Black Friday Buys: Fabric!

This Black Friday, I leisurely got up at 7:30, dawdled around until 9, and arrived at Joann’s at 9:30, AND STILL made out with the fabric I was wanting! Yeah, I know it’s pretty awesome. The only reason is this: I planned only on buying FABRIC. Otherwise I would have been waiting in line at 5:30 am with everyone else. Material is almost a guaranteed thing.

Anyways, here’s what I bought and what I’ll be using them for:

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Black Friday Sale Fabric

Left to Right, Cotton: 1/8 yd, 1 yd, 1 yd, 1/2 yd, 1 yd, 1/2 yd. Flannel: 1/2 yd, 1 yd. Total with tax: $24.

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Fabric for Center Block

The first is a honey mustard cotton. It was the only fabric I could find that matched what I remembered of the center block for the round robin, which I have yet to add a border to.

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Apron Fabric

This lovely cutesy cooking print is for an apron. My neighborhood sewing group is having a Christmas party challenge: Anonymously make an apron for people to vote for. There will be some sort of prize. I need to find the right apron pattern.

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Hunting Quilt Fabric

This novelty print couldn’t be passed up. It’s so cool! For year’s I have been slowly saving up hunting themed fabric for a quilt that has a lion’s head as the center piece. I have a certain hunter in mind for if and when I finish it. 🙂

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Keepsake Calico Fabric

I fell in love with this print when back in the summer I bought it in pink and made, fittingly, a summer dress. I didn’t even know it existed in different colors until yesterday. I was only buying a half yard of each. The green fabric had a half yard left, end-of-bolt. For Black Friday, Joann’s had end-of-bolt fabric 75% off the sale price, which came down to 63 cents for a half-yard!   !!!

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Fabric for Future Quilt Project

I had quite a bit left of the pink fabric from my dress, so I plan to make a pastel quilt out of the fabrics, perhaps as hound’s tooth.

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Fabric for Pillowcase

Lastly, I bought this cute flannel print with a color compatible border to make a pillowcase! It’s so cute! My octopus crazed sister liked it immediately when I pointed it out. I personally think of it as a Samson and Sally tribute, and my mother really likes the turtles. Yeah, we just love to verbally dissect things, LOL!

Other than that, on Thursday I hit the early Black Friday sale at Kohls, and I bought two really nice sweaters. (It didn’t conflict with family time; I had Thanksgiving dinner at 1 pm and the sale started at 7 pm).

I’m curious: Did you go shopping the early sales on Thanksgiving?



A Present For Mother

Happy Black Friday everyone!

My dear mother’s birthday was this month, and an idea of a special present had been forming in my mind for awhile. It wasn’t until two days before the big day that I decided to try it out: 18″ nine-patch blocks for a lap quilt. I really didn’t believe I could do it, so I stopped after making 3 blocks. The day just before, however, I put off everything else and worked like a fiend to get it done; after 9 hours of work, I was finished!

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Quilt Front (Excuse the Wrinkles!)

Quilt Size: 54″x54″

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Quilt Back

To add weight and to make it comfortable, I used a high quality purple knit on the back. I used the wrong side of the knit because it has the texture of a velvety soft fuzz.

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For batting, I used 100% cotton. I quilted the front to it, then I sewed the backing to the front, turned it right side out, and topstitched it. Afterwards, I did some hand tacking with pink embroidery cotton floss.

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My mother was very surprised and delighted!

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White-On-Black Chains Curtains

As a birthday present for my brother (who recently became a homeowner), I decided to make him curtains for his backdoor windows. My brother loves the color black and doesn’t mind chains, so when I saw this chain fabric, I thought,”Perfect!”

Of course I had to flaunt my girlishness, so I pinned a pink satin bow on both curtains and told my brother that he couldn’t remove them until after his party was over.

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White Chains Curtain

Unlike printed cotton, the chains are woven into the fabric, and the reverse side has black chains on a white background. The fabric was 60 inches wide; I cut the length to be 42 inches, with a 2 inch hem and a 3 inch header.  I am happy to report that he likes them! 😀

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Drawing Vs. Painting a Sunset

Recently, when my sister brought out her gouache and paint brushes, I decided to follow suit except with my drawing supplies. As soon as I put the pencil to the paper, I could see a sunset. After 3 hours of laborious work, I finally had shaded my picture to satisfaction:

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Color Pencil Drawing

When I saw my sister’s painting, I felt a sudden longing to paint a sunset. Also, I was curious to see how the same sunset would look using a different technique. So I took out my water-color pencils, quickly copied the picture, and painted it with water, all within an hour. Here it is:

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Water Color Pencil Painting

I don’t think that I can honestly say one is greater than the other, or that I like one over the other. There are certain aspects about the color pencil drawing that I really like, but there are also ones about the water color painting that I like, too. Obviously, using the water color pencils cut down the time by two-thirds, but I am too attached to my colored pencils to give up on them; I get to practice my shading skills! 😉

Verdict: It’s A Tie!

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Round Robin Quilting

For my local American Sewing Guild group challenge, we decided to do a round robin for quilts. From November to April the other participants and I will be trading off quilt blocks as we add a border to each one, and in May our completed quilt fronts will be presented to us.

For my center block, I decided to make my blue and purple batiks into a simple nine-patch and bordered it with two gold and green borders. It’s exactly 10.5 x 10.5″.

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Here’s the schedule:

November to January: 2 inch border. February: 4 inch border. March: 6 inch border. April: 3 inch border. May: The quilts are presented to their owners!

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So for these next few months, I will be posting about my progress with the borders on everyone else’s quilts. 🙂

I’m so excited to see how mine turns out!