halloween costume

I worked a Halloween sale this year.  So I had a good excuse to make a costume. I began using my prom dress.  I went to prom in 1987 and here’s  photo:

Wow!  I was so skinny.  I hate to put pictures of 1987 me in the same page as 2010 me, but here goes:

I began by cutting off the bodice.  I thought I could use take it in and use as a crown.  That didn’t really work out. So I made a small quilt sandwich strip.

I laid strips of fabric on top and then machine quilted in parellel lines.  I then carefully clipped the top layer only between the parellel lines.  I sewed across them both with hand stitching and machine stitching, flipping up the cut areas sometimes.

I think it looks like waves on the ocean.  I really love this part and I know I will use this technique again.

On the front, I appliqued several stars.  On a couple I added some tulle before I attached the stars, on others after.  I gathered the tulle as a sewed it down, in order to make it puffy.

It really created some texture, even to the point where I had to tack it down in places because it was a little too much.


Busy, busy week.  Last week there was a big snow storm, the first one of the seasons.  It made me really count my blessings so here they are:

We only lost power for a few hours.

I got a lot of work done on a quilt I have been working on.

Everyone is well.

Anyway, my computer was down all weekend and we were pretty much snowbound.  I spent a lot of time sewing, which was joyful!  I finished all the squares for my pink quilt and put them in order. I got the rows sewn, and pinned together to be finished.

Now that it is colder, I am about to move my sewing machine in to my bedroom since it is pretty chilly in my sewing room.  If I have the door open and heat at 72- it is almost comfortable.  But if my kids are downstairs, they find it chilly.  I know I will do more sewing since my machine will be so available.

I also spent a fair amount of time getting whomped in Monopoly. I really enjoyed relaxing and just being with my family.  So much of the time, I’m running here and there.  I have to remember to slow down and just enjoy my life, my house.

reverse applique- tutorial

I am working  on a pink quilt.  It is a gift.  I won’t specify for who, but those in the know will know.  One of the blocks I have been playing with is a heart block.


I love to do random piecing and so I began by cutting a heart shape from paper and randomly piecing it.

Here’s the back:

Then I trimmed the fabric around the paper.

Then I laid the heart on a square the size of my finished block:  right side of heart to wrong side of fabric.

I straight stitched around the heart.  I stitched on the paper a quarter inch from the edge.

Then I flipped it over and cut away the fabric inside the stitching, being very careful not to catch my pieced heart underneath.

and the reveal:

The last step is to satin stitch over the raw edges.  I am planning on getting some varigated thread for this step.  Finally, I remove the paper.  If you wanted to have easier paper removal,  you could use a water soluble paper.