Monday, April 2, 2012

Who is Edith, again?

No one asked after my last post, but Edith is my dress form.  She is very old, but serviceable.  She's purely decorative, but does help model my new creations for me. 

I mentioned this jacket last time, and the fact that I had never put pictures of it here when I finished it.  I had lots of the pieced fabrics left over, since they didn't play nicely together on the jacket.  That's how I ended up with the skirt- then the bag.  The mola I bought from Priscilla Kibbee.  People in Lancaster were actually asking if I had made it myself!

 I had a good sewing week last week.  I hate to say it, but it was mostly because my hubby was away a lot.  (Dinner for me takes 20 minutes and I do dishes when I run out of spoons!)  It's also easy to get lots of sewing done when there's nothing on tv to distract me.  NOTHING!
So, what did I get done?
April calendar quilt, pattern by Kim Schaefer

 First, the next in the calendar quilt series I am making to hang in the office.  The umbrella in the pattern was black.  I would never personally own a black umbrella.  :-)  The panels of this one are all cut from a single piece of batik fabric.

Holiday Stars, pattern by Joan Ford at Scrap Therapy
I finally got this top pieced.  I started it as a teaching sample back when I was teaching Scrap Therapy.  I have used it as my "Leaders and enders" project for some time now.  It finally got to the point where I had to finish piecing it and start a new secondary project. 

no title yet- a "Rule Breaking" quilt

I posted pictures of this in progress after I got Kathy Schmidt's book and started playing.   I would never have guessed how long ago it was!  But I finally got the quilting done.  I just played with some different designs on this- and practiced some new techniques I'm trying to master.  Now I'm trying to decide if it needs beads or crystals or not.  And how many it needs if it does.

By the way- the new set up in the sewing room is working out GREAT so far.  Much more comfortable than the old one was.

You may remember a couple of weeks ago, I was pondering what to do with old or unloved quilts in my collection.  Today I found a way to repurpose one of them.

 I have always wanted to try and replicate this little purse I was given as a gift.  By laying the purse next to the quilt and cutting and fitting, I think I did a fair job.  Only took about an hour, too! (but I didn't add the zipper since I never use it)

Thinking Green this time has me looking forward to Earth Day, which is in just a few weeks.  As part of their festivities at Genesee Community College, there is a household e-waste collection.  If you have old electronics you can safely dispose of them at this collection, rather than tossing potentially hazardous materials in the landfill.  Check with your local government office to see if there is such a collection in your area as well!

I am thankful for:
Mad Men is back and as good as ever!
I have time to spend doing the thing I love best.
A date with my hubby
The sleeves for my sweater look better the second time around.
Steak, roasted potatoes and ice cream for dessert.

1 comment:

  1. Edith should meet Valerie. My Valerie is currently keeping my shawl tidy.