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Monday, 29 August 2016

Topic: this 'n that 'n the other

It has been over 30 years since I have been anywhere near my grandparents old place and the towns, roads, rivers and lakes nearby. They lived on the North Shore of Lake Huron in an area that is still wild in spite of everyone's efforts to tame the wilderness. The wilderness eventually wins. I often wonder how much the area has changed. Is it more populated? Are the same old houses and building still there? Is there still a beach on Basswood lake? My parents have said many thing are different and many things have changed. There is no longer that truck stop and store at the corner of the highway and Basswood Lake road, many open hiking areas are now private, and some things have changed for the better. They said that somethings have changed so much they will shock me and destroy my childhood memories.

So I went on Google to check things out through street view and satellite view. Yes, there is Google street view on many of the roads close to the Trans Canada Highway. Many things are the same, many things have changed and somethings are simply shocking. Like, for example, the area right where Dumond road comes out to the highway. There's a giant gravel pit there. But the most shocking thing is this:


Where the area is under attack from strange flying creature. WTF Google? In another shot the wing feathers and other parts are quite clear and it is quite obvious that the google truck struck and ripped apart a rather large owl.

The rest of the area has changed. Well DUUUHHH! It's been over 30+ years. There's a road to a nicely groomed and much larger Basswood lake beach. The fields around my grandma's old place are now forests. The old sto5res and diners are gone. but they are replaced with new convenience stores and the dirty truck stops are all nice coffee shops, little bistro type spots and nice little restaurants. Change isn't always bad you know.

 


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Friday, 19 August 2016
Fun With Fabric Friday: summer vacation is over.
Mood:  a-ok

Vacation timne is over! It was acturally over on Tuesday but I've been taking a few days as a vacation from my vacation. I feel mostly recovered and It's time to get back into the swing of things.

I got some fabric before going away and some really cool trim to go with it. Here's the fabric:

with big blocks of black and white primitive/tribal inspired motifs. And here's the trim:

I do not belive that a dress can design itself, but this is close. The V-shape of the trim dictates the V neck shape of the dress. The tribal-primitive inspired fabric dictates that style - a loose tunic or caftan shape.   Something similar to this:

Only dress length with a band under the V for a casing which will hold a satin cord trimmed with black and silver beads. The cord will be used to draw the dress closer to the body so it is less of a muumuu look when longer. And withouit the harsh square angle in the neckline. Or possibly a caftan similar to this:

...only with a little less sleeve-age in the sides. The lace-up front would have the satin cord and the silver and black beads. I'm leaning toward the caftan, a bit more romantic and flowing and less square and boxy than the tunic. I COULD play with the stipe blocks, but no. Too mush work, not enough reward.

I'm also finishing the not-so-fu-with-fabric-friday! dress I started at the end of summer last year. The hand sewing of the thousands of little pleats took longer than expected but now it's almost all done -zipper and all so all I need to do is add straps and I am finished. 

I am planning to wear either the not so fun dress or the new black print one to Fan Expo in Toronto. It will be hot and I want something cool and comfy while I am there. No, I am NOT cosplaying as Squirrel girl. No way I am wearing fur on a day that might be as hot as 30 celcius. 

 

 

 

 


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Topic: fun with fabric friday

Vacation timne is over! It was acturally over on Tuesday but I've been taking a few days as a vacation from my vacation. I feel mostly recovered and It's time to get back into the swing of things.

I got some fabric before going away and some really cool trim to go with it. Here's the fabric:

with big blocks of black and white primitice/tribal inspired motifs. And here's the trim:

I do not belive that a dress can design itself, but this is close. The V-shape of the trim dictates the V neck shape of the dress. The tribal-primitive inspired fabric dictates that style - a loose tunic or caftan shape.   Something similar to this:

Only dress length with a band under the V for a casing which will hold a satin cord trimmed with black and silver beads. The cord will be used to draw the dress closer to the body so it is less of a muumuu look when longer. And withouit the harsh square angle in the neckline. Or possibly a caftan similar to this:

...only with a little less sleeve-age in the sides. The lace-up front would have the satin cord and the silver and black beads. I'm leaning toward the caftan, a bit more romantic and flowing and less square and boxy than the tunic. I COULD play with the stipe blocks, but no. Too mush work, not enough reward.

