Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A room full of tutus

Today I volunteered at the International Ballet Competition at an information desk.
Most people have been in town since Sunday and have figured out where all the events are being held. So... it was not very busy today.
I went for a look around the building and found the Tutus.com display room.
This is not my kind of sewing but I appreciate the amount of work that goes into one of these tutus.


Just enjoy the intricate designs and massive amounts of handwork each contains.


I can't pick a favorite.


Well, my favorite color is blue.


The flowers are so lovely.


This black and red one is stunning on stage.


Below are some photos of a maker at work.




When I told the head person that I wrote a sewing blog, she asked me to let people know about their silent auction.


Here are the links she gave me:



Check them out.

Happy sewing & happy dancing.
Janice



Sunday, June 3, 2018

Back home and back to quilts

We had a great visit with the grandsons.
David seen below with Grumps (Mr.M) liked his quiet book.
He would get it out and say, 'weed my book'.


One place we like to see in NYC is the Met.
This mosaic reminds me of a quilt.
Maybe a future project.


We got back home late Thursday due to bad weather.
I had one day to get ready for a Bonnie Hunter workshop.


Printed my directions and pulled fabric from my scraps and fat quarters.


I didn't know exactly what I wanted or needed.
Of course, if I used Bonnie's scrap cutting system it would have been easier
to get ready for the class.


Checked off everything on the list. Ready for sewing.


The class was all day Saturday. 
I had to cut fabric so I didn't sew the whole time.
I did finish 9 blocks with two almost finished.
It was a great class.
Look for updates on the quilt next time.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Ready to Go

We are ready to go!
The felt book is finished.
Below is the cover.


Inside cover.
The bear has some glasses.
More accessories will come later.


The car race pages below.


The apartment building is my design.
The heart in hand is open at the bottom for little hands to reach in.
The flower is free hand, adapted from a picture.


The door opens and Elmo says, 'Hello'.


A rabbit looks out the bottom window.


A happy dog waits upstairs.


Two cool cats look out the upstairs window.


The last pages are for counting, colors, and shapes.
Big brother can help with these.


I made a simple bag to store the book.


There is a hook and loop closure.


What's blooming around here?
Chaste lilac.
Haven't seen any hummingbirds yet.
Hope they come soon.


Just a few things left to pack, then we are off.
Can't wait to see the grands.

Green for May

Here is one green block for May. 
The other block is cut out but I have been so busy working on
a birthday gift that I haven't finished the second block.



Until next month,
Janice

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Making of a Felt Book

I am making grandson David a felt book.
There is a pattern but I kind of did my own thing.
Here are the beginning pages.


The heart in hand was one of the patterns I used from the kit.
I added the free hand flower on the side.


There was a pocket pattern but I found these bits leftover from a baby quilt.
I added some lining and used a blanket stitch to secure it to the page.
There will be a snap closure.



Here is the cover. I cut out the letter free hand from scraps then used a tiny blanket stitch that is on my sewing machine. I sewed the front and back of each page together with a running stitch using 
DMC Pearl Cotton. The plan is to finish the book tonight. Fingers crossed.


I have finished one green block for the Color Challenge. The other block is cut out but may not be finished before we leave to visit the grands in NYC. 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Quick Cases for Gifts

Last week end I worked on these sunglasses cases.
I had some random 10" X 10" squares leftover from making
soup bowl cozies.


Sunglasses cases need 2 fabric rectangles 9" X 10" and
one piece of batting the same size.

They were super easy to sew. 
I watched several shows on Netflix and was done with 23 cases.

Gave them to students today. They had fun choosing their favorite fabric.


I bought the Goldilocks panel for Ava. I have a long list of waiting projects
but hope to make this before her birthday.

There won't be much sewing this week end but I hope to cut out
the quiet book for David.

Two weeks until we visit our NYC boys.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Rainy Saturday Sewing

This little cutie spent the night last night. Today she is on her way to the beach with her parents.

Last night I made this doll dress for her baby doll. 
The doll didn't make the trip so we will have to wait to see how if fits.


We woke up to rain and it seems like it has settled in for the day.
I plan to finish these small cases for my students. 


The next project is the quiet book for David. My daughter bought the kit and gifted it to me.
Liam will be six soon, so I think baby David will be the recipient.


We will see the boys at the end of May. 
I hope to have the quiet book ready to take to David by then.

What are you working on? How's the weather?