"A very Merry Unbirthday to you, to you. A very Merry Unbirthday to you." from Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland"

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Pumpkin Patch and Treasure Chest Quilt Top

This block is named Pumpkin Patch.  It was designed by Debbie Field of Granola Girl Designs and was published in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol.3.  I've loved this block since I saw it and finally got around to putting it together.

The Tresure Chest quilt top is done.  Maybe I'm unusual, but yesterday it took me over 8 hours to make the flying geese borders, and most of that time was spent squaring up.  Very tedious and because I was running out of fabric I altered the sashing from 4.5 " to 3" so instead of 4 groups of 8 geese I have 4 groups of 7 geese on the long sides.

We are expecting an unwelcome visitor tomorrow in Hurricane Sandy.  Hopefully the dire scenarios won't occur and we'll all just get a little wet and windblown. 

God Bless You.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Work on Treasure Chest Quilt

I spent yesterday sewing together the blocks for the Treasure Chest Quilt.  I wanted to continue making the flying geese border but don't have white fabric so it is on hold for now.  However, I just love the purple sashing.  Has it really been a year since I began this quilt? 
I also completed part 4 of the Christmas SAL and will be cross stitching the Santa section next.
Today I cut out the Christening cape. 
Everything is on schedule. 
God Bless You.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Sewing for a Princess and Getting to Know My Sewing Machine

My sewing machine and I have been together for maybe eight or more years but it still holds surprises for me.  I was looking something up in the owner's manual when I spotted a topic that interested me; "How to sew square corners."  What I learned is that there are two notches on the plate that indicate when the fabric is reaching the 5/8 " mark, the usual apparel seam allowance.  By knowing this, you can turn the fabric in the same spot for every corner and your seam allowance is the same on both sides of the corner.   I never knew about those notches, even after all of the times I've replaced bobbins, etc.  And I love them.  I used them when I sewed the Christening dress back and they do work great. 

I've also been using feet I only use occasionally, namely the rolled hemmer and the buttonholer.  The dress now has a perfect rolled hem.  The buttonholes are not so perfect.  The piping bumps prevented the foot from sewing forward and so I have a little hand sewing to do on them, but not too much. 

The online store from whom I ordered the wool crepe let me know yesterday that they sold out of the fabric (after placing the charge on my card; bad business practise if you ask me), so today I bought white velvet for the cape.  Is there a princess in the house?

This is the dress so far:

 I've been auditioning placement of the lace appliques.

 I think the second version is what we're going with although I would like to see something at the waist. 
I'm happy about the progress I've made. 
Now on to some cross stitching.
God Bless You.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

More Dress Progress

The plan to use lace at the neckline was abandoned and I added piping instead.  Because the fabric is cut on the diagonal, I am now dangerously close to have very little left to play with, so let's hope all goes well.  I cut the bonnet fabric so that should be all set.
I hand sewed in the sleeves today and will machine stitch them in later, but it's looking good.
I'm done for today.  Buttonholes next, then the skirt.  Life better not get in my way:)
I wanted to say Thank You again to Elizabeth of Sand and Sunshine  http://sandandsunshine.blogspot.co.uk/ for the having us over to her place yesterday for the Christmas QAL.  Elizabeth has informed me that I'm the lucky winner of the pincushion, so that makes my day.  I don't use just one pincushion because I sew all over the house so I can certainly use another.  Thanks, Elizabeth.
 I made so much progress on this project because we have this QAL so a big Thank You to Sue of Quilt Times  http://quilttimes.blogspot.com also for starting this up some 3 years ago.  Some day I'm going to go back and count up all of the things I've made during our second Saturdays just so I can amaze myself.  It's alot.  Thanks Sue.
God Bless You.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

October Christmas QAL 2; Pretty Sleeves

I've got the sleeves put together.  They will have a ribbon around the top of the lace and a bow on the the outside.
I'm going to begin the bodice next but need to find lace for the neckline. 
My deadlines are creeping up on me.  The next part of the cross stitch SAL is due 10/20 and the FMQ Challenge and Treasure Chest QAL are due 10/31.  And yes, I will get them all done.  And I will do them all nicely.

October Christmas QAL 1

Today the Christmas QAL is hosted by Elizabeth of Sand and Sunshine    http://sandandsunshine.blogspot.co.uk/ and located in Florida.  If you want to see some really cute Halloween decorations then visit her blog today and if you wish you can enter her giveaway for a very cute pincushion.  Thanks, Elizabeth.

In a previous post I mentioned my very special project of using my sister's wedding gown which our mother made for her and sewing the Christening dress for her newest granddaughter.  I'm using the Simplicity 4766 pattern:

I'm making the version without the lace over skirt because my sister's gown was slipper satin and gorgeous, so the fabric is rich enough.  My mother sewed lace details on the gown and this gown will have that also.  But after cutting the dress last night this is all the fabric that's left:
There's just enough left for the bonnet. 
I'm taking this one step at a time so progress may be slow. 
I ordered wool crepe for the cape.  Not sure yet what I'll get to line the cape. 
God Bless.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Pretty Bows

My pictures don't do justice to Carole's design.  It's just gorgeous. Part 3 is done.
God Bless You.