Monday, January 5, 2015

What I'm Working On

I'm still working on finishing partially done projects.  I reorganized my cutting table and office over the weekend.  (Hey, we're only a few days into the year and I've already crossed off one of my goal list tasks!) Here are some of the things I'm working on.

First, a completed project.  Two more sets of napkins.  These have both been lounging in my to-do pile for a year or two.  I think I've come to the end of my napkin fabric stash.


Next, another napkin project.  Only this one isn't for me.  These napkins have a bit of a backstory.  My mom got these strawberry napkins from my Great Aunt Sitty, who's been gone nearly 20 years now.  When we cleaned out her things, we found this nightgown(?) that matched the napkins.  I appropriated both, intending to deconstruct the garment and make more napkins for my mom.  I hate to think how long I've had these hanging around.  Last night I removed the hem and the side seams to make the fabric lie flat.  A quick press and some cutting and this project will be ready to go.  

As a side note, you will notice some odd strawberry button closures in the photo below.  There are hand-bound button holes at the neckline and these buttons on strings were the closures.  I wish I'd been older and able to learn sewing techniques from Aunt Sitty before her passing.  I noticed that she didn't use a serger, but had whip-stitched each of the raw edges.  I don't know how that would help it not fray, but apparently it did.  Why bother doing it otherwise?


Next is a sneak peek at an upcoming doll pattern. I'm knitting on size 2 US needles for this.

On my goal list, I mentioned working on the bird quilt.  Here are the fabrics I'll be working with.  I still need to choose the embroidery floss to make up the blocks.

Finally, another unfinished project.  This is a doll quilt I made while testing a pattern for someone last summer.  It still needs to be quilted and bound and then it will go for sale in my Etsy shop.

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