This is my favorite handbag pattern: Margo by Lazy Girl Designs. I have made this so many times. The zipper can be a little tricky, but if you follow the directions closely and pay attention to the photos you will get it right. I often have overthought the zipper part, which led to much unsewing. Just follow the directions, really.
When I find a new birdie fabric, I just have to snap some up and make something. This bag is perfect! The green is very calming and zen. The white just makes me happy. And the grey with the birdie feet tracks makes me smile! It has a bright pink interior and blue pockets so you can see well inside.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Lots of these are gifts, so I will not say who they are intended for. I have had a lot of fun designing these - choosing which fabrics are appropriate for each person.
This is a decoration for the house - a table topper. As Christmas and Hanukkah coincide this year, I thought it would be fun to have some Hanukkah inspired decorations.
I think this will be the last quilt I make for the home for a long while. We have plenty of quilts now and I am running out of room to store them. There are worse problems, I suppose.
I guess I will have to think harder on things to sew in the future.
Until next time,
One Little Birdie
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Monday, March 14, 2016
The fist one here is a very bright an modern quilt for our personal use. I have turquoise walls in my bedroom, so finding bedding that matches can be interesting. One of my coworkers was working on a sample quilt for the store and I got the idea from that to make this quilt. The focus fabric is the black with the leafy print and the rest of the fabrics are essentially blenders. The blocks are very simple, so this was a quick one to piece. Which is a really good thing because piecing is my least favorite part of quilting. My favorite part is the designing, picking out just the right fabrics. Next is the quilting. Now that I have access to long arm machine, it is even better.
The quilt is too large for my design wall - it ended up at 106 X 120 - more than big enough for our bed. Good thing I can use the long arm - no way I could handle a monster this big at home.
This is Genny. She was helping me in my sewing room and was being a very good girl. Her favorite job is being an area rug and keeping me company. She will also offer her opinion once in a while on my progress in her own way with a series of dramatic sighs. Genny also makes sure that I take frequent snack breaks and lets me know when it is time to make dinner.
This is Chai, Genny's little sister. She is not one to be upstaged by Genny, so she thought she should also have a photo op and give her opinion. That opinion consisted of telling me that I was spending too much time sewing and not enough time letting her into the yard or scratching her belly.
This is the result of my boss getting in a new collection of fabrics. Normally, I would not choose anything like these. But seeing those bolts on the shelf, I just kept looking at them thinking how great they looked. I just had to make something with them. I have to say I am not sure that the block pattern I chose is actually the best one for these fabrics, but I think it is working. It ended up being a square quilt, 74 X 74. It will most likely be a holiday gift for someone. Now to choose a backing for it and get it sandwiched so I can quilt it. I can do this one at home, if I can get it basted. Finding basting space is the big challenge.
I have another idea germinating for a holiday gift quilt, so now it is time to choose fabrics for that. Onto the next project! Gotta keep busy!
Ciao, for now
One Little Birdie
Sunday, December 6, 2015
It's that time of year! Holidays to celebrate, baking and cooking. My favorite time of year. Here is my Genny, who would like to taste test these espresso chocolate crinkles. Of course, she cannot, but she likes to try.
I was raised in a Catholic family. The whole time between Thanksgiving and Christmas was a time of preparation, or Advent. My parents had a few tricks up their sleeves to keep us kids in check and not get crazy with anticipation.
The first was St. Nicholas day. The evening of December 5th, we would put our shoes out on our steps by the front door. In the morning, the shoes would be filled with small toys and goodies that St. Nick would leave for us. It was a nice way to start things off.
Baking goodies would also be going on. Making pizzelles and biscotti and favorite cookies. Our parents would also get these absolutely huge apples and oranges from the produce market. Just one could make a meal.
The next little holiday we would celebrate was St. Lucia Day. We are Italian, so we celebrated this a little differently than the Swedes. On December 13th, we would plant in a small pot some rye grass seeds. Being the youngest, I helped to keep it watered and watched it grow a bit every day. By the time Christmas Eve rolled around, it would be about 10 inches tall. My cat used to love this grass, by the way.
Anyway, do you notice something missing from my nativity scene here? Well, the baby did not appear until Christmas morning in our house. When I found this nativity, it was just like the one we had when I was little, so I had to have it.
So, back to the grass. On Christmas Eve, right before we went to bed, we would cut the grass and place it in the empty manger. This was the coming baby would be comfortable and warm. The baby Jesus was in the manger on Christmas morning. This really helped us to remeber the real reason for the holiday.
Well, it is time to get back into the kitchen and continue this year's preparations. I have a lot of baking to do. Of course there will be pizzelles, both anise and chocolate. The afore mentioned espresso crinkles, a couple kinds of biscotti, as well as traditional favorites of peanut blossoms and chocolate chip. I also make peppermint patties and peanut butter cups. Lots to do!
I hope that you have a wonderful holiday season filled with love, laughter, and lots of goodies.
Birdie in Cucina
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
I have been doing pretty well at my part-time job, so I rewarded myself with a new machine - a serger! Meet Sergio. He is a Babylock Eclipse DX with jet air threading. So it is easy to thread - just put the end of the thread in a hole and push a button and poof! The thread shoots through all that it needs to so it is foolproof. Trust me, this is important. Threading a serger is a real bear. I use a lot of HBO words when I have to thread the lesser sergers.
So, the first thing I did was make Sergio a cool cover so he won't get all dusty in between projects. It needed to be badass because I think that sergers are pretty badass machines.
So, I still have a lot of work to do!
Keep on the good work!
Until next time,
One Little Birdie
Thursday, August 20, 2015
First comes inspiration - what to make? It feels like we have made almost everything for everyone at this point. But I got the idea of doing stockings for most folks and filling them with cute stuff. Browsing Pinterest, I wanted ideas of what to put inside the stockings that would not just be junk. I am always open to ideas to be more earth friendly too. I came across this great idea for reusable snack bags at this blog. The pattern is great and easy. My variation, however, it to line the bags with fused recycled grocery bags. It makes a kind of fabric and can be wiped off easily.
This are the first results and I must say that I am very pleased. I think they could be put into the washer to clean, but I would air dry them instead of the dryer. I wish I had white Velcro on hand, but I used what was in my stash. I am going to use these bags myself and make more for others - sort of customize them. I think people will like them.