I'm also finishing the not-so-fu-with-fabric-friday! dress I started at the end of summer last year. The hand sewing of the thousands of little pleats took longer than expected but now it's almost all done -zipper and all so all I need to do is add straps and I am finished. 

I am planning to wear either the not so fun dress or the new black print one to Fan Expo in Toronto. It will be hot and I want something cool and comfy while I am there. No, I am NOT cosplaying as Squirrel girl. No way I am wearing fur on a day that might be as hot as 30 celcius. 

 

 

 

 


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Thursday, 28 July 2016
TBT: My First Burda Magazine
Topic: Throwback Thurdays

For today's Throwback Thursday I am digging way, way back -to the very first Burda magazine I ever bought in 1995 and one for 1997 that I have used the most.

First, a bit of I Bet You Didn't Know This! background. In the 1980's and 1990's Burda published many magazines in addition to the World of Fashion/BurdaModen flagship publication.  Most were twice a year and included BurdaKids, Petite Fashion, BurdaPlus; same as we have to this day. There was also a series of "dressmaker specials" which were all about special garments such as bridal, evening, athletic, career sportswear, and more. In the specials were a few that were repeated every spring and fall. There were also two  very popular quarterly mgazines: Miss B and Burda International.

The Kids, plus and petite are still around today and haven't changed much. The dressmaker specials included "sewing made easy" with fewer patterns but more detailled instructions. I have one that included a patterrn for an oversized shirt that I made in denim and in plaid flannel -I still wear both. Some were for special unusual sizes such as "petite plus" and Tall. My very first Burda magazine was a Tall special. Also included was the magazine with thje very prosaic title of "Blouses Trousers Skirts." this was all every-day all purpose clothing that's often sold under the banner of "sportswear"

MissB was teen and early 20's fashions well suited to high school and college students. It had something different inside: while some patterns needed to be traced from a master sheet most were on tissue paper and called "snip and sew patterns" -very similar to the patterns you buy in envelopes at the fabric store. I do not have any Miss B's. They tended to sell out the day they arrived at the magazine shops. This was all fast fashion stuff, the garments were all easy to sew and easy to wear.   

On the other end of the spectrum was Burda International. This thick, glossy oversized magazine was a two in one: first was a slick and colorful  Vogue-type high fashion magazine of designer clothes, accessories, shoes and jet-set lifestyle articles. Inside the magazine was another magazine, a secret magazine.  BurdaInternational patterns.

This magazine made the hefty 20 plus price tag worth it. It had an assortment of fashion forward designer and masterpeice level patterns for the latest high fashion clothes. The things in here were years ahead of what was in stores. The patterns started at two and half dots level of difficulty and went up from there. There was always one five dot pattern. Lagerfeld had at least three or four patterns a year and many Paris designers had one or two patterns a year. It was rumored that Lagerfeld contributed almost half the designs found in Burda International -looking at the single copy I have it's very possible.  Every issue had at least threee big name designer patterns including one German designer and several from elsewhere.  All were quite complicated and -as I said -would be labelled as Masterpieces in today's burdastyle.

As mentioned previously my very first Burda was one of the specials: the Tall sizes spcail from 1995. Here's the cover:

The cover isn't really much to look at, but there are some cute and very basic things in it. A very versatile pair of pants that could be made with cuffs, without cuffs, as shorts, in both dressy and casual fabrics. There was a nice basic blouse and several super cute summer dressses. I'll post the one I liked the most:

I loved this wonderful flirty summer dress. It was the first thing I made from the magazine and made it from a light beige and blue floral print. I wore the ever lovin'crap out of it and it's still in my closet but too threadbare to wear. It is 20 years old, after all!

Of the rest of the special titles my other favorite was the "Blouses Trousers and Skirts." This was all sportswear that could be worn everyday for a vcariety of occasions, from going out to dinner to meet the teacher night to a regular weekday where nothing special was happening.

 

I have made more things from this magazine than any other.  One spread featured all my personal favorites. this is page one:

 

and here's page two:

There's also a V neck sleeveless blouse:

I made the wide legged pants in pant weight crinkled cotton in blue and pink. I made them in a dressier black with white pinstripe. I made them shorts length most recently in turquoise. I made the V neck blouse to go with the pink. Both have long since worn out. The little wrap tee is pinned onto some lightweight striped jersey right now! And the polo shirt... I don't wear polos anymore but when I did I made the one in the magazine. The masterpieces are these two:

I made the embroidered blouse from white cotton that had a duipioni texture. I wore the heck out of that one. The cutwork embroidery is all done by machine and full instructions were included. I made the blouse in the long sleeve version too, without the embroidery. The blouse on the right is the same as the cover blouse in a shorter length. I love the seam details, the yoke, the pockets, there are about 13 pattern pieces to cut out and sew together. The resulting blouse is quite special.

