Broken Bottles #12: Quilted, quite

Screen shot 2014-05-29 at 6.49.13 PM Screen shot 2014-05-29 at 6.49.26 PM Screen shot 2014-05-29 at 6.49.37 PMIt’s done. The quilting is finished.

A little unpicking, a little re-sewing, but nothing too drastic. It’s finished, trimmed out, de-threaded, and the binding is made, ready to sew on tomorrow. By the end of the day, it should be done, labelled, finished. I must go and dig out a label transfer and a bit of white fabric…. Weather permitting, once it’s done I can hang it on the clothesline as usual to get a better photo. My hands are still a bit sore from all the heavy work of the past few days, but luckily sewing doesn’t seem to make it worse.

Screen shot 2014-05-29 at 6.50.00 PMAlso today, I treated myself to three new dressmaking patterns. Rather good value, actually, since they were half price, and three of the two were for multiple garments. So for $27 I have patterns for a tunic and medium pants, a wrap dress, a wrap top, wide leg pants, narrow leg pants, a coat, a jacket, a vest, and a simple dress / pinafore / jumper in two lengths.

First up will probably be the wrap dress, since I don’t have a really pretty dress to go out in, all my pretty outfits are separates. And for the dress, I’m going with a fabulous slinky matte jersey splashy print in teal and aqua on a white background which I have hoarded for a few years but never done anything with due to lack of overlocker. It’s loud, but this IS the tropics, after all… And then I shall make something from my cream and chocolate floral silhouette print, and then, and then….

Screen shot 2014-05-29 at 6.50.24 PMScreen shot 2014-05-29 at 6.50.35 PMIt’s good to be back at the sewing machine. The baby vegies are fine on their own, I have projects lined up, and time to play.

Fresh inspiration

The stash is fatter, my wallet is thinner.  A LOT thinner…

The Quilt Show was very useful.  There were some really good quilts on show there, but an awful lot of emphasis on the actual quilting rather than the beauty of the whole.  I felt the patchwork/piecing aspect was a bit sidelined.  Having said that, there were gorgeous quilts of all sizes on show, and all sorts of useful gadgets, fabulous fabrics and classes and workshops galore.

I’d given myself half a day there, mainly to avoid bankruptcy, so I wasn’t attending any workshops. I inspected and drooled over, but didn’t buy, new all-singing, all-dancing sewing machines (who has $3-$6,000 for that kind of thing?), I treated myself to an A4 slimline LED lightbox for tracing designs (it’s cool, so you don’t end up in a muck sweat after half an hour) which came with a free LED folding rechargeable desk lamp for  brilliant light where you need it, and of course, fabric.

One jelly roll of 2.5″ black and white graphic prints, which is going to be a lap quilt for my lovely friend Tracey, who supports the ‘Pies.  One pack of 10 x 25cm full width strips of pink and green Martha Nagley prints (don’t know what for, just loved them), and two packs of 10 x 25cm full width strips of assorted Westminster Fibers prints by Philip Jacobs, Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mabley, which are going to be 5″ squares, sashed in white and turned into my next napping quilt! Last but not least, I’ve treated myself to 300 x 1″ precut hexagon papers for my next EPP project; my current collection have been reused so many times the edges are going.  There’s also a glue pen in there somewhere, for quick assembly of hexagon flowers for a travelling handwork project.

And if I ever buy a non-DSM quilting machine, it’s not going to be a stand-up long arm, but a sit-down Sweet Sixteen.  Love how user friendly they are, how intuitive, and how they fulfil my requirement that the machines I use are not more intelligent than I am!  And at around $7,000, a whole lot more affordable, too.

Now it’s the end of the day, and we’re just 650km from home.  I’m sitting at the table in the motel room, cataloguing my loot and gloating quietly. OK, not that quietly.  The kind, wonderful Husband, who kept egging me on to buy stuff I’d fallen in love with, is looking a little jaded. He’s been dragged round a quilt show populated almost exclusively by women of a certain age, watched me spent loads of money, and has then driven us halfway home.  All without complaint, and with a smile on his dial.  They broke the mould when they made him…

I’ll take photos of the fabric and other bits and post them when I get home as a sort of Quilt Show Gallery.  But now it’s time to have a drink and put up my sore feet.  More soon.