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Red Is My Lucky Color!

Remember way back when, when you first discovered blogland and were so overwhelmed with eye-candy that it was hard to pull yourself away from all the yummyness? I remember it like it was yesterday! Back then, there were a few blogs I stumbled upon that really blew my mind.. One example: Megan’s blog, Will work for Fabric.. This girl has an eye for color! She blends fabrics like nobody’s business and comes up with some pretty amazing quilts. I love her work and still follow her today. What can I say, I’m a fan! So, can you imagine my excitement when I won her fabric giveaway a couple weeks ago!! Yippee! It arrived yesterday and look what she picked out for me!


Now, I must begin thinking about what this lovely fabric will become.

Thank you Megan for your terrific giveaway. You’ve made my day!



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Why Is This Happening?

Let me start by telling you what I’m working with.. two layers of 90% nylon, 10% spandex fabric blend (one layer is the lining).. I’m using a stretch needle with a Singer 7442.. All purpose thread.. and I’m actually following the instructions on the pattern which says:
“sewing technique for stretchable fabrics (if you do not have a serger)
1. First seam: a large zigzag stitch directly on raw edge of fabric, without stretching the fabric.
2. Second seam: a straight stitch 6 mm (1/4″) from edge of the fabric, stretching the fabric lightly.”

With this said, why is this happening?

messed up bobbin

My machine does fine with other fabrics but for some unknown reason to me seems to skip stitches with this stretchy material. I’ve tried the auto settings, adjusting the tension various amounts, even tried laying tissue paper under the fabric to help it move better. I’ve tried and tried.. and just can’t get it.
And, while I’m at it, what’s up with this?

stretching too much?

Am I stretching the fabric to much? I’ve tried less stretch but the thread breaks when my little gymnast pulls it over her shoulders?

Can anyone help me?

Signed – Desperate Gym Mama 🙂


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Monkey Business

Do you know how hard it is to take a picture of PJs? I struggled, as you can see. Anywho, here’s the finished product.

Monkey PJs

And just as I expected, Brandy’s Pillowcase Pant tutorial was perfect.. not one hangup! When finishing the shirt, I got a little lazy. I was going to do four little squares with the monkeys centered in each..wouldn’t that have been cute?? but instead I went with the boring circle. What can I say, it was late and this was my easiest route. I’m going to give them to Goose as one of her Christmas presents. I think it might be fun to post on all the presents I’ve made this Christmas.. Once it gets just a bit closer to the 25th, I’ll try to remember to do that.


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Getting Back Into My Groove

I’m a fan of Brandy and her sweet blog, Minivanlife.. back in September she posted an absolutely perfect tutorial on how to make Vintage Pillowcase Pants. If you’re one that asks lots of questions and likes tons of details this is the tut for you. Brandy went into great detail on every step. So, when I read it I knew I wanted to try it.. I printed it out and stuck it in my notebook with a dozen other must-try tuts.

Fast forward one month.. On my quest for the perfect Craft Hope Quilt fabric I came across the cutest flannel monkey print and thought it would make great PJs for Goose…

monkey fabric

and it would also give me the chance to try out Brandy’s tutorial. So, I bought it. And it’s been sitting on one shelf or another waiting for me to get my act together.

Last night I pulled it all together and began cutting. Tonight I hope to finish it all up. I’m pairing the pants with a store bought, large, long-sleeve t-shirt and adding the flannel print to it with some sort of pattern.. I’m not exactly sure on that minor detail just yet. As I’ve said half a trillion times on this blog, I love the process!!

It feels good to be making something again.


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Cool Fabric Site, Spending $$, & Other Happenings

The days are kinda slow around here but I’ve been thinking a lot about this totally cool fabric site. On occasion I’ll click on it just to mesmerized by the pretty colors. I could do some major credit card damage. MAJOR!

I’ve also been thinking about how cool it would be to take this trip. I get such a kick out of Auntie Lola and her humorous posts. And just look at the awesome quilt they’re gonna be making. I’m sure the ladies that set sail with her will have the time of their lives.. Lucky!!

To keep myself from dwelling too much on all these cool things and the money that I could be spending, I’m focusing on my crochet blanket. She’s eating up much of my time…thus the lack of posts. She’s growing though.. a week or two and she’ll be finished!

crochet blanket 2

And remember my ice cream quilt? I’ve been chugging along at a very slow pace with her as well.. but now I’ve gotten it in my head that I want to gift it as a Christmas present. So with several blocks to go, I’d better get it in gear. Here’s the latest..

icecream blck

I think it’s going to be cute when it’s all said and done. If nothing else, it will be original. That’s kinda fun too.


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Filling the Hole

Do the things you make reflect your style? Do you set them out and display them proudly in your home? Typically, I don’t. Sad, I know.

If I had to name my home decorating style I suppose I’d call it traditional-eclectic..mostly it’s just ME though..but the majority of things I make are either country or cutsie. The reason that is is because I feel that most fabric collections are either country or cutsie. From my stand point, there’s a hole in the fabric market. If you want traditional style fabric you have to buy that really thick home decor stuff. That’s perfect for curtains and seat coverings… but not quilted wall hangings or throws. If I made a quilt out of that stuff I think it’d be a bit too bulky, kind of like tapestry and honestly, well, it would look a little dumb.

So, when I spotted this quilt I knew instantly I wanted it.. knew just where it would hang. It is so right for my home. This fabric collection, Lantern Bloom, is amazing. It’s art on fabric.. not a pattern repeated over and over. In my book, Laura Gunn, the creator of this beautiful work, hit a perfect creative mark. The colors are bright and fun but yet are still very “grown-up”.. They’re not vintage or retro or have that 70s feel to them. I know that’s popular right now but what about the rest of us that don’t really want to relive the past?

I have most of these fabric colors spread throughout my home as accents..the orange, blue, brown, cream, green..So obviously I love them.. but to have them all together..WooHoo! She’s a genius. If I had tried to do this, well, it would have been a mess. But she picked just the right shade of every color..and tada.. perfection!

So, like I said, when I spotted it I knew I wanted it. I waited until the fabric shops started receiving their shipments from Market.. and just when I was about to sit down to figure out which fabrics I needed to buy.. Laura puts up the link to the free pattern. (Can you hear the Angels sing?) Immediately I reached for the credit card :).

And when the fabrics arrived? Well, let’s just say I was not disappointed. I was home alone so there was dancing and singing..and lots of little giggles… like Christmas morning.. You fabric junkies know what I talking about :).

And that “Christmas Morning feeling” resurfaces every time I sit down to work my quilt.


I love this fabric collection and my soon-to-be new quilt! And I think Laura Gunn is so very in-tune with today’s fabric market! She’s filling the whole that everyone else has missed. Love her!


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Oh, Happy Day!

lantern bloom loveI’m so happy! Look at this lovely fabric. It’s gorgeous! Yeah! It’s Laura Gunn’s debut fabric line, Lantern Bloom, and I’m in love!! I forced Aaron to look at it, talked it over with my mom, showed pictures of it to one of my girlfriends, and made two co-workers go online to see it. Of course none of them could give a can a beans about fabric but they all humored me..well, except for Aaron.. he just rolled his eyes. I think he’s far removed from all my “crafty-crap,” as he calls it. I don’t care, this fabric is yummy! I wish I could lay out of work and spend the day with it.

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