Quilting Update

Back when I was making the owl quilt for some friends, Richard said he wanted “us” to make a quilt for our nephew. He insisted on making a jungle theme quilt. So while I was at the Sewing Expo, I found a kit from The Quilting Loft that featured the Sweet Safari theme fabrics and blocks of embroidery. I’ve never done embroidery before, but I was willing to give it a shot. After all, I love cross-stitch, so how much harder could embroidery be? Oh, and the quilt is about crib size, so it’ll be going to our future niece, who’s due any day now, and our nephew will be getting a different quilt sometime later.

Since my husband was pretty adamant about a jungle theme quilt (and he rarely has an opinion on any of my craft projects, other than they look nice), I convinced him to help me by taking the rotary cutter and cutting up all my blocks (later, I’ll have him do the strips for the rest of the quilt). He did a pretty good job with the blocks too!

Anyhow, embroidery wasn’t too bad. I got a lot of feedback and help from friends on stitches I should be using for a baby quilt so that it stays intact and isn’t destroyed in the wash. Here’s a sample of four of the eight blocks I’ve done. (The other four are the same but in the opposite direction).

Sweet Safari animals by Penguin & Fish

Sweet Safari animals by Penguin & Fish

If you’re interested in these embroidery designs, you can find them here. ┬áI have two more animals to do: zebra (who’s stripes are chain stitched, so it’s taking a while) and elephant. The mane on the lion was meant to be a long stitch, but after feedback, I switched to an outline stitch, and it still looks pretty good (and more durable too).

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Sunny in Seattle!

Finally! A 70 degree day to wear my dress!

Yay! Sunny day!

Yay! Sunny day!

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Should’ve Been a Dress for Vegas

Spring in Seattle is a mixed-bag of nuts, so I never assume it will be sunny, even when the weather report claims it will be, so who knows when I’ll be able to wear this. Maybe if it’s nice enough this weekend, I’ll wear it to the Bootlegger’s Ball on Saturday. ┬áRegardless of when I do, I’ll post a picture of me in it when that does occur.

Simplicity 2250, Style A, Front View

Simplicity 2250, Style A, Front View

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Almost Done!

For most of you, this progress photo won’t look much different from the finished garment (except, I’m not showing the unfinished back, so at least you have that to look forward to!)

I really need to clean up my staging area

I really need to clean up my staging area

All that I have left is to press the skirt, make sure I have all my pink tailor-tack threads cleared out before I slip-stitch the bodice lining down, attach the zipper, sew up the back, neaten those seams, hem, and lastly, attach the straps!

Since I’m almost done with it, and the work left is pretty trivial, I don’t know why I was so apprehensive about this project. Maybe just reading all the reviews about the possible complications got to me, and I just lost my confidence.

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