spur of the moment

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

i've been staring dreamily at my fabric stash these last few weeks wishing i had more time to sew. sometimes i think i spend more time on the computer talking about sewing than i do actually sewing. anyone else ever have one of those surreal moments?  sometimes i chat about it all so much that i feel like i did sew that day.  it's weird.  i'm hoping to change that though :)

i've been laying low the last week battling a horrible cold and it's really knocked me on my butt.  i think it was a sign that i need to sew more...lol.  for real.  it was a sign that i got off balance again.  i lost that teeny bit of equilibrium i had found for about a minute the other month and got off track.  i've had so many projects in the works that involved tons of design and computer time that my knitting and sewing time has gone to the wayside. i know i need to make a change and i'm grateful that this time i caught myself getting off track now instead of in the xmas craziness..lol.  that's a scary place that xmas crafting mania...lol.  this year i vow to go into it differently.

i also know there has been a ton of giveaways on here lately which was sort of accidental.  too many awesome prizes that i thought you would all LOVE and not enough weeks in the month.  but i think once a week is just too much for this gal.  so i'm taming it back to every other week or so to leave more room for me to just....well....be me on here.  a girls gotta just write her thoughts now and then ya know?

i'm really excited about a lot of the upcoming projects i'm working on and hope that somewhere in the next few weeks that the creating vs computer time balance evens out a bit more again and that my kleenex finally wins the battle against my runny nose.

i finally got to work on my washi dress as well. finally.  big sigh.  i luuuuuurrrrve it! like really love it.  i love it so much that i stayed up very, very late in the worst part of my cold with tissue shoved up my nostrils so blowing my nose would not slow down or hinder my sewing process...muahaha...seriously.  honesty runs rampant here...run now if it's too much for you..haha...i won't judge you.  the visual is awesome i know...and don't think i don't know you'd all do it too.  if you were sick and you truly were a die hard sewer you would so plug your nostrils with kleenex so you could get your sew on. yes you would...lol.

i also love the washi so much i drove the almost finished dress over to my folks house and tried it on for them (can we say die hard sewer?) just to...ya know....love the washi some more. i can't wait to show you all the bust darts!  i was proud of those darts.  no nipple points or wonky seams.  i took my time and they are purdy.  same with that neckline. ohhhh rae...the topstitching...i love it!  so fun!  but the most exciting news...i didn't need to do a full bust adjustment!  yessssssss!  i did make an xl though.  fits like a dream.  and no.  i'm not embarrassed at all to admit i made the xl.  this mommas got some boobies and is proud of it...muahahaha.  i figured i'd rather go for the xl then do a FBA.  staying away from that one till i have to.  i just need to hem and finish the armholes and i'm wearing that bad boy.
i got some awesome sewing time in on sunday during our modern sewing group as well and went full on spur of the moment sewing and made a whole quilt top and back!!! woot woot!  it was great fun.  i just went for it.  put the pedal to the metal and sewed that bad boy.  mind you it was a fast sew and super easy but i really wanted to have a go at some free motion quilting and wanted to do something modern and fun.

so now comes the batting.  problem is i'm out of batting.  i need some recommendations from you fellow quilters.  do any of you order your batting online?  do you have a favorite brand and kind of batting?  is the shipping tons if you order it?  help???  i want to quilt this bad boy like yesterday. super excited about it.  i'm even thinking of doing up a quick tutorial for it so you can all make one too if you dig it which i hope ya do :)

let's chat creative time ladies.  have any of you been out of sorts with your creative balance?  what are you working on? how do you try to maintain your equilibrium? 


  1. I feel like I have been lately. Between the holiday season coming up, my pictures not turning out, and some commitments I made without looking at the calander-- I just feel stretched thin. That being said-- i should add that washi dress to the list!

  2. I like to use old blankets for batting. Sometimes I score at goodwill and find a wool blanket. I feel like I am being economical when recycling old blanket into a quilt! Love your blog!

