28 April 2013

10% Quilted

Mmmmm....sandwiches.
Sandwiched last weekend.

To hell with the back log. I've been enjoying some hand-quilting this morning. This stage always is super exciting, this is where the magic happens. From sandwich to quilt! It's happening! It starts getting all ripply and cosy.

First broken needle from hand quilting. CRAFTS.
Broke a needle yesterday. First time I broke a needle while hand-quilting.

I got the best compliments yesterday when I was hand-quilting in public. The best comment being: "It looks like I should be all curled up underneath it now." I know I've already said this but this is the magic step. All the cozy magic is being built into the quilt. I'm casting spells for infinite delightful naps.

Sunday Morning Hand-quilting

This morning I was hanging out in a sunbeam, quilting, drinking tea and listening to Rock 'n' roll. Delightful way to spend a Sunday morning.

10% Quilted

Yes, this is one of those quilts everyone was making that time. I started this last month sometime? Sewing the top was pretty fun/productive. And yes, I'm still enjoying hand-quilting. 1 day + 1 evening = 10% quilted. Not a bad ratio.

8 April 2013

One day, these Ceylons will have buttons

(mostly) Finished Ceylon Added pocket Added cuff band

Pattern: Colette Patterns Ceylon
Materials: Heather Bailey, Nicey Jane Hop Dot Sky
Modifications: Pattern fitted to my measurements. Modified sleeve (added cuff band) & added pocket.
Start Date: Spring 2012
End Date: Still needs buttons :/

(mostly) Finished Ceylon Added collar

Pattern: Colette Patterns Ceylon
Materials: I think it's a Moda dot?
Modifications: Pattern fitted to my measurements. Added collar & modified/slightly de-puffed sleeve.
Start Date: Spring 2012
End Date: Still needs buttons :/

The one down side to my awesome old sewing machines is that I can't easily make button holes. I also have a special desire to have a closet's worth of amazing shirt dresses. I should probably figure out a solution one of these days. In the meantime, here are some (mostly) finished dresses that keep hanging around patiently for me.

7 April 2013

Summer Dresses - Vogue 9728

Finished Vogue 8728

Pattern: Vogue 8728
Materials: Nani Iro 2012 Fuccra grey
Modifications: Pattern fitted to my measurements. Skirt cut to knee length.
Start Date: Early Summer 2012
End Date: Early Summer 2012

Finished Vogue 8728

Pattern: Vogue 8728
Materials: Peach 'n Pink dots
Modifications: Pattern fitted to my measurements. Skirt cut to knee length.
Start Date: Early Summer 2012
End Date: Early Summer 2012

Here's a couple of dresses that I made last year. Both of these were finished by summer. They were favourites for that season and anytime I needed a summer memory pick-me-up. Wearing the polkadot version with black tights and my saddle oxfords makes me feel like I should be a tap-dancing Minnie Mouse.

9 February 2013

No signs of stopping

The light is so nice right here. <3

Unfortunately despite my desires to catch things back up over here, things have continued as they had before I left for the Holidays. I think I'm going to have to abandon the idea of catching up on last year. Not sure just yet. But rest assured that I have been indulging in as many crafterday activities as I can muster at the moment.

The Good Ships of Crafterday.

It's an all too important part of stress management to be skipped entirely. The need to make & create is too strong to be ignored entirely ;)

1 January 2013

Tropical Tradition

Fall & Early winter ended up being really quite busy. Unfortunately that means crafting took the back seat again. So much so that I had no idea what craftivities to even pack and take with me.

I'm currently partaking in my family's rather awesome tradition of running away to Hawaii for Christmas. A great escape that makes all the hectic running around during the year that much more bearable.

While most active crafty blogs take this chance to pause and reflect, I've been rather too out of step to really reflect. And too far away from everything to really catch up on things at the moment. As ever, I have been making things but (again as has become the new habit) I'm behind in recording things. So I guess I have to postpone my reflections until later.

And hopefully I don't get too caught up into the busys once I get back to Montreal. That's the one thing I really don't want for 2013. By invoking the "busys", I'm not trying to say that this space or that crafting & making isn't of importance to me. The opposite really. it means that other parts of my life have (annoyingly) been demanding too much of my attention and energy, which sucks. I'd like 2013 to have less of me face-planting on my bed when I get home. Rushing around is SO not my thing.