My Wabi-Sabi Quilt

Francine, from Las Colchas, had told me to drop by on Thursday so she could assess the faded photo problem I had with the quilt I made for my grandson. I could not wait until Thursday. Since I needed more fabric for the log cabin quilt, I dropped by the Mesquite Bean this morning. There were quite a few experienced quilters there, since they meet on Tuesdays to work on projects. The consensus there was to keep the faded photos, wash with fabric color catchers ( I always do), and try adding some Retayne.(to stop the bleed).  I then drove over to Las Colchas. Francine wasn’t there, but Vicky was working. She is a super talented and artistic quilter. Vicky confirmed what the quilters at the Mesquite Bean recommended.
I just pulled the quilt out of the dryer, and I am happy with the results. It did not fade or bleed any further. The dryer poofed up the quilt and it looks bright and bold.
I guess this is my Wabi-Sabi quilt.

Block #38~ Friday, September 21

The block for my journal is all about special memories about sewing, friends, and my Tia Isidra.
This past week, my friend, Francine, set up a special sewing class for me and two of my friends.
Francine is the owner of Las Colchas. My friends and I were given special attention and guidance, as we attempted to make clothes for ourselves. As we were sewing, we shared stories about how we got interested in making our own clothes. One of my friends had a mother who made all of her clothes for her. Another friend, weaves her own fabric, and is now interested in making clothing. We had so much fun learning, sewing, laughing, and remembering.
My interest in making clothes comes from my Tia Isidra. Tia made fabulous clothes for all of my Madame Alexander Dolls. I had the best dressed dolls! Every summer,Tia made me a fancy birthday dress for my birthday. She let me choose the fabric, which usually included organza. Tia would make the petticoat attached to the dresses. I always felt so pretty in those full, poofy, fancy dresses.
In high school, I took a Home Economics class. Tia helped me with my sewing project. From her, I learned that the finish on the inside had to be as good as the outer outfit.
The block entry for this week was made with the fabric I chose for making a tunic. It represents more than the outfit I made for myself. It represents memories of a very special aunt, and a time with friends.

Block #38~ Friday, September 21
Sew Special
Background: 
Yellow 100% cotton
Technique: Applique

Don’t Give Up

A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.
B.F. Skinner

 

One of my goals for this year is to make my own clothes. I gave it my best shot this week, starting with a personalized sewing class at Las Colchas. I purchased the pattern, Easy Top and Tunic by Amy Barickman -Indygo Essentials at Las Colchas.

The butterfly fabric I purchased at Las Colchas is beautiful, but maybe not the best choice for a tunic. I look like a moving mass of butterflies in migration.

I received great instruction and guidance during the class. I was able to get most of the tunic finished there. The pattern has great directions.  All I had to do when I left the class was set the interfacing for the collar and hem the rounded bottom of the tunic.
Well… I am not calling my tunic a total failure, but I am not happy with the finish I gave to the seams and hem. Also, this was a lot of work for one “easy” garment. I might rethink my goal of making my own clothes. But, I will not give up just yet. I plan to make at least one more attempt at making a garment of some kind.

Fun Day

Last summer, I tried making myself a dress. I had not sewn anything for myself since the ’70’s. The disastrous results were proof that I either needed lessons; or I needed to give up the idea of making my own clothes.
I asked my friend, Francine, the owner of Las Colchas, if she would provide a class in making a clothing item from a pattern. Two of my friends wanted to be included in this class.
Francine went out of her way to make this a very valuable and productive class. First, the store is closed on Monday, but she opened it just for us. Being in a fabric shop on a day it is closed is like being a kid in the candy store. I had to make myself stop looking and get to business. Francine arranged for another instructor, Jeanne, to be there for us. We learned little tips that only someone with experience can share. Both Francine and Jeanne made us feel relaxed. They gave us the push we needed to feel confident about the task ahead. Francine even provided lunch. We took this lunch time as a chance to discuss what we had learned so far, how we felt about our product, and any other questions we may have had.
We were supposed to work from 10-2, but we extended it to 3. I have only the finishing touches to add to the tunic that I chose as my product. One of my friends went to learn tips, but did not start on a product. It was a fun day!

