Overwhelmed by WIP's Wednesday...

I had to take a blood test at the Dr this morning, and took some quilty books to look at while waiting for the hour to pass... As I did so, I reminded myself that I have several unfinished projects... I made a list... this is stuff that's already been cut/started (but just fabric/yarn purchased/saved doesn't count)

it's a little overwhelming, and on top of the fact that I failed my glucose test, (and therefore have to go back sometime soon for the 4 hour test, which is HORRIBLE), I'm feeling a little overwhelmed (or maybe just whelmed, since it means the EXACT same thing as overwhelmed. English makes no sense.).

So, I decided to start with garage-ing the fabrics I have plans for, but are as yet still yardage. to clear some space in my cutting area.

In doing so, I found a box o' blocks from the Modify Tradition QAL, however many years ago that was... I think I need to whip this out into a quilt top so I can be done with it....

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but they're all different sizes, so I have to figure that out... I have lots of Kona in Ruby, and some more of that red floral that's in every block....

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I also found this baby quilt top... not sure why it was abandoned, but it needs to be quilted and gifted to some little baby girl pronto.

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here's my list....

I'm gonna try to get some of the easier things done quickly, so I can shorten this list.

painting the roses: aqua, white, glacier, curry (piecing) C negroni shirt (sew) butterfly quilt (on red) grandmother's fan/dresden (piecing) Summer Sampler (piecing) Modify Tradition (make into top) crockett monster pants (knit) D pirate sweater (knit) afgahn (crochet) (need to find hook) hexy sweater (crochet) (NEED TO FIND) Xmas swoon Tangerine Tango (paper piecing) Windmill quilt (hand quilting 1/2 done) found baby quilt (needs back and quilting) floral embroidery quilt dad quilt (needs quilting) Postage Stamp (needs back and quilting) D raincoat (need to sew now that I have buttons)

KCWC success dress

I admit, one of the reasons I love having a daughter is so I can sew for her.

I mean, those sailor pants were cool, but that boy would rather play in his underpants in the mud than sew and model...

so this morning, the Bean and I made this...

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This dress has achieved something very few other dresses have done yet. It looks vintage and old fashioned and satisfies my love of classic clothes, but it's got lots of elastic and ease so it's easy to put on and off, and is comfy....

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obvi, since it's for the Bean, it also has pockets (this time with hearts stitched across the top, her request).

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the skirt is a full circle, so it's fun to spin in...

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the waist is elasticized in a casing, as is the collar...

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I love flutter sleeves, so that's what this one has... The fabric was from Joann's yesterday, at her insistance...

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roomy enough to play, but still be true to my 1950's inspiration...

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I love the drama of this picture...

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unfortunately, I have no pattern, I totally just winged this one, drawing with pencil directly onto the fabric, based on her sloper...  But I think she might need another dress just like this...

C's office quilt

My poor husband often pulls all-nighters at his office, witha quick 3-am power nap.... I decided he needed a small (throw?) quilt to cuddle into when he was too exhausted to drive home.... so here it is:

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it's like 60x70 ish, maybe (I haven't measured), and made from all fabric on hand (except the green, which is Kona Avocado)

The centers are from a charm pack of Silent Cinema that I won, and couldn't figure out how to use, and the Kona Turquoise is left over from various RK projects.

I wanted to use Kona Coal for the binding, but didn't have any, so I used the last little bit of black stippled Greenfield Hill for that, making the binding the only print.

I quilted it in straight lines with the walking foot C just got me, sorta randomly following the edges of the blocks... It's got wool batting, my favorite, and I quilted it with grey thread....

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I can't think of any other pertinent details, but I love it, and hope he loves it too. I really can't wait to see it after we wash it....

A boy doll for the Bean's boy...

My daughter's love is a little boy called Pickle (fate, right?). For his birthday she and I decided he needed a boy doll so he didn't always have to play with the girl dolls. She chose the Eddie doll from Wee Wonderfuls, and we made it yesterday and today. I used the scraps from the t-shirt I made for D to make Eddie's shirt. The Bean chose everything else. image

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Hooray!

Tada! Here's my new bag!!!

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(Fancy setting, right? garage door handles make great bag backgrounds)

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somehow in the last 2 days I lost my rose fabric. Luckily last week I bought 1/2 a yard of this gorgeous Pezzy print at Sew Modern, and it was just enough for the lining, and it matches PERFECTLY. LOVE.

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I put a zippered pocket on one side of the lining (I had to use some plain kona snow for the inside of that pocket)

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and this side of the bag has a really simple cell phone, etc pocket. (I made 3 channels, 1 for my new cell, 1 for a pen, and 1 for keys or headphones...) I took the lining pics before I sewed the bag together, just because it's easier to photograph open like this.

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Killian really really likes my bag. I stopped to rethread my machine, and in the minute it took me, he claimed his spot. (the industrial is RIGHT by the sunny window looking out into the front yard, so it's a popular spot for cats)

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In case anyone is attempting to sew with leather, I highly recommend using an industrial machine with big fat nails. This pic shows a regular 80/12 needle below (which I use for sewing most everything), and the SIZE 20 (TWENTY!!!) needle that the dude at the local vac and sew place recommended... it's NOT a leather needle, it's just a HUGE FAT needle that punches RIGHT through anything. Before sewing on the handles, I checked to make sure the machine would go through 6 layers of leather, so that's the tester in the top left corner.

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here's the finished bag, enjoying the sunshine...

Done!

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I tried 2 hardware stores, and could only find silver rings, so they don't match the zipper, but I love the bag anyway.

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btw, these pics were taken in the parking lot of my kiddos' school. I thought the sailing themed bag needed a photograph at the beach... and it was SUCH a beautiful day.