bags and greens.

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Another 2ball knitting bag (this one for my friend Liberty)

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A fold-over purse, (is it a clutch if it has a handle? Mostly copied from my friend Natalie's awesome bag) is my new favorite make.

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A shirt for C. Fabric is a yummy flannel from DryGoodsDesign, pattern is a Vogue pattern. Made it with short sleeves to test the fit. C has the worlds biggest shoulders, so I'll have to grade up the chest/shoulders before I make another.

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The Vogue shirt got buttons within 24 hours of being made, unlike this one, which sat, WITH BUTTONHOLES, for 2 years, awaiting only buttons. Lucky C got 2 shirts this week!

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And finally, the greens. I'm working on an all green Scrappy Trips Around the World at D's request. But Crockett thinks it's yummy...

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Sailor's Delight doll quilt

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quilt back

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quilt front

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I was trying to figure out the colors to use on this quilt, and the Bean came along to "help" then she sweetly asked if she could pick the fabrics, so she did. and my spectrum mug rug became a purple/gold/pink doll quilt just like that.

Another nursing-dress muslin

I had the sick 6 y/o take these pics, so my apologies for the quality (but yay him for being my photographer!) image

I made this dress up last night, based sorta on the schoolhouse tunic I wore yesterday. it's another wearable muslin (this fabric is by Darlene Zimmerman for Robert Kaufman, and is a 1930's floral ditsy print. tiny red flowers on white. LOVE it), while I try to figure out a flattering and functional fit. It felt really shapeless (despite bust darts). I think the back is still too big, but adding a "belt" (aka a strip of batik selvage tied in the back) helped a lot, I think...

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or at least it did in the mirror/my head... I need to hem the sleeves and skirt, but I think this could totally work. I'm loving the pockets and the easy nursing, and it's the perfect amount of clothing for the mid-80's weather we're having.

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I put a zipper in the back (an invisible one, obvi), but because of the giant slit in the front, it's totally unnecessary, so I think I'll take it out and just sew it shut.

I love this fabric enough that I think I'll keep this dress and wear it a bunch, and now I think I'm ready to start sewing "real" dresses...

Oh, and I used Built-By-Wendy Dresses as my jumping off point. the shift dress, size L.

 

Schoolhouse tunic

I need more nursing-friendly clothing. I emailed Meg at Sew Liberated, and she was super helpful about how to use her patterns for nursing.

So I bought the Schoolhouse Tunic, and last night I made a muslin (a wearable muslin, oxymoronical as it may be).

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I think I need to take it in in a variety of places to give it a more flattering fit.

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(can you tell I'm tired? Last night we had a very sick kiddo)

I made a size 14/16, based solely on my bust measurements, but I think I could easily fit into a 10/12.

But it was pretty easy to make, and works like a DREAM for nursing with a nursing tank underneath,

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I added pockets in the side seams, just because I like pockets.

The fabric is red Cambridge Lawn, and I have no words to describe how awesome it is. SO soft, but still densely woven enough to be durable. Here in LA, wearing 2 layers is often too much, but a tank and a lawn tunic is JUST bearable. and it will be perfect for the colder days. I think I'll add some trim or something to the front, but as it stands, baggy and all, it's totally wearable, I LOVE the fabric and the color, and look forward to making more (smaller) Schoolhouse Tunics in the very near future.

Edges...

I'm trying to figure out how/where to stop on my Tangerine Tango EPP top. image

not the side, just the edges....

In theory, every hex should have a square on each side, and then triangles to fill the gaps...

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If I only do completed hexies, though, 2 of the sides have these hugely uneven edges:

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and since the other two edges look so cool, I'm just not sure what to do.

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So maybe I need to add in the squares, and then cut them into right triangles to make a straight edge on those sides?

 

Thoughts?

