Looking ahead to 2023

Opportunity knocked this week.

I was asked to develop the curriculum and coach/teach a F2F/virtual sewing course geared to 4th-8th grade students. Classes would start at the end of January and meet one Saturday a month F2F with weekly virtual office hours. Since I live 60 miles from the facility, the director floated the idea of volunteers hosting interim work sessions about 2 weeks after the F2F class with me.

Lots to ponder and think about. You know this is right up my alley!

I shared the news with my Mom, who still runs her own business at age 78. She informed me that she didn’t think I’d stay “retired” long. She said I needed something to keep my brain occupied. As usual, she’s right. 🙂

Half Circles and Hawaiian Shirts

Now that my studio is put back together, I unearthed all of the bits to the Metamorphosis quilt (pattern from from Lo & Behold Stitchery) that I’d been working on struggling with. Essentially I’m making a butterfly themed memory quilt out of Hawaiian shirts. The end result will be a throw-size quilt and three coordinating 20″ pillows. The shirts range in size from XXL to 3X, so I have plenty of fabric to do a pieced back for the quilt and pillow covers. Thankfully, there’s also enough fabric left over to fix any screw-ups on matching/coordinating the butterfly wings.

The good news is I’m farther along in the process than I remembered. All I need to do is cut up the rest of the Hawaiian shirts and I can get sewing on the butterfly wings (half circles). I spent this afternoon doing just that. As is standard practice with t-shirt quilts, I bagged up all the leftover shirt materials and put them aside for safekeeping. I keep any leftover bits until the finished project is delivered to the recipient.

The goal is to finish remaining butterflies this week, so I can assemble the quilt top and start quilting. My plan is to echo quilt the semi-circles on the wings and do a small meander on the blue background with a wave/ribbon candy in the sashing.

The class I took at the Garden of Quilts with Fran Gulick of Cotton & Joy was a big help in overcoming my issues with curved piecing. Here’s that project below:

If I ever attempt a memory quilt project with curved piecing again, I’m going to treat the clothing like I do t-shirts in a t-shirt quilt – stabilize anything that moves. The slippery rayon shirts have been a bit of a challenge to maneuver under the needle. I am stitching on my Janome 8900 using the HP foot (looks like Singer FW original presser foot), straight stitch needle plate, stitch D4 with settings of SL= 2.0 and SW=.6, and a purple tip needle with Wonderfil DecoBob (80 wt) thread. I am extremely happy with the results.