Friday, March 31, 2006

Ribbon Candy Vest

Here is the vest I made for McCall's when the fan vest couldn't be published. I made the entire vest in a week, which may not sound like such a short time until you think about the fact that I had a 5-year old and a 6-year old and my time was definitely limited.

The best part about it was the fact that my friend, Beth, was the model they used in the magazine!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Christmas Fans

A number of years ago (more than I wish to admit) I made this Christmas vest using Marilyn Doheny's 9 degree wedge rulers. I was quite pleased with it and wanted to get it published in McCall's Quilting, but, alas, Marilyn made a fuss and wanted more money than I was going to receive for the right to use the name of her rulers in the directions. You'd think it would give her more sales and make her happy, wouldn't you?

McCall's Quilting was quite pleased with the colors though and asked me to do another Christmas vest in similar colors which they published so all's well that ends well.

For those of you asking for pictures of my latest work, please have patience. I'm almost done with one jacket (just hand sewing the binding left) and have another that I hope to finish this week. Working on one step at a time on 7 jackets has proved to be one of my less-than-wonderful ideas.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Seven Needle Vest

Here's a side view of one of my early vests. I jokingly call it my 7 needle vest because I broke 7 needles while making it, either couching (even with a couching foot!) or when I sewed it together. I learned later that I should have used pliers to crush any of those interlocking plastic beads in the seam allowance, LOL.
I'm losing weight, 5 lbs so far, so maybe I'll be able to wear vests again soon :-)