Friday, March 18, 2011

I sewed something!

After much deliberation, I finally bought a sewing machine. (Not my first one, but the first one was crap so we didn't get along)
This is the lucky gal I picked
The Brother CE-5500PRW. She's been awesome so far, totally blows my first sewing machine out of the water.

I spent the first two days getting to know all (or most of) the stitches and how the machine works. But yesterday I tackled my first project!

We have an awesome store in Yelm (where I live) called Geegee's Quilting Inc. Jack and I went to check it out the other day. To say I was overwhelmed, would be an understatement. They have so much fabric. I can't even explain.. it was like diving into Mary Poppin's bag. Every corner you turned there was another nook with another collection of fabrics. No way could I decide on a project and fabric in there but I wanted to get something so I bought a few packages of quilting squares. One set I got was all spring-y fabrics, can't go wrong with that?
Now what to do with them...

How about some nifty placemats to get you in the spring-y mood!

Pretty simple process actually. I finished them both during Jack's naptime. The fabric was already cut into 5" x 5" squares. So I sewed them into columns of 3, ironed the seams, and then sewed the columns togethers to make a 3 x 4 rectangle.

And I had just bought some more dishtowels.. (because we ruined some of ours cleaning up all the primer that Jack spilt) So I just used one of those for the backing.

So what do ya think? Not to shabby 'eh?


  1. Those are AWESOME!! Ive wanted a sewing machine for ever so Im jealous!!
    Using the dish cloth as backing was a really good idea

  2. I love them! When I get out my sewing machine it's a scene from a horror movie. I don't know why I have such trouble with it.

  3. That looks better than anything I've ever sewn! lol However i was bored one summer and made jean purses....i was in jr. high don't make fun of me :) lol

  4. Those are great! I love the bright colors!
    Just finished a basic sewing series--a pillowcase! If you follow along and link up your finished pillowcase, you can win some fun prizes! I hope you can join!