The summer issue of Stitch is here, and I’ve got a project in it. Check it out.
Fabric rings with vintage buttons–exactly my kind of bling. I’ve never been much of a shiny and/or serious jewelry type person, especially when it comes to rings. Wood versions have been my go-to, but the tides might be changing with these little guys. Plus, it’s always more fun to make things to your own liking. And who doesn’t have a small stash of enticing buttons just waiting for the right project?
These rings take no time (or supplies, really) to make. I could probably find enough fabric to make one in my waste basket. I guess that’s why I made 5 samples rather than the two they asked for…You might say they are addictive.
Finally, I had a weekend completely free and clear of any extra-curriculars. So I did some sewing.
First on the agenda was to finish up a pair of boxers that I’d already started.
I’ve been a little obsessed with this fabric. I love the retro-florida feel and thought a new pair of boxers would be a fun use for it. I used this pattern, which I also used to make Christmas presents for my entire family last year. Coordinating fabrics and personalities was fun. I wonder what this selection says about me? I do love some old florida flavor.
The other thing I worked on was this shirt by colette. I’ve still got some handwork and hemming to finish it up, but I’m happy with how it’s turning out.
Using this swiss dot required a little extra thought with some of the detailing since it is semi-sheer. I needed all the seams to look clean inside and out. The strategy was to implement french seams wherever possible, which works out great in most places except for the center seam in the front and back. A french seam wants to pick a side, but since this seam is front and center, I wasn’t quite sure how to handle it. I ended up sewing it like a french seam but tried to iron it open(ish). It worked ok, but there’s surely a better way. Otherwise it was straight-forward and came together easily. I really like that the bodice is on the bias. I think that made setting in the sleeves a whole lot easier.
I don’t normally follow the local freshwater fishing, but I do always flip to the back of the sports section for the business news, and this article caught my eye. The caption is great. How cool is it that this little 9 year old and her “Shakespeare Scooby-Doo combo” caught this big fish? Well done, sister.
Just goes to show that you can do great things working with what you’ve got.
I recently packed up my Sessoms throw to send to my new friends at Intown Quilters in Decatur, Georgia. She’ll be hanging there proudly for the next few weeks while they host what sounds like will be a super fun shop hop. Wish I could go too!
In honor of her special trip I thought I’d share a little bit about the process of making her.
I knew I wanted a lattice-like design and liked the idea of using bright and colorful fabrics. Awhile back, I read a tip to cut 2-1/2″ strips from fabrics as you buy them to create your own personal stash of pre-cuts, which I thought of as a space-saving way to horde fabrics that I loved. I also figured that saving small bits of my favorites would come in handy in future projects. That ended up to be true when it came time for this one. I had so many options that it was easy to find exactly what I wanted. I then tried out several solid fabrics for the background before settling on this particular blue. The color gradation was honestly an afterthought. I’d been working through my fabrics (in a fit of o.c.d) based on color, but liked how the effect started to play out as the quilt grew. My stream-of-consciousness quilting approach was both for the sake of entertainment and for trying new things. I wanted heavy quilting in the solid areas to emphasize the design and to promote fullness in the colored parts. The binding came together with leftovers from my strips and some fresh cuts of the blue. And that’s pretty much how she came to be.
If I had kids, I guess this would be like sending one off to camp. I stamped out a new label so she doesn’t forget who she is or where she came from.
Safe travels, Sessoms! I hope you make lots of new friends.
Tomorrow, 10:00-3:00 I’m helping celebrate the grand opening of the Dragonfly Quilt Shop. They are all settled into their new location at 1561 Old Dixie Highway, and they’ve got lots of stuff planned. Designer Jill Wolfe and Checker rep Marsha Hicks will be there with some fun and exciting stuff. I’m bringing my patterns, sewing machine, and art quilt stamps–including my special, new quilt label set, which is shown above. And I’ve heard something about Blake bringing her delicious cheesecake…
Bring on the fabric, fun, and that warm, salty breeze.
After swapping patterns recently, my friend Jill Wolfe made this Herringbone runner. Jill is a very talented designer out of Sebastian (Florida) who I met last summer in Vero Beach. She designs patterns, has an etsy shop, makes her own clothes, and is all around creative. We hit it off instantly.
It’s really fun for me to see what other people do with my patterns, and I think her version of the Herringbone is just fabulous.