Monday, July 19, 2010

New Projects in the Realm of My Sewing Room

It's been quite awhile since I've sat down to blog in earnest about sewing.  My sewing table is piled high with Unfinished Projects, but I'm not stressing just yet -- still on my "vacation high".  Not all is hopeless, though.  I'm taking a quilting class (yeah, I'm the only sewist on the planet who doesn't quilt), and I'm also working on a little project I thought up while coming home from vacation. 

While in St. Louis we three girls went shopping at a sweet fabric store my daughter found near her home.  On their remnant table was a small amount of a Michael Miller print of cartoon characters in black, red, and white.  I fell in love and bought it not knowing just what I could do with it.  Well, I decided it would make a cute bean-bag toss game.  I've gotten the piecework finished and just got back from JoAnn's (sigh, my only fabric store these days) where I picked up some backing for this little mini-quilt.  Here's a picture of the work in progress.  Now, I know my squares don't match up in some places, but I am new to quilting. 

The quilting class I'm taking is teaching us to make a t-shirt quilt.  Gosh, I've got enough t-shirts to make 30 of these things!  The hardest part so far has been choosing which shirts to work with first.  I decided to focus on Katie's basketball shirts for beginners.  I've got 2 more sports for her alone, and 3 more kids' with their various sports careers, too, in case I mess this one up too badly.  So far, I've completed the cutting-out-stage and tonight I'm going to start stabilizing my squares.  The apron I started before leaving on vacation is awaiting my attention, too, but I'm hopeful that next week I'll get back to it in between my quilting project.  

It may have to wait again, though.  My dear hubbie is taking me to we Wicked in three weeks, and I want to make a new dress to wear.  I've had this material for a long time, and I'm so anxious to get working on it.  I just love the fabric. 

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