Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Catching up ... and a finish!

Yes, I've got a finish that I haven't shown you. This darling little dress for Milly. I know, I'm spoiling her! It's such fun! 

If you're old enough, you may recognize this pattern from when your own children were babies. I've had the pattern for ages now. I think I used it for the first time when Jolie was little. She's 16 now, but it's possible that the pattern is actually older than that.

Does it look familiar? I love it. And it was very easy to sew up. There are only two pieces: the front is cut on the fold and the back is cut sort of crooked to keep it straight of grain. Both need to be lined, but I decided to cut the opposite side in a light plaid so the top is reversible.

Did you notice that when I switched the dress around to take pictures, I didn't unbutton both straps? There are buttons on both sides so I should have unbuttoned both straps and buttoned them with the strap over the front.

Instead of making the panties that came with the pattern, I used the shorts pattern that I've been using and added elastic in the legs by increasing the size of the hem to make casings. Surprisingly, they are a little tight when made like this, but she didn't complain about the shorts, so we're going with them.

Now she may not have complained about the shorts but wow! she was in a mood. She fussed and cried for a good ten minutes for no reason. None. She was just cranky. That is very rare, so I changed her into a comfy little outfit and rocked her for a few minutes. Ahh, the joys of being a retired grandmother!

The only other news I have is that I'm already getting ready for our August meeting. We have a special guest coming to give a presentation. I'll wait to surprise you but thought a little tease would be fun.

And I'll leave you with a few quilts from the Krotz Springs show on Saturday. These are all from the trunk shows. I had to crop out the backs of heads, but I hate to stand in front of people to take pictures. It feels rude to be in other people's line of view. 
Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Reproduction Fabrics

At yesterday's quilt show in Krotz Springs, there were quite a few quilts made of reproduction fabrics. Although they can be muddy and muted, they can be very pretty when done in traditional designs. Here are a few collections...

Civil war reproduction fabrics for quilting projects.    Assortment of 10 fat quarters (each measuring 20 x 22) in a variety of reproduction prints. Lots of colour schemes.

Civil War Melodies- New Civil War era reproduction fabric from Judie Rothermel.
Blue 1860s reproduction fabric

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Savannah - Jo Morton Andover Fabrics The Noble Quilter carries the full line of Savannah.Civil war fabrics and quilt kits at a Better online quilting and fabric shop

Civil War reproductions turned into beautiful quilts...
Martingale - Civil War Legacies II - Carol Hopkins

A Block of the Month honoring the wives of 12 prominent generals who served during the Civil War

Road to Appomattox: Bed Size Civil War Quilt Pattern by Maria Tavy Umhey, in McCall's March/April 2015Image result for all blue civil war quilt

Madder reds, poison greens, cheddars, shirtings . . . if you’re like best-selling author Carol Hopkins, you can’t bear to toss a single scrap of that Civil War reproduction fabric you love. And now yo

Civil War Cheddar! Antique c1860 York County PA QUILT 88x82 Flying Geese Border | eBaymade from scrap stash using 5" squares. Would look great in civil war fabrics and shirtings and plaids

Got a passion for Civil War fabrics? Discover books by authors who will inspire you to revisit the past with needle and thread. And all that gorgeous reproduction fabric!

Wild Goose Chase in Civil War reproduction fabrics, originally posted by Maureen Cosgrove on the Quilting page on facebook.Easy Quilt to make, looks good french general or in civil war reproduction fabric.

Krotz Springs Quilt Guild Show

Some of my favs. I love the colors and patterns.
Krotz Springs always has a great show. First there are plenty of quilts to see and several vendors, who are all members of the guild. Second, they have trunk shows throughout the day. 

I'm not sure how one decides whether the quilt(s) belong in the show or in a trunk. I assume the quilts that are hanging are quilts  finished in the past year, but those in trunks could have been made at any point in time. There are usually three or four trunk shows, so the members take turns presenting their trunks.

Some of the many quilts made with
reproduction print fabrics.

Pam and I try to arrive early to have enough time to view everything before the trunk shows begin. Once those are over, and we've visited enough, we go to the only sit-down restaurant in town and have a great meal. Today we both had chicken-fried steak. Yum!

Having a show in a venue that is not quite large enough presents a few problems, which the guild has managed to work around but not really solved. The quilts line the walls, the vendors sit at tables only a few feet in front of the quilts and the trunk show/entertainment happen in the center of the room. Chairs lined up in the very center provide seating throughout the day.

