My Radiant Orchid quilt is coming along nicely. Cutting, sewing and squaring up 60 trees was an exercise in zen. Every little square is 3.5″ x 4″ with each needing to be cleaned up after the piecing was done. I will admit to doing this while watching both “The Host” (super terrible – not even interesting) and Ghostbusters (RIP Harold Ramis).
All blocks plus a whole lot of white ones for background
After all that was finished I taped them together using a ton of masking tape according to a small diagram I made in Excel. I almost didn’t bother with this step and am so glad I did as I ended up cutting two rows out of my design. This allowed a greater concentration of trees in the body of the quilt. My forest was beginning to look more like a grove. Movies watched: xXx (hello, Vin Diesel’s abs).
I was going for a gradient of light to dark in my purple tones as we moved “deeper” into the forest but the balance was looking off. Taking a black and white shot helped me to see what was going on. I adjusted by moving a couple of lighter pieces to the top and connecting more of the trees at the bottom. Movie watched: A Fish Called Wanda (I love this movie so much)
Before calling it a night, I put together a 9×9 block just to see how the sizing was going to turn out. I might fit into the baby quilt category in the end. Not my intention but better that a bigger one I’m unhappy with.
I was so excited to see Ms. Mucho in person last weekend. It was a good night of wine drinking and taco eating as all the best nights are. Things were going well right up until we were leaving and she said “so, have you started your quilt yet?” Uhhh, no. Well, I guess “yes” if you consider buying fabric starting. Which I don’t. So with that reminder I went ahead and started cutting. 56 squares in various ‘radiant orchid’ colors. 56 white blocks to sew into the colors. 111 plain white blocks for spacing and background. Arg. I watched an entire terrible movie while lining up 2 3/4″ over and over. And really, Jeremy Renner, Hansel and Gretel is waayyy beneath you.
Of course I had to gloat because I’m charming like that:
My good friend Ms. Mucho let me know about the Pantone Color of the Year quilt challenge happening over at On the Windy Side. I cannot resist. This color is not in my normal palette but I care not. I have an idea, I have fabric and I’m one binding away from needing a new project That is if I can find my walking foot (where did you go walking foot??)
The plan involves a simple pattern, a little embroidery, and a whole lot of speed. Entries are due in March and we all know I’m not the speediest. I have bought fabric (shopping is easy part), come up with a pattern and plan (that’s the second easy part), and now to the doing (ai ya). One, Two, Three, Four, Let’s GO!
Time to do more:
More thought and attention
More work around the house
More saying “yes” instead of “no”
More saying “right now” instead of “maybe later”
More being active
More making plans
More appreciating each day
I’ve been trying to make more clothes for me because:
- It builds skills, it’s certainly more difficult than a blanket
- I know exactly who made it and what conditions it was made in. If those conditions are inhumane I know exactly who to blame
- It forces my mind to not think of my body as a ‘size’. A 10 or a 12 or an L or XL, any of these may be different in any given store. I am instead a series of measurements, none of which add up to any particular size and have no conscious or unconscious judgement attached. It’s just me.
- I am learning a lot about how clothes are made and thus how they fit. This actually helps a lot when buying clothes off the rack.
It is incredibly slow going. Making any progress feels like slogging through mud. For now I’m at the very simplest of skirts. This is Amy Butler’s Barcelona Skirt. I used a slightly heavier weight quilting cotton in mustard. I used the tiered version with the unfinished hems. The pattern is nice and easy but I did find that my tiers didn’t line up perfectly. It was ok in the end as the whole thing was a bit too large. I need to learn how much to pull in from my actual measurements. When the waist band of the skirt perfectly matches your actual waist the skirt is actually too big. I wasn’t sure if the pattern was taking that into account or not but I’m pretty sure now that it is not. Things to keep in mind for next time.
Also, how do you all get good pictures of yourself in clothes? Should I be figuring out the timer option on my camera? Because after asking my husband, son and friend to take a picture of me in the skirt, I’m still publishing the one with me standing on a stool in my bathroom mirror. More things to keep in mind for next time.
…as i posted to a friend’s facebook wall after she informed everyone that it was nearly 85 degrees out. Two days ago another friend and I were browsing through Old Navy when I said I wanted some sleepy shorts. She responded that she would have been all over that if she still lived in Arizona but that it was way too cold here for shorts. WHAT? It’s nearly 85 degrees! It’s well into sleepy shorts weather. Crazy Arizona people.
Are you thinking “wow, these people are babies”? Yes, yes we are. Also, check out these babies
Sleepy shorts for me out of some I-have-no-idea stash fabric. I know it’s a quilting cotton but, otherwise I know nothing about it. Oh, except it’s pretty. No real pattern here, just used some flannel sleepy pants as a guide but cut them off at about the same length as some shorts I have. I did do fancy clean finish edge and I think that made my sizing a bit off. Let’s just say I hardly needed the elastic at the waist.
I did add some stash ribbon for prettiness and (I’m very proud of this) I used the button hole feature on my sewing machine for the ribbon holes. I have never use it before and, wow, was it super easy. Nicely done, Singer.
I like them quite a bit. In fact, I’m wearing them now. No, there will not be pictures
As I have mentioned before (and before and before and before) my projects don’t always work. A lot of the time they are just weird. It’s because I don’t follow the instructions. It’s because I take short cuts. It’s because I didn’t really understand. In short, user error. Every time. I have made these pants before. Before they have worked. This time they were weird. I’m sure it was me. It’s always me. Clearly they are just not long enough for the width. BUT, here is a tip for sewing for boys: if you put a super hero on it, it doesn’t matter that the sewing is wonky. They are his favorite pants. I’ve re-sewn some seams twice now due to active use.
The grey corduroy is the same from the first installation of these pants. I went up a size this time (4/5) so I needed to draw out a new paper pattern. I’m thinking that is where I made they mistake. The contrast fabric is from a Marvel comics print at JoAnn’s that was 70% off. All in all, I think I spent about 5 bucks. Tim Gunn would not be impressed but my little guy was. Good use of 5 bucks.