So, you may remember that I recently started working at a Quilt Shop (Material Girls) that is much closer to my house than the Fabulous Haberman Fabrics. While we don’t carry linen, silk and wool, the high quality cotton prints are amazing. They are so much more tightly woven, and finer than what you get from JoAnn’s.
Anyway, since starting to work at M.G. I have taken on blogging about my adventures into learning to quilt. I took a precision piecing class where I learned a LOT. I made a store display table runner (blues white & green), the owner picked the fabrics. (I also made the Mustang Quilt for C2 during this time) I then started on a quilt for my husband…
I decided I wanted to make Chris a quilt he could use to throw over his stuff in his tent for French & Indian War reenactments. I have this idea of a woman getting a few pieces of clothing that are stained, and cutting them up into pieces to use to make a quilt for her husband to bring with him on campaign. I read somewhere that 9 panel quilts were the choice for pieced quilts of the time, so I used that for a base and added borders around the edge. I just need to put the backing together and quilt it. I may just tie it.
I just put up my page on my Holbein inspired German Ren gown.
I had fun at Val Day. I got to meet Genoveva and be in the fashion show (and worked it down the runway, ’cause that’s how I roll).
I finished the German Renaissance dress this morning, adding grommets up the back after clearing off the breakfast table so I’d have some good leverage with my grommet press. I figured out headwear during gaming last night, using the Curious Frau’s Video on it. I was so psyched because I kept getting compliments and several people said “You look like you just stepped out of a painting!” It made me feel so good.
These are pictures I took. I’ll have more pictures of me in my dress once my husband gets them to me off of his phone.
Still working on the Holbein inspired dress. Hopefully I can get it done for Val Day.
Winter is kicking my butt. It’s driving my sinuses crazy and my dog really wants to go for a nice long walk, but it’s too cold for either of us. However… Since I’ve been working at Material Girls, I’ve started taking a Precision Piecing class. It’s been awesome. I’m having so much fun. The cool thing I’m finding about quilting, is the small victories. Each square, or part, feels great to finish, all on it’s own. It is so relaxing because you can see it coming together so much more fully than with a garment that may not look like much until the last step. This does not mean I’m giving up costuming and becoming strictly a quilter, but I’m definitely making more quilts. (I didn’t pick out the fabric, it’s going to be a store sample, but the design, called a rail fence, is FUN to make!)
I’m still working on my German Renaissance gown, but it’s coming slowly.
After a few years of not having enough snow to build a snow man for more than a week, I’m ready for the snow to stop. It’s wreaking havoc with my sinuses.
Mind you, this was from a day when my son had school. I think it’s been closed more for excessive cold than snowfall.
I’ve been learning how to Quilt. Material Girls is sending me to a weekly class called Precision Piecing. Let me just say “WOW”. It is so much more exacting than I thought. I usually use 1/2″ seam allowances. “Scant” 1/4 inch seam allowances are REALLY small. I didn’t realize how much that tiny tiny bit makes a difference. I’m going to be posting my ongoing adventures into quilting on the Material Girls’ Blog.
Also, I entered Quilters Dream’s photo contest on Visit Your Local Quilt Shop day at Instagram. I won! I got my package today, it was pretty awesome. Samples and 3 different sets of twin sized batting! Just what I needed to work on making a quilt with the Ford Mustang panel pictured.
I never did post a picture of my pocket inspired by Jen Thompson’s post. It’s a patchwork, cotton print ( I got the fabric which I adore, from Material Girls ), large 18th century pocket. I’ve got a tape that goes through a pocket at the top and ties at the waist.
Saturday was Midrealm 12th Night. I haven’t really been to any SCA functions since my son was born. We used to be pretty active in Cynnabar, but I couldn’t make it work with a baby. Now that C2 is older, I wanted to try taking him to an event. It took longer than anticipated to get going, so I missed Genoveva’s embroidery class. I did get to go to Sunnifa’s Viking Age Clothing class. So informative, and the handout was more like a small research book! I may need to make a new Viking outfit. We got to see Sir Gregoire take his first squire. I remember when Sir Straum took Gregoire on as a squire!
We left early. My boys were bored and worried about the snow storm arriving early. I still had a great time and really enjoyed seeing everyone again. C2 wore his Link outfit. I figured that it looked vaguely medieval and he would enjoy wearing it. Chris wore the new Tudor outfit I made for him based on the info in “The Kings Servants” . A page on his outfit will come soon. I wore my ‘bethan stuff. I actually finished a machine blackworked partlet to wear with my purple wool doublet.
Today I looked through my garb and found some of the weight I had lost. Not all of it, but a bunch. So no purple dress. Instead I’m going with my effigy stays, ‘bethan chemise, bloomers, linen and wool skirts, pockets, apron, coif and purple wool doublet. I wanted something new, so I thought “partlet”! Then while looking for fabric, I found a UFO “blackwork partlet”. I finished it off.