Fabric, Friends and A Sewing Project

January 13, 2016
Is there anything better in the world besides fabulous fabric, friends and a sewing project?
Truly there is not except, perhaps a good book, a great pair of high heels and chocolate...

Well, there was not going to be any sewing projects in this house until I found my sewing machine. 
I had hunted high and low for her and naturally she was in one of the very last boxes to get unpacked.

I am not really a true sewing sort of person, I struggle with proper measuring and following directions.
In fact, I made a cute table runner that required not a single stitch- DIY-no sew table runner.

I think I like to sew out of the lines, and that does not make for a straight seam.
But I can put together some simple straight stitches and create a few interesting projects.

I would like to be a more competent seamstress...as many of you lovely ladies are.
I marvel, coo and drool when I see the things you sew, you are amazing and inspire me!

So, I will start out with small, simple projects and see where they will lead me.

I was recently inspired by a lovely and energetic friend who is launching her own line of fabric and she just happened to be in the DFW area.

You just might know this bubbly, delightful, warm, talented and hardworking, sweet blogger,
Kari Anne from Thistlewood Farms.

She was launching her fabulous new collection of fabric at the The Quilt Asylum, in McKinney Texas last week.

There was no way that I was going to miss this launch, so, I hopped in my SUV and headed to McKinney, it is about an hour from Rockwall.

The ladies at the Quilt Asylum were terrific and made everyone feel so welcome.

The launch was amazing, with a very large turn out and I also had the pleasure of meeting
Kari Anne's sister and Bee from Windgate Lane,  another lovely blogger who lives in Plano.

The Simply Eclectic fabric line is incredible, beautiful rich colors and perfect patterns.
These are the pieces of fabric which I purchased, but there are so many more choices.

I have an idea hatching in my mind, and I am not quite sure what direction it will take me,
but I hope to have it all completed within the week, to share with you.

I am so looking forward to this Friday as I am having lunch with two more blogging gals.
Such a treat for me to have this opportunity to connect with many of you talented, articulate, vivacious and creative ladies.

For me it is all about embracing, supporting and uplifting one another and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to meet as many of you as I can!

To my dear and precious readers and comrades in blogging you are amazing!

Let's make 2016 rock!

Wishing you a beautiful Wednesday!

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  1. My dear, dear friend.....

    How I wish we lived near by to each other. I'd be there with ya.

    I wish you happiness as you engage in such fun, and we need to chat! Are you still interested?

    1. Good Morning Dearest!
      Oh I wish that we did too-can you imagine the adventures we would embark on-we probably would never stay home!

  2. Pretty fabric! Now I am intrigued as to what you will do with it and those pretty plates!

    1. Isn't the fabric so, so pretty!
      Well, I have some ideas...let us see if I can make them become a reality:)

  3. How lovely to be inspired by your friend, a fellow blogger. If I lived closer, I would also be there. Glad you found your sewing machine. I wonder what you are cooking up...LOL Looking forward to hearing more about your project and your luncheon. xo

    1. Linda,
      You know I will be out in your area next month-I am going to send you an email and see if we can meet for lunch or something.
      Yes, lets see if I can sew a straight seam! Ha!

  4. Hello Jemma, the fabrics are pretty. Sounds like you will have a fun time with your friends. Have a happy day!

    1. Good Morning Eileen,

      Kari Anne has launched a marvelous collection:)
      Happy Wednesday to you!

  5. Oh, how marvelous to get to meet this little cutie. She is talented, isn't she and the fabrics are so pretty! Wish I could get some sewing done. Have fun and you're always a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

    1. Shelia,
      It was marvelous to meet this sweet one and she is SO sweet and fun!
      I am going to try and create-it won't be fancy, but if all else fails there is hot glue:)

  6. How fun to meet another blogger. Isn't it fun? Great pic! Love the bright and bold fabrics. Looking forward to seeing what you create. Love the plates too. Have fun and a great rest of the week sweet friend. xo

    1. Yes! Yes! It was so fun, wonderful and inspiring to meet another blogger!
      She was just the neatest gal.
      Love her fabric line:)

  7. Well, that sounds like a fun afternoon! It's always nice to see other bloggers who are taking their creative talents to the next level. I wish her the best of luck, you were super sweet to go out and support her. From your description it sounds like I sew like you sew...I get it done, but I wouldn't want you to look too closely at the seams! ;)

    1. Kim,
      It was fun and Kari Anne writes just like she talks-warm, caring and delightful!
      I am glad to know that I am not the only one, who veers off track when attempting to sew a fine seam:)

  8. Oh so jealous!! I have been wanting to learn to hand quilt for awhile now! Also, I have been wanting to dust off my machine. I have such an obsession with beautiful fabric, I think I'm holding off until I have time to dive into a new hobby! I need to get on it!!

    1. Laura,
      If I can find my machine, you can dust off yours:) or find a new hobby, whatever makes truly happy you must do it! Life is waiting for us to embrace each moment!

  9. Looks like you are fixing to have some fun with some beautiful fabric. Can't wait for you to share with us what you make! I take sewing by spells and I am not very good at it! I play around with it and then I get tired of playing and go onto another project! That's my problem....I get to many things going at once. Ha! Hope you enjoy your lunch with blogging friends. Looking forward to this brand new year sharing it with friends and family...such as you! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

    1. Cindy,
      I have some mighty fine fabric and some crafty projects hatching in my mind!
      Let's see if I can stay on task and create:) The weather is very beautiful right now and I am afraid I might get sidetracked and spend extra time in the sunshine!