Market time

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I got my postage stamp quilt top done just in time. Quilting it will have to wait till June, as I've been informed that the craze of market has begun. This week I have to paper piece a quilt top:

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Design, sew, and write the pattern for a duvet cover; make a clutch bag or 2; make a pair of ladies shorts, and a pair of reversible baby pants; design, sew, and write the pattern for a sewing machine cover; make some free-motion-quilting samples; write up the pattern for that lift-the-flap bunting quilt; sew a shop sample and write the pattern for that hobo bag I designed, and, um, maybe that's it (other than maintaining my house, homeschooling, etc).

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So here's a gratuitous beauty shot of my postage stamps. Just because. I'll post sneaky shots when I can, but y'all can expect a deluge of posts after market at the end of May!

Baby boy quilt-in-progress, take 2

First, she sorted...

(Well, first I sewed, THEN she sorted)

Then we played.

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This one is much smaller, probably 45x55, so it'll actually be for the baby. But it's the same fabric line as D's quilt, so they'll coordinate. Cause clearly my house is all about coordination (not!) C just ordered me an early birthday present, a walking foot, so I think this quilt will be my test drive, when it arrives...

Another bag...

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I made another one to test my pattern, and I LOVE it. (BTW, if any of you love this bag as much as I do, I'd love a pattern tester!)

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My sister's birthday is coming up, and that blue is her favorite color, so I think it's headed her way, but I have enough of the fabric left over to make another one for myself. :)

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Zip pocket on the inside on one side...

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And triple pocket on the other side (my straight pocket trifecta: cellphone, pen, keys/earbuds).

All fabrics bought last week from the lovely lively ladies at SewModern. (They're VERY lovely,  and I do love them muchly, but my autocorrect reminded me that one reason I love them is that they're very lively)

A little boy quilt

image I always have lots of scraps (sometimes lots of actual yardage) leftover after I make a quilt top for Robert Kaufman, so I decided to use some of the smaller scraps to make a quilt for the boy I am gestating right now...

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here's the view looking down right now....

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the Bean "helped" me whip this one out...

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of course, as I worked on it, it grew bigger and bigger, so now that it's done (post soon), it's on D's bed, and a new one is in progress for the baby....

Final prototype

OOOOH! Squee! I am in LOOOOOOVE. My new bag is exactly what I want, and I just whipped this final puppy up in about an hour (not including cutting, which might have taken almost 1/2 an hour). Simple and clean and FUNCTIONAL and (if I do say so myself) CUTE!!!  Here it is empty:

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It's still a tad stiff, it definitely needs to be broken in a bit, and the pins attaching the bag straps to the handles need to be replaced with BIG HUGE shiny gold (to match the metal zipper) O-rings, (hopefully Home Depot will have what I want?)

but it's a perfect bag.

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That's my old bag (still full) stuffed inside the new one. (also my old iphone and a pen showing off the interior pockets. there's a zip pocket on the side closest to the camera, but I couldn't photograph both sides clearly). The new one is super roomy thanks to the curved and bagged bottom. The leather version is going to have bag feet, too, but this one didn't need them. it's washable cotton, after all. (BTW, the lining is some cheapo red fabric that I bought a whole bolt of at a thrift store for like 3 bucks, and am still working through. I wanted something light and not busy for the lining, and this totally works)

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here's the bag exterior, unzipped, crammed with my old bag. The fabric needs to soften and slouch a bit, but it's still got a great shape, right?

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and here it is all zipped up (and full.) I really like the spiky-up corners. hopefully the middle will slouch more as time goes on, but the metal zipper is REALLY stiff. I wouldn't have tried a metal zip, except that I've had this particular one for like 9 years, and never used it, and I just wanted it OUT of my zipper box.

I'm not going to cut into the leather tonight, because it's too pricy, and I need to think about cutting layout on the piece I have, so I think I'm going to go work on my TTC quilt some more (shocking, right?)

A sweet birthday present...

20120204-103738.jpg We've got some little girl birthdays coming up, so I decided to use some of my Anne Kelle lollipop and ice cream cone scraps (I think... It's all a blur from market) with some random other scraps to work on this zippered bag idea again...

