Sunday, November 8, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Here's the first dress - I still have to do the bottom hem, but I managed (I think) to find a couple short cuts for the next time. Like line the bodice in muslin versus the same fabric so you don't sew the skirt on inside-out.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Process: I sewed the two fat quarters together with a 6" strip of brown between them. Used scrap batting and more brown for the inside. Laid it flat and stippled with white thread on the floral and brown on the bottom. Cut off 3" from each end (of what would be the top of the bag) for use in the handles. Used narrow pre-fab binding (from my stash) to finish the handles. Folded in half and serged the inside seam for a more finished look. Boxed the corners by an inch. Used the wide binding to finish the opening. Sewed handles on. Took a bit longer than usual, as I made sure it was more square than normal.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Rather than do all the corners, all the melons, then all the circles, I'm doing just enough for one row at a time. This gives me a chance to work on my form (scant 1/4" seams!) rather than just plowing through.
So far I really like the result. One of the things discussed in the class is having a bit of 'pop' on the corners - especially with patchwork quilts. Since my arcs aren't pieced, I had a hard time deciding on the colors for the corners. I finally chose a turquoise and brown. With the red, it's not a very traditional choice, but given they're colors I wear together I figured it would be OK for a quilt.
November is National Blog Posting Month (or NaBloPoMo) which challengers bloggers to post every day in the month of November. I'm taking it a bit further, and challenging myself to sew, take a picture, and post my progress everyday. Some days may not be much, but some days may be like Monday - a day for sewing.
Monday, October 26, 2009
She had about 1/2 of the center done. I decided on the borders and the backing. Again, as with my last quilt for my sister, I only bought the backing and the binding.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Here's one of three:
Over a year ago my sister found two started quilts in my parents basement. She had started the blocks in college, put them in a bag, and left them in our parents basement for quite a few years. I offered to finish them for her.
Doesn't she do lovely work? She's much better with the fussy bits than I am.
I planned the placement, put it together and quilted it.
The only fabric I bought for this was the pink backing and green binding. Otherwise all the fabric was in the bag. I tried doing a two sided quilt - though the back side is pretty simple, I really like the effect of being able to turn it over.
Also, something else I discovered:
Rather than quilting with the top of the quilt up, I quilted with the bottom. I was using cream thread that nearly disappeared into the top - since I was just stippling it, I found myself running it together more than I wanted. By flipping it over, I could see what I was doing.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Also, I'm terribly excited to be going to the Sewing and Quilt Expo next weekend! I'm taking a class: Secrets of the Double Wedding Ring. www.sewingexpo.com
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Donated it to the school's fall festival fundraiser. It went in one of the Kindergarten baskets. The squares are 9" finished.
After our move from MN to Kansas City, I wondered the best way to stay in contact. We talk and text fairly regularly on the phone. Usually Monday, the conversation starts with, "Do you know where your sewing machine is?" I thought this might be a fun way to supplement our phone and text conversations. After all, isn't part of the fun sharing the finished product?