Class quilt auction!

It’s a bit late to be posting, but here we go:

Tonight was the Wee Girl’s school fundraiser. Silent auction, live auctions, excellent food, etc!!!

I wore this cute little dress I bought for a Christmas tea in 2014. I was surprised tonight to see many similar dresses- nude under layer, black top layer. I’m not on top of fashion, so I never know… 

The purse is a really vintage one- it was from either my grandmother or great grandmother, I’m not sure which (I have to check with my sister, who gave it to me)! As it’s a neutral color, it matches many outfits, but because it’s so small, I can only take my keys, phone, a debit card, maybe a lipstick, and my driver’s license.  So, if I’m feeling very minimalist, it’s usable and I’m so happy when I can use it!


And…. The class quilt auction!!! Here’s our hard work up on stage. I’m happy to say that the quilt bidding was active and lively, and went for a pretty penny. All our hard work paid off. And the event was really fun! And I’m very tired, so good night!

Quilt photo shoot

Today I was blessed with a long-napping kid and copious free time to photograph my quilt!

I had to stand on a table and hold my phone all the way up to the ceiling to get a full shot.  I’m pleased that the imperfections I could see so well while sewing it up are less noticeable now.

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Here you can see a bit of stitch detail.  At the last minute, I researched whether or not I could do all the binding by machine, and the internets said yes, so I did.  I didn’t do it invisibly… I don’t think we’ll be scrutinizing this quilt up close for perfection, and I really wanted it to be sturdy so I can let my kids use it without me freaking out.

Le quilt.

Le quilt.

The back is something we can giggle about; how I oddly assumed that my large pieces were cut straight, and how I just went with it….  Or it was artistic license?  Or that I meant it to be a scrappy quilt and I didn’t need it to be perfect, so this funny result is A-ok with me??  Yes, the last one.

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A little closer look at the details.

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I took these photos on my bed, because it’s the only large space I had available that I wouldn’t have to vacuum, but this quilt really belongs on the sofa.  I imagine it will spend most of its life like this:

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But if the kids have their way, it will be on the floor as a picnic blanket, hanging off the bunk beds for a tent, draped over their bodies as they pretend to be monsters…. and that’s fine, too.  As long as it gets used and enjoyed!

Almost finished, x2!

I powered through the last bit of quilting today, now all that’s left is to make and attach the binding!

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You can see that there are mistakes and imperfections, but I’m happy with my first quilt! And the weather has been cooling down, so I suspect we’ll be grateful to have it on the sofa soon!

Also on the works, I’ve been sewing a German-style dress for a cultural heritage celebration at the Wee Girl’s school this Saturday.

school this Saturday.

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I’m so close to finishing! But I sewed the gathers a bit sloppily on the back, so that should get fixed. Anyway, it’s better progress than I’d hoped for. 🙂

Quilting, take one.

Last night I pinned together my quilt top, batting, and quilt back!

Pinned!

Pinned!

Unfortunately, it was pretty late by the time I finished, so I couldn’t start any sewing.

But tonight, the kids went to bed relatively early, and I was able to get all prepped for sewing all the layers together!  First, I needed to locate and familiarize myself with my machine’s walking foot.  Here, as you can see, I didn’t yet know how to install it correctly.

Hello, walking foot!

Hello, walking foot!

I had to bring out the Big Guns to get it working right. (I love these books!)

The Big Guns

The Big Guns

It didn’t take too long to get going!

Ready!

Ready!

And by 10pm, I had sewn up most of the quilt– vertically.  I have 7 vertical lines left, then on to horizontal.  I promised the Wee Girl she could help with some of the sewing, since this is “Our Quilt,” and I thought the second step would be better for her to be in on.

A solid start.

A solid start.

So far I’m pretty pleased with the quilt, and considering the wonky nature of the cobbled-together backing piece, it looks better than I expected.

Quilt back, done!

This morning while the Wee Boy was at preschool, I worked furiously on piecing together my quilt back out of leftover scraps.  As I thought might happen, it came up a wee bit short.

About 2 inches too short!

About 2 inches too short!

No problem!  I grabbed some more scraps, made a nice new strip, and sewed it onto the main piece, and voila!

Fixed.

Fixed.

I have the feeling it might bunch up in places, due to the haphazard nature of my backing piece, but I don’t think I mind so much.  The front should be fairly smooth.  Although!  Both my daughter and husband have declared that they like the back more than the front!  More random!  More artsy!  Hmm.

Oh, and that patch?  I realized after seaming that part that I’d cut into the seam allowance and there was a tiny hole, which would have become a bit hole, so I hopefully stopped it with a patch.  Of course, I was happy to use up the very last bit of my bird fabric!  Put a bird on it!

And, unexpectedly, I finished my Washi Dress tonight!  All this quilting made me feel guilty about leaving these dress pieces, all ready to sew up, for so long.  So I sewed it up!  it only took an hour or so, and now I have no UFOs.  Hopefully I’ll have decent photos soon.

Washi dress!  Long time no see!

Washi dress! Long time no see!

Birthday shenanigans

I turned 37 today!  But before I could do any of my own celebrating, the kids and I had an Indiana Jones-themed kids’ party to attend!

I wasn’t on top of the gift shopping, but I happened to have something in my FO stash that I knew the kid would like– Star Wars reusable snack bags!  I’ve made a ton of these for my own kids, and we use them A LOT.

Snack bags!

Snack bags!

Animal crackers for scale.

Animal crackers for scale.

I like the tiny ones for nuts or raisins, the medium ones for crackers, etc., and the biggest ones are perfect for sandwiches or muffins.  They save us a lot of money and waste compared to plastic baggies.

Wrapped up!

Wrapped up!

There was an Indiana Jones entertainer at the party!  He was great!

Indy cracking his bull whip!

Indy cracking his bull whip!

The food was excellent AND entertaining.

Temple of doom cake, monkey brain jello!

Temple of doom cake, monkey brain jello!

The best part of the party might have been that the Birthday Boy’s grandma is a knitter like me, so we had lots to talk about; what we like to knit, yarns we like, Ravelry, our LYS, etc!

The Wee Boy fell asleep on the way home, so the Wee Girl helped me arrange my quilt squares!  We didn’t put too much thought into the arrangement, except that we tried not to have patterns next to each other, or solids next to each other.  Apparently I really like blue, because these were all scraps that were left over from other projects!  As it’s my first quilt, I would have preferred bigger squares for less sewing, but I really wanted to make the most of my scraps.  Sewing is different from knitting, in that you can’t really use up every last bit of fabric like you can with yarn.  My thrifty nature shudders to throw away a scrap of fabric that I might someday find use for.  How do you get over that???

Arranged!

Arranged!

Starting from the right side, I stacked them up in order, bull clipped them, and labeled them according to their row.  I think I’ll also print out a photo of our layout to make sure I sew them up correctly!

Organized.

Organized.

Ready to be pinned and sewn up!

Stacked!

Stacked!

Considering how bed time is going, I don’t think I’ll get to any sewing tonight, but maybe tomorrow.  In any case, this was more progress than I expected to make today, so I’m more than pleased!