6.05.2017

OMG June: Hour Basket

I haven't made end-of-school-year gifts since my daughter finished 5th grade.  She's now in 7th.  But this year I decided I needed to make something for one of the staff members at the high school where my son is finishing up 10th grade.  I've decided to make an hour basket, and maybe something else.  Here's my fabric pull:
The outside of the bag will be the Penguins fabric.  The inside is the hockey fabric.  And the handles will be the black and white stripe.  The other fabrics may or may not be used if I decide to make additional items (I'm thinking mug rug or fabric bookmark).
The hard part is figuring out what to put in the basket!  Gift cards? Candy?  I see a Target run in my future.

Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal June Linkup.

5.29.2017

OMG May: Medieval Day Costume (finished)

I met my goal for May.  I completed the Medieval Day costume for my daughter, and she won a prize for one of the best costumes!  One of her teachers told her she liked the costume better than her own.  So I'd say it was a success.  I'll admit, it wasn't one of my best efforts.  I got lazy with the bottom hem, and it was one of the worst (if not THE worst) hems I have ever sewn.  But it's on the inside, and nobody will see it.  My daughter said it can't be THE worst hem I've ever sewn, because I had to do worse when I started sewing.  I told her, no, I've been perfect from the beginning, lol!)
Here's the (mostly) finished costume.  This was before I got the hems on the sleeves sewn, but we were running out of daylight, and I wanted a photo before it was too late, because I knew I wouldn't be able to get one later in the week.  We also got some cheap garden/work gloves for her to wear with the costume.
And to prove that we really do reuse costumes parts around her, as well as the patterns, here are a few more pictures of her from another project this month.  Her class assignment was to create a news article/blog post about medieval events, and she needed photographs to go with her article.  My daughter needed pictures of a knight and a king.  They didn't have to be accurate; she just needed photos (and the kids come up with some really fun and creative ideas).  So I told her to go look in the closet at some old costume pieces.  She ended up also pulling out some of the dressier clothes I haven't worn in years, but for some reason still hang onto.  The green cape is from my husband's Robin Hood costume (from the same pattern as her plague doctor/grim reaper costume--see previous post for that whole explanation).  The gray top is mine, worn backwards, to sort of look like chainmaille. The pants are her softball pants.  The silver boots are from her brother's old Doctor Who Cyberman costume.  The black cowl is obviously from her plague doctor costume.  The velour green dress was mine.  The belts were mine.  And the Burger King crown is from one of my son's birthdays, that he then wrote "Best Mom" on and gave me for Mother's Day that year--the only reason I still have it.  The sword/dagger she made from cardboard and painted.  I don't have the version of the king photo were she photoshopped herself inside a castle.
Now I should be done making costumes until the fall when we find out what the Middle School is doing for their musical.  Time to think about June's project!

5.06.2017

OMG May: Medieval Day Costume

Not surprisingly, March and April got away from me sewing-wise.  Lots of birthdays and spring activities mean I haven't done any sewing for weeks and weeks.  I also didn't complete my February goal of re-working my Paradiso quilt.  May is not going to be much different, I'm afraid.  I'm having eye muscle surgery next Friday to correct a double-vision problem that I've been putting off for over two years.  (It's really not a good idea to have to drive with one eye closed more often than not.)  My son actually had the same surgery two years ago, but as an adult, my recovery time is suppose to be a lot longer than his was.  So I'm keeping it simple once again for May.  And it's actually not a "quilt" goal, but still a sewing goal.

So not only is next Friday my eye surgery, but it's also Medieval Day for my daughter's seventh grade class.  That means a field trip to look at city architecture in the morning, and then a feast back at the school.  They're allowed to dress in costume for the feast.  My darling daughter doesn't want to be a princess (where she could just borrow mom's old Maid Marian costume).  No, she wants to be a plague doctor.  Something that looks like this.
Thankfully, Amazon had a mask/hat set available that looks like this.
The mask isn't quite what she was expecting, but at least I don't have to make it.  (Plague doctors use to put herbs in the tip of the "beak," but the costume mask is actually open underneath so that you can breath.)

