new projects

Several projects that I have been slowly working on.  This first one is near my heart.  It is corduroy and so far just two fabrics, one my husband’s old shirt and one my sister gave me.

It is a wonky log cabin.  It is so much more successful than this block that I was also playing with:

Several errors here. Since is it was play I probably won’t redo it.  I was frustrated with it because it caused a lot thinking to put it together.  Someone with more patience than me would need to put a whole quilt of this pattern together. I get so much more enjoyment out of the wonky blocks instead of trying to force the pattern.

The last one is a bag I am making.  I just have a vague idea of how this will go together but I love the trajectory:

 

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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.

January’s UFO done!

The first UFO that Paul drew for me was my knitted tank. I bought this yarn at Savers a few years back. When I started I had about three inches done. Now, it is finished!

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Overall, I am pleased with it. If I make another one in the future, I would use all the same yarn because there was a fussiness involved with switching yarns.

Published in: on January 25, 2015 at 9:44 am  Leave a Comment  
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2015 UFO/goals

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For several years I participated in online UFO Challenges. This year I decided to work on them myself. What is a UFO? A UFO is an unfinished object. What is a UFO challenge? It is a challenge to finish them in a year, or in my case make progress. I am choosing to work on my own because my creative projects don’t neatly fit into quilting or even sewing projects. Even though it is late if you would like to do something similar, let me know.

I have twelve. Which works perfectly since there are twelve months. I have made 12 index cards each with a project written on them. Every month I will draw one for me. I will really focus my attention on that project for a month although I will still work on my other projects. The goal will to be to finish some, but also to get direction on others.

Some are just ideas and some are really far along. So here we go.

2015’s UFOS:

The first part is clothing construction:

  1. Green and black bolero
  2. Green skirt
  3. Knitted tank

The second part is quilting or sewing projects:

  1. Angel quilt
  2. Cross stitch project
  3. grandma’s cathedral windows
  4. Hawaiian quilt
  5. wedding ring quilt. I have the fabric, I just have to get to it, technically mending than a UFO.

The third part is new projects:

  1. New girl quilt. This is a new quilt that I need to make for a gift.
  2. New wedding quilt. This is a new quilt that I need to make for a gift.

The last part is writing projects:

  1. Poetry book
  2. Blog book

2014 Wrap Up!

So how did I do for my goals for 2014? Here is my retrospective:

2014’s Goals:

The first part is clothing construction:

  1. I plan to make some garments for myself this year one per season. I am going to leave this one loose, but I do still want to learn more about this year.

    Success! Completed garments for 2014:DSC05006 green bolero, DSC04980fingerless beaded gloves, DSC04969green corset top, DSC04962black bolero with beaded trim, DSC04951pink bolero, DSC04922navy corset top, DSC04921burgundy corset top, DSC04920pink corset top,DSC04910 orange skirt.

  2. I also have some pieced fabric that I want to make a garment out of possibly a robe.DSC04949

    DSC05008Completed multi-plaid robe. I think this referred to the Hawaiian quilt, which started as a quilt, went to a possible garment, then now is back to a quilt.

The second part is UFOs. Pretty much failed. I didn’t work on my UFOs hardly at all this year only one finish.

  1. City chicken quilt. Finished!DSC04840
  2. Angel quilt.
  3. cross stitch project
  4. grandma’s cathedral windows

The third part is mending:

  1. t-shirt quilt. This is in pieces but I plan to get it done soon.

    Finished!

  2. wedding ring quilt. I have the fabric, I just have to get to it.

The fourth part is new projects:

  1. New girl quilt. This is a new quilt that I need to make for a gift.
  2. New male quilt. There is one person who doesn’t have a quilt made especially for him. I have begun this one and pictures will follow soon.
  3. Steve’s denim quilt When I made a denim quilt for our elephant exchange, I had Steve remove the pins while watching football and he fell in love with it. Thus, football and quilting days begin today and we will jointly make a new quilt starting today! Finished!

I am pretty happy with my progress, especially clothing construction: I made nine finished garments. I am especially proud because six of them are hand sewn. Not so much progress in quilting but with the move back to my sewing room, I expect to be more successful this year.

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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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.

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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.

 

here is something I saved for you.

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.

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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.

Published in: on September 21, 2014 at 6:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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new corset top

 

I finished another one of the kits I created to go on the trip a few weeks ago. I really like it, but my husband and my son insist it is not flattering.

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I actually think I just need something better to wear with it. I may over dye it to create more unity. Here is the back:

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So after finishing this one, I started on my next kit. This is a long sleeve bolero. I plan to strip piece the sleeves. Once I started on it, Steve said it should be a skirt:

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I like this idea so I will cut out a base for skirt to be striped like this one.  If I wear it all together, it will be completely crazy, but as individual pieces they will be really fun.

 

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