This was our sewing work space in the back of the house.

Francine stayed close by to answer any questions and guide us when we got stuck. She is always working on a project herself.

Jeanne would go back and forth from cutting room to sewing room to assist each one of us at whatever stage on which we were working.

Francine and I go way back. I was a bridesmaid at her wedding.
A big shout out and thanks to Francine and Jeanne.
Hopefully, I will be able to finish the tunic soon. Depending on the results, I am thinking of making my outfit for the upcoming wedding.

Still Raining

It is still raining, and since I am stuck inside, I decided to get busy on some small projects. One of the projects is a small zipper tote. I followed the tutorial by Jenny Doan at Missouri Star. I had some of the sewing notion print fabric leftover, so I made two small zippered pouches.

Sewing Notion Pouches


Zippered Pouch
These pouches will come in handy tomorrow. If we get out of the low water crossing and flood alert, I will be meeting two of my friends at Las Colchas. Francine, the owner of Las Colchas, is opening her shop on Monday to give us sewing lessons. It has been years since I made clothes for myself. I need a refresher on how to fit the pattern and make necklines and sleeves. It should be a fun day…if it stops raining!
I also made some small zipper-less pouches. Vanessa, at Crafty Gemini, has a tutorial for these small pouches. These pouches are good stash busters. I plan to gift them at a luncheon I will be attending.

It has been a productive Sunday.
I hope you have enjoyed your day.

Sewing Machine Cover

Las Colchas had this bright, happy, sewing notion print-fabrics. My sewing machine makes me happy, so I thought this fabric would be perfect for making a sewing machine cover.
I viewed many tutorials on Youtube, but I found that the Crafty Gemini had the easiest instructions. I love to view Vanessa’s tutorials. She has tutorials on just about anything you can think of making. I made some changes to the instructions by adding a lining made from remnants and scraps. I quilted the cover using masking tape to make my diagonal lines. Vanessa talks about making crisp corners. My corners are a bit mushy but that’s okay. Binding is something I dread since I am awful at making mitered corners. I gave it a shot, and the results were not too bad.
When I was cutting the fabric for the main part, I cut it in the wrong direction. The sewing machine prints were upside down. I did not have enough fabric to re-cut, so I covered the upside-down sewing machines with heart appliques made from the fabric that had the pin print.

Inside Lining


Front

Back (with the boo-boo hearts)


Top

It has been raining and dreary for three days. Making this cover made things a bit brighter.
The sewing machine cover has made my Happy Place an even happier room!

Pause for Pillowcases

Today, I hit pause on arranging the fat quarter quilt blocks. A new month will be here soon, so I stopped working on the quilt so I could make the pillowcases for my two youngest grandchildren.
July is big birthday month for my family.
All three of my sons and my granddaughter have a birthday this month. My one and only niece has a birthday this month.
I tried a new pattern that was given to me by my friend and owner of Las Colchas.
She had run out of the birthday fabric, so I had to go to JoAnn’s.
I didn’t particularly care for the black and multi-colored birthday fabric, but it was the only birthday fabric available.
The pattern calls for gathering and this is a first for me. I tried gathering to make the ruffle three times. Each time the thread would break on me.  Then I looked up some tutorials on gathering fabric. I should have done this first!
There were so many tutorials, each with a bit of difference in instructions. I chose to follow the instructions given by Leslie , The Seasoned Homemaker. She connects the two parallel lines at one end. This made a big difference. No thread breakage!

The photo does not show how the ruffle poofs up.

This month’s fabric theme for my grandson is Paw Patrol. These were made using the burrito pillowcase technique.

Now, it is time to pause for a Popsicle!

Fabric Thursday

After being cooped up for two weeks, I ventured out with one of my Meemaw friends.
We hit two quilt shops, Mesquite Bean and Las Colchas. We squeezed in a lunch in between shops.
I found some Grunge fabric that I have been wanting.

