Thursday, May 30, 2013
But then I saw an idea for a string quilt on one of the blogs I follow. So about the time I should have been heading to bed, I started a junk mail foundation piecing string project
Monday, May 13, 2013
And a chance to try my new sippy cup.
Thanks to the gardening and the ride, my back & shoulders are too sore to FMQ. Maybe I'll take a nap instead.
Monday, May 6, 2013
I've been inspired by the quilting at Green Fairy Quilts and Borderline Quilter. Judi and Kay have really inspired me to look at the vast open spaces of a quilt much differently. They also make me want to improve my Free Motion Quilting skills.
I will keep you posted as I work my way through this experiment.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
(I like purple. It's just not uniformly purple)
Meanwhile back at the Sewing Challenge, someone suggested taking a picture of a ready to wear garment, then making your own version of it.
PSHTT. Dude. I don't shop. I would rather compete in a spelling bee than shop for clothing. I will volunteer for a 3rd grade field trip with children I do not know, long before I will go to the mall.
**Insert background music with angels singing **
It is a great design with a lined front and unlined back. ...which would be lovely if I were 18, weighed 100 # and had perky boobs.
But I LOVE this dress!
(Betty Jeanne is a force to be reckoned with. My fear is not misplaced.)
I trimmed to 1/2" of all the linings, then serged the edges and top stitched.
Remember those 9 bins of sewing stuff?
It included a 100% cotton fitted knit sheet that I bought at a thrift store thinking that it might be handy as "muslin".
Lime Green. My neutral.
I made a wicked dangerous, not appropriate decision regarding the bindings. I did a cross width strip, 1.75" wide. My goal was 3/8" finish binding.
I basted it at 1/8", connected it at the same width. Serged it at 3/8"
For both the neckline and arm holes I ignored popular recommendations and made the binding 20% smaller than the actual distance (as compared to the 0-15% recommendations).
After 2 posts whining about necklines, I seem to have the answer. My girls look happy. (Well, at least covered and secured.)
I also have a 50's flared skirt black lace dress that may work with the same lime tank dress if I am clever.
How fun will this be with both lime and hot pink under slips? (And maybe teal, plum, black, ect.)
I have yet to decide on a stright hem vs scalloped lace edge. But at least I am minutes from
a wearable dress.