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How many projects at one time are too many?

Posted by sewindulge on March 13, 2012 at 8:55 AM

How exciting!  I am working on a chennile quilt (beautiful green and pink floral), smocking a baby heirloom dress, smocking a light green top for a dress for my granddaughter, a peach and brown Mystery quilt and trying to finish a Hawaiian applique top.  That does not count all of the other started projects that got moved to the back of the line.  Too numerous to mention!  My sew group are in the process of planning a beautiful french braid quilt - can't wait, but I must!  How many projects going are too many?  I keep all of my started projects in neat little plastic shoebox containers (labeled of course), to keep the projecct in tact.  Then as time allows, I work on them.  What are you doing with your unfinished projects?  How many projects are too many?  I will be posting pictures as I complete them.  Stay tuned....I will finish some of them.

Latest Projects

Posted by sewindulge on February 11, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Posting my latest projects.  I am learning how to smock and getting back into my love of heirloom sewing.  Hope to post many more in the very near future.  Check out the pictures in Photo Gallery - Newest Projects!

 

The Dreamer Experiment

Posted by sewindulge on February 5, 2010 at 9:27 AM

I think I have always dreamed of running my own business! I just think that way. I have had numerous ideas throughout the years. Of course, I thought they were "brilliant!" In the early years of my marriage, my husband would tell me all the reasons that idea would not work. I thought of him as the "dream squasher!" Don't get me wrong, he is very practical and I have found that many of his sqashings have been for my own good. Anyway, a change occurred when he heard someone on the radio explaining NOT to discount the dreamer! Hmmm. These are the great ideas that have transformed our lives as we know it. He no longer told me how that would not work, but now he "encouraged" the idea. Now this was a new concept. I was now faced with my own confidence and could no longer blame him for not supporting me. So, this time when I threw the idea about Sew Indulge to him, he actually said that he thought it was a "good" idea. That was the green light to try. So here is the experiment of a dreamer. I started down the path of starting my own business. I applied for a business license, created a web site, and a few thousand hours later here we are. Actually selling my idea! I admit I have a long way to go, but I am rolling. I also being practical, am trying to start up my company on a "shoestring" (they call it). I have learned just naive I am! I thought by having a website, people would just arrive! I quickly found out there are alot of other people out there selling and offering services. I am trying to connect with people using the newest social sites available. It really is hard work trying to figure out what others want and how to get the word out. Follow along with me to see just how far this dream will take us!

My Feel Good Room

Posted by sewindulge on February 3, 2010 at 9:21 AM

A few years ago I noticed that when I walked into my sewing room, I was instantly inspired!  I noticed that it made me smile.  Right then I started calling it my "Feel Good Room". 

I have not always had a "sewing room" or Studio.  It was not until we moved to Oregon and were able to buy a house with an extra "office" or "bedroom".  I remember my then teenage son saying he wanted that room!  I had already called it.  It was very exciting to finally have a room that would contain all of my craft and sewing stuff!  I love my room! 

This morning while pondering the work day, I went in just to eat breakfast.  I started looking around and saw a very special gift that was made for me, many, many years ago, by a very dear friend, Angie Woods, who passed away way too soon from breast cancer.  Angie was an avid crossstitcher!  She was an extremely talented crafter and we spent many hours sale shopping for the latest craft supplies.  We went through good times and bad times together.  We would drag our small children with us to the fabric stores and spend hours there.  (My son to this day says he will not go into a fabric shop!)  Silly boy.  The gift, a hooped cross stitched wallhanging with the word "Friend"  Proverbs 17:17.  The hoop had lace hot glued all around.  Remember these?  When this was the "big" thing, I think we must have purchased those wood hoops by the case!  I still have some! 

Sewing and crafting have changed so much in the past 30 years!  I now have a "fancy" sewing machine that I can create and sew out a cross stitched design in a fraction of the time it took her to create those gifts.  I know she would be amazed at how far the technology has come in the past 30 years.  I know if she were here, she would be doing all the latest crazes with all the latest technology.  I miss her.  Posting a picture of the gift.

 

 

Mother Daughter Aprons

Posted by sewindulge on January 1, 2010 at 9:06 PM

I made these for my daughter in law, Mary  and granddaughter, Gracie.  They were a lot of fun to make! 

Red Skins Fan Quilt

Posted by sewindulge on January 1, 2010 at 9:00 PM

All I can say is "wheww".  What a Christmas Season!  I finished everything on my "list".  I still do not know how that happened, but I am sure exhausted!  I had 2 stockings, 2 aprons, 1 table runner, and 1 quilt!  I made this Red Skins Quilt for my favorite son in law!  He is a great fan.  Hopefully the quilt will bring his team some luck!

Just finished Christmas table runner

Posted by sewindulge on December 14, 2009 at 7:22 AM

I have a huge "To Do" list for Christmas, as I am sure you do as well!  Just finished one on the list.  A Christmas table runner.  I purchased a long flat 3 section serving dish and then  coordinated the colors with this table runner.  I just realized that my camera does not show the colors as well as I'd like.  The green is a pretty apple green.  Oh well.  Here it is.

Butterfly Quilt for Saige

Posted by sewindulge on November 25, 2009 at 9:26 AM

A new Butterfly quilt to welcome my newest granddaughter Saige Marie!  Her mother requested butterflies in purple and Sage with soft dessert tones.  I embroidered the butterflies in random squares and used a floral with small flowers.  What do you think?  I hope she loves it!

 

Just finished a old old project!

Posted by sewindulge on October 17, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Wow!  Does that ever feel good to finish an old project!  When I took this class in Counterchange smocking, my grandchildren had not even began to happen.  I did not even know if I would be blessed with a grand daughter.  I chose the size 3 dress and began.  My teacher was a skilled heirloom sewing expert and I learned so much from her.  The dress has french seams, the bodice has lining that has lace and piping.  The dress has sat in an unfinished stage for many years.  I thought that this would be a great time to finish it as my 2nd grand daughter Gracie is having her 2nd Birthday!  I can't wait to see her in it.  Hopefully, she will have this heirloom to pass on to her children.  I thought you might like to see the finished product.  Happy Birthday Gracie!  and Happy Sewing!

 

Princess Nightgown

Posted by sewindulge on September 21, 2009 at 7:56 AM

What an exhausting, fun filled past few days!  Daughter was here for a wedding with two of my grand babies.  Kate is almost 4 and what a precious little girl she is.  She loves pink and puppies and princesses.  She requested new jammies, as the ones I made her were getting too little!  We took a trip to the fabric store and picked out a "night time gown" and silky flannel back princess fabric.  It had some of the Disney Princesses, Cinderella, Belle, Aurora and Snow White.  She spent the entire time with me as I cut, sewed and ironed her new gown.  Now for the best part... one of the reasons I sew...... look at that smile!


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