To be a bit cliché, this shoemaker is a professional Web Developer and her child is this blog, but it was past time to launch what I have of a new design. All the content is still here, everything else is a work in progress (kind of like most of my sewing projects)!
At the start of the year, I made a resolution to address all of my works in progress in one way or another. I cheated in a few ways (mostly unintentionally), as I only listed quilt projects and accidentally left off one entire quilt. Then, I spent most of the spring not sewing anything at all.
I haven’t made as much of a dent as I’d hoped, considering it’s the start of September (even my mid-year progress report is behind), but I have whittled down the list.
High-school T-shirt quilt—I pieced the entire top together in July, and the backing is in the mail. Status: plan to finish by the end of the year.
EPP Crosses (née Farmer’s Wife)—I’ve continued to slowly piece these EPP blocks together, although months go by between times I work on it. Status: long-term project, no estimated finish date.
Witches Bubble Brew—I sewed the background together, and added embroidery to the concept. There’s still a ton of qpplique and quilting to do. Status: plan to readdress in 2016.
Meta History quilt—I scavenged the scrap bin for 2.5″ squares from older projects, made sure I have squares from all of my recent projects, and modified my plan a bit. Now, the squares have a dedicated home and I’m committed to adding squares of the scraps of each quilt to this box before I call a project “done”. Status: long-term project, no estimated finish date.
Miniatures 9-patch—I’ve been using the strip-pieced chunks as leaders and enders for another project, and have 75% of the blocks finished. I can’t find the heart section that I pieced 5 years ago, so that will keep me from finishing until I figure out where I put it. Status: blocked, plan to finish by 2/2016 one way or another.
So, this post is a bit late, but I’ve been trying to organize things—including thoughts—so it’s timely, in a sort of untimely way. I made most of these resolutions at the beginning of the year, although some are newer. I’m trying to get out of my manic crafting cycle of going nuts creating, then doing nothing for a month, and so on. I’ll try to keep updating this as the year progresses.
1. Make 10 quilts in 2012
Ten seemed like a good number, although I need to get to work if I plan on succeeding.
I’d like to say I’ve been super busy in the sewing studio on things that can’t be blogged, or simply too busy to blog, but I crashed hard and have barely touched my studio or any other productive things outside of work (and the latter might even be debatable—I’ve been off my coding game too). So, while it feels like I’ve been insanely busy, it’s really more a feeling borne of stress and overall non-productivity.
It’s really quite bad, because I have 10 days to finish up an 1812 ensemble. I have been working on my long stays/corset a bit. After the first mockup, I realized that my front is larger than my back, so while the corset was the right measurement around my body, the seams fell in the wrong places. The two mockups since have been poorly executed attempts to use a larger size in the front and smaller in the back. The photos aren’t fit for public consumption, but I think I’ve worked out the issues (like the fact that the back meets, despite mixing sizes that should work together to create the correct total measurements).
My goal tonight is to set aside the iPad and the siren call of yet another romance ebook that I won’t cop to the name or author of (I’ve been reading a lot of romances [of the naughty persuasion]—a sure sign I’m in a funk), and cut out another iteration of the corset that can hopefully be part of the final product.
Luckily, I have a half-done shift that was originally meant for an Elizabethan costume that I can finish up and use for this. They really aren’t drastically different in cut despite the intervening 225 years—it’s all about rectangles, gores, and gussets.
And, I have a simple way to whip up a petticoat that I’ll talk about this weekend, that may not be 100% period correct, but should work out pretty well.
I thought we’ve unpacked all the boxes (or at least opened and searched them all) from the move, but I can’t seem to find my pair of backup 1812 shoes anywhere, so I need to sort that bit out again also.
So, here’s to being productive this week and finishing the corset and other underpinnings so that I can focus on the dress this weekend.
Also, I received my swap valentine—isn’t this wonderful? Thanks, Teresa! I really want to learn how to make cathedral windows…
I’m working on a bucket list for quilting, more for my sanity to get it down on paper and out of my brain than for public consumption. The #1 item is to finish the myriad projects I’m already working on. Some are whiling away in boxes, some I am actively working on. It’s gotten a little out of control; I have eight!
The last few weeks have been unproductive. I’ve been unmotivated, mopey and bingeing on books and tv. Relaxing, sure, but detrimental to sewing or any other sort of blog-able activity (or blogging itself, for that matter). I’m trying to get out of that funk, because I have a lot of stuff waiting on me to get to work:
Top priority, slow progress needs to pick up a bunch so I can get back to quilting. Welt pockets may be the death of me.
0. Applique Project
I’m in a bi-weekly (more or less) class that is covering applique. At first I was going to do a project of my own creation involving a tree, flowers, and a swing. Here’s a sketch showing off my amazing drawing skills.
When I first started this site and my reentrance into sewing, I planned to focus on clothing and costuming. After all, that is what all of my experience is in. So, thesaurus in hand—well, at keystroke—I decided on the name “Sartorial Stitchery” for this section. Partly because I liked how the alliteration fit with my book review section, and partly because I’m rather partial to the word “sartorial.”
But, I haven’t done much sartorial sewing at all, it seems. I’m presently obsessed with quilting, costuming as a far second, and sartorial a trailing third so far away that I’m not so sure it didn’t get lost somewhere.
So, I’m working at coming up with a new name around here. I welcome any ideas you might have. Don’t worry, the url and feed will stay the same.
As for project updates that have been sorely lacking:
I’m presently working on two three quilts. The first is a baby quilt that I’ll be posting about shortly, I promise. I’m working on the hand-stitched binding right now, but don’t want to publish until it’s completed so that the look is a surprise to the recipient. The second is the wedding quilt for my cousin. The wedding was in August. I hope to finish by Christmas, so I need to get working. I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed by it, after quilting the baby quilt. Perhaps I’ll send it out for quilting, but regardless I need to finish piecing it. The third is a bargello quilt (well, theoretically wall-hanging) as part of a class I’m taking. I’m only one session in, where we simply discussed the style and worked on picking out some fabrics, but I’ll be writing about that once I gather all my fabrics. The class meets biweekly.
It’s the middle of October, already, so it’s time to get cracking on Halloween. I’m planning to finish my devil in a blue dress dress this year. I intended to work on it last weekend, but that didn’t happen. I’m now planning for this weekend, as long as I finish binding that baby quilt. I want to get back to my middle-class Elizabethan ensemble this winter, and have grand plans for a victorian outfit as well, but those come second to the quilts I’ve started.
I have a UFP purple linen summer dress that was started for a wedding, but wasn’t completed in time. I need to rip some seams, get a decent underlining as my linen is not opaque, and finish it up. I doubt I’ll touch it again until spring, though. I also have a pair of linen pants to make, but they’re also on hold until spring.
So, those are the projects, and I do need to be better about posting on them.