Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WIP: Indian Blanket Quilt

I'm feeling very thankful for the heavy cool rain falling on this second day of Fall. It's enough to justify staying inside this afternoon and resting up a bit from what has been a very busy few weeks. We are on our last week of our 3-week track-out here (year-round schools, if you're confused) - my kiddos go back next week to start their second 9-week quarter. I love having them home, but without fail, this last week always seems to be the hardest. So, today we're having cookies and setting up a game of Sorry while Lyla naps.   


I think one of the things that has been preserving my sanity over the past few weeks has been picking away, row by row, at my Indian Blanket Quilt. I'm loving how the addition of each row changes the overall look of the quilt and my perspective on it. I was so excited to finally piece and layout that last red row, as I love how that color pops in this layout. I have to be honest, this was not one of the quilts I thought I'd make when I signed up for the class, but I'm absolutely loving it and how it's all coming together.   


Only a few more rows to sew up! My plan is to finish this quilt with some simple hand quilting. I say simple although I've never actually done any hand quilting before. Eh, we'll see...


I don't usually have a bunch of WIPs going at one time, but it seems I've been having too much fun starting new quilts. Along with this quilt I have my Drunkard's Path quilt, that I'd like to finish up soon. And, I have a pile of awesome tent blocks from my fellow Grace Circle ladies (do. Good Stitches), that need to be sewn up and made into a fun quilt for a little boy.  So that makes 3 quilts to wrap up this October! Eep...I've got some work to do!    

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Over at Imagine Gnats: A Bess Top

Hello, friends! I'm over on Imagine Gnats today sharing a new top I sewed for myself as part of Selfish Sewing Week! It's a fabulous Bess Top sewn up in knit and a double cloth cotton. Think cozy and cozier people! Seriously, I'm pretty smitten with this pattern and top! Check it out, if you like!

I haven't shared any of my recent adventures in garment sewing here, but I have been dabbling in it more and my confidence is slowly growing. I sewed a couple of great pieces over the summer, and wear both of them quite a bit.  I never got around to sharing them here, because....I'll be honest...I'm still pretty awkward and uncomfortable and generally stressed out by the photo shoots. 

There's the setting and the timing and the lighting that are never quite right, and my poor husband who's trying to advise me on how to stand while our two year old is practically hanging from his shirt tails screaming bloody murder. Really, hats off to people that do this on a regular basis. I think they many of them use this ingenious device called a camera remote (ha!) that I haven't pulled the trigger on yet (pun intended). 

But, seriously, sewing garments is fun! It's a nice break and change of pace from my regular patchwork and quilting projects. I love that I can create a completely unique piece of clothing, and, I do think I'll be doing more of it.

Feel free to pop over and read more about my Bess Top, if you like. Also, be sure to check out the Selfish Sewing Week giveaway, other featured stitchers, or browse some projects on Kollabara, or instagram (#selfishsewingweek). You're sure to be inspired!