Thursday, January 10, 2019

Sewing For Mini - Easy Gathered Skirts

 Is there anything easier and faster than a quick gathered skirt for a little girl?

I've had this piece of  brocade remnant for years.  Possibly even from when I work at Joann (16 years ago).  I never quite decided what to do with it, and when Mini saw it and fell in love, I whipped up a skirt for her.  One seam.  Hemmed and a gathered waist.  Perfect.

 Then during the countdown to Christmas at school, one of the dress up days was "Candy Cane Day", so I did what any over acheiving mother does - I bought candy cane fabric and made up a skirt for Mini to wear that day.  I also made up a matching scrunchie.
 She wore the skirt Christmas day as well.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Gridster Bee 2018 Wrap Up

Sort of.

Not the best year (2018) for blogging.  I searched and searched and it appears that I do not have all the pictures of all the gridster blocks I made on my computer. 

I would wax on about making New Year's Resolutions, but we all know how those go....

So here are the last few months that I could find.

September were an original design from Simone.

Some NY Beauties for Joan.  I had to share a shot of my mess-up block.  I taped together the outside pieces the wrong side first....
 Black and white with a pop of color was the plan.

Scrappy Stars for Allison

And finally some Autumnal blocks for Afton.

If you're curious about more blocks and other's blocks you can check #gridsterbee on Instagram 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

On Ringo Lake - a Flimsy Finish

 Since Bonnie Hunter is getting ready to start up her yearly mystery quilt - I thought I'd better share my top from last year's to prove I did get it done.
 I actually finished up the top early in the summer.   I designed the border to use up extra blocks that I had laying around and because I wanted the top to comfortably fit our queen size bed.  I like how it gave it a tiled look.
 I finally got around to photographing it about a month ago and now I'm finally blogging it.
 I know it will be a while before it's quilted, although I do actually have a quilting plan in place!
And as you can see - photographing a flimsy with even the slightest breeze can be a real challenge!

This year I have no plans to participate in the mystery quilt.  I will save the instructions, "just in case", but I am planning to actually do some Christmas sewing, which I usually avoid at all costs, so I know I won't have the time.  And I really should finish some other things that are laying around....

Anyway, this was a great experience and if any of you are wondering whether you should do one of Bonnie's mystery quilts - its a great learning opportunity!

Monday, October 22, 2018

A Workshop with Mary Fons - Spider Web Quilt

At the end of August I had the chance to take a workshop with Mary Fons.  It was a great day, she is an excellent speaker, and writer, and blogger, etc....

I usually try to take at least one class/workshop a year.  Its usually about all I can manage :)

 We talked a lot about contrast.  That spider web quilt behind Mary is what the workshop was about.
 My fabric pull.
 My goal was to get at least one complete web done by the end of class!

 Goofy selfies.  I am the worst at selfies.  Just ask my teen daughter!

I came home and started cranking out more blocks.  Or units, or whatever you want to call them.

 Someone in the class explained to me about using a card for folding the lines for paper piecing.
 And I bought an add a 1/4" ruler.
 Life changing.

 My original plan had been to make blocks until I ran out of that turquoise at the top.  However, I had a loooot of purple - so I headed to the stash to find some more turquoise.  You can see that I have 4 different ones now.  I'll have to get out the design curtain out and see how I want to approach assembly.
 I do have all the papers out - so whenever I get back to a piecing mode (I'm in quilting mode right now) I'll be ready.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Mini Dresden Progress Update


I have spent the late spring, all summer and early fall working diligently on my Mini Dresden English Paper Piecing Project.  If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I keep updated with the plates as they are finished, but today I thought I'd talk a bit about the process.

I talked about the beginning some in this post - and will probably repeat some of that info here, too.

I start by using my Silhouette machine to cut out cardstock papers of the petals/wedges.

It takes 12 papers to make a plate, I've got 100 plates done, so I've used at least 1,200 papers. That doesn't include the basted wedges that haven't been sewn together yet - so probably towards 2,000 papers at this point.  So glad I can make them at home.

In my first post I showed you the box of "squares" I was working with.  Here's a photo of what's left:

That stack in the upper left is all the same fabric.  It will not all get turned into wedges.  In fact, it may end up in the fire....
So, I just lay out my wedge.
Trim off a bit of excess fabric.
Use one of my tiny paper clips to hold the fabric to the paper. 
Here is a bunch, lined up and ready to baste.  I am not actually basting to the papers, but am basting in such a way that the thread will not have to be removed.  

 I bring them pretty much everywhere.  You just never know when you are going to have waiting time. 

This picture was a couple of weeks ago.  I just wanted to see them all at once.  I am totally embracing "more is more" 
 When I have a set of colors basted, I organize them by fabric and number.  Above is anything less than six.
 These are the sets of 6 that are not yet sewn.
 My last two assembled plates.  The above bothers me a bit, being half and half, but I will probably leave it. These are numbers 99 and 100.

 I plan on appliqueing onto a scrappy neutral background. The biggest decision right now?  The fabric choice for center circles.  Navy? Cream? Black? Brown?  Change it up for each one?  Definitely a long way to go before I have a finish.

 My finished stacks.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A Pencil Case for my own Noodlehead

After just a few weeks of school, WD acquired a very bad habit of leaving pens and pencils in his pants pockets, that then ended up in the wash.

Not cool.

He suggested the solution would be a pencil case.

I decided free is best, so I googled for a pencil case pattern and found the one from Noodlehead

And in an afternoon, I had a pencil case for the boy.

Not necessarily my finest piece of technical sewing, but as you can see, it was almost instantly dirty.