This is the third cat block. I took the pattern from pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/570972058990043301/. These kinds of blocks are somewhat tedious to put together, but they are so impactful when they are done, that I periodically get sucked into one. I think this one took me about three weeks of fairly feckless sewing.
Finished this purse a few weeks ago:
Lately I have been about quilts as garments and this was a first idea.I have the beginning of a jacket as well. The inside of pockets and the bag lining are bright orange. This was Steve’s idea. I love this idea and am still amused by the little surprise of the the color. I used small bits of it on the strap as well. The strap is intentionally not even, creating a sinewy sensual line. I usually wear it across the body, so it is a nice semi vertical line. I also used several polymer clay objects that I had made a long time ago. By and large, I am happy with it, although it could be slightly bigger inside. Next time I will spend some time thinking about making a flat bottom so more items will fit inside.
So as the valentine quilt starts to complete, I working on this quilt that I have been thinking about. I have one block done already here. This quilt I am taking ideas from pinterest where there is an unlimited amount of cat blocks. The second block I made was an adaptation from this stained glass piece I saw on pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/570972058990043413/
The question that I am still debating is whether the cats should have faces. I have started a third block also- more to come.
I have been working on this dress for a couple weeks and finished it last week. I wore it to work and got a lot of good feedback- which gives me the courage to post it here.
I added the little blouse which matches pretty closely and has little beaded edge.
Here it is without the blouse- unfortunately, the horizontal stripes are better when they are broke up by the jacket or they widen me a little bit. Also, it turns out if I have to take more than one picture I start to get cross. I should probably be nicer to my photographer. He took quite a few more and I always have that slightly angry face on which means I was “saying hurry up already”.
I drafted the pattern from a dress that I have that I loved that got a hole in it. I used Alabama Chanin techniques to hand sew it. In the process of sewing the neckline either stretched or was slightly too wide. I had reinforced the neckline with hand basting, but in future, I may fuse some fusible interfacing to the neckline to avoid stretching. It gapped when it was finished. I ran a line of elastic thread by hand in the binding right in the center front, hence the gathering.
Julie from my church gifted me this fabric. Originally it was cream and brown, I wasn’t too fond of the cream so I over dyed the fabric, first red then black. As you can see, there must be some polyester in the fabric because I didn’t get a super dark color either time. It took dye unevenly, resulting in the lighter stripes in between the wide stripes. I like this, too.
I will definitely remake this dress, it is super comfortable.
It is getting very close to done. I love this quilt. Visually there is a lot going on.
It is fun to look at, with its wonkiness and energy. It is interesting to me, having worked on it and started with so much red, how much the addition of the pink has changed and lightened. It is very improvisational, and that comes through in it. Now, off to the fabric store to get fabric for a frame.
Several projects that I have been slowly working on. This first one is near my heart. It is corduroy and so far just two fabrics, one my husband’s old shirt and one my sister gave me.
It is a wonky log cabin. It is so much more successful than this block that I was also playing with:
Several errors here. Since is it was play I probably won’t redo it. I was frustrated with it because it caused a lot thinking to put it together. Someone with more patience than me would need to put a whole quilt of this pattern together. I get so much more enjoyment out of the wonky blocks instead of trying to force the pattern.
The last one is a bag I am making. I just have a vague idea of how this will go together but I love the trajectory:
Different hearts. The centers of some were removed and sewn onto others.
I can’t seem to get past the block stage lately, here are a couple new blocks.
The top one may not make the quilt because it is out of scale. I am disappointed in my math. I had cut out these little squares a long time ago and tried to make the heart the right size for them. I had to come to terms with the fact that having perfect corners is not in the plan for right now. There is something in the intensity of color that resonates with me very strongly.
Haven’t got as much done, but I did make a couple new blocks.
Here is Glenda and her bubble pocket.
This is a the background to my lion. The trees turned out really nice.
I have been slowly moving my sewing room back up and organizing. I did a lot last week and just in time, the hot water heater went out last week. Luckily, only a small amount of water leaked out. But last week all of my sewing stuff including my second machine were right by the water heater. It all worked out for the best.
I was excited to finish these two this week. They were super tedious to put together but the result is exactly what I wanted. Here is the pattern if you are interested: Pineapple blocks.
I did both ways but I like the first one better. I did use colored markers to make the spirals more distinctive. These are part of the No Place like Home quilt. They are the beginning of the yellow brick road.
Still working off and on making blocks from the Quilting Block & Pattern-a-day 2016 Calendar. Steve helped me pick the colors for this one and it turned out quite striking:
One criticism I have is that the blocks are quite big. Several other ones that I made are over sized. It is rare for me make a block larger than a foot, but several of these are 16 inches.
I have been cleaning and getting rid of items this weekend. I took about six bags to Goodwill this weekend. It felt good to get rid of it all. I am slowly moving back into my sewing room. I made a lot of progress since it was fairly warm this weekend.