Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Owen Luke - Quilt #3

In keeping with the other two quilts I made for Ellie and Caleb, I bring to you the completed version of Owen Luke's quilt!

This was quilted in the ditch, and I added a few extra quilting lines, such as a diamonds running down the blue border and the completed diamonds inside each red square (even if the blue diamond lines were missing).

Over all, I loved how this baby came out!

Pattern: Snowball Sampler from Pam and Nicky Lintott's "Jelly Roll Sampler Quilts," with an added 2' border for extra size.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Carolyn's Vest

A few weeks ago, a good friend of mine brought a knitted vest to our knitting group.

"I just need to be done with it!" she said, "I can't frog it yet another time."

She wanted someone to take it, someone who could appreciate the craft.

And honestly, it was beautifully made.

It was voted mine. So, today I present you a beautiful knitted vest from the needles of a good friend.

PS: It has cables, pockets, buttons, and a hood!

PPS: I need to convince my photographer to take these closer...

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Sunshine Dress

This was another beauty that I made back in the summer of 2013 in preparation for a professional life. You see, I was trying to work in layers, and to use only a certain palette of colors, so that everything would go with everything else. That's a huge bonus in Rochester!

Well, I also discovered that with my strange body shape, most "professional" silhouettes looked terrible on me! So, I began making my own, in the colors I wanted, and the styles I wanted.

In fact, if you look back, most of what I make fits this profile.

Anyway, on to my sunshine dress! Using another pattern, I was able to make this from broadcloth, a thick one, and I just love the way it hangs!

Oh! And it has pockets!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Cork Boards!

I mentioned the Upcycling Class that I taught at my last place of work. Well, I've had some extra corks and frames sitting in the closet for a while, and this past weekend, I finally did something about it!

As before, I'm still busy. I have plenty of gifts I could show, but things are falling apart a little on this end for other reasons (work, mostly), and so I'm stressing out t how behind I am. I'm planning to go back and show two projects I completed during my year hiatus (I forgot to show them before), and after that, I should be ready and able to show you all those Christmas gifts I've been holding off on!

There they are, ready for Christmas cards!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Miss Frizzle Skirt

As a kid, I always loved the show "Magic Schoolbus," and later, as an adult going in to teaching, I wanted to emulate her creativity and spunk.
Before I began student teaching, a few years back during my original dry spell, in 2013, I sewed a few garments for myself to wear in the upcoming school year. Since these fit the criteria of a post (completed after I started the blog, and something I made), I'll post them now. If I'm not mistaken, these are the last flash-back posts I'll do.

So, low and behold, I present to you my Miss Frizzle skirt!

I used a McCalls pattern, and it took be about two days to get it done. I love this skirt! It fits so wonderfully and is comfortable. The only downside is that there's no pockets!

The wind was acting up quite a bit during this photoshoot, so forgive the nature of the pictures!

In real life, the skirt is actually very seam-lined. There are pleats built into it and ironed out every time I wash it, which I suppose is optional, and it's made with basic cotton fabric.