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my fav (Villager!) heavy rayon op shop top
close-up of crocheted hand-warmer stitches
side view (single layer), heavy Polartec fleece, purchased this past winter, possibly for slippers. didn’t sew as it took 4 layers to block out the cold floor. makes a cosy little rug, though.
I used to sew monochromatically; i.e., a solid, single colour per dress, skirt or blouse. Eventually that got too boring.
As I became more confident with colour, and figured out what worked with me colouring, I found the on-line sewing community, where I discovered the many creations of sewers around the world. And that’s when the long, dry spell of not sewing very much ended.
It’s not as though I’m suddenly afloat amidst a sea of sewing. What I feel afloat in are my fabric & pattern stashes. Am I alone?!
AFLO”AT, adv. or a. [a and float.]… Unfixed; moving without guide or control…
Ailsa’s travel theme, wordpress photo challenge
used infinity setting to intentionally blur this close-up
with the correct setting for this close-up have a combo of too-close blur & smooth fabric with much better focus
used camera movement to blur this image
ah! now a steady camera, and you can see the only form of quilting yours truly is likely to master – smooth fabric with free-form stitching… no teensy pieces sewn painstakingly together
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It’s difficult to come up with anything blurred in sewing. In my experience, if printed fabrics come out blurred, they’re rejected for not being printed properly. Anyone have any blurred prints in their stash?
OK, I’ll admit to being slightly obsessed with these 2 fabrics, having now made 2 tea cozies and 2 reversible placemats, but they’ve about worked their magic for now, & your patience is appreciated!
a stash palm frond pillow against the 2 reversible placemats – all examples of smooth fabrics
Made this pillow yesterday, stuffing & fabric found in stash, whilst awaiting goodies in the mail. In process are 2 more pillows… just need 2 zips, & they’re done.
WordPress photo challenge
Ailsa’s travel challenge
the other one done!
Both black & red tea cozies are lined with the same cotton fabric, by Mary Engelbreit, whose work I’ve admired for years.
Happy holiday, everyone!
To read in order, click the top left photo first (“thought something must be better…”).
Missouri Quilting’s excellent tutorial was my guide.
thought something must be better than plastic bags falling on floors…
or getting tangled up in fabric planning…
and reeeally wanted to use this irresistible fat quarter cotton somehow…
decided to make a spring bag, and do a tad bit of quilting with the batting.
what to line with??? didn’t have anything but this… so started out, making 2 large pockets…
then remembered handles… had to use the same fabric – but how would it look??? was worried…
so worried i delayed quite a bit, trying to discover a better solution…
but decided to just go with it & now am pleased. you ever have that problem?
Saw Ali’s (aka Thimberlina) great creation, read how Sewchet made her template, and was thoroughly captivated.
Then realized I didn’t (have cozies) for a couple of small pots in the cupboard. Dug them out, measured, started stash-searching, and voila.
It looks a bit lopsided in the piccie, but does fit on either properly. Even did a bit of free-style machine quilting on the stuffing.
Have another in the works, as well as other projects in varying stages of completion. Updates anon.
Meanwhile, hope you can enjoy your weather!
after about a metre, here’s how the latest crochet is turning out – interesting, and very unplanned colour pattern, don’cha think!
Had more than double this amount knitted, but lost interest for several years, so ripped it all away and started fresh. Am pleased with this version, and pick it up weekly to do a bit. What could be more springy than yellow & purple!
orange renfrew tee
After another look at the fit I decided the shoulder area was all wrong, and needed to be cut smaller. Unpicked all of it, and carefully measured each piece to see where to re-cut.
Thought I had plenty of leftover fabric to recut if needed. I didn’t. Uh-oh. So there it’s sat, waiting. For what I had no idea until …
A-HA! The Curvy Sewing Collective posted how to do a narrow shoulder adjustment, which I’d decided I needed to do on the renfrew. Now I’m thinking it might be my problem with necklines in general (remember last summer’s neckline fixes?).
However, decided to take a look at ikat’s post on drafting sleeves, and am very glad I did. She explains so much & I found it fascinating. Now to decide how to fix me own difficulties.
Meanwhile, here’s another glimpse of what means Spring to me – the annual availability of these in local shops. This year’s bunches are from England – first time I’d seen that. Jolly good, old Blighty!
these say spring to me!
warmer temps make these open beautifully!
Part of the weekly photo challenge & Ailsa’s travel theme.
love my hanging-up ribbon tab!
The green double-napped flannel has been test worn, and the 3/8″ elastic suits nicely.
They’re miles too wide, which adds to their at-home-only comfort, but leaves me reluctant to do a piccie!
Below is a bit of a mystery fabric. It’s 100% poly, very soft & lightweight, and it’s been my security blanket this season. It was a gift from my lovely mate Samantha last Christmas, from Marks & Spencer (wow! I own an RTW from M&S!).
If I could clone it, I’d have multiples, in varying colours.
But I haven’t located a single thing to come anywhere close to this fabric. Do these piccies remind you of any ?
fab mystery fibre
decorative ribbon on collar
can you see the seam?
big, but light weight, plus 3 layers fit underneath!