Friday, March 20, 2020

Sewing - quarantine style

There's a virus among us that's disrupting the heck out of our lives. If you are self-isolating, and you probably should be, now's a good time to do some sewing.

I'm finishing up UFOs, making Halloween bags, and may make face masks for myself and others (for free!).

The Turban Project has a pattern online and tutorial for a face mask. I know I have a ton of fabric and elastic galore. While you're at it, maybe make a turban or three to donate.

The above is from their web site. 

If you run out of toilet paper or paper towels or other paper products, think of what our elders used - whatever they had. Just don't flush fabric toilet paper if you use it. If you use fabric for your paper towel needs, those can be washed and reused. 

If you sew, I know you have plenty of stuff that you could work on. So get to it! We're all in this together, right? 


Friday, February 7, 2020

New Open Weave Vest

I've written about open weave vests before, including a tutorial:  Part 1 and Part 2. I've made them for me using strips of fabric that I've manipulated into warp and weft, and I've made them for dolls using ribbons of all ilk. And I'm making one again today. No photos yet, but will share when it's done.

Traditional basket weaving, which is how I'm working the current vest, is precise and exacting. (The tutorial linked above uses strips laid over one another rather than over/under weaving.) Today, I marked the wash-away stabilizer and started on the front of the vest, the woven part. For about an hour, I enjoyed a cup of coffee and took my time going over and under the strips as a weave began to appear. It grew over the next few hours and then, regardless of my pre-planning, I started to run out of strip fabric. It takes miles of the strip to make these things!

I stopped and started cutting new strips to attach to one another, fold in half, and prep to fold in half again. I'm done for today. I don't want to get sick of the project before I even finish the front! I'm about 2/3 done with one side of the front and am liking the way it looks.

This is one of four vests I'm making, and I have fabric for a couple of colorful tunics. I've been adding more color to my wardrobe and separates are a great way to do that. I also have put more sewing into my days as I'm now retired. It's win-win.

More to come as I tackle the piles of sewing projects I have waiting for me to get busy!

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Pillows for Hospice House, round how many now?

Simple patchwork with cheery and cherry fabrics. 
I have a lot of leftover hexagons that didn't get used for a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt, and so, why not? 

I cut hearts and a square from the cherry pillow blocks. 
Another hexagon piece. 
Donated ties in a strip formation. 
A little of this and that.
And a couple of brown and whites, one in a log cabin design and the other just a mish mash of patchwork. 

More pillows to show off. I'll deliver these tomorrow and then I'm taking a brief break and working on some things for myself. 

Monday, January 6, 2020

Pillows and fabric and what else?

I put out a call on Facebook asking for fabric if people have any to donate to the community service sewing I'm doing. An interesting number of people came forward and said they have some to donate! I don't mind using my own fabric or buying fabric, but it sure is nice to use some that's free.

Here's today's pillow.

I may have mentioned I'm playing with designs. Years ago, I made quilt squares and framed them to give as gifts. This project, to me, is the same thing. I'm playing with angles, color blends, and overall keeping the artsy fartsy side of me engaged. That can only be a good thing. I get lost in design and if I see something I want to try, I do it! I'm not committed to a whole quilt. It's one pillow top, or more if I desire.

On another burner, I've been making vests for myself and using wacky, colorful fabrics. I love dressing in clothes that make me feel alive.

Maybe this retirement thing isn't so bad, right? 

Saturday, January 4, 2020

More pillows for Hospice House

Community service sewing sure makes a girl feel good. Here are my newest pillow creations for Hospice House. I'll post more of these as the year goes on. I'm having fun coming up with the patchwork designs. All of them are 13" x 13" and the backs of this bunch were provided by my sister (a sheet!). Enjoy:
Donated fabrics. 

Working on my black and white fabric stash.

Neckties. 

Simple 9 patch with black and whites. 

Donated fabrics in a split rail pattern.