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weekend sewing success.

 

I love it when a sewing project works out, and lately I feel like I’ve been mostly striking out. So finally, a success. How sweet it is.

 

floral blouse

Here’s the pattern, which I adapted into a blouse.

jamie christina miz mozelle dress pattern

The translation wasn’t difficult. I started with a muslin version to test the fit and for placing the darts that I added to the front and back. I also lengthened the bodice and curved the hemline. When I got all of that to work, I updated the pattern pieces, said a prayer, and cut it out. The prayer was because I only had 1 yard of fabric. And guess what, it worked!* And that even included making the bias tape to match! I was stoked.     (*I am kinda short. 1 yard may not work for all sizes.)

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I’ll be making this one again.

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plugging back in.

quilts riding shotgun

quilts riding shotgun

It feels great to be back home, finally. My trip to Quilt Market was a wonderful adventure and only being able to work from an ipad was a great excuse to unplug a little bit, which I love. I continued my digital hiatus by spending the weekend unloading, unpacking, re-organizing, cleaning, and generally trying to get life back in order. I’m making progress. As a goal today, I’m facing the computer screen and my inbox, which doesn’t feel so bad since I’ve given myself some space from it. I kind of make these deals to myself. If I do this much of X, then I can do some of Y. Most recently Y is clothes sewing and the single girl. Remember this weekend project I started recently? I’ve finally got an update.

 

single girl update

 

Also, I have been getting ready for the follow-ups and the long list of thank-yous — more non-digital tasks that I enjoy. I’ve got a big stack of stamped stationery just waiting for the right sentiments.

 

art quilt stamped cards

 

Happy Memorial Day.

 

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needle felted.

 

It’s nice to try new things. Last weekend it was needle felting thanks to a class at the library.

 

needle felted

 

I’m not gonna lie, it’s a little violent. Several people in the class really seemed to be getting out some aggression. The idea is to mat the fibers together with a sharp, barbed needle. Just lovely. And you have to pay careful attention not to needle felt your finger. I think I got myself once, which wasn’t too bad considering my coordination sometimes.

 

At first I got a little carried away with making beads. It was fun mixing colors and trying to make them as dense and round as possible. Then the flying saucer (far right) happened. Not my best work. I figured it was time to move on, and I got the idea to make a saguaro cactus to use as a pincushion. I really kind of like it. I just need to figure out what to use for a base…

 

felt saguaro

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