Monday, July 30, 2012

Blossom Bag

I have been working on completing some of the kits I own as a way of cleaning up my sewing room.  Amazing how patterns and fabric seem to multiply on their own.  This bag was a kit from Connecting Threads.  The front of the bag has a vinyl cover over the fabric and the back is plain fabric that was quilted with a layer of fusible fleece.  Not a large bag but might be a cute bag to enclose a gift.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Sleeve board recover

I have been wanting a sleeve board for awhile but the new ones I have found are metal and not very sturdy.  Wish I would have kept the one I had in the 70's when I did a lot of garment sewing.  This wooden sleeve board was found on eBay and came with a clapper.  The downside was the cover was very stained and I was worried that some of the stains might come through on my projects.  I took the cover off to clean it and the padding was stained as well.  Decided to start over fresh with wool batting and made an attractive cover.  I really like how it turned out.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Charity quilts #1,2, and 3

While sick with a cold last weekend, I made the first charity quilts of 2012.  All three quilts were from the disappearing nine-patch pattern.  I am hoping to turn these in at the August quilt guild meeting.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Blue and tan table runner

In between projects, I made finished this table runner with no particular purpose.  Another kit from Connecting Threads purchased years ago.  It may go in the gift pile so I am not scrambling to get everything made between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Sure-Fit Design Muslin Blouse

A few months ago I purchased the Sure-Fit Designs system.  I am always on the lookout for a better fitting pattern and this might fit the bill.  I like the fact that I can create a blueprint that will work for all patterns whether I draft them myself off the blueprint or put under a commercial pattern to ensure better fit. I also love the fact that the company is based out of Eugene, Oregon where I used to live and still have many dear friends. 

This is the first muslin using the Dress Kit.  The fabric was picked up fairly cheap at Hancock's a few years ago.  Since I was making a wearable muslin, I added some trim to the center front to give the muslin some personality. Dressing this up for work, it was paired with white crop pants, a yellow cardigan and orange sandals.  Pretty cute and received complements on my new top.  I am still working on fitting tweaks but this is closer than I have gotten in a while with fit.