Re-emerging very very soon. Happy Sunday ;)
Here she is in her new natural habitat. Isabel has been asking for me to sew with her for ages and I wasn’t sure that she was ready to be safe with needles, iron or machine. But, I could not put her off any longer and so off we went into the WIP pile, along with the scrap basket. As you can see above, she is learning to press open the seams. Check out the look of concentration on her face; She loved it!
This is a very old UFO which has not been completed since I cannot make up my mind what to do with the strips. Hop, Skip, Jump quilt? A version of This Quilt? Isabel says she is thinking about “What we make whid it” and she’s going to let me know what she decides.
Her first thing to make was a mug rug for daddy’s coffee cup. She carefully selected some scraps and she sewed this together with very little help (and intervention) from me.
Clearly, we have a quilting prodigy on our hands. ;p
Occasionally I like to take a break and make a blouse or dress for one of my girls. Suzannah is getting older and
unwilling more particular about what I sew for her. Isabel showed an interest in some of the Just Wing It range of fabrics and I thought a little blouse would be just the thing for her. I love the unusual color combination here with eggplant, deep salmon (dark coral?) tomato red, and a fresh green. I had lots of fat quarters from this line and shortened this pattern to make an a-line top.
The other day, I took a good hard look at my living room. I looked at what I liked and what might need some help. My reading chair really needed help. As usual, when presented with an idea or opportunity to start a project, I did so and straight away. So, in my usual haste, I do not have a “before” picture here. Let’s just say that it would be pushing the limit to say that the covers on these cushions were shabby chic. Maybe they were shabby, not so much chic. Anyway, this is what can happen when kids are in bed early and you have a few movies sitting around waiting to be played.
So I had a fresh chair just like that and I liked it. I had that back pillow from Pottery Barn from a few years ago. It’s a wood-block print from India. The little pillow is a lovely Kaffe Fassett shot cotton with a wide strip of an Amy Butler print. The bottom is a large-scale Anna Maria Horner print from her Innocent Crush fabric line. They all play well together I think.
Then the inevitable happened. The bright and new cushions made the rest of the room look sad and neglected. “A quilt for the couch and some throw pillows” was my very next thought. Never mind my idea of not starting any new projects until the old ones are done. I started thinking of my color palette and what would look nice in this room. I looked around the room and looked at this:
I thought about the colors; pale aqua, ruby, even bits of pink, garnet, pale grass greens. I started pulling fabrics and made many, many half square triangles. They look like this:
Here she is just a day after asking for a new dress. After all, since Isabel got a new dress, she felt deserving of her own. Who was I to argue? This is a very simple shift dress (Burda 9544) with a few added bottom seam darts which give the bottom a slight bubble effect. She was more than happy with it and the fabric really suits her. Check out the freckles!
It looks like I spent a lot of time figuring out how to place the print so that it looks like a necklace, but it really was just a happy accident. I have to say how happy all of this garment sewing is making me. I love how quickly these projects come together, and how they showcase the fabrics I love. I especially love how I can make something pretty for someone I love.
Indulge the repetitive picture-action here, but I simply couldn’t choose which picture was cutest!!
This was my fist attempt at making this dress, but it won’t be my last. This is a free pattern called “The Popover Dress“ and you can download it from the Oliver + S website. First of all, obviously, it’s an adorable dress. But, what I really appreciate is how quickly you can make this dress. I tend to start projects impulsively (I know…you’re surprised…right?) and with a dress pattern like this, given my fabric is already washed, I can make this little number in about an hour. If I want to use packaged bias tape for the straps, it would be even less time. I did make one revision in the yoke. I wanted it to be a bit taller, and so I didn’t fold it over in half as the instructions say to do. Instead, I cut out 4 yokes and sewed two to the front, and two to the back, one being the facing for the yoke, and one sewn on the outside. I hope that makes sense. I put in a little ric rac as the pattern suggests, but I am thinking of other things to insert at that upper seam. Crochet trim lace…piping…pom pom trim!
Fabrics are from the Free To Grow line of organic cottons from Robert Kaufman, designed by Nancy Mims.
Sometimes, I need a break from quilting and the urge to sew a dress for one of the girls takes over. Even more occasionally, I will sew something for myself. When I found out that Oliver + S pattern designer Liesl Gibson had designed patterns for women, I picked up those patterns immediately. These patterns are called Lisette and are available through Simplicity.
I had this incredible vintage fabric just waiting for blouse-making. I selected the Portfolio blouse and set to work. As is her style, Liesl has made garment sewing clear and accessible. I happily made this in an afternoon. I’m not sold on how flattering it is on me, but I still find it fun to wear. I am looking forward to sewing the other patterns from Lisette. I am forever in search of the perfect blouse/tunic pattern. Next time we talk about garment sewing, I’ll be discussing The Schoolhouse Tunic from Sew Liberated.
Oh bother. I haven’t been a very good blogger once again. And I’ve also been quite a slow quilter as well. All of my good intentions of finishing my UFO’s have been cast aside lately by the business of every day life. My Single Girl quilt sits on the chair feeling very neglected and sad. Out of anger, and also knowing how the curved piecing has me a bit undone, it taunts me. I think I can, I think I can…Single Girl, I will conquer you. Next week, maybe.
So, let’s just have a photo-heavy post on my little sewing room, shall we? Yes. And then perhaps my next post I will have something to actually SHOW you.
With a slight bit of guilt, I took over a room in our small house for sewing. The sewing corner I once had was growing and carving out more and more room out of the living room and was generally bugging the fam here at the cottage. I reasoned with the two girls that they hardly ever actually played in the playroom and before they could answer, I had turned the playroom into this…
And last, but definitely not least, my Christmas gift from Mr. Cottage. My Rowenta DA 1560. See that pointy tip? Totally rocks. When I’m piecing blocks, the compact size and shape is just what a quilter wants. I recommend it whole-heartedly. That’s the sewing room here at the cottage…I’ll be back soon with what I’ve been sewing. It’s not quilts by the way….
Here she is! I’m happy that I did finish this quilt and had so much fun doing it! The circles are raw-edge applique from double gauze, and the smaller circles are the tiniest of yo-yo’s, scattered about and slip stitched on by hand. Here it is a bit more close up.
Also, have you heard about the Single Girl Quilt Along???? I’m joining in….are you??
It is the only quilt I am letting myself begin before all my previous quilts are finished. Why make this quilt now? I have always always wanted to make this quilt, but felt intimidated by 31 tiny templates(ACK! Really? 31?) as well as curved piecing. But armed with my other quilting peeps and a bunch of other girls at the shop, I know I can do it! I think I can….I think I can….