Wednesday, August 3, 2016

What I Think I'm Going To Do...

Love what you do and do what you love. Don't listen to anyone who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life. - Ray Bradbury

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. - Steve Jobs

Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart. - Rumi

When I came down to the studio yesterday morning, the sun stream lay on the sewing machine as if to say here I am, come play with me. That time in the studio to do whatever it is I want to do before the have-to things of life is a wonderful, nurturing space.

I've started working on a spring/fall coat using Marcy Tilton's Vogue 8934 pattern. It's my second time. The first time, I made a rain coat and this time, I'm working with denim remnants.

I used some of the remnants earlier for my grandson's coat and had originally painted them for a pair of surface designed jeans - which were a bit on the stiff side and are now - before they got soft and wonderful - too big so I cut them up as well. I started with 57 painted denim patches and 59 dark denim patches and stitched them...

... into rows of three using the serger with the seam on the right side. I pressed the seams toward the darker patch and top stitched them in place with black thread and then....

... sewed the rows together to create a band that will go across the width of the coat just above the point of the darts that you saw in the earlier line drawing.

Instead of stitching the darts, I re-drafted the bottom section of the pattern pieces by creating a piece 5 3/4" high by the width of the front and back sections and then sliced and overlapped the dart legs. Sewing the curved pieces to the bottom of the patchwork section will give the same belled shape to the coat without the darts. I could also have used the serger to sew the darts to the right side... and I still might... you never know... because these projects grow organically. What I think I'm going to do is not always what I actually do.

Denim is a lot heavier than linen however, the piecing on my coat was inspired by one of the pictures included in my birthday collage of a linen coat. When I saw it, I realized that I've been piecing fabric for years. In fact, my whole "quilting life" was about piecing fabric. I already am piecing fabric was a huge ah ha although you may wonder why since it's so obvious. I've been admiring the organic, flowing, pieced fabrics that my coach - Diane Ericson - makes and stressing about why I couldn't seem to capture that same flavour. Recognizing "my" pieced fabric made me realize that it's possibly because her flavour is not my flavour or because I haven't evolved to that more flowing stage yet, that I have more practice between here and there. Either way, I have a fabulous starting point to work from, one that I enjoy and that is "me". YES YES!

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - piecing fabric


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