Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Ms. Marvel Cosplay

This post has exactly zero to do with quilty things. It does, however, have to do with apparel sewing and some superhero nerdiness and my love for the newest Ms. Marvel.


Some of y'all may be familiar with a certain special day for comic book fans--Free Comic Book Day. Even though I've read comics for years and years and years and years, I had never attended a Free Comic Book Day event, a fact I wanted to change in 2016. It helps to know lots of other comic-reading peeps, and a handful of us decided to not only attend, but cosplay.

Friends, I'd also never cosplayed. In high school and college, I particularly doted on Sailor Moon, and man, I would have loved to cosplay as Sailor Saturn, but I had no idea how to even break into that sort of thing. If you look at some of those cosplayers, they are intense. Immaculate detail. Perfectly sewn costumes. At the time, I knew very little about sewing. And even now, for a girl like me who has only a bit of apparel sewing under her belt, the idea was a little intimidating. But I wanted to try. The worst case scenario was that I would spend a bit of money on fabric, ruin it all, and attend the event without costume. Not really a huge deal.

I sewed up my red knit top using this pattern by Nap-Time Creations. Full disclosure--I was on serious time crunch and did not finish the bottom hem or the sleeve hems. I may get around to doing that...some day. (Or not.)


Then I moved on to the blue tunic, which includes a gold lightning bolt. I used the same pattern as my red shirt for the blue tunic, but I lengthened it four inches and neglected to add the sleeves. I free handed the lightning bolt using painter's tape marks, then sewed slightly away from them. After that, I cut along the outside of the sewn lines, dabbed the seriously fraying gold fabric with fray check, and moved on. (I did finish the bottom hem on the blue tunic.)


I had intended to make red leggings as well, and I would've had an almost complete Ms. Marvel outfit. But like I said, serious time crunch, and the red leggings will have to wait, and an almost almost complete outfit worked just fine. I cut out a red scarf, and the morning of, I made a blue face mask, which was super uncomfortable, but worked. I also made a gold cuff, but I miscut fabric, and I made it too tight to wrap around my wrist, so it got left at home.

Friends, this was super fun. My pals and I went to two local comic book stores, and I was so happy every time someone recognized and appreciated my outfit. (My friends went as Darth Vader and a Jedi Knight, and they were also super cool.) Of course, there were lots of free comics, and I took the opportunity to stock up on some Ms. Marvel that I was missing. I almost caved and bought a cute Black Widow doll, but I resisted.

BUT, the best part was on Wednesday when I visited my local comic book store to check on when #7 of the latest run of Ms. Marvel will release, and the owner said, "Oh, you're here for your prize." MY PRIZE??? I had entered a costume contest, but seriously didn't expect to win. My Ms. Marvel costume was one of three winners in the adult category, and I got to take home a super cute Captain America figurine and an Iron Man issue. (I LOVE THEM BOTH, I CAN'T HELP IT.)

And that is the story of my Ms. Marvel cosplay. I'm hoping to maybe go as Ramona Flowers from Scott Pilgrim for next year...but that costume will take a lot more planning and involve a complicated bag and potentially a giant hammer...we'll see. 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Snuggle Pillows


Our big move is drawing closer, and I haven't had much free time to sew. Even still, I knew I had to finish two snuggle pillows before we left town.

I have a good friend here who has two kids I've watched grow up. One I call my baby BFF (even though she's three) and the other I call my youngest's BFF because they're so close in age. These are important kiddos to me, I see them often, and I'll miss them when we leave. And while the baby may not feel the same sort of loss, I know my baby BFF will miss me too. So I thought I'd make her a snuggle pillow that she can squeeze when she misses me.


I really enjoy the way these two turned out, especially since they both used orphan blocks I had hanging around. Now, I just need to deliver them!

These are my last project to finish before the move, so I may not have much to show around here for a few weeks. Think happy thoughts for me--things are getting wild at my house!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Baby Quilt that Almost Wasn't...

...then was again.


I started with this stack of fabrics for a commissioned baby quilt. The request was simple patchwork or another simple design for a minimalist-loving nature-y mama. The customer asked that I use scraps I might have on hand because the mama is a big fan of no waste and recycling. (I'd made this baby's big sister a quilt using scraps, and they really liked that about it.)

No problem, right? I have a kajillion scraps on hand, right? True. But I was trying to stick to the original quilt, which used 5" squares, and I don't have a ton of charm squares on hand. I found a stack of olives and tans, bought a navy solid, and that's where everything went terribly wrong.

Stella refused to sew the navy fabric. It turned out to be a cheaper blend than I'd anticipated, and it pretty much dissolved when it made contact with the needle. Rather than push through what would certainly be agony, I decided to forget about this fabric pull and find another idea.

But what? What would be a useful, thoughtful fabric project that would equally excite this mama?


What about some old school fabric from my grandmother's stash? A wholecloth quilt, so no waste whatsoever. This felt like a decent alternative, and I'm hoping the recipient will be excited by it.

(My quilt holder is in training. Also, he's kinda teeny. But he's a cutie patootie, so it's all good.)


I backed it in this brown minky. Oy vey, is this quilt soft! This was my first time quilting with minky, and honestly, I expected it to be a bigger deal than it actually was. I took my time basting it, and I quilted slower than usual with my walking foot. It probably would've been a bigger deal if it was a bigger project, but I wouldn't mind sewing up another minky-backed baby quilt. The most annoying bit about it was that it shed A LOT.


I bound it in the same stripe as the front, and I did it entirely by machine. I wanted to finish this by the end of April, and I barely made my deadline, but I'm chalking it up as a win.


Finally, I had to share this picture from the other morning. One of my sons decided to sit on my lap as I quilted, and he thought the quilt would serve better as a parking lot for his cars.

Finish numero dos from my FAL list, woo!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Hot Pink Socks!


I made some socks. While riddled with mistakes, they are definitely wearable, and I'm not sure I'm ever taking them off of my feet because they are soooooo comfortable.

Dear Hot Pink Socks, 
I love you. Be mine forever. 
Love, Audrey

I have no idea what kind of yarn I used to make these. I went into the yarn store, riffled through their sock yarn collection and was mildly disappointed at the demure, quiet, and respectable selection that they had. Tucked in a bottom cubby behind lots of other skeins was one powerful skein of self-striping hot pink glory. Honestly, the store was probably thrilled to see the skein sell--it obviously didn't fit in with any of the other yarns.

Also...these are totally my first finish from my FAL 2016 Q2 list. YES.

Monday, April 18, 2016

April, So Far.


My family is moving in less than a month. I had known for over a year that we would be moving sometime this summer, I had just thought it would be more on the July side of the summer. But nope. May. Because May is waaaaay more fun than July.


Of course, it's beautiful and finally warm outside, and we've been soaking in some Vitamin D like no one's business. I truly love the neighborhood I live in--walking distance to a small grocery store, a stellar park, our amazing library, and several of our friends' homes--and I've been trying to soak all of that in too. When we moved to the midwest, I didn't expect I would ever like it here. And while I am more than happy to say goodbye to tornadoes and massive amounts of snow--oh wait, that's coming with me--I am sad to consider all of the wonderful things we are leaving behind.

This girl, Audrey? She's nostalgic. Gets attached. Can get a wee bit, well, weepy.


I've been self-medicating with cookies and tea. And trying to read every last book in the library because I have this fear we're going to move somewhere with a really crummy library.


And with my dearest Stella out for a week or so, I'm reduced to handstitching, knitting, and finally trimming these blocks. Seriously, I've been meaning to trim them for ages. So it's good to finally get that done, make a plan for setting and do the math. I've done math for a few other projects too, calculating fabric requirements and looking at my timeline.


Oh, but before Stella went bye-bye, I managed to wip up this bee block for Stash Bee. I'm pretty stoked that I finally managed to get all of my stuff to line up directionally on the first shot. It really does make for a classy looking block.

What are y'all up to? I know a ton of other quilters who are moving too, so apparently it's the season for moving.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Q2 2016 FAL List

Friends, Q1 saw three finishes--almost four!--from eight proposed WIPs. I am pretty stoked about those finishes because they were well earned. And this quarter has a list just as exciting as Q1, if only because I have about a kajillion baby quilts to finish. (This list only has the three I've planned so far!)


1. Negroni shirt for husband 
I completed a muslin that was waaaaaay too big. 
I need to make another before proceeding.


2. Hot Pink Socks
One sock is knitted; I've turned my heel and need to finish up.
DONE



3. Midnight Mystery Quilt
Top needs borders, baste, quilt, bind


4. 241 Tote for Me
Planning to use some C+S and other prints; materials gathered
This will probably not happen. But I can dream.


5. Baby Quilt for Mel
Fabric cut; needs assembly
DONE


6. Baby Quilt for B
Fabric and pattern assembled


7. Baby Quilt for A
7/9 blocks made; need to sash and join


8. Quilt for K
blocks done; need to sash and join

I'm linking up! Are you? 
2016 FAL

Friday, April 8, 2016

FF: Baby Geranium Dress


With about a kajillion friends/family members who are pregnant, I thought I'd try my hand at some baby pants. When I started sorting through my bits of fabric, I stumbled across this Cotton + Steel panel print that I had been saving to make some new cushion covers for my living room. And while it would make some sweet cushion covers, it would also make some awesome baby pants.


Then I had another moment to think. Forget pants--this fabric would make an even COOLER baby dress. So yes. I spent a bit of a weekend sewing up this oh-so adorable Little Geranium dress. The top bit is also a Cotton + Steel print, and I sewed up the entire thing in white Aurifil thread. This pattern was super easy, and it should have been a quick sew, except I kept thinking I knew more than the pattern did, and instead of reading directions, I would wing it, and I ALWAYS did something silly. There was more than my usual seam ripping with this bad boy.


But even with all of the seam ripping, I would totally make this dress again. You know, if I HAD GIRLS and needed baby girl dresses. While the infant version of the Geranium dress is a free download, if I ever need a big girl dress, I know what my first choice will be.

Best of all...I still have plenty of the feature print left to make cushion covers. Woo!

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