Here is the final block in our Mystery Block Quilting Contest. If you are just getting started, there are still a few weeks before the deadline so check out the last few posts and get started! We are super excited to see what all of you are making so don’t be shy about sharing on Facebook and Twitter.
We are looking forward to hosting Denyse Schmidt’s Improvisational Patchwork Workshop at Brooklyn General on May 5th. Students be able to learn Denyse’s intuitive design techniques while building a foundation for bringing your own individual style to quilts or projects from her book, or your own creations. You will create exciting, rut-breaking work that will change the way you think about color, patchwork, and your own creativity. Here is a photo of one of her student’s work using the skills learned in her workshop.
Welcome Back. We hope you are having fun with the mystery quilt project. We can’t wait to see what you are up to so please share photos and comments with us on Facebook and Twitter. If you are just joining us, there are still a few weeks left so check out our last few posts for all the details. Here is Mystery Block 3.
Spring Quilting Contest: Week Two.
For those of you that have already started, click on the image below to download the second block for our Spring Mystery Block Quilting Contest. If you are just joining us and want to get in on the fun, there is still plenty of time. Check out our last post for all the details and don’t forget to share your progress with us on Facebook or Twitter
Whenever I teach a sewing class at Brooklyn General Store I always make my students take their measurements and the reaction is always a series of groans followed by the words, “I don’t have to say them out loud, right?” But when I ask the same people why they want to learn how to sew the answer is almost always because they want to make clothes that fit them.
It’s a sad fact that we have such an aversion to our own shapes. When I was a senior in high school I lost 30 pounds (almost exclusively from above my hips, darn it!) About the same time I bought my first vintage dress – a purple cotton lawn with translucent purple buttons up the front. It came in at the waist and had a full skirt. It was my first glimpse of what having something the right fit and shape can do for a girl and I was hooked. Today my closet is full of dresses that fit similarly – both vintage and handmade.
After I graduated from college I worked for the designer Mary Adams. Here I saw women of all shapes and sizes come to the store and walk out with the most beautiful wedding dresses that fit them perfectly. It was a lesson in taking the time to make something right that I will never forget. Each dress began with a fitting and was followed by a series of muslins before the final dress was even cut. Making something fit is not usually something you can do on your first try (in fact, the bicycle dress above had to be taken apart at one point because I needed to take the waist in and up) but the first step is always to know your shape.
My measurements haven’t changed much in the years since high school. Since I will probably always have an extra large backside I make things that highlight the things I like about myself like my waist and flatter things, like my bum and thighs that I’m not so crazy about. I’ve even grown to accept (and, gasp, even like) my knobby knees.
I always use my measurements as the example in my classes, I consider it a sign of trust.
So here we go – 32-27-42. A perfect pear.
Well, I have been working on these for almost 3 years. I started them around the time of our squirrel contest, during my squirrel obsessed phase that has never really subsided. I started by designing them in my little graph paper sketch book. I made the left hand first, then changed the design a little for the right hand. Finally, I created the pattern with Stitch Painter, flipped the oak leaves and came up with my favorite pattern after I had finished the right hand. As you can see, I am not one for making swatches. Good thing my right hand is so much longer than my left. I used Canopy from The Fibre Company with a little trim of Raumagarn. I am happy to share my pattern charts for anyone wanting to make these. Just send me a note or come in to the shop.