Tuesday, May 25, 2010

All Quiet in the Sewing Room with a broken leg.

All has been quiet in the sewing room for several weeks now. I had my daughters college graduation, my parents in for a long weekend, a long work trip to Dallas for a symposium, followed directly by a fun schooling horse show.

Just as things were calming down and I was just about caught up on the day to day stuff I broke my right leg.

It happened on Friday afternoon, I had a fall off one of the horses that I ride. The fall was not bad except for the fact that my right knee smashed into a wooden rail lying on the ground.

It is a right Tibia Plateau fracture. I don't have a full game plan from the orthopedist yet, but will be on no weight bearing on my right leg for 6-8 weeks.

No driving, no walking, no traveling, no sewing machine pedal, no horseback riding. No nothing!

Well at least no nothing yet. As soon as some of the acute pain starts to wear off and I am not on the painkillers 24/7 I will venture into the sewing room and attempt to sew with the left foot... could be interesting!

My purses are sooooo close to being done! I only have to sew the bottom lining in and then attach the lining to the outer body and add the handles. Guess they are going to be 'on the table' for a while.


Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sweet Harmony: Exterior is finished!

I had a couple of hours this afternoon to work on the handbags. (we had very bad thunder storms last night and this morning so too soggy to work in the garden)

I finished up the exterior of the handbags... now I just have the linings to do!

Attaching the sides to the front and back main panels.
Sewing the sides and bottom on took a little manhandling to get the stiffened and interfaced fabric all together.

Using a zipper foot to attach the bottom panel with the peltex

All together and inside out

Right side out :) front/back view

Side view

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Sweet Harmony Progress

I have started the sewing of the Sweet Harmony Handbags.
I am doing the bulk of the sewing on my older Necchi mechanical machine. I think that it is a bit more heavy duty to go through all the layers of this project. I have it threaded with an all purpose white thread.

My computerized machine I am using for any of the colored topstiching and alternating between the spring green and berry red colors for the 2 bags as needed.

The pictures below show step by step progress. enjoy!

Above: Green pocket front with bias wrapped cording in the lining fabric
Below: Pink pocket front with bias wrapped cording in lining fabric

Above and below: Green main exterior panel with cell phone/gum pocket detail

Above and Below: Pink exterior panel with cell phone/gum pocket

Above: Green exterior panels with pockets attached
Below: cell phone detail in exterior pocket

Above: Pink exterior panels with pocket attached
Below: exterior panel with cell phone detail

Enticed away from the sewing room by a wonderful bowl of fresh fruit and berries!

The Bargello Art quilt is finally hung!

I finally got my art quilt hung up in the front room. We live in a small split level so we have a small set of stairs going down to the front door foyer and downstairs laundry/all purpose room.
We used to have a narrow bookcase going from floor to ceiling directly to the left of where the quilt is hanging. We took this down a bit ago and I have been wanting to 'do' or 're-do' something with this wall. This quilt is the first step, the lighthouse pictures on the very left are going to be taken down and either put in storage or recycled to another area of the house. I have yet to decide on what else I want to do on the wall... but I have some ideas.
While I have been working on my other projects I have been contemplating my next art quilt. I am thinking of doing another bargello to further explore the technique.