Saturday, February 21, 2015


So this is the finished badly done, quilt.  I still liked it, and decided to finish the binding.  I googled different ways to do binding and chose this one.  I machine stitched it on both sides for durability.  
From the right side.

 The back of the quilt.
The finished quilt.  This one was my own pattern and the first finished quilt I have ever done.  This quilt will go on the floor under some kids and bowls of popcorn for monster movies, in the trunk of the car protecting a find from an random shop, so I'm okay with it.

I have made another quilt top using some ideas from the internet.  My jacket is waiting for me,  I got very busy recently and decided to wait before I got back to the jacket.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Kwik Sew 3251

 My husband's jacket in progress.  This jacket has been on my mind for some time.  I had the Jo Anns denim earmarked for some jeans for me, but ending up ordering a pair from LL Bean. So, I am trying the jacket for him.   I'm not that happy with the collar, but it's my first try.  The machine you see by the jacket is my Viking 770.  The Viking 960Q would be around the table facing the cork board.  I would need to lose 2 machines to fit in one machine that does embroidery.  If you see a machine under the thread rack, that's the Viking 100.  I turn it around to face the jacket, and roll the chair around if I want to sew on that one.  I have to shift the 960Q over a bit to get some fabric room.  the plastic carry case under the table is empty.  It used to house a Singer, which broke and I don't have any more.
The back seaming.  I'd love to try some embroidery on the back.
 Inside, looking at the seams.  I stopped at the shoulder seams for a break.  Hopefully, it will turn out okay.
 The pattern.
Playing around with a decorative stitch. I have a button hole made on the other end, so I can try buttons with it at the store.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Simplicity 5952

 I've had the pattern for some time thinking I would use the pattern for the director's chair pattern, but along came this rocker.  The pattern was quite easy and straight forward.  It did call for some buttons, but I decided to leave that part out.  I'm extremely pleased  with this project.  I purchased the gold fabric a long time ago, and I don't really like it any more, but don't want to just toss it either, some I'm using it up.  I'd love to have these done so I could change with the seasons.  I only got the one picture.  We are down to 2 cars and I'm taxing all over several times a day at times.
My first quilt.  It's badly done.  Quilting is hard for me.  I have since found out I used the wrong foot and the wrong setting on my machine.  This was a basic square quilt with a scrappy back.  A light loft is sandwiched between,  I'm going to bind it with a beginner type of binding at a later date.  I am going to do another basic block again soon, and try again with the quilting stitch.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Long week.

We are having a long week.  It's been going for about 2 weeks now.  

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sew What Fleece book finger gloves

Sew What Fleece book is a bunch of crafty fleece items that you can draft and sew.  Patterns are not included.  You draft your own. They are fairly easy and include things like pajama pants, fleece skirts, shrugs, ponchos, scarves, a pet project or two, a few baby items, easy jackets, and a few other things I may be forgetting.
 I really wanted to try the Material Girl Gauntlets,  but wanted to practice first.  I notice a handy boy on a computer and I measure him, do some figuring and drawing and come up with a basic pattern.
 This is the 2nd set.   The first was not as neatly made and is in a boy's pocket right now.  I used a combination serger and sewing machine stitches.  I did change the sewing steps from the book, and even one of these is sewn differently than the other.  I wanted to make them as neat as possible.  I used a sweatshirt fleece material in a navy blue.

 A closeup of the inside.
And on a handy boy.  I thought these would be great for me when I have to drive and my hands get really cold, but I want to feel more control on the steering wheel.  They do fit great in boys pockets and I need to make 2 more pair for them.  I was up at parent's day at our local university and I did have a pair of gloves on, but I also thought these could work there too when you need your fingers free.  It was very cold that day and I didn't take any pictures or find out where the fashion dept. was, but the semester hasn't begun yet, so I will have time to explore.
These were made from scraps I would have thrown away from another project  I'm working on.  This is a current problem I have.    I feel guilty about throwing away my scraps.  And I got these gloves from scraps.  The pieces I did throw away, could they have been used for a headband my husband wants me to draft, also from the same book, for when he's outside this summer working in the yard?

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Simplicity A1273

I bought this on another grocery shopping trip.  Lots of little girls must have gotten dolls for Christmas, and the AG patterns on the racks were bare.
 This pattern has a cardigan, done in knits or wovens, a skirt, a top and the tunic, and the leggings.  The leggings and tunic need a knit.
 I tried the little cardigan jacket in a brown Ralph Lauren scrap (literally) wool.  I lined it with a cream stretch lining fabric.  My Bemburg was packed in a box under the Christmas boxes in the garage.  This is the front.
And the back.  Some tugging, but I really think it's me working with the lining and the wool and the tiny 1/4 inch seams.  Anyway lots of fun.

I hope everyone has a very fun but safe celebration of New Year's eve tonight...And a very Happy New Year tomorrow.

Simplicity A1230

These pants are from a pattern I purchased recently for AG dolls.  
 I made the pants in a lightweight summer tan cotton.  I don't have an AG doll, so I'm not sure how they would fit one.
 This is the dress pattern I made earlier in a wildlife print.  This one was made in featherweight cotton corduroy and I tried pleats instead of the gathers.  This was my own adaptation.

You can also see how I did the Pixie Faire dressform.  I used a cork from a wine bottle and then glued the dress form onto a creamer bottle.  I wanted to try longer dresses.  This dress form does not measure the full 18 inches.  I think it came to 16 1/2.  The beauty of having the pattern is I can make more and mount them prettier than this.
 If you look on the tomato pincushion side, you will see I pleated the fabric the wrong way.  I was having a lot of difficulty working with the facing and the 1/4 seam allowances.  I kept having to resew some areas, that I got tired and didn't pay attention to the direction of the pleating.  Practice makes perfect.
The lining fabric.  I was planning on throwing the bulk of my remnants away, but decided to play around with the doll clothing patterns and I can see how my choices in fabrics do seem to go together.