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Archive for the 'Sewing Stuff' Category


Posted by jackie blue on April 29th, 2008

I’ve been holding off on posting - wanting to have a new FO to show off after weeks of non-activity - but it’s just not done yet, so here’s one of those catch up lists instead.

What I’ve been up to while not blogging:

1) Going to shows. I’ve seen 4 Broadways shows since the new year - and I’m seeing my fifth next week. I’ve also been to the opera, and seen several bands. I have one of those concerts tomorrow night, too. *added later - just bought tix to the 6th show, 3 days after the 5th. whew!

2) I have been knitting. I finished the Lush and Lacy except for tacking down the pockets, and the %#^&%^# buttons that were shipped last week and still haven’t arrived. Bummed, because not only was it good blog fodder, but we have a nice cool week in which to wear alpaca. Soon it will be 85 degrees and that’s just way too warm for me to be wearing anything fuzzy. I also started the Sylph cardigan from Interweave, but it’s black, and doesn’t make for very interesting photos. And guess what else I ressurected from the dead? My Alice. Working on the second sleeve.

3) I’ve been sewing a bit. I got out the duvet cover I started last year and finished all the blocks, then realized I was grossly short on fabric for a queen sized cover. And, also discovered the fabric I bought has been discontinued. I combed the internets for places with some stock left - and it’s on it’s way. I just need the fabric and one more rainy weekend to hopefully finish it up.

4) I’ve been ridiculously addicted to a game on Facebook called Packrat. I’ve lost hours and hours of my life to this game, which is another reason I’ve had little urge to post here. Now that I’ve nearly finished what I could at that game till the devs release more of it, my free time is a little more diversified.

5) I’ve been slowly trying to update my portfolio/website. I need to get some more work and make some real money for a change.

And that’s the short list. I hope to have some buttons in my mail box when I get home and I should have a pciture happy post for you soon.

Random Wednesday Stuff

Posted by jackie blue on June 20th, 2007

I’ve been waiting to get a better photo of this before I posted, and look what happens, weeks go by. So you’re stuck with this one. This is the little top I started last year and finally got to finish a few weeks ago. It’s Butterick B4549, and the fabric is Denyse Schmidt Flea Market Fancy collection.


In knitting, well that’s going really slowly. I just can’t get motivated lately, but I just got into Ravelry, so I hope that I get more inspired. Now I have to photograph all my stash, document projects, etc. Hmmm…I can’t even find time to blog. Here’s where I am with the ballet camisole.


Other than that, I have been sick (didn’t even go in to my onsite job yesterday) and watching lots of TV - namely Doctor Who and the first season of Roswell. That should be good knitting time, but curling up with the pup is so much more theraputic.

More soon! Really!

Second Quilt

Posted by jackie blue on April 30th, 2007

There’s been little crafting with all this kitchen stuff going on, and yes, it’s still going on. I don’t know what possessed me when I thought I could do the whole room in 2 days, but it’s coming along. Some deliveries still need to arrive to finish, and I left my floor only partially laid tonight because my hand was killing me from cutting tiles, but by next weekend, all should be done. I have to say, for a small cosmetic only makeover, it’s looking kickass so far in comparison to what it looked like before.

But I took a break from it last night to finish binding the baby quilt. All I need to do is wash it now, and it’ll be ready for my grand nephew. The quilt is not any particular pattern other than a traditional pinwheel, and the rest I just played by ear. It’s my second quilt ever, and first attempt at free motion quilting. I originally tried a stencil but I found for inexperienced me that I did a lot better just going hog wild with the stitching. It ain’t great, but I’m fairly pleased.

(Added later - I didn’t notice till now that I messed up the diagonals on the right side. Oops. I’m not gonna stress over it.)

The front.


The back.


Quilting detail.

Next on my agenda - a quilt top made into a duvet cover rather than quilted. When the kitchen is done…

Happy Monday

Posted by jackie blue on April 2nd, 2007

Been working hard on the baby quilt. This is not AT ALL what I had planned. I ended up eliminating one of the fabrics, adding a few others, and breaking it all up with solid brights. It’s REALLY bright. Not so much my taste. But babies love bright colors, and he’ll grow into this well because it’s not so babyish, right? It’s a design still in the works as I am not following any set pattern. These are just blocks, not sewn together, and I keep moving them around. Work is slow, so I have the next few days to work on it with little interruption.


Next, check out this great skirt my mother made for me. She copied the basic style from an Anthropologie skirt I had, but made it cuter with trim and the fabulous Liberty cotton. I love this skirt. I didn’t even *start* my dress yet!


And here’s proof I still knit once in awhile. Ribby cardi - Cascade 220.