August 16, 2012

Really Random Thursday Ramblings

Hello, it's Thursday and time to ramble on about this and that. Mostly sewing related for my part...

The other day I saw these photos by Susan of Canadian Abroad - isn't this just adorable? Oh, I hope she doesn't mind I borrowed these photos. Her daughters embroidered those top two, by the way! What a great concept to color fabric with embroidery.

Anyways, I thought this was a cool idea, but I don't have this Summersville fabric (although I would like to buy some now...). Then I thought "IKEA usually has some graphic fabric in yardage, I should check out their website." Lo and behold, this is what I found:
Lots of fun designs (castles, teepees, windmills and saguaro cacti among others), just waiting to be colored in with some thread. Better get myself to IKEA.

And they also have this text fabric, that would work well on the back side of a quilt (I think it's quite large scale) if you're into text prints. At only about $5 per meter, it's a steal:
I didn't even know until just the other day that people hoard text prints... So I guess if you do, then this is probably very interesting:)

If you've never bought fabric at IKEA, you should know that you cut the fabric yourself and then the cost is actually calculated based on the weight (even though the price listed is per meter).

IKEA does not sponsor me, by the way.

Did you know that IKEA makes its own sewing machine? I don't know about the quality, but it sure is cute in its Swedish colors:

Speaking of sewing machines... I'd really like to get a serger so I can sew nicer clothes for my baby girl (and maybe myself). But I have a hard time deciding whether I should get a cheap basic model to see if will get used, or if I should invest more to get a nicer model that may give me more enjoyment. Advice, anyone?

On my sewing to do list for baby girl is this dress pattern from Prudent Baby - need to have it done by September 1st, so should probably get on that! I already have the fabric picked out and ready.

So, there's my random ramblings. Linking up to Really Random Thursday at Live a Colorful Life.
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  1. I am in love with that Ikea sewing machine. I want one based on looks alone!! I like Ikea fabric, too! Love both the ones you found.

  2. Oh, thanks for highlighting that Ikea colour-it-in fabric - I'm going to have to go and get some! (Yay, meatballs for lunch!)

  3. I'm one of those people that you didn't know existed who hoards text fabric(and uses it a lot)I don't know what it is about it.. I just love text.
    I've just bought some Summersville at the Festival of Quilts in the UK today to do some embroidery just like that. Just random graphics, not all over. Think I'm going to make a purse with it.
    Also, I have a serger and use it a LOT.Its a Janome 9200D, so not really really basic, but certainly not top of the range. It has served me well so far, and was quick to learn to thread.

  4. Loved your random post. I am trying to collect text fabric. I have a hard time finding good stuff...stuff that's different. I like that IKEA fabric better than Sommersville! I have a serger that my mom gave me. She got it at an estate sale and never used it. It's nice. I'm not very skilled with it. I need lessons to really learn how to use it effectively. Baby Lock has a pretty cool one that is self threading. I really loved it when I went to Nancy's Notions sewing weekend last spring.

    My husband and I visited Oslo two years ago. He longs to go back. We loved it (and all of Norway!)!

  5. I love text prints and fyi, I've done the same with my Summerville - embroidery stitching on the town print. Saw it on Lu Summer's blog a few months back and thought that it was a cool idea, too!
    Great random post, by the way!

  6. My name is Cindy and I hoard text fabric. I MUST get to an IKEA and get some of that texty goodness! My husband read your post last night and laughed about the serger. He said, "Just send her the one you bought nearly two years ago and haven't even plugged in yet...." Oops.

    Thanks for linking up!!

  7. Ahahah! I just made Susan today at the Festival of Quilts, and we we talking about the embroidery! I love the IKEA fabric! Will have to look into it!

  8. Oh thank you so much showing our embroidery. Very kind of you. Having read your posts in backwards order I have now seen the IKEA habric close up. Love it!


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