Monday, June 1, 2015

April/ May 2015: Prints Mixing Challenge Results

This challenge, issued by Katherine, was to mix at two or more prints in the same garment.


Jan used 4 different prints and Vogue 9079.
Beautiful job!


Fun PJ's for a fun night up north?


Brenda used more then a few different fabrics and a lot of techniques.
The pattern is Kayla Kennington's Angel Top.


Carol layered two sheer fabrics...

...then used a plaid for the binding.
Simplicity 3786

Sue T.

Susan used three prints, plus some faux leather for her unique vest.

She used a Sandra Betzina pattern.

The Textile Studio's Santa Monica Tee in 3 ITY knits.

Sue B

Sue also used a selection of knits for her top.

The pattern is Vogue 8793. It uses zipper tape for trim at the neck.


Inspired by a shirt she saw in a magazine, Kathy used  a print,
 a solid, a stripe and McCalls 6124.

Pretty button placket and collar.


The winner! Cynthia dug deep and made
 two pairs of PJ pants and two tops, plus a little bag.

I hope she still has some fabric left in her stash!

Friday, August 29, 2014

July/August 2014: Pockets Challenge Results

The challenge this time was to make a type of pocket you have never made before on any garment or purse. Jan was the issuer of this challenge so we'll start with her:


Jan used  Mary Tilton's Vogue 9035 pattern.

As you would expect from a Marcy Tilton pattern,  it has very interesting details.

Sue T.

 Once again, were are amazed Susan's productivity. She finished 3 projects:

A hanging bedside pouch.

Hanging shoe storage.

And these beautiful embroidered exterior hanging pockets
 she added to a RTW sweater.

Sue B.

Sue sewed a pocket with a circular opening.

Big Surprise! It's teal!!!

Hem detail.


Marge made pillowcases for her granddaughters with secret pockets on the inside
perfect for little girl's lost teeth or other treasures.


Cynthia's cute summer jacket.

It's actually two pockets: the patch pocket is open from the top and the welt from the front.

Brenda, Kathy and Sue L. couldn't make it to the meeting
and Carol and Katherine didn't make anything. Yet.

See you all in September at Nino's. Remember, this is not a regular meeting due to the Expo.

Friday, July 4, 2014

May/June 2014 Challenge: Art Challenge Results

 This challenge was to create a sewing project that was influenced by a traditional discipline of art.


 Carol's pencil drawing of her neighbor's poppies

Color added

Pieced home-dec fabric

The finished poppies. They will be placed on a green background for a wall hanging.

Susan T.

Susan painted and stitched a floral embellishment for this straw purse.

She added some paint inside too!


Cynthia made these dimensional biscuits....

to embellish this jacket.


Marge loves nature. She used turkey feathers from her place up north in this landscape.


Kathy made some lovely flowers using Martha Stewart templates...

for her garden complete with dragonfly lights!


Jan was inspired by this article (Quilting Arts #64)...

to make this peachy peach.  She is planning a framed grouping.

Sue B.

Sue used this image as her inspiration

She rust dyed, then over dyed and stenciled this silk yardage. We can't wait to see what she makes with it!


Brenda started with an idea from the Pattern Magic book

She drafted an oval version of the pattern... 

and added embroidered shells in the middle

you can see the depth better here.

She did this too--its the same technique Jan used--and since she completed two projects:
Brenda gets the over-achiever of the month award!!!!


I was inspired by graffiti and architecture....

to create this fabric collage. More at my blog Room for Sewing.

This was a busy month. We deserve a break. See you in July at Sue B's.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

May/June 2014 Art challenge

For this challenge I would like to see a project be heavily influenced by a traditional discipline of art. Be creative! Be wacky! Be out there!!!  Below are some ideas from the visual arts, but I welcome the notion to take this challenge even further into music, dance,  architecture or wherever.  Have fun!! 


Alexander Calder

Threads magazine 156

book available on amazon


Ray Johnson

Cover of: Koos couture collage by Linda Chang Teufel
Koos Van Den Akker
Rosemary Eichorn


Bicycle Wheel by Marcel Duchamp, 1951
Marcel Duchamp "Readymades"




Sharpie Stained markers


Drop Cloth fabric

Artemesia Gentileschi
Image detail for -hand painted dress
Hand painted dress