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.
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.