Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day

Being out of the country, I almost forgot it was Memorial Day.  Hopefully, my friends are enjoying a nice long weekend and having a chance to do something you enjoy.  Lastly, I hope you make time to reflect on those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  To those families who lost loved ones in the military, no words can express what you have gone through.  Thank you for fighting for our freedom.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Darci's Dress Up, Part 1??

Look at me trying to be a good little blogger and post some updates!!  :o)

I haven't figured out the sewing machine situation yet so in the meantime, I'm plugging along on prep work.  Doing what I can to prepare for when I have a working machine here in Turkey. 

I've had this pattern and layer cake kit for...oh, about two years I guess.  That must be my "simmer time" because that seems to be my average of projects I brought with me.  I guess I had to bond with my fabrics and kits raising a family.  Hold 'em tight and then let them go.  hehe

Anyway, no sewing but there is quite a bit of prep work for this project, Darci's Dress Up.  The dresses need to be fused onto squares of background fabric.  I'm using Steam a Seam 2  I'm hoping it doesn't make them to stiff but I'm guessing this will be a wall hanging and hopefully, it will be fine.  (Sorry for the poor quality photos.  My camera's on the charger.)

The need to be fused, attached by blanket stitch, blind stitch or whatever your choice is.  I'm probably going to blind stitch them on.  There are collars, sleeves and pockets.  You can also add embellishments like lace, rickrack, buttons.  I brought a few things but not a lot.  We'll see how far this project goes.
I brought a charm pack of 30's but not big pieces.  I'm not thrilled with all of the fabrics I have to use but I'm going to go for it.  The background blocks and dresses are okay but once I pulled all that I liked, there wasn't much left for the little "pinwheel" border. 
I'm guessing it'll take me some time to get the dresses done so who knows, I might be home by then.  lol 
We'll be going to Munich in a few days and will be gone for a week.  Thus the Part 1, question marks.  Who knows what I'll get done while I'm here.  :o)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Attempting to sew in Turkey...

I have my little sewing space all set up in the living room of my hubby's apartment.  We moved me out of the back bedroom so I could have access to the internet to use the wifi for music on my tablet or to watch tv while sewing if I wanted to.  Um....since I blew up the tv in the back room last time I was here.  lol

I brought a suitcase full of things to sew since I'll have quite a bit of time to myself while the hubby is at work.  When we're not traveling, I'll be playing with fabric.  Things I bought quite a while ago and didn't have time because of work or because of someone named Emily.  :)

The first thing I thought I would try is this little kit that I bought probably two years ago on a quilt run.  I bought it at a favorite little shop called Stars and Scraps in Corona.  I always find something cute in that store!
I got about almost to the last step of adding the bottom binding and my machine went kapooey.  The machine quit working, gave me a beep and message on the screen that I'm sure has something to do with the power difference between our 110 and Turkey's 220 power.  Grrrr.  And this is with the surge protector I'm using.  I was "very" persistent and turned the hand wheel to finish the binding.  This might be my only finish while I'm here.  :(
This caddy is a pretty generous size of almost 9" across and almost 6" tall.  I love the fabrics in the kit.  They were very generous with the amount of fabric that came in the kit too.  
Pockets on the inside although they're flimsy so my stuff wants to fall over.

Well, off to see what I can cut up and get things ready for sewing....whenever that happens.  When I thought I blew this machine up on my last visit, hubby took it to have it fixed.  Maybe he'll remember where he took it and we can take it back in.  Either that or maybe I can find a little used machine in one of the shops here.  There are about three machine stores we've seen in sopping area, Janome, Pfaff and Singer.  I ought to be able to find something, right?  lol

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Another trip to Turkey

My bags are packed and by the door.  I'm off to Turkey again for six whole weeks!!!!  I'm going to spend time with my hubby, do a little traveling and a little (hopefully a lot) of sewing!!!!
I will miss my girls and especially my little Emily something awful.....oh, and my friends and family too.  lol  I think it's just worse with Emily because I am lucky enough to see her little face every day and I know she's going to change sooo much.  Good ol' Skype might keep me from being too homesick.

Happy sewing to you all.  I'll share any finishes I might get done along the way.  Sheesh, in six weeks with no grandbaby distraction....I should hope I could share something!  :) 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

And the winner is.....

Drumroll pah-leeze!!!!!

I used a raffle drawing program from the internet called RandomPicker.  Pretty easy and the best part, it was free.  Yay!  I had to plug in everyone's names but that wasn't too bad.  Sooo, without further delay...

The winner of the Bonnie and Camille fabric bundle and little red polka dot sewing kit is.........qltnmom!!!  Congratulations and thank you everyone for playing along. 

qltnmom, I'll email you for your mailing address.  :o)