We started with a pretty enough dress for $5 from the thrift store. Sparkle Jane didn’t need a dress, but, I did have an excuse: Band concert.
We had the dress in advance. We even went before Thanksgiving and got the additional needed fabric when the big pile of junk didn’t produce something suitable.
But, somehow, the actual refashion was put off. Again. Until it was really almost too late. I started Wednesday making a new partial bodice to add some substance and comfort to the top. All it really needed beyond that was a sash.
Should be easy. Right?
And it wasn’t really hard. Just nearly late. Again. We would never have made it if Sparkle Jane hadn’t come to the rescue by offering to handstitch it all together while I did chicken chores, prepared dinner and made some cookies as treats after the performance.
She finished less than 10 minutes before we had to go. ”Mom,” she said. ”Maybe we should start a new tradition next year. And have the dress ready early. Maybe a whole day BEFORE the concert?!” Oh, I don’t know. This down-to-the-wire method is sort of fun. Not really. But somehow it always ends up happening anyway.
The concert was a success and she was lovely. Young Son plays with the high school band–tenor saxophone–and did very well. I am so glad they have these sorts of opportunities. Life is better when you can do real things, like sewing or music, rather than just consuming entertainment being fed to you by wires.
The Twin Twin Quilts are a finish. YAY!
Sparkle Jane calculated that there are nearly 3500 pieces in the two quilts together. That is a lot, but I had estimated 4000. I guess that one gets lost after sewing together that many 1-1/2″ squares.
They should look lovely in the guest bedroom of the recipient.
This weekend has been a beautiful holiday here in Utah. Lots of rest. Lots of sewing. Much to be thankful for.
And, carrying quilts around DOES count as exercise. Right?
PS–The quilts each finish at 57″x80″. A good twin size. The pattern comes from Susan and Michelle, HERE. Quilting by my friend Barbara.
The Oh My Stars quilt took many months to build, and is taking quite a while to assemble. No chain piecing here.
But, slowly, blocks are becoming sections and, within a week, I hope to have a completed top.
In the meantime, I have cut and started the first step of the bargello quilt.
Here is one-ninth of stage one. It is another large project that will take “a while.”
After this it might be time for another All Small Week, five to seven days of one-day projects. In the meantime, I keep moving forward, one seam at a time. Slow going, but worth it.
First, the excitement. The last block of the Oh My Stars quilt is done. Only 2,516 pieces, but who’s counting? I have been piecing this a little at a time since January, and, 148 blocks later it is ready for layout.
Big pieces first.
Middle size next. (Sorry for the blurry picture.)
Fill in the blanks with all those little ones –all 89 of them.
Ta-dah…I am so excited to see an idea finally becoming reality.
I have probably walked downstairs an extra twenty times between yesterday and today just to look at it spread out there on my design floor. Assembly will take a while, but at least I can see it now.
So, that is the “excitement” part of this post. Now for the apology.
I am sorry for being a neglectful blogger. So many of you write me the kindest and most encouraging comments, and I am so far behind acknowledging them. There are about 100 unanswered e-mails in my in-box. I feel terrible. Please don’t feel unappreciated. I really do read and value all of your comments but, between teaching school and trying to be a wife and mother and keeping the house reasonably on the safe side of dirty…well, e-mail has been neglected. Please forgive me and I will really try hard to do better in the future.
And, now I am going to rotate laundry. Which just happens to be downstairs. Which means I get to look at that quilt again. It is so….so what I had hoped and dreamed it would be. I wish we could all stand there together and just say, “Ah, yes, this is why we love quilting–ideas become reality!” and then go have a marathon stitching party on our favorite projects. That would be really fun!
What a wonderfully productive weekend it has been. It is a perfect fall day here in Utah. It is sunny, but not hot. The colors are lovely. I just finished mowing the lawn while Husband and Daughter picked apples and started a batch of applesauce, one of Husband’s cooking specialties.
And, the last binding stitches on the Summer Breeze wedding quilt are done. YAY! That is such a satisfying feeling.
I acknowledged the wedding colors without being too matchy-matchy. The back is from Tula Pink. It has all the colors in it, even the bright lime I had worried about.
My thanks to Kim Brackett for her wonderful books, much admired and used by scrap quilters, but pre-cut fans will find them perfect for jelly rolls. This pattern is from Scrap Basket Sensations.
Friday was a rest day at school, a day off for no particular reason other than we probably needed it. And, I did need it. For sewing!
Three things I really wanted to do:
1. Baste and maybe even start quilting the Summer Breeze quilt. DONE! And more–I am stitching down binding.
2. Cut on the memory quilt project. DONE! Not that I am done cutting, but I am inching closer.
3. Push hard on the Oh My Stars quilt. I am getting so close. DONE! (Not that I am done with the blocks, but I am done for now.)
Wow! I feel successful. And, there is still some weekend left. Hmmm…what next? Housework…maybe…
I love to share ideas and patterns with you, and the best part is when you share back. Lovely WeddingDressBlue readers have been busy stitching.
We start with a Super Stars variation by Lori, the Dakota City Quilter. This quilt finishes at 96″ x 116″. Amazing!
Kathy did this happy Hundred Hugs quilt for a husband’s coworker.
And she had so much fun she decided to make another one. I like the loopy quilting.
Bianca made a Film at Five for her friend, who liked it so much she is making one of her own. I hope to see that in a future show and tell.
Want to make one of your own? These quilts and more can be found in the TUTORIALS tab above. Enjoy! and share!