My opportunities to sew seem fewer and farther between lately, thus my low frequency in posting here. To be fair to myself, though, I have knocked off a few UFOs lately. Clearing the decks and making way for greater things.
Last week, I finished a tailored skirt for myself (which wasn’t a UFO at all, but something I wanted to do.) The best part of this skirt is that it fits me. I drafted my own pattern and have tried and trued it. Now it is ‘simples’ to make a skirt for myself. It is a simple straight, tailored skirt with a kick pleat, which gives ease for the stride. It is made of a tweed fabric found at Ginny’s Fine Fabric, and it is lined with Bemberg lining. It is very comfortable. I wore it this weekend with a cream colored sweater, brown boots and a matching scarf.
Also this week, I re-bound an old quilt. Quilting has not been my hobby for some time. I prefer creating clothing. But, this quilt is like an old friend. I made it in about 2002 when my third daughter was a baby. A friend in Colorado gave a few sewing lessons to me. She was an avid quilter, and she showed me a technique for creating the pinwheels on this quilt. The quilt decorated my husband’s and my bed, a wooden sleigh bed, for about 10 years. It used to have white panels on all sides and a border with small triangle blocks, making it a king-size quilt, but the embossed fabric gave way. I decided to remove the panels and re-bind it, saving it as a keepsake. Since my husband needed to work for a day in Shakopee, he agreed to stop by the Eagle Creek Quilt Shop, and purchase a navy quilt weight fabric for my task. I still love the pattern. I wish the fabric had lasted longer, like the quilts of old.
My apologies for writing so little. 2016 was a year of transition for my family. My oldest daughter is off to college. She is doing very well, and we are so proud of her. She hopes to become a pediatric nurse.
Also in 2016, I quietly ended my small business. It has been a delightful experience providing smocking and heirloom sewing supplies to many wonderful people for ten years, but I am needed in many more ways with my family now. I plan to continue sewing and encouraging others who are keeping the art of sewing alive. I thought I would share my list of my favorite suppliers: