It has definitely been a long and stressful summer, much good, some bad. I forgot what it was like to be 16 years old and 21 years old, but this summer I re-experienced it. The road to adulthood is sometimes a bumpy ride. In any case, two weeks ago we cleaned out my sewing room to make room for my son. He has set up the space nicely. I have a large pile of materials in the basement to sort through yet. If I can manage to store it all, I will. However, I am getting rid of some things that I haven’t used for a long time such as my papermaking supplies.
Finally last night I got back to business and laid out this quilt. It is fairly large probably: 6 feet by 5 feet. I wasn’t able to photo it all but here is a sample.
I should easily be able to get the top together this week, then next week to the fabric store!
A lot going on here… Paul got an internship that has turned our schedule upside down. If you have time during 8-3:30 pm you might be able to listen to him online. – http://jazz88.mpls.k12.mn.us/. He is having a great time learning about radio announcing.
I have been busy, but it is slow going- especially taking the time to document here. Here is my first step with the teddy bear picnic quilt:
This is framed with some fabric that I got from my aunt.
Now for something completely different. Natalie Chanin recommends samples to learn stitches, and to make design decision. She makes them up into a quilt in the end. I don’t know if I will go that far, but here is my first sample. I will show you the garment that I ended using the techniques soon- it is finished and the sample was helpful.
Daylight savings and a beautiful spring day really took me off guard so I am posting late today. Between the cold weather and taking over the living room to sew (thank you, patient husband), I have been making a lot of progress. There are two projects that are too new to show and then this one, that is half done, the other half that is left a frame and quilting.
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.
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.
The first part is clothing construction:
- Green and black bolero
- Green skirt
- Knitted tank
The second part is quilting or sewing projects:
- Angel quilt
- Cross stitch project
- grandma’s cathedral windows
- Hawaiian quilt
- 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:
- New girl quilt. This is a new quilt that I need to make for a gift.
- New wedding quilt. This is a new quilt that I need to make for a gift.
The last part is writing projects:
- Poetry book
- Blog book
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 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.
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).
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.
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!
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.
I have been working on this for over a month. It is slow going but I love the way it looks.