Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Dog Days of Summer

I like the Kwik Sew 3504 jeans I made a few months ago quite a bit.  I wear them almost everyday.  Part of the liking is the soft denim material and the other part is the loose fit. I made a medium, so I wear a belt to keep them up.

I wanted to make a second pair, but only had enough material to make a pair of shorts.  Since Summer is coming I thought this was a good idea.  But these will be made in size small.

The title of the blog hints to what I am embroidering on the back pockets with my Singer Futura.  A Westie and a Poodle.  Since we have one of each, I thought  this appropriate.  Our poodle is black, but I did the embroidery in white so it would show up better.

I am using my Necchi BU to sew the shorts.  I have had this machine a few years, but have not  used it because it is so heavy.  It did a wonderful job with the denim, never whimpering a bit.

These shorts are smaller than I thought they would be. The medium size was too big, and the small is too small.  Joe thought I made a youth size.  Maybe next time I will cut between a medium and a small.

Thanks for stopping.

Friday, April 6, 2018

UFOs all around me

I learned a new quilting term this week.  It is unfinished objects(UFOs).  Apparently this is a common thing in quilting.  A person runs out of ambition or gets to the quilting stage and starts another quilt.  Leaving a UFO to wait in a drawer or on a shelf to be finished.

I have three UFOs now.   Two are from Craftsy.com, and one is from my quilt sampler class at MIY Studio.

The first is a lap quilt that is called Strawberry Fizz.

I need to at the batting, backing, quilting, and binding to finish it.

The second is called Blazing Star.   It is  a queen size quilt that took me several months to get to the stage it is now.  It needs batting, backing, and quilting also.

The strawberry quilt I think I can stitch in the ditch for the quilting, but the Blazing Star has so many angles, it will need free-motion quilting.  Plus it is so big, it will be quite a time consuming project.

The third is my sampler quilt class quilt.  It still needs the squares to be sewn together to form the quilt.  But this will be done in the next(and last) class.  Then the quilting needs to be done.  This is a small 36" square quilt, so it will probably be the first one to be finished.

I do have one quilt I completely finished.  It keeps us warm and the dogs like it.

 I am quilted-out now, so I think my UFOs will be around while I sew a pair of KwikSew shorts.

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