Sewing My Life Together

New Projects for Summer

Since I’ve been famously indecisive about what to sew, and unhappy at what I felt was the drudgery of trying to sew clothes, I decided to order (online) a lap quilt set. It’s comprised of a jellyroll pack, extra fabric for backing and assorted borders, and directions. I thought this would be an easy jump-start to my procrastination. I still have to cut, but the jelly rolls simplify that job.

Summer Jewels

 These colors in reality are more bluish-teal and brown/blue. The name for this kit is “Summer Jewels” and these colors really do sparkle. Here is a copy of the pattern:

Summer Jewels Lap Quilt-2


Then, I took a leap of faith. I had in my possession a Charm Pack. I think I got it as a gift. I checked online for patterns that use charm packs, and frankly, could not find one i really liked. And I know people often talk about using their ‘stash’, but I did not have a single thing in my stash that fit the colors or style or simply was not enough yardage. So I am taking this basic, baby quilt pattern and experimenting with it. I am going to try to make it bigger, with different colors and shapes. I took the charm pack to my local fabric store and bought green, yellow and white for the backing and the other colors:

simple charm quilt

Here is a slightly skewed photo of the charm pack; the colors are more reddish and greenish than this shows. TO the right are the coordinating fabrics I chose:


coordinating white, green print and yellow

coordinating white, green print and yellow

charm pack

charm pack





So, now I am awash in a sew of fabrics that need to be ironed, cut, and then  sewing can commence. So now I am at peace; I’ve got something to sew!

Oh, and here is my latest little find at a flew market; a 1957 vintage Singer Sewing Machine, portable, all shiny and in perfect working order! I was so excited when my husband pointed it out to me at the Todd Farm Flea Market in Rowley, MA yesterday, and we bargained the guy down from $80.00 to $50.00. WHen I got home, I checked on eBay to see what these are selling for,  and the cheapest was $89.99 with a shipping charge of $39.00! I am so excited. Now I have to decide how to display it.

vintage Singer sewing machine

vintage Singer sewing machine

It is so interesting how unsettled I was the past few weeks with no projects in mind. I was able to get a lot of reading done, however, and watched one Craftsy online class on sewing.














This entry was published on July 14, 2014 at 5:49 pm and is filed under adrift, fabric shopping, Ideas, Quilting. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “New Projects for Summer

  1. Excited for you. Sometimes we need to have some of the decisions taken away to proceed… Love the machine. I’m so sorry I didn’t keep any of my mother’s or grandmother’s machines.

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