Monday, October 27, 2008

A Busy Weekend

What a wild weekend.  My husband arranged for 3 of our 4 kiddos to come home for a visit to surprise me.  Of course, he couldn't keep it a surprise so he told me on Wednesday that they were coming.  It was fun to have them sure broke the spell of peace, solitude and cleanliness that we were getting used to!  
I finished my Sedona sweater.  It's almost a coat it's so warm.  I'm ready for the cold weather that is showing itself here in western NY.

Here is a scene from the weekend...pumpkin carving!

I am working on my SWAP ideas.  I have set a couple of personal goals:
1.  One of the garments has to come from Burda World of Fashion magazine.  I subscribed a couple of months ago and have yet to have the courage to try any of the patterns.
2.  One of the items will be hand knit.  I do love knitting and want to incorporate it into the SWAP.
3.  I am taking an online course in how to copy a rtw pair of pants, so one of my pants will be a copy of something I already own.
4. Jeans...I am going to try to make a pair of jeans.

I am tentatively planning two pairs of dress pants, black and a plum colored herringbone wool, a pair of black jeans and a skirt.  My tops will be a knit sweater set, a cross-over style long sleeved t-shirt, three plain t-shirts, and a sweater with a turtleneck.   I am now gathering the fabrics and I'll make a storyboard to help keep me straight. By the way, this is all subject to change...stay tuned!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Sewing With A Plan

Well, I have gone and done it now.  I just joined the 2009 SWAP at Stitcher's Guild.  You can check out the rules here.  I have some ideas already and I hope I can incorporate some of my pieces into the ASG contest for 2009.  I have some lovely stash fabrics that I think I will use.  I am getting my patterns together and then I will decide on the fabrics.  I have a list of Vogue patterns that I intend to pick up tomorrow when they go on sale at JoAnn's. 
Here is one dress...and a great cross t-shirt...and one I think my daughter will like...and a few more.  I also bought some great sweater knits last week that might just make the SWAP to follow...stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Quilting Weekend

The Material Girls took a road trip this past weekend to Watkins Glen, NY.  We stayed at the Upstairs Inn and sewed all day and night.  The Inn is conveniently located over one of the nicest quilt shops around, O'Susannah's.  Some of us also found time for a hike in the state park, some geocaching and and stop at the local yarn shop.  The above photo shows the results of our group project for the weekend, Ricky Tims Convergence Quilt.  Today my goal is to get the sewing machine back in the sewing room and have some time to sit at it...stay tuned.