This quilt has seen many many of my hours… somewhere in the neighborhood of 40-50 hours actually. Quilting is a labor of love. Not really profitable to make a quilt this intricate to sell. In my mind, that makes it priceless! It just came back from the machine quilter, and now it’s ready to get the binding put on and then it’s all finished. Binding is a long long process, especially with a quilt this size. Finished, the quilt measures about 6’x7′, which is just larger than the blanket that I currently use to cuddle up to watch TV with. I guess I will finish it just in time for it to get warm outside =]
This pretty bunch arrived on my doorstep via Randi’s fabulous fabric shop yesterday (her shop is down right now due to lots of orders, but you are really going to want to go back and visit… her prices beat what I can find here in craft central, UT for these prints and she maintains a sale section!), and I am SO SO SO excited about it! The plan is for all of this to become the quilt down below in a twin size. I’ve got my special blanket I’ve been dragging around for nearly my whole life and Mr. Jenkins is getting a little tired of it. (It’s been worn down to the perfect weight and softness, you know what I mean?) I’m hoping that this pretty pretty fabric will help me better distance myself from the old model. No promises though. I may end up with 2 special blankets!
Click here to purchase your own copy of the pattern I will be using. Stay tuned!
Dang. Another fuzzy picture taken too late at night.
(Image it on her, with the sides where the ties connect to the body following her curves, and not folding in towards the middle of the bodice)
See? I told you it was more of a peacock blue. I am sooooo loving the color. YUM. There are 30 YARDS of 18″ wide tulle under there, which I assure you was a TREAT to sew to the lining. I got clever and sewed the tulle to the inside part of the dress sandwich so there’s no itchy itchyness going on. Smooth like butter, I assure you. I will make sure that I get a decent picture of it on her with her hair all done up and all that jazz. It has been fun (and only a little stressful/frustrating) to see it all come together!
All together, there’s about 7 yards of taffeta, 6 yards of lining, and 3 10 yard lengths all working together to make 1 dress. Totally different from the 1-2 yard numbers I make for my tiny girl!
(Sorry for the sub par photo… I am not a photographer!) This is a mock up dress for my cute friend Lindsie… she’s got prom in about a month! We are going to make it out of a nice heavy blue satin with some jewels right where the bow comes together in the middle, and maybe a slightly lighter color blue on the undersides of the ties. The final version will also be a bit more full through the bottom, and will sport a tulle underskirt to help it keep it’s shape. The pattern is Simplicity 2444 and calls for a knee length finish, so the bottom has been an experiment thus far. The sleeves will also be a little shorter once they are finished. It will also be fully lined, which the pattern doesn’t call for so we will have to figure that one out once we have all the fabric. I am liking the way it looks in muslin, so I think I will really like it once it’s satin!
Well, I’ve been working on the project for nearly a year now. By “working” I really mean that it’s been sitting in a special spot, waiting to be finished. Which it still isn’t. But almost! It still needs a finished edge around the bottom, and probably a pad that goes on the inside to keep the walls fluffed out (which the pattern calls for, which I didn’t believe that I needed. Now I’m thinking that it probably does need it). It’s not shown here because I cut it off in the picture, but it hangs from the ceiling. Except, it doesn’t yet… in this picture my tall tall husband is holding it up from the inside. I think I might make one of those skinny, wavy flags to attach to the top, just for that little extra touch.
You would not believe how much the whole thing cost… I got the (really nice, dry clean only satin) for a whopping $1.50 a yard. I think the whole shebang cost around $15. I didn’t want it to have rough edges on the inside (since all the playing happens in there!) so I did french seams (fancy!) and I love how they turned out. It’s heavy and solid and silky and shiny and wonderful! (Or else it will be when it is finished!) I think for the pad I will either use the green satin, or maybe do red to match a red flag, or maybe get a fun print. I think if I did a fat red and white stripe in an upholstery weight it might look a little more circus tent than tent tent, especially with the flag. It’s hard to know when you’re deep in the trenches of making it.
What do you think? Does it need the pad to fluff out the edges? What color/print? Flag? No flag?
Oh thread. I pulled out my boxes of sewing things today looking for one specific color, and I was a little bit surprised how many spools I found. So I am needing a little help… how can I organize my thread in a way that keeps it out of reach from little hands, is easy to get to, and easy to see what I already have? (To eliminate the double buying of scout pant green). There’s got to be a better way that jumbled up in a shoe box, buried deep in my closet, right??
Have you had the pleasure of sewing on patches to a scout uniform? I’m a newbie, but my mom’s a pro. I thought I would pass along her tips in case any of you out there will have need of them any time soon.
First, you should know that my mom is a pro because she has done this thing a few times. I’ve got 2 brothers, with a cub scout and boy scout uniform each. Then there’s dad, and I believe he’s got 5? 6? uniforms of his own. That is a loooooot of patches.
Here’s the way to do it. Do NOT proceed without invisible thread. It’s plasticy and slippery, but those patches are slippery too when you start trying to sew. The invisible thread will make sure that your slippery stitches don’t show up. Next, pass on the pins. Grab your stapler and staple those suckers down where they belong. Sew carefully, then pull the staples out when you’re done. It’s a bit of a wrestle, but doable. Good luck!