Monday, April 21, 2008

I want it!

Oh Fransson Lunchbox Swap
Originally uploaded by joeysews5

I finished my lunchbox bag today. I was nervous about making it that I actually made one BEFORE this one. So with that under my belt I was able to build up enough confidence to finish this one. My swap partner likes orange. I hope she likes the floral print. I must say, my sewing skills didn't fail me on this one. Everything came out great, if I must say so. I actually took pics of the interior as it looks just as good as the outside.

Check out my other pictures on my flickr site (link to the right - yes, just click on those teeny tiny pics - it'll take you right to my page!)

This was so much fun! Can't wait for another swap. And that Oh, Frannson! She's genious! I used her pattern/tutorial for my bag. Amazing she is!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

I'm a Winner!!!

coffee cup
Originally uploaded by joeysews5

I won the drawing over at HeatherHalesDesigns!

So many things are coming to thought! I can't believe I won, I never win! Oh my gosh! She's linked to my bog! I have a blog?! I better get some better pictures taken! I better get a camera! (all so far have been taken with camera phone :( I better get more sewing projects completed. And oh my gosh, there are so many things I want to start sewing!

I have been so inspired by pictures posted to flickr and by the blogs I stalk (look to the right!). This is so much fun. I'm also really wanting to learn how to spice up my blog page. I'm still learning all this (might get the kids to help me if they didn't think I was such a dork!)

Anyways, thank you Heather (see I don't know how to have your name highlighted so that when people click on your name they're directed to your blog, so I put it in like this!

Thanks Blog friend! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Now for some coffee and some blog stalking! Go Me!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Pueblo's Quilt and Stitch Expo Purchases

frenchy bag
Originally uploaded by joeysews5
They had Amy Butler patterns and fabric at the Pueblo quilt and stitch expo this past weekend. I could barely breath! I bough her "frenchy Bag" pattern and two yards of her fabric. I was able to make two bags with the use of a few remnants from my stash for the lining.

I've recently joined the Amy Butler group on flickr and noticed someone was wanting the bag to be roomier. So I decided to modify the pattern and added some darts to the corners of the bag. It helped give it more room and wasn't that much more sewing.

Amy Butler fabrics are amazing! I have been a follower of her for 3-4 years. Our local fabric shops don't carry her fabric or patterns so I've called upon my sister, who lives in Portland, OR, to visit the shop nearby her house to make purchases for me - and she does. And she buys more stuff for me to make for her or my niece. She probably thinks it's work for me but really it's just lots of fun!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Quilted Mug

quilted mug
Originally uploaded by joeysews5
I've been wanting to find some coffee mugs with lids that have the inserts but haven't found any. Well, A popular coffee shop has them but then they're $15. Anyways, my friend Danielle found these at Hobby Lobby. Wish it had a lid. I think my mom will like it for her soda. I will be sending it to her.
It was super easy to do. I took the coloring insert out and traced it onto interfacing then sewed the pieces of fabric onto the interfacing. Finally, I bound the edges. Fini!!
My mom will probably be cursing me out as I think to wash it she will have to seperate the two pieces everytime and then reinsert the quilted piece. I was thinking about finding some glue/caulking to make it water tight! Ooh, and I do love going to Lowes!!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008


I really enjoy Heather Hales Designs (see in Favs list to the right) and she is hosting a giveaway . She is also looking for a "fluffy cake" to embroider. Check it out. Her embroideries are so adorable and the combinations she puts together are so refreshing.