Christmas crafting

I can now share my crafted Christmas projects. First, this rug.

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This went to my sister, Jenny, in our exchange. I could really only see it in her house so I was really glad it went to her. I had some trepidation about it because I really felt it was for her or maybe my sister Katie’s kids. I am looking forward to seeing this after it is washed a few times. Here is the back where you can see the stitching:

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This next project went to my sister, Katie. This is a book I made. I haven’t made a book for many years, but it turned out really well. She said she would use it for her little girl’s drawings.

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I make one of these denim lap quilts every year. This year I gave to my brother and sister-in-law. Hopefully, they will be able to sell it for their upcoming trip to China to adopt a second child.

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Here is the back. I love this wild horse fabric. My friend, Sandy, gave to me a couple years ago and I finally found the perfect project for it.

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MIA exhibition: Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945

So I am working on Christmas crafting without much progress. Instead I went on a little Italian vacation at the Minneapolis Art Institute. They are a having an exhibit of Italian fashions from the 1940s to the present.  It was amazing to see that level of craftsmanship and inventiveness.  My only regret is that we couldn’t see more of the construction.  They only showed the interior of one garment. Even so, the preciseness and quality was wonderful to look at.  It is still going on until January 4th.

Published in: on December 14, 2014 at 4:05 pm  Leave a Comment  
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sewing room update

I am in full Christmas sewing time. To protect the innocent, I won’t share the projects yet. But I have big news. My sewing room leaked all over my house.

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This sits right across from my computer. I have been watching Netflix and piecing. My sewing room is not heated and it has been a little too cold outside. Also, I have built up a little too much chaos in that room and need to spend some time straightening. I would like to say this is the only bit of sewing equipment in the room, but that would not be true: my iron, ironing pad, templates, rotary cutter, cutting matt plus all my ender leader baskets have relocated to the living room. In fact, my older son came over and said, “Mom, you have taken over the living room.” I prefer “reclaimed my territory”. (Doesn’t mean I still don’t miss him, just that one must make lemonade from lemons).

Published in: on November 30, 2014 at 3:39 pm  Leave a Comment  
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new at my house

I have a head cold so I have produced nothing this week… just sat on the couch and did a Raising Hope marathon.  Steve has big news- he finished the 3rd (and final) edition of How I met Van and Numan Future Present and Past. It is available on amazon at How I met Van and Numan Future Present and Past.

Published in: on November 23, 2014 at 12:40 pm  Leave a Comment  
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almost there

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Last Christmas I made a denim quilt with a polar fleece back. I asked my husband to remove the pins while he watched football. He fell in love with the warmth and weight of the quilt and asked me to make one for him. Now it is nearly done. He chose all of the fabric that is not denim.  The plaid fabric is from Paul’s old flannel shirt.

I am hoping to get it pin basted today.

New turn on a old friend

This fabric has been with me for a long time. This is a group of Steve’s Hawaiian shirts. He hardly ever wears this type of thing, but because he was born in Hawaii, he has an attachment to Hawaiian things. Initially, I sewed cut them up and sewed them together randomly. This was not successful. Then I made a muslin dress base. I cut them up more randomly and sewed them on to that base. This was also not successful.

The dress hung on my design wall for some time. Then, I machine quilted across the large sections in one inch parallel lines. Other parts I sewed together and then ironed to fusible interface. Then, I cut them up into 9 inch squares. Here is the results:

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I have many ideas how to put these together including putting them on point. I haven’t done this before so there will be some math required. I very pleased with the outcome. Even though we really don’t have any use for another quilt, Steve has called it for himself. He has a pretty valid claim since they were his shirts.

surprise for me!

I was out-of-town this weekend. I had a great time visiting my family and seeing my adorable nieces and nephews. In any case, I do not have anything to share with you of my own work. However, I was given a lovely gift, that I happened to have the perfect place between my design walls. I also already know what I will use it for.

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Thanks, Mom, Becky and Jenny. It was great to see you all!

Published in: on October 13, 2014 at 9:06 am  Leave a Comment  
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There is always some chaos…

This weekend was full, so full I am late even thinking about this blog. The boy was really back here for the first time with all the changes that implies. I had my first time of lead deacon at church which I will say two things about:

  1. I didn’t drop all the hosts.
  2. I didn’t start my robe or the church on fire.

In any case, all of that plus a cold has kept me mostly sleeping and reading. There has been little progress on my studio and sewing. I am done painting and have started to shift things in.

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Here are my first two sections of design wall. I plan to have six in total so I need more fabric to cover them. I need to go to the fabric store to create the rest. Now, I am folding fabric and cleaning. Next weekend, hopefully, I will make my way to the fabric store.

 

Published in: on September 14, 2014 at 6:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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new studio start

Happy birthday, P! We are going to have a great day together.

That being said the end of birthday season is today- although we have a few loose ends, I am glad to say it is done! This birthday season was a little more expensive because E moved out in the middle of it. The upside of that is that I got my sewing room back when he left.

About a year or so ago, I moved downstairs to give him a little study room and create some flexibility and space in the boys’ shared room. Now that he has moved out, I have reclaimed it.

Here is the little space I carved out in the basement to sew in these past few years:

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Another view:

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Yes, it was quite tight and cozy. A good part of the chaos will follow me upstairs, but some of it was preexisting. Here are my new clean shelves:

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And more:

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I’d show you the rest, but I’ve still have it set up for painting. I followed the Donna Porter rule of thumb. If most of the stuff is out or being moved out, you might as well paint the room while it is empty. I repainted it a nearly white- it this picture you can see the tint has a little pink in it. Tomorrow I will paint the trim and begin moving my things back up. I will be going through my things to see if I need them as I bring them up. It will be a nice fresh start.  I can’t wait to discover what I have and get organized!

Published in: on September 7, 2014 at 11:56 am  Leave a Comment  
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Changes

Changes for sure. School starting tomorrow the big sophomore. When I say big, I mean it literally. Look at the size of the great shoes he picked for his new school shoes.

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I do remember in 1987 having very similar shoes. I think I got them at Kmart for 2.50. I won’t say how much these were but they weren’t 2.50. Teenagers are expensive. These were worth it by how much they make me smile.

So other big changes: the big boy is turning 21 tomorrow. I told my husband that we had been married a whole grown man time. Then I thought: my parents have been married a whole 45-year-old woman time.

He has begun packing:

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Quite a treasure trove. I will miss him, but his happiness is infectious, I am starting to get excited to help him move next week.

 

Published in: on August 24, 2014 at 2:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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