A New Skirt for KayKay

I swayed a bit from the WhiteBoard this past weekend. My beautiful daughter asked me to make her a new skirt. Since she is starting a new job this year during her sophomore year at ETSU as a tutor for America Reads, she will need some work clothes, I felt compelled to comply! I mean just look at my girl (this pic gives you a glimpse into who she is as a human):

 

This is my girl....in a nutshell!!!

This is my girl….in a nutshell!!!

Kaylah is going to school to be a Special Education Teacher (not sure where she gets that from – certainly NOT me). But I digress….we are here to talk about her skirt.

She asked me to make her a skirt based off this Pinterest Pin (clicking photo will take you to the tutorial):

 

This Big Oak Tree: High Waisted Sash Skirt Tutorial

Click photo to go to tutorial

It seemed simple enough at first glance….am I the only one who glances at a tutorial and/or pattern and agrees to things?!

Regardless…I agreed! I had some Robert Kaufman Metro Living Circles in Navy (about 3 yards) that I had bought for another skirt project and never made – I know, imagine that !! So….I started pressing and cutting and forging ahead!

And then…it hit me! I am a quilter, not a seamstress. I did finish this skirt and will probably make more skirts in the future but I am NOT a seamstress!!!! There were many times when I thought “what did that say?” so I re-read it, and read it again, and then read it one more time….and then did it the way I thought it should be done because I know how to wear a skirt or how to zip a zipper….LOL!

Well here you have the end results:

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Originally there was a bow that matched the skirt (like in the tutorial) but we decided there needed to be a white bow in addition to the patterned one so that she could switch them out as she seen fit. Here is an upclose of the bow:

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Did you notice I used navy thread to outline the bow? Oh….

While we were photographing the skirt, we noticed her nails matched it – polka dots and all….

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Oh, and just in case you are wondering why you can’t see her face….well, of course because her make up wasn’t done….LOL

Thanks for being here today…and happy stitching!!!

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#swoon2013 – part 3

In case you are new here you can see this quilts humble beginnings here:

#swoon2013 – part 1

#swoon2013 – part 2

I have finally finished the last of the blocks and am ready to start thinking about the quilting.

These are the last five blocks I made:

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I cannot wait until this quilt is done. Every time I work on this quilt I get more and more excited to see it finished. Look at the blocks all together:

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They are almost as pretty in their bin:

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Not really…..Just Kidding!!!!!

Due to the size of this quilt (more than 120″ square), I plan on quilting this in a quilt-as-you-go manner. What I can’t decide on is HOW!  I have browsed and browsed and browsed and browsed and browsed. My options seem to be this:

  1. outline the blocks (but outlining which portion?)
  2. straight line
  3. all over meander (or some other pattern other than straight line)
  4. or mix and match

Here are a few pictures I have pulled from the World Wide Web:

So…..do y’all have any ideas, thoughts? I would love to have your input! I am going to start putting the Hero Quilts together this weekend. In the meantime I would love to hear your thoughts on how to quilt this lovely lady!!!

Happy Stitching (and creative thoughts on quilting #swoon2013)

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Wordless WhiteBoard Wednesday

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I know better than to use the “WordPress” app for iPad but I keep trying! #ugh

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Super Hero/Americana Progress

4 Handsome Grands

I am finally ready to start sewing the tops together on these quilts. I started these quilt way back in February I started piecing these D9P blocks for these 4 boys: You can read the full beginning story of these four quilts here. I trimmed almost all 140 blocks this past weekend – see latest […]

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WhiteBoard Wednesday 7/16/14

WhiteBoard 7/16/14

This past weekend I made a great deal of progress on my WhiteBoard list: The majority of my progress was made on the Super Hero/Americana Quilts. I will be posting some details on my progress tomorrow. I also made 2 Union Jack Quilt blocks but I can’t give you any details as to why just […]

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WhiteBoard Wednesday

WhiteBoard Wednesday 7-9-14

If you have been around here for a while then you remember my WhiteBoard Wednesday posts. If not, then let me quickly tell you a bit about them…. The first of every month I update my WhiteBoard and then every Wednesday I update y’all as to the status of what I have completed by posting […]

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3rd Quarter FAL List

I cannot believe I missed an entire quarter of the Finish A Long but I did! It’s not that big of a deal since I didn’t finish anything!! LOL BUT I am going into the 3rd quarter with a renewed vengeance! Here is my 3rd Quarter List: Batik Nature BOM – Top complete/back done **Bonnie […]

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I’m back….

New House - Finally Settled

It has been FOREVER since I posted….5 months to be exact! Life has thrown me a great deal of curve balls in the last five months. I am going to cover them in a very general way…. As you may remember I moved back in October. We moved about 2 blocks….the new house needed some […]

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Super Hero/Americana Quilts x4

quilterinthegap.com

Yes, You read that right……4 of them… If you have been a follower for any amount of time or if you were a listener of the podcast (which I have placed on sabbatical) then you are aware of my husband and I’s intermingled family…..a yours, mine and ours sort of situation. Well, somewhere right in […]

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So Late So Soon

“How did it get to be so late so soon?” –Dr. Suess source Boy do I completely and wholly understand that question as well as the humor in it? Let me explain… For the past couple of years I have been having trouble sleeping (stop laughing Sarah). I have no trouble getting to sleep, just […]

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