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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 607871 views.

I buy most of my clothes second hand these days, also known as pre loved. Since sewing clothes has been my hobby since the tender age of 5 (started by picking up my moms scraps off the floor and making clothes for my dolls) I have begun remaking my thrift store finds and even use the fabric in my quilts. I found a skirt some months back because I liked the print and there was lots of fabric and I was going to make a sundress out of it. Well I did some research online and found out that it is a a designer skirt from the 80's and there are a few pieces on ebay. I tried it on and the waist band elastic in the back was shot but the skirt looked really nice with a black t and my suede ankle boots. The front of the waist had a really cool detail and the side zipper had two pulls so you could zip the bottom open as much as you want. It was a gathered skirt and looked pretty good on me so I ditched the sundress remake idea and have just finished picking out the elastic band on the back of the waist..............a trip to the fabric store, a little time to resew three straight lines of stitching and it will be perfect again...................not bad for a few bucks at the thrift store. Guess someone either got tired of it or the waist elastic no longer hugged their waist.

I also found a pattern form the give away table from retreat that I picked up years ago when I was cleaning my sewing room yesterday. Picked it up looked at it and realized that it would look amazing in a different colorway and scrappy so I will be pulling out my overflowing bin of brown fabric to use as the background color and then hitting up the overflowing bins (I have about 3) of scraps to fill in the rest of the fabrics. Seems like brown fabrics are always the ones on sale and over the years I have accumulated an impressive collection of them and don't use brown much but I love it with blue and green. I bet though that my stash is teeny tiny compared to your stash..............have you ever seen that show Wharehouse 13.................it is a scifi series where there is this endless warehouse of cool stuff that goes on forever..........that is the vision I have of your quilt building.

Gotta sew a backing for my cousins quilt so I can load it on the longarm and get it outta here so I can get back to my stuff and I also need to start cutting my wonkey blue and orange blocks since my 12 1/2 inch ruler is here.

Midkid5

From: Midkid5

5/14/19

Ami

Your post made me think of the hand me downs I got from my brothers when I was in high school.  I loved them.  I got two shirts, same design just different colors, I got many compliments and inquires from my friends mothers as to where I found such pretty blouses. I also had the sweater vests that went with the shirts and two turtle neck sweaters.

Glad you decided to take a second look at the skirt and you can make it work for you with minor alterations.

Jo

LABFIEND

From: LABFIEND

5/14/19

Ami_Quilts (sewingupasto) said:

.have you ever seen that show Warehouse 13.................it is a scifi series where there is this endless warehouse of cool stuff that goes on forever..........that is the vision I have of your quilt building.

Love Warehouse 13,  I can only hope to have that cool a quilting building!!

latterberry

From: latterberry

5/15/19

I try to reuse/recycle the best I can, but I wish our community had a recyclable program .  We would have to drive over an hour to get rid of our plastic, metal etc.. and not too many folks want to do that.  

latterberry

From: latterberry

5/15/19

Well, that sounds like fun looking up old articles.  May have to check it out.

Midkid5

From: Midkid5

5/15/19

I had a wonderful surprise in today's mail.  My sons hobby is woodworking, he made me a Jack n Bob.  It's got a seam ripper on each end of a handle.  When my GD was about six I was explaining to her why I referred to my seam ripper as Jack, I was using a small one, she pull the large one out of the container, said well this one must be Bob than. Hence the name Jack n Bob.

Jo

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

5/15/19

How lucky you are to have a custom-made tool like that!  Could you possibly share a photo of your Jack n Bob with us?

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

5/15/19

I am ready to stitch the last four corner triangles on the "Hot to Trot" quilt top (aka "Great Balls of Fire" according to Suze).

After all of the careful OCD planning of the randomness for this quilt  (winkstuck_out_tongue_closed_eyespersevere)  I certainly do not want to become discombobulated after I take the main part of the quilt off of the design wall and start to pin the corners on the top. (Do not want to pin the wrong corner in the wrong location.) Left shoulder/arm interfere with easily reaching up and pinning things while they are in place, ya know ....  I'm kinda like a one-armed paperhanger these days when it comes to working with my design wall.  Ratzafratz!

I took this photo to help guide me. The center square of the quilt is easy to guide me in knowing which way is "up" and the backs of the corner triangles are labeled "NW" and "NE", etc.

I might as well share the photo.  After the corners are added I merely have to add three skinny slab o'borders.  Those will take some time, I fear, for the shoulder is in for a good rest.

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

5/15/19

There was an earlier discussion about recycling whenever possible.

How do you like my recycled "scrapbooks" (three ring binders) that hold my quilt making history??  LOL 

DD has worked for eighteen years for an airfield lighting business that has been owned by a German outfit and then by a French holding company and then a British holding company and now is owned by an American outfit. During this time she has had company name changes, etc. and I have benefitted by "inheriting" some awesome 3-ring binders that DD was told to discard as her company changed hands.

Those eight binders hold page protectors with the stories of all my quilts I have made from 1993 until now. The "scrapbooks" may not be pretty but they are easy to keep up to date and efficient to search through.

If I had to make them "pretty" they would never get done.  LOL

Midkid5

From: Midkid5

5/15/19

Here is Jack n Bob closed. Won't  let me upload the second pic of it open, but pull out either silver end, turn it around stick it back in, nice handle to hold on to.

Jo

  • Edited May 15, 2019 2:45 pm  by  Midkid5
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