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I need sewing help!

Hey all you sewing people out there! I need some advice. I have a pattern for a small dog that I need to make into a big dog pattern. I have all the necessary measurements and after doing the math, I need to make it 4.5 inches larger all around.

So, below you will see the outline of the original size. Then you will see that I have added the extra length on the sides. That’s where my confusion begins. How do I handle the leg holes? Do I leave them as is? And the neck? Am I correct to add the 2.25 inches above that?

Just a big mental block I am having. I appreciate ANY advice.

Here is the underside of it.





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Long time no post.

It has been too long since I have last posted, but I am ready to get back into the swing of things.  Originally, I planned for this to be a sewing only blog, but over the course of my writing, I have discovered many other things that inspire me and my blog will evolve to include those other things as well.

However, since I am at work writing this, this is all I have for now.

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My week in a nutshell and FSNI results

Ok.  So I forgot it was Friday and I forgot it was the Friday for the Friday Night Sew-In.  It has been a whirlwind rollercoaster ride the past 6 days.  Six days ago I found out my Mom has a brain and lung tumor and was having emergency brain surgery to remove the tumor.  Her health is very good aside from this.  The Head of Neurology was going to do the surgery and assured my parents he has removed hundreds of these types and that there was an almost perfect success rate.I decided I needed to make her a quilt.  I had some jelly rolls so I thought a simple lap size line quilt would be perfect.  The Mr. convinced me to make it big.  I didn’t have enough backing for a large quilt, so I rushed off to Walmart and purchased a 300 thread count flat king sheet.  I got this far prior to the surgery.  Its sitting on my queen size bed.  It will be approximately 65 x 80 inches or thereabout.

Mom had her surgery on Wednesday. I was and still am in shock.  Stunned. Scared.  It’s not something that is easy to process and I can’t imagine how it has been for her.  Lucikly, the tumor was not in her brain.  Only pushing against it.  The surgery took 1 hour and 45 minutes in total.  Twenty-four hours after the surgery, she was up walking and climbing stairs.  Assisted by her Physio Therapist of course, but mobile so fast.  Mom wa discharged today.  Discharged 48 hours after having brain surgery.  I am in awe at the level of care she received and how great she is doing.  She has definately exceeded my expectations.  My mom is my hero.  The strongest person I know.   Tonight, I managed to free motion half the quilt.  I wanted to present it to her tomorrow.  She knows about.  She will just have to wait another couple days for me to complete it.

I love you mom!

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FNSI Results

Last night I participated in the Friday Night Sew-In.   I had many projects to complete but chose to complete this purple and green sling bag.   It has a magnetic closure, a large zipper pocket and a standard size regular pocket. Very simple, but I am glad I completed it as I sold it shortly after.   A very successful night to ease back into sewing.  Oh, and sorry for the poor quality of the picture.  Too lazy to get the good camera out.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


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It’s Friday, Friday, Friday…

It’s been a while since I have blogged or participated in the Friday Night Sew-In, but that is exactly what I am going to do tonight.  I have been on a sewing slump.  Too much fabric and not enough ideas or motivation and a large mending and scrap cutting pile begging for my attention.  Last night I tackled them and got all my scraps cut and mending mended.  Tonight, I have many things I could do.  I could finish the picnic blanket quilt top I started over a year ago or finish a half made sling bag.  I have some fabric to “try” and make doggie boots for the winter and a greatful tester to try them out since I don’t have a dog.  I am also looking at making some small Christmas gifts, and I have a lovely pattern named “This and That” that I won from Wedding Dress Blue back in July.  I also have a friend on Facebook that has designed a simple yet beautiful quilt who is providing me with measurements.

So, it’s time to shut the computer off and head home from work to have some quality time with the sewing machine.

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Of Mice and Bags

These are the projects I have been working on lately.

Catnip stuffed mice for 4 lucky kitties.  They are not stuffed here yet.

Sling Bag for Mother’s Day

Makeup bag for Mother’s Day

Sling Bag Birthday Present for Tiese

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Bag Blogger

I have been a bad blogger.  I apologize.  I have been following through with my goal of feelings, I just haven’t posted about it.  I have finally allowed myself to grieve and cry over the loss of my Opa.  I have learned that I can still cry and be strong and that in itself is a wonderful realization.

I have been busy though.  I have been sewing. I bought myself a Kobo e-reader and am reading a lot again.  Both of my cats are making sure I spend ample quality time with them and the home renovation saga continues.  Kitchen tiles need the grouting completed, ceiling and walls need painting and wallpaper accent wall needs to get done.  Oh, and the trim needs painting too.  And this is only in the kitchen!

I have been to the doctor and tested negative for Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis, but I now need to see a Rheumatologist to figure out what is causing the pain flare-ups.  Good and bad news right?