Speaking of pattern pieces, the pattern sheet was quite different. Now everything in is bright colors and each garment gets it's own color on the sheet. Back then everything was blue or red and some patterns listed pieces as "15-21 in blue on sheet A"  It was a lot more confusing and time consuming. I would outline on the sheet in a colored marker to make the blue lines I wanted stand out from the other blue lines. Here's a quick scan of a sheet: 

 

And everything is in German and nthing is in English. Each magazine had a page of German to English translations. 

Miss B, International and the dressmaker specials were all long gone by the end of 1998. Blouses Trousers Skirts stuck around until 2002 but by the end it contained pieces that were cut from the main magazine -it was like a reel of "deleted scenes". The Easy magazine has gone through several incarnations including the latest which has revived the snip and sew tissue paper pattern inserts.  The current Burda Easy is very much like the old MissB.  I wish they had an equivilent of Burda International again. I would love to wear something four or five years before everyone else even hears of a style! In one issue they declared high  waisted narrow tapered leg pants DEAD and all the patterns were  lower rise, wider legged with no pleats. I made a pair of wide legged unpleated lower waisted jeans which caused a bit of a sensation among the other moms at the school playground. A few years later everyone was wearing wider legged jeans and I looked like a fashion prophet! And who does't like being ahead of fashion? We need a Burda International type magazine again!


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Updated: Thursday, 28 July 2016 9:54 AM EDT
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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Topic: Things to make.

Welcome to the hottest days of the summer! How do I know (aside from the weather channel) that's we are in the hottest days of the summer? Because all the big pattern companies are relaesing fall and winter preview patterns! WEEEE!  I LOVE sewing wool when it's a mere 35 degree celsius, with humididty making it feel even steamier! The only thing that makes this acceptable is that the few patterns being previewed are all quite needle-worthy.Burda Germany is first and Simplicity has a few out now. Later this week the buterick group will unveil their early fall preview.

Love this wrap dress. In a heavy interlock knit, of course.Warm and comfy as a robe, but it's a dress! This would need extra special fancy jewelled buttons on the waistband. I would add small invisible snaps to the skirt part of the wrap so it won't fall open all the time. Anna Sui also adds those tiny snaps to all her wrap dresses -We must have learned a few things from the same teacher! I'm not sure about the shark-tooth hem. I think a straight hem slightly below the knees would look better.

While I love the royal blue color of this dress with the wrap look and front gathers it is a bit too Duchess of Cambridge looking. In a different color it looks much less like a knock off of the Issa dress. It needs to be made in a drapey jersey. Matte silk jersey would be best but silk jersey is quite expensive. A rayon or polyester jersey would also work. In a colorful print jersey it would look more hippy and less Duchess. In a cotton or rayon jerseyt it would be as comfy as a t shirt. iIn a jersey that looks more wool or sweater like it would be warm and comfy.

This retro 1950's inspired dress is soo adorable! I would shorten the depth of the skirt pleats by about two inches. At the length they are in the illustration they could cup and emphasize any midsection bulges. Slightly raised they would make the midsection look slimmer. A dress like this needs a crinoline underskirt to make the skirt puff out a bit. Make use a contrast color tulle and let some of it peek out the bottom.  Another cool idea would be to get some fancy embroidered organza and use it over tafetta opr silk shauntung on the bodice. For really expensive deluxe big band dance hall dress use embroidered and emebllished organza over shanutung for both bodice and skirt and have the tulle underskirt peeking out from the hem. If a tow cxolor shot organza is used then it would be easy to play with contrasing colors and switching the grain lines of the organza for some amazing special effects.

It's nice to see the gathered at the waistband drindl styel skirt make a comeback. it's so easy to sew, works in many different lengths except super short and can serve as the base for some super-creative ideas. Using a simple crepe back satin with a lace overlay makes an evening skirt formal enough for weddings and easy enough that it can be made in one afternoon. Perfect for those "i need something for Saturday and it's already tuesday" panic attacks.

