I recently splurged and spent some Christmas and birthday gift money on some new bird fabrics. There is always some new bird or parrot-themed fabric that is tempting me to buy it. It used to be difficult to find new bird fabrics, but not any more. There is a wide selection of wild bird fabrics, parrot fabrics, owl fabrics, or feather fabrics to choose from.
Living Wonders- Parrot Paradise
My bird-themed fabric collection now has well over 100 different fabrics. Some I have never used, some are favorites that I have made into various bird and parrot bags and other fabric creations, and some are the last small piece or remnant of a beautiful fabric that I wish I had bought yards of, but did not. Some of those rare pieces are too valuable to use up, so I hang onto them. They will probably get used eventually, but who knows how long they will stay in the fabric stash?
Mid-winter seems to be a creative lull period at Bags of a Feather. The holiday rush is over, it is still along ways until spring, and I usually feel somewhat uninspired to sew anything new. This has happened the last few years, and sometimes I do not sew anything at all for weeks at a time. I did do some garment alterations recently for an elderly family member, including some stretchy knit dress and pants hems. It was fun to use some of the fancy stitches and foot attachments on my Janome sewing machine, and I was happy with the way they turned out.
Tree Full of Finches
The pictures in this post are some new fabrics that are all pre-washed and ready for the creative inspiration to strike to make into new things for my etsy shop- stay tuned!
Unscientific research from all over the world reports that the humble little zipper pouch is one of the most powerful tools for a more organized life.
Each padded pouch is a portable, personalized way to organize your purse, your briefcase, or your frantic morning rush to get out the door on time.
And that’s not all!
A brightly-colored pouch is a helpful way to help locate the loose things that rattle around in the bottom of your big bag, making you frustrated, and leaving you fumbling around for your car keys or change for a cold drink from the vending machine.
Tired of comments from your friends about the lost objects in the depths of your purse? Impress your skeptical lunch companions with the lightning-fast production of your currency or debit card as you wait in the fast-food line!
Book review: ‘Creating Your Perfect Quilting Space- Sewing Room Makeovers for Any Space & Any Budget’
I cannot say enough good things about this book. It has some great ideas for organizing the messiest of sewing spaces. If you are like me, you spend a lot of time organizing the large fabric stash, and then it gradually turns into a jumbled mess after searching for just the right blender fabric, etc. When inspiration strikes, the result is a slightly less organized collection of fabric, until it eventually gets to the total chaos stage.
This book also has some wonderful makeovers of actual quiting studios, and details all the steps taken from beginning to end. Hmmm- wonder if I can convince my significant other to turn our 3-car garage into a quilting studio?
Posted today on the examiner.com- a profile of local quilt artist Julie Brown Neu. I met Julie a few years ago at a craft show in Otis Massachusetts, and we had tables next to each other. She is a great person, and a wonderful quilter who does beautiful work!