Finish!

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I started this quilt over eight years ago. It began with some Hawaiian shirts that Steve no longer wanted. He gave them to me and I cut them up and sewed them back together. This first run was not successful because these are either a lightweight cotton or rayon. The fabric didn’t have enough body to make quilt construction easy.

I had decided to make a dress out of the fabric, but this also wasn’t successful. I used muslin as a base, and sewed scraps of fabric to the base. This worked ok, but I didn’t plan it very well in order to work of a dress. I cut it into squares and then it became something.

If I made another quilt like this, I would use fusible web as the base. I did that on the last few blocks I made for this quilt, and it was much easier. The “starter” piece for each block could be pressed down, then the next one sewn to it, then pressed down to the fusible. It made for a very stable base. I will let you know how the structure holds up over time.

This was also one of the most expensive quilts I have ever made. Most of my quilt tops are largely recycled fabrics, either from previous quilts or old clothing. Only the innermost blocks are recycled, the rest is new fabric. I can guess I paid over an one hundred dollars in fabric, batting and thread on this quilt. Usually, my quilts run about fifty dollars: mostly batting and back. (more…)

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skirt nearly complete

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I almost have finished a skirt. This project has come in under the radar. It is one of my after dinner trying to diet not eat projects. Back in September, I made a bolero jacket with striped pieced sleeves.

That was pattern is from Alabama Chanin, and it was Natalie Chanin’s influence that gave me the idea to work the sleeves with the pieced stripes. When Steve saw it, he suggested I make a skirt with this striped technique, making the stripes vertical. A long time ago I saw one of the designers on Project Runway do a technique where they had taken strips of silk chiffon and sewed them down, leaving the edges free, then sewed across the strips at right angles one way then the other to create a wavy sort of pattern. I used this technique on the skirt instead of the pieced stripes that I used on the bolero.

This is the same pattern as this plaid skirt I made several years ago, New Look 0119. I traced the pattern and made it without pleats because I was afraid of bulk. I thought I may have to put a zipper in because the horizontal lines might make the skirt not stretchy enough to get into without breaking the sewing. However, it did have enough ease since I left the pleats out. I added a green binding and inserted 3/8 inch elastic. It is very comfortable. All and all, I am happy about the structure of this skirt. I don’t know if I would do this surface treatment again because it took a long time- I have been working on this garment since September.

When I finished the entire skirt and tried it on, Steve felt there was too much contrast between the lighter colored strips and the darker ones. I wish I would have only used three colors, the dark green, mid tone and the gray-green turquoise. I considered removing the light ones and the red/brown ones but the seam ripping was just too much with both the vertical and horizontal seams. Instead I decided to over dye the whole garment. It is in the dye bath right now. I chose a color about the same color as the background fabric. I will let you know next week whether it is successful.

shoebox full of possibility

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Here is my newest quilt – a shoebox full of various sized red and pink squares. 

It leans a little too much toward primary red. I intend to put green frames around the blocks, but not Christmas, so I need to add some more pink. I have an idea of wonky pieced squares floating in green with a wonky bright pink square and then green again.

In any case, more to come…

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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mystery project

I have been working on this for a while, not sure if it is going to work.  I will tell you more after Christmas:

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Published in: on December 22, 2014 at 8:43 am  Leave a Comment  
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christmas craft

Christmas crafting is in full swing for me. My most mysterious gift is this one:

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I have a great deal of denim (thanks, mom). I leave its end use a mystery. These squares are part of it.

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This is a quilt that I make every year.  The top is done.  This one turned out particularly well color wise, it really glows:

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Here is the back.  Sandy gave this fabric to me a while ago (thanks) and I finally found the project that fits it. It reminds me of my favorite U2 song: Who’s going to run your wild horse.

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Published in: on December 7, 2014 at 1:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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almost done

As you can see this piece is almost done – one stripe left to sew.  However, this is a skirt so I still have the back to go.

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I have been working on this for over a month. It is slow going but I love the way it looks.

Published in: on November 9, 2014 at 8:32 am  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.

finished!

The bolero is done. It took a lot of time but I am very happy with the way it turned out.

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The sleeves are really over the top! They are a cross between Carmen Miranda and Dr. Seuss.

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What I learned about with this one:

I used different colors for the lining on the sleeves. Since they were going to be completely covered, it didn’t seem important. However, the bottom edge does show slightly. Next time I will be more intentional about the lining.

The double layer of t-shirt is surprisingly warm.

The pattern for the sleeves is very large. It is difficult to get two sleeves out a t-shirt unless it is an extra large. For this reason, I trimmed a small amount of the ease off. This didn’t affect the fit at all for me.

 

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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