Made it to the beach!
We made it to the beach yesterday and we are very happy with the house and location. You never really know if a house is going to look like the photos but this one is just as advertised. It has a nice big table for sewing that we will set up today and lots of natural light. Today will be the coldest day all week so we probably won't spend as much time outside. It will get warmer as the days go on so I'm hopeful for some beach reading time. We did have a nice walk on the beach and I felt rejuvenated just getting my bare feet on the sand.
I spent most of the weekend preparing and packing but I did get to a couple of projects. I started the penultimate blanket with this yarn/pattern combo. I think this might be my favorite color of the yarn so far!
The first project I have to do when I get home next week is to make a teddy bear out of a vintage quilt. Since it's a special quilt I wanted to give the pattern a dry run and I had the not-so-brilliant idea to use some very old Ultrasuede from my stash. That stuff was not designed for making toys! But it did work and I like the pattern. Making the quilt version will be much easier.
You might not be able to tell from this photo but the bear is orange with maroon foot pads. Once I finished it I realized that I had made a Hokie bear! I immediately got on the internet and ordered some Virginia Tech ribbon for it's neck. The first Hokie friend to have a new baby in their family will get this as a gift.
His legs might not look properly stuffed but I had to remove some stuffing so that it would sit up on it's own. Stuffing was a real balancing act with this bear.
Here's a little PSA for you. Hand sewing Untrasuede is a nightmare. Avoid it if you can.
3/20/2023 12:57:46 pm
The beach. So jealous, as I look outside at snow.
that is the trouble with rentals - you never know if it will be quite what you expected and two place we have been to we had extreme trouble with getting the door unlocked! The last place we had hadn't even a couple coffee pods and that was the first for that - usually enough for a several cups of coffee before you need to make that run to the store. Have fun
3/21/2023 07:59:19 am
You made the entire bear out of ultrasuede? Wow! I got some ultrasuede like fabric for that jacket trim I am doing for my nephew and it can be hand stitched. I was looking at actual ultrasuede and it costs like $80.00 a yard! I hope you get some warm days so you can enjoy the outdoors.
3/21/2023 08:48:48 am
Enjoy your time at the beach. I would love a few days where I could have my toes in the sand.
3/21/2023 09:31:55 am
Hand stitching Ultrasuede!...
3/21/2023 03:13:07 pm
I'm glad you reminded me about the almost impossible task of hand sewing Ultrasuede. It has been years since I did that and I had forgotten it. I still have some pieces of Ultrasuede left that I should use. If I remember right on the machine a ball point needle works best.
3/21/2023 03:36:30 pm
That bear has such a sad face, maybe it's the ultra suede!
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.