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Patterns, Tutorials and Works in Progress from the Sewing Studio of Lynne Williams

Saturday, May 16, 2009

May's Projects

Liz has been a very busy lady completing projects before her busy summer begins. 

    She completed this Bright and Fun Quilt recently in class.


I love the top quilting choice she made using the loops and stars. She also opted for a thicker batting to help add some dimension.

With the left over scraps she made another "Spitzen Tote" from Williams Studio 2. Because the fabrics are so vibrant she didn't feel that it required much embellishment. I think the colorful buttons are a wonderful choice.
Liz recently returned from the Quilt show in Paducah, which she recommends whole heartily. She brought back a project...hmmm....imagine that...She is making a purse using scraps of fabrics and laundry line, yes you heard me right laundry line. In this project you take narrow strips of fabric and wrap them around cotton laundry line, which you then coil and zig zag into the desired shape. What fun! We are all looking forward to see the finished results. This is the same technique that Michelle used to make her delightful cat beds, which her cats actually sleep in and which you can see under an earlier post entitled Sunchelle's projects.

Next Mary brought in her scrappy quilt with Boxers that she made for a raffle. The proceeds will go the Boxer Rescue Society. Each block has a silhouette of a boxer fused and then stitched. I suspect that some Boxer fan will bid high to win this prize.

We only had Elizabeth with us a short time as she had a work commitment in the morning that kept her from joining us until late in the afternoon. But she made the most of her time, using our high cutting tables to cut out a lovely cotton wrap dress she is making for her mother. Elizabeth finds cutting and marking very soothing and relaxing, so while we enjoyed her company she did some productive decompressing.

Michelle has started on a summer tunic from a butter yellow embroidered cotton. After checking her measurements against the patterns she made a minor adjustment and proceeded to get her tunic cut and marked as well. As I recall she even began sewing and I imagine the next time we see her she will be wearing the tunic. But Michelle if you are reading this... no pressure.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Fashion Camp

I am so pleased to announce that Fashion Camp for teens will be running in June! I currently have 22 students but there may be more. I am thrilled to see such an interest in our area for an art form I love. I am very excited to be given an opportunity to cultivate this youthful enthusiasm. Please stay tuned for more updates.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Hermes Bag Pattern

I just found out that you can go to Hermes website and download a pattern for their Kelly bag, which normally costs$35,000. The pattern is sized small. You can use it as is and make a gift bag with card stock or size it up and make your own Kelly bag.

I also found a cool blog...
for those who might want to check out the world of purses!

George and Michelle have returned!

Wow, Look what George has been up to this winter! He completed his Western Shirt. Click on the image to enlarge so you can really check out his top-stitching and stripe placement. I love the pockets on the bias and lets not forget the back yoke!

Great work George! and welcome back.

Now for our good friend Michelle who needless to say has been busy while she has been away. Babysitting her grandchild has cut into her purse production, but not by much. She made an adorable spring purse, which yours truly failed to get pictures of but I will try to rectify that ... But I did manage to snap a picture of a fun wall hanging she is working on. Hopefully she will add to this post so that she can fill in the details of the project more fully, but you have to love the bright splash of color this will add to any room.

p.s. you are not going blind my picture is out of focus...sorry.
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