Warning, this is a picture heavy post. You have been warned! 🙂
I don’t know about you, but this is the only truly “chemistry” or “science” themed quilt that I am aware of. It took some hunting skills, but once I found the mid-century reproduction atomic prints, I knew I could pull this off! With the “geek chic” style that is coming of age (an appreciation of intellect, go figure), it was fun to round out this little fabric collection.
At first, I was concerned that the overall effect would be a bit somber for welcoming a little bundle of joy, but once I got it all put together, it really worked. Of course the brightly colored liquid in the various flasks do help to lighten the mood, overall.
The best part is that when I finished the project and mailed it off to the Mommy and Daddy to be, they loved it! He is a high level chemist and she is a nurse. They asked for a chemistry or science vibe, and I think I pulled it off. Love my geeky friends!
While I did work on a Christmas quilt for myself this year, I got it pieced, but not quilted. My friend, Beverly (who doesn’t have a blog) made this adorable Santa wall hanging for a quilt rack in her breakfast nook. She started with a cute little panel from our local-ish quilt store (nothing is really very local to us) and finished it out beautifully! I just love him!
I am kicking myself for not getting one of these panels for myself. Maybe I can find something similar for next year. I have a real soft spot for the chubby guy in the red velvet at Christmas.
I know that my Christmas reveals are really late this year and I apologize. We have had some medical excitement in the extended family and we only recently held the last of our family celebrations this past week. It’s been a crazy start to the year, but so worth it that everyone is healing and enjoying being together.
This week, I haven’t worked a single stitch on the quilt. The wonderful (steal of a deal, many years ago) lamp that sits just behind and beside my rocking chair has blown its ballast. Hubby will have to order a new part for it, so with the holidays impending, it will be a week or more before we can get back into full quilting mode. Sigh. I do realize that I am very, very lucky to have a handy hubby as opposed to spending money on a new lamp.
As for actual hand stitching, I have done a little bit. I sewed some trim and buttons on some homemade fabric Christmas ornaments. They turned out very cute, but, unfortunately, I don’t have a photo of them. I plan to use them as little gifts, or as gift tags. The best part is when they are fun to actually make and you smile while you stitch! That is success in my book!
I worked on some star ornaments that are being hand sewn together. They are a little wonky, but cute and cheerful. In the photo, the one on the left is partially sewn (it’s really kind of tough to not sew through all of the layers with every stitch and only catch the top fabrics). The ones on the right are just pinned down. I have no idea why I purchased these fabrics. I got them on super sale (I found the receipt) at my LQS. I don’t think I had a particular project in mind for them at the time. So, this made for a rather frugal way to use up some bright, holiday fabrics into ornaments.
My biggest project is getting some things ready for Christmas projects. Some are for gifts and some are for my home, but I spent a fair bit of time getting some dresden plate blocks ready for hand applique over the holiday weekend. The only hand applique that I have ever done has been the raw edge, blanket stitched version. I have never done any where the edge is turned under and the stitches are hidden before. This could be interesting!
I like to do some hand work while watching movies or binge watching on Netflix and this appears to be a good weekend for that. So, next week, I may have even more progress to show for my hand sewing.
Of course, I am linking up again at Slow Stitching Sundays at Kathy’s Quilts.
If you missed my other Slow Stitching Sunday posts: #1 is here and #2 is here.
It is just too stinking much fun to make baby items and my favorite baby item to make is a cuddly quilt. I have crocheted sets and quilted sets. I love doing them both. This time, I was able to make a baby quilt for a lovely family at church who is expecting a baby girl any time now.
This is my first real experience with any of the “disappearing” block ideas, but it really is an interesting technique to learn. I can see this block being very versatile in various sizes and in a wide range of fabric goodies, from depression reproductions, to civil war, to red, white, and blues, to a good ol’ scrappy one. It’s geometric without being plain and stodgy. These fabrics just made me smile at their bright colors as I worked.
I used white muslin and a charm pack of 5 inch squares that I picked up. The backing and binding are made from a purple muslin that feels just a tad heavier than the white muslin. All in all, it came together pretty well.
This is the first time I have tried to use “organic” quilting, which is basically machine quilting unstructured wavy lines across the quilt top. I didn’t mark anything and just kind of followed the lines of the piecing, working my way around pins as I went. I like how it turned out, even if I did have to frog out (rip-it! rip-it!) 3 rows and try again. On the whole, it was rather easy once I got the hang of being fluid with it. My youngest son thinks that the quilting looks like waves across the quilt top and that makes me like the idea of doing it on a predominately blue quilt some time.
I really think that this pattern and quilting style will be useful on many future projects.
Dont’cha just love this scarf? It’s the perfect blend of cozy flannel and lovely patchwork. Here is another photo of my friend, Beverly, modeling it after she recieved it as a
birthday gift a year or so ago. I loved it so much that I made another for my Mom. She loved hers, too. I even took some scraps and an old piece of minky backing and got it all ready to sew up to have one myself…but I never got around to sewing it. In fact, I had forgotten all about it.
That’s probably why I found it earlier this week, still pinned together.
So, even though I haven’t been sewing much lately, I just HAD to finish this scarf. Right?
Here she is, all warm and super cozy, made entirely with leftovers from other projects. Beauty from chaos. I kind of like that!
The pattern for this project is from the Moda Bake Shop website. Here is the tutorial I used. These are absolutely easy to make and are a great gift item. With Christmas coming, this is a good project to try. It can elevate a beginning seamstress
by giving her a scarf that finishes up much nicer than the title of
“beginner” would imply!
As the weather forecasters are telling us that a “polar vortex” is coming our way next week, I will be happy to snuggle in my new scarf, pondering new gifty goodness to
Do you make any or all of your Christmas gifts? What was your favorite?
It is honestly the hardest thing ever to look at a blog post with a picture of yourself on it. At least it is for me. I imagine that I will grow accustomed to how I look (even if I am less than thrilled about some things), but that will take a little time. There is around a decade with no pictures of me, so I guess it’s time to be kind to myself and just be accepting. The growing new wardrobe will help.
This time, Mom and I took a cue from the adorable Moneta dresses that were blogged about by the Curvy Sewing Collective. I have enjoyed everything these ladies have made and it is a particular joy of mine seeing clothes on people that look and are actually real people, not airbrushed willow-y models who aren’t really like the final photo anyway. My figure is probably the closest to that of Tanya of the Mrs. Hughes blog, but all of the ladies are inspirational!
I love cotton knits in the summer because they are so cool and comfortable. No wrinkles and ease of movement are nice, too! This is my Collette Moneta. I think it may be the first of
many, but I am still wondering if a seam right around my ample middle is a good idea. The fabric came from JoAnn’s. It is a tone on tone teal with lighter teal design on it. It is kind of subtle, so it doesn’t show up well in the photos.
I am only 5 feet 2 inches tall, on a good day with shoes and fluffy hair, so I was shocked that the hem on this dress only barely covered my knees! I thought it would be longer on me. It is modest and fine, but I have to be mindful of breezes and bending down to pick things up. I usually go with a bit longer hem for security, but this does look nice for church. However, it isn’t terribly practical for around the house.
The best part of this dress is the pockets! Mom always warned me that pockets will add a bit of bulk and make me look wider. Maybe if I was tiny that would bother me, but since I am already curvy, why not? They are so handy to have and make the dress far more wearable to me.
As for the downsides, the neckline is so wide, I have to pin the neckline to the bra straps to keep the bodice from showing off my underwear. I am finding that lots of necklines are like that on me. But, oddly, the shoulder seams are spot on. So, are all the other ladies wearing their brassiere straps on the very outside of their shoulders? Or is there a trick I need to know about for keeping the straps out of sight and the neckline from shifting around?
I hate to admit it, but I am still getting used to wearing garments that are fitted, so everything feels a bit too form fitting on me, although I am very careful not to wear items that are too tight or binding. As my Mama says, “just because you can get in it, doesn’t mean that you have any business wearing it.” Every trip to Wal-Mart reinforces that saying for me.
We made it down to the campground at Jekyll Island, Georgia around 9 pm and set up camp in the dark (which is kind of normal for us). The dress was unveiled for the beach wedding that we were invited to attend on Driftwood Beach. The theme was Middle Ages/Renaissance and my youngest son and hubby were in costume for this event and looking rather regal, I might add. Elder son decided that it would be more fun to stay home and take care of his dog who had recently had surgery. Crowds and fuss and costumes aren’t always his thing.
And then there was the issue of having to share a tent with his brother…. That just wasn’t going to happen.
So, after hanging the dress in the car on the way down and being really concerned that it would wrinkle (we don’t carry and ironing board and iron camping), the dress was unveiled just a bit after the sputtering rain had stopped, leaving only blue skies and fluffy clouds for the bride and groom.
The event was really fun and about half of the guests were in costume, along with the families and wedding party. I am happy with my dress and I will be able to wear it to many other functions, but I must say that the costumes were lovely and that the full, long skirts were darn flattering on everyone. This was one of the few events that I have seen that was designed around people having fun as opposed to only encompassing traditions. There were plenty of activities for young and old alike to enjoy.
Although we arrived late Friday and left before noon on Sunday, this was a great trip with some family time, a nice talk with a friend around the campfire and a whole lot of fun memories! I call it a success, dress and all.