Monday, January 24, 2011

Butterick 5244 for Kristen

My favorite dress for 2010 was this Butterick 5244:
and I find I wear it alot since it is so comfortable. My daughter Kristen said she liked the style too, and picked out some lovely knit from my stash when she was home for the Christmas holidays. I bumped this project for her up to the top of my list, since she was such a sweetheart to do THIS for me while she was home:


Can you believe it? It took her several days to organize my large inventory of sewing patterns, and now that they are listed in a spreadsheet and filed with the pattern envelopes neatly in 3-ring binders I can find things so much easier! Having the bulky pattern pieces filed separately in manila envelopes sure helps.


 I have so many garments that I can't wait to make up now that I can see what patterns I have. Next I'll need to organize my fabric .....just don't hold your breath for that. Kristen has left that chore up to me!! 

Below are pics of B5244 on my dress form, since Kristen lives in another state. I'll try to post a photo of her wearing it at a later date :-)




I love how this knit looks like a woven wool fabric:


Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Little Crochet and Some Quilting too

Time for a little projects update! I have been busy, seldom without a hook, some needles or fabric in my hands when I'm not at my day job :-)  
First up is a shawl I crocheted which will be a donation to the Knit Michigan silent auction, in memory of my knitting/quilting buddy Debbie,
who left this world way too young after a brave battle with lung cancer.  I used a worsted weight wool from the Queensland Collection called Rustic Tweed






Next is another crochet project, a red/teal scarf which are the colors requested by the Michigan Special Olympics Scarf Project for 2011. Shown below is one of the two I made to donate to this cause.


And now for a little quilting! My husband picked this picture out as one of his favorites from our family trip last year to Hawaii:



I loved playing with the idea of framing the picture with traditional blocks, blending the colors out from the photo. It's hanging on the design wall for quilting design inspiration. 




Just a quick update as I clear up my workspace and get ready for some garment sewing. I have that cute jacket (hem, buttonholes!) to finish up, and then a dress for my daughter Kristen. She deserves it!


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

15 min of play Intuition Challenge

I am participating in V's Intuition Challenge on the 15 minutes of play blog, and I'm starting with this bin of scraps of various sizes and shapes:

I grabbed the teal floral on the left as a starting point, and found myself gravitating toward the pinks and greens. Below is the result of my 15 min of play:

I can see some great potential here, but in true intuitive style I am not planning ahead, but just rolling with it to see where it takes me! I like the size of this block, and may make several blocks this size as I move forward. Fun!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011