One of my students, Elena, commented that I’ve been very prolific this year, more than she has ever seen me to be. I’m not sure why that is. Maybe, because I am not being hindered by RA (rheumatoid arthritis) which is now under control. Or, it could be that I love my new sewing school space and I am inspired to sew to decorate it, as well as make samples to inspire you, as students, or potential students who like to peek in the windows…..
Whatever the cause of my large sewing output, I have been excited to produce many a project this year. It started with quilts. One lead to another, like pieces of chocolate, or the oft mentioned Lays potato chips…….I made a quilt for my daughter, inspired by a fabric one of my students brought to class. Then, since I wasn’t crippled by RA, I could then quilt it myself at Laurena’s Longarm studio in Burlington, MA. I then made a quilt for each of my nieces, then another for my daughter. Then, I thought I do one for myself. I finally finished a quilt I started at least 8 years ago, and hung it in the new sewing school bathroom. It matched the decor so well. Then, another student, Sherry L, brought in some blocks she was working on that involved folding the fabric like you would paper for Origami. I had her show me how to do it, and by the end of the day, I had 25 blocks folded. I made a wall hanging quilt and had it done within a week. I finally stalled out on my 8th quilt of the year, when I g0t stuck on finding the right fabric for the border…….It’s still on my design wall. I thought I’d take a break from it.
More recently, I was dabbling in clothing, for myself, my daughter, and my sister. One of the most recent items I sewed is the skirt made from sneaker themed fabric (made by Timeless Treasures, C5522 Brite.) Again, the fabric caught my eye, when Avery, a teenage student, brought it in to make pajama bottoms. I purchased what was left on the bolt, thinking I would do the same. My daughter loves her high top Converse sneakers. When I showed her the fabric, she said that she wanted a skirt that she could wear with her high tops. Then, she told me exactly how it should look. And, it should have randomly placed zippers on it. So, having been given this task, I designed a skirt to those specifications. I like to use a pattern that is close, has the right sizing and then alter it from there. I often get donations of sewing fabric and materials. So, I reached into a box of donated zippers and brought them out to see if any would work in this project. I had eyelets, like what you find in sneakers or sometimes in belts. They were years old and I wasn’t sure that I could find them. But, miracles of miracles, I did find them. And, the pliers to set them into the fabric.
I decided to put in to parts in the back of the skirt that have shoe lacing. I used white eyelets, since most of the sneakers on the fabric have white eyelets. I used white shoelaces as well. It was really fun to play around with these things. So far, all the girls in my classes love this skirt. My daughter does, too. I had to bring the waist in, it was too big, but other than that, it’s well liked, and will be worn.
I’ve never been one to make bags much or purses or totes. But, since I came across the Weekender Totes over a year ago, I have been hooked. With the use of fusible fleece and peltex and other fabric stiffeners and stabilizers, we can make some pretty amazing bags out of quilting fabric. And, Very Bradly being such the rage, these bags are really in! I think the photos pretty much show off why it has been so fun for me to make these. And, it’s a new kind of challenge, working in ways that I haven’t much in the past. Plus, as I say in one of the photo captions, it’s an opportunity to play with mixing colors and prints on a smaller, quicker scale than making a quilt!
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