Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Finished quilt

This has been around for a loooong time. I last worked on it in 2015! I still had a lot of strips left (I got rid of the extra squares long ago) and decided to let those go as well. I just did a plain muslin back for the quilt top and zigzag stitched the edges. I will NOT be quilting with this again - the fabric is so thin it stretches and wiggles all over the place, sheds threads, and generally drives me crazy!

Recycled skirt for Sara the Librarian

Sara had a dress that she wanted to be a skirt and I agreed to try. The first snag I ran into was that while the skirt was cotton, the top was stretchier. I chopped off a sleeve and tested it - seemed to sew ok.

Then I cut off the bodice

I tacked the top to keep it from fraying then folded it over and sewed it along the seam

A little tricky, but I think it worked 

There's a space left to put in an elastic waistband and/or drawstring as desired.

Skirts are finished!

My skirts were done except for pockets and final edging. This main part of this skirt is made out of an odd fabric I've had for years - it's almost stiff and it broke my sewing machine needle! I added a pocket with zigzag stitching.

I was thinking of doing a quilted pocket for this skirt and even got a fair way into it before actually laying it against the skirt and realizing it didn't look right at all. I'll save it for a mini quilt. I made the skirt pocket out of the same patterned white on the yoke and added lace (hand stitched the rough edges at the back)

Just simple red pockets worked nicely for both of these, and I finished hemming them since the edges were just tacked down.