Thursday, May 5, 2016

Kitty Drawstring Bag

 It's been a whirlwind of activity around here with the end of the school year in sight.  I did manage to find some time to make a drawstring project bag for my aunt as a gift for Mother's Day.  She really does a lot for our family, taking care of my grandmother and she deserves a special gift.  She loves to knit and goes to a class each Monday.  This bag will be a great carry-all for all of her knitting needs.

I had originally made my Tell Me a Story kitty quilt block for the #blackandwhitequiltswap, but changed my mind because the splash of color was a little too much. 

The back of the bag.
 I used  Jeni Baker's drawstring bag tutorial to make the bag.  I use this tutorial with my students as their first project so they have a place to keep all of their sewing stuff.  For the time being I am displaced in a trailer.  The school is being renovated and I have very little storage space and the bags are quite handy. This semester we put the bags in the display case outside of the principal's office.  I had so many compliments on the bags from other teachers and students.  I feel so blessed to be able to share sewing with my students.  Some of them have even gone out and bought their own sewing machines since taking my class!  I even ran into some of them at the Quilt Guild's annual show.  Bonus points!!

For the bottom of the bag, I chose to use some black vinyl to give the bag a little more durability.  If my aunt wants to keep the yarn in the bag as she knits, it will stand up a bit easier.  I love how the bag turned out!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Weekend joy and a pillow case

Yesterday was such a beautiful day! 
I filled it with the things I love the, sewing and being outside. 

Backyard soccer session!

The little garden gnome

Working on some new was a jungle out there.
New house project number 101...getting ready to put up a new privacy fence.  The work is never ending!

My older crew hit the creek banks in the morning, ushering in the first day of fishing season and I took Malcolm with me to complete some errands before his second indoor soccer game of the season.  Part of my job as the FACS teacher is taking sewing machines for repair and picking them up, so I lugged three machines back to my van and made a few more stops before going to my LQS.  

I was searching for some Robert Kaufman Architextures Crosshatch fabric for a special project, but had no luck.  Instead, Malcolm found a kit for a cute soccer themed sausage pillow case.  I thought, why not!  After sitting down around 8:45 PM, we had a pillow case about 20 minutes later. 

He loves it!  Unfortunately, the pictures where he looked enthusiastic about it were too blurry from all of the excitement.

This pillowcase is actually a project that the students in my school district do in 8th grade.  Most of them tell me that they still use them when they get to my class at the high school.  I really love this project because it can be personalized to fit anyone.  I think I will be making these for kiddo birthday parties this year. 

Anyway, I was looking for the Crosshatch fabric to tie my blocks together for the #TellMeAStoryQuilt sew-along over at During Quiet Time.  Amy's new book Intentional Piecing is stunning!  You should definitely pop over to her blog and check it out!


 I've made a few blocks so far, but I really want to make a quilt top and the ones I've made so far are just a menagerie of scraps from my old projects.  I was hoping to use Crosshatch, but I'll probably use plain white instead.  It will be easier to find in my little town and I'm too impatient to order online.  We'll see...

My first and favorite block so far!  Coffee is the story of my life!

These paper-pieced blocks come together so quickly and they are really fun to look at and to make.  I have been admiring all of the blocks that have been posted on Instagram.  So much talent out there!!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sunday Sewing

A snowy Sunday in spring...  Lesson plans were done for the coming week and then I took some time to do a little stitching. 

I stitched out this awesome embroidery a while back.  I love the message!  It is an Urban Threads design.  I LOVE their embroidery designs!!  There are so many cool designs to choose from! 

This particular design reminds me a little of my students.  Back when I taught German I had mostly male students.  Now I have a lot more female students with my new job in FCS.  After listening to some of the things my girls deal with, I hope they can take that message to heart and realize that they need to be happy from within before someone else can contribute to their happiness. 

Originally I had planned to make a zipper pouch out of it.  I looked at it today and thought I would make a drawstring bag with the pink fabric around the top and for the lining, but sadly I realized I didn't have enough denim to do that. So, I came up with a bucket tote instead.  

I had my heart set on using a bright yellow zipper to make a pocket on the outside of the drawstring bag, but since that just wasn't to be I still used the yellow zipper as the handles of the tote.  I really love how it turned out.  Not too bad for not having a pattern. I put a layer of fusible fleece behind the denim to help it keep it's shape. 

 I love how my yarn fits in it nicely.  It'll be a great little project basket.  Maybe I should set it on my desk at school for a little while. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Where have I been?

So, it has been quite a while since I've sat down to post something substantial.  I promise I haven't been sitting around being lazy...quite the contrary.  

For the past two years I have been adjusting to my new role as the Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at my high school. 
(Haha!  Obviously a posed picture of me ironing a whole lot of nothing!)

German was phased out and as sad as that is, I am so lucky to have been given the chance to teach yet another subject that I LOVE!!  I actually get paid to teach kids how to sew, cook, live a productive life and be good parents.  It doesn't get much better than that! It surely has been keeping me busy.  It's kind of like having a whole other house and family. I'll talk more about that in a different post. 

I missed blogging and making stuff that didn't pertain to school, so I recently had the genius idea (haha!) to combine the two.  My blog will still be my creative space, but maybe with a slightly different focus.  I can't wait to give you a glimpse into the day in the life of the Home Ec teacher!  I can show you all what I am doing with my students in class and hopefully as I learn the tricks of my new trade, I will have more time to sew things that aren't for school, too, that I can share. 

Sewing still remains my passion!  I have done a little sewing for a local craft fair and I  just joined the #blackandwhitequiltswap on Instagram.  That is the first sewing swap that I've done in years.  I'm so excited to start!  It feels so good to get back to what I love to do!  I hope you'll continue to follow along with me on my journey.  

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Easy does it...

Hello and happy spring!  Just checking in with a recent photo.  I can't believe how long it has been since my last post.  To my defense, I have been a little busy.  :)  
I have missed my blogging community though!