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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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July 26, 2018
Blog Remix Infinity Scarf with the Fat Quarter Shop from Sew Incredibly Crazy


I was so excited to join in 
on the fun with the 
Fat Quarter Shop and
the Blog Remix.
Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabrics and Supplies

There is going to be a 
variety of different projects over
the next couple weeks to either
get your creative juices flowing
or maybe start and finish a 
few Christmas gifts.

(Yes, I really just said Christmas)
Hard to believe but we are already 
half way through the year and 
a few more days closer
to my favorite time of the year.

Here is the Remix project that I will be showing you.
Picture below courtesy of Fat Quarter Shop.

They ...

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July 10, 2018
Floral Hues ~ Pullover Top from Tea Rose Home


Have you already hear about Floral Hues designed by Sue Daley? She is a talented quilt and fabric designer. Also, she is well known for her amazing English paper piecing skill and knowledge. A few years ago, I had the privilege to meet her in person when she was in Utah. I will always treasure the night I spent looking at her beautiful quilts and talking with her.

I was given a chance to work with her new fabric collection, Floral Hue from Riley Blake Designs. I was so excited to find out that they are 100% cotton lawn. Lawn ...

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June 23, 2018
Mary's June Progress from Urban Quilter

On location at Great North Aleworks
I finished my June Forward Progress project! The goal was to complete this skirt which was cut out and ready to assemble at the start of June.
I have made skirts from this pattern many times before (in Tardis fabric, and a yellow print, for example) but this time I added pockets in the side seams. The pattern doesn't include pockets in the skirt but it does in the pants variation. I used the pants pockets and figured out the placement. They came out ok, but a bit deeper would be better, so ...

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June 3, 2018
Mary's June Start from Urban Quilter

Pink beer skirt, June 2, 2018
Project #1 on my 2018 Forward Progress list is my pink beer skirt. Since I made my list earlier this year I cut out the pattern. My goal for June for this project is to complete the skirt. Besides Making Forward Progress I am adding this to the One Monthly Goal link-up at Elm Street Quilts.

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May 15, 2018
Speaking Of Works In Progress! from Quilts + Color


When I retrieved the clothes that I had saved from the attic I found this dress.
I realized it was never worn because I never finished it. The hem still had the pins in it. I found them after I washed it. There was not even a speck of rust on the pins. I do believe I have a box of pins from that era somewhere in my pharmacy cabinet.


I was able to date the time I constructed this dress from the buttons. Ship and Shore blouses had identical buttons to what I used on this dress. I always ...

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