  10. You go girl! I made no sew curtains at my last house using Stitch Witchery. Even if you don't sew a lick, it can be done! I knew about Karianne being here last week but couldn't go...so sorry to miss it.

    1. Hey Friend!
      LOL!! I love that you and I are on the same wavelength-we are going to get along very well!

  11. Jemma,
    Last January I purchased a new sewing machine, a Brothers that I love. A necessary purchase since I burnt out my old Singer sewing Cat Nip toys in wool felt stuffed with cat nip. Yeah I know ... bad choice of sewing project for a machine. But hey cats were happy! So now I sew my statement pillows that I make and decorative things and buy cat toys!

    Oh the projects and fun you are about to embark on. Enjoy putting your foot to the metal and sew away.

    1. Vera,
      This is a wonderful little tale of you and your sewing adventures!
      What lucky little kitty cats...so sweet.

  12. That's the second time this week I wished I lived in Texas!! I would have been at KariAnne's launch in a heartbeat, and having lunch with a sweet friend like you would be the best!! And, by the way - you're ahead of me....I don't own a sewing machine and wouldn't even know how to turn one on.


    1. Well, I wished you lived here too-real close to me:)
      You would have loved joining in on the launch-now about this sewing machine business..

  13. I look forward to seeing what you create! xx

  14. So many beautiful fabrics! It's always fun to get inspiration from a new line and I'll definitely check out Kari Anne's new fabrics. My sewing room is a true disaster after the holidays...I need to spend time organizing. One day! Glad that you found your machine- I'm no seamstress, either, but I really enjoy creating. As long as you love what you are doing, it will be wonderful! xo, Tina

  15. What pretty fabric! Can't wait to see what you do with it. I can barely thread a needle, so I always admire what other people can whip up. And how wonderful that you're meeting other bloggers! I met KariAnne a few years ago in my area and she is so sweet and bubbly.

  16. Oh Yes, fabric and sewing are delightful, and makes me think of my sweet mom who sewed all my clothes growing up. It's nice that you are getting back to sewing, Jemma. I can sew simple things, but won't even look at the patterns haha. wow, you've met several of your blog friends! I've met only one, and we lived in the same town. She owned a vintage shop and I used to go in there all the time.

    Keep sewing, Jemma. I can't wait to see what you make. :)

    love, ~Sheri

  17. Such a pretty plate. I can't wait to see more. It sounds like a fun day.

  18. Your fabrics are beautiful and I am sure you will do a terrific job on your project.
    Yes, Kerriann is a very lovely woman.
    I have a tub in my bedroom with many projects to get started on, but I just don't have the energy this soon after Christmas. But, hopefully I'll get into the swing soon.
    Happy sewing....

  19. Wait a minute ... didn't you just move house?! And you've already got settled in and now are grabbing the fabrics for a sewing project?! You're amazing Jemma ;) Love the fabrics that you chose, they look lovely all together there. Good luck with your project!
    What a great photo of you and Kari Ann, and how special to meet up with her. Seeing all those beautiful fabrics must have given you the inspiration you needed!

  20. The fabrics are pretty; it will be fun to see what you come up with ! :) Enjoy!

  21. The fabrics are pretty; it will be fun to see what you come up with ! :) Enjoy!

  22. What pretty fabrics! I have a sewing machine... it has dust on it ;) I can sew a somewhat straight line and that's about it. I can't wait to see what you come up with. I need some inspiration!

  23. It was so great to meet you!! We should get together some time- and I can't wait to see how your project turns out! xoxo

  24. Jemma, I cannot wait to see what you create with those beautiful fabrics and your sweet machine! And yes, meeting blogging friends is ever so wonderful and just so much fun! So glad you had a wonderful time! Look forward to meeting you when we are in Texas in the early spring! Hugs to you sweet friend!!

  25. I have not sewed in years--gave my machine to my d-in-l, but seeing your beautiful fabric gives me the same feeling I used to have when I walked into a fabric store, that urge to create!

    Your colors are lovely, Jemma!

  26. I would have loved to be at that launch party...KariAnne is a sweetheart. I don't sew a lot either...pillows! Luckily our quilt shop in our small town carries the line, too!

  27. Our Kentucky Karrianne is doing well! And I love great fabric! My sewing machine is hobbling along and I may need a new one. It is just acting up! Ha. Sheila

  28. Jemmmmmmmmmaaaaaaa!

    YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much for featuring the fabric! YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!

    Happy day friend!

  29. Ahhhh fabric!! I would be absolutely lost without my sewing machine....If I were to move (heaven forbid), I would have to hand carry the machine on my first trip. I would not be able to bear not having her at hand!! Glad that you all had a great time, and I can't wait to see what you are cooking up!

  30. How exciting that Kari Ann has a line of fabric! I have a number of sewing projects I want to get going on, but I tend to do more sewing in the summer time......when it's too hot to be outside! Looking forward to seeing what you have up your sewing sleeves!

    Warm hugs,


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