Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Another Superior Threads Giveaway

I usually don't post about giveaways and now here I go and post again because Superior Threads is having another giveaway on their blog. The things I will do just to get another entry. :\ They are giving a $100 gift certificate this time. Wow! I would LOVE to have $100 to spend on their thread.

Thanks for humoring me. Have a great day!

Until next time...

Alaska Quilt Block #3

Wow! This has been a long time in coming. I am finally posting about this block. This one came from Diana's Cozy Cabin Quilt Store in Eagle River, AK. It is a nice little store about 20 minutes from my house. Eagle River is technically in the Municipality of Anchorage (but it has a character all its own) so I didn't post the map also.

I won't be posting for at least a week. I will be at the Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, WA. I leave tomorrow and I am so excited!! I am excited to go to lots of classes and learn lots of new stuff (not to mention a trip without any children). I am even taking a hands on class for altering patterns to fit. I am hoping this is a good class. I am very excited to do some fabric shopping also. After the expo, my mom and I are driving down to Portland to visit some fantastic fabric stores. It is going to be a very fun and very busy week. I will try to take pictures.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day!

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Ottobre Pekka T-Shirts

I needed another quick t-shirt for my son during their Spirit Week at school for Space Day. I know, that was a long time ago. I am finally getting around to posting about these shirts.

I found some perfect space fabric at JoAnn's. At first it was going to be just another plain t-shirt but then I found the red rib knit at home and decided to make a double sleeve t-shirt. Ottobre had the perfect shirt. I used the Ottobre Pekka T-shirt pattern (04-2008-25). It was perfect.

I made the space shirt for both of my sons. My younger son just had to have something made for him too. Since both boys are the same size around I made them a 122. This length was perfect for my older son but I had to shorten the length for to a 110 for my younger son. Unfortunately, I forgot to shorten the arms also for my younger son so they are a bit long. I could still do it but probably won't. They are fine rolled up. Sorry, I don't have a picture of my younger son in this shirt but it looks exactly like this one. They both like these shirts and actually wear them!

I also had this striped fabric laying around that I thought I would use to make the same shirt since it also went with the red rib knit. I didn't like the result that much (I don't think my son actually likes it that much either. He hasn't worn it yet and I had to beg him to put it on for a picture). I decided to embroider the front to give a bit more interest. Whoops! Something happened while I was embroidering my older sons shirt and I ruined it. I only partially messed up my younger sons shirt. He can still wear it but it certainly isn't my favorite. A solid sleeve would have been much better.

Full Review:

Pattern Description: The long-sleeved two-in-one T-shirt combines solid colored and striped interlock knit. It has double layer sleeves.

Pattern Sizing: 92-128 I made a 122 for both sons in the width and shortened to 110 length for the younger son.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? They were very easy to follow.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the easily the double layer sleeves went together. The whole shirt was very easy to put together.

Fabric Used: For the older son I used an inexpensive waffle knit. For the younger son I used an inexpensive maybe jersey knit. The contrast red in both shirts is rib knit.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I bound the short sleeve edges in the rib knit and I did not put the stripes on the short sleeves.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? DEFINITELY!!

Conclusion: This is a fantastic basic shirt. You can do so much with this style shirt. You can use this pattern over and over as a basic starting point and make many different looking shirts. I will get tons of use from this pattern. Oh, next time I would be more careful not to pull the binding too tight on the sleeves.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a great day!

Until next time...

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Superior Threads Giveaway

I usually don't do two posts in one day but right now I have the time. I could probably do 5 with all the different things I could write about. I have a few finished garments, a sweater in the works, quilt blocks and blankets. But I don't want to go into those things right now. I just want to do some quick blogging in order to quickly get back to sewing.

Superior Threads is having a giveaway on their new blog. I love Superior Threads. I use their So Fine thread for constructing garments. It is such wonderful thread. There is hardly any lint at all. My machine stays so clean using it. When I first purchased some thread I thought it was a bit expensive. But once I started using it I was hooked. It stitches beautifully and so smoothly. For me it is worth every penny. And actually it is cheaper per yard. The up front cost is a little more but it will last a long time if you get the big cones.

Check out their website for all their products. They carry tons of different quilting and embroidery threads and many other kinds too. They have lots of great info on their website, in their newsletters, and I think on their blog in the future.

Thanks for stopping by again. Have a great day!

Until next time...

Happy Valentines Day!

This picture is a part of my new blog that I wanted to share with you. I am not sharing this because I think that you will be interested but because it shows that I am working toward fulfilling the things I set out to do at the beginning of the year.

I have started a new blog called Capturing Each Day. Each day I will post a picture that I have taken that day of something relevant to my life. One of the things I really want to do this year is to get better at taking pictures. The only way to do this is to consistently take them. So this blog is an attempt at stretching myself toward better picture taking abilities. The pictures are not great but hopefully in time they will get a lot more interesting. If you want to take a look please do but it is not at all crafting related. Although some pictures I am sure might be since it is a big part of my life.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a Happy Valentines Day!

Until next time...