Friday, February 6, 2009

Sewing with Mom

Hi, all! I’ve been busy on Facebook and not much else has gone on... I wanted to wait until I had something to report besides what Bill and I had for dinner on a given night. ;-)

Last Saturday, Mom and I got together to make a neck wallet that she bought a pattern for. What we thought would take two hours didn’t (I wasn’t counting the hours, but it was a long session). We both tore out binding and wanted to say bad words (I’m not sure if Mom has reconstructed hers yet, but I did manage to finish mine on Saturday). All being told, I don’t know that I’d make another one just like it. It’s really a neck wallet - no accommodation for anything heavy or lumpy - but it’s a little big for just a wallet (unless you want to put your checkbook in there, but who carries those anymore?). If it were me, I’d either make it smaller or gusset the bottom so it’s flat and I can throw my inhaler in there. But that would be more complicated a pattern, so I guess if that’s what you want, you have to make a purse. ;-)

Here are pictures of what I made. It looks okay from a distance. ;-) Mom got really creative and made a zippered pocket for the back. She’s so awesome. Just a note that the window in front is bigger than for a driver’s license - more a size for a nametag.

We decided we want to do another sew day, and we talked about doing this pattern again (though I would make mine smaller) but the more I think about it the more I think I’d rather do something else. I have a purse organizer (or two) on my list of things to make, so maybe I’ll do that instead. I also have a purse pattern that I got that I might do. I also have a block I have to make for a love quilt, but I don’t think I have the right colors in my stash.... oh, WAIT! I just thought of some. Thanks for your help! :-)

Thursday night was my Girls’ Night Out sew night, and I got a few more complete rows and a couple partial rows of my rose quilt put together. I have some blocks I need to construct to get the colors in the places I want them, one I have to swap out because it’s wonky as all get out, and then I have about three rows left! YAY! After that, I’ll need to cut the setting triangles and sew those on, and then I can sew row to row. Then the border, then top done! I might even have it done by the time the weather requires a change of bed cover in the guest room. I’ll probably have my friend Wendy quilt it (if she wants to) as I know she has a nice rose pantograph. The only trouble would be if she can’t guarantee that the back will be straight as the fabric is a directional. Then I’m in trouble because I don’t know if I’d get it right if I did it on my machine. :-\ I’ve never used a back that needed to be even (I love the fabric, so I want to make it “reversible” so I’ll be able to flip it over periodically - or I could buy a different backing and make that one a wholecloth quilt - it goes with the guest room SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO well!!!. :-p

Bill and I are going on another wine outing on Saturday. Should be fun! Sunday I’ve got my scrapbook club - the first time I don’t have pictures to use. Bummer. I like layouts a lot better when I have an idea what I’m going to use with them. I might just take something else to work on and take the kit home with me for another time. I do want to get our engagement pictures scrapped and I have some things set aside, so that’s probably what I’ll take. I bought the papers from her, so I’ll have the same colors in inks at my disposal, too. That will be better than trying to match the inks I have to the other ones.

That's all for now...



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