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July 11, 2019
The First July Finish from Quilt Paint Create

I finished the Gemma top on Tuesday and wore it to Guild last night.
Gemma topI came close to pitching the whole thing, but if I want to make clothes I need to learn how to fit. This shirt was as good a place to start as any.
The pattern was included in the Creative Bug class. It was drafted in several sizes with two different cup sizes. Based on the measurements printed in the instructions, I sewed a small with the C/D cup size. I thought this would give me enough of a bust adjustment, but it didn’t ...

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July 7, 2019
Sunday Stash July 7, 2019 from Quilt Paint Create

No fabric out this week. The 30s quilt is basted and the Gemma top is under construction.
The Gemma pattern is an epic fail for my body proportions. So far I’ve spent more time taking it apart and making adjustments than it took me to sew up the seams. My goal is to get it wearable, finish it up and move on.
I bought a 2 yard cut of muslin at Goodwill for $0.80. The price was too good to pass and I will use it to dye or paint. Muslin doesn’t linger in my stash.
Fabric ...

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June 21, 2019
What does the Sheep Say? from Creatin' in the Sticks

It's animal week over on the Thermoweb blog 
and 
I'm happy to be sharing a sweet and soft applique sheep pattern.


Here's my sweet inspiration for the outfit.


She has quite a few of the animals figured out.
It may be her love of all furry creatures.

She's going to love this outfit I whipped up in about an hour


It's a NO SEW project with soft fleece and a purchased tee and pants.

The complete tutorial and free pattern can be found on the Thermoweb blog ...

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June 2, 2019
Sunday Stitching Post #7 from Urban Quilter

May went better than April both generally and as far as my 15-minutes-to-stitch goal. I managed to sew 17 out of the 31 days in May which was 55% for the month. For the year I am also at 55% (83/151) so am just making the goal of sewing on half the days.
Since my last Sunday Stitching post I finished binding my Carolina Hurricane Quilt and got it sent off to its new home. I also exceeded my one monthly goal for May which was to make 6 grain-bag totes (I finished 10). I also figured out ...

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April 5, 2019
Sewing ~ Strip Knit Set Up from Tea Rose Home

First of all, please let me apologize to the people who left comments on the post about my breast cancer journey a few months ago Breast Cancer Awareness Month and My Story, This is the Morning and Update ~ Post Surgery. I didn't get an email notification for the comments and didn't know there were comments for the posts. I happened to be poking around and found a bunch of comments and I was so touched by each one of your kind comments. I am so sorry that I didn't reply to them, but I deeply appreciate them ...

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November 5, 2018
Spooky Embroidery Continued from Becca's Crazy Projects

I know I keep sharing this project, but I'm not stopping until it is done and it still isn't done.

This past weekend I managed to get a couple steps closer to done. The collar was a real challenge. This is the first time I've made a collar like this and I learned a thing or two along the way. Mostly, I learned that the directions for this coat aren't really intended for "advanced sewists". They are intended for people that have made this style of coat before. So many steps, or images, are just not ...

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October 29, 2018
Spooky Embroidery Continued from Becca's Crazy Projects

In the last post about this embroidered coat, I mentioned the better of the two pockets. Here it is! Perhaps not perfect, but better than the last one. 
Garment sewing is slow when you're only making one thing. I'm sure if I was making a dozen I would be at about the same point in construction as I am with just the one. I finished the lining and even used my sleeve board for what it is intended. Most often I use it to press bags once they are turned. 
I assembled the lining with the serger. Lining ...

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October 26, 2018
Kicking Back from Becca's Crazy Projects

I sometimes leave myself a mess do deal with the following morning.

This one was tiny. How tiny? Tiny enough to fit a Tiny Kitty Collier doll.
I picked up this doll second hand years and years ago on eBay. That was when I was a little crazy for Robert Tonner dolls. I still have many dolls hidden away in moving boxes. I suppose I should look to selling them off and putting that money into a retirement fund. Anyway, I decided to use some of the scraps from my Halloween sewing to make Kitty some fun lounge wear. It ...

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October 24, 2018
Spooky Embroidery from Becca's Crazy Projects

What seems like forever ago, Darling Husband asked me to make him a coat with this pattern. It was for a costume. Since I missed the original deadline (he bought a coat from Amazon for that costume), I decided to get to work making the coat the way I envisioned it.
My vision includes loads and loads of black embroidery on black fabric. I cut and interfaced and sewed some pieces together. The back panels were joined before I added the embroidery.
After watching more than a few tutorials on YouTube, I figure out how to make these pockets.
I ...

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October 23, 2018
Sleepless on steroids from Quilt in Progress

I’m back in cancer treatments, and that’s part of the reason for fewer blog posts. On Mondays I take 40mg of a steroid in the morning. By Monday night I have no ability to fall asleep. A few weeks ago I started getting up and heading to the (what else?) sewing room. I fixed buttonholes in my husband’s favorite flannel overshirt, created some Frankestein shirts, and quilt blocks.

Frankenstein shirts is what I call combining 2 or more shirts to fit the parameters I need for my upcoming stem cell transplant. I’ll have a central line ...