Then, I let myself be talked into getting a pattern for a bag. My friend and I plan to make the same purse this Sunday. I really do not need another bag, but I found some linen fabric that convinced me. She chose a fabric with owls.

The pattern is by The “Lucille” Bag by Abbey Lane Quilts.

This is my stitch meditation for today:

It is great to be back on my feet again.
Of course, I had to spend this day shopping for fabric!

 

Thursday Outing

This was an enjoyable day spent with my older sister.
She gave me two jelly rolls that have a variety of purple strips.
Now, I am really tempted to try to make one of those fabric bowls as posted on Tierney Creates.
I know that this is way beyond my skill set, but it is on my list of Things I Hope to Make One Day.
Saturday is Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day, but my sister and I made our visit today.
We went to Las Colchas, where the proprietor, Francine, is a family friend.
I asked Francine if she would have a class on making a fabric bowl, and she said she was going to see about setting a class up. It would be great if she did.
While at the shop, I purchased some fabric for the backing of my floral quilt.
I have plenty of polka dot material that I plan to piece for the backing, but I needed a bit more.

Then, my eyes went directly to this super colorful bird fabric.
I know, I need to get off this bird thing…but this fabric is gorgeous.

I almost didn’t buy it, since I have no real plan or design in mind.
But I knew I would regret not getting some.
I’ve decided it is okay to buy fabric just because it is beautiful.
It will not go to waste.

The floral quilt top is all pieced.
Tomorrow, I plan to piece the backing.

Hexagon-itis

Recently, I have come down with an interest in making hexagon blocks…hexagon-itis.
It all began when I read a book by Sandy Gilreath; 52 Tuesdays-A Quilt Journal.
Gilreath told the story of her year in 52 hexagon blocks. She uses many different techniques for each block; including raw edge and needleturn applique, free motion quilting, hand embroidery, etc..
I really liked the idea of making a journal with fabric, and the author encourages people to do the same.

Previously, Mary Puckett, from Zippy Quilts, had posted about One Block Wonder quilts.
I checked out the book she recommended, plus some others, and I am fascinated by the beauty of this kaleidoscope quilt made of hexagons. The books give great directions and have helpful photos, but I am a bit concerned about choosing the correct fabric and cutting it accurately.
I checked with the Mesquite Bean and also with my friend at Las Colchas.
My friend, Francine said to drop on by her shop and she would give me some guidance.
The Mesquite Bean is offering a one day class in OBW in January.
They also offer a free sewing time every Tuesday available for people to come work in the back room, and ask for guidance if needed.
I know I want to make a OBW, and I am thinking of making a 52 hexagon journal quilt.
I also viewed many tutorials online.
The problem I still have is with the quilting of the hexagon.
Do you quilt through the top fabric, the batting, and the backing; or, do you just quilt the top and batting?
I saw a video on You Tube by CraftyAttic. In this video, the top layer, a layer of sheeting were quilted.
After these two top layers were quilted, they were embellished with embroidery, beads, and other things. After the decorative stitches and things were done, a backing was added.

Today, I used one of my wonky blocks that I had in my “What Do I Do With This?” box.
I practiced with free motion on a practice block.
This is the first time the threads did not loop or pucker. I had read a tutorial on how to fix this problem.
My meandoring is not the best, but it looks okay on a 6.5 ” hexagon. I embellished it with ribbon-thread embroidery and some buttons.
I also chose to follow the directions from CraftyAttic, and just free motioned the top and sheeting; but I placed the batting between the two.


I stitched in the ditch.

But this is what concerns me.
Is this too loose, and will it separate?
I am planning to visit Las Colchas on Saturday, on Support Local Business Day.
I think I will take this hexagon and ask the experts in the shop.
What do you think?
Would you quilt all layers?
Would you quilt only the top, batting, and sheeting?

Anyway, this is all for the rest of the weekend.
I plan to enjoy the holiday.
Happy Thanksgiving!
I am thankful for my blogging friends!