So all that's left is for me to make some sort of robe.  This is were the old Maid Marian pattern comes in handy, and one more reason to NEVER throw out 20-year-old costume patterns.  If you look at the upper right, that's the costume I made for myself (although I used white brocade for the dress, and purple felt for the cape).  If you look in the lower left, you'll see the grim reaper costume.  Yep, that's going to be our plague doctor.  I have purchased a black microsuede fabric, and plan to make the gown and cowl/hood.  Before next Friday.  Good thing it's a pretty straightforward pattern with only five pieces.
Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal May Linkup.

2.07.2017

OMG February: Paradiso Quilt revisited

Sometime last year I put this quilt top together using a charm pack of Paradiso.
It started as a mini (the pieced middle part), and then when I got a good deal on the matching gray fabric to use for a backing, I decided there was enough fabric to turn it into a lapsize quilt.  I picked out the salmon colored solid, and used up the extra squares from the charm pack to give it a modern turn by floating them in the borders.  But I think I've just never been happy with the salmon color.  While I like it, I realized it's a little overpowering and just too much for me.  I recently bought a blue shade of solid, and I'm planning to rip-out the salmon and replace it with the blue.  I'm hoping it will tone things down for me.
Once I start ripping things out, I may decide to leave to leave the salmon inner border.  We'll see!

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1.31.2017

OMG January: Polaroid Greeting Swap

Met my goal for the month.  Made my 20 Polaroid blocks, and finally mailed them out yesterday.  Since the blocks were so easy to make, I actually made some extra for myself.  I don't have a lot of quilt-shop quality fabrics that work for fussy cutting, but I managed to pull together enough.  Here's a picture of the blocks I made to ship.
 I found some nice notecards to include a handwritten note with each pair of blocks I sent out.

 And found a reason to use these quilty address labels I had received in the mail.
I'm still waiting to receive a few sets of blocks, but it will probably take me some time until I decide what to actually make with all of them.  Now to think up a goal for next month!

1.07.2017

OMG January: Polaroid Greeting Swap

This month's goal is a pretty simple one: finish the 20 mini polaroid blocks for the Polaroid Greeting Swap 2.  I have fabrics cut, including the white strips for the frames.  Now I just need to take time to sew them up, write out the cards, and mail them.  I made myself a little frame out of cardboard so I could audition the fabrics and decide where to fussycut when I could.  Here are the fabrics I pulled and cut to make the blocks. (Pretty good winter natural light coming in the window today...)
I've actually received blocks from two ladies already.  Here they are:
This is going to be a fun little project.  I'm planning to make an extra block of each fabric I cut to keep for myself--because they're all just too darn cute!

12.31.2016

OMG December: Library Book Quilt (update)

It's almost done!  My goal for December was to finish the lettering, and I just finished piecing it today!  Here's a combo-picture of the first two words completed earlier this month.
Today I made my lovely assistants hold up the completed words (before leaving for Grandma's house).  I also made them hold up the main part of the quilt, because I didn't have a picture of all the sections together.  It was very windy outside, so things are wavy.
Now I just need to measure and cut the border strips, and sew everything together.  Then it's on to basting and figuring out just how to quilt the giant thing.
Here's a close-up of the two sections:

11.27.2016

OMG December: Library Book Quilt (again!)

I know I keep using this quilt as a goal, but it's been a year long project that I keep breaking down into smaller parts and returning to again and again.  I really only have one major part left (aside from the actual basting and quilting), and that is finishing the letters.  Now that I have all other sewing projects out of the way, and have organized my strips for the letters a little better, I'm ready to tackle the letters once and for all as my December project.  Hopefully I won't waste time remembering which size strips I have to use for what, now that I've labeled them.  And I updated my notes with what size strips to cut should I run out.  Here's what I have done so far.  Three letters. Out of 23 letters.  But I'm ready to be done!

[Update: I have started working on them already.  And I have the first word done, and three letters into the next!  Which means now only 13 more letters to go.  I messed up and glued fabric to the wrong side of one letter template, so I need to print out another "t" template.  And After trimming another letter, realized I had sewed the wrong side of the fabric up.  But I'm getting there.]

