Stuffed Pumpkin

I love pumpkins. Pumpkin anything. Pumpkin everything. Pumpkin this. Pumpkin that. All pumpkin, all the time. Every Fall, it’s an obsession.

It’s only natural, then, that my daily fabric obsession would meet my Autumnal pumpkin obsession and make friends.

A stuffed fabric pumpkin!

Flowers are for Fall, too!

My fabric and pumpkin obsessions are well acquainted.

Many stuffed fabric pumpkins!

Lots of stuffed fabric pumpkins!

Best friends, even. I’ve  introduced them to my lesser embroidery obsession.

Many stuffed fabric pumpkins!

This is the detail of the embroidery in the background. It’s a design from Crabapple Hill called Autumn’s Harvest Pumpkin #304.

They all get along swell.

Imaginary obsession play-dates aside, I’ve been busy with Thanksgiving preparation. And by “preparation ” I mean “cleaning”.

We’re having a smallish Thanksgiving, just immediate family. Which will be great, but will still require the dining room table. When you use the dining room table as a work station, work gets interrupted when you need the dining room table for, you know, dining. So the dining room is getting fancied up. And the dining room table is getting cleared. And I’m counting our cranberry sauce cans carefully so that we have enough.

We have much to the thankful for this year. I hope that your Thanksgiving is just as blessed as ours is sure to be.

See you later, in the Christmas season! [Christmas Day is about a month away. Don't PANIC!]

Any Excuse Will Do

Do you have one? An excuse. I collect them almost as much as I collect fabric.

I really don’t need an excuse to use up my monstrous fabric hoard stash. I just like making stuff. And when I make stuff, I can then go out and get more fabric to hoard store until I find an excuse to make more stuff. It’s a circle of life type of thing. I find it very moving on both a philosophical and a competitive level.

Onward to the latest excuse: My sketchbooks. I have two. I keep one in my purse and one by my bed. (They are ugly 3.5″ x 5″ paper and cardboard things from Strathmore.) The one I’ve been carrying around in my purse is getting beat up. Also, I’ve been having a hard time finding my lead holder in my monster sized purse. And I’m constantly worried that it’s going to break.  So I decided to make a cover for the sketchbook that has a pencil holder attached. Here’s the result (click a picture to make it big).

The fish sketchbook cover. The finished size is about 4" x 6".

I love it. Here’s another view where you can see the lead holder/pencil holder.

The upsidedown fish sketchbook cover.

I love it so much I’m making another for the sketchbook by my bed when I get my Spoonflower fabric in. Here’s what it looks like open.

The open cover.

I love the green and blue wave pattern on the inside fabric. I think I bought it at Joann’s after making something else. The details are a little unclear, a common problem during a fabric purchasing frenzy.

The Hard Chair Blues

Hard dining room chairs aren’t really meant for long sewing sessions.

I’ve been sewing so much lately that I’m killing my back. I’m trying to improve my posture as I sew and type, but the lack of lower back support in the craft room (at the dining room table) isn’t helping my posture. So I made a pillow cover.

Oh, I’ve been using a pillow at my lower back, but the stinking thing moves and shifts and falls and by the time I’ve sewn for an hour, I’m so frustrated by it that I’ve thrown it on the floor. End result: I’m slumped over the sewing machine once more, frustrated by both my lower back aches and the stupid pillow.

My solution was to make a standard 18″ decorative pillow cover and add ties to the side so I could tie it to the back rails of the chair. Here’s a picture of my sewing area with the pillow in place:

Pretty, pretty pain relief. (I love long fringe on pillows.)

It closes in the back with Velcro so I can wash the thing when I spill something on it. I will spill something on it. I’ve learned that it pays to plan for that which is inevitable. Thus, there is the opening in the back so I won’t have to wash the pillow form terribly often. Because that pillow cover? It’ll be washed weekly. I know these things.