Sunday, November 8, 2009

More dresses

More American girl dresses. Seeing as these are for profit, I can't wait to make some for my girls. The pattern also includes pants and top combination. Three down, a couple more to go...

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Hey Dolly...

So yesterday I received an order from back home - 4 american girl sleeping bags, dresses, and some crocheted washclothes. I should have plenty of time to get it done by Christmas, unless something shiny gets in my way.

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

Bit of Binding

The day kind of got away from me. Not as much sewing as I'd like but I did manage to get a bit of binding sewn

Thursday, November 5, 2009


I made this pillowcase to match a quilt. These were the scraps:

The pillowcase and quilt were part of a barter: she took amazing pictures of my kids, and I threw together a quick quilt and pillowcase.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Scrapbooking Tote.

Addison joined a scrapbooking club at school. I made her this tote today to keep her supplies contained: The only purchase was two fat quarters (floral fabric) and some double wide brown pre-fab binding. I was planning a pocket on the outside, but I ran out of time.

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

Wonky Log Cabin

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Originally uploaded by Gretchen.D
Did this for a block swap. Not as wonky as I was hoping - still working on it! I think part of the problem was two rows of green side by side. I was going for white on one side, green on the other, and a red border, but I very nearly ran out of fabric. Eeks. Hopefully it will be good enough!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Double Wedding Ring - second row

Today I finished and attached the second row of my double wedding ring quilt. It will be five rows total, so if I continue at this pace (ha ha!), I'll be done this week! Still not sure what I'm going to back or bind it with, but really enjoying the challenge.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Melons for Double Wedding Ring

The other day I cut the fabric for my double wedding ring quilt. All of the fabric is from my stash. I have never used so many pins, as there is not a single straight line in this quilt.
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

Quilt for my sister - #2

Another started 15 years ago...
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.
Overall, it's another project I'm pleased with.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Quilt for my sister - #1

Last week was a very busy quilt week! I managed to finish two twin quilts and a crib quilt.

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

4th Grade Musical Costumes

Have been busy putting together costumes for my 4th grader's musical on Tuesday. I'm hoping to get a picture of all of them together. So far they include a Confederate soldier, Yankee soldier, two Indians, two shields for soldiers, and two prairie style skirts. That will learn me to offer my sewing services! Fortunately, the majority of the fabric came from my stash.

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.

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Fall Festival

Pulled this one out of the stash... I'd started it several months ago, but once I got to the quilting, I ran out of steam. It took about an hour more of quilting, and then putting the binding on. Really, I need to be better about finishing projects!

Donated it to the school's fall festival fundraiser. It went in one of the Kindergarten baskets. The squares are 9" finished.

Just so happens the school colors are blue and silver.

Really, I do miss Mondays

I miss Mondays. Sounds funny, doesn't it? But I do. Last year, throughout the school year, every Monday my friend Kathy and I would get together and sew. More specifically - we'd make quilts. And we'd talk.

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?