Monday, May 16, 2011

A customer contacted me last week requesting a black/white polka dot garment bag.  I got right on it thinking I didn't have enough of the fabric in my stash.  I was right, but a quick trip to my favorite LQS, and in no time I was quilting the fabrics.

I wanted to practice feathers and McTavishing.  I taught myself both using youtube.com tutorials, which are just long enough to keep me interested. Karen McTavish on youtube.com

So I feathered and feathered and feathered.  It's amazing how long it takes to fill two yards of fabric with feathers.  Although it works for Karen McTavish, her beautiful fillers simply don't work for me.  I spent way too much time ripping the crooked lines out, then refilling with feathers.

No stippling on this baby at all.  I'm so proud!  I'm a stippling pro and it's my go-to filler, so the challenge was to fill without stipples.  Yea!  I succeeded in that at least.  You can find it here:  Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories





Then on to the zipper.  Even Richard had to work on adding the zipper head to the zipper tape.  I could not get it on and although he tried for a while, it was a struggle for him.  But smart guy he is, he figured it out for me.

So now when I'm ready to use this brand again, I'll be able to apply the head myself.

Stitching the zipper turned out much easier than in the past.  I think it has something to do with the wider tape.  There's more room for the machine foot.

It all went off without a hitch, except that I took a longer nap than I should have yesterday.  By late this afternoon I was ready to snap photos and contact my customer.

Tomorrow is graduation at the high school, so I'll be very busy all day preparing for that and packing up my office.  I hoped to finish all the packing today, but there's lots of cleaning to do and tossing out the junk I've collected over the last eight years is so much more work than I anticipated.

It takes time to go through boxes of stored prom, Beta, English, graduation, library, and goodness knows what else.  But it's happening quite steadily and in no time I'll be moved out of MHS.

It's bittersweet to leave a school where I'm really happy, but it's time to move back home to my old school.  Apparently it's where I'm needed right now and it's the one school in our parish that is offering a full library position.  So, that's where I'm headed for the next school year.

Thanks for visiting.  By all means, leave a comment and let me know what you think of the garment bag.  I'm thinking that she'll like it, but I'm curious what you think, too.  Gotta love those comments!

1 comment:

LaDonna and Diana said...

Excellent job! It has never occured to me to make a garment bag! Very nice!

LaDonna