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Special Delivery for Natty

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

So in a few weeks we are going to to be getting some of the Maison de Garance collection by French General.  Im excited 🙂

I am redecorating my bedroom this fall and I’m using fabrics from this collection.  So I am eagerly awaiting their delivery.  But look what I got this weekend…. Its my fat bundle.  I’m going to use it to make an around the world quilt for my bedroom.  I can’t wait to start cutting the fabrics.

If there happens to be anyone out there who would like to quilt along with me, I’ll post the details of my project as I go.  Yippee!

Sassy Senoritas

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

So, I love the new Alexander Henry fabrics. Seriously, as soon as they came in I ran over to the warehouse and picked some up.  I even have pictures of myself hugging the bolts (still in their plastic…. of course).

I particularly like the “Las Senoritas” print.  Its quite big, so it is really great for making aprons or other larger projects with.

I have started using them to make aprons for BotBot DeeVine!  I have been making kitchen dresses and I call these ones the Sassy Senoritas.  Here’s one I just finished.  Kitty Crossbones is modeling it.

Aprons by BotBot DeeVine! will be available at Log Cabin Yardage in October!

Fabric Covered Cork Boards

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

So. Some of you may or not know that Mr. Natty and I are perpetual renovators.  We have been in our current house for five years though and we are running out of things to re-do.  This is quite exciting for me because it gives me the chance to do something that I have never really had the opportunity to do in any of our previous houses.  Can you guess what it is?  That’s right….. decorate.

Every now and again I grab a flyer or poster cards from one of the various shows that I go to.  (They often have cool artwork on them, and remind me of that particular event).  I always bring them home fully intending to artfully display them somewhere…. But they inevitably find there way into the bottom of a drawer where they stay until I throw them out.

So today I decided that I would make some fabric covered cork boards to pin some of my cards and things to.  They are pretty easy to make if you would all like to follow along….

For a 12 x 12″ cork board you will need two fat quarters, a 12 x 12″ cork tile, and perhaps 1 yard of co-ordinating ribbon (or you cold make ties with the leftover fabric. that’s what I did).

Once I ironed all of my fabric I cut out the pieces that I would use to fit the cork board.  So from each fat quarter I cut a 13 1/2 x 13 1/2 ” piece.  [I was not working from a pattern here, and in retrospect I could have cut those pieces smaller, like 12 1/2 x12 1/2″…….next time 😉 ]

Once I had the front and back pieces cut I made the ties (or, if you are using ribbons, you can just skip ahead to pinning the ties and fabric together).  From each leftover fabric I cut two 3 x 14″ strips.  I pressed them, then folded over lengthwise (right sides together) and pressed them again. I then ran a straight stitch along the long end and one short end.

Once the ties were sewn I used a little skewer to push the fabric right side out.

I then placed one solid and one printed tie at either end between the fabrics for the cork board, so that the ties were facing inwards.

Here they are over the printed fabric. Place the second fabric, right side facing down, on top and then pin all pieces together.  Then sew three sides closed and clip the corners.

(you clip the corners so that when you turn the fabric cover right sides out the corners wont be all bunchy)  Once I had the fabric right sides out I pressed the fabric cover again to make sure all of the seams would lay flat, and I pressed the edges of the open end back 1/2″.  I then inserted the cork board in the open end.  Once the cork board was inside the cover I hand stitched the open end shut and its all finished.

Now I just need to find somewhere to hang them 😉

Well hey there…

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Did you all notice something new? That’s right. Log Cabin Yardage went live this week. Please check out the site and Let us know what you think!
Natty

What’s in a Name?

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Ever wonder how some people come up with the names for their shops, or blogs….. or kids?  Well, sometimes I wonder.  Sometimes I wonder about a lot of things actually….. but maybe that’s just me….

Anyway, staying on topic….

Why did we go with the name Log Cabin Yardage?  Well, Nicole and I both initially envisioned this little fabric adventure of ours as a quilting store.  So we wanted something quilty.

