Monday, May 14, 2007

Sewing 101

Okay, so the cake was a hit at the party. At the last minute, I finely crushed some pecans and covered the pink frosting area so none of it showed anymore. Everyone ooohhh and aaaahed when the waiter brought it out after dinner, so I guess it looked good enough. I am sure the dim lighting and the candle helped. Everyone thought it tasted really good and not too sweet, since I did use less sugar. One disturbing thing that happened was that the wait staff helped themselves to the cake without asking us first. I thought that was pretty rude. Someone said that there was 3 slices leftover after all the guests were served, they gave us one extra slice and kept the other 2. I saw them merrily chomping away at my cake. We decided not to say anything and offered the last slice to our waiter. My friend said that perhaps I should take it as a compliment. (We ate at Kum Gang San, a Korean barbecue restaurant on 32nd Street. Be forewarned that they might eat some of your cake if you bring one).

Last weekend, I got to play with my Hello Kitty Sewing Machine again. I am still teaching myself to sew and I have been pretty happy with my efforts.
I made this pin cushion with a piece of scrap cotton for the top and craft felt for the bottom. The scrap of button fabric came from reprodepot.com, it was a freebie they enclosed with my order.


Travel Pouch, from Last-Minute Fabric Gifts. I am so thrilled with the results of this pouch. For someone who is a beginner sewer, I am not sure what made me think that I could sew a zipper. In my mind, a zipper would be a very advanced project. I had consumed a large amount of caffeine and it was 12am on Saturday night. I was wired and wanted a challenge.I followed the instructions very carefully and reread things 2-4 times since I got confused at times and was so scared I would make a mistake. BUT, everything worked out. I sewed a ZIPPER!!! I felt like I conquered something huge! I was giddy as I ran downstairs to show DH and demonstrate my zipper by zipping and unzipping it. He was playing with his new X-Box 360 Elite and managed to pull himself away from the TV screen to look at my zipper sewing. I realized that it was just a tube of fabric with a zipper, so it may not look too impressive yet, so I went back upstairs to assemble the pouch together. It was a bit nerve wracking when I had to cut the zipper because I had never done that before, but the rest of it came together pretty easily. I used a Japanese cotton fabric that has little Fugus (blow fish) on it. The inside is lined with a medium weight solid color cotton fabric. This project is listed under the 1-2 hour project category in the book, but it was a 4-5 hour project for me. I learned so much making this pouch and the end result was totally worth it.

I haven't gotten enough courage to make my first quilt yet. Not quite sure what is stopping me, but it's probably a mental thing. Instead, I decided to sign up for my first sewing class at Purl Patchwork. I am taking Introduction to Machine Piecing and Quilting. We will be making a baby sized quilt. I am so excited!



Recent fabric purchases from Etsy seller, Starlit Nest.

17 comments:

opportunityknits said...

The cake must have been good! It's such a cute pouch and the zipper is sewn on so well! I have yet to conquer my zipper fear :(

rohanknitter said...

Looks like you did a great job. Can't believe they helped themselves to the cake!

Rina said...

Congratulations! That bag is so cute. And I am drooling over your Hello Kitty sewing machine. May I ask you found it? I so want one in pink. :)

Lynn said...

Oh I feel like you haven't posted in forever and that I have so much to say! First of all, I'm glad that everyone loved your cake. It looked delicious and I can't believe you didn't buy it from a bakery.

Your travel bag is so amazing. I forgot that I have that book (bad thing about owning too many craft books), so I will go home tonight and take a look at that. Yours looks so great!

And lastly, I am so freaking jealous that you signed up for a class at Purl Patchwork! I love quilting, but living in California, Purl Patchwork seems like one of those places that only appear to me in dreams...

joyce said...

yay! great beginner projects. i have that book too and have been wanting to sew that pouch...
have fun on making your first quilt. i was surprised how easy it was when i made my first quilt.

Jennie said...

The pincushion & pouch look great.
I still hate zippers & I've been sewing for quite awhile now.

Hope you have fun at the sewing class.

flanthrower said...

Sewing a zipper is a big accomplishment. I still haven't gotten really good at it and I've been sewing now for almost a year. Of course a zipper foot helps.

I love all your fabrics...looks like a lot of cheery and happy colors.

Kristy said...

Your first zipper really looks great-- I'm impressed! Those are really cute fabrics you have picked out. I'm sure that your first quilt will be beautiful :)

schrodinger said...

See! I knew the cake would be a hit. Although I never would have suspected the staff would have stolen slices. Cheeky buggers!

The sewing is looking great.

Ann K. said...

I knew the cake was gonna be a hit! Bummer on the cake eating waitstaff.

I just took a quilting class myself.. am hoping to take a finishing class in the Fall. It was fun!

Oh yeah.. I also tagged you. Come on over to see what for... It's this or you owe me yarn. Or a cake. Or..umm.. cake.

Grin.

Chickengirl said...

Hey wow! I have yet to conquer the zipper! Did you have to get a zipper foot? Thats what I've read. I didnt know I can change the foot on the hello kitty machines...so I havent done that yet.

Funny with the cake at Kum Gang San. I've eaten there before, the food is great. So odd they would just help themselves to the cake.

CynCyn said...

I hope the staff waited until the cake had been served/presented to the birthday gal!
ps. pssttt... got a rec for korean (bi bim bop, preferably dolsat) for me here in Boston?

Angela said...

You've been tagged. Rules are on my blog

john said...

Rude waiters.

And the travel pouch is awesome.

flanthrower said...

you've been tagged!

debbie said...

aloha! i was looking at your 'soft waves' ripple blanket. i too am trying to make a blanket in that pattern but it's looking very odd. can you check mine out at www.puanani.typepad.com and tell me what's wrong - i think it has something to do with the dc2tog decrease, but i'm not sure. i'm using worsted weight red heart "soft yarn" with size E hook. any suggestions would be appreciated. thank you.

Dee Light said...

You've been buisy!! Love it!!