Saturday, May 2, 2015

Wardrobe Thoughts Revisited and It's Time For Summer Sewing....

I looked back to my Spring Wardrobe post and all I can say is wow, I did have good intentions but didn't accomplish much.  The only wardrobe sewing that I accomplished was my dress which I suppose could count as spring sewing.  I'm still eyeing the Yoga Skirt and Yoga Pant patterns.  So, they will get used sometime in the future.  The Spring 6-pac sew along is finished and it's time for the Summer 6-pac sew along.  The guidelines for Summer sew along have already been posted.  Here they are:

1.  Light weight jacket or sweater in a neutral
2.  Light weight jacket or sweater or shirt in a color or a lighter neutral
3.  A pair of shorts, trousers or capris in a neutral
4.  A skirt in a neutral or color
5.  A short sleeve shirt, blouse or t-shirt in a neutral
6.  A short sleeve shirt, blouse or t-shirt in a neutral

This is about as basic as you can get.  I'm not ready to post any sewing plans for summer right now.  I'm still in the middle of sewing curves and would like to finish that.  Hopefully, this weekend I will find some time to sew, sew, sew.

Happy Sewing!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Cooking...Ham, Egg & Cheese Bread Bowls

I'm addicted to trying new recipes from Pinterest.  Sometimes, they are really good and sometimes, not so great.   This time it was pretty good.

This pic is from Pinterest.  Mine didn't look that nice but they tasted fine.  You can find the recipe here - Ham, Egg & Cheese Bread Bowls.   I always try to follow the recipes the first time that I make them.  Here are the changes that I made:

1. Whole Grain Buns from the local grocery store bakery.
2. A whole large egg was too big for the buns that I used.  So, I made two with the whole large eggs and two using 1 egg mixed,
3.  I used a pepper jack cheese instead of the mozzarella.
4. Using a convect oven at 350, the buns took between 20 and 25 minutes to  cook.  I don't like runny whites.

These were pretty close to a basic breakfast sandwich.  I can see making a bunch of these on the weekend for a quick breakfast or lunch through the week.  Just think of the extra time for stitching with one of these to pop into the microwave.

Happy Stitching!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Technique...Sewing Curves

This past Saturday was sewing day with my sewing buddy.  This month was about curves.  I had purchased a new foot that I wanted to explore.  It is the 1/4" Curve Master Presser Foot.  Here's what it looks like:

The package on the left contains adapters to fit most machines.  The foot is on the left.  Notice how short it is.  I had previously done a post on this foot that contains links to how-to videos.  Here's a link to that post -  Curve Master Presser Foot.  This post contains links to the product and various other videos by the manufacturer.  Since this foot is meant to do curves, I decided to purchase a Drunkard's Path template set:

This was the first time I've used a template set with a rotary cutter. It turned out well and without any incidents.  Here's my first attempts at using the Curve Master Presser Foot:

Of the eight blocks that I did, I had problems with two of them.  One, I made the dumb user error of sewing right side to wrong side.  The other, I think that I stretched the corner piece.  I was impressed with this foot.   I was able to sew the blocks without any pins and they look good.  I haven't decided yet what I'm going to make with these blocks but I think I have enough of fabric to create either a table runner or some place mats,

The next type of curve we tried was the free form curves.  We both really liked this technique.  We watched the video from Man Sewing on curved piecing.  Looks easy doesn't it?  I started with two fat quarters and here are my results:

How fun is this?  I used a regular presser foot with this technique following the instructions from Man Sewing.  I did try the 1/4" curve presser foot with one row of stitching and I preferred to use the regular presser foot for my machine on this technique.  I haven't decided what I'm going to make with these two items or if I'm going to continue the technique all the way across.  There is still a few decisions to make.  I have about 3/4 yard of each fabric left.

The one thing that I did learn is not to hold the fabrics together as you would with most sewing.  Of course, that means that you're using both hands to hold the fabric but it works well.  Just take your time and enjoy the process.  

Happy Sewing!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Cooking...A Spinach Salad

Oh, summer is coming and it's always nice to have a quick and easy recipes just waiting for those hot summer days.  I have found a perfect one.

It's Cranberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Chicken and Orange Poppy Seed Dressing.  This is a really good salad.  So, remember to grill some extra chicken the next time you grill for a quick meal later.

This will certainly give you more time to spend creating.

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

New Summer McCall's Patterns

The new summer McCall's pattern line was announced today and I'm feeling mighty old.  There was only one pattern that was remotely interesting to me and it isn't something I would purchase not that any of the patterns are in stock right now.  What were they thinking? So, here it is:

This is M7174.  This pattern offers the two pillows above with two floral variations. These pillows are very nice home dec options.  Love the look of the smocking.

So, I had to look a little closer.  I just couldn't believe that there was nothing of interest but really this isn't.  I did find another pattern that is very much on trend with the 70s style:

This is M7164.  This is a wide leg pant pattern with 4 variations. This is a pant with lots of volume.  Don't wear them too long.

Happy Stitching!