Thursday, December 17, 2009

What a Trooper

My dear husband actually suggested that he learn to make a quilt for his mom for Christmas...well, I'm not sure if it will actually get done, but he did try it.

Here's what I said: That looks great!  Make sure the edges are lined up together, and use the red line on the presser foot."
Here's what I was thinking: "EEK!!  Get those edges lined up!  You're off the line!  That's a one eighth inch seam, not a quarter inch!  Oh, man...I'm not an experienced quilter; how am I going to make that work??"
I've really got to learn to relax...

and then there's my most time-consuming current project: a holiday dress for one of my girls.  It's silk, it's lavender, it's got box pleats...which I am edgestitching so they stay crisp.  Maybe that was a mistake, because there are lots and lots of edges.  So far, I have made one pleat's worth.  Here are a couple pictures.  Forgive me, I am obviously not a photographer.

This is how I'm doing it.  I'm pinning a pleat at a time (pinning to the ironing board), pressing it, then edgestitching it.  I figured I'd better do it very slowly because I don't want them to become too crooked; that would look pretty bad.  I can't say they're perfect, but they look nice so far.  This fabric frays terribly, though.  I hope they whole thing hasn't unraveled by the time I'm done.  Maybe I'll stay stitch the edges...nah, that's just going to make more work.
The second picture is the foot I'm using to edgestitch.  It's an overcast foot, but it works really well for stitching very close to the edge of this material.
I'm making a pattern from Ottobre magazine, #18, issue 02/2002 for those who have it.  It's a very classic dress and I'll try to continue to post pictures as I go.