Warp & Weft Birds & Berries Reveal... :)

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It's time for another Warp & Weft reveal! This weeks fabric i'm highlighting is Moda Birds & Berries... it's such a feminine & pretty line to use! I was sent a meter of Birds & Berries and a charm pack which consists of 5x5" fabric pieces of each print in the line.
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Here's what I created using my fabrics...

A Chevron Baby Quilt!! This quilt is super thick & soft! It's fully quilted with natural batting, then instead of using cotton on the back, I decided to back it with Minky as everyone I know *LOVES* the minky and it's always requested on my baby items! It measures in at 33x33" square. I love square baby quilts!!

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This is my first time trying a chevron baby quilt and i'm SO pleased with it!!

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Every single corner matches up...

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It's thick, warm & super snuggly!

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A peek at the minky... soo soft!

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This beautiful baby quilt is for sale, (*SOLD*) please email me if interested!

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I also made Mya a skirt with the fabric... she wanted it "long" and pointed to where abouts she wanted. I don't sew much in the way of clothes, so this skirt took a lot of "trial & error", but all the same, she's happy with it and it's pretty cute on her I think!

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(A zipper closure instead of elastic)

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Neither the girl, nor the bunny are for sale. ;) lol!

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And my final creation using more Birds & Berries fabric and some random fabric from my stash is a linen and patchwork wristlet! This is a nice medium sized wristlet measuring in at 5.25 x 8.25".

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Hand stitching for that extra feminine touch!

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The back even has some hand stitching...

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It will hold a LOT... this is my inhaler, chapstick, iPod and Morgans hard shell sunglasses case...

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...and there's *still* room for more!!

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This is available for sale as well... (*SOLD*) please contact if interested! :)

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I hope you like my creations and are inspired to try out the new Birds & Berries line! It's a perfect feminine & delicate line that just (delicately) screams SUMMER! :)

Have a wonderful day & thanks so much for stopping by to see my creations! Your comments & encouragement mean a lot to me!!

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Whare are your favourite summertime colour combos?

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PS - I'll be back later with the winner of my handmade purse!

 


And just like that...

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My baby is home! I’m *quite* impressed with the amazing service at NOVA Sewing from the Wortley Village location here in London! I brought in my machine on Saturday, and received a phone call first thing this morning telling me that my machine was ready for pick up already! A friend offered to take me to pick up my machine this afternoon as she was in town for an appointment, which I was super grateful for! I gifted her a cork keyfob and cork card wallet as a small token of my appreciation. 

I haven’t had a chance to sew yet, as we had to work on the pool when I got home (having a pool is driving me slightly insane, it’s SO much work, and SO expensive!!) I swear every single day we are running back & forth to Canadian Tire to grab this & that for the pool. I’ve sunk soo much money into this and we still can’t get the salt water system running properly. If I have to call a pool guy to the house it’s $150 for the first hour, then $25/hr thereafter. So i’m getting to the point that i’m just going to empty it and consider it one, huge, VERY expensive mistake. I’ve made quite a few of those this year, so hey, what’s one more!? 

Tomorrow a dear friend is in town until the 7th, so I won’t have much sewing time at all, but I am hoping to get something sewn up to test out my machine in the morning, so I can make sure it’s running “good as gold”! Since the main issue I had with my JUKI was skipped stitches, I’ve decided to slightly revamp the way I interface my Slimline Wallet to make it more “top-stitch” friendly. I will share what I do and update my pattern as well! I’ve switched my “lightweight” interfacing to a woven, and i’m certain that’s why my ‘bulk’ has went up, and made top-stitching a little more difficult to deal with! I really don’t want to have to purchase an industrial machine, i’ve never wanted one and I never had one on my “wish list”.

If in time it comes down to that I will need an industrial sewing machine one day, i’ll have to figure it out when the time comes. But for now my plan is to simply revamp a few of the items that I currently make and i’ll go from there! It’s all I can do right now really... the thought of purchasing an industrial sewing machine right now puts my stomach in knots. 

