Late Summer Update

I'm still here, still sewing a little this summer. I just haven't had enough time for blogging. I hope to be back on a regular basis in September. Just so I don't forget any projects, I'm making a quick list of some things I've finished lately but haven't blogged.

Simplicity 4589, View E - Tops: I started these back in May and finished two trial versions. Thought I'd have time for more this summer, but these two were all I got around to. They fit okay, good enough for around the house. The best point I remember from working on these is that I used a special gathering foot for making the gathers at the neckline and top of the sleeve, and a narrow hem foot for the sleeve and bottom hems.

Simplicity 4149, View B - Tunic: I moved on to this tunic style top in June. I like this top, but there are some problems with the shoulders on this trial version.
Simplicity 4149, View B
Simplicity 4366 - Pants, View C & E for the Build Better Pants Class on PatternReview in June - still no photos, but I did finish the shorter version as capri pants well enough to wear at home. The longer pants (View E) are done, but still need to be hemmed.

Cool Ties for the Mahwah Marine Moms: I've been working on these on and off all summer and just finished up a batch of about 40 ties, which brings this summer's total to either 95 or 100 . . . I lost count.

Lauren's Quilt: Late July I decided I had to make a simple quilt for my niece's 3rd birthday, so I could get some more quilt-making practice. Lauren recently got a big girl bed and she loves purple, so I used lots of different purple shades and patterns. The quilt design is from BH&G Quilts and More magazine, Winter 2008 issue, and is basically 36 10-inch squares with a solid back and pieced binding. I quilted in the ditch and then used machine embroidery to quilt each square using designs from Anita Goodesign's Quilter's Paradise collection. The batting is bamboo/organic cotton blend. 
You can see more photos of the quilt on Flickr.

Emily's neck pillow: I made this for my niece Emily's 6th birthday in early August. The letter E is a machine embroidered Curlz appliqué alphabet monogram design purchased from Embroidery Boutique
E for Emily
Richie D's Car Keychain: This was a belated birthday for nephew's 3rd birthday in July. The in-the-hoop machine embroidery design is from Embroidery Library.
I stitched this design earlier this year as an appliqué on a shirt for nephew Joseph 

That catches me up to date on finished projects.

I've signed up for two more classes at PatternReview - All About Set-in Sleeves and Armholes begins in September, and Make a Skirt Muslin begins in October. I hope to finally figure out why my sleeves alway seem wonky in the first class, and the skirt muslin class is recommended as a prerequisite for Make a Pants Muslin which I hope to take in the future to figure out my pants fitting issues.


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