20120204-104050.jpg Last time the zipper was too high, this time it's too low, but I'm getting closer.

20120204-104242.jpg I think I'll do one more... Just to make it perfect. Now I have to figure out what to stuff inside the bag....

a little school jumper...

So, obviously yesterday was 9/11, and I totally couldn't handle it.  I hugged D so hard at one point he complained (he normally loves hugs)... It's a crazy day for me, because we could see the smoke (and we were covered in ash by evening) from across the bay (we, my best friends and I, were all in New Haven, CT at school), so it was pretty tangible, but not tangible like the people who lived IN the city, (although we did go there a good deal). And I found out afterward that my high-school-job-at-the-Gap boss, Ron Gamboa, and his partner Dan, and their 3 year old son, (all of whom I had met, and whose house I'd been at numerous times), was in one of the planes that went into the towers. Geez, I'm tearing up while I write this. But I went to school with people whose parents/siblings/close friends WERE IN THE TOWERS, or were in med school dealing with the emergency stuff, etc, and so my personal trauma has always felt minor compared to theirs...

Still too much for me to deal with though.

So I went crazy yesterday making things. Like that dress on top.

It's just like this yellow-bird jumper I made a few weeks ago, but I wanted to try a new piping idea...  and it worked! yay!

DISTRACTION!

I decided to make a little bib front, and so I used some straight stitch and a decorative stitch (the asterisks), and some old buttons from my gram, and I crocheted a little trim to give it a bit more dimension (I would have preferred lace, but I really didn't want to go anywhere yesterday)

it was just chain stitch with a DC in each chain all the way around, using perle cotton, then sewed down with the bib...

I did the same decorative stitch on the pockets, (but no crochet).  The Bean really likes the buttons. a lot.

The Bean seemed pretty happy with it, although, since I was using a pattern I made almost a year ago, I added an inch in width to both the front and the back. whadyaknow, it's about 2 inches too big around... le sigh. SOMEDAY she will grow, right? (actually, she IS getting taller, finally. those blue pants are size 6-12m, and now they're shorts!)

I blind-hemmed some bias tape for the bottom:

and am quite happy with the finished result... so then, to avoid being alone and watching the news, I also worked on this dress. Non-teaser pics to come soon:

 

 

Built like a ROCK.

Before

Cleaning: Excitement! TADA!!!!

Once I pieced the block (as a test of the motor/power supply), I sat down at the computer, and tried to find out when/who made this powerhouse of a machine.
So far, my research shows (according to the label on the motor) that even though she is "badged" World's Rotary," she's  really just a White sewing machine, which is not rare or anything, (but still SUPER awesome!). The motor also says that it was "patented October 25, 1927," which gave me a time frame at least!
After searching and googling for an hour, I finally found this image, so, based on my machine's serial, I'm going with 1931. So today, we're celebrating her 80th birthday! CRAZY!
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Me and Roxie

This is Roxie:
I have a post, just for her, coming soon.
last night, she and I worked for about 8 hours on a quilt top using Jay McCarroll's Habitat Fabric for an LAMQG challenge (sponsored by FreeSpirit, who makes the fabric)... Roxie is AWESOME (and powerful! and beautiful! and amazing, and EIGHTY YEARS OLD!)
ok, so she didn't do the blanket stitches, because she's just a straight-stitcher, but my Bernina (who still needs a name, and a cover, to be honest) is willing to pitch-hit.
I asked my friends on Facebook to help me name her, and Tess reminded me that Roxie is the perfect name for her (For some reason, the Chicago soundtrack had been in my head the whole time I was working on cleaning her, and I had mentioned that to Tess, and ... yeah, I'm an idiot not to have made the connection, but luckily, Tess is super smart.)
Anyway, I made these little travel sewing kits, (Tess chose the bottom one, lined with Kona Espresso)...
Shall I do a giveaway for the top one, or sell it on Etsy... not sure... stay tuned, I have an idea....