Back To Sewing

Now that the days are not as long and bright as they once were, I needed a little help. Jennie and I decided to invest in this OttLite for me. It has been wonderful. So far I have only used it while sitting and doing some embroidery, but I have plans of taking it into my sewing room and using it while at my machine.DSC_0089The light is adjustable and can move to just the spot where I need it. It took a little getting used to having that bright of light over me, but once I did it makes all the difference.  I chose the floor lamp so it would not take up valuable table space. I love it and would consider buying another lamp for using in both of my sewing spaces.

DSC_0090Here is a closer look at the lamp. The other wonderful thing about this light was that it was 50% off at JoAnn fabrics. A great deal!

DSC_0088My grandchildren and daughter are home so I got right back into sewing. I had so much fun while they were here and will cherish that time!  I started with these trip around the world blocks. I used my favorite The Simple Life fabric and love the way these two blocks turned out. I especially love the red, pink and aqua color scheme.

DSC_0100I also looked into my other favorite fabric selection and found these Sophie prints in the same color scheme and love the way they turned out as well.DSC_0095I put them together and I think they look great. I did find that while I cut my own 2 1/2″ strips of The Simple Life and used jelly roll strips of the Sophie that my strips I cut were just a little narrower. My 1/4″ seam allowance using the jelly roll strips must be different. I think I will measure and trim my jelly roll strips before sewing them together next time. Do you ever have that problem? Good thing I have some fat quarters of Sophie left, I guess I will have to use the two blocks I made for a small project.

DSC_0096A close up!

DSC_0099I hope you have a great weekend and get a little (or a lot) of sewing in!! I am going to do my best.


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a grandma and mom who loves to sew, quilt, and learn new things.


  1. says

    I have an ott light and really like it! Mine is a table one because my husband bought it for me as a surprise :). It helps me take photos at night too. Your blocks are really gorgeous, I love that line of fabric.

  2. says

    Glad your new lamp looks great, I’m so glad it’s working out for you! And I LOVE your blocks, I finally gave in and started making some too, they’re just too pretty to pass up!

  3. says

    Could you make the two little blocks into a little coordinating pillow or something? I love the aqua and red color scheme, too. Glad you like your Ott light. I’ve always wondered about those.

  4. says

    Your new lamp is beautiful in both style and colour! And your trip around the world blocks are looking wonderful! All your fabrics are looking so good together, and the colours are some of my very favourites!
    Wishing you a happy weekend.
    Helen x
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  5. says

    My optometrist says that good lighting improves eyesight, for close-up work, by 50%! I certainly think its time I has a new light like yours. Your scrappy trip blocks are fabulous. I’ve never used jelly rolls so I’m no help there!
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  6. says

    It won’t take long for you to learn to LOVE your new lamp!! I have had one for years and can’t sew without it!! I absolutely love it! Working with the true light and such good light is so great…it really is wonderful!
    I love your blog and love that you share a pattern now and then. You are so creative!

  7. says

    oh your scrappy trip blocks look so pretty!! aren’t they fun :)

    That light looks amazing too, I need to invest in one – definitely struggling in the sewing room at this time of year.

    Jessie, xo

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