Do I look 100?

July 25, 2009

Because I AM! That’s right this is my 100th post. I can’t believe it. Feeling pretty good about it, ya’ll. So, I’m doing a giveaway… my first. Pretty sweet, huh? Okay, so I couldn’t decide on something fantastic to make or do, so I thought fabric is always a hit, right? And my stash needed a face lift, so lucky you for that. Some of it is Amy Butler, some is someone else (I know, helpful, right?) and some is batiks. I’m not sure how the batiks even got there. I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of them, so I hope you are! The batiks are a fat quarter, I think. The others are around 1/4 to 1/2 yard and the pretty one on the bottom is prolly about 1/2 to 1 yard. I know, I’m being very vague. Sorry. I might throw some more in there if I find some others I can part with. Okay, so here’s the dealy. Leave a comment and tell me… hmmm… tell me what you love most about sewing or how you got started. I love to hear people’s story. I suppose if you want another entry, then leave a separate comment telling me that you think I am so fantastic that you are a subscriber or subscribe and then tell me you did (you don’t HAVE to say I’m fantastic, but if you don’t, please tell someone… it might make them warm and fuzzy inside and we could all use a little of that, right? Right! ) Okay, I will pick a winner on Friday, July 31st. Ready… go!

On to some actual sewing now.  My machine is being nasty to me.  I don’t what has gotten into her, but I tried making a shirt applique for my niece’s birthday and my machine didn’t want to play along.


Ugg!  Skipping stitches and just making a mess.  I tried changing the thread, the needle, and cleaning the machine.  Nothing.  Nada.  It didn’t matter.  I’m going to let her cool off and try again tomorrow maybe.  I am also hoping to make these into a cute bag for my older nieces birthday next weekend.  She is turning 15 and I thought these fabrics would be fun for her.


So, hopefully I will have a great bag to show later this week.  And a new and improved shirt that my machine did fantastically.  Holding my breath.

Ta for now and smooches to ya.  Oh, and good luck on the giveaway!  I hope you win… yeah, you… I know, I play favorites like that!

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27 Responses to Do I look 100?

  1. Sweet Apron Action « Dixie Mango on August 21, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    […] and in case you were all waiting with baited breath about the shirt saga, I tried again with a new shirt and a fresh start and here is the finished […]

  2. Sandy on July 29, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Congratulations on your 100th post! My favorite thing about sewing? None of my friends sew,so they think I’m a lot more talented than I really am! lol

  3. Tamara Bell on July 29, 2009 at 5:06 am

    I started sewing in school and then drifted a way from it, i rediscovered the joy last year…what do i love most about it? its an escape…and its rewarding at the end!

  4. Angela on July 27, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    I just started recently so I could make beautiful clothes for my daughter, Ella. For her twin, Owen, too, but boys are a bit harder!

  5. Tricia L. on July 27, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Congrats on 100 posts! I’m about to do a 100th post giveaway too.

    I got started in sewing in 8th grade in home ec. It was love at first stitch. I sewed so much, I burned out the motor in my great grandmother’s old Singer machine within a year! I gave it up while in college but now I’m back and I missed it so much!

    Congrats again!

  6. Laurin Boeving on July 27, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    I’m a subscriber to your blog and love to see all the fun things you do!

    I started sewing about 2 years ago when a few of my friends were sewing for their girls and I just couldn’t get over the cuteness they created! My first dress for my daughter = not so cute, but it got me started…now I can’t stop!

  7. michele on July 27, 2009 at 10:33 am

    OK- so I have this amazing friend who has become not only my friend, but a true Sister in Christ who holds me accountable for things that I would normally probably let slide. She is beyond inspiring – she is an amazing wife, a Godly mother and a beautiful spiritual mentor for me. So anyhoo, this friend is going to teach me how to sew & I can hardly wait. I have always wanted to sew, but never could make the time to take a class. Now I have the inspiration and the time to learn.
    Well, my friend/gift from God is actually CARRIE! I don’t want to win any fabric, I just wanted everyone to know how great she is! xo

  8. Andi on July 27, 2009 at 9:57 am

    I found you through the SMS forum and always look forward to hearing what you are up to – congrats on your 100th post!!

