Friday, November 18, 2011

For Sale

Here is another jacket that I would part with. It has seldom been worn, just not my colors. I made it in a class with... I can't remember her name. Argh! Someone will recognize her work and post it in the comments for me. Because it's from a class and not my own design I can't teach it so it seldom ends up in my fashion show.

I call it Streak of Lighting and it was fun to make, playing around with making the orange bounce around the jacket. Again, the size is a 10-12, the sleeves are about an inch longer than usual and it is bound.
Name your price and we can talk. To be sold AS IS.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

For Sale

It's time to admit that I have too many jackets (almost 100!) and clean out the closets for some new ones that I have in process. Therefor I will be posting some jackets that I have for sale. All have been worn at least a few times, and each is a one-of-a-kind work of art.

This jacket, "Meow", is a cardigan style jacket that sits just below the waist. Brown binding finishes all edges. The size is 10, but the sleeves are an inch longer than usual. To make any alterations you would have to remove the binding.

The cats are fused applique with machine buttonhole stitch. The designs on the cats are made with metallic gold Shiva Paintsticks and metallic blue Paintsticks for the eyes and therefor not dry cleanable. There are several cat designs with different doodles on the body.

The lining is a polyester satin and stenciled with trees using Stewart Gill fabric paints.

Jackets all have a flannel interior, in lieu of batting. The flannel has not been pre-washed. Let me know if you're interested by naming a price. All jackets are sold As Is.


Friday, November 11, 2011

Dear Lisa

Dear Jane quilts were all the rage a short while ago and while I didn't feel the need to make one, the idea of using small blocks in a jacket definitely made sense. Veronica was kind enough to lend me her book for inspiration.

I chose to make the blocks even smaller: 3 inches. Because of that I limited myself to 9-patch designs. Why drive myself nuts with the math?

When I stipple quilted it I decided to try using black on some portions and metallic gold on other areas. I like the effect of depth it gave the jacket.

In January I'm starting up a mini wearable art quilt group, like a friendship quilt group, but for wearable art. I hope to have lots of new ideas and inspirations, as well as more photos.


Wednesday, November 09, 2011


I need to have handwork available for various times such as meetings, watching television, appointments, etc. This jacket is one of the results.

The stitches are mostly chain stitch variations I learned in Leora Raikin's African Embroidery class and the threads were purchased from her as well.

The designs are from some Dover books.

I embroidered each block individually, then seamed them all together. I covered the seams with a whipped running stitch.


Sunday, November 06, 2011

Square Dance

Looking at what I've posted in the past I realized that I forgot to post the finished Square Dance so here it is.

I chose to bind it in the same fabric that I used for the bottom row.

Here is a close up showing the quilting. I used a metallic turquoise thread and stitched the width of my presser foot around the outside of the turquoise pinwheels.

Now that fall has finally arrived her in southern California I can start wearing it!


Wednesday, November 02, 2011

All Hallows' Eve

The quilt group I belong to recently taught a Halloween row quilt. Needless to say I didn't follow the instructions, but at least I made a quilt!I started with the border fabric and chose colors from that. I had no plan ahead of time, merely making blocks as I learned them and others that I thought of on my own. It was a real trick to put it together, but the flying geese (maybe they're flying bats?) did the trick.

Naturally I finished it November 1, but at least I can put it away with the rest of the Halloween decorations and look forward to enjoying it the whole month of October next year.