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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Some Time To Sew - "It's A Wrap"

I've not taken ill or gotten lost on the freeway....I have been finishing up packaging the last of the Anniversary Celebration prizes.  I still have three to ship and only two to be claimed.  Not bad ay?  That was an incredible amount of work and I had no idea when I came up with the idea that it would require so much time and they say....ignorance is bliss :)  I had a ball and it seemed like many of you did I would say that was a successful party.

My girlfriends in PA meet and stitch on Tuesdays.  Every Tuesday I think of them and wish I were there stitching with them.  I am there in spirit and sometimes even via phone....but it has been since Thanksgiving since I've been there in body.  So when my girlfriend Rosemary called and said she wanted to get together today (Tuesday) to sew, I said YES...feet don't fail me now. 

For a long time I have wanted to make one of the projects from It's A Wrap. written by Susan Breier.

Rosemary actually took the time to read the beginning of the book for directions.  I typically jump in and only refer to the instructions if I fail....anyone else do that?  Crazy isn't it?  But I do it anyway.....not always....but many times. 

This is the clothesline we used and here are the Amy Butler Fabrics I used.  Susan recommends cutting your strips either 1/2 or 3/4 inch wide.  Both Rosemary and I decided we liked the 1/2 inch strips the best.  Somehow they just seemed easier to wrap.

I could not help but say, "Don't Pull the Rope MO!!"  Naturally Rosemary is looking at me sort of funny because it makes no sense to her...LOL.

This is MO Doodle....and he does what we did....He pulls the rope!!!

Yep....somehow we could not help was funny.  Twice we had the rope all messed up and had to get it untangled. 

These are Rosemary's fabrics all cut and ready to go.

Susan recommends using glue to attach the fabric every so often.  Rosemary preferred a glue stick and I preferred Roxanne's Basting Glue.  She found it difficult to squeeze the bottle (it hurt her hand) and the glue stick worked better for her.  I liked the way Roxanne's glue it is good to know what you like to work with.
This was as far as I got today.  I found it very relaxing to wrap the fabric onto the clothesline. 
One way to keep your rope untangled....wrap it around your hand and then put it into a Ziploc bag and close the bag up to just the end.  Then when you are working your rope is not long enough to trip you as you walk away....or get all tangled....of if you are anything like me.....I got mine all tangled into Rosemary's 15 yards.  You have to be super talented to be able to do that though!!

Susan recommends starting with a plateso that is what we started with (thanks to Rosemary :).  They would also make lovely glass or mug coasters.  Wouldn't they make some really fun gifts?  I want some but I'm afraid my co-workers will use them as mini frisbees....and they will be flying all over the house.



Denise said...

I'd say that you DESERVED some girl time, after a 30+day giveaway!!!
Happy Tuesday:)

SewCalGal said...

I can certainly understand how time consuming it would be to mail out 30 (31, 32) days of giveaway prizes....and many days had multiple prizes. You must have gone thru oodles of tape!

Love the fabrics you have selected for your new bowl. Remember it all starts with a stitch, and with each stitch you'll get closer to finishing it. Your bowl is going to be delightful this summer!


Joy V said...

at last, some time for you - you deserve it....

Barb said...

I can not wait to see it left me hang (get it) finish it up....glad you had a good day!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, that looks like fun! Thank you so much for offering that HUGE giveaway! I got my prize and I can't wait to use it.

Those are some fancy frisbees! Yup, I can definitely see your co-workers having fun with those. You better hide them!


Pat said...

That is going to be such a pretty project when it is finished....looks like fun!

joanne lendaro said...

Love the fabric! Have your friend buy a pretty (cheap, from the local thrift store) and keep the bottle turned upside down in that cup. Makes squeezing easier with all the stuff in the end. Do this with my Elmers' that I use for bindings.

I think you need to make those boys some mini frisbees...share your hobby...

ByTheSea said...

I just found your blog... I have really wanted to try one of those wrap bowls.. I cant wait to see your project done.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

The bowl making looks like so much fun and a great diversion from what you have been doing Kelly!

WoolenSails said...

That was a lot of gifts to a lot of happy ladies.
I think a break and some me time is much deserved.


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