Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Dress Number 2

The second dress is finished! These dresses were made for two young ladies that live quite a distance from me so fittings were impossible.  I made them in the sizes that were closest to their measurements and now they will have to have them altered, but my part is done.  The colour is washed out in this photo but the dresses are a lovely plum colour.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Father's Day

Yesterday was Father's Day.  Both my father and father-in-law passed away years ago so my husband and I try to visit their final resting place if we can.  We were able to do that yesterday. My father-in-law was laid to rest in a large cemetery in the middle of the city where we live.  My dad is laid to rest in a small country cemetery just outside the village where I grew up.  After paying our respects to my father-in-law we drove around the cemetery. When we were in the older section , the dates on the headstones were in the mid to late 1800's, we saw these peaceful creatures. 
 There are over 30 head of deer that live in this cemetery. 
On our drive through the cemetery we also saw some geese and a ground hog.  I didn't take any pictures of those.  I just find it fascinating that so many deer would reside in a place in the middle of a city. 


Friday, June 14, 2013

A different type of sewing...

When I was in grade school and high school many, many years ago I studied Home Economics.  Back in those days one semester would be cooking and the second one would be sewing.  I haven't done very much garment making in the last 30+ years.  My daughters best friend is getting married in October and she decided to try to save some money and have the bridesmaid's dress made. She asked me if I could help her out and try to make two dresses.  I finished the first of the two dresses this afternoon.

 This dress has an invisible zipper which I have never worked with before.  It turned out pretty well considering I am a bit rusty with this type of sewing.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

I am still here!

Hello everyone! Wow, I didn't realize how long it has been since I posted anything to my blog! I have been busy working on two queen sized quilts.  When I moved my sewing space to the basement it allowed me to finally open my quilting frame to its full width.  The first quilt on it was the quilt top that a friend asked if I could finish for her.  I am embarrassed to say that was over a year ago, but after a few false starts and a sewing machine tune-up there it is on the frame. 
I put the final stitches in the binding yesterday and will be delivering it to her tomorrow. 
This is the other quilt that I finished last week.  Another friend asked if I could make her a queen sized quilt for her bed.  After some consultation she decided on a pattern in the Dec/Jan 2013 issue of Quilt magazine.  The original pattern was for a twin size. I love the way this turned out. I especially like the binding which I used a 2.5 inch strip of each of the colors in the quilt.