Still, I don't like that I can't get close enough to most of the quilts to really look at them. One reason that I love shows is that I have an opportunity to scrutinize the work. While that sounds that I may be the quilt police, I only want to learn. 

I like figuring out the blocks, looking closely at the quilting, appreciating the applique. The women in this guild are especially talented. Their works are exquisite, so it would be a wonderful opportunity to learn. 

I suppose we all do our best, and for Krotz Springs, this is their best. The venue is great in every other way, and certainly it would be impossible to hold anything out-of-doors in the 100 degree heat. So we visit with old friends, see fabulous quilts, shop, and enjoy the show and fabulous door prizes. What is your favorite part of a quilt show?

Friday, July 13, 2018

Busy week...busy work

I have been keeping busy with all kinds of squirrelly projects. Judy over at Me and My Quilts would be so proud!

First, I chose a new pattern to make an outfit for Milly. Yes, another one. I two put aside that she hasn't worn yet.

I cut the pattern out on paper used for newsprint. To avoid cutting the pattern, I go old-school. I use tailor's tracing paper and the little wheel to draw the pattern onto the paper, then cut it out. Fast and easy. 

The pattern ready to cut out.
 Notice my notes: McCalls, M5353, girl's
dress back, size M, and Milly 2018 (so I can
remember for whom and when I used it)

I also cut out letters for my friend Leta. She had hip-replacement surgery and is recovering well. However, she is not up to par, so I offered to help. So far I have 96 of 135 sets of Phi Mu letters.

I've gathered all of my patterns. Sorted them into boxes. Filed them by number. All of them. I am planning to take pictures of them and put them for sale on one of the Facebook groups for sewists. It's slow going, but I don't really have a deadline.

Lastly, I've been working on these little art quilts. I am exploring the emotions of having bipolar disorder and trying to express that in art. I've decided to work in a series, perhaps five or six, so that I can really flesh out the deeper meanings of my thoughts and feelings. 

I'm working simultaneously on the first three but none of them are complete. I'm quilting these two by hand, but the third one will have both machine quilting and hand quilting. My hands can't keep up with my brain.

Of course, mixed in all this activity, I'm babysitting and visiting my sick peoples. I enjoy visiting with Richard's mom and dad. They really need the company. But just sitting and talking for hours is making me a little stir-crazy, so I've decided to bring some handwork with me. 

Bipolar 1
It's much easier to sit and listen to the problems and confusions of dementia with a little stitching in my hands. Yesterday I didn't even notice the time. Though I did notice that I really made some headway. Before I knew it, Richard was desperate to leave. Maybe he should bring a little stitching. :) 

What kind of busy work are you doing these days?

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Cleaning Rewards~~a fast finish

Have I told you I've been cleaning in the studio? I have mentioned it, I'm sure. Truthfully, I think I'm mostly moving things around. And not necessarily advancing toward a cleaner studio. I don't know what to do with this stuff! Really, I don't. 

Here's the problem: I unearth stuff--fabric, patterns, UFOs, etc.--and look it over. It's almost always too good to toss out. I mean, I don't keep trash. But I also don't intend to use it. Ever. For example, I have over 50 Butterick patterns. Over, I tell you. And that's the smallest box of the "The Big Three"--Butterick, McCalls and Simplicity. 

Now there are some used patterns. Perhaps a little over half are used. Surely some are missing a piece or two. But nothing in that box is just pure trash. Well, not if you fit into a size 8-12. I don't. But even if I did, I don't have much need for the dresses and suits I wore when I was a young, energetic teacher. (Who just happened to be able to sew really well.)

So, the patterns. What am I to do with them? Really. Burn four boxes of patterns? And what about that 1964 pattern I discovered in my mom's box? It's getting kind of old and vintage-y. As is the 1973 and the Vogue Oscar de la Renta specialty pattern...still unopened. I'll make some kind of attempt to sell them. We'll see how that goes.

There has been one great find and this one I know exactly what to do with! This quilt block was another item found in one of mom's boxes. She had already quilted it so all I had to do was bind it and offer it to my sisters. Three of them wanted the small red block quilt from last month.

I added corners so it can be hung on the wall. If all goes well, I'll find another and each of the three who asked will get one. 

In the meantime, I continue to move things around.