I don't ever remember a time in life when I wasn't crafting. I know I was crocheting before I could read, knitting before I entered school, and made my first piece of clothing for myself when I was in the first grade. I kept myself busy knitting, crocheting, and making garments until I was pregnant with my first child. That's when I discovered quilting and I have pretty much neglected all other crafts in favor of quilting ever since.
Every year, I see more and more garment patterns released in quilt shops and I think to myself, "I used to know how to do this!" And I collect the patterns. I have several years of recently released patterns in my collection and each was purchased with the intent of making my own clothes.
Well, the time has come.
I purchased this pattern from the Sew Inspired booth when I taught at Stitches United in Hartford, CT in March. This is my most recent pattern purchase, so it was on top of the pile.
I have a thing for shoes.
I am in many ways a minimalist, but minimalism doesn't apply to shoes, Hello Kitty handbags, or quilting fabric. That's where I draw the line.
It finally stopped snowing and turned directly to summer. On a hot, hot day last week, I remembered that I had an amazing pair of orange sandals. Remembering this wonderful fact inspired me to finally be brave and make a garment.
Defending my photo, I am currently recovering from medical treatment and not feeling very well. Also, it was hot and I have no air conditioning.
I graded myself an A- on this project. My skills are a little rusty, but I will soon make another (and another!) blouse to remind myself that I know how to sew clothing!
Last Saturday was the last day that my local quilt shop was open in Pawling, NY. My machine quilting club closed down the store:
If you are sad that my local quilt shop closed, please don't be because it is re-opening in Wappingers Falls, NY this weekend! Congratulations Quilt Basket! I can't wait to teach in your new shop!