Welcome back to my Pumpkin Patch. I hope you had time to give yesterday’s tutorial, The Perfect Pumpkin a try. As you can tell by now–I LOVE Halloween and October and Autumn! I love the color orange. Continue reading
Today is Work in Progress Wednesday and I am reviving an old project. This project was derived from an art book study in value.
They say, “Value does all the work and color gets all the credit.”
It was a perfect project for my hand dyed fabrics. The reason I abandoned the project was that I fused the pieces with regular Wonder Under. Because there are so many layers in some areas, the squares are as stiff as cardboard and resistant to free motion quilting.
I still have the pattern I designed, so I’d like to try this again. Should I fuse it again with a light weight fusible? Should I appliqué it-by hand or by machine? What will I do with it once it’s finished? These are the design decisions that went unanswered before and landed this project in a bin in the basement. Can I resuscitate it this time? What would YOU do?
Maybe I’ll just go make a pie…
This Wednesday’s Work In Progress is a skirt apron–for all the cooking and baking I’m going to be doing…??? (It is sooo hot in Minnesota right now that no one even cares about eating! ) Maybe I will wear this cute little apron while I am stirring the lemonade!
I found this free pattern at my local quilt shop a few weeks ago. Once I saw the polka dot fabric, I knew it was coming home with me! Who doesn’t love polka dots–especially on red!
I could not obtain the pattern for you, but if you Google “free apron patterns” there are many options available online.
TIP: If your pattern calls for interfacing the waistband, replace the interfacing with lightweight batting and free motion quilt it in place.
The result is a much more comfortable waistband–and more importantly, you get to practice one of your favorite free motion quilting motifs! WIN! WIN!
(NOTE–You don’t need to have a backing fabric when you free motion quilt.)
This is the closest I get to garment sewing these days–and I thoroughly enjoyed the process. I think I will look for a few more apron patterns…I need a full apron next time–I’m known to splash the flour around a bit when I bake!
What are YOU working on this week?
The weather here in Stillwater has been perfect–blue skies, warm days, and gorgeous fall color. Needless to say, I have spent very little time in my sewing
room studio. I did a little handwork in the evening while I watched Monday Night Football and Project Runway (Do any of you follow the trials and tribulations of the fashion design wannabes?)
I doodled a bit….
and I cleaned my sewing room for a few minutes…(I needed the ironing board).
Soon enough the snow will fly and I will be a more productive quilter. Here in Minnesota-when the weather is nice… we soak in every minute of it!