Monday, July 27, 2015

Summer Sewing

I have been sewing, of course. Sewing is my happy place. I made a bird block for Stash Bee from this tutorial. It was so fun, that I have been working on a whole flock, for myself, for friends, for fun.

The beaks and legs give them personality, so I am trying variations. I know a lot of bird lovers, myself included, so consider this your spoiler alert.

I made a blouse for my good pal and fabric enabler, Sonja. It is from a pattern by Stitchology, made with some lovely light organic cotton by Could 9. The pattern was wonderful to use, and I recommend the brand. I put snaps on the blouse, although they were not very secure. They are adorable. All of the seams (except the arm hole) are french seamed, the armhole was pinked.

Here is a sweet wool applique that I started last year and just finished. I added the hummingbird and used some fancy stitches I learned from Sue Spargo. The pattern is for a (Norwegian)  bell pull. Our cat, Chai, rings a bell hung by the door, when she wants to go outside. This is going to take it way way uptown!

And, another UFO, a doll dress for American Girl Dolls, started by my sister and finished by yours truly this month. It was designed for Addy, a civil war era doll, and is a school dress.

Some fun little projects for hot summer sewing in my air conditioned sewing loft.


  1. I love the shirt fabric. I have started seeing Cloud 9 fabrics in our large fabric chain store. If, like me, you tend to wear a T-shirt or tank top under shirts, the weakness of the snaps won't matter.
    I guess the only alternative to pinking the armholes would be binding them to make them look a bit like French seams. But who is going to get into your armpits to look that closely? 😉

  2. Your shirt looks very professionally made. I wrote the bird block pattern and would love to see what you do with your growing flock if bird blocks.

    1. thanks, Sophie. I was very pleased with the blouse, and got a nice thanks from the recipient. That Bird block is so much fun. I will for sure share my bird finish with you. I just started a job, and am feeling wistful about missing my sewing time. I will adjust! Sewing is my happy place!

  3. Love all your projects, esp. the birds. Thanks for sharing the link! Not only am I a birder, but I live on the shore. They will be so perfect for me to make.