happy belated birthday and merry xmas to my little big brother

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Yummy French Cotton Florals

 

Thank you to Carleen for the fabric samples. It was difficult to cut them, big as they were and well, they ended up as 400 4″ squares). [and some scrap destined for the back of momo]Coloroso Looks to be a giant prayer shawl for my people out on the plains..let’s beginShawl? KeppinOrderKeeping it in check is both calming and befuddling…. But Momo watches over us gocouldahouldawouldaHoldUpWaitAMinute

TaDAA!Top part pieced. Now to make un chingo de raven tails. Definitely some prairie points :”)

Before and After

Danny and I found and reupholstered a semi cool couch [whose arms go up and down like a beach chair] at the Goodwill on Dearborn, here in Seattle: which is easily one of the best and most organized thrifts I have ever been to! And  their Blue Tag Mondays! Everything with a blue tag, regardless of it’s sticker price, is ONE DOLLAR!

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Maybe we should wrap the legs a’la you know who…

“Where Creative Dreams Come True”

If you haven’t heard already… I finally landed a job here in Seattle :”) It took all the patience I could muster to get through the 2 months of searching/ rejections. Pratt Fine Art Center said no, Madison Market teased me then said no, countless teaching, reception, server and even translator positions turned me down…

I almost changed my name to something a bit easier to “digest”… like Smith or John Doe.

But I digress… this is a hint at what I am doing for a J . O. B. now.

And though it is not (yet) in the classroom proper it is Where Creative Dreams Come True”. Pacific Fabrics and Crafts. This is on my route there, towards the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains! Into the industrial district within SODO (south of downtown).   When the sun is out this is even more AMAZING!!

Yup! The very place I found my upholstery fabrics for that chair that I promise to get to. Apparently it started out as Pacific Iron and Metal Company way back in 1917, primarily as a recycling center and eventually incorporated the rags and ends from the local mills.

The Iron and Metal Company is still going strong as I hear them clanging about down there. Big props to Jules Glant!

Here’s the front half of the store… 

it’s impressive and large with the original wood floor (which is why I shall soon be getting some fancy-shmancy orthopedics). That color scaled wall is but a bit of the insane amount of quilter’s cotton we have. Anything from marshmallows to paisley to peacocks!

Here’s a new blue rounder that some genius put together.. kind of a mini collection. I touch it daily! Our florals as well, are UNBEATABLE!

Every few months the staff does a project to feature a new something something. This month it is a new book called “Modern Blocks” and we are each making 1-3 blocks… come check it out. Here’s the first installment. Can you guess which are mine?

I personally hit the Wool and Linen Remnant Tables regularly and would advise you all to not overlook the rolls of Fashion and Apparel at $9.99 a yard!I believe Janice (our fearless leader) was right about it feeling like a kid in candy store :”) Look at these DUPIONI’s!

Here’s my first purchase :”)Silks, Rayons, Wools, Cottons! And now to make some clothes… everyday someone asks me if I sew and so… Sew I shall!I make my own patterns… which I will wear, even, cause it fits so well :”)

Before I forget… here’s my favorite sign :”)*includes some home dec, craft, patterns and tools! And here’s my favorite “fat quarter”!

…some of these fabrics make me hungry! 

As you can probably tell… I like my new job! The ladies are cool, sweet and know what they are talking about! More to come on that ;”)

Upholstery Project: Demi Chair

I will attempt to document this process… especially for the lovely Stephanie. Enjoy!Dusty!I am going to attempt to use the old batting… it’s Boar Hair and Jute.The tools… thus far:These little friggin’ railroad spikes are super sharp!!Hmmm……. Which fabric do I use?