Friday, July 23, 2021

Impetus to Improv...

 

I bought this book for inspiration because it seems to resonate with the way I like to do scrappy quilting. Having done one improv large quilt from the 15 Minutes of Play ideas and book, and then the one strip-block quilt I called Summer Quilt, and then all the little kitty quilties, I really wanted to use a lot of scraps and do another larger improv quilt, mainly with strips this time, although I cannot resist rectangles either. Rayna Gillman really has an approach that appeals. Frees the mind.  So I have been cutting up scraps and remnants of cottons I want to use but get rid of! Some are not so pretty, but I have learned that fabrics in wild combinations usually take on a new personality as the patterns emerge. Let's hope that happens this time! :) 

And another view....


I whipped up a possible pattern the other day, along with a new triangle quilt pattern which will be from Asian fabrics...I now have so many projects in the brain that it might take years to complete, if indeed I complete them....garments, doll clothes, quilts....but the good part is, I am not bored! :) Here is a taste of the pattern I hope to use as more or less a dropping off point...

You see the back of Rayna's book here...on purpose because that sentence needs to be solidified in our heads if we are to truly improvise.  I think that doing your own thing is so much more appealing than using a pattern someone else designed. Fabric art...that's what I call it...our foremothers used what they had, and they make patterns to use up scraps and make something useful and decorative.  I hope that is my outcome in these projects also.


 

Monday, June 21, 2021

AcuFeed Feet...First Edition...

So - this is the first - the 6-7mm type Janome-Elna dual feed AcuFeed feet for my Elna eXcellence 720. After this beginning came several other iterations of this sort of foot.  It get complex because then some had one holder and changeable soles. The original had NO interchangeable soles. This is how they come. I have the four available feet for my machine. These are Janome-Elna feet for the Janome 6600 machine and the Elna eXcellence 720. There are newer machines now with different sorts of dual feed from Janome-Elna. When you order feet, be sure to order the feet for your machine. In fact, if you aren't at a local dealer and you order online - call a reputable dealer such as Kens or SewVacDirect and talk. Get the right feet!  On my machine is the Open Toe AcuFeed foot, and these are from L to R, regular ZZ AcuFeed, Stitch-in-the-ditch, and Quarter-Inch AcuFeed feet. 

All in all the AcuFeed is much wider and more cumbersome that the IDT on my Pfaff 1222E of course, but I love it. You get used to it very quickly and I seldom take the open toe foot off at all. If I have to for another attachment I do, but in general, that's the go-to on my machine. :)  I am lucky to have the Pfaff as well and I use it for smaller things where a 5mm width and narrow IDT is a real asset, such as sewing all the elastic together in the masks last year, or some very small doll clothes. :) 

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Heritage Doll Clothes - My Preliminary Observations...

 

I purchased Heritage Doll Clothes by Joan Hinds, and I am so glad I did! It arrived a few days ago, and it is a lovely book. If you never sew anything out of it, it will be worth the price as eye candy alone! Printed on quality heavier stock with a nice finish, the illustrations are clear and the color is excellent. The patterns are all on the enclosed CD. I wouldn't try buying this used, as the CD is likely to be missing, as is the case in so many books with additional media. 

 Here are a few of the inside pages...the directions for the garments are excellent, and the line drawings are so well done. I do love line drawings. 

And here is an example of the format of the patterns inside. A lovely picture, the era noted and there is always a history note as well.  I do love this book. Highly recommend it.

Bibliographic Entry at WorldCat - find it at a library near you! And why not another lovely picture!




Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Purple Top With White Shorts...Wonderful Wellies Pattern...


 Well finally. Those purple print pants stood there on Patty just annoying me every day. SO, finally today I whipped up a pair of white shorts for her from a Wonderful Wellies pattern I bought on Etsy - really nice pattern. One piece shorts and they turned out well.  I do think this is the best look yet for the purple print outfit! Very Summery too.