Saturday, January 24, 2015

FNSI - progress on presents

Looking out my window this morning, I just might settle back onto the couch and continue where I left off on my quilting last night.  The huge snowflakes are coming down quickly, and has been predicted to change to rain/freezing rain today.  I prepared for this and don't have to go out.  So I'm going to try to make more progress on the quilt for my son and his wife, which is the first of many handmade presents I'm making for Christmas 2015.

(masking tape used for stitching guide)

I estimate that the hand quilting is one quarter complete (not all of this was done last night), and hope to have it done and ready to have the binding applied by next month's FNSI.

I returned to Friday Night Sew In after a very long absence and I am so glad that Wendy of Sugarlane Quilts is carrying on the tradition started by Heidi and Bobbi.  I'll be popping over to her blog to visit all the crafters who have signed up to see the beautiful things they've created!

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend, no matter what the weather!

Thursday, January 22, 2015


We tend to think of ourselves as "younger" than we really are, or at least I do.  Without looking in a mirror, I picture a version of myself that I remember from years ago.  Inside, it's the age I feel....well, until I stand up and realize my body has a little more mileage on it. (*wink*)

So I was quite impressed when I clicked a link that led me to this site.  These  folks are amazing.  It's one thing to brag about going to the gym before work.  But ice skating competitions at age 86?  Wow.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

dusting off

From Google: the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.......happy coincidence
Sometimes it takes several events to create that happy coincidence.

I held on to my original sewing patterns until I was in my thirties or so, rationalizing that the fashion industry would never again embrace the feelings and concepts of the sixties and seventies.  My Aha! moment occurred about ten years ago when I realized that it was not the fashion industry, but myself, who would embrace those feelings/concepts again.  Either I've reached that stage in life where "anything goes" or I've matured enough to confidently be who I am.

So, for the past 5 years or so I've been trying to collect the patterns I sewed back when I was a teenager/young adult.  I have been fortunate, finding the most important of them even if they may not be the correct size.  I even found the pattern I used for my wedding dress.  And I just bought one of my favorites on Etsy, a slacks and skirt pattern that I had almost given up on.  Others have been purchased for mere pennies in thrift shops.  As of today there are only a few that still elude me.  I may or may not reproduce the clothing from some of these patterns, but just holding them brings back memories the way aromas (perfume, salt-sea breeze, spices) create familiar visions in our minds.

So serendipity stepped in this week when I found the 2015 Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge hosted by Kelly of Kestrel Makes and Marie of A Stitching Odessy.  I've pledged to make at least 4 articles of clothing from my "private" collection.  (I have almost 200 vintage patterns from several eras, but those will most likely not be used for this challenge.)  Knit or crochet items may also be created from vintage instructions to accessorize my wardrobe, as I see others have done this in last year's challenge.

I've chosen a few that definitely made the cut and will be posting soon.  In the meantime, here are a few "refashions" I made using vintage patterns in the Self-Stitched September 2010 hosted by So Zo:
Plaid vest from skirt
Weekend top from men's athletic shirt
Top for biking

I'll be sharing some of my "private" collection with some special photos in my next post.  Hope to see you then!