Block Printing/Design

WIP it Good

September 5, 2014

I don’t normally like to start a new project until I’ve completely finished one, but it’s getting to the point where I have to multitask to get things done on time. I have a wedding next weekend on the west coast and I have a lot of things to finish up (and blog about and/or submit) before I leave! I do have one project that’s nearly done though. I’m just waiting for my new pearl snaps to arrive in the mail from Snap Source. Luckily they have speedy shipping because I can’t wait to wear this wild (emphasis on the wild) west shirt!


This is another version of the Archer shirt I’ve been working on so I could make the tutorial for how to add western style yokes to the existing pattern. It will be all set and ready to go as soon as my snaps get here! Shown on the wall behind my dress form is a new button-up shirt pattern that I just found last night. It’s the Wenona Shirt by Named Patterns and I instantly fell in love and had to have it! I printed it and traced it this morning, but won’t be able to start sewing until I finish this project…


My very first quilt! I was contacted by RJR Fabrics several weeks ago with an invitation to join their blog hop. I took one look at all the scraps in my poor lonely scraps bin and decided this was the push I needed to finally do something with them. I picked a really simple design to start with so hopefully I can get the top done this weekend. The solids I needed just arrived this afternoon so now It’s Quilting Time (I’m totally singing that to the tune of Business Time by Flight of the Conchords now lol)!


I haven’t done much to remedy my “sausage pants” fiasco yet because I’m having a serious dilemma. I’ve realized there’s a huge difference between making simple fitting adjustments to a pattern, and making serious design changes. Since I want the legs to be significantly wider than my original pattern, I’m thinking a just need to find a new pattern that gives me lots of leg widths to choose from. This way I don’t have to pretend like I’m a professional pattern drafter in order to make the correct changes and adjustments. I started doing research on how to widen a pant leg but a bunch of red lights and alarms start blaring in my brain saying WARNING! WARNING! ABORT MISSION! ABORT MISSION! So yeah. I’m not good at big drafting changes like that so I just won’t even go there!


I also got a scary exciting email recently about a possible book deal. …yeah. I can’t even believe it. Honestly though I don’t know if I want to write a book. There are so many other things I want to be when I grow up and I don’t think I’m ready to add author to that list. I really loved Megan Nielsen’s take on this situation and I’m glad she put that perspective out there. Only time will tell I suppose.


And! I very recently started taking a new online class through CreativeLive. The course is called Design Surface Patterns From Scratch and it is phenomenal. I mean, …amazingly good. I’m such a newbie when it comes to illustrator that my jaw dropped at least once per lesson as I watched all the wonders it can do. Lately I’ve been having a lot of fun with the pen tool and blob brush tool trying to trace kitty shapes! These motifs have cute fabric potential I think. Maybe in time for Erin’s Cat Lady Sewing Challenge?

What are you working on this weekend?