YAY! :D

Apr. 26th, 2009 09:03 am
rosebee: Adam Lambert touches the gauges/plugs in his ears (Default)
The quilting class yesterday was SO good! I spent the *entire* day (9am - 4:30pm) working on my quilt. I got the strips for inner & outer border cut, attached like-colored strips together with a nice diagonal seam to form one very long strip, then attached the two colors together. Strips were sewn to the 4 edges... then I learned how to make mitered corners! :D I did a good job with them, too!

And I got the quilt layered, and was SOOO happy to learn that my nice navy blue backing fabric was the *exact* right size. So now my quilt is layered & pinned, and awaiting quilting. I bought a walking foot, and the teacher gave us sample quilt sandwiches to practice quilting on.

I got a pretty varigated thread in shades of purple to do the quilting with, and a nice navy to match my backing fabric for the bobbin.

I'm *almost* done with my short-sleeve shirt! I just need to finish the buttonholes (4 down, 7 to go). The buttonholes on the cuffs were easy, making sure I get th buttonholes spaced correctly on the shirt is going to be a bit more challenging.

I can't wait until my shirt is done - not just so I can finally wear it, but so I can start quilting my quilt! After all the time & effort I've put into making the blocks & putting them together, the end is finally in sight, and I'm very eager to have it done!

And yes, I also have 1 more sewing project waiting my attention (a halter-top dress), plus two more projects I've just recently bought fabric & patterns for (a shirtdress & a jacket)! This 4-day weekend was very nice, and I had a lot of time to relax & unwind & get some projects done around the house.

However, I could *easily* take the entire next week off and not get bored! But sadly, work is going to be very busy for the next 6-8 weeks... which is why I took this 4 day weekend while I could! I might have time to take a day here or there, but certainly not before my sewing conference/gettogether in Portland in 3 weeks! I really want to have my halter top dress done so I can wear it to the conference. And since I still haven't even cut out my muslin, I better get cracking! And I better find a way to get at least a little sewing done in my evenings after work.

So I guess this is my, current :P, priority order:
1) buttons on shirt
2) halter-top dress muslin
3) halter-top dress
4) finish quilt! :D
5) linen shirtdress
6) linen jacket
rosebee: Adam Lambert touches the gauges/plugs in his ears (Default)
I had such high hopes for yesterday!

I didn't quite get my shirt finished. The shoulders were much too wide for me, so I ended up narrowing them by about an inch. I was close to getting the second sleeve's cuff sewn & finished when I realized I'd spend the last several minutes trying to iron with an iron I'd forgotten to plug in! :/

At that point I decided that for my own personal safety, perhaps I was a bit too tired to actually continue sewing any further. :)

So the shirt has one sleeve in, and one that I still need to finish the cuff and attach it to the shirt. Then I have a crapload of buttonholes to make (11 to be exact), and an equal number of buttons to sew on before I can say the shirt is totally done.

But today, I get to finish my quilt!! :D I'm a little worried that my backing fabric isn't big enough... but I have enough extra fabric that I can give it a border or something to make it bigger. I'm excited about how it's going to turn out! :D
rosebee: Adam Lambert touches the gauges/plugs in his ears (Default)
I'm really excited to try this out and see where DW goes!  The NKOTB-addict in me is highly amused that I'm going to be referring to Donnie Whalber'gs intials a lot around here  ;)

I'm also trying & failing to come up with a meaningful & momentous of a first post as I think this occasion deserves.  Of course, this likely won't remain a 'first' post, as I'm going to import all my LJ posts.


So I'll turn this first post into a little projects-update.  I enjoy sewing (a lot) and wish I could just take a full week off work and stay home and do nothing but sew!

I have a short sleeved shirt that's been adjusted & cut out & I just need to sit down and sew it together.  Though I did the adjusting when I thought I was a cup size smaller than I really am.  I only have three bras that are in the new correct size, so I'm curious to see how my unsewn shirt will fit in the new bras compared to the old ones. I should pin-fit &/or baste the shirt together wearing one of the new bras... that way I'll be able to (hopefully) fine tune some adjustments before doing the final sewing.

I'm also taking a class on quilting (well, actually four classes, I've got three down & 1 to go), just because I thought it would be something fun to learn.  I like learning things!

The quilting is actually a bit more frustrating for me than I thought it'd be.  I'm very much a perfectionist, so the fact that my blocks aren't all exactly the same size & don't have all their bits & pieces lined up correctly is difficult for me.  The blocks look really good from a distance of 2-3 feet, so I'm trying to remember that I still have gorgeous fabrics, put together in an interesting and beautiful way, and it's going to be a great quilt!  To finish it I have to make 16 more blocks (I'm hoping to do that this weekend), then go shopping for batting, and go shopping for a fabric for the outer border. I have a nice white fabric that will work just fine for the inner border.  I also have to sew all my rows together before the final class (but first I have to finish the rest of the blocks so my rows are complete)!

I have this weekend and next weekend to accomplish these things, because I have my final quilt class on the 28th where I'm going to learn how to put it all together!

I've got to decorate around here!  I want to play with colors, layouts, & mood themes!

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