January 21, 2010

UNO - Not just a card game anymore

It also makes a darn cute birthday theme!

My friend Lindsay has a little man who is turning one this weekend, and she wanted to use UNO as the theme for the party. But she didn't want to go with the new version of UNO that's out these days. No, she wanted to go retro and use the old school game as the design. So cool.

She asked me to make him a shirt using the freezer paper technique. It turned out so cute!

I've made a couple of shirts using this technique, and it is SO EASY. Even using two colors like i did. I love it.

Here is the finished product. I'm thinking of putting together a tutorial. Would you be interested in something like that?

January 13, 2010

It's about time!

Whew! Now that the holidays are over (for about two weeks now) I finally had some time to get in the craftroom.

I've been really slack about making blocks for my Sew Connected 3 group. Well, it's about time I got around to it!

This one is for Cathy. She sent beautiful fabric, in the colors I'd like to do in my bedroom by the way, but I was really stuck on what pattern to do for her. She wanted something geometric, and in viewing the other blocks made for her, I added a little touch of pink to match some fabrics she sent to other folks. I hope it doesn't clash .

This one is for Twiddletails. She wanted a log cabin, and since I'm a little addicted to wonky log cabins, I decided to do another one. I really like how this one turned out, and it's the first time I've pieced the logs. Her only requirement was to use the brown as the center square. Since I had some left over, I used a little piece of it in the upper corner. I love the dots!

This last one is for Sara. Truth be told, my head hurt after already doing two blocks improvisationally (is that a word?), and I just couldn't come up with anything fantastic. She really wanted the block to show off the fabric, and since I got a sweet piece that included mermaids, swimming girl AND an octopus, I didn't want to cut it up too much. She also sent along the pink and white Kona and wanted the white for the background. I was pleasantly surprised with it when I got finished and have already heard from her that she likes it as well. Yay!

It felt SO GOOD to get back behind the sewing machine. I have to thank my hubby for that. He's been helping me get the craftroom organized, and he is AMAZING. We made more progress in two hours than I've been able to make in 8 years of living here. Now we've made our way to the fabric cabinet, and frankly I'm a bit stuck.

I had started to organize my fabrics a couple of years ago, and thought I'd do it by yardage size, but now I've accumulated so many random sizes of fabric, maybe I should do it by color?

How do you organize your fabric? I need some ideas.