Thursday, October 30
Monday, October 27
- Saturday was CQ get together with the Cincinnati 5/6. I fixed Z's Halloween costume, and appliqued a few more of my 8 pointed stars;
- Sunday, I finished Courtney's dress (still to be hemmed);
- I also sewed together and fitted a muslin for a man's shirt for my husband - it took three different fittings to get it right, as I'd never fitted a man before!;
- I put together all of the pink/green strata for my next CQ Pieced Squares - I want to use them for sewing room accessories.
So I was happy, I got a lot done. Not as much, etc., as stated above, but still pretty good.
Saturday, October 25
First, there are two new Retro Styles - a jacket and a dress, both dated 1946 - way before my time, but nice pieces.
Wednesday, October 22
Wednesday, October 15
I cut my 5.75 yards of fabric strips for the pink/apricot/purple crazy patch quilt. Sewed them together. And have cut them into 37 twelve inch squares, and taken the pieces left over and sewn them into six medium to large pieces of crazy patch.
I grouped the squares into 5 - 6 stacks, and cross cut for the first crazy patch match. I must sew these together, then cross cut again to keep the crazy patch theme going. Once that is done, they will be cut into same size squares, and sewn into the top of the quilt.
I am thinking now that I might actually have enough for two projects out of this group.
I'll post photos as I make more progress. The combination sounds like a mess, but it is actually bright and lively.
Thursday, October 9
But I have been thinking about Christmas. I know these things are on my list:
- Carpenter's Wheel Quilt for brother;
- Pink/Peach crazy square quilt for d-i-law;
- four total flannel p.j.'s for the boys;
- four total satin kimono style housecoats for the nieces and s-i-law(I got the fabric in later spring from http://www.fabric.com when it was on sale for $1.99 a yard);
- four shirts for dh;
- what to make for son, mother, aunt and friends?
Saturday, October 4
This is interesting to me. I guess I am at stage of life where I've been there, done that for so many things. AND it is so easy to loose sight of what you set out to accomplish, with varying demands from work to grandchildren to husbands. I'd like to lose weight, get back to pottery, remember birthdays, etc.
The list is an interesting way to think about what you want to do. I started a list, just to see if I could generate 101 ideas - well I am at 35, many of which are multiple step. Giving it some more thought, I am sure I can get close.
Right now this is just an exercise, but I might consider really doing something with it.
At some point, I realized that the fabric I picked was stretchy. Much stretchier than I thought originally.
The upshot - the pants are really too big to be able to judge fit. However, the crotch length seems to be good, the length is great and the width and fit of the legs seems good.
SOOOOO...I cut out a second pair, in a NON-STRETCH rayon/cotton woven. I haven't put them together as yet, as I need to get a zipper, but I'm hopeful the pants will be a good fit.
I am going to take the big and stretchy, and add an elasticized waistband. They would be great for at-home (NOT even a walk to the mail-box) pair to clean in, paint, or whatever.
It also occured to me that it would be very simple to use the exact same measurements to create a skirt template. No worrying about crotch length, etc., just using the correct . . . ummmmm, dimensions! Once I get the pants down, I may give that a try as well.
Info on the Island method is available at http://www.islandersewing.com./ I am going to investigate this further, as these methods of construction claim to:
- double your sewing speed!
- elevate your personal sewing skills
- create the clean, ready-to-wear finishes in your garmets
- teach construction methods that are the equivalent of the best designers.
All quite noble and interesting claims. As I progress with this pant thing, I'll let you know what I think. There is a three day class offered in the methods, with a four day class to become a certified instructor. Take a look at the website and let me know what you think!