Saturday, June 17, 2006

A Few Pictures of Recent Sewing Projects

First, below is a picture of my current quilt project. I started this quilt about 2 years ago, but I keep laying it aside for other, more pertinent, projects like an anniversary quilt and a wedding quilt. Since it is a double wedding ring quilt, it really needs to be quilted in a circular pattern, and as I wasn't keen on maneuvering the thick, queen-sized bat through my machine in a curvy fashion, I opted to hand quilt it. I borrowed the frame from a friend, and it has proved very helpful so far! This picture was taken at my grandparents' house last week, and that's the Ohio River behind me :).


Second, here is a picture of the dress I recently mentioned. Ashley treated me to some fabric shopping for my birthday way back in early April, and I'm just now finishing the dress made with the fabric I bought. *guilty look* I really like the result. Ashley, Mother Dear, and Sister Dear convinced me to splurge and buy some non-cotton fabric for a dress - out of the ordinary for me, since I'm usually a cotton girl. It's kind of hard to see from the photo, but the fabric has roses all over it with slighly different threads, to give it a pretty, textured look.

17 comments:

Jessie said...

Pretty! What pattern did you use? It turned out great- and fits you perfectly! I like the neckline.

And I love your quilt. Where'd you get that flowered fabric?? ; D

deb said...

The quilt is beautiful! I know that a lot of work and patience went into it! And the dress pattern looks great! And the material is beautiful. You've done a great job, Susan.

miriamhart said...

What a pretty quilt. And your dress is lovely!

Susan said...

Thank you for the compliments, ladies! I forgot to mention before that the fabric for the dress is really much darker than that (navy blue), but the outdoors and the flash made it look brighter :)

The pattern is McCall's 3678, Jessie. I love the way it fits (it's actually more slimming than it appears in the picture), and the waistline is formed by pleats. I changed the neckline (so I'm glad you liked it :-D), since it was originally a bit lower than I was comfortable wearing.

The dresses you and Anna made are lovely, also, Miriam! I enjoyed the pictures Anna posted of them :).

Anna Naomi said...

Beautiful, beautiful! Your quilt and dress are so pretty! I've thought about doing a quilt with a lot of scraps left over from dresses I've made, but I've never quilted before! Someday I'll have to try it!

Susan said...

Oh, you should try quilting, Anna! I think you would love it. I picked up quilting about 4 years ago, and it is so much fun! I got a quilting book that gave instructions for a sampler for a beginning quilter. It's a great way to use up my vast supply of scraps :).

Jessica said...

Oooh...pictures, YAY! Both the quilt and the dress are beautiful! And I am impressed that you are hand-quilting the the quilt...

Anonymous said...

Lovely dress! Can you make one for me?! ;)

~Lois

Anonymous said...

I really like the pattern! I also like to sew! I must find that pattern!


Ashley M.

Ashley said...

Oh the dress turned out so pretty!! I'm glad you finally finished it. :-) So is it light and breezy for the summer, or will it be a more early fall dress?

Susan said...

It is light and breezy, but not cotton ;), so I wouldn't wear it outside in the summer, except in the mornings. You know, the lovely Georgia humidity and all. . . I wore it to church this morning and loved the way it fit :).

Jessie said...

Yes, I found that pattern on eBay (I didn't see it on the McCall's site, so maybe it's out of print) and I agree about the neckline! You did a really good job, especially now that I see what it was originally "supposed" to be! Isn't sewing great? You don't have to follow the rules ; )

Mrs.B. said...

Susan, is there anything you don't know how to do?!? **shakes head in amazement**

The quilt is gorgeous and the dress is lovely! I think it fits you to a 't'. I especially like the pleats at the waist.

Sherrin said...

Wow! You are great at sewing :). I am amazed that you have advnanced so much with patchwork after only four years! I began last year, and I wonder if I'll ever make another large quilt :). Did you attend a class for this quilt? I am planning to hand quilt my quilt. I have already completed patching the front, and have done everything on the back except my writing. So soon I hope to being quilting - perhaps in the upcoming school holidays. It is a big quilt. I wonder if I should find a frame??

Anna Naomi said...

Susan, I've heard that you have to have a special pressure foot for your sewing machine, in order for it to quilt right. Do you have a special one, or has it worked all right for the other quilts you've made? I could probably also hand quilt though...

And I agree, the pleats are really pretty in your dress! Did it take a while for you to sew all those buttonholes? :-)

Susan said...

Sherrin,

I would definitely recommend a frame if you are going to hand quilt a big quilt. I started this one without, and I quickly realized it was not going to be as fun without one. I would think it could be done if you can't get one, though. Especially if you do a really good job basting or pinning the layers before you quilt.

I've never taken any sewing classes. Mother Dear taught me the basics and I've sort of experimented and read my way through the rest. For this particular quilt I used an excellent book as a reference. Don't ever try to make a double-wedding ring quilt without reading The Double Wedding Ring Book by Mary Ellen Ingle Hopkins! It was an excellent resource, and really explained how to sew curves and piece together everything.

Anna,

I just use a regular presser foot for machine quilting, but I have my own method of feeding the quilt through it, sort of developed by trial and error. Not a science, but it works :). I kind of hold down the top layer as I push the quilt through the machine. Otherwise the top layer is inhibited by the presser foot and doesn't move through the machine as quickly as the bottom layer. I use my index fingers (moving on either side of the presser foot) flat on the quilt, so it's a steady, pressure rather than just pressure on one point. I also pull a little to the sides (away from the presser foot) with both index fingers. It's a little hard to explain, but I've experimented and found that it seems to help with shifting.

The only time I've used a special presser foot for quilting was when I did free motion quilting, which cannot be done without a free motion presser foot. Free motion quilting is when you move the quilt all around and make swirls, zigzags, etc., changing direction rapidly. It looks really neat and is especially good for small projects, like quilted bags.

The buttonholes didn't take too long, since I have a buttonhole attachment. Sewing on the buttons did take a while, since I had 12. I always end up adding extra buttons to my dresses because the buttons always seem to stop at the knee! I added 4 extra to this dress.

helen said...

Beautiful sewing projects!

I'd never have enough patience to do a quilt by hand!!!