So those are a few of the very early fall preview patterns now available. I like the burda dresses and I might make one -probably the wrap or the jersey dress. I do like t-shirt fabric dresses in the fall and winter -paired with tights, a cardigan and a pair of nice moccasins I can wear them all day and be as comfortable as wearing a tshirt and leggings or jeans yet still look dressed up. 


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Monday, 4 July 2016

Vacation time is over and our eight day week at the beach is done for another year. One week is nowhere near enough time. Next year it needs to be two weeks. We had tons of fun: we went swimming in the lake, went to Southampton, Tobermory, Sauble beach North, saw fireworks on the beach, had the grandson and his daddy over for a night, wen to the arcade, and spent hours walking on the beach and watching all the pretty sunsets.


Like my little picture up there? No, that's not Sauble Beach.  I made it using a stock photograph and this little toy here: random new age wisdom generator!!!  please carefully look at the URL! When generated phrased as written in fancy script fonts and superimposed over pretty sunset pictures you get the above new age meaningless crap. Pictures are words such as this make up over half of everyone's facebook feed. 

The random new age generator was part of a study done by one of the two local universities and ther's a news article about it here when you click the pretty colorful letters. I really do see way too much of this kind of stuff being posted as wisdom on facebook and on Twitter and Tumblr. It would be funny of so many didn't take it so seriously. 

I think the best part of a sunny warm, on the beach vacation is that I come home with hair that lightened by the sun and skin that's tanned even after wearing sunscreen.  The very best is coming home with a hair color that's lighter than my skin tone.  I was extremely happy that I did not get a migraine while we were up there and my stomach was quite well behaved. I cleaned all the food prep surfaces before using and I washed all the pots and pans before using so there was no residual wheat or gluten on any surfaces. And my tummy appreciated the efforts. I got a few cute souvenirs: a pair of new moccasins, a tobermory fridge magnet, a wrought iron squirrel hook, and from the trading post I got some moccasins, a couple feathered earrings and a pair of deer hides.

At places like Tandy Leather deer hides are quite expensive. Tis place was selling them for less than half of what they go for in the Tandy catalogue. I got one in "buff beige" which looks almost white and another in classic deer tan. I want to make a traditional medicine/tobacco pouch with one and the other ???? Whatever comes to mind! I the trading post medicine and tobacco pouches are expensive, from 50$ for plain ones to several hundred for one decorated with conchas and beads. I also got my grandson a fur tail of his own

I think the worst part of returning from vacation is logging into your e-mail account and finding over 400 emails. I forwarded the most important one to a phone app so I didn't have to log into my e-mail account. It's a way to save on data charges. Most of the messages were newsletters and such and only one or two were of any importance.

I am in the process of moving me website and switching things up. By September this will be a Worpress blog and the "litterbox" subdomain thing will probably be gone. My host is rumored to be close to total bankruptcy. There have been sings of trouble:a few weeks ago my domain switched registrars three times in two weeks and then everything vanished for several days. That's not good. They tried to say they were updating and upgrading the service. These day "upgrading" mans removing very useful features and severely crippling others. Like Outlook did several months ago. 

And that's what's been happening in the old litterbox. Soon there will be a new box all fresh and clean. Now I'm off to do something about 400+ emails. Other than delete them all!


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Tuesday, 14 June 2016
Sprucing up the Sewing Space
Topic: I Made It!

Let's get THIS out ugly shameful sewing room secret of the way first: 

My old ironing board cover. As we can see it has a few serious issues. First -and why it came off -the elastic cords holding it snapped apart because they had turned to dust. I thought about threading in new bungee cords, but then noticed the cover was black in some areas, shiny in others, and really disgusting over all. I tried to remember where I got it. It came from Bridgeport Road Plaza...WalMart? Nope, older than that. Zellers? No, because it had a label on the underside that said "Made for TOWERS CANADA"

Towers? Now there's a name I haven't heard in a long, long time.  Towers closed in the1990's.  Long ago I bought old 7 inch vinyl records there, like Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, Rock and Roll All Night by Kiss, and more. When I was 15 I got a shiny red satin bomber jacket and matching red satin basketball shorts from there. That combo was a HUGE fad back in the mid 70's for some reason. It's a fad that not many remember and few talk about. Back to sewing! After 20 years it is time, I decided, for a brand new ironing board cover. I decided to make one rather than buy one! Before I removed the cover from the board I used a brown sharpie to trace the outline of the metal ironing surface. You can see the brown sharpie clearly. I cut along the sharpie lines to make a pattern that I could pin on the fabric

Here's the old cover weighted and pinned to the new canvas. I decided to go with a plain easy-on-the-eyes spring green color canvas. I cut out the canvas adding a 3/4 inch seam allowance. For the sides that contain the elastic need to fit it under the metal table I cut canvas strips 4 inches wide. with a 3/4 inch seam allowance at the top edge that sews to the main board cover.

