Sunday, February 14, 2016

Selfish Sewing Week #2

What a week it has been in the 4x7 Sewing Challenge!

I had a really productive weekend last weekend and then Monday was a snow day and Tuesday, we had a 2 hour delay.  All very good for finding time to sew!

First and foremost, I found the most important scissors I've ever owned!  These things are so sharp and amazing, when I thought they were gone, I lost my mind.  I brought them with me when I trimmed threads on the rainbow quilt and then I thought the cats had played with them and stashed them somewhere.  They are way too sharp for them to play with, but I couldn't find a better answer.

After a week of looking and feeling totally lost, they were in the arm of the chair!

I completed several projects this week, so I will show you each one, but then I will write separate posts about the highs and lows of each one.  You'll have to check in and see throughout the week!

 First, I finished quilting and binding on the rainbow quilt.

This was definitely one of my most favorite quilts to make and to look at.

I haven't given it to its intended recipient yet and each time I look at it, I like it even more.

But, with no place to put a rainbow quilt in my house, I'd rather give it to a baby now and make another one for myself later.

I used rainbow colored thread which is cool because when the color goes over the same color on the quilt, it blends perfectly, but then the colors also stand out on other parts.

I especially like how it looks on the white square in the middle.

The snow made for great picture taking!

I finished binding the quilt and folded it and left for the day.  When I came back, Luke was completely out, curled up right in the middle.  I know some people freak out over animals on new quilts that you're giving away, but the people I' m giving it to have an animal and I couldn't find much of his hair on it anyway.

Once I was able to stop admiring my rainbow, I repaired a strap on a canvas grocery  bag.  I had really filled the bag and had it on my shoulder when the strap broke and slapped me across the face.  I thought someone had thrown something at me at first!

Then, I got to work on the Sloan Leggings from Hey June.  I bought material that I thought would be fun and stretchy enough, but after talking to my sister about it, I decided it probably wasn't right for my first attempt at leggings.

I went through my stash and found a remnant of a black knit that I bought a while ago that magically was big enough.  I think it's a little too thin, and perhaps a size smaller might fit better.  There's definitely 4 way stretch, but probably too much.

Click here for more and an entertaining story about interfacing.

I've had some shirts laying around that I needed to stop wearing because they had little holes in them.  When I realized they were a nice, thin knit that hadn't pilled when I wore them as shirts, I thought I'd keep them and try making the Barrie Briefs by kitschycoo again.

Lo and behold, two new pairs of underwear (never call them panties!) for me!  More about them in this post, including how heartbreaking it was to give up the blue shirt I used for the bands.  OK, it wasn't exactly heartbreaking but I had to give up a piece of clothing that I really like!

That knit that I mentioned a few paragraphs ago, the one I bought for leggings and decided not to use?  I put it to use here in the Union St. tee from Hey June.  I was thinking more along the line of sweatshirt than close fitting t-shirt and I like how it came out. Click here for  a better close up of the colors and the nitty gritty.

So, this week seemed to be all about the knits, once I got the rainbow taken care of!  And with 3 new wardrobe pieces for me, it was selfish sewing, indeed!

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  1. I'm not a quilter (or really, even a sewer), but I love rainbows, so if I ever make a quilt, this will be the one I do first!

  2. Oh, I love your rainbow quilt! It's absolutely stunning!!! Your kitty is too cute, he likes to snuggle with quilts just like my furball. :)

  3. You got lots done!!! I love love love that rainbow quilt, it is simply wonderful!!!

  4. Wow you have been busy sewing and I like all of your projects.
    Thanks for sharing this with us at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

  5. You seriously rocked that rainbow quilt! It's so fresh and modern. Love it! And I popped over and read your underwear adventures... I'm glad you could salvage favorite tees for something so practical ; )

  6. You've been so busy, haven't you?! :) Everything looks great!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!


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