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October 21, 2018
Sunday Stash October 21, 2018 from Quilt Paint Create

I finally have something to report. I finished the shirt for 1 yard out.
shirtI still need to either tack down or top stitch the facing. I’m leaning toward top stitch because I hate facings that roll out. It fits me better than anything else I own. Go figure.
I’ll post a pattern review and a picture of me wearing it later.
I’m excited to start working on something else today. That shirt was a big creative road block for me. It was a bit silly as the sewing wasn’t hard or complicated.
Fabric In: 13 ...

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October 14, 2018
Sunday Stash October 14, 2018 from Quilt Paint Create

No change in any of the numbers this week. I only worked on the embroidery while traveling.
Autumns call prog2Note to self – start seasonal projects earlier. By the time I finish this I’ll be decorating for Christmas.
I also cut out the shirt yesterday. Look for that to turn into usage soon.
Fabric In: 13 yards
Fabric Out: 15 yards
Net Fabric Used: 2 yards
Quilt & embroidery spending: $141

How did you do this week?

1 Julie in GA
2 Kate
3 Chrisknits
4 Meloney
5 Quilting Gail
6 Aileen
7 Jennifer in Indy

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October 5, 2018
October 2018 Short List from Quilt Paint Create

I think every month goes fast, but September outdid itself. I only finished one small project.
I was crazy busy at work last month and expect that to continue through this month. I don’t have big hopes of finishing much.
The Short List includes something old (UFO), something new, a handwork project, a scrap project and a project in the design phase. I started using this system in November 2014 to keep myself focused. I add and delete categories over time as my interests change.
Something Old – I didn’t work on the bears at all last month. Maybe ...

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October 1, 2018
Little Bit Halloween from Becca's Crazy Projects

Today is the first day of Halloween.

I picked up the Relaxed Raglan pattern from Patterns for Pirates along with the  Raglan Add-on pack to make some raglan shirts. I picked this pattern because it had several options - sleeves, hemline, and length - and the add-on includes hoods and pockets.

I went to the local big-box store to pick up some knit. These are all from Joann Fabrics. The Halloween prints were on sale for 50% off. Seemed like a good deal. I over-purchased what I needed because this fabric is 100% cotton. I bought a yard of each of them ...

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September 23, 2018
Sunday Stash Sept 23, 2018 from Quilt Paint Create

No change in any of my numbers.
Thanks to everyone who left comments on the embroidery. It’s easy to lose perspective when you work on something close up.
I’ve started working on the alterations to the shirt pattern. After taking my measurements I discovered I bought the wrong size in everything. I still plan to use those patterns. What’s one more adjustment? No wonder the shirts I made years ago didn’t fit that well.
Fabric In: 13 yards
Fabric Out: 15 yards
Net Fabric Used: 2 yards
Quilt & embroidery spending: $141

How did you do this ...

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September 19, 2018
Maaaaaaaaa! from MulticoloredPieces

I could hear her panicked screech out in "the back 40." Back in my work room, I found her poking her finger through a hole in her favorite jeans.









"You gotta add another patch! I LUV these jeans!"





Now, I know holes in jeans are in style, but, this was an embarrassing hole. So I dug out the necessary fabric and stitched a simple patch.

Mission accomplished--jeans saved...until the next hole.

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September 16, 2018
Sunday Stash September 16, 2018 from Quilt Paint Create

No fabric in or out this week. I spent almost no time sewing or doing anything else creative. Work took yet another unfortunate turn. After this coming week, I’m hoping things will start moving in the right direction.
I did go to the library book sale and bought one quilt related book. I also picked up a few patterns at the thrift after yesterday’s guild meeting. The whole lot was less than $1.
book and patternsFabric In: 13 yards
Fabric Out: 15 yards
Net Fabric Used: 2 yards
Quilt & embroidery spending: $141
How did you do this week?

1 Kate ...

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September 13, 2018
Shirt Details from Quilt Paint Create

One of my September Short List items is to make a shirt.
I bought some rayon challis about three years ago and matched it with a pattern I bought around the same time. I’m making view E, top left.
simplicity 8061I guess I’ve been thinking about it for a while.
I started out sewing clothes in my late twenties out of frustration with ready-to-wear. The shirts were never long enough to stay tucked in my skirts, and they always pulled across the back. Skirts would fit me in the hips and not in the waist. Nothing is more uncomfortable ...

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September 3, 2018
September 2018 Short List and OMG from Quilt Paint Create

I’m a little stunned it’s September already. Where did summer go? It will be the holidays in no time.
I finished two items on the August list and left myself with no hand work for over a week. I’ve learned to plan better and start organizing new projects before I need them. This month includes a mix of short and long projects to help avoid that problem.
The Short List includes something old (UFO), something new, a handwork project, a scrap project and a project in the design phase. I started using this system in November 2014 ...

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July 29, 2018
Revisits for Unbelievable Cuteness from Creatin' in the Sticks

How life can change in one year.

I posted this tutorial last year
over on the Thermoweb Blog
before I knew I was going to be a Grammy.


Yesterday, my sweet Grandbaby modeled the outfit for the first time...


She just makes the outfit so much cuter and I'm so glad I kept it for her.
This is her first photo sitting up on her own, too.
She is sitting on a blanket my mom (Great Grammy) made for her.
I just can't believe this could be any cuter.


This was another tutorial from this year over on ...

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