It’s been so long since I’ve posted! However, I don’t have anything sewing-related to show for it because…dun dun dun… I’VE BEEN SEWING ALTERATIONS! Yes, quite shocking. 😉
For two months, business was almost non-existent. Then at the beginning of February it all hit me! I am working on bridesmaid dresses, I’ve hemmed three jeans, I made three major alterations to a blouse, and I am currently working on shortening the sleeves of a lined winter coat.
Am I Sewing Anything for Myself??
Great question! Well, do you remember that cute apron I made back in December? I mentioned that the straps were way too long for me. When I was baking cookies a few days ago I finally pinned it! (While wearing it). My apron is currently sitting in my sewing room… all alone. 😉
If you’re wondering about the round robin I’m in, I did receive the next center-block which I need to add a 6 inch border to. However, it is going to be really easy. The quilt is going to be for a child, so consequently the block encourages the use of bright and child-friendly prints versus intricate patchwork. The border is probably going to be a colorful, plain strip of fabric… 😀
This wraps up my update!
I just wanted to share some of my wonderful experiences from the day.
First I had a great time making hand-made Valentines. The one below was for my Dad!
My two best friends came over for a few hours to hang out. Something we did was make pretty, personal valentines. Then we exchanged gifts. I received so much candy! 😀
Home-Made Candies and Chocolates
This picture doesn’t do these home made candies justice. My wonderful sister and my Grandma gifted these delicious treats to everyone in the family.
I gave these chocolates to everyone. (Yes, I was cheap; only one each!)
I thought that this was really funny. If you have ever watched the Valentine’s episode of Lovely Complex, this would make sense. I stuck this tag on the candy and I gave it to my little brother. 😉 In turn, he gave me an ugly and twisted (yet kind of funny) Valentine’s picture. Boys will be boys.
I had a great day and I hope you did, too!
Yatta! It is finished! 😀
Finished Inlaid Strip Border
I took a day off from everything to get this done. It took me a total of 6 hours, start to finish.
Border Close Up #1
I am so happy with how it turned out. It’s definitely a creative-step-up from my first border. 🙂
Border Close Up #2
*Sigh* I wish I would make a quilt using this technique for myself!
Border Close Up #3
While I was taking pictures, I heard a familiar bird call and looked up. A woodpecker! (Center of picture). They move so fast, this is the first picture I’ve ever taken of one! 🙂
Anyhoo, thanks for reading!
Here’s a link to my first round robin border.
Okay, here it is! My second center block (not made by me). 🙂
Center Block #2
The woman who added the first border to this used a paper-piecing pattern to make bow-ties. Figuring out what to do for this one was really tough. I didn’t have enough scraps to do a traditional design on it! I had a few materials that kind of complimented the centerpiece, but there was nothing that brought the materials themselves together. That’s when it hit me, “do something abstract and non-traditional.” Now, what does that mean? To me, it means using a technique called Inlaid Piecing! Last year I went to Lorraine Torrence‘s workshop and learned how to do it. If you want to learn how, here’s a link to get her book, Design Essentials. Okay, enough advertising! Below are pictures of what I did.
First Slash Cut
This is a slash and sew technique. The idea is to create the look of floating objects on a subtle background with no symmetry. The design is all up to you to create.
Laying Out Third Strip
Laying Out Another Border Piece
Complete Border Piece
I love this technique!
Inlaid Strips Close Up
Back of Border Close-Up
Okay, I think that looking at the back of the pieces is so cool. For the half-inch finished strips you can appreciate seeing the slashes you made, such as the “X” above. Is that weird of me? 😉
Finished Top and Bottom Border Pieces
Ah, it looks so great! Tomorrow I’ll post the finished border!!!
Thanks for reading!