Friday, May 4, 2012

Offstage Progress

It's been an exciting month here, and though I've kept composing posts in my head, I haven't gotten my act together to post.  Here's a little catchup on the sewing progress I've been making: 

I finished this shirt (I believe my first ever completed garment!) a few weeks ago, and have so far worn it out in public twice (and once to work).  I think it's a success!  I used a pretty cheap, plain fabric so that if I botched something I wouldn't have wasted pretty fabric, but I think I'm brave enough to try it again in something prettier.  

Speaking of pretty fabric - look at my haul!   Last Saturday I went to a "Text and Textiles" fundraiser for the New England Quilt Museum - around twenty bucks for all-you can fit in a bag!  As you can see, I was pretty good at the making it fit part.  Pretty much all of Sunday was devoted to pre-washing and ironing (so. much. ironing.). 

This was one of the treasures I picked up - there were a couple baskets of blocks and cut pieces.  This is a vintage top - er, three-quarters of the top at least.  I need to spend some time thinking about what I want to do to finish it.  I don't think I want to piece new units, but I need to do something about that gap in the corner.  

Another set of goodies were these itty-bitty HSTs, which I whipped together into a scrappy barn raising setting.  Eric says it would make a good potholder - we'll see.

And my last treasure of the day - Quilting Modern by Jacquie (Tallgrass Prairie Studio) and Katie (Sew Katie Did).  This is a beautiful book, and I love that they wrote it with the same voice that makes their blogs so wonderful to read.  I guess it helps that they're talking about improvisation, which makes it easier to talk about the process and to admit that mistakes happen.  And the pictures!  I'm loving this book, and actually reading it straight through. 

That's all for now!

1 comment:

  1. Can you move some of the bottom of that unfinished top to fill in that hole? It's a very cool looking quilt! And congrats on your blouse--it's lovely.

    Elizabeth E.