OMG November: Typography Hexie Swap (update)

With all the crazy stuff happening in November, I needed an easy goal.  Thankfully, I met it!  I signed up to do the Typography Hexie Swap--make 4 hexies for 4 different people.  I haven't done a swap in a year or so, so this was a nice, easy one to join in on.  I also made a fifth set of hexies for myself.  The hardest part was deciding which 4 fabrics to choose for the hexies.  I cut into my precious Elementary stash for one of them, and even fussy-cut the recipients initials from it.  Alas, there are no S's on the fabric, so my set has the fancy W below. (Why? Just because I like the fancy letter.)  I was happy when I found these pretty (and inexpensive) green floral, blank-on-the-inside cards at the store to mail my hexies in.
So far, I received three of the sets I should from the swap.  One of the sets came all the way from Australia!
Not sure what I will make with the hexies, yet.  I'll probably get around to cutting a bunch more out of the other text fabrics I have.  There definitely seems to be a gray/teal/green color scheme so far.
Now I've signed up for what I'm hoping is another easy swap--a Polaroid block swap.  Make 2 Polaroid blocks for 10 different people.  That will probably be January's goal.  For now, I think I'm back to focusing on the Library Quilt I've been working on all year.  I'm determined to at least get the top completed in December.  Hopefully, I can squeeze in enough sewing time around all the holiday preparations.

11.06.2016

OMG November: Typography Hexie Swap

I haven't done a swap in a long time.  But when I saw the Typography Hexie Swap, I couldn't resist.  I also figured it was a pretty simple one.  Four different text hexies for four different people to be sent out by November 11.  Since I've spent the past year or two collecting text fabrics, that meant I didn't have to go out and buy anything.  And I think I can get 16 hexies made fairly quickly.  Even with all the sewing I'm doing for the middle school musical.
Here are the fabrics I've chosen, including some of my hoarded Elementary from Sweetwater and a little DaySail.  (Excuse the bad lighting--I took the photo late at night.)  The hexie papers are recycled from a project of my daughter's for school that didn't print correctly on the card stock--so I used my fancy hexie punch so at least the paper wasn't wasted.
I've already received my first batch from someone, taped inside a Kandinsky card!  Kandinsky is one of my favorite artists.  And now I feel the need to get some fancy cards for swaps.
Not sure what I'll make with the hexies I get.  I'm also planning to make an extra set for myself. ;-)  Either I'll add some more of my own, wait for another hexie swap, or just have a really mini mini in the end.

OMG October: Alina's Halloween Costume

I never think to take pictures while I'm working on things like costumes.  So I have nothing about the process I went through to make it.  I'm mostly happy with the outcome.
I used a basic costume pattern, but constructed it by piecing the different colors together.  I didn't think about how I was going to do the shoe covers until after I cut things out, so they came out a bit wonky.  I should have widened the bottom part of the legs to fit the shoe covers--I used the bottom part of a boot pattern from another costume, and didn't want to make separate boots because they never stay on.  And the wig/makeup plans didn't work, so she just wore a baseball cap she decorated and added a visor (made from a plastic two-liter bottle).  Here's the only picture I have of the finished costume, because she went to a friend's house to trick-or-treat and I never really got to see her in it.

10.07.2016

OMG October: Alina's Halloween Costume

Keeping it realistic for October. I won't really have time for anything but costume sewing. Both for Halloween and the middle school musical. Although I keep hoping she decides she's too old to Trick-or-Treat (so I don't have to make a costume), my daughter says she wants a costume. And it can never be anything simple. Past costumes for my kids have included a glass of milk with an Oreo cookie hat (that was a fail), and a cyberman from Doctor Who (a little more successful). This year my daughter has decided she wants to be Peridot from Steven Universe. I have no idea what that really means because I haven't watched the show. But we have plans to head to Joann Fabrics this weekend and see what we can come up with. This is the picture she texted me to work from:

Simple enough, right? Except that headpiece is suppose to be hair. I have a feeling it's not exactly going to happen that way. At least Joann Fabrics has started carrying cosplay patterns and fabric, so I feel confident I might be able to pull the other part off. It's just going to be finding the time.