Thursday, 17 July 2014

Thursday Fun: A box of fabric

Let me tell you what I brought home yesterday. It is a big box filled with fabric pieces. They are neither scraps, nor yardage - as little as a fat quarter, or as much as half yard or something. I mixed and matched the fabric choices for two quilts I plan to start this week and placed them all in the box in the studio yesterday.
box of fabric peices for my next two quilts
Taking a box back home is one of the tiny drawbacks, a whole studio outside the home brings. But I think of it like a beauty invasion at home. And I am thankful for the whole amount of fabric and space I have there at the studio too.

I have not picked fabrics directly from my stash for a long time. All my latest projects come from the shop supply shelf and touching the stash brought memories of all the things that happened when I got each piece. It is funny how emotional stash building could be sometimes - buying moments, gifts received, special moments, all in fabric-on-a-shelf form.

All the pieces in the box will get soaked, dried and ready for cutting today. Then the cutting-sewing fun will begin. I have not though about backs and bindings yet. For me this makes a project even more special as I let it grow and try not to control it, just follow it.

The first project is something I have loved for years. It is so simple and so beautiful, I could not help loving it when  I saw it. I never tried it though. So I will fix this with the help of this box!

Come back here tomorrow to see how it goes! It will be collourful!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

An odd week

It seems I forgot my blog for a week. Just after adding it to Blogloving last week. Really odd. It was a a crazy week actually, in many ways and none of them is beautiful enough to be mentioned here. So here what came along the crazy things:
Lots of roses at home,
bunches of roses

moon and clouds
an /almost/ full moon with lovely clouds in a night, lots of draing and baking.  Pictures and posts to follow soon. I hope it is a calm and beautiful week and do my best to make up for the previous unproductive one.

I am going to chose the fabroic for a new quilt today! Sketched yesterday and in fabrics stage now.  Happy Wednesday!

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Construction work and blog love with Bloglovin

pile of fat quarters for an order - a building of fabric
Making the new blog house look like home includes lots of building blocks added to the blank plan of a blog one starts with. Adding links is in process now. You can now Follow my blog with Bloglovin .

I used Bloglines long, long ago and some other lists after them and I am using Bloglovin to read all the blogs I like starting today. I think I will add lots of new blogs in the next weeks. Love the "similar blogs" feature already.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

"I only bought lingerie and shoes" made me try sewing lingerie

 first try on sewing undies
"I only bought lingerie and shoes" - I heard myself saying this to a friend while I was happily announcing I resumed sewing my clothes. It just hit me - I missed something and there was no single reason for this! So I fixed it the very next week /of May/- sewing undies. And it felt great!

Buying lingerie and shoes - that was the thing few years ago. Everything else was bought in fabric, thread, zippers and buttons form. Unless a really great apparel was found.

It was a summer inspired spring idea to make a few dresses for me. I have not sewn clothes for over 10 years. Just a couple of clothes a year, every other year, which is no sewing to me /and none was sewn for me/. I felt so good sewing my clothes in the past - no long shopping, no "How on earth do they not carry any decent dress?" moments... Just a quick stop at the fabric shop, a few hours happily spent sewing and viola! - cloths that fit and I like... Same goes with indderware. Especially for someone like me who adores colour and still loves underwear invisible under garments. See now the fun of choose-the-right-ribbon-bow below. I would never get a different color bow in ready-made bikini:
choosing ribbons for undies
Mentioning colour... the pink in this functional muslins - that's it /a trial to be used if possible/ is just the first jersey I saw in the shop. The brown is leftover from kid pants. The only thing matched and chosen are ribbon and laces. Still  I used ribbons I already had and chose the prettiest and cheapest laces no paying too much attention to match it with the jersey colours.

Now back to the story - I recall the first pattern making book I had as a child was about making dolls clothes. And it started from making underwear. I remember how simple the pattern pieces where. No difficult math, just jersey learning curve... Yay, I have never, ever, sewn jersey in items that require precision or jersey and lace together. Just a couple of blouses and a bodysuit long ago.
choosing ribbons bows for undies
The first batch of  panties was trial and error one. I took a quick look at what was sewn happily around  and gave it a try /see names and links below/. Then played with ribbons and mixed and matched them. It also included self-drafted all lace panties and waist height ones. They get no bows so did not make it to the matching session above. The final matching is closer to this one - brown goes on brown and teal on all pink one. Or just look at the one above for all pinks match and imagine a brown bow the brown one.
a change away from the right bow on undies
The no lace pink ones are the Hipsters by MakeBra, the pink and violet lace ones are Rosy Ladieshorts by Clothhabit and the brown and skin-tone lace ones - a sleeker version of the shorts. Bоth patterns are clearly written, easy to use and free. I am into more experiments lately and will make comparison of different styles later this summer.

I am happy all the muslins above are in my wardrobe now and they deal with machine washing just fine /so far/. So I will soon cut the fabrics, I deliberately bought for panties this May.

PS I used paper tape to make a lingerie design wall directly on the wall and small pieces of office double sided tape for the bows.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Quilting in progress - blue quilt bubbles

quilitng in progress - blue quilt
The feathers-on-blue quilt is slowly cumming together. The reason it takes so much time is I am doing a lot of other things and putting it on hold while they last.
quilitng in progress - blue quilt

So filling one side with bubbles today, felt good. Part of the bubbles where done earlier /a corner really as shown on second picture/ and filling the rest today, opens new possibilities. I like so aspects of this pebbly-bubbly quilting and do not really love some other /like speed for example/.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

June quilting que - blue quilt feathers

Lots of sewing and new projects /including jewelry making!/  - June was an interesting month. So interesting my quilting was put on hold for a while.

blue quilt feather quilting
A summer quilt in blue was started in end of May and the first quilting stitches were done a month ago. I discovered my open toe quilting foot broken then /have no clue how it broke/ and had no time to worry - I was busy sewing dresses and other clothes.

blue quilt feather quilting - close up
So I am planning a few quilting hours tomorrow to make some progress on this baby. It is so blue, and the deep blue quilting tread is so lustrous, it is a pity it is not finished yet. No binding fabric is chosen yet. I am leaving this to the all-being-quilted moment now. Have liked few options in the fabric shop, have some options in the stash.... It seems minor question now. Miss quilting so much.

blue quilt feather quilting - back
With the little off-white table-topper my lavender is drying on now and a table-runner, this is my third feathers quilting. I think I like the free form feathers best and the traditional ones, not so much... Will see how it goes..

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Lavender Love

I was picking lavender today! Felt fantastic - cloud of lavender aroma, butterflies, a bunch of flowers in my hands and warm sun in the breeze... Relaxing afternoon moment and a perfect aroma for the evening at home. It rests on a little table topper and I think the cotton will take some of the aroma while the bunch dries.

 I have never researched about this but particular white butterfly is the one that is found around lavender plants most often here. Sometimes the butterflies are almost as many as the buds...
Two were playing around this single plant above and see how many around these ones last year:

lavender bouquet
Looking forward to taking pictures with the lavender tomorrow.
Happy weekend!