|My favorite - and one I am hoping to keep. However, everything has a price!|
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Arabesque by Sara Lawson at Sew Sweetness. The one Arabesque that I have loved and (gently) used I would up selling to someone for a Christmas gift. It was a twin of the grey tiled bag above. My neighbor Miguel is visiting family in Uruguay next month and asked for a bag for his mother. Then, he realized his sister would probably take that bag from his mom so he decided to get one for his sister. But he has another sister, too. So he wants three of these bags. This week was the prepping - cutting the linings, assembling the interior pockets, adding an exterior pocket to this wonderful pattern (which is a free download), quilting the body onto Soft and Stable, a foam interfacing, making the straps. Two are complete, and the other three are almost there. A most satisfying week of sewing. Now Miguel can choose which three bags he wants. Although if he does choose the black/grey tile, I am charging more for that one!
Sunday, January 25, 2015
My niece had her second child, little Eloise Emma, Friday. Eloise was born in Brooklyn and will join her brother Henry, mother Jen and father Tim. ***cue The Circle of Life from Lion King*** Eloise was the name of my Grandmother White, nee Eloise Sheehan. People die, babies are born, and we remember those who came before us.
My niece requested a low-volume pink and grey baby quilt. The magazine Quilty published a baby quilt, full of lines of pennants. I adapted this idea for Eloise's quilt. I know my niece loves balloons, and I think this quilt looks complete with the addition of the balloons. See the picture at the end of this post for the quilt top without balloons. The quilt's back is a bit higher-volume than the front and a great contrast.
Friday, January 23, 2015
When students are learning English as a Second Language, they are classified as ELL's - emerging language learners. This quilt I made when I was an EQM - an emerging quilt maker. My primitve basting method means there are nice big folds in the backing. My straight-line quilting isn't so straight. The binding was pretty horrible - I didn't even know how to miter corners! And let's not even talk about the quilting in the quilt. I did this on a domestic machine with a small harp, and this quilt is 84" x 104".
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Friday, January 16, 2015
I love this quilt for its texture. It has a wool bat, the backing is an Art Gallery fabric, and these fabrics are all soft peppered shot cottons. Here is the first mention of these fabrics. And then I just tucked these fabrics away until last October when I saw this quilt. Then I got busy. Scroll through October and November entries to see how this took shape. What excites me now is that my nephew Chris is interested in this. And I would love for him to have it! It's 72" x 72".
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Leslie, a hair and makeup artist, borrows her mom's machine when she wants to sew. Well, no longer. My Husqvarna 500 is one that I bought in the 1980's - I chose it for the needle up/needle down feature as well as the cool sound it makes when it's turned on. It has been my workhorse and go-to machine until 6 years ago, when I upgraded to Husqvarnas with bigger harp spaces. And my old faithful 500 has been my traveling machine for retreats and workshops - now I will be traveling with my only mechanical machine, which is fabulous for purse straps and boy scout badges. All these machines have interchangeable feet and accessories. I spent time yesterday making sure that Leslie's machine has a set of all the necessary feet - standard, 1/4", zipper, teflon. I am also including a walking foot and the guides. I'm sad to see this machine go, but I am thrilled that Leslie has maintained her interest in sewing and cannot wait to see what she does. (This Husqvarna comes with tech support, too, through my Facebook page and cell number!) My mom let me take her sewing machine to college with me. And she gifted me with that Singer Featherweight, one of her wedding presents in 1948, when I had my first apartment. I'm proud to carry on this tradition with Leslie.