8 in 2013: Six Months to Go

July 6, 2013 § Leave a comment

My original goals are in normal text, finished goals have been crossed off, and my comments are in italics.

  1. To run at least one official 5K. (I don’t know if I can commit to 8 without having done one first.) – I still haven’t signed up for one since I moved to Chigagoland, but I’m looking into local races.
  2. Make a quilt for a someone secret (the fabric has been purchased!) – This goal is the chevron lap quilt I made for my sister’s 21st birthday. Blog post here
  3. Knit ThroughtheLoops’ 2013 Mystery Sock –  Blog post here
  4. Knit-a-long with my ZPDK: Azzu’s Shawl – I changed the pattern to Estuary, blog post here.
  5. Get a great photo of the two of us for this year. – We usually get a photo together at our family vacation, but with Cameron’s new schedule, he may not get to go. 
  6. Sew a new dress. – I have fabric and patterns, but I haven’t sat down to sew anything other than my sister’s quilt.
  7. Begin to reduce the amount of “stuff” I own. As much I am attached to many of my things, I think much of it is weighing me down. – Since we moved, I have less “stuff” in our house, but I haven’t really gotten rid of anything that I left at my parent’s house.
  8. Run 100 miles in 2013. – According to my running app, I’ve logged nearly 34 miles so far this year. Considering I didn’t run for four months, only just starting in June, I’d say I’m still chugging along. 

It’s nice to see progress!


Chevron Quilt

July 2, 2013 § 1 Comment

I made my sister a quilt for her 21st birthday. This is my second finished quilt!
June 16: Binding

My inspiration was this quilt , but I hadn’t referenced it once I had started piecing this one together.

Solid Backing, Matching Binding
I made 7″ half square triangles with a black and a white print. It ended up being about 52.5″ x 46″. I machine quilted about a quarter inch away from the seams on all the black stripes. I hand sewed the binding down. I also embroidered with back stitch (the only stitch I really know how to do) her name, the year, and her birthdate on the side.
Black and White Chevron Quilt

I’m quite pleased with how it turned out and I hope it will always match my sister’s decor. She reported that she loves it, which is a success in my book.


My 8 in 2013

January 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

Stephanie has a great idea, here.

My goals for this year are:

  1. To run at least one official 5K. (I don’t know if I can commit to 8 without having done one first.)
  2. Make a quilt for a someone secret (the fabric has been purchased!)
  3. Knit ThroughtheLoops’ 2013 Mystery Sock (Ravelry)
  4. Knit-a-long with my ZPDK: Azzu’s Shawl (Ravelry)
  5. Get a great photo of  the two of us for this year.
  6. Sew a new dress.
  7. Begin to reduce the amount of “stuff” I own. As much I am attached to many of my things, I think much of it is weighing me down.
  8. Run 100 miles in 2013.

Summer Sorbetto

August 8, 2011 § 3 Comments

August 6: Summer Sorbetto

I’ve been following Sew Weekly for many months now, but Mena’s recent challenge caught my eye. Her Day Two, the Summer Sorbetto, was what I was instantly drawn to. It may have been the gingham or the pleats added to the neckline.

You can download the pattern here. I printed out the pattern, taped it together, and cut out a size 6 to get my desired finished measurements, but I altered the pattern a bit, mostly due to the sleeves. My second alteration was length. Mena said that she added two inches to the length of the top by cutting the pattern at the natural waist (I assumed this was where the notches were on the pattern pieces) and then I taped in a two inch strip before cutting my fabric. I only did this because I prefer my shirts longer.

