I finished all of the Hawaiian blocks. This quilt is made from Steve’s old Hawaiian shirts so he has claimed it. It is fun to have his input.
After the blocks were done, we decided that they needed to be set. Last weekend we went to JoAnne’s to get fabric, then because we couldn’t find what we needed we went to Glad Creations. Glad Creations has the most beautiful selection of fabric. Here’s what we ended up with:
I love these fabrics. We also have some white with tan palm leaves to put around this. The lady at the fabric store had the idea to make a very narrow frame and then add the white. Today Steve will decide which blocks get which of the five colors. Perfect activity for the commercials of football.
I can now share my crafted Christmas projects. First, this rug.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
I made this little angel the last week. I am still not sure if she is finished. She has an old world charm mixed with a roughness that I love.
This was a joint effort. I made the little doll, then Steve painted her and drew her little face.
Looking at the photograph, she may just be too monotone. I plan to try some embroidery this week and perhaps break out the beads.
There is nothing like Christmas crafts to make me get in the spirit of Christmas!
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.
So, the day passed quickly without me doing much crafting. P and I went to the fabric store. We went to the Richfield Penn Celebration, spending way too much time in the sun. But how many of these beautiful autumn days will we have in Minnesota?
In any case, for sewing, slow sewing construction is slow. Luckily, I saved a project I completed almost a month ago for a day like today, when I didn’t get much done in the week and don’t have much to say.
These are the fingerless gloves I told you about a couple of months ago. They actually didn’t take that to put together, but the beading took much longer.
I love the way these look but I am not sure how useful they will be here since Minnesota weather is either really hot or really cold. However, I like the way they look so much I will probably make another pair.
I finished another Alabama Stitch Project top. This is the fitted top from Alabama Studio Sewing + Design. This garment, as with all the other ones I have made, fits perfectly. I will say that if you have little belly like me, this garment does not hide the belly at all. I am doing some sit ups.
I made this little decorative pattern down the front. I initially had red cross stitches down the front. Somehow they weren’t right so I ripped them out. I wanted two things, first to make it a little fancy, and also to add to the strength of the seam. I added a running stitch in gray holding down the seam allowance on each side. I tried to make the stitches parallel to each other. Then I added a flat bead in the center and made an x, with each edge of the x touching one of the running stitch. It is very pretty and still sturdy.
I am making a matching bolero and fingerless gloves which I will decorate with the same pattern.
I was invited to go to a yarn bombing. I wasn’t able to go, but went to look as soon as possible. Look at this fabulous yarn bomb:
It is such a cheerful, happy piece with so much attention to detail. I love how dimensional it is. I love how many different yarns were used.
This photo shows the beautiful sun. I can’t believe what a great job they did. It was made from leftover donated yarn. If you live in Minneapolis, this is at my church, Holy Cross, on 1720 East Minnehaha Parkway. The column that is decorated is on the east side by the basement.
I am in the midst of a little bit of chaos. One of the good things is my mother-in-law is visiting. I am excited and happy she is here. However, any visitor requires me to maintain the façade that always have a clean house. Yes, there isn’t a layer of dust and ketchup on most of the horizontal surfaces of my house and hand and foot prints on most of the walls.
What is nice is the house cleans up pretty good. Steve even painted the walls of the front porch. He bought floor paint also, but time got away from him with all of the things going on. He plans on finishing the floor later this summer, as part of our four year plan to have the house really nice by graduation 2017.
We also noticed we were very low on chairs. So I went out with my usual dining room chair budget of five dollars each to get new chairs. I found these at a garage sale for twenty dollars for four. I am very happy with them, only one has a slight crack in the upholstery. I have had chairs like this before and I know they are super easy to recover so I may do that in the future. Steve wants to paint the carved insert red. I am not convinced because we have nothing else red in our house. However, I agree with him that it would look super neat.
We also found these chairs for seven dollars each:
They look like they have been in our house forever. They are very comfortable and came with these matching pillows.
The other thing going on is the rain. We have had incredible amounts in Minneapolis- all of Minnesota really. We are in the midst of what is already the 2nd wettest June on record, with a strong shot at the wettest. The parkway is very flooded and we even had a small amount of water in the basement. I am including a link to some footage shot kitty-corner from my church.
The nice thing about much of Minneapolis is that we have a history of a edge of public space around our streams and lakes. For this reason, there is a buffer between the parkway and buildings. So it hasn’t bad as it could be.
I am still working on a pattern review. I also got out my multi plaid robe and cut the last pattern piece. I am hoping to start sewing it together during the week.
In the mean time, I have a spring garden update to share:
This first one is Eliott’s part of the garden. He is having a lot of success. Mostly beans, corn and nasturtiums.
The next one is also Eliott’s but requires an explanation. I went out in the yard and saw him sitting in the grass by this one. He had planted a line of lettuce and the seedlings were too close together. So I found him carefully removing each one and transplanting it. Here is his transplanted lettuce notice the perfect spacing:
Steve planted his tomatoes this week also. We were a little nervous because they looked a little tired but a good rain yesterday perked them up nicely:
I am looking forward to a very productive garden particularly because I have put in such small effort. It ‘s great to just watch the progress without any input on my part. Everything is finally popping after this especially cold winter.