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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Can't Stop Sewing: A Post With Many Photos

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.

Firstly, the Carlos Fund auction is now live. If you want to bid on my art quilt go here. If you want to see what else is available go here. This auction is to help out a young boy who was injured and lost his family in a car wreck. You can see a couple details of my quilt to the right.

Secondly, I've been sewing — a lot. I've finished these four skirts for myself and two for my sister. Still using our Sew What! Skirts self-drafted patterns. Mine now includes two darts on the rear for, ahem, roundness. I used three vintage fabrics and one new, and have been experimenting with different hem options. I think my favorite is the old fashioned seam binding sewn to the fabric edge, turned under, and hand stitched.

I also made two baby blankets: One (shown below) with Heather Bailey's Fresh Cut fabric; The other was tumbling sock monkeys in light blue with red binding. I missed getting a photo of that one because it was thought up and made the morning of the baby shower. I had a quick lesson in binding from our quilting friend who was visiting — thanks, Kathy! And, I was only 45 minutes late to the party. I do like a deadline, probably because of the adrenaline.

And, (insert heralding trumpets here) I made my first shirt! I was trying to make and finish it before Bethany's Chinese New Year dinner party and I succeeded. It took me two days. Luckily my mom entertained the kids for a whole day while I did most of the work. The second day I was on my own with the kids and barely got the arm facings and hem done. The fabric is Daisy Days by Erin Michael. The pattern is Simplicity 5197 "6 tunics made easy." Since it's a pullover I added darts to the back to make it less tent-like. The front still hangs pretty loose, but I was afraid to take it in any more without putting in a zipper. This way it still works with my nursing lifestyle. Speaking of breastfeeding, the cute little guy in the bottom photo is just starting to walk, which, along with my compulsive sewing, is keeping my posting time to a minimum.

Next up: How I'm a slacker swapper. And, how cool is Julie Knoblock.

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Blogger PĂ©itseoga said...

the mini quilt is brilliant! love the flowers! and the clothes, especially the shirt, great fabric! would like to make some clothes for myself but easily loose patience if it takes a long time, how long did the skirts take, or the shirt?

Mon Feb 26, 02:46:00 AM PST  
Blogger Old School Acres said...

Beautiful, happy post! The mini quilt is amazing!

Mon Feb 26, 07:01:00 AM PST  
Anonymous OldRound said...

How can I say anything about the quilts and skirts when there is that picture of a gorgeous happy little boy. He's a scene stealer.

Mon Feb 26, 07:36:00 AM PST  
Blogger JulieFrick said...

Ooooh. Those chubby arms!!!

Mon Feb 26, 07:50:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Colleen said...

Loving the quilt... and the skirts. I too like a seem binding hem, but also like the ric rac!

Mon Feb 26, 08:56:00 AM PST  
Blogger Regina said...

Wow!! Amazing! everything! The wonderful skirts, pretty quilt, fab shirt. And the little guy is a cutie-pie!!

Mon Feb 26, 10:51:00 AM PST  
Blogger Kate said...

What to comment on? Amazing skirts, gorgeous quilt and fabulous shirt - must get that pattern!

Mon Feb 26, 03:26:00 PM PST  
Blogger carolyn said...

I want that shirt!! Great...maybe the weather will clear up so you can wear it! and I ove the details on the mini quilt. Can we see the whole when it's done? Of course the most adorable thing you created is in the last pix :)

Tue Feb 27, 01:05:00 PM PST  
Blogger futuregirl said...

Um, he's walking already!? It's so funny how blog-time goes so fast. I remember when you just gave birth.

Your skirts are very nice. You picked wonderful fabric.

Your mini art quilt is amazing. I'm not surprised that the bidding is well over $100.

Tue Feb 27, 07:45:00 PM PST  
Blogger PamKittyMorning said...

Love it all, including that not-so-tiny baby!

Tue Feb 27, 10:11:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Heather Bailey said...

Wow, you have been sewing like crazy!

Tue Feb 27, 10:24:00 PM PST  
Blogger Sonya said...

You are a mad woman - all those skirts - and Carlo walking, stop him quick! Doesn't he know he is still a baby?

Thu Mar 01, 05:45:00 AM PST  
Blogger Project Pink Suitcase said...

Very nice quilt for a good cause.
LOVE it!
I hope the bidding goes well!
I have to agree with oldround that the happy little boy is a scene stealer. So cute!!!

Thu Mar 01, 11:36:00 PM PST  
Anonymous John said...

Cool quilt! You make me want to try my hand(s) at it! ;) Those fabrics are great!

Sat Mar 03, 11:24:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Daphne said...

Wow. This post is really inspiring. I need sometimes to put down the knitting and get sewing.

Sun Mar 04, 07:29:00 PM PST  
Anonymous bekka said...

gorgeous colors. love it all!

Mon Mar 05, 01:09:00 PM PST  
Blogger ladylinoleum said...

Mini quilt? Just awesome.

You are inspiring me to bust my sewing machine out of its mothball tomb...

Wed Mar 07, 11:28:00 AM PST  
Anonymous helle said...

Man! You're so clever and productive.

I absolutely adore those skirts. The red ricrac detail on the hem I might have to steal.
The "Sew What" book sounds so terrific I'd love to get my hands on it. Has it been recently published? It's not available here in Australia, yet ......ggrrrrr.

The little mini-human is delightful!

Wed Mar 07, 06:02:00 PM PST  
Blogger Angelina said...

What great projects you've been up to! I LOVE the skirt with the rick rack hem. And good going on the shirt too- once you get into making clothes it all becomes possible.

That little guy looks so squeazable!

Thu Mar 08, 10:32:00 AM PST  
Anonymous tinuviel said...

So flippin' cute. We need it modeled so that we can see how good the pattern is!

I might have to make this out of some navy blue cotton lawn. Hmmm...
Pics! Pics!

Sun Mar 11, 05:12:00 PM PDT  
Blogger jojo* said...

I love the quilt. I have some fresh cut fabric that I haven't even touched yet, but your pictures are inspiring me. Love that shirt too! And the kid....

Tue Mar 13, 11:07:00 PM PDT  
Blogger BrownPants said...

The fabric combinations are just lovely :)

Sun Mar 18, 06:41:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Kim said...

Sigh. I'm swooning here...

Beautiful work, as always! And so very inspiring.

Fri Mar 23, 06:25:00 AM PDT  

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