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Mom and I went fabric shopping

Posted by jackie blue on March 11th, 2007

I meant to buy more quilt fabric for a baby quilt. I didn’t get any. I was also looking for some printed silks to make some spring tops. Didn’t buy any. I didn’t mean to go to the Liberty cotton rack, but it was like a magnet. I couldn’t help myself.

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The left fabric will be a dress, on a similiar order as the last one I made. The right fabric was confiscated by my mother. She wanted a project and so she took an Anthropologie skirt I just bought and will make another for me out of this gorgeous print.

I can’t wait for spring/summer.

(There is a first runner up in the finishing race, but haven’t taken any photos yet.)

Highlights of a finishing race

Posted by jackie blue on February 25th, 2007

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A binding being sewn

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A neck being knit

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An old project resurrected

Which one will win?

The Girl Reaction Intensive 2 Day Quilting Course

Posted by jackie blue on February 14th, 2007

A.K.A. The Sweatshop – Day 2

In an effort to ignore Valentine’s Day, and because I’m a day late with this anyway, I give you Part 2 of our Quilting Weekend.

We had considerably less time to work on this on Sunday, due to actually leaving the apartment for our meals. So after getting back from brunch – I sewed the border on the top, and then we were ready to go with our quilting. Carolyn showed me how to make the sandwich with the backing and batting, and we spent a good amount of time safety pinning to baste it. Then the lessons began. Carolyn brought some extra batting and muslin to show me (and Stephanie, who came to observe) how to pin, cut and sew the binding, and use the walking foot, etc. She also showed us the darning foot for free form quilting. I practiced a bit on the sample and then moved to start my stabilizing seams. A bit of a glitch happened with my first seams – I kept the machine on a slow speed so I was sure to stay in the ditch but it was too slow and my stitches came out really tiny. After speeding it up and a bit more practice, I was on a roll.

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Pinning and sewing the border
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Carolyn pins the sandwich
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Doesn’t it look pretty?
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What, you mean I can’t just use it like this?
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Ty was really bored through the whole thing and hid in his carrier

All in all it was such a fun time and I’m so grateful to Carolyn for the help and also for the company. I’d never work that hard on it all at once if alone. Now I have to quilt the rest of it, and it’s a busy week so far but I hope to have it finished this weekend.

Block Detail

Posted by jackie blue on February 13th, 2007
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Corner block with border, pinned and only one quilting seamĀ