  3. I don't ever actually need batting for quilts just for small projects, so I go to the thrift store and buy up the .99cent fabric that no one wants (fleecy/felty stuff) and use that. I actually have yards and yards of the stuff. As for sewing...lately (past few months) I have been reading about all sorts of projects to make and sewing techniques to try but alas.. no sewing. I made wretched looking pjs for my daughter for Christmas a few weeks ago and that sorta put me on hold (why do ideas in the head seem so much cooler and comfortable? Really, it is all about not mixing textures of fabric because these pjs I made are quite goofy. Now, to get off the computer and get busy...maybe I'll look at pinterest a little more :)

  4. yay for sewing time! i for one would be SO up for a tute on an easy quilt! that's the kind of sewing i feel comfortable doing. no shaping whatsoever. hahahah i can't wait to see your washi dress though! xo

  5. I've been going crazy lately - eyeing my fabric and frowning at my sewing machine all covered up and tucked away because I know there's no time right now. For a little sewing outlet I like to keep hand-stitching work (right now thats a giant quilt that will never get done!)out so after the kids go to bed I can sew without worrying about waking them.

  6. Good for you for making time to sew! I'm taking a shop making break to sew for the kids and myself (and crochet for us too). It's been SOO nice to take that time! I must admit.. with all the giveaways lately I was kind of hoping there would be a giveaway for the Washi Dress pattern because I *love* it and have yet to get it!!! LOL! Maybe another day... :) Can't wait to see the quilt!

  7. I can totally relate. Between work, my kids, my husband, the dog, and the housework I feel that I can never get to my hobbies. I think of all these great things to create but just haven't been able to get them done. When I get home from work it's get dinner on the table, eat, clean-up while kids get to their homework, any by then I'm wiped out and ready for bed....UGH!!!
    Nice to know you're not alone! :)

  8. I've been eyeing the batting at Connecting Threads. I have no idea if it's any good, but it's on sale right now and they offer discounted shipping to Canada. I love that they're not trying to gouge us just because of our postal code.

  9. I have been known to shove kleenex up my nostrils when on a knitting deadline, I can't lie...;)
    I love the washi dress, but the fear of the FBA is stopping me.
    I wonder if an xl would work for me too...

  10. That fabric is simply yum!
    I can totally relate to the kleenex up the nose, muttering curses under my breath at ungodly hours, ripping seams or picking up knit stitches. hardcore/dumbass.
    I think the Sweetheart Dress is a great way to get my sewing mojo back. It's been way too long since I sewed something! The problem is that I have two girls who love dresses! Can't just make one!

  11. The tissues...oh my, I'm laughing out loud and my kids are looking at my funny...definitely been there! Sewing on hold here for a bit too. I thought I would get SO much done with everyone back in school but those hours go so quickly!! I did do some reverse applique on a Target skirt the other day (for me!) and I"m gearing up to sew along with boy week on PR&P this week and Elsie Marley next week. I just got my hands on some new Oliver + S patterns and then your Sweetheart dress is next on my list (love!!) Hope you get your mo-jo back. Your stash looks awesome :)

  12. That tissue image was epic. You are a die hard sewist for sure. Also, why didn't I thin of that? I think I have the same cold somehow, all the way in SC.

    For batting I use Warm & Natural. You can buy it off Amazon with free shipping in the states. Or get it locally with a coupon at Hancocks (like Joanns). Anyhoo, all of The Warm Company battings are affordable and nice, IMO.

    I know what you mean about too much computer time. Today I just sewed and sewed and ignored some things. It was the right choice.

  13. I was cracking up at your tissue comment....hahaha!! I would totally do that too!
    Can't wait to see your Washi, mine is still on the cutting table......you inspire me to put the pedal to the metal!
    I completely understand the computer time vs sewing time. I need to do more sewing!!

  14. Totally snorted coffee out my nose reading this. I so wish you'd taken a picture of you sewing with kleenex rammed up your nose - am giggling just thinking about it. (And yes, I do understand).

    Cannot WAIT to see your washi!! I've been eyeing the pattern and debating...it looks really great!


  15. I have been so so so out of sewing balance! My poor machine is gathering dust :(. We are I the middle of a random heat wave that on top of 1000 other commitments means sewing doesn't make it on the list. I'm hoping KCWC will work like a juice cleanse and I'll get back on track :). Can't wait to see your washi!

  16. I prefer a cotton or bamboo batting. Polyester batting just makes you sweat, and in Australia it is rarely cold enough to need to use warm wool batting.

  17. The balancing act is a constant battle for me...But then again, who needs a clean house, anyway. :) So sorry about your cold, but your description of you sewing with the kleenex rammed up your nose made me laugh out loud! Hope you are feeling better now...can't wait to see the finished Washi!


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