    My grandmother discovered quilting when I was a young teen, and because she loved it so much she thought I would too and for my 13th birthday bought me a bunch of quilting supplies and let me pick fabric from her stash for my first quilt. I was excited until I found out how much precise cutting was involved and I never got past cutting the fabric…. Fast forward a few years to being a student and needing curtains for my windows so I took my machine to school and sewed curtains…and then a draft stop…and then a whole family of puppets for a class project…and then I figured while I was at it I should finish that quilt I started when I was 13….and I was hooked! I’ve been sewing ever since, but definitely with more intensity in the last few years and I love it!

  9. Christine on July 27, 2009 at 9:33 am

    hmmm, forgot the sewing part. i have always done a little sewing but as soon as i started following blogs, i really wanted to do more. now i just sit around and think of all the sewing i could be doing if was not stuck at this work desk!

  10. Christine on July 27, 2009 at 9:32 am

    congrats on the 100 mark! you know i adore you and your blog!

  11. Jen V on July 26, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Congrats on your blog-o-success. I can’t recall exactly the first time that I sewed but it must have been middle school home ec class. As a college student I inherited an old machine that gave me fits every ten minutes. Despite its poor temperment and my ensuing temper, I finished my first baby quilt. The machine was relegated to the garage. Many years later, I had my son, quit working and borrowed a beautiful new machine. I sewed another baby quilt and discovered how amazing sewing is when you don’t have to fight with your machine constantly. The loaner had to go home and I went out bought my own. I’ve been whipping up things for my son (now 2) every since along with bags and whatever other whimsy I have. I love sewing. I love my machine. I love the sewing community on-line and locally. Thanks for being part of this creative, generous & supportive community!

  12. gardengeekette on July 26, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    My mom taught me to sew when I was little… and I’ve been sewing ever since! Recently one of the things I have appreciated most about sewing (besides the fun, physical end-product) is the fact that it takes my whole mind. So I end up sewing for stress relief, because it allows me to stop thinking about the things that are stressing me out!

    Congratulations on your 100th post!! :)

  13. Harley on July 26, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    And I think you’re fantastic (glad I found you on SMS) and I subscribe :D

  14. Harley on July 26, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    I love the freedom that comes with sewing. You can make just about anything, any way you want to. And the fabric… oh the fabric :D

  15. Margie on July 26, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    I forgot to say Happy 100Th & your blog is the best!!

  16. Margie on July 26, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    I first began sewing in junior high in home ec class. I made something that looked like a pair of pull on shorts. Then I made a simple dress for 4-H class & won a ribbon in the county fair. I didn’t sew anything until I was an adult & 27 years old. My mil passed away from cancer & I inherited her machine. I began making all kinds of things. I even made my dh shirts,pants,& a vest. I sewed everything that I could. I made dresses & aprons & skirts for myself. I kept complaing to my dh how I NEEDED a freearm machine to make my life easier so he had me pick out which machine that I really wanted & got it for me for christmas. The following year I talked him into a simple serger. Now I lust after an embrodiery machine. I now mainly sew purses,clothes,pillows & lots of alterations. I can’t imagine not sewing almost everyday.

  17. Kaye on July 26, 2009 at 9:20 am

    You look like a great 100!

    I started sewing when my son was 6 weeks old. During the last week of my maternity leave I went to spend a week with my folks. My step dad was very ill and not expected to last. In fact, everyone was shocked that he was still here! He has a very strong will. He luckily was at home thanks to the good people at Hospice. We spent alot of time at the house and my mom decided to show me how to make a baby quilt for my new baby boy. We raided her stash and got to work on a log cabin quilt with the help of Eleanor Burns and Quilt in a Day Books. After that I was off and running. My son is 12 now and I have made several quilts and almost all of them have been given away as gifts. A few years ago a friend and I decided to start making things for craft shows and my sewing has really blossomed since then. This summer I have even started making a few clothes. That is my sewing story!

  18. Beatrix on July 26, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Happy 100!!!! … and many more. Great fabric give away. I am not so much a fan of batics either, but I love the Amy Buttler prints.
    What I love about sewing?!: It’s “ME” time and relaxing.