I added sleeves, just as Mena did for all of her Sorbettos. There’s a PDF version of the sleeve pattern located here. This piece of the pattern doesn’t have a marked size. I was going to gather the tops of the sleeves, just like Mena, but the pattern piece was too small for my pattern and I ended up being about 3/4 inch too short around the arm hole, even without the gather. (I learned to gather though!) I didn’t want to cut more sleeve pieces, so I basted the sleeves and side seams to fit before I permanently sewed. I sewed a 1/4 seam allowance on the underarm of the sleeves and then tapered back out to the 5/8 seam allowance of the side seam. I ended up only trimming a small amount from the side seam. I’m really glad that I basted all the major seams (like they tell you to) to make sure it fit correctly.


I had to babysit soon after I finished all but the pleat for the neckline, so I took photos before I left.

pre-pleat neckline

bottom hem

Yesterday, I got up and made the pleat, sewed it on, and started my day. I went to Barnes & Noble with C’s mom and sister to look for a couple books. I got a coffee, but I guess I forgot it was in my hand when we got back in the car because I spilled half of it all. over. my shirt and skirt. No worries though, one of my grandmothers is master of stain removal. As soon as we got home, I took my clothes over to her house and she started soaking them. As soon as I get them back, I’ll get a photo of the completed shirt.

back neckline

Be on the look out for a finished sweater! I’m nearly finished with Beatnik

Summer time

June 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

My apologies for leaving the blog on such a sad note. I’m home from college for the summer, working at the same job I had for the last two summers. Each year it becomes more apparent how much our lives change in the time after high school. Cameron’s been working at his summer job (night shift, which is no fun). Friends are living in other cities now. It’s getting more difficult to keep in touch, but it also makes it that much better when we do get to meet up.

Kristy, my mom, and Dee, our friend from Boston, and I went wedding dress shopping a few weeks ago. I haven’t chosen anything yet, but talk about exciting! That’s about all we’ve done on the wedding front, although we’re (I’m) hoping to have it August 2012. We have a lot of things to think about.

I’m not sure much of my sewing adventures have made the blog, but this is what I’ve been up to:
June 18: Quilt top progress

Practice, practice, practice.

An acquired taste

September 12, 2010 § 3 Comments


Sew. Sewing hasn’t come to me as easily as I would have liked it to. After seeing a whole bunch of knitters be successful quilters, I thought, “I want to do that!” I don’t quite have the same motivation to sew as I do to knit. Part of it might be that I don’t have a dedicated sewing area. I have to move nearly everything off my desk to set up my machine. Another part of it might be that it’s not easy for me! It doesn’t really come naturally to me like I thought it would. The math is something to get used to. Getting to know my machine is a bit more complicated than getting to know two sticks and string. Regardless, I’m going to keep plugging along because quilted blankets can be more practical than stretchy, knitted wool blankets and I love the look of them and the care that went into them. I still enjoy looking at sewing tutorials and I’m looking forward to getting better and I know that it takes practice. That’s what I say to everyone who tells me they wish they could knit. “I’ve been practicing for five years now!”

So, here’s some more practice.

Twitter’s down!

June 9, 2010 § Leave a comment

I can’t believe how dependent I am on Twitter to keep up with my friends. I have things to say! Like, “My Chibi case broke! I’m going to lose my darning needles!”. The threading snapped off with the cap screwed on. I picked it up off the floor with my foot (yeah, we’ve all done it) and the lid fell off. On closer examination, it’s broken! That was the only thing keeping me from losing my needles.

On the topic of darning needles, straight or bent-tipped? I’m in the straight camp because that’s what I grew up seeing because my aunt does plastic canvas work. She has more (Red Heart) yarn than I do! I know at least one person in my knitting group (Hi, Shannon!) who uses the bent-tipped Chibi. I can imagine there’s a benefit to seaming with them, but most of my projects are done seamlessly and I only use them to weave in ends.

Holly gave me Your Guide to Quilting by Jo-Ann Fabrics. I looked it over last night and it answered a few questions. I’m looking forward to trying out some of the techniques shown. There are many step-by-step photo tutorials that look well put together. It’s inspiring, that’s for sure!

Of course, as soon as I post this, Twitter’s back up. Thank the Twitter that made me blog again.

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