In Which I Finish One Thing, and Threaten to Start Several More

It’s no great secret my WiP pile is constantly raging out of control, but this month I have a finish to show you! (Actually, I had two – but the photos I took of the baby quilt from last month are hidden somewhere among my hoard of SD cards, so they’re pending…)

The coat I showed some progress on over the last few months is finally finished! I created it with the intention of it being kind of sculptural, cocoon like and not necessarily conforming to the shape of my body. Clothing as armour or exoskelton I suppose.

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In the end I actually found this worked nicely as a flowing coat/cape too though.

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And the ridiculously high collar/neckline is nice for hiding from the world.

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The little baby quilt I made was well received  – I got an adorable snap from my friend on Christmas day of his nephew giggling away on it. I’m contemplating buying a stack of half yards and complementary creams and whites to start work on some new large quilts too. I’ve told myself I can’t begin them until I finally (finally) finish the binding on the brown and green chevron quilt that’s been quietly waiting in my lounge for six months and done the quilting on the inverse twin of the hexagon rainbow gradient quilt I made last May.

In the mean time, here’s the approximate pull I’m planning for my next projects:

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I just caught up on my backlog of reading from December and reading through some of my favourite blog’s 2015 recaps has been a pleasure. One particular highlight was this post from Jaybird Quilts. I love rainbow fabrics, I love colour gradients, I love jewel tones and chevrons and seeing her photos was like having some deep part of my psyche massaged.

So This is Christmas

I feel as though everyone I know is out at a Christmas Party – meanwhile, I’m having my own Christmas celebration, including catching up on a long overdue post. First things first. My new studio space! I moved in and sewed some luxe-as-hell pink velvet curtains.

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The first thing I started sewing in the new space was a cream wool and gold leather sculptural coat inspired by an Alexander McQueen piece I saw in an exhibition in Melbourne last year. Here’s my inspiration wall (they allowed photography in the exhibit.)

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In typical me-fashion I basically sketched the pattern onto the fabric and started cutting.

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Pictured: my design process.

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The tea cup and tennis ball are crucial parts of the sewing process. (If you roll around on a tennis ball for 5-10 minutes your mid-back might forgive you for kneeling on a wooden floor for an hour.) I’m still working on the coat, but this week I’ve been watching cheesy Christmas movies and teaching myself padstitching techniques as I shape the upper. Also, here’s an in-progress shot of the button tab for the back and pinning the hair-canvas.

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Updates to follow! ( love a good WIP, don’t I?)

Also, I’ve started and very nearly finished a new quilt. This one has a time limit, so it’ll be done before Christmas. You might remember the post I made about the beautiful fabrics from Western Samoa which I felt conflicted about using. I wound up using some of them to make a quilt for a friend’s new nephew who has Samoan heritage: I felt that using them like this, in an exchange (I traded a quilt for one of his exceptionally beautiful paintings) was an appropriate way to make use of them.

I sewed most of the quilt top while staying with my Grandmother. Pre-washing and drying in the sun:

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I had to work with more limited tools, because there’s only so much you can pack in a suitcase. Here’s pressing and laying out the pattern:

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And backlit after sewing up.

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Updates pending! I’m determined to have some WIP finishes for 2015.