Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Blocks for a friend

Toni, a classmate from the Dear Jane class at Asilomar bought a Dear Jane quilt
kit on the Internet that was sold because the person who originally bought the kit developed Alzheimer's Disease and couldn't finish it. Toni thought that it would be a nice gesture to finish the quilt and give it to the daughter who sold the kit as a memory of her mother. I brought home four pieces of fabric in order to make two blocks for the quilt. One block is completely finished and the other one I hope to finish tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Summer dresses for Adina and Eva

About a month ago Adina called me on the phone and asked me if I would make her two dresses, one with short sleeves and the other sleeveless. When I asked her if she wanted pink, she told me that she wanted bright colors. When a kindergartener asks for something special, who could refuse, certainly not me. Off to JoAnn's I went and purchased two pieces of Tooty Fruity fabric and another piece with white polka dots on a green background that would coordinate with both prints. This fabric is great for Children's clothes because it can go in the washer and dryer and be worn without an iron touching it. Before I even started the two dresses I saw a friend of my daughter's who said that her mother was making t-shirt dresses for her granddaughters. I thought that that was a great idea and purchased two t-shirts, bought more fabric and made two t-shirt dresses, one for Adina and one for Eva. Adina wound up getting three new dresses and Eva got just one but she can also wear the other two dresses when Adina isn't wearing them. Now that the dresses are finished, the dress factory will be closed until the Fall. It is back to my quilts until then.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A week of Dear Jane sewing

I was fortunate to get into Brenda Papadakis' class at Asilomar in California. While there I learned lots of tricks for doing blocks and met some interesting people. Brenda was a wonderful teacher, very patient and knowledgeable. I came home with a few more finished blocks and about six unfinished blocks that I'm slowly working to complete. The new Empty Spools catalog of classes at Asilomar came out last week and I'm already thinking about what class or classes I'd like to take in 2015
. The facility is beautiful and the classes are so inspirational.