Posts Tagged ‘selvages’

 That is the beginning of the process – lots and lots of selvages I asked friends and guild members to save selvages for me, and they just keep coming. Still. I have a much bigger box stuffed full of them than when I began these selvage projects. I keep thinking that maybe I should call off the saving of them, but just maybe I’ll attempt another ‘something’. 
This  is what became of all those bits. And a pic of the back  
It measures about 70 x 60 inches.
I had one block of the border leftover, and made it into the label. I’m calling it "Mrs Spider Served Up Leftovers". The top of the back looks a little off, but it’s just an illusion; I used the cut off from the backing and sewed it on to make the hanging sleeve. I used a stripey fabric for the pieced inset on the back and for the binding. 

I gotta say, I love me some bias stripey binding.

I marked out the quilting lines with one of those magical Pilot Frixion pens. I can’t even begin to explain how much I love these pens.I’m somewhat of a marking item and notions geek. I used those blue felt type pens for years, and usually a little spritz with water makes the marks go away. But these,  you draw or write, and when you want  the lines to go away, a warm iron will magically make them disappear! Really. I tried drawing out a few different designs for the stitching lines, and settled on one, and when I was finished – poof! All of those red ink lines were gone. All of the working the quilt through the machine was tiring, but the walking foot worked well. 

I just have the sleeve and the label to sew on the dresses quilt, and then I’ll be done with all three and ready for the show.


Next up – some piece of clothing maybe. 


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catching up

 So, the retreat.  
Actually this year I feel way better about it. I had fun. Made a few new friends. Saw some interesting work. ( and some not )
The food was again forgettable, but I went prepared for that. Maybe lots of other people thought the same thing, because the snack table was absolutely loaded with an assortment of goodies – both homemade and store bought. I made a huge pan of Pumpkin Blondies, with pecans, dried cranberries and golden raisins which were yummy. They were gone after the second day. 
The weather was not as stormy, at least for the first couple of days, which meant that I was able to take the half mile hike to the falls this time.       It was really beautiful with the sunlight peeking through. There were really huge  – like 18" – maple leaves like I’ve never seen before   And in the creek, there were big salmon spawning   

I sat with a group of eight women who had known each other for 20+ years. They sort of adopted me, which made the whole retreat so much better. My new portable table worked perfectly, and there was no shortage of oooh’s and ahhh’s. 
One of them is a quilt pattern designer; I made one of her patterns into the orange quilt.  She made the same quilt while there over the weekend in really cool Kaffe Fasset fabrics for a friend of hers.  There were a few other really cool quilts:
this string quilt was pieced using telephone book pages as foundation papers  and this quilt was made using vintage ( ’60s era ) sheets – I’m in love –   
I finished the top for my spider web selvage quilt and then started another project, also with selvages ( I hadn’t planned on actually finishing the first one and so I wasn’t very prepared with real fabric).  I still need to add borders, a back, and quilt and bind it. 
One of the women there, Sarah, introduced me to Blythe. I had seen them, but never close up or in person. She and her mom both had them, and in between other projects made a few new clothes for them. Sooo cute. Sarah even knit hers a sweater, complete with a hood that fits the doll’s really big head. Of course I had to take a couple of pictures    
Now, I find myself looking on ebay for one ( these dolls are not sold in the states ) and sooner or later I might get lucky and find one at a price I could afford. I could always justify it by using it as a model for clothes that I could make to sell for them, right?  Did you know that their eyes change colors with the pull of a string? 
I digress. 
So, I sewed a lot over the four days. Well, technically we were there for three days, arriving on Thursday afternoon and leaving on Sunday just after lunch. I stayed up until 10:30, 11:30, and midnight each of the three evenings sewing and talking. I met a few really great people and I’m thinking I’ll go back next year. 
Me and my car full o’ stuff rolled out of there on Sunday afternoon pointed to Seattle. Since it was Mom’s birthday on Monday and I was halfway there already, I thought I’d show up to surprise her.
Which I did.

I’ll continue later.

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 I figured out the plan for the selvage quilt; it will have large spider webs in the centers of each block mainly in one color, with black & white smaller ones in the corners.  Sorting, figuring, sewing, again, again, again. I began sewing on Saturday afternoon, and got a few blocks done; same on Sunday. I’m really liking it so far: 
and a closeup of one block   

I love having this design wall. I can rearrange the pieces at will, and currently I’m going for one color in the center of each block ( but that might change after I get more blocks made ).They take a long time to sew and each triangle measures over 8" on the right angle sides, so those blocks are fairly big. ??Somehow I missed one of the beige ones; could be that it got swept up in the pile o’ scraps before I put things away.   One more to make won’t be a big thing as I planned for this to take 144 triangles, so I’m about one third of the way there. 

Tomorrow I head for Seattle again, to finally make good on a Christmas present for Mom. My sisters and I are taking her on a overnight girl trip to Victoria. We board the Clipper early Wednesday morning, arrive in Victoria 2&1/2 hours later. We’ll do a tour of Butchart Gardens along with a few other sights in a city that I’ve never been to. We spend most of Thursday there as well, and dash home on the clipper that evening.

Then I’ll drive back home on Friday morning in order to attend Richard6’s school ‘portfolio showing’ ( not sure what that is ) on Friday afternoon .  

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little sewing

 This past week or two I’ve gotten a little sewing done.
I made two little girls’ dresses using vintage patterns as a guideline. I changed a few things, and re-drafted the pieces some. Funny thing is that as garment sizes for women have changed, even in patterns, they’ve not changed for children. At all. If I’m using a fifty year old pattern for myself, I’d sew a size 20 or 22. In today’s patterns I sew a 12.  But for the last half century, a child size 2 has remained the same. Obviously it’s just us women that have the vanity issue.  Here are my two first test pieces:
       and     I like them, but they seem big for a size 2. I’ll make a few more and then, I need a model, which shouldn’t be too hard to find. Then I’ll list them on etsy.  
I also finished this baby quilt using scraps ( yay!) from my HHJJ quilt that I did last fall:
 It’s bright and cute and I love it.

After a lifetime of sewing you’d think I’d know by now that the planning of a project takes three times longer than the sewing sometimes.  I’ve been collecting selvages for a year now, and yesterday I pulled them out of the box and loosely sorted them out according to color. My piles look like this right now:     I’ve decided to attempt to make them into a spiderweb quilt . I’m going to do mine a little different, with both big and little spiderwebs in the blocks. We’ll see if I loose steam, although using selvages seems like less work than all the stitching and flipping that usually happens in making one of these quilts. I’ll do a few blocks today and see how it goes. I’ve begun to really use the ‘image’ tool when using google to search for an item for inspiration. Its an easy way to see hundreds of pictures without trolling through countless websites. 

I also need to make a quick couple of charity baby quilts before the next guild meeting. May is when the coordinator for the local DHS new baby wellness classes comes to pick them up. I can use up some of my fabric stash, and do some good at the same time. 

Time to get busy.

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