Saturday, June 20, 2009

Random

While waiting on some fabric to come in for a couple of commissions I'm doing I managed to get 4 outfits done. 3 are going on Etsy and one on eBay. They should be up on both sites by the end of the day.
Two of the outfits feature my new flip flop design. I used self sticking foam for the soles and while it's a little tricky to get the pieces to match up before they stick to each other I am happy with the results.
I bought the foam at my local craft store. The package featured quite a few 5 x 7 pieces if a rainbow of bright colors perfect for my needs. Before I bought these I was using foam glue which looks and feels just like tacky glue. Which is why I don't like working with it as it is very messy business. There is also the problem of drying time, it seems to take forever to dry. With the self sticking foam it's stick it and it's done. The one draw back here is that once you stick the pieces together, that's it their stuck. No margin for error or the piece is ruined.

I belong to several Yahoo chat groups for dolls. On one of the more active groups we had just done a swap. The theme was summertime. I had sent my swap partner an outfit called Butterfly Hunter" which featured a denim sleeveless dress with hat. Both embroidered with a monarch like butterfly. For accessories I had made a butterfly net. I came across an oval shaped purse that strongly resembled a binocular case and sent that as well.
Yesterday I receive side of the swap. It is a really cute overall and top set. It wasn't made by the person who sent the outfit but by another seamstress whose work I've seen on the internet. Her name is Darla and her work is impeccable. It's one thing to get something from someone who's work is not as good as yours but to get something from someone who is better well, take a blow my ego! The design was very nicely executed. The pants were lined and the seems were surged on a surger

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Quilt time again

As you can see by my posts one of the things I love to do is quilt. I haven't made very many about 11 total with 3 more in the works as they say.

2 were started last week during the classes I took. It's funny, I'd never taken a class before and then all of a sudden I have 2 in one week. Go figure.

The first class I have talked about before, it was for the Road to Dixie quilt. We learned a really neat technique for making 1/2 square triangles. I had the most marvelous time. I can't wait to finish this quilt. I really love the design and fabric.

The second class was in Rochester and I went with my sister-in-law, Michelle. It was a spure of the moment thing. Michelle just called me up and asked if I wanted to take an applique class with Kim Diehl and I jumped at the chance. For those of you who don't know Kim's work she is a well know quilt author and applique quilt maker.

I've really wanted to learn machine applique for sometime. I'm participating in a block of the month and my near by quilt shop and is has several applique blocks in it. I really like this quilt and would like to start and actually finish it. I've tried to teach myself with a book I had purchased and had attempted practice blocks. Neither of them turned out very well.

Fortunately for me there is more than one way to do applique. Kim's way seemed really easy for me and I really enjoyed what I was doing. Also a little feedback from the teacher on your progress can really help. Now I feel confident with the technique to finish the project from the class which should really hone my skills.