The old board had shifted, stretched and shrank as I used it. It had inch marking on it but the stretching and shrinking rendered them quite useless as time went on. The markings had stetched at the pointed tip and shrunk at the square end, leaving me with the above results.

For the strips I used the dotted print canvas above. As you can see the  cover is all cut. After cutting the canvas I cut another under-layer from a firm unbleached cotton canvas. I did not cut the side strips from canvas, only the top. I wanted to cut the complete board from one piece of fabric but the fabric shrunk when pre-washed so it wasn't quite long enough. Turning the sides into strips made the cover fit better and solved a practical problem. I was planning to place to old cover directly on the fabric and use that as the pattern for a new cover.

At this point I would like to mention a tutorial on line that instructed people to take their ironing board and flip it UPSIDE-DOWN onto the fabric on the cutting table to cut the fabric. NO! Why would you do that? Do you like making things as awkward as possible? What's wrong with merely using the OLD cover as a pattern for a new cover?  And if you do want to trace the shape of the board onto the fabric why not place the fabric on the board. I'm really not into strained muscles and herniated discs so I did not flip the board upside down onto the fabric.

Sewing was very simple. I sewed the side strips together in one long strip. I sewed it to the top starting and ending at the center of the square end. A serged the lower edge and turned it over once and stitched it down to make a casing. I inserted the elastic cord, pulled it snug, knotted it and added a spring cord lock bead. I had enough left over canvas to make a sleeve roll and a schmoo that matched.


And here's my freshly covered ironing board. The spring green is a fresh warm color that's easy on the eyes and the dotty fabric adds a bit of whimsy. I made a board caddy and sewed it right into the seam attaching the board to the sides. If there is no seam the caddy is atached by heavy snaps or by heavy duty velcro. You can see it has a few pairs of scissors and a couple other tools. 

 

Here's a close-up of the pockets and details. The little loops at the bottom are for pencils and pens. Above the ruler holder will be a pincushion. I made a few other things to spiff up the space!

This little wall caddy is made with some fat quarters and an embroidery hoop. The base is quiltcotton backed with unbleached canvas to support the weight of the tools. The fabrics are stretched together in anembroidery hoop. The hoop is tightened then I added a couple tacks around the edge to hold everything together. I pulled the excess fabric to the back and glue gunned it in place. I added a ring of glue along the back of the ring so the fabric will never ever slip out. It's full of seam rippers, pens, pencils marking tools, and more. It holds a lot of stuff in a small space.

And here's a little thing for my serger. It has tool pockets, a little trash catcher, pin cushion and the framed with turquoise white area is that stuff that has no-slip rummer dots on it. There's a piece of no-slip dots on the top and bottom to keep my serger from running away while I serge.

I have a few more things I want to make, like little notion boxes, a covered cork board for the wall behind my machines and a few little fabric storage boxes. I also want to make a larger round dome shaped pressing ham, pressing mitt and a little finger protector for ironing in tight spaces. 

After using the board the cover is perfect. I do need to get a new cotton pad for the board, but that's easy enough to get at Len's. So now I am off to Len's and then to sew some more.  Bye!


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Friday, 10 June 2016
Fabric Fun Friday: Fabrics for the sewing room.


I got this little bundle of fabrics from my Local WalMart. They don't have a real fabric department, but they do sell packaged pre-cuts. The top row is two yard and half lengths of poly cotton print broadcloth. Below is two one yard lengths of 16 ounce cotton canvas. The bottom is a a four-pack of quilting cotton fat quarters.

My plan is to use these for sewing room accessories. I need so fresh color in the room so I got these thinking that these would all be cheerful fabrics to look at in the dark of winter and they bring a breath of summer inside when the weather is nice outside but I am stuck inside working.

I am making anti-slip mats for under the machines, pin cushions, organizer pockets and such, New pressing accessories, fabric storage boxes with super heavyweight Timtex and Pellon, and a new ironing board cover.

