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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
My birthday weekend. Kind of a low birthday- mainly because it snowed one more time- 9 inches and Steve and Eliott were sick. I had a lot of time to sew, but either because of inertia, a light cold or a sympathy cold, I didn’t do much. I did some work on the city chicken quilt and I have direction on what I am planning to do next. I made two little blocks for my wilderness quilt. I have the first one done.
I hope you can see the little owl in the grass.
I have spent a lot of time thinking and reading this weekend. One of the things I read was Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion. It reminds me of my goal to make more of my clothing. She talks about how cheap fashion undermines our sense of quality, is bad for the environment and also takes advantage of people around the world. I have been thinking of some holes in my wardrobe, and how to fill them. I have a funky bathrobe for Steve cut, that just needs to be assembled. I also spent some time cleaning my sewing space and found some yardage that I think I can use for a skirt. More to come.
I do have some small sewing things, but there are some other fun things happening, too. First, it is finally sort of kind of spring. Even though there is a foot or so of snow in my yard it is 60 degrees today. Yay! I am so excited to get some warm air. Also, it is fun to dress without worrying if I will be too cold. Last weekend I had a great surprise. My boss, Victoria, gave me two beautiful scarves. The timing couldn’t have been better. I am/was so tired of my winter clothes and they were just what I needed to perk things up a bit.
The first one is a green floral and very springy. Now, several years ago I posted about a pair of green velvet shoes I bought at a garage sale. I haven’t had anything to wear with them, but this scarf is perfect:
It tied the lighter sweater with the shoes and these forest green tights I bought.
The other one is a beautiful blue plaid, my blue, which there are few and far between. I think it has an eighties feel which I love:
This my first and most obvious two outfits. I know there will be much more to come.
I looked back and I never posted this skirt. I bought the fabric for a birthday present. I spent a lot of time on it because of the plaid. I sewed it, then ripped it out completely and then hand basted it together to get the plaid to match, well not exactly, but close enough.
I finished the back of the landscape quilt last weekend. Of course, I bought too little fabric. Because it takes more effort to go back to the fabric store, I added some blocks and other batik fabric.
We had received a couple sweaters from my friend, Patti. The color and material were nice. They were men’s sweaters but huge. Paul said he liked this oatmeal colored one. So, I measured the boy across his chest and around his arms and then drew those lines on the sweater.
You can see Paul’s measurements sketch on the left bottom.
I carefully trimmed off the ribbing from the bottom of the sweater to save it intact.
Then I cut to my measurements.
I just trimmed the sleeves, so I didn’t have to mess with the ribbing.
Here is the finished sweater on the awesome 9th grade GQ model- ready for high school.
I can’t remember if I showed you this block. It is the first one I completed for the friendship quilt I am working on with my friend, Veronica. This photo from 123rf.com was the inspiration:
We have more layering to add. I am working on another leaf pattern now.
Yes, the ducky quilt is done, but for binding!
And this is a new project. It is my birthday skirt, bought with my birthday money and gift cards (thank you!). I have it cut and waiting to begin. Hopefully, next weekend.
I really want to get done in February:
1) Finish piecing Ducky quilt frame blocks.
2) Finish dress.
3) Mend grandmother’s utility quilt.
4) Sew frame blocks together.
Things I seriously hope to get done:
1) Nook Cover (poor naked nook)
2) Quilt first frame side.
3) Quilt second frame side.
4) Attach first frame panel to quilt.