Thursday, August 23, 2007

Quilting projects

These are some quilts I made while I was a member of a group at church that made quilts for Hospice and other charity groups. The quilt group has since folded, but I have continued making quilts. These are all lap size, about 50" x 50".

This quilt was made from some fabric my friend Kathy gave me. She used the flamingo fabric for dresses for her girls when they were young. It is backed with pink fleece, which makes it very soft and warm.

This is a simple 4-patch using pink and purple fabrics. The backing is flannel, and has the pink breast cancer ribbon on it.

This is a "string quilt" which uses lots of small bits and strings of fabric that aren't much use in anything else. It was fun to see the huge box of scraps that I have actually getting smaller!

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Steve and I went to our nephew's wedding over the weekend. It was a very pretty wedding , and we had a lot of fun.
Steve with his mom and sister (mother of the groom)

Me with my mother-in-law, and sister-in-law. We all showed up in the same color without any pre-planning on anyone's part. I guess great minds think alike!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Sewing projects

I took a bunch of pictures of recently completed projects last night. These were worked on over a period of several weeks, and were not all completed at the same time. I have been sewing since I was a young child (thanks, Mom, for teaching me!), but got away from it for a while. I bought a new Viking sewing machine last year, and enjoy sewing so much more now!

This is a skirt/top that I made to wear to my nephew's wedding this weekend. The top is a wrap style, but close fitting enough that it doesn't gap open ( a common problem with wrap style clothing). The skirt is just a plain straight skirt. I'll wear silver jewerly and shoes with it. I originally bought this fabric to make a dress to wear to my daughter Jacki's wedding two years ago, and ended up buying a dress for it. I did make all 5 bridesmaid's dresses, and a lot of other things for their wedding, and ran out of time to do my own. I love the dress I bought for her wedding, and it went well with her colors so all was fine. It was a good feeling to make use of fabric I already had for this dress.

.I made this skirt last spring, and had been looking for some coordinating fabric to make a blouse to wear with it. I really didn't want tan, because I thought that would wash me out. I finally found this deep garnet red silky fabric. The skirt fabric is a linen/poly blend and the flowers are embroidered, not printed on. I love the scalloped hem!This top was a trial run to see if I liked it, before I made one out of expensive fabric. I do like it, but it is more bare than I usually wear, so I don't know........The fabric is a very thin cotton, with some embroidery and sequins on it. It came from Wal-mart, and was very cheap, so I don't know how it will hold up, but it will serve its purpose as a trial garment.This is a table runner that I made after falling in love with the floral fabric at my local quilt shop. I used some of my fancy maching stitches to do the quilting.Clermont Sewing - Classes

Thursday, August 9, 2007

What have I been doing? Among other things, I painted our master bedroom. I have been talking about doing this for a few years, and after our experience painting Steve's new office last week, I was inspired to go ahead and take on the project. The red wall took two coats of dark red paint, and is faux painted an even darker burgandy. Jacki came down and helped with the faux painting. I am very pleased with how it turned out, and wonder why I waited so long!
Paint used:
Ralph Lauren Devonshire (tan)
Ralph Lauren Venetian Red (base for red wall)
Ralph Lauren Picture Gallery Red (faux Paint on red wall)