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Spring Stuff

Yes, here in UB we are in the midst of the usual Deep Freeze (walked to a women's meeting and to pick up dry cleaning today in -20), but I am trying to be a bit proactive regarding spring--not natural for me, being proactive.  Maybe it has to do with the trip to Calif in February that Randy & I are planning.  Maybe a realization that the Hibernation Mode we've been in for the past 3 weeks is coming to an end:  3 new Wagner families/couples arriving this week, meeting up with acquaintances today at the IWAM meeting resulting in meetings next week, social engagements for the upcoming Friday & Saturday nights, Randy traveling next week.  Sigh.  All welcome, but, well, sigh.  Enough said!

This is what's going on in my little sewing corner here:

Some receiving blankets for the maternity hospital made from a heap of flannel given to me by dear Rose Marie back in my home church.  Flannel here is scarce and really rough and scratchy in bizarre prints.  Babies born here to poor moms are sent home in newspaper.  No lie.  So, this is an ongoing project of IWAM's here and gals from all over the world contribute knitting, sewing, etc. I could only fit so much in this last suitcase, so more to come from that heap of flannel back home.

This is a quilted wall hanging for our bedroom here that redone last spring in carmel and browns.  I actually HAND APPLIQUED this!  Unheard of for me.  ...but you know, I actually really enjoyed it while listening to sewing podcasts :)  

I just didn't want the machine-done blanket stitch on the project--especially the slender stems.   Also, sewing it by hand gave me more control.  However, the rest will be done on the machine!  I'm assuming a good pressing will eliminate the lumps and bumps :)

The pattern came from a Stitch Magazine--which I don't have the issue # as I just tore out the pattern to bring here...back to that Loaded Luggage thing.  I think it was from spring or summer 2010.

Look at this!  I asked Randy to take me to a "fabric store" here in UB--a cramped hole-in-the-wall place crammed floor-to-ceiling with fabrics of all description--as well has local shoppers.  No price tags--"hid wey?"  How much?  ...and you're told how much for 1 metre--I paid roughly $10 a metre.   It's wool and has a beautiful hand.  Perfect for a jacket/coat for next fall and winter.

It's all textured on the outside and super soft on the inside.

I plan on going back this week to snag some amazing cashmere silk suiting.  Go ahead:  fabric envy.

How wierd to think of taking fabric back that way for once!

Speaking of Fabric Envy--check out this sight: Fashion Fabrics Club   I heard about it on SewForthNow Sew Forth Now podcast today.  I know that I may be the last one on the planet to find this sight, but I will definitely be buying fabric before the sale ends on the 23rd!  Wow.  Come to think of it, I'll be heading back to the US on the 21st.  Hmm, better get on it!

Looking ahead, here are my spring pics for patterns--not too taken with either Simp or Vogue, but really like McCalls looks and their website.

McCalls 6211.  Love the back detailing on this.

McCalls 6408.  Simply like it.  Would be comfy yet nice looking for those crazy long flights.  Have I mentioned the 17-hour leg (1 of 3 total fights to get back to UB)?  I think it scarred me.  I may need therapy--spa that is
McCalls 6401.  Not sure how this would look on me.  Again, I like it on paper.
McCalls 6516.  Denim maybe?  
That's it.  So much for Less Bulky Blogs. 


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