Monday, October 29, 2007
We found 60" wide Duck cloth in natural. At least they had something close to lightweight canvas. I asked the clerk if she thought it would take dye well. "It's 100% cotton, sure." So we decided to dye the Duck cloth primary yellow. Seems like a good duck color to me. =)
The vest needed to come below his knees so we added ten inches to the suggested length of the pattern and laid it out. I got to use three yards of stash muslin for the lining!
"What's this character's name?" "Hero." "Oh..." "From DragonQuest 8." "Okay."
Thursday, October 25, 2007
The autumn weather has been *heaven*. Even at work I have my door open during the day. Here's the view from my step.
Small town USA.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
There were two pieces to be made. We went shopping Friday night, that took an hour and a half. We cut out the pattern pieces, fitted them to his 6 ft 2 inch height, laid out and cut, that took an hour and forty-five minutes.
We went for a hike in the hills, came back, had lunch and 'closed our eyes' for twenty minutes.
"Ya know... this isn't really a simple, first garment to learn sewing on."
"No, I'm getting that idea..."
"It looks like a choir robe."
"Yeah, it sorta does..."
At this point we'd been at it all day and we *still* had to sew the sideseams, gather the sleeves into cuffs and make buttonholes at the neckedge. Nathan said, "Why can't we just make a hem thingy on the sleeves and thread elastic through to draw up the fabric? Would that work?" What a great idea! We broke for dinner.
When we came back we decided there was too much to do to finish this in one day *and* begin the outer vest; another weekend sew day was needed. With the pressure off, we pushed on. It was at the point where only one of us could sew on it at a time.
"Here, let me do that. I can do it quicker at this point."
"Sure. I'm not gonna fight cha for it!" =)
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Rainbow Sea By Marian Drain
It was a good thing these last two weren't hanging within sight of each other. I think they might've spontaeously burst into flames, so brilliant!
Twinkle, Twinkle By Julie Nodine
Stars in the Garden By Sue Haley
My quilty friend Su and I were oggling this one, looking at all the colors, the fabric, the *work*. I said, "I wonder how long it took?" just as the maker, also a Sue walked by. "Hey SUE?!" We stood and talked as she recalled the process; "Oh maybe two years... you know... off and on. Working with so many blues for the block backgrounds was a *real* challenge for me. But I like it..."
What an incredible show... I went home tired but happy.
Stained Glass Window By Dottie Kauffman
Starry, Starry Night By Shirley Viada
Stars Come Out at Night By Janice Head
Flight of Imagination by Amy Wilson
French Braid By Doris Menseka
Ladies of the Lake members and friends
Batik Scraps By Sandra Leggett
Leaves with Shadows By Sandra Leggett
Mazzorah By DJ Berger
Friday, October 05, 2007
So as I was googling fennel pictures I found out it's used in all *kinds* of dishes and baked goods. Everything from broiled salmon to quiche to jam. Who knew? Obviously not me!