Thursday, January 28, 2016

A Sew Together Bag just for me

I decided it was time to make myself a sewing pouch. I've been using a simple one I received in a Mpls Modern quilt guild scrap swap and it's falling to bits. Time for a new one! I've made the Sew Together Bag by Sew Demented (pattern on craftsy) before for a present and wanted to make myself a fancy one. I hauled out the Liberty of London stash and dove in.
The advantage of using Liberty lawn for these pieces is that it's strong but thin, and this pouch can get pretty bulky around the edges. I ironed my interfacing on first to make the slippery lawn easier to cut.
For the inside of the edge pieces I'm using one of my favorite vintage fabrics, this grey floral. It's also fairly thin and goes well with the chintzy florals.
For the exterior of the bag I'm making 3" blocks featuring a mix of current and vintage fabric with Essex linen in Flax. It's so fun to make these tiny blocks! 

Hopefully I'll get a chance to finish this up this weekend.

Saturday, January 23, 2016


I've been spending my free time slowly sorting through my fabric; pulling out bits to sell or pass on. We are leaving our house for a little while this spring and need to pack everything up。This has brought me to the realization that I have more fabric than I can use and a lot of it is not appealing to me anymore. Couple that with the need for $$, to help with the boy's condition, and it's time for a major fabric sell-off. Working with the mantra 'Someday equals never.' running through my head has helped a lot. So far I've sorted about a twelfth of my stuff. It's pretty slow going but therapeutic(☆_☆)

So, who wants some fabric? Follow @rozina_dee on Instagram for a destash in Mid-February or check here for details on a local Minneapolis sale. 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Fabric crisis! (But not the usual one...)

Do you know that feeling? The one where you feel the neeeeed for some such fabric just because you keep seeing it everywhere on social media? There's all the hype of a new print release, a blog hop, giveaways, lots of amazing quilts and bags, 'famous' bloggers and designers going on and on, etc. Sometimes I get caught up in all of that and buy the fabric and sometimes I wait for it to go on sale and buy it then. But I always buy it. Frequently I look at fabric on my shelves and wonder why I bought that or what it's for. Often I don't even like it. I just get caught up in shopping. 

Which should be unlike me. I have always been anti-consumer culture and never buy new if I can help it. I don't buy new clothes, new furniture, new dishes, new cars. Why is my sewing so different?  Goodness knows there is enough printed cotton on this planet already. So why do I keep obsessively buying more fabric than I can sew or afford?

I'm not sure of the answer and I don't think it's a simple one. It has to do with addiction, and hoarding(actual hoarding tendencies, not just funny coffee mug slogans), and wanting to belong to something. There's more to it too. The real question for me now is 'Can I stop?'. 

The other real question, which is less portant, is 'What the heck do I do with all of this fabric?'. Destash coming to an etsy shop near you...