  19. Jackie on July 26, 2009 at 9:10 am

    I found your blog on the SMS forum!

    I’ve just started sewing a bit. I went to the QuiltFest in my town in the fall and decided then and there that it was time to quit putting off learning to quilt. Then I discovered blogs and my interest is being sparked to maybe do other types of sewing.

  20. Beth on July 25, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    I do think you are fantastic!

    Oh – sewing story. I took one sewing class in the 6th grade and one in middle school, but I could never figure out how to thread the machine. It made no sense to me.

    I restarted sewing after my first was born on my grandmother’s sewing machine. A friend had made her daughter’s christening gown & I decided to try my hand at it. It came out great – except for the one sleeve that I sewed on inside out. No one noticed – except for me! I now have a fear of sleeves. Well, maybe not a fear but a heightened sense of awareness and procrastination when it comes to sewing anything with sleeves.

  21. Liz on July 25, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Oh, and I just subscribed! Looking forward to reading more updates!

  22. Liz on July 25, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Congrats on your 100th post! I’m a new visitor, but glad I stumbled here. Love the name of the blog, and your daughter is super cute! Mine are just about to turn two, and it seems like yesterday they took their first steps.

    As for a story, my mom taught me how to sew on her old, heavy Singer. I used to make “pillow” after “pillow” with scraps of fabric and some polyester stuffing. The height of entertainment. :-) I think she and I once made my Halloween costume together (scarecrow, a success) and a formal dress (purple satin and black velvet and an absolute disaster that we can now laugh about).

    The quilting, though, was all me. No one else in my family quilts, but I just love it!

  23. Cindy on July 25, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Congrats! I’m not a subscriber but I do visit frequently from SMS. I’ve been sewing since I was a little girl. My mom sewed and she would give me bits to do particularly if it was something for me. So I started with handsewing, hems and buttons, etc. Then doing some of the easier parts on the machine, eventually doing the topstitching, which I later found out was because she didn’t like to do it, lol! When I went to college she gave me one of her machines to take with me, I promptly discovered that I had never cut and sewn an entire garment by myself! Generally my mom sewed because it was hard to find things in the store that fit us and it was cheaper to make-over something we already had. One of my favorite stories is about her making two pairs of pants for me out of one pair of my dad’s old Navy dungarees. What I love most is that I can make whatever I dream up in my head and it is one of a kind.

  24. Renee G on July 25, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    My favorite part about sewing is selecting the pattern and fabric, then cutting it out. It’s right about here that my inspiration dies on those projects I’m not crazy about. (Or that I don’t have to finish for a birthday, anniversary, etc.) My other favorite part is admiring the project once I’m done.

    I’ve sewn off and on since I learned in high school. My favorite thing to make is Halloween costumes for my boys. They are also so much fun, and I can be creative.


  25. Ariane on July 25, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Congratulations on your 100th post. I started sewing last August. I mean really sewing. I had hemmed a few pants before then and made few other little things. But I made my first quilt last August. I needed a hobby. Something that I could use my creativity, and that was relaxing for me. Something that was for me. Since then I made 5 baby quilts, 3 twin size quilts, 1 queen size quilt, 3 mini quilts, table runners, placemats, half a dozen bags, toys, clothing. I’ve become addicted. I have 5 quilts on the go right now. But I love it. I find it very rewarding. And I can share it with others. All the wonderful blogs keep me inspired to keep going. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful projects.
    Hugs!! Ariane :o)

  26. Terra Jones on July 25, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    You ARE fantastic, Carrie! I’m so thankful our paths crossed and we met! I miss seeing you every week…and once we’re back from the beach…it’s french seam time ;-)

    …and I subscribe ;-)

  27. Terra Jones on July 25, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    I got started about 4 years ago. I wanted a purse and I hated everything I saw in the stores. My mom was making a skirt for me and had me go pick out fabric. I fell in love, lol :)

    I made a pretty crappy purse, but it was the first thing I ever sew(ed?) lol I just did it “freehand” no pattern or anything. I kept making them and made a bunch for Christmas gifts and my friends still carry them (who knows why, lol!)

    I’ve gotten a bit better since then, but that’s how I got started!

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