Monday, January 19, 2015

Sewing for the Shelter

I have been helping these lovely folks:  http://www.connieandteri4animals.org/
and in January, we make little quilts for the kennels at the local shelter.   So last weekend I got a couple of HUGE bags of fabric and batting, and cut out a bunch of quilts.  This weekend I sewed them.  All told, I made 45 quilts.   And they were approved by my very own quilt-tester, the Princess Rita.



It's a great project, and I love helping the animals, because I can't bring any more home.  My allergies and budget just couldn't handle the stress.   So I'll make them little quilts to protect their paws until they find a forever home.  If you don't have a furry overlord ruling your household, now is the time to go find one!  It's never too late.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

More bins!

I think I like this pattern.  They would be cute in some kind of holiday-themed fabric, wouldn't they?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Fabric bin

And again, I have been checking out new patterns that I found online. 
http://birchfabrics.blogspot.com/2013/08/tutorial-fabric-bins-featuring-fort.html
Here's my first attempt.  I like the concept, but I want to get a better fleece next time.


The (in)famous Bacon Shirt

I kept promising that I'd make this shirt someday, and finally I did!  Bacon Shirt is in da house!!


More tiny purses

Shh!  I think they're conspiring...


Monday, September 1, 2014

Teeny Tiny Zipper Purses

I found these on Facebook. The pattern can be found here:
http://so-sew-easy.com/teeny-tiny-mini-zipper-pouch/

And here are my attempts:





I found a great deal on zippers, so I see a lot of teeny tiny presents in my future!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

My biggest project yet!

This is another entry in the 'I can't resist a challenge' test.   And it was nearly my undoing.   A very nice gentleman asked me to make him a kilt.  A real kilt out of a plaid wool that he and his wife bought in Paris.   It was a beautiful plaid wool.  This is the original plaid.

Then I pleated it.


Then it sat for months while I agonized over the rest of the construction.  This was terrifying work! (In case you haven't noticed by now, I'm plagued by massive self-doubt)
But, I had to get it out of my sewing room and back to the original owner.
Continuing, the front edge had to be fringed.  
The inside edge was just finished.

Then I had to sew on straps and buckles (by hand!) and make a buttonhole on the other side for the inside strap to come through(not shown).  Here's the buckles.
And finally, the kilt was finished!  The blue kilt behind it is the one that I used for a sort of pattern.
At long last, the client himself came and tried it on, and allowed me to take pictures.  Brian's a handsome devil, isn't he?   He and his wife were very pleased with the kilt, and it fit perfectly.  I was so thrilled.
He even gave me a twirl so we could see the kilt in action!   Just fantastic.
 Another accomplishment to add to my collection!  I'm very pleased with how this came out.