Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A Windfall ....

I think.

The other day ... while I was preparing for sewing class .... a woman came into our classroom.  She was searching for the instructor.

(That would be me!)

It turns out .... she was a former seamstress/ fabric collector/ textile hoarder!


I can pretty much swear to the fact ..... you can't be one without being another.  They all intertwine.

After I finish a class ... and I haven't turn a student into a fiber hoarder .... I am not doing my job.


So ...... she was searching for the Queen Textile Hoarder.

And she found her.

Quickly.  Maybe too quickly.

Like a dope dealer on a darken street corner ... she had me at "I've got fabric.  And there is wool!!!"

I followed her to her car to peruse through the goods ....

OK.  OK.  There was no perusing.  I wanted it all!!

I will take it!!!

And now .... the planning begins.

There are linen/linen-blends .... that may become aprons like this one.

There are wools like this fabulous 100% merino wool suiting ......... it made my heart sing.

And there are EIGHT yards of this polyester knit .... which is going to be perfect for panties!  When you drive by clotheslines in the QCA and you see underwear, slips, nighties, camis out of this fabric ..... you will know they have been in my lingerie class!!!!

It's actually much brighter than this!!

This lace will become valances for the Summer Kitchen.

And this heavy cotton home decor fabric will become accent pillows for the corn-zebo re-do.

There is more .... so very much more.  And there are patterns and trims and shoulder pads. 

But this will be my first project .....

I will make this into a spring weight hoodie.  It is a lovely printed cotton knit .... and will remind me that spring will really come. 

I guess there may be one newly reformed seamstress/textile collector/fabric hoarder out there.

But she sure enabled this one!!!!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Getting Organized.

You know those moments.

You are suddenly overwhelmed by the amount of stuff that surrounds you.

Every where you look ....... there are piles of stuff!

Stuff here.

Stuff there.

Stuff everywhere!!

So much stuff you feel like an avalanche is coming.

And you will be buried by all that stuff!

It is time to get your stuff organized!!!

You know ...... a place for everything and everything in its place.


I think the best place for all of this stuff is Miami.


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Signs of Spring ...........

Another year ...... another Groundhog's Day snow storm.

Evidently, the worst of our snow storms come in February.  And this one was a doozy!!!

It is never a good sign when the snowplow guy gets stuck!

But signs of spring slowly seem to appear around me.

OK .... I am making them happen.  That is just fine with me!  Anything to convince myself that winter will soon be over.

I'll embroider spring if I have to!!! 

And I did!

I made this sunflower pincushion, just to brighten the Summer Kitchen!  And maybe, your sewing table.

New chicks are always a sign of spring at this house.  So I added some new "chick" tea towels to the to-do list.

I love the color of this new striped towel with the wool appliqued hen.

And finally ...... if I have to ...... I will dream of spring while making these beautiful silky cotton pillowcases.
Reminiscent of vintage ticking stripe ..... I love the soft roses, creams and aquas of the paisley border.

I having been dreaming of this ...............

And looking at that ...........

Sigh ...............................

I'm going to order more flowers.