I was psyched when I heard about Selfish Sewing Week, a great idea conjured up by Imagine Gnats and Made with Moxie. At first, I was at a loss about where to start; I don't make clothes for myself, and things for the house are just that — for the house. Annabel and Colton are always sources of inspiration, and I love making things for them. They're doing pretty well with 'made with love by mom' stuff. So. What am I up to?
First Selfish Sewing move: Order fabric. Sunnyside by Kate Spain for Moda is on sale at Vintage Fairytale (mine!).
Then on to Robert Kaufman's solids for 2013 (sold!).
The Summer Salad Blogger Bundle from Pink Castle Fabrics is gorgeous (yes, please!).
I also found a few random things at the Pink Castle Fabrics Skinny Bolt Sale...
Second Selfish Sewing move: Sign up for online sewing classes and take them. Creativebug is having a September sale: For just $9.99 a month you can take as many classes as you want (sure!). You can lock the rate in and keep going at that price per month. I just finished Quilt Making 101: Patchwork by Liza Lucy and Quilt Sandwich by Sue Nickels. It was great to brush up on some things I already knew, and see firsthand how an experienced quilter does Y-seams, for example. Next up? Mod Stripes Quilt Top by Heather Jones and Flying Gosling Baby Quilt by Anna Maria Horner. Oh, and I think Heather Jones has a new Jelly Roll quilt workshop. I'm also planning on a Craftsy class or two. I'm loving the way you can stop and start as need be. Have five minutes and don't feel like unloading the diswasher (no problem!). It's amazing that taking the time to learn something new and exciting can feel selfish, but the kids are clean and fed and not swinging from the ceiling fans, so why not?
Third Selfish Sewing move: Learn how to use new Sizzix Big Shot Pro to cut 2 1/2" squares for my first official quilt! Okay, so it's not entirely selfish as Annabel will be four next week, and she's getting an A.m.e.r.i.c.a.n. G.i.r.l d.o.l.l. (shhh!). So my first quilt is a doll quilt. Cat's out of the bag. Actually, cat's on the quilt pieces that are arranged on the floor. Good thing I took a picture so I could put them back in place. What is it with cats and fabric?
I'd come up with a fourth Selfish Sewing move, but I'm going to have a glass of pinot noir and start my third Creativebug class instead because that's selfish. One could get used to this; I'll keep you posted.
PS - I realize I haven't actually sewn anything yet, but it is only Friday, and I've learned a lot!