Being a big fan of traditional quilt patterns I suggested Log Cabin Quilts.  It is certainly a quilty name, and Log Cabin is the awesomest quilt block that there is.  Seriously.  Don’t even try to argue with me about that.

Nicole of course didn’t like it because she thought it sounded too “old fashioned”.  She wanted something that would not scare away people looking for contemporary fabrics.  So she suggested Urban Log Cabin for the name of the shop.

Now I wold love to share with you all my response to Nicole’s suggestion.  But it involved language that is a bit too colourful for this blog.  So shall we just say that I didn’t like it.  I had a strong disliking for it and flat out refused to even entertain the idea.  So we settled our differences in a very adult and mature way by not talking about it for several months.

Then one day Nicole told me that we needed to get going on the fabric store and suggested again the hideous Urban Log Cabin name.  I flat out refused again and suggested instead Nicole and Natty’s Junktacular Fabric Trough.  She didn’t like my suggestion. We didn’t talk about it for several more weeks.

So then Nicole started to search around on the internet to look at other sewing and crafting stores.  I think she was trying to find a name to poach.  She must have found something that she liked because she called me with the suggestion Log Cabin Yardage.  I thought that sounded just right.  It made sense.  We sell yardage.

So there you go.  Log Cabin because it is the awesomest quilt block there is, and Yardage because that is what we sell.

Saturday Night Arts and Crafts

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

So, it is Saturday night.  And what am I doing?  Why sewing of course.

And planning a revolution.  An arts and crafts revolution.

And what does an arts and crafts revolutioner sew on a Saturday night when she has an abundance of left over fabric scraps?

Allow me to present the accessory bag.

These things are super easy to make and they’re great for hiding your MANifesto in.

Just don’t put it where non-members can find it or they will want to look inside 😉

Vive la Révolution!

What do you mean it doesn’t fit?

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Wicked. So it only took me two weeks to figure out how to re-size a picture so that I can upload it to the blog.  At the rate I’m going it’s a wonder I get anything done.

So I’m sure that I have mentioned that I have another blog… didn’t I?  Well I do, and in the interest of not boring people by blogging about the same thing twice in the same week I am pulling out a project I made quite a while ago, and doing a bit of blog therapy.

This is my red flowery Kimono-Style Bathrobe in size M.  The pattern is from Amy Butler’s In Stitches.  It doesn’t fit.  Waaaay to big.  You all in blog land can’t see this, but I have it pinned at the back and what you can see is that I am still swimming in it.

This for me is the second most frustrating thing about sewing.  You pick out the pattern, pick the size that best fits your measurements, follow the pattern exactly…. and it doesn’t fit. Don’t worry, it’s not Amy Butler’s fault.  I’m sure that this has happened to her before too.  It happens to everyone.  I think it’s one of the many rites of passage in sewing.  So I say to myself  “Suck it up Natty. You are on your way to becoming old and wise in the ways of the needle and thread”.  Or at least just on my way to being very pissed off.  But at least I can always blog about it.

What’s the first most frustrating thing you ask?  Having Mr. Natty come along and say “you made it too big”.  I am not supposed to swear on this blog, so I will not publish what I responded with.  But you can use your imagination.

Natty

My First Post

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Okay, so its not my first blog post ever. But its my first post on this blog.

My name is Natty. I like cats, rock n’ roll, swearing, and activities that involve needles. Particularly sewing, knitting and getting tattoos. I’m sure you can all see where the joy of swearing comes in.

I am also the “creative force” behind BotBot.  Mostly I make aprons. I prefer to make my own designs, but I will build other peoples designs as well when I get requests for custom made. My job at Log Cabin Yardage is to make stuff and post pictures of it here.  But I would hardly call the things that I make treasures. Mostly because it sounds dumb.  I do, however, take pride in my ability to build things out of fabric and yarn.  Most people don’t know how and are forced to live vicariously through craft blogs 😉

But I’m an old fashioned kind of girl. I think we ought to get to know each other first before I start showing everyone my handiwork. I’ll post pics next time.

cheers,

Natty