Halloweek - I stole this term from Vancouver fashion blogger, Jessica Luxe
. It's the perfect name for this whole week. And what better way to spend the next several days before Halloween on Friday? All Halloween week!
My mom made us so excellent costumes when I was growing up. This one was reused for several Halloweens. I remember really liking this costume because the fabric was very soft (I think it was flannel) and it was really baggy and confortable. Mom made those pompoms, too.
Happy Halloweek to YOU!
In quilting news, I actually made some progress today. I finished up the 30th Quilt As You Go block, and have now started joining the blocks together.
I used this youtube video
to connect these already quilted blocks together, and while I don't really like to see the stitching on the joining pieces, I think I can live with it for this quilt.
Sewn close enough to the edge, it is not very noticeable. It also sews up fairly quickly (Yay!) and I really like how it feels while I'm sewing it together. The 3 pieces all fit together nicely, like puzzle pieces. I didn't want to stop sewing to make dinner.
I certainly need more practice sewing that close to the edge (kind of like machine sewn binding) and my first try was not very good. I had to pull it out once. BUT, the more I do it, the better I'll do and by the end of the quilt, my edges should be in pretty good shape.
Even the back looks pretty cool.
Definitely not perfect, but I'll keep at it.
At the last quilt guild meeting, my guild buddy, Helen, gave me this pirate fabric
and I turned it into a circle skirt. Another one! Call me a one-trick pony - I've made the same skirt twice! Woohoo! I'll take it. I have to tell you that this time I am very proud of my waistband. It looks very polished and this time I got the spot where you insert the elastic on the inside! YES! Success.
It's the little things.
This fabric is 100% cotton and flows very nicely. If I were to change anything, I would have given the waistband about another half inch. This cotton doesn't give at ALL. No stretchiness one bit. I can't bear to touch the waistband. I am SO darned proud of it.
The hem? Not perfect, but it's okay. The skirt is busy enough that you don't even notice it and you would only see the imperfections if you flipped up the bottom and had a close look. Perhaps for the next skirt, I'll try a French seam. FANCY!
Happily, I've got an outfit already picked out for work tomorrow. YES! I never do that. I've even got a fresh pair of tights for tomorrow and everything.
Thank you, Helen! I love my new skirt.
I did it. I have successfully completed the Halloween bunting! Hooray for us!
I used this tutorial
and made my own template. I made the triangles pretty big and I used about 5 1/2 metres of double bias binding. I'm so glad I went the double folded pre-made binding route. It looks really nice close up. Very polished.
I never thought of purple being a Halloween colour, but with orange and black...I think that works pretty well.
I think the boyz like it, too. As does our newest Halloween addition to the house - BOO! I put him outside just for this photo.
I think bunting is very 2012
, but I am making Halloween bunting come hell or high water. I got about a dozen more pieces cut tonight, sewed 2 sides of each triangle and was able to start sewing the double bias binding down to the triangles. I am SO close to getting it done. I just had to leave it in my sewing machine to make a late night trip to the skytrain to pick up Mike.
I have been using the walking foot on my sewing machine exclusively. It holds the fabric together great! No sliding or slippage! Very clever.
I will definitely get this done this weekend and will hang it high in the entrance in celebration of the spooky season. YES! And Doug will be adorned with the bunting as well.
This has been a short but productive week. Especially today. On my way into work and as I left the skytrain and hopped on that really steep escalator, I had a huge urge to change the way my desk was arranged. This was quite the task as I share the space with 4 other people. So I disrupted their work, moved my desk and cleaned up
the nooks and crannies. I also bought a plant because we have 1 tiny plant in our whole office. Now we have 1 tiny plant and 1 small plant in the office. Hooray for oxygen!
Tomorrow night I'll be seeing a Vancouver International Film Festival movie with some pals from work. Yes! Weekend already. Faturday is right around the corner.
ANOTHER SIDE NOTE:
Even though we had an extra cheat day this week for Thanksgiving, that day was not as exciting as Faturday. I think it's because I really didn't feel like I earned that cheat day. But once a week? It feels very satisfying. Pumpkin pancakes, here we come!