A Little Quilting Experience

I have been sewing since I was a child. The first quilt I made was in high school: a double wedding ring pieced quilt with hand quilting. It’s atrocious work!

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I have made a lot of quilts that I have given away as gifts, and for some reason never thought to take photographs of them!

I’ve been to the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas.

I really enjoyed making small wall quilts, and for a few years I entered my quilts into the Hoffman Challenge.

I am glad I have a little quilting experience in my past, because it gives me a nice foundation to begin to explore fiber creativity!

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Quilting For The Love Of It

I have not done much sewing for a long time. Reason? Because motivation. Because pain.

I was getting sidetracked with work, taking care of our homestead, and trying to find the right niche in New Hampshire. I also started experience serious symptoms from autoimmune disorder, and I was often unable to use my hands so sewing was sort of tabled.

Having recently relocated my sewing space to another room in the house, and reorganized all of my quilting supplies I have decided to launch back into quilting. I’ve been making quilts since the early 1990s. Many of them I have given away as gifts.

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Two immediate projects have been taking my attention, which I will document and post. One is a pieced block quilt with vibrant colorways. The other is a hand embroidered fruit table runner.

I plan to quilt at my own pace, and for my own enjoyment. And that’s it. Quilting for the love of it.

 

Global Garb

Trying to launch the Global Garb collection I’m inspired to create! I need some fabric from Dharma Trading, some thread for the embroidery, and a little bit of gumption to #createsomething.

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Sewing Apps

There are not many sewing apps available. I know there are a few on the Apple side and painfully few for Android. I’m not entirely sure what I would use a sewing app for but have some ideas! What types of functionality would a sewing app have? Measurement guidelines? Conversion tables? Sewing machine support (like needles and bobbins needed)? Basic sewing techniques? What would be valid, useful information worthy of an app?

Do It All?

Sometimes, I just want to do it all: sewing a fashion line of my very own, making garb for sale at renaissance fairs, creating soft home goods and decor. Then I construct something rather atrocious and feel like I just can’t do it all.

It’s hard to decide which direction to focus on because I enjoy doing so much; yet I know my skills still need to be perfected. I can’t do it all. But I’m working on it! I do think that I should focus on apparel and try not to sew home goods or quilt or anything crafty, unless it’s a specific project.

I’m also pretty obsessive about going down the organic and/or natural fibers path. I’m pretty concerned about the source of my fabric. I’m not sure I can be so picky about the source of my notions, though. I’d like to try to design some of my own fabric, as well.

Of course, my new love: machine embroidery, will all be a part of my plan!

Waiting on myself to see how it all comes together… sigh.

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Packed Away

All of my sewing machines and supplies are packed away and ready to move. I worked frantically to finish a few projects, including a sleeveless linen top and a deconstructed panel skirt. Not my best work, but eh… The linen top was a pattern I drafted from inspiration from this Burda shirt: http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/drawstring-top-052012. I used my fantabulous embroidery machine to embroider Rainbow Dash on the front. The drawstrings are cool, but the back of the shirt fell kind of weird. The panel skirt was a tan skirt I got from Walmart (I think). I sliced it and added 6 triangular panels in a great tie dye. That was rushed, and still needs some hand sewing. Oh well, if it’s wearable, it’ll work. Until I get moved, no more sewing for me!

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Buttonhole Scissors

On a trip to my local Half Price Books, I scored a copy of Nancy Zieman’s Nancy’s Favorite¬†101 Notions book for $9. While I was perusing it (in between getting ready to go back to work tomorrow and taking care of baby) I saw something unusual. There is a handy little cutting device called buttonhole scissors. Buttonhole scissors!

There is a little screw on these things that you can use to adjust the buttonhole size you want to cut out. Apparently you put the scissors over the edge and they cut out just the buttonhole area. I so want a pair!

My Sewing Corner

Another summer has passed and I have sewn very little. I have many goals, but some of those goals are taken longer than expected to reach. The reality is I need to make the time to sew. I haven’t had the time to go clothes shopping either, so its not just the garment making that’s suffering.

I would like to work on some fall clothes, including the eggplant corduoroy pants, and some blouses. I’d actually like to also make the necklace from fall colored crochet beads I have…jewelry making also feels like a distant dream.

I have been drawing some sketches for the Project Runway sketch contest; it is fun, is letting me create some great ideas for my wardrobe, and hey I might win something. My favorite idea at the moment is brown velvet pants that have ribbed knit right below the knee. I think I’m going to use that idea for the Sew News Style Star contest where you take an existing pattern and modify, alter and embellish it. There is also a National Sewing Month contest, but I don’t have any ideas yet. In the end, entering design and sewing contests will help keep me motivated to spend more time in my sewing corner.

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