Wednesday, September 20, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

Happy Wednesday, everyone!  I hope you're all having a pleasant week so far.  It's been absolutely beautiful here this last week, with temps in the 70s and just the nicest weather.  The leaves are starting to turn pretty colors, and I'm excited to get out into the woods this weekend with my hubs. 

It was a pretty busy week, so let's get started!

What's up with sewing:

I went to the annual Quilting On The Bayfront quilt show in Erie, PA, and per usual, it was awesome.

It was quilting ladies and fabric as far as the eye could see!  My mother-in-law and I have been going to this quilt show together for at least 5 years now.  It's nice!  They have lots of cool quilts to look at, but really, we go for the shopping.  We have yet to actually get through the whole show.  We got as close as we ever have this year, but after three hours and about 80% through the show, we were both feeling really loopy and starting to go crossed eyed, so we decided to leave. 

Besides, by then, I had already spent most of my cash and I was excited to go look and what I got.

I got for bargains at the quilt shows.  There's a vendor that always has these $6 bags of scraps and you never know what you're going to get.  I got two of their scrap bags, and when I got home I found I had gotten at least 5 yards of fabric in standard quarters and half yards, plus lots of interesting little scrappy bits to add to my collection.  I also got three bags of Moda scraps, which are basically 2 1/2 inch strips cut along the bias.  They make really fun strip quilts, and are a super cheap way to make a whole quilt.  I got a couple of yards of fabric, a bundle of fat quarters, a yard and a half of border fabric, a 60 degree ruler (for $5!), and a flannel quilt kit I plan on making soon! Phew!

I have however decided I need to stop buying fabric.  I have so much now that I barely have room for it all.  So no more until I use what I have!

On Friday, for my birthday, I decided to sew a shirt for myself with some pretty rayon jersey knit I bought from

The photo's not the best, but the shirt is very nice.  Flouncy and flowy, and it has nice shape.  It's more of a fall shirt though, so it's going into the closet for a couple of weeks.

Spices decided she wanted to model a piece of scrap fabric from my shirt.  I think it goes well with her fur.

What's up with plastic canvas:

Actually, not much is up with plastic canvas this week.  I finished my Turkey TBC on Monday, but I haven't started anything else yet.  I'm thinking of working on my free patterns for a week to get a good stock of them on hand.  I finished one today that I think is pretty cute.

I'll probably post that one this Friday, so keep your eyes peeled! 

In other plastic canvas news, Annie's finally posted some patterns I sent them!  It took them a small eternity for them to put these on their websites, but I was persistent and also patient.

Clicking on the images above will take you to Annie's where you can buy these patterns (or you can buy them at my Etsy shop).

What's up with everything else:

My mom is a borderline hoarder.  She collects junk, but she's usually ok with me going through it and throwing things away/donating them.  Since I bought her a new sewing machine a couple of weeks ago, I decided her sewing/plant room needed some tender loving organizing.  So on Tuesday, I went over to her house and spent an entire morning going through more junk than I would have ever thought possible to put in a 10x10 room. 

Here's before:

And here's after:

I filled two huge contractor garbage bags full of garbage, and had enough donation stuff to fill the back of my SUV!  Phew!  Hopefully she won't fill it back up again too quickly. 

Welp, that's all for this week, everyone!  Have a good rest of the week and I'll see you again on Friday!


  1. I really like the fabric of the shirt you made.
    I wish I knew how to sew like that.
    Hopefully with patience I'll get there :)

    1. Thanks Bella, I like it too. It's not hard to sew clothes! You just need to follow the pattern instructions :) you just have to have the patience for it. I usually don't. I only make a few pieces of clothes for myself a year because it's tedious!