First Commissioned Garment

A friend asked me to make a wool skirt for her on commission. She bought the fabric (a worsted wool, I believe) and I provided the pattern. The one she picked for this skirt was a very old pattern: a Simplicity pattern from 1981.

80's hotness

80's hotness

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Top-stitching Awesomeness

Since an unexpected amount of snow fell in our area this afternoon, causing us to think that a nice layer of ice would cover our roads by this evening, we decided to forego our Groupon date afternoon and stay in. My husband said I was looking on the bright-side, as I mused about being able to finish his shirt tonight (as well as finishing watching the entire series of Star Trek: The Next Generation on Netflix).  But I did! And he seems pretty happy about it:

Richard modeling his new shirt

Richard modeling his new shirt

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This Fabric Is Prettier Than Wine Dupioni

Sunday, I made a muslin of a skirt for a friend. That took about three hours of cutting and sewing time to get done. Since I felt so accomplished, I started on Richard’s striped, black shirt.

A while ago, I found a beautiful, nay, sexy black shirting with white and silver pinstripes online from Mood Fabrics. I showed it to Richard, and he approved of it.

Black/Metallic silver stripes shirting

Black/Metallic silver stripes shirting

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Corgi Embroidery

Remember the shirt I whipped up a couple weeks ago? Here’s a close up of the embroidery mom stitched on the front for me.  It’s a very close representation of what my corgi looks like!

Corgi on my shirt!

Corgi on my shirt!

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Block 7

This is the first “full-size” non-letter block I’ve done for the “U is for Unicorn” quilt. I went out on a limb here with my color choices. Black and white weren’t being used a whole lot in the quilt, probably because I avoided the black-on-black look. But mom did a great job using contrasting thread colors for the satin-stitching, so it really “pops”. The center of the flowers in the middle are several gold French knots.

Block 7

Block 7

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Q Block and Blocks 32 and 36

When I got together with my parents for lunch last week, mom delivered a couple more blocks that were completed:

Q is for Quail

Q is for Quail

Block 32

Block 32

Block 36

Block 36

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Ahoy Thar Matey, Indeed!

I was so excited when I came home and found a 8 lb package sitting on my front porch: the pirate fat quarters I ordered from Fat Quarter Shop arrived! I honestly don’t know when I’ll get around to assembling it, since I have a couple projects awaiting completion (and starting, for some) in queue, but I’m still so happy it’s here, and I got it on sale!

All the fabric from the pirate fat quarter bundle

All the fabric from the pirate fat quarter bundle

And from this, I’ll make the Variable Star quilt that was featured in a 2007 issue of Fons & Porter:

Variable Star quilt featured on cover

Variable Star quilt featured on cover

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