weekend sewing recap – alligators and swiss dot.

 

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.

 

alligator boxers

 

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.

 

 

peach colette shirt

 

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.

 

So there we have it. Some weekend fun.

 

 

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great catch.

 

I absolutely love this.

 

girl with her fish

 

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.

 

 

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Sessoms hits the road.

 

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!

 

sessoms throw quilt

 

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.

 

 

sessoms throw

 

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.

 

sessoms stamped quilt label

 

Safe travels, Sessoms! I hope you make lots of new friends.

 

 

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