Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Covid-19 Haze

 Saturday we got our 2nd dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.  I was prepared to feel icky as many people had said the real reaction happened after their second dose. (Except for my friend Creagh that said all she experienced was a sore arm...I remained hopeful) We took it easy Saturday afternoon when we got home, but by Saturday night the fever, headache, body aches and nausea started. Sunday I thought I was going to die and yesterday I prayed to be put out of my misery! I made it through to day 3 and can finally see the light! I was able to drink a cup of coffee this morning, which did a lot to quell the headache and finally ate something.  It was rough, but I can only imagine how much worse actually contracting the virus would be. I'm grateful that I was able to get the protection against that deadly virus. Today I will regroup and catch up on all the things we've let go for the last few days. Hopefully I will make it to the sewing studio to start working on all the projects I have cut out. I pray you are all well and have time to create!

Friday, April 23, 2021

Happy Friday

 Happy Friday!  It's a new day, ripe with possibilities.  What am I going to do? Not sure yet, but you can bet it will be fun! (If your idea of fun includes sewing)

Projects I'm working on:

The Sew House Seven Burnside Bibs. Funny story...when my husband and I moved to Vancouver,  Washington (back in the late 70's), I was just learning my way around Portland.  Tom would send me for parts sometimes.  No matter where I got lost, I always ended up on Burnside and could find my way home across the Burnside bridge! Our daughter lived on Burnside for awhile (up near 23rd, not crack town!!) I shudder when I think about how Portland has become 😥  Enough about that...this is a sewing blog!

Flag Quilt. I started working on the Flag pattern I picked up at the quilt shop in Westport,  Washington when we were out adventuring. I am sewing her on my new white Singer featherweight that Tom gave me for my birthday.  I have named her Pearl and she sews like a dream. I always like to make a special project with each new machine I get. Does anyone else do that? Maybe you don't collect old sewing machines like I do. 😁

Crochet vest.  I've been hooking it lately.  I vacillate between knitting and crochet in my yarn projects.  I have a large yarn stash, and my feelings lately is to use up what I have. The vest is an interesting chevron pattern and I'm close to finishing it. It's in shades of pink and burgundy that will go well with the burgundy Jeans when I get them made. 

I pulled some black and white polka dot ITY for Inside the Hems jumpsuit sew along in May.  We are making the Love Notions Sunday Romper, which is the Friday Feature pattern this week. You can get it for $5.00 today only. It's a great pattern!  I made one last summer and am happy to get another version in my wardrobe!  Love Notins has a new pattern coming next week...the Ballad top and dress. Be on the lookout for that because it looks to be a winner!

Well, I better get to seeing what this day has to offer...hope you are doing what you love!

Friday, April 16, 2021

 Hello my Sewing Friends! I've missed you! I didn't mean to stay away so long, but well...life happens! I wanted to let you know that I am starting a new vlog over on YouTube called...wait for it...Mary is Sewfast! I know...so original, but it will make a great tie in with the blog. 

What I've been up to...I just finished quilting my Quiltville Grassy Creek mystery quilt and have it on the bed. I wasn't sure I liked it when I finished piecing it, but now that it is done and on the bed...I love it. The blue gray background colors are pulled out with the blue walls and makes the blocks pop. Sometimes you have to see a project through to the end to see how it will turn out. Quiltville Grassy Creek mystery quilt here.

Next up, I have some Sew House Seven Burnside bibs cut out in a beautiful green twill, and I have plans for some burgundy Jean's (still considering which pattern to use. I need to make some new sports bras as well, so I will be whipping some of these up.

Thank you for checking back in with me. I hope to return to a more active blog presence and learn how to make interesting sewing content on my new YouTube channel. Catch you soon.



Friday, January 11, 2019

I'm In!

Anyone else participating in the Pattern Review Sewing Bee? Time to go shop the stash...

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Last Post of the Year

Almost the only post of the year!!! Ah, well...maybe 2019 will bring more blogging or vlogging. Time will tell. Been busy-you know this retirement gig is not for sissies! I have been warming the jumpseat in the groomer while Tom does the heavy lifting. We went out for a ride with our friends Jim and Louise yesterday and had a blast. I start jury duty tomorrow. Hopefully I won't be needed this week so I can go grooming with Tom. Working in the studio when I can. I put away Christmas today and cleaned house. Enjoyed watching the squirrels and birds that we are feeding. What can I say, I'm my Mother's daughter!  Put the new bridge on my practice violin, but not playing because the Seahawks are on. Enough rambling...quilt blocks need to be made. See ya next year!!!

Thursday, October 18, 2018


Anybody still out there??? I have not posted in almost a year!!! Years people!
Blogging used to be something I did daily once upon a time! And then life changed, as it always does, leaving me with no time to blog. It became "one more thing" and I didn't need another chore. But the pendulum has swung again and I do have time for such things, but the blogging community seems to have moved on. I still follow blogs, but now what I really enjoy is listening to the new iteration...VLOGs! I love Rachel at Stitched Up; Lindsay of Inside the Hem; Liz Sews; Rachel and Nikki-The Stitch Sisters and more! I thought I might give vlogging a shot and when I checked my YouTube channel, I see I already have 2 subscribers! What???!!! I did do a Fabricmart haul videoa few years back when I entered their bundle contest. I still love their bundles, but have not bought any in quite awhile. I haven't really bought alot of fabric except for the occasional remnant at JoAnns (I'm a sucker for remnants) because truly I have a magnificant stash and need to sew from it! I think I will do a best of the stash haul video to inspire me to get cracking with those gorgeous fabrics that have been waiting for their time to shine! I'll work on that! What I have been doing is alot more quilting and of course sewing knits! I am loving big warm sweaters and fleece tops. Tom says "You are really into wearing blankets right now, aren't you? Yep, it's getting cold again and blankets are what I need. I will sign off now as we are getting ready to go to the snow show, but will leave you with a picture of my precious babies and I playing in the snow last year.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Vogue 9224

I sewed today! Actually I have been sewing on a quasi-regular basis, but I don't think you want to see 9 pair of flannel pj pants! The flannel is pretty nice though...Tom's are all wildlife prints and I have really got into foxes. Love a good flannel sale! Today I made up Vogue 9224, a handkerchief hem tunic. I used a colorful ITY knit from  Fabricmart. The only change I made is I cut the front on the fold to eliminate the front seam because I didn't want to break up the print. I cut a size medium, but I think the next one I will size down to a small because there is plenty of room. I'm thinking it will look adorable this spring with a pair of white leggings and flats.