Wednesday, March 19, 2014

January/February 2014 Challenge: Make Your Own Fabric

The challenge, courtesy of Brenda, was to make our own textile. As always, our interpretations were wide ranging.

Sue B. 

Sue used a "Stack 'n' Whack" technique to make this lovely pillow.


Kathy stitched bias strips in a lattice pattern for this vest. Can you tell its actually two different fabrics?

She also gets extra credit for experimenting with solvable stabilizer, making this sample and a fabric bowl:


Brenda made the textile for the lower section of this bag from various fabric scraps. I wonder what she keeps in all those bags she makes!


Carol, the knitter, crocheted this lovely Boteh scarf:


Cynthia pieced together two different fabrics and inserted a yarn to create this scarf:


I did bobbin work, applique and free motion embroidery to create this skirt.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

2013 Holday Party

Yummy healthy food. Sugary desserts. Sparkly Gifts. 
More patterns, books and magazines. 
What could be nicer? *

The theme for this year's gift exchange was: Beads

Unique beaded candle holder made by Sue B.

Handy travel sewing organizer made by Kathy

Beaded buttons made by Jan

Cozy beaded hat made by Cynthia
Colorful beaded bracelet made by Marge

Elegant beaded tissue holder made by Brenda

Hand-knotted beaded necklace made by Katherine

Charming beaded needle book and scissor holder made by Sue L

Lovely beaded clutch made by Carol

*Just being together.

See you in January. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Our Dear Friend Gwen

Before I get into the challenge reveal, I really must mention how much our dear friend Gwen will be missed by our group. She was a very talented and creative sewer and generous blogger. 
Gwen wanted to make sure her stash would go where it would be put to good use, so her husband packed  it up and brought it over to Carol's. Carol and Marge did a great job organizing it all. We were all able to take away something of Gwen's stash of book, fabric and patterns. I'm sure we will all have moments in the future when we use something that had been Gwen's and will remember her fondly.

The September-October 2013 Challenge: Plaids or Stripes

This challenge was issued by Brenda. Simply put, it was to use plaid or striped fabric and match the pattern or utilize the pattern as a design element. Here's what we came up with:

This was her challenge and she did not disappoint. She made this vest which features a magnetic snap closure:

She did a fine job matching her plaid!

She also made this camisole:
She gets extra points!
Sue B: 
Sue didn't finish yet, but she's off to a good start with this skirt:

Look at that match job!

She tried to get extra credit by bringing in a dress she made in college.
Its nice, but it doesn't count!!

I made this cape for my daughter ( read more about it at my blog Room for Sewing):

Those stripes are exactly 45 degrees!

Kathy made this nice blouse with a bias button placket:

High marks for matching

She also made this bag with a nicely matched pocket and side seams:

Well, Marge got her fabric cut out. That's something, right? 
But then she got some bad news about
the pattern she's using*

Jan made this bag. And now she knows why Brenda said not to use printed vs. woven plaids. She made it work though.

You can barely see that diagonal seam!

Carol has her fabric.
Carol also tried to divert with a garment she made years ago, but we can give her a pass since she's been busy with Gwen's stash.
Nice work!

As always, a great challenge!

October Show and Tell

*Brenda brought in this great coat she made. It turned out great, but she thought the pattern was really terrible. It happens to be the same pattern Marge is using for her plaid : Barb Callahan's Fleece Swing Coat.

The yardage chart on the back of the envelope is wrong, so Brenda was short on fabric. She pieced the sleeves with slot seams:
Doesn't that look great!

She's also been busy beading:
The jacket collar

Bead embroidery
Beaded button

That's it for this month. Thanks again Carol and Marge! See you in December.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Hat Challenge--July/August 2012

Jan B issued the challenge for July/August 2012.  She challenged us to make a hat.  Jan gave us a list of possibilities--everything from a tam to a chef's hat, and she brought some great hat patterns to share.  Here's what we did:

First is Jan in her silver-ish denim hat, with a beautiful glitzy embellishment on the side.  Gorgeous!

Kathy made two hats.  This one is a baseball cap style, made from a print.  Perfect for cheering on your team!

This cloche style hat is made from a brown tweed (left over from a previous project), trimmed with brown leather.  She will be stylin' this winter!

Susan L. took a different route and made doll clothes.  Each outfit had a matching hat.  Lucky little girls who get these cute outfits.

Marge has a granddaughter who gets lots of home-made love from grandma.  She made the little girl a coat, hat and scarf from pink fleece.  Adorable!

Susan T. made a shawl that can also be worn on the head like a hood.  It's fabric on one side, and a fur type fabric on the other.  This will warm her up on a cold winter day, when the wind blows.  (Well, unless she's basking in the sun somewhere!)

Susan also started another hat.  Here it is in it's beginning stages.

Carol made two hats, totally different .  Here is a white fleece cap with blue snowflakes.  A cute hat that will keep her head and ears warm when the temps are evil.

Carol also crocheted this pretty hat, with a flower embellishment.

She also brought a hat that she made previously.  This show-stopper is made from a light sage green upholstery fabric.  The pattern is one she used in high school.  Is that considered Vintage yet?  Ha!  She made the brim wider than the pattern indicated and trimmed it with ribbon.  Beautiful.

Brenda W. made a cloche from dark charcoal gray and red wool.  This hat is very classy--very New York.

Kathryn put her hat box on the table--

--and out popped 3 stunning little Fascinators!  The photographs of them in her hair don't show up well, but in person, they are all beautiful.  Kathryn has some beautiful photos on her blog: The first one is mink.

Next, she rolled black felt into roses and attached them to a base.

Last of the trio is a Fascinator featuring feathers.

And here they are , all together.  Kathryn is ready for a party. The English have nothing on her!

Cynthia came into the room wearing one of the two bucket hats she made.  Both are terrific hats.  The first one is a teal/rust print.  Isn't she cute in it?

The next one is made from a blue print.

And last is Gwen's hat.  It's a big sun hat, made from black/white check, adorned with a black ribbon band and black flower.  The pattern is by HotPatterns and a free download at   I will get a photo of it on my head and post it.  But for now--

Everyone did a fantastic job on this challenge.  Hats off to all of you!