Art? Sewing? Retail? Mental Illness??

Here at the shop I'm pretty open about the fact that I have struggle with mental illness most of my life. One of my more recent break downs came to a crumbling halt when I went to go jump off the Bear Mountain Bridge. Crazy, I know! But mental illness doesn't make sense, mental illness doesn't care that you have customers to attend to. Meds that keep me calm enough to not jump in front of cars don't care that I also have to be able to do math and help people figure out yardage and stuff.

Let's Talk About.... Home Decorating

Home decorating can be both fun and stressful... I mean going through all those books and trying to decide the best style of fabrics as well as color can be tricky. But there are plenty of resources available to you to help you choose the look and the colors you want for your home. Here are a few tips to help you when you come into the store to choose that perfect fabric!

Wrap and Zap Batting

Today I've decided to change it up a bit and do a little information on one of the newer products we have here at the store. Today I want to talk about Wrap and Zap batting. This batting is specifically designed for use in your projects that end up in the microwave. Things like those cute potato wraps or bowl cozies that are so easy and fun to make, especially as the holidays approach. The package comes with a free pattern to make a 'baked potato zapper' and since it is made of 100% cotton there is no more worries it will melt in the microwave!

Pillow Wraps!

All right, I know… I’ve made these empty promises about keeping up on my blog posts before. And life always seems to get in the way of my best intentions. So I’m not gonna promise I’ll do more blog posts. I’m gonna promise that I’m going to TRY to do more blog posts instead! I figured with a new school year, and my little one finally off to Kindergarten it was time to sit down and really put some time into this thing. I’ve also decided to take it in a bit of a different direction- I mean writing about all the things that I’m sewing is great and relevant but sometimes I get so caught up in what I’m sewing and getting it done I forget to take pictures, or I just forget to write about it because I’m on to the next thing already.

My Winter Uniform

I know lately I've been all about quilting. That seems to be my winter category and I have to tell you that as time has gone on, I've really learned to enjoy the process of piecing and have really started to become less and less afraid of free motion quilting. But this post isn't about quilting. I know, I know... It's about time! I wanted to share with you all my 'Winter Uniform'.

Through the last couple of years as I've gained weight, lost weight, gained weight, lost weight, gained weight in weird places and then lost it in weirder places my wardrobe has been all over the map. I sew a lot of my own clothes here at the store for a number of reasons. First of all how am I going to develop my own skills and work on my own challenges if I'm not sewing? And second of all it's a great way to show fabrics and patterns here in the store. So I saw this New Look pattern back in the fall:

I mean it is so simple with clean lines and raglan sleeves I just couldn't help myself. I had to make it. Let me tell you, I've made it at least 4 times now and each time I make it in a new fabric I just love it even more. For the sake of speed and simplicity I left the pocket off and did view 'C'. 

Combined with basic jewelry, leggings and some boots, I'm ready for work, shopping, a quick bite to eat with my hubby or anything else I want to do this winter!

If you haven't tried this pattern yet, i suggest you come in, get yours and get to sewing. Nothing like a cold winter day to sit and make yourself something awesome!!

Happy Sewing!!

 

Eirn

 

Oh the Mystery!

As I sit here on my couch drinking a cup of coffee aI keep thinking it's been a long, long time since I last posted a blog. I don't know why. Maybe I was just too busy sewing and running around to sit down and do some typing. But the New Year is in full swing and in typical Erin style I started it off frazzled and determined to get it all back on track.

Yorktown Grange Fair 2013

Well, it's the official start to the Fall season here in Yorktown as the Grange Fair closes for the  89th time! An annual tradition in Yorktown, the Grange Fair website says: 

As Westchester County’s only true country fair, “planting” is of course appropriately descriptive of the Grange Fair. Because, in addition to carnival games, rides and foods, the Grange Fair also celebrates Yorktown’s agricultural heritage every year with livestock, produce, flowers, and baking exhibits and competitions.

Come ride the ferris wheel, watch baby chicks being hatched and sheep being shorn, snack on funnel cake and cotton candy, walk through the livestock tents, or listen to one of the many local bands performing on the main stage – the Yorktown Grange Fair is a unique, family fun experience with lots to see, do and eat for people of all ages.

And of course the Grange wouldn't be complete without all the exhibits. One of my favorites is the Lego exhibit, but that's for another blog.

This year I decided to enter two quilts that I had done this past year. The first one is known as my 'Apex' quilt. Named after the pattern that the quilt is based on. 

My Apex quilt

Last Spring we got in some cool quick patterns and this one intrigued me. Instead of just taking a panel or large piece of fabric and just sewing borders around and around this one had a bit more of a design element. It was just a but different than the usual. So I decided to go for it. And I mean it seemed easy enough, right? HA! The sewing part wasn't at all difficult and sure there were no major blocks that had to be pieced, but picking the colors was a bit more challenging than what I had originally thought. And believe it or not, the binding was the hardest fabric to pick: It touched almost every single fabric in the quilt. I had to find just the right color so it wouldn't get 'lost' against some fabrics or be too harsh against others. I have never, ever had so many problems choosing a binding before. But I finally settled on the dark brown solid and I think it compliments the colors nicely.

My second quilt in the show was a bit more involved than the first.... I had been working on a bunch of 'Twister' quilts. Twisters are just pinwheels using this cool ruler:

 

Twister Rulers are available at Fabric Mart, come on in anytime to take a look at the ruler and see all the fun you could be having!

And several quilts ago I figured out that you could easily take those little pinwheels and make really cool designs when laying them out. So I picked something that gives a nod to my Irish American heritage (and since at the time St. Paddy's day was right around the corner and all we were thinking about at the store was corned beef and cabbage.) I made this quilt top:

My twisted clover!

Both of these quilts were a ton of fun to make and presented their own unique challenges. But I'm happy with how they came out. If you want to take a closer look they will be at Fabric Mart for everyone to enjoy. 

And now for some shameless bak patting, here are my quilts with their ribbons. 

My Apex quilt won a Blue Ribbon

My clover quilt also won a Blue Ribbon as well as Best in Class!!