The new coat begins!

I finally have all my parts to begin construction on a new wool coat.

I am excited to jump in and just start cutting, but because I am 63 and no longer very aware of my body shape… I will start with a muslin, to get the right fit, before I cut the pattern out or take scissors to Wool.  I can’t remember the last time I made clothes for myself.  Perhaps it was as far back as my wedding dress?

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I was very excited to be able to order my wool Melton from Mood Fabrics with a discount of 60% off!  Otherwise the fabric alone would have set me back over $150.00.

I will begin the measurement taking and start the muslin process on Friday.

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Do you sew?

If so, do you make a muslin first or just dive right in?

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I make no resolutions

Starting 2017 fresh and debt free has awakened a sleeping desire to create.  Over the past few years I have come to my studio pulled things out, put them back; started some projects and left them lay…

Until I was just as depressed as before I started and now awash in fabric which had lost it’s meaning.

Previously I had taken the “*Process Pledge” and wanted to share with you what I was doing and how I was getting it done.  However, my old nemesis Depression and his side kick Lack of Funds found me not able to function as I had intended.  I needed a do over!

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The first step in this re-boot is to clean up, sort out what I have, and then finish a gift that is now overdue to my lovely Sister-in-law and a teal block for my friend Kate in Australia who sews them together, quilts them, and then donates them for Ovarian Cancer.

My steps:

  1. Complete the gift for my SIL and the Teal block for Kate
  2. Make a wool coat for me which is a lofty ambition, but I have my fabric and my lovely pattern.  I will enjoy this even if it is slow work.
  3. After practicing on me I look forward to a couple of fun coats for my Etsy shop.  I have a vision of what I want to create and will be drawing it out before I tackle the fabrics!
  4. Just keep creating and sharing my progress!

A journey begins with the first step and forward momentum takes it from there

I believe this.  So, no resolutions, just a call to creativity for myself and then share the process and progress along the way!  The projects will get done when they get done Knowing this when I start means there will be no pressure and no deadline.

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What lies ahead on your map for 2017?

 

*NOTE:  The Process Pledge was begun by Rossi of Rossi Crafts,  who is a creative powerhouse!  Thank you Rossi for your inspiration!

 

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The next four blocks for the 1857

My monthly 1857 wedding quilt post is here!  I wanted you to see where I am in this needle turned applique adventure.

There are two more blocks from the original that are supposed to be done and they involve building and Mason’s tools, but I am making a couple to my own liking that represent me and my endeavors too.  There is a method to my madness, because you see, I want this quilt to fit our queen sized bed when I am done with all this painstaking applique!   So the tools will be done later throughout the year.  😉

My personal blocks as if you couldn’t guess are the goose, which is Polly, and a representative chicken.  These will soon have some outlining added to them for more definition.

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That red number with the bazillion red diamonds was a challenge.  I almost didn’t finish it, but then I hitched up my big girl panties and took charge of it!  Now I am proud to say, “I did it!” 😀

I think a monthly summary of my progress is probably prudent, don’t you?   Well, unless I do something truly thrilling and spectacular and then I will not hold back, OK?

 

The 1857 Quilt: the first six!

This is a slap dash post, but I have to get it up now or I’ll just let it ride for another six blocks.

The following are my attempts at needle turned applique.  I have done it before, but never for such a large project as this!  This is 64 blocks from an antique wedding quilt to be dished out each month a few at a time.  I am playing catch up as I only started last month… that meant that I was already 4 blocks in the hole!  I have one left for February, and then the three for this month to do.  I will get there!

first-sixI must admit, I had a real hate thing going on the upper right flower block.  It was far more complicated than it looks to do that orange part of the blossom.   It was supposed to be satin stitched and I just couldn’t pull it off!   In the end, I cheated and used a blanket stitch on my sewing machine to finish the edge, cut it with a selvage, then turned it under and made a bazillion little stitches to hold it down.  In spite of that,

I am learning tons, having fun, and getting better block by block.

Follow the link on the right to be taken to Sentimental Stitches for a bit of history and pictures of the original old quilt.