I need one desperately, my old one is dark brown in some places, shiny in others, and has enough interfacing residue that it's starting to discolor some fabrics when I press them. I was trying to remember when I got the old cover. I know where, but was it when the store was a Towers? A Zellers? A Walmart? I looked at the tag and apparently it was a Towers when I got the cover. Towers hasn't been a store since the 90's!  So a new board is one of my first projects. 

So that's what's been going on. I've been working more outside getting the garden into shape. The weather has been nice, I don't mind sun, showers, wind or anything that isn't snow.


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Wednesday, 11 May 2016
Search for the elusive Gillot's pen nibs: Complete!
Topic: Happy Kat!

After searching for what felt like FOREVER I finally found a Canadian source for my much loved Gillott's 404 pen nibs! YAY! I love their thick and thin flexible lines and nothing else comes close -even the japanese one that are supposed to be identical to 404's.

I found them here: http://www.quietfiredesign.ca/Nibs-Gillott-404.html?page=1  and found the page on a UK calligraphy site. I was about to buy some from the UK but balked at the ridiculous shipping charges. After looking around a couple more message boards for calligraphy I found a single link to the site and I will now have new 404's and 303's to replace the last of my old 404's. The last one broke a while ago and I haven't been able to source new ones locally. Or even in Toronto! Finding ink is no problem but the special nibs proved elusive.

Even better was the selection of Speedball and other nibs. I love working in pen and ink -Sakura ink pens are a third rate substitute for a real pen dipped in ultra black ink. They even had the super hard to find left-angle speedball C series, so I got one of those, too.

And that's all for today. I have finsihed the white blouse and will give it a good washing and shrinking later today. The fabric was pre-shrunk but working with it, pressing, steaming and more distorted some areas and stretched others. Rayon Challis can be a difficult fabric to work with. I I ended up using a bit of spray starch on some areas to keep them from stretching out to the point of no return. After a good washing the blue vanishing pen marks will be out and the blouse will be ready to wear. 


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Tuesday, 10 May 2016
Fun with fabric tuesday!
Topic: odds and ends

I finally got to the quilty store to get some fat quarters for some quick and easy fat quarter projects. I want to make something for my jewelry area -a little velevet mat and attached waste bag for when I'm snipping wires. The velvet keeps the widers in one place and the bits can be swished inot the bag. I also want a little thing to the arm of my chair -a pincushion and pockets for tools and small waste bag for thread snippings.

...and with the greys I also want to make a shark pencil case! So did you hear there will be a new Sharknado movie this summer? It's going to be called "Sharknado! The Fourth Awakens!" I have a soft spot for those awful Sharknado movies. We may not have gotten our Jaws 15 like in the movie Back to the Future, but we do have Mega Shark and Sharkzilla and Sharknado! The shark pencil case is lined in red that takes guts! Shark Guts! yeah....

These are all cute little fat quarters. You get a lot of fabric in a fat quarter! The shop has traditional little flowers, a few noevelty prints of tractors and wolves and stuff like that and lots of solid color cottons. They also have lots of modern, non-traditional up-to-date prints for modern non-traditional quilters. I never liked fussy quilts but I do like the modern negative-space quilts. My grandmother would call them lazy becaus to her the plain solid color looked like you were to lazy to piec together hundreds of little prints. I don't buy solid color cottons at the quilt shop, not when I have Len's so close by and when their plain cottons are so much cheaper. Speaking of Cheap:

These are NOT fat quarters. The dots are a medium heavy cotton canvas and the turquoise is plain cotton broadcloth. One yard of the dots and two yards of the turquoise.  Both came from WalMart. They no longer have a real fabric department, but they do have a whole mess of pre-cuts in fleece, cottons and flannelette for crafts and hobbies. The broadcloth will go with some of the fat quarters up there ↑ and be used as piping on the canas project. The canvas will be used to make an insulated cooler bag to keep in the car so we always have something for frozen and refrigerated foods when we go shopping. And so we have like a big lunch bag for day trips because our old pink cooler is starting to get a little old and is no longer quite so cold anymore.

I also got a couple yards of super soft and drape-y rayon challis for making that white blouse from the May 2016 Burda Style Magazine. I have to rinse away all the blue marks on it and finish sewing on the buttons and then it's done. Right now it's a little weird fitting but after the next wash when it shrinks a bit more it will fit perfectly. 

and that's all for today! 


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