But now, it’s time for bed.  Hope you all have a peaceful evening and I promise to try to post more often and promise to post pictures soon of my projects.  Some are gifts and I can’t post until they are received!

In the words of a dear blogger friend, Bee Well.


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Kitty Couch

It’s been a great week for me. My mood is good. I have more energy than normal and I have reacquainted myself with my sewing machine!

My parents are winter Texans and last year they brought home meters upon meters if fabric for me with a simple request of making a bed for one of their cats. Almost a year has passed and this past week I have fulfilled their request.
Buster, and his sister Dusty are Maine
Coons. Dusty is an average size cat. Buster, well, he is 25 pounds and is 42 inches long and is NOT overweight. Here they are laying on a kitty quilt I made them in the summer.


I decided not to make a typical cat bed as Buster is not a typical cat. I found and purchased the pattern and followed the directions to the most part. It called for lining to hold the foam beads used in bean bag chairs. I will not use lining again for this. The static between the two is horrible and the lining is annoying to work with. Inexpensive broadcloth would have worked much better. Here are the insides. The outer fabric is removable for washing and all the pieces are held together with 2 inch strips of Velcro.


And here is the finished product already being used by my little munchkin!


The bed is 2.5 feet long and is 8 inches off the floor. I am definately making another one and know what minor changes in the pattern to make it easier to put together. Buster, hope you like it but until you get home in 3 weeks, Binky is going to test it out for you!

Day 17 of 39


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Where’s the snow?

Today, the forecast called for 10-15 cm of snow. There were severe snow warning alerts issued since last night. We only received a light dusting in the early morning hours and then rain all day with temperatures hovering between 0-5C (32-41F) and I am not complaining one bit! For me, this has been a great winter so far. Very mild, little snow. Makes me happy!

Today, I chose to work on things that will benefit me directly at work. The company purchased a new help desk some time ago and it fell upon me to set it up and customize it to fit our organization. It is far from being complete and the focus in the past has been on the ticketing aspect of the system. This program integrates with our accounting system and “should” automate the billing reducing my work effort at month end. It does not yet, but I have started the process and it felt great to be doing something that will directly help me. Once I complete this on Monday, I hope to shave an entire day off my tedious month end invoicing routine. Fingers are crossed!

Last night the cake called louder then the sewing machine. Tonight, there is no more cake and I am ready to sew. I have actually found a pattern on-line for a bag that I really like. I think I will add it to my to-do list. But first, I have to finish the kitty couch!

Day # 2 of 39

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Today is a good day!

It’s been quite some time since I have blogged, but not a lot has happened over the past couple months. After the death of my Grandfather and immersing myself into the big quilt project, I found myself rather exhausted and holding in my grief. I decided to take a break from big sewing projects and blogging and just try to relax. Hah! Me relaxing. Funny! It didn’t work.

I have been working on a couple small projects though. I have almost FMQ’d my quilt and I have been making a kitty couch for my mom’s cat Buster. He is a Maine Coon weighing 25ish pounds and approximately 42″ long. He needs his own couch! I have also wanted to make my Grandmother a memory quilt with photos of her and my Grandfather, but I have realized that although I may want to make it, I am not ready to make it. Just writing this makes my eyes fill with tears.

Work is work and I am finally realizing with the help of a great friend Donna W. that there are things that I cannot change no matter what. She has helped give me tools and tips to make my days more productive, organized and less stressful for me and how to not stress over things that are not my responsibility. Heck, accounting duties are a full-time job in itself so why freak out about everything else?

I want to thank my friends over at BEEGRAZIANI and Wedding Dress Blue for emailing me to find out where I have been and for keeping me in their thoughts over the past little while. And my friends at Huckabee’s Place–you know who you are! And not to forget my Mom and Dad. Even from a distance they are always by my side. And last, but not least, the MR. My hubby. You are my rock. Thank you for just being there. I love you!

I have always been the strong on the outside and bottle it up on the inside kind of person. Who knew it would lead to feelings of exhaustion! I have been going to bed earlier. I try to make it to the gym but that doesn’t always happen! And I practice yoga breathing multiple times a day. Admitting I can’t always be the strong one has been hard for me and I still struggle with it. I am like my mother that way who is also like her mother. I come by it honestly. I am not Catholic, nor do I practice religion although I do have my beliefs and respect those beliefs of others, but I am participating in my own kind of Lent this year. I am giving up my “I am strong and suffer in silence” ways and I will ask for help. I will admit when I am defeated. I will openly feel emotions. I will grieve.

My goal for the next 39 days is to document how I feel in my blogs. They might be long-winded. They might be short. They will be my emotions at the time of writing. They may also include sewing projects.

Today is a good day. I went for 2 walks, did not need a nap to make it through the day and I have cried. I feel happy and am surrounded by love and my sewing machine is calling me and so is a piece of chocolate cake!

Day # 1 of 39

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