Needless to say,
they loved it
(Since it's almost time for the Spring Quilt Festival, I'm going to wait and do a full quilt post then.
Don't want to drive everybody nuts with two posts
practically back to back...)
As soon as I knew I was definitely going to finish it time,
and all of my remaining work was hand sewing,
which I do in the evenings,
which I do in the evenings,
I got started on my next quilt.
My first QAYG, which is proving to be quite fun!
The knowledge that by the time I have the top together,
the quilt will be just about finished
doesn't hurt any either ;-)
|sorry - it's a surprise ~ all you get is the back of the batting for now|
the graduation announcements started coming in.
We generally give a bit of cash,
but for the girls,
instead of putting it in a card,
I like to sew up a little pouch of some sort to tuck the $$ in.
It barely costs more than a card, right? ;-)
And it so much more useful.
|I'm not crazy about how the flap flips up the binding on the back.|
I think next time I'll add a bit of length so I can sew it to the pouch just under the binding.
I used Svetlana's just released Anna pattern for this one
(I was tickled to discover it fits an i-phone (which the recipient happens to have) perfectly)
The pattern calls for fusible fleece,
which I used,
because, you know I am such a rule follower...
It's a bit pouffy for my taste, so I think for future bags I will just use interfacing.
As soon as I received the next recipient's announcement,
I knew this was the fabric for her
(I hope I was right!)
I liked the binding bit at the top of the Anna pouch,
so used the same technique on my second bag.
I would have used the Anna pattern for it, too,
but I felt like that bike fabric needed plenty of space to shine,
so I just made the bag up as I went.
I used Noodlehead Anna's open wide zipper method to install the zip.
I use it on most of my pouches now,
but I think it works better on a bag without the binding.
I still have one more pouch to make.
The girl's mom told me she loves red and black,
which is just perfect, 'cause I have tons of scraps of both :-)
I'll use this pattern for it, I think.
This week, I've been muslining.
(Yes, that's a verb, why do you ask?)
I plan to take my TNT Lady Skater pattern and change up the bodice a bit (by adding a curved yoke)
for a coral dress with a lace overlay for the next (and I think last) wedding of the season.
(I think I may lengthen the yoke by 1/2 inch or so)
I added a bit of flat piping (which I won't be using for the real dress) for two reasons.
First, my whites weren't exactly the same color,
and I'm hoping for a wearable muslin,
so I thought breaking them up might be nice
and secondly, I just wanted to try the technique.
I consider myself pretty careful with measurements and seam allowances,
my piping is clearly narrower in some spots.
I guess if I use piping on a for-real it-really-matters project,
I need to be a lot more careful
than my usual care-full-ness.
|fabrics for the real dress, purchased in LA :-) :-)|
Oh ~ have you heard that Cotton + Steel has a black and white line??
I sure could have used that a few months ago!
As soon as I saw C+S B&W,
I said to myself, "I hope they did the kitties!"
I love the kitties / tigers,
and have put them in my cart several times, but the colors just don't seem quite right for my needs,
so I've always passed on them.
When I found myself needing a few more fabric choices for my current quilt
(the one you only get to see the back of for now)
well, I just couldn't help adding a yard of this to my cart, too :-)
Lily is hoping for some scraps.
I told her good luck with that.
But then I felt bad, so I may let her have a piece.
Linking up with Lee's Work in Progress Wednesdays ~ my favorite of the linky party places.