Onwards, I’ve decided that i’m probably going to open up a handful of custom spots this week. Ideally i’d like to be only RTS (Ready to Ship) but, It’s a slow time for me, which is not a good thing right now with the amount of money that’s been flowing out. If it’s not one thing, it’s another. I feel like I can’t win lately at all. I’ve been so stressed out about our finances, and that’s not exactly a good thing. I need to get things flowing again and work on bulking up my RTS items & creating some new items to list. I have a handful of items on my sewing list that i’ll be working on this week and I have some items that i’d like to make and add to my RTS album as well. 

And on that note, it’s 11:09 and I still need to clean the kitchen, tidy up and I have to set my alarm to be up bright & early if I want to sneak in some sewing time before my friend arrives in town!

Have a good night everyone!! 


What a way to start July...

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Over the last few months i’ve been having issues with my JUKI. The main issue is that it’s skipping stitches. LOTS of them, which in turn, messes up my sewn items, leads to lots of seam ripping, too much time wasted, plenty of frustration and pretty much drives me insane. So much so I end up walking away from my work for a couple days, which I can’t afford to do.

It needed a full cleaning & tune-up. A friend & I dropped it off at a local shop the other day and was told it could take 7-10 days for a turnaround. He said it may not, but it definitely could. The cost of my tune-up was just shy of $150.00. I also had to order a new throat plate for it as mine is pretty chewed up, that was another $60.00 - only because I found a great deal on it! So, i’m at $210 so far for this tune-up. Ouch.

The JUKI TL2010Q is a semi-industrial, high performance sewing & quilting machine. And while I sew my crazy thick wallets with it, i’ve come to learn that it’s not really built for the kind of work i’ve been putting it through. I love it to bits and cannot wait to get it back, mind you, but i’m now coming to realize that for my THICK wallets and heavy duty items, and items that i’d like to sew in the future, I may have to “bump up” to a full industrial machine. 

This scares me in a few ways: 

  • They are SO very expensive. The one i’m looking at would top up over $3K. Ouch!!
  • They are SO very powerful. I thought my JUKI was a force to be reckoned with, well, these babies can sew through steel almost! *wink* 
  • They’re SO very bulky & ugly. Ok, the ugly factor, whatever, but they come built into a table which means i’d absolutely need to revamp my entire sewing room. 

On the upside, an industrial sewing machine would absolutely, without a doubt sew through absolutely anything I could ever want it to sew, in my entire lifetime. 

I’m seriously debating on whether it’s a need. My mom (who has been sewing forever and ever and has sewn on many industrials in her lifetime) thinks that it’s time I get one. She said while my JUKI “can do it”, it doesn’t mean it should, and 6 months or a year down the road i’ll probably be right back to where I am now. 

While my machine is at the shop, I can’t sew. Which really sucks as this means our income is stalled. I’ll have to work on moving my RTS items in the meantime! I do have an older SINGER that my mom gave me in case I need a zigzag stitch etc, that I was intending on sewing on while my JUKI was away, however, it absolutely kills my wrists. I sewed *one* item on it this morning and i’m now in so much pain. I’m achy & sore, and have no strength left in my wrists. I’m so used to my JUKI with it’s presser foot knee lever, automatic thread cutter, so on and so forth that it really does save my wrists! 

Anyway, so i’m currently to the point of wondering if I should take the plunge and go for an industrial, or get my JUKI back, revamp some of my wallets and see if I can “minimize” the bulk and make my current JUKI work for me, because it has worked for, for most of the time anyways! The more I think about it, I feel that i’m leaning towards the 2nd option, just because the cost is soo high to purchase an industrial, and I really don’t want to slap it on a credit card. 

Oh well, I guess this will give me the time I need to catch up on the laundry, the housework, my budgeting, some reading, kids stuff, errands & appointments I should run, so on and so forth. Sleep would be nice as well, but that won’t happen. Last night I got a full 2 hours sleep because Dh snores and takes up most of the bed. After him working FT midnights for 20 years, i’m quite used to not having to share a bed, and now since he’s mostly home, I’m simply not sleeping on the nights he’s not at work. 

Let’s hope July gets better from here on in... on that note i’m off. I have piles of laundry waiting to be sorted, and think it’s time for another coffee! Bottoms up!

Enjoy your day!