Friday, October 17, 2014

Finish It Up Friday...Polka Dot Mint Skirt

I am working on some large quilting projects right now.  That means I can sit at my machine for hours and still not have a finish.  Last night after a few hours I decided to find something I could quickly finish.
I started with this dress.
I am not even sure where I got this dress.  It is too small for me.  It is homemade and a lovely minty green color.  I know it is hard to tell with the terrible phone camera pictures.  It is a sheer fabric with little cream polka dots.
It is better seen here on the unlined sleeve.
So, yeah it didn't fit and never could fit me.  I decided to chop it in half and make myself a skirt.  Part of the inspiration came from the green cardigan I bought this week at the rummage sale.
I used the existing zipper and just added a waistband of cream fabric.  I then sewed some mint green lace along part of the waistband to tie it together a bit.  It is hard to take pictures of oneself with just a phone.  I tried.
It goes PERFECTLY with the cardigan and a string of pearls.   I was channeling an earlier era as I traipsed upstairs to show it off.
Here it is on my dress form.  You can't see them, but it has two pleats on each side.
Now I just need to find somewhere to wear it!
Alissa

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Scarecrow Patch Fun 2014

I love fall, I love October, I love the cool crispness in the air.  I love the changing of seasons and beginning to bundle up.
 We once again went to the Scarecrow Patch this year. I was feeling a little silly about going when my little siblings are getting so big.  So, I invited a friend from work who has a little girl.  We had a lovely time.  I even met my soulmate!
 And I gave some llama kisses! I'm not actually positive on whether it was a llama or an alpaca :S
 We rode the barrel train!

 I was sad to not have my trusty side kick with me.  That being said these pictures all came from my phone.
 Corn maze!  The corn was super tall this year.
 I love this building.
 I could move in!

Happy Fall, ya'll!

Alissa

Friday, October 10, 2014

Finish It Up Friday...Sweet Pinafore.

My camera is at the doctor's now.  I have been taking sporadic pictures with my silly phone camera.  I didn't want to miss out on the link up fun.  So, here are my not so clear pictures of my finish.
 It is a baby pinafore.  I used a pattern from my 1yd Wonders book.  It was so simple and quick.  Here is a close up of the fabric, vintage looking leaves.
 The back is my favorite...or maybe the scalloped edge.  I can't decide :D
Alissa

Friday, October 03, 2014

Finish It Up Friday...Rainbow Baby!

I have been away from the sewing machine a lot lately.  I did manage to finish up this fun little quilt top last week.  I love seeing the rainbow quilts that people come up with in blogland.  I have a basket full of 2 inch squares so I decided to make my own.
I have only done the quilt top.
 I added a border of black and white squares.  Not sure if this top is finished completely.  We'll let it sit for a bit and see if I have more inspiration.
Here is the back, it looks fun too!
Alissa

Friday, September 26, 2014

Finish It Up Friday...Nursery Rhymes from A Grandmother's Hand

This week I finished up a fun project for a sweet lady from church.  She had some blocks that had been embroidered by her grandmother.  They were simply sitting in a box where no one could enjoy them.  So she asked me to put them together somehow.
It was a fun project and I loved working on it for her!  The blocks are sweet little nursery rhymes!
My friend gave me complete free reign on what to do with them and what fabric colors to use.
This green daisy print looked a bit retro and matched so many of the greens in the thread.
I set these colored squares at each corner.  First I tried them right side of the fabric up, but the fabrics were a bit too bright and harsh.  So I took it apart and flipped them over.  So those corners are all the wrong side of the fabric.  The muted color worked so well!
I kept the quilting very simple, only stitching in the ditch.  I didn't want to take away from the blocks and handiwork her grandmother had done.
It is a perfect wallhanging size.






I didn't quite have enough of the green for the backing, but this yellow floral complimented the green well.

The recipient was thrilled with the outcome and so am I!
Alissa