No Longer a Gap Dweller

March 22nd, 2015

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Instead these days I am a Rambler….

Now you will find me at Rhonda’s [Quilt] Ramblings

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Horse Dress

March 13th, 2015

As you could tell by the WhiteBoard Wednesday this week I had two projects completed – both of Callee’s dresses. Monday, I blogged about her Feather Dress and today I will share her Horse Dress. This is the one I think she’s most excited about but in the end I think she will enjoy wearing the other more (I’m not sure why though).

Here is the finished project:

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Oddly, this is a dress I would love to have in my size. It looks incredibly comfortable for an adult. I’m not sure how flattering it would be on my figure but -eh…enough about me.

I put great thought into making sure all the horse were upright but in the end it is virtually impossible to cut a complete circle (the peplum) and keep them all straight up. Which is the one place my eye goes – where those two horse come together and make a blob. Reminds me of one of those ink blots – what do you see? I see, a huge, glaring mistake #UGH (are we back here again – see this post?)

N.E.Way….Oh, speaking of mistakes…

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The sleeves ended up with two stitch lines because one was longer than the other so one needed a narrower hem but they looked silly with one big seam and one narrow seam so I made them match with two stitch lines. Innovative? Maybe not, but it works.

I was just wondering …. why am I putting my mistakes on here?  You know why…so we can all learn from them. Maybe one day, you will have sleeves that one longer than the other and think now what? Oh I remember that time Rhonda had two stitch lines….I’m here to serve, and share my DOH moments.

I will be seeing Callee (and her parents) tonight so I will get some pics of her in her new dresses!

I’m off to my Angel!!!

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I will eventually link to

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WhiteBoard Wednesday

March 11th, 2015

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As you can see I have two items clicked off my board. Monday I blogged about Callee’s Feather Dress and in the next couple days I will blog about her Horse Dress.

As a bonus I will leave you with a picture of Neuro in her new favorite sleeping spot in my sewing room (when it’s dark outside and she can’t see out the window)…

Maybe I should have named her Buttons....NAH!!!!

Maybe I should have named her Buttons….NAH!!!!

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Callee’s Feather Dress

March 9th, 2015

A few days ago I told you I needed to finish a couple of dresses for Miss Callee before I head out of town to meet her next weekend. Remember the fabric from Girl Charlee

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Specifically the feather one for this dress!

 

Today I finished one of the two – the Feather Dress.For this dress I chose a pattern by EYMM {Everything Your Momma Made & More} and it was very well written, simple and easy to follow. I would certainly purchase another of her patterns. The pattern I chose was called Girl’s California Dresses & Peplum Top. There was a great deal of variety packed into this pattern for the price.

Here is my finished dress:

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There are a lot of things I like about this pattern. In addition to the variety I mentioned above (see link), the way she has you face the arm and neck holes with contrasting knit fabric makes it look like it is piped from the front (see pic below). Honesty Hour: It may not supposed to be that way, and maybe I was supposed to turn it all the way to the back but I really like the way it turned out. **cheesy grin**

 

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While the Honesty Hour is still in effect let’s take a look at our ABC’s…

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A) I’ve had this machine, and several others and this is the first time I have used a stretch stitch. Maybe if I had not been so lazy before and read a manual (prior to this week) I wouldn’t have been so blasted afraid of knits. #UGH

B) I’m pretty darn impressed with my new serger (even if all my kids didn’t pay me back for my Christmas present and I ended up buying myself a present AGAIN) BUT I am embarrassed to say I spent about an hour trying to figure out how to hem with it before my blonde brain kicked in and realized that is what a double needle is for. I had to go another route because I didn’t have a double knit needle – OH the horror. #UGH

C) You’ll love this one….When sewing with my regular sewing machine I sew right over my pins ALL THE TIME. I didn’t realize it until I was taking this picture but apparently I do it with my serger too! #DOUBLE UGH (Oh and in case you are wondering….yep, the knife just cut right through it)

I’m gonna close with that because you are either giggling or horrified…either way you are high on some sort of emotion and I am grinning.

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Orphan Needle Case (3/26)

March 8th, 2015

I have officially used 3 of the 26 orphan blocks I have hanging around.

This time I made a needle case for hand sewing. I have a great one that was a gift from someone so this will eventually be part of a giveaway.

Here is the block I started with:

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You know what’s funny about these orphan blocks….I have no idea where some of them came from. I don’t remember making them – most of them.

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I used a quick tutorial that Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet posted on IG. Oh, btw, I recently pre-ordered her new book from Fat Quarter Shop. I am super ‘cited about it!!! But I digress…

Here are a couple pics of the Finish #3 for 2015 Finish-A-Long

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Eventually I will link to:

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Off to stitch some more. Hope you all aka y’all have a stitchy kinda day!

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Zippy Bag & FMQ Practice

March 6th, 2015

Part of my Finish A Long list were some orphan blocks I’ve had laying around for quite some time. I knew they would make for good FMQ practice but I couldn’t just practice and then discard them.

I had these two coordinating blocks that I knew would make a cute (if not slightly large) zippy bag:

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I did quite a bit of FMQ – actually I think I did too much in some places – and then turned them into a zippy bag. I think i will use this bag when I travel for my toiletries. You know those small bottles that seem to get lost in the large toiletry bag – or something like that.

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Regardless of what I use it for (or maybe it will be gifted), here is finish #2 for 2015 Finish A Long (I haven’t blogged about Finish #1 yet).

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THE March Project

March 5th, 2015

In order to participate in A Lovely Year of Finishes I must pick a project I plan on completing in the appropriate month. This month I vow (boy that’s a harsh word) to use this fabric:

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to make this beauty:

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A dress using Sew Much Ado‘s Pretty in Peplum pattern.

There you have THE one project I vow to complete…I mean it is her birthday month after all.

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WhiteBoard Wednesday

March 4th, 2015

I know this is a terrible Picture but I bought some bright colored Chalk Pens and they brighten up my sewing room but they are difficult to photograph! I had to make some adjustments on PicMonkey and I’m certainly no Photo Editing Professional. heheh

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Believe you me, I know just how ambitious this list is! BUT this at least keeps me aware of what I am up against. Keeps me on my toes!!

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Help Needed

March 2nd, 2015

I need some suggestions from y’all. I am wanting to make some serious changes to the website here at Quilter in The Gap. I don’t want to say too much now but let me say I want to ….

  • change the way it looks
  • change the icons associated with it
  • change many other things about it I don’t want to mention just yet.

I am not capable of doing it on my own. There are many things I can do. BUT I need someone who can help. I am willing to pay (reasonably) so please don’t think I am looking for favors. Instead I am looking for referrals.

If you have worked with someone or maybe you know someone who does this type of thing, would you please share their contact information with me. I have added a contact form at the bottom of this post so the person’s information won’t be exposed if you don’t want it to be.

I would appreciate any help you can give.

Thanks y’all.

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I have a great deal of catch-up to do today. I think it has been an entire month since I have posted. I could list a million reasons why but instead I think it’s more important to move forward (who knows maybe admissions will leak out as we move ahead **wink, wink**).

So, in the spirit of moving forward here is what is going on in Rhonda’s world:

1 – Let me start with the most important…Today is Sunday, March 1st…..which means today my girl turns 4…four, quatro, quatre, vier….no matter how I say it, she is growing up.

Here’s my girl being super silly the other day:

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2 – The cat did eventually get a name. I was so busy with snow storms, work and **oops, I wasn’t going to do that was I**. Ok, cat’s name. If you follow me on IG than you know she was dubbed Neuro. I know, its a strange name but it fits her to a Tee. She is the most Neurotic animal I have ever seen. For example, she will only eat food that is all the same shape, she scratches the outside of her litter box BEFORE and AFTER she uses it. That list could go on forever. She has many neurotic quirks. So, Neuro stuck. Of course, my husband rarely says it right (more to annoy me than anything) so I’m not sure she knows her name, but she knows her favorite room, my sewing room!

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3 – While visiting Miss Callee this month (I told you reasons would leak out) we decided I would wouldn’t go back for her birthday thereby making 2 trips to Michigan in about 2 weeks. Instead husband, daughter and I are meeting son, daughter-in-law and Callee about half way in just a couple weeks and spending a couple days. I can’t tell you how excited I am. All my kids (well, the birthed ones) in one place! Such fun.

The reason I am telling you this is because I have 2 dresses to make for Callee (Happy Birthday) and hopefully one for me (if time allows). I am using this fabric for Callee’s:

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They are knits from Girl Charlee. Now that I have my serger I am not afraid to work with knits. The feather print has some significance for Callee and I but she probably won’t remember it. Her and I found a feather once while on a walk. We saved it and petted it and she thought it was the coolest thing (I think she was around 2). I will never forget that moment so when I seen that fabric and her mom expressed interest in it I was sold. BTW, I don’t think I ever showed y’all the dress I made her for Christmas….

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It’s made with Tula Pink Bumble Fabric that I purchased at Quilter’s Square and MadebyRae’s Charlie Tunic Pattern with the Dress Add On. I adore her patterns and have made a couple of them but own several. I will get around to the others eventually. She loves her “Bug Dress”. The one thing I will say about making Callee clothes….I wish she were closer so I could fit her BEFORE they are done. I had to make adjustments on this so she didn’t get it until February (when I went back to see her). BUT I did give her mom a measuring tape so hopefully we can avoid this issue in the future.

4 – Another big piece of new is I FINALLY HAVE A FINISH….

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I realize I am not showing much and that is because I can’t just yet. I need to finish the other 3 before I show them off. This is #1 of the Hero Quilts. I am sewing the binding on #2 and just about the start quilting #3. I NEED to finish these quilts for my own mental well being. I am sick to death of them!!!!

5 -In more news…. I have started a couple more quilts….UGH!!! I just couldn’t help myself. Hello, my name is Rhonda and I have a chronic starting problem!!!

I started a QAL with Melissa Corry at Happy Quilting. It’s called the Irish Chain Twist QAL and I am really enjoying myself. It is simple and the steps are minimal. Here are a few pics of my steps:

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Neuro doesn’t always make my sewing easier. But she does make life more fun!

 

I have also started a  Stereo Quilt by Jaybird Quilts. This one is for my spare room and while the bed is queen size I decided to make the quilt in King so you just have to throw it on there without much thought. The pieces are all cut, BUT just taking my time. Too many quilts….not enough time!  **UPDATED A COUPLE HOURS LATER – apparently I already told y’all about this but eh – such is my poor feeble memory**

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I have more to say but I think I am going to stretch some of this out for other days. I mean there is such a thing as information overload. This is simply what I feel y’all have missed.

Plus, I have a question that I don’t want to get lost in the mix so I will go and type up a couple more posts and schedule those…Hopefully I can keep this going. UGH!

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