote bags, and everything else you made, and your blog! so I signed up to follow.

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  15. Holey sewing machine Batman! That's a lot to accomplish in such a short amount of time! I love the Christmas trees and ornaments projects...beautiful!

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  16. Oh my - what wonderful projects! Especially like the Christmas tree table runner. Fabulous quilting on it!

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  17. Love those 2 Christmas table toppers...nice work!

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  18. Oh my gosh, I have drooled over your owl quilt for awhile, but the lamp... Now that is just too precious. Great week in the ole sewing digs I say. And fabulous table runners...

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  19. Hello Sue,

    You achieved so much for the sewing week. Loved all your projects.
    happy days.
    Bev.xoxo

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  20. I like a bright torquoise or orange or cheddar thrown in
    her and there. They seem to
    give depth and movement to the
    usual light, medium and dark.

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