Thursday, 7 February 2013

Sewing Away

The tuxedo shirt is now completed and sent to my sis.  Looking really smart, with all the bells & whistles on how a shirt should be.

French cuffs!
  Then an A-Line Yoke denim skirt.  Just love the top-stitching in jeans thread and the contrasting facing and pockets.  Makes me wish I wore skirts!

The simple prim applique design was fun to do.  Love Note (freebie). And Jess W takes credit for suggesting the word 'fleur'!

I also sewed a 3/4 sleeved knit blouse.  The collar was not done well.  Because I winged the length of the neck band.  My printer was out of toner and I could not print the actual neck band.  Of well ...  The Craftsy course on Sewing with Knits helped immensely. 

 On the quilting front, I am enjoying the hand quilting on my CW quilt.  This will be the quilting design for each block.  So far I've only completed 1 block.  Hah!

The hand quilting for the Valentine doll quilt is completed and I love it. Just simple straight lines criss-crossing the quilt.

And there's the very little cutie quilt top from Lori's Abundance QAL.  I pride myself that I've done every single QAL run by Lori but I know Lori will quickly remind me that none of them are quilted!  That will change ... hopefully soon ... :)
I made a boo-boo with the hour glass block.  But it's staying ...

 When I saw Lori's completed 'A little porch time', I had the yearning inspiration to do some prim applique.  Didn't you applique this 'House Pillow' too Lori?  I remembered that I kept a Jan Patek design that was a free download sometime back.  It's not available now though.  I got my friendly photocopy lady to shrink the applique pieces to fit a 14" pillow form instead of 18".  I've only got the star to complete and and I want to do some stitchery between the tree top and the star.  Maybe 'Pineberry Lodge' or something?

I had a LOT of help from a series of wonderful applique videos by  MSQC featuring Jenny Doan and Jan Patek herself!  The first of the 4 part series starts here on YouTube
Design:  House Pillow by Jan Patek


  1. Your garments are all so nice--very impressive. I love the little 'fleur' added to it. Beautiful work on the quilts! Your hand quilting looks great. Thanks for the link for the applique videos. I've watched a bunch and am going to keep watching to increase my confidence. I'm jonesing to do the Civil War Bride/A Bountiful Life quilt so need all the help I can get!

  2. The tudedo shirt looks very good Barbara! Shirts are an art form in themselves, I used to love making them too! You did a lovely job with the pintucking, love all those details!!! Your 'Abundance' is looking lovely, I've marked mine out but have not quilted it yet, I've seen a few others' on Lori's blog and every interpretation looks great!!! Lovely quilting on your other piece too, looks as if you've been spending a lot of time in the sewing room! Good for you getting your hand in with the applique too, brave girl LOL!!! scares me silly.....your project looks very charming!!

  3. Yay Barbara. That shirt is amazing, you must have a ton load of patience. The skirt is lovely, it might convince me into wearing skirts again too.
    Love the colours in your Valentine doll quilt, it is looking fabulous. Enjoying seeing the other projects come to life.

  4. You've been doing some amazing sewing. I haven't made clothing in years.
    Your Abundance quilt turned out very nice--and the turned hourglass won't be noticed. : )

  5. Nice you are staying so busy with lovely projects!! Love your Abundance and yes, you need to start quilting them:)
    I did not make that pillow but it is so sweet!!

  6. Garments look amazing.

  7. The shirt is outstanding!!! OMG, all those little .... what do you call them?? Love the little quilts too! Read your earlier post with the little pincushion .... so, so cute!
    Happy quilting! Hugs, Daniëlle

  8. The Abundance quilt is great! I really like the butterscotchy yellow choice.

    Love your tuxedo shirt, too. You have a real talent to do such precision sewing.

  9. It has been too long since I stopped in to visit you and what a treat! Everything is beautiful. What wonderful quilts you are working on! And the clothes are fabulous.

    Hugs from Holland ~

  10. i am so glad that you visited me as i now have your new location on my sidebar.
    i've been missing seeing your clothing and projects, so happy me to have found you again~!

    your Abundance is cute and i really like that one of the hourglass blocks got turned . . . these small details are so much fun to spot on a quilt and i think they lend a lot of charm and personality~!

    your valentine quilt is really cute and the hand quilting on the CW project is beautiful to see also.

    well, i'm off to check out some older posts and see what you've been up to.


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