Tuesday, July 16, 2013

SEAM Block Party!

SEAM is celebrating summer at Alewives Fabrics with a BLOCK PARTY!  Free and open to all!  Sunday, August 4th from 1:00 to 4:00 we'll be making "St. Louis Sixteen Patch" blocks. The Sixteen Patch is a very easy block, even for a beginner.  If you've never sewn up a quilt block before, but always wanted to try, we'll help you get a couple made at the meeting.  Bring two fat quarters with you (one red and one white) and we'll stitch up these blocks for a charity quilt (or two... or three!).   Bring your own machine or use one of ours here at the shop. Rotary cutters, mats, rulers and irons will be available to use, but feel free to bring your own tools, too.  We'll be serving refreshments, and it's also the last day of Alewives' 20% off Midsummer Clearance Sale. See you there!
 PS...  Don't forget that we'll be doing show and tell, too!  Bring your latest project, a favorite fabric, a handy tool... anything you'd like to share with your fellow sewing enthusiasts and artists of Maine! 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Quick post while he's napping...

Bert has just recently (and I mean "within the last two weeks recently") begun to sleep and nap on his own, in his crib, without being held.

It's a whole new ball game and it does mean I have a bit more time for internet endeavors and sewing.

I've *almost* got not one, but TWO washi dresses ready to share with you, but I also wanted to show you something I managed to sew in those first few months when Bert was literally a handful.

It's a pincushion that was given away at the Pincushion Swap we held a few weeks back...

Don't cry for me, Argentina, but I was up until 3 o'clock in the morning finishing this pincushion the night before the swap.

It's made up of 1/2" hexies and completely sewn by hand.

It's not that I'm a glutton for punishment, it's just that I do love to sew hexies... and I do love a bit of hand-sewing and some late night TV.

That's a vintage Bakelite button in the center.

Gotta love the Bakelite. 

And this one little block was another late night endeavor.

Just five stolen minutes of sewing and a bit of finger pressing and it was done.

Maybe it will become something some day, but it felt good just to sew something without an agenda... just making for the sake of making.

I don't know how other Moms out there do it.

(Get things done, I mean)

I can barely keep up with the dishes, but it is getting easier all the time.

And it's so, so much fun to be Bert's mom.

He's still the best thing I ever made.

Gotta go... hope you had a happy 4th!