Thanks for stopping by for Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day! I am giving away a Winter's Lane charm pack by Kate & Birdie Paper Co. for Moda.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
I finished my Freeport Gatherer Basket! Unless it is turned just so, it looks a bit like the Leaning Tower of Pizza but I like the fabrics so much I'm overlooking its' imperfections. I used an assortment of Kaffe Fassett prints in browns and rusts that I had stashed for quite some time.
After cutting out the fabric strips, duo fuse and adjoining them; they were folded up similar to bias tape and sewn. This was the most lengthy part of the project. I had some new red clover clips and they worked perfect for this part. (Amazon has a good price Clover Wonder Clips, 50 Per Pack)
Basket assembly goes rather quick...just difficult to keep even and straight.
My basket ended up being about 14" in diameter and 12" tall. I used 26-30" strips of fabric (2.5" wide) for my basket.
I am linking up my Friday Finish with Amanda Jean. Check out everyone's great projects in the links...it's a cold day here in MN so that is what I plan on doing this evening.
Monday, November 18, 2013
|Fits well, the interfacing adds nice body to the cover.|
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Today I have been working on something new...a little homework for the Freeport Gatherer Basket class that I am taking this Friday at my LQS. It has been fun to cut into to new fabric! (shopped from stash!)
A few weeks ago, I broke part of the plate on my Horizon so I have been sewing odds and ends on other machines and not feeling like I can make much progress on anything. Fortunately, I picked it up yesterday - just in time for this class!
I have my assortment of Kaffe Fasset brown prints cut into 2 1/2 strips ready for the sew together end to end. The two larger pieces of fabric I've selected for my handles and lining. Next I have to cut the duo-fuse fusible fleece into strips and press that into the wrong side of my very long chain of fabric strips, then fold the edges in, fold in half and stitch together so I have one VERY long fabric tube to make my basket out of. With so much prep I've been told that basket should be close to finished at the end of class - and that sounds great to me!
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Friday, September 13, 2013
Earlier this week I wrote a post on the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild Blog about a form of openwork embroidery that originated in Norway a few hundred years ago, called Hardanger. Check out my post if you'd like to know more. I am definitely just a beginner, but the gorgeous pillow above was made my mom for our wedding to use as a ring pillow...(my skills have a long way to go!)
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Last year the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild had an challenge to create a quilt with upcycled textiles and I had a plan for mine. I had a large stack of denim jeans and a large stack of thrifted wool items to use for my project. A week or two before the challenge was due I went to wash my wool items up to felt them. I opened the washer and was nearly knocked over by the terribly musty smell from the fabrics. For the next day I tried many remedies looking for a solution to the stink and I simultaneously panicked - did the thrifted fabric stink before being accumulated or was the stink from the antique dresser in my sewing room?
While the fabric issue took sometime to work out, the furniture solution did not. Besides the thrifted wools, I had several OOP fabrics stored in that dresser and I was mortified that they could be in a similar state. That same day I emptied the entire dresser and managed to get it outside on to the patio of my walkout basement and the next day I called the furniture store to purchase the matching nightstand for the bed that I shouldn't have been so frugal to buy in the first place.
So a few days later, I picked up my new nightstand and was so happy that my OOP fabrics hadn't acquired the stink. The wools on the other hand, just kept a stinkin' after many attempts at various solutions so into the garbage they went.
As I tried to formulate plan B, someone or several someones got sick... I think my son had the whooping cough and then I got the flu? Anyway, my stack of denim was put away in a bin until this summer when I found it again and added to it with more holey knee jeans from the past school year.
This past week now that my kids are back in school, I have pulled out that bin and made a large mess cutting, trimming, pinning and sewing on this denim quilt. My brother in law has a denim quilt that his grandma made him, which he uses during deer hunting, and my husband asked several years ago for a denim quilt too, so he shall finally get one when I finish this.
The idea for this quilt was created after seeing Krista at Poppyprint's quilt and photos from a Gee's Bend workshop that she attended as well as the Gee's Bend quilts themselves. Thank you ladies for the inspiration.
I am linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced today to share this WIP.