Friday, September 20, 2013

New for me...and maybe for you too

Before we get into what's new or old or in between, let meet our giveaway winner.
To quote Bob Barker, " Janet M., come on down!" Or you could just email me( your address, if that's easier.
Just in case we had multiple Janets or you just don't recognize your name, here's Janet's comment:

Churn Dash is one of may favorite traditional blocks. I can't wait to see what else you come up with! Thanks for the chance to win some of your fabric!

Now, back to me.
Actually, I have several items that are new and newsy.
First, this:
I made a new dress. Honestly, it's not that new. It's newly finished, but I have been working, and I use that term extremely loosely, on this for the past year.
Before you start helping me out with all sorts of excuses like, "she must have drafted the pattern herself," or "she grew the cotton and wove the cloth," I'm going to have to come clean and admit that there's no legitimate reason why this dress took so long to finish. I just didn't finish it until, one day, I did.
It's beautiful though. Crafted from Amy Butler's Lotus Tunic and Cami pattern, I made mine in a beautiful, lacey fabric. It's fully lined and felt so delicate and special as I was making it that I decided it "deserved" a bit of hand finishing. I don't think I've ever thought that about a garment before, but this one seemed to call for it.

I wore it on Yom Kippur and for many of my co-religionists or Jews in the Pews as I like to refer to them in synagogue, you understand why.

So, what's new for you? Well, a couple things.
First, I have some new items in my shop.
New a stitch in dye charm square bundles. For those of you not familiar, these are bundles of 18, 5"x 5", hand dyed and patterned cotton fabrics in a variety of patterns and colorways. It's a great way to get a taste of these artisan fabrics.
Also, I added a new challah cover:
This too is crafted out of my hand dyed and patterned cottons, including the letters which are patterned and dyed. It's densely quilted and bound with one of my a stitch in color prints.

My other new item is a change in my blog. I've been in need of some structure here lately and have decided to organize my blogging week around three featured posts, Mini Quilt Mondays, Mid-Week Workshops, and Friday Shop Features.
I've done Mini Quilt Mondays before, so, for those of you who are long time readers, this won't be that new to you.
The Mid-Week Workshops will be simple tutorials or tips related to sewing, dyeing, quilting, or mountain climbing. Ok, maybe not mountain climbing.
And, Friday Shop Features will update you on what's new in my shop and maybe highlight some other online places you might like.
So, with that announcement and the pressure it puts on me, I'll sign off and get to work.

Have a great weekend!


Scattered Threads said...

Love the dress. It is absolutely gorgeous.

Paula said...

Love the detail in the dress. And have to say to anyone who hasn't bought them before that your charm packs are wonderful.

Debbie said...

Love the Shabbat quilt...challah cover? Looking forward to your upcoming visit to Galveston!

rosie said...

I like dainty fabric and the style of the dress. Clean, simple lines.