Monday, March 5, 2018

Weekend Stitching: Fashion Foward

It was a busy weekend.  We visited the Scientist in Training at college.  We had a great time hanging out with her and her friends for a bit.  Unfortunately, work has ramped up again and Sunday was spent on various work assignments.  Things will slow down a bit once I get past this week.  At least I hope so.  

I did take a couple of hours away from the work stuff to let things simmer.  Well only partially, I really wanted to watch the NASCAR race and stitch for just a little bit.  The first order of business was to decide on a final layout for the Vintage Dress blocks.

 Vintage Dresses by Charise Randell

That got done.  Then came the initial cutting and stitching to ensure my directions were correct.  I made one calculation error, but thankfully I cut the strips too big, so a quick trip back to the cutting table and the strips were usable.  Since I'm framing each block with a color strip in addition to adding a piece of white sashing between the blocks, each piece of sashing and each corner stone has to be constructed specifically for the block it's going next too. This is going to be slow going, but I've at least made a start. 


I'll be able to sew the bottom sashing row together as each block is framed.  The sashing row at the top of the blocks will have to wait till I frame the blocks in the row above.  Now that I know how this approach is going to work, I'll pick the framing fabrics for the rest of the blocks in this row and cut them all at once.  Then do the same for the row above.  That should speed up the piecing.  But I didn't want to cut a bunch of strips and find that my math wasn't right.  

I will apologize in advance for my slow blog reading and email replies.  There is a business trip on my calendar this week, as well as reports that are due now.  I've spent what down time I've had with family or in sewing room trying to maintain some degree of sanity.   Hopefully things will line out a bit by next weekend as I do miss seeing what everyone is up too.  

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18 comments:

  1. I am so in love with your setting plan! The colored frames are just fabulous.

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  2. The plan you have for framing your dresses is wonderful! I can't wait to see it all together as it's going to look fabulous. I hope you get some time to breathe this week.

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  3. I love those frames, too! I'm enjoying seeing this quilt progress. Hope you have a great week!

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  4. Very sweet setting and lovely addition of more color. Hope your week settles out with little drama!

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  5. Hi Kate,
    I have thoroughly enjoyed watching this project progress. They blocks look fabulous with the little colored border surrounded by the larger white one. There oh so many cute blocks in this quilt! I cannot wait to see how you quilt it and how it finishes up! ~smile~ Roseanne

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  6. *squeeee* Oh my GOSH! This is such a darling quilt!! Absolutely just precious. You've done a beautiful job -- I'd wear any one of those vintage dresses!!! :)

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  7. These dresses continue to amaze me. What a sight they are all together! I admire the way you are bordering them too.

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  8. I love the way you are framing the blocks. Every time I see this quilt top I think of the children's book, The Hundred Dresses.

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  9. Those dresses are coming along beautifully--and apparently you have done a great job in the 'figuring' of the framing--have a safe trip-
    enjoy, di

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  10. I too love the sashing on these!! I'm glad you have sewing to help ya with the work stress. I had some relaxing sewing this weekend too and it really does help. :)

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  11. Your quilt is going to be so amazing! Good luck rolling through this week.

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  12. Your vintage dress blocks are so beautiful! I love the frames you've added, too.

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  13. I think your framing and sashing plan is great. By the way, my math is never right the first time.

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  14. Love these wee dress blocks. They are really cool. Scientist in training ... wish I had thought of that when I had two scientists in training!

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  15. Love your framing idea! I can see what you mean about slow going since the whole layout has to be organized before you can sew those adjoining sashings.

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  16. Oh my gosh, those colored borders are going to be fabulous with those dresses! Can't wait to see more of them!

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  17. Such variety of colours and print! Very lovely! The framing looks wonderful.

    -Soma

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